Russ Hager
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Sunset on the gulf

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari yesterday. 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 Sunset on the gulf
"Nice Russ! Very colorful! And a cute little dog! Keep up the good work!"
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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
Marion commented on Russ Hager's blog post Two new experiences with painting
"One of best things to do, lol.  We are painting on Sunday before Easter dinner with my grandsons (6 & 7), I have purchased supplies just for them.  But only I can have wine while we do it, haha."
Apr 11
Mark S Ward commented on Russ Hager's blog post Two new experiences with painting
"Can't get any better than that Russ! You helped people through your art work, and inspired the next future Rembrant to paint by spending quality time. What more could you ask for! Enjoyed reading your blog!"
Apr 2
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Two new experiences with painting

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 creations, a sunset with…See More
Apr 2
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Sun and beach

"I love these colorful paintings. Looks like fun :)"
Apr 2
Russ Hager commented on Russ Hager's photo
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Sun and beach

"The colors and the style of painting were chosen by the artist-instructor at the paint and wine. However, I was still very pleased with how my interpretation of the painting came out. I agree that the colors are bright and wonderful. I am looking…"
Apr 2
Sarah Irland commented on Russ Hager's photo
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Sun and beach

"Lovely bright colors, Russ"
Apr 1
Mary commented on Russ Hager's photo
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Sun and beach

"Those are fun places - I like your strong colors and (relatively) simple interpretation."
Mar 31
Ian Greig commented on Russ Hager's photo
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Sun and beach

"Very nice color scheme Russ vivid all most abstract. "
Mar 30
Ken Dinneen commented on Russ Hager's photo
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"Nice sky, very dramatic, cool water too!"
Mar 30
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Sun and beach

I went to a wine and paint fund-raiser for the local hospital's cancer center. This is my version of the painting we were doing.
Mar 30
Russ Hager replied to Charles Eisener's discussion What's Wrong Here?
"Hi Charles, or is it Charlie or Chuck? Over all I think it is a very beautiful, well proportioned painting. I really like the use of color and shading that your put into the painting to make it so sunny and warm. The one negative that I see is the…"
Mar 26
Russ Hager replied to Linda Wooding's discussion "Fall"
"Linda This is beautiful. You did a great job with your values denoting distance, and achieving a smokiness look to the distant hills. I am still working on figuring out how to do that. The trees in the foreground are photograph real-like, so well…"
Mar 26

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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?
web search

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Two new experiences with painting

Posted on April 2, 2017 at 4:04pm 2 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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Why did I start painting?

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 4:51am 1 Comment

I have never been one who has demonstrated great, or even moderate levels of artistic ability. I cannot look at a detailed picture and replicate it like a truly talented artist. I have often envied people that have such a remarkable talent

 However, I would find myself looking at a tree in full bloom, and I would ask myself "How would I paint that tree? I mentioned this to my wife, and she bought me a beginner's paint set for Christmas 2016. So I have started painting, and really…

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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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