Russ Hager
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  • Alanson, MI
  • United States

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here is a painting I call Moonlight Beach

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari Aug 15, 2017. 2 Replies


Sunset on the gulf

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari Apr 26, 2017. 3 Replies


Blue Mountain view

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Ilari Mar 21, 2017. 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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How long have you been painting? Doing any kind of art?
a few months
What other mediums have you used?
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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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…


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…


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…


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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