Russ Hager
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here is a painting I call Moonlight Beach

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari Aug 15. 2 Replies

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Sunset on the gulf

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari Apr 26. 3 Replies

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Blue Mountain view

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari Mar 21. 6 Replies

The painting is my first attempt at using values to denote distance. The reference photo is one I found doing a web search. I used the reference photo for a good general idea. The two notable changes…Continue

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Karen Ilari replied to Russ Hager's discussion here is a painting I call Moonlight Beach
"Hi Russ! I can see how this image caught your eye! It is striking. I think it is very possible the photo has been manipulated. It doesn't appear like something you would see in real life. Notice how the clouds seem to go go behind the moon,…"
Aug 15
Russ Hager replied to Russ Hager's discussion here is a painting I call Moonlight Beach
"The photograph is a public domain screen saver. I decided to attempt to paint the picture, and I think the end result is ok. I can see where I can do a lot of improvement, but I have fun painting it. I really struggled with how to show the ambient…"
Aug 13
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Aug 13
Pam Adams commented on Russ Hager's blog post Traveling with an Artist perspective
"I have only been painting three years but I also  have seen the world with "new eyes".  This year I have tried painting "Plein Air" and it is a very enlightening experience.  I live in Kentucky and everywhere I…"
Aug 11
Wenda Spooner commented on Russ Hager's blog post Traveling with an Artist perspective
"Isnt it great to view the world with painters eyes?! The artist car sounds really cool☺"
May 28
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Traveling with an Artist perspective

As many of you know, I am new to painting, and it amazes me how it has changed how I view things.We traveled from Northern Michigan to Southern Alabama. The journey took us through Kentucky and Tennessee, the area that is full of foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I found myself looking at the scenery and asking how would I paint it. I also paid more attention to the shades and tones that presented themselves with the changing position of the sun.There was one particular moment that, if…See More
May 28
Russ Hager replied to Mike Price's discussion "Graveyard Hill"
"I think it is worthy of a gallery."
May 27
Wenda Spooner commented on Russ Hager's blog post Two new experiences with painting
"i havnt been paying attention to blogs i guess!  what a great thing to do! kids love to be creative, encouraging them is wonderful! and i bet you have more fun :) time well spent!"
May 4
Wenda Spooner commented on Russ Hager's blog post A different perspective on painting
"interesting blog Russ! thanks for sharing. i live in a log cabin, so i have no painted walls. sounds cool though. "
May 4
Charles Eisener commented on Russ Hager's blog post A different perspective on painting
"Hi Russ.  I have to agree with Karen - latex house paints are designed to have a limited life span, and the pigments are often quite questionable as well.  If you know the colour scheme for your painting, mix the complimentary colour and…"
Apr 29
Karen Ilari commented on Russ Hager's blog post A different perspective on painting
"Isn't it amazing Russ?! The things we learn about color and it's emotional impact on us. I love the idea of a room as a work of art! I have been very neglectful of that in my home. I have off white walls covered with lots and LOTS of…"
Apr 29
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A different perspective on painting

I have spent the day painting, but not on canvas, on my dining room walls. My wife and I had used the hangers advertised on TV that you can pull the tab and it will come right off. Well it did, along with the paint on the wall.I went to the store to get some paint, and could not find the original color, willow leaf. I had to get spring willow leaf which looked like a close match.I arrived home and started painting, and not surprisingly, the paint does not match. The first thing I started doing…See More
Apr 28
Karen Ilari replied to Russ Hager's discussion Sunset on the gulf
"Nice Russ! Very colorful! And a cute little dog! Keep up the good work!"
Apr 26
Wenda Spooner replied to Russ Hager's discussion Sunset on the gulf
"very striking color Russ. learning what the colors do is very important. have you done the color charts yet? they are a very helpful tool! :)"
Apr 14
Russ Hager replied to Russ Hager's discussion Sunset on the gulf
"This is my second picture using the technique I learned at a Wine and paint fund-raiser. It is a fairly simplistic method of painting, but at the same time it gives me a chance to experiment with mixing paint colors. I was pleased with how the sky…"
Apr 14
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Apr 14

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How long have you been painting? Doing any kind of art?
a few months
What other mediums have you used?
none
Are their specific things you would like to learn?
the various methods of developing a picture. I am of limited talent, but enjoy doing landscapes.
The video on painting water was a great example of what I want to learn
Where did you learn about this website?
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Traveling with an Artist perspective

Posted on May 27, 2017 at 4:30am 2 Comments

As many of you know, I am new to painting, and it amazes me how it has changed how I view things.

We traveled from Northern Michigan to Southern Alabama. The journey took us through Kentucky and Tennessee, the area that is full of foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I found myself looking at the scenery and asking how would I paint it. I also paid more attention to the shades and tones that presented themselves with the changing position of the sun.

There was one…

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A different perspective on painting

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 10:57am 3 Comments

I have spent the day painting, but not on canvas, on my dining room walls. My wife and I had used the hangers advertised on TV that you can pull the tab and it will come right off. Well it did, along with the paint on the wall.

I went to the store to get some paint, and could not find the original color, willow leaf. I had to get spring willow leaf which looked like a close match.

I arrived home and started painting, and not surprisingly, the paint does not match. The first…

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Two new experiences with painting

Posted on April 2, 2017 at 4:04pm 3 Comments

I had two wonderful experiences this week with my new hobby, painting that I want to share.

The first one happened this Thursday night. My wife works at the cancer center for the local hospital. One of the employees of the hospital organized a fund-raiser for the center. It was a paint and wine night at the Mackinaw Trails winery.

The event included one glass of wine, the materials needed to paint, and an instructor to walk us through the painting. She brought one of her…

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Second attempt at Blue Mountain view bombed

Posted on March 8, 2017 at 7:45am 3 Comments

I attempted my second expression of Blue Mountain View yesterday, and totally bombed it. However I do know that with each painting there are lessons to be learned, and improvements as a painter can be gained

In my second attempt I totally blew it on my values. The farthest mountains looked more like the sky, and the closest looked like just a blob of color. The two lessons I learned from this experience is:

Pay better attention to the values and how to properly contrast them to…

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At 3:04pm on March 20, 2017, Karen Ilari said…

Thank you so much for the donation Russ! I really appreciate it. And I'm enjoying your posts as well. So glad you found us!

 
 
 

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