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Progress on getting fit

Hello, just thought I would drop in to say hello and let you know how my fitness is going. I have been exercising about 4-5 days a week doing easy stretches and warm up and cool down exercises of 20 mins, I can feel the difference and my body is loosening up and the stiff ness has gone, still get pains in my let I suspect I will have to see the doctor about that. I am feeling better in myself and have just started 10 mins of easy dance to get me moving even more. I have done a couple of videos… Continue

Added by Pauline Abbott on March 26, 2017 at 9:42am — No Comments

Painting

You all have some awesome paintings.I was fortunate to know Bob Ross.WE lived quite close in fla.Miss him.Keep doing what youre.I'm my worst critic.
Art

Added by Art on March 18, 2017 at 4:47pm — 2 Comments

Second attempt at Blue Mountain view bombed

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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Added by Russ Hager on March 8, 2017 at 7:45am — 3 Comments

Why did I start painting?

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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Added by Russ Hager on March 2, 2017 at 4:51am — 1 Comment

Things to do

26th Jan 2017

I am taking a break from painting for a few months as I have some sewing to do and also I need to get fit again after a year of inactivity, so I am taking up yoga. I had a spa day with a friend and had a 55minute massage, the young lady said to me "you are very knotty" I could feel them as she did her magic, it was a little painful but bearable. My body tingled and I had less pain in my legs that night and the next morning The stiffness had eased in my body. So I have to…

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Added by Pauline Abbott on January 26, 2017 at 4:56am — 2 Comments

Thank you for the nice comments.  I was having trouble remembering how to mix the colours I used while doing a painting so I decided to make colour cards as suggested by Karen, I managed to find a su…

Thank you for the nice comments.

 I was having trouble remembering how to mix the colours I used while doing a painting so I decided to make colour cards as suggested by Karen, I managed to find a supplier where I could buy 6mm wide masking tape and made 2cm square for each colour swatch, the cards are mounted using Velcro to a MDF board fitted on casters. It has been a big project but I think well worth it.

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Added by Ivan Dammash on November 5, 2016 at 3:48am — 2 Comments

Taking A Break

Tues 4 Oct

I had a bad fall last week.

I am unable to paint for the next six weeks I have broke a bone in my right elbow, I am right handed.  I will be having a go at drawing with my oil pastels with my left hand and just doodling a bit.

Added by Pauline Abbott on October 4, 2016 at 6:33am — 4 Comments

Message from John Redfern

Hi everyone. I have been in contact with John Redfern. He is doing well and very busy with his job which limits his time for artist sites. He misses everyone and says you are all a greatly talented group of not only artists but super individuals. 

Added by Jamee Haas on September 22, 2016 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

exhibition hall entries

I entered 5 paintings in the local country fair exhibition hall. I got 2 blue ribbons, 2 red ribbons, and one white ribbon. That felt really nice ☺

Added by Wenda Spooner on September 18, 2016 at 2:46am — 13 Comments

Jim McVicker: a way of seeing

Hi to all,

I just watched this nice video on how to see things or scene we want to paint. This is NOT a methodology course but an experience from a very good painter Jim McVicker. Worth to watch. Enjoy!

here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Vpgg-Pa4p0

Have a great day!

Michel

Added by Michel BOULAY on September 4, 2016 at 1:39am — 6 Comments

subject matter!

I have the feeling that I am choosing the wrong things for me to paint. I am going to be more selective. and I think Michel has the right idea. get outside and train my painters eyes, to really see the light, dark, and real color of things! I am making a plan!

Added by Wenda Spooner on August 29, 2016 at 9:55am — 3 Comments

The nature of Light

The main problem we seem to have with light is figuring out the quality of the source and how that affects everything else.  The reason this is such a problem is because we do not see things as they are; we see what we have been conditioned to see.  What colour is a banana? Or grass?  Or an asphalt roadway?  Conditioning gives us answers of yellow, green, and black, respectfully.  In reality, these answers are often wrong.

CFL and traditional fluorescent tubes have a notable green…

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Added by Charles Eisener on August 19, 2016 at 10:00pm — 11 Comments

Getting Back to Health

17 Aug 2016

At the moment I am only painting with water colours I can do these sitting down, for acrylics I like to stand and at the moment I am not allowed to stand for long.  I am looking forward to recovering fully after my major op so that I can paint in acrylics again.   I have found that painting with water colours on canvas is very interesting the way it performs and blends and if I put too much on I quickly dab it of before it dries.  I can also get more layers than I could on…

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Added by Pauline Abbott on August 17, 2016 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Cadmiums and Cadmium Hues

This also came up in Paul's post and I don't recall doing an update.  In early 2015 The jury was still out regards the future availability of cadmium based pigments.  There was a formal proposal in Europe that would have completely banned cadmiums due to health and environmental concerns.

Later in the year the proposal was rejected, partially based upon submissions from artists, professional organizations, and manufacturers.  Had it been passed, these pigments would likely have…

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Added by Charles Eisener on July 10, 2016 at 8:14pm — 4 Comments

Muddy colours

Once upon a time, when acrylics were relatively new to artists, we had problems mixing our colours.  Not only was there this strange colour shift as the paint dried, but our mixes got muddy (as in Yuk!) very quickly.

Reference to this can be found in many books and videos, and is often repeated by those of us who started out in oils and never had problems before.  So what gives?

Some sources suggest that limiting the number of pigments that are present in a given mixture will…

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Added by Charles Eisener on July 9, 2016 at 11:36am — 1 Comment

Lavender Fields Challenge Next

I am going to do the Lavender Fileds video next and see how I get on with that.

Added by Pauline Abbott on May 1, 2016 at 7:21am — 2 Comments

thanks Pauline Abbott, Karen Ilari, and this community!

I read Paulines post about doing the color charts. I thought it a great idea. I did three of mine today. then I finished a painting, that has been half done for a month. my new color charts made it seem easier somehow. thanks :)  Karen Ilari, this is a wonderful site. you are a great teacher and you have collected a lot of amazing, creative, and kind folks here. I feel at home, welcome, and encouraged. I loved the challenge! it made me think and work at painting every day. I looked at the…

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Added by Wenda Spooner on April 2, 2016 at 8:50pm — 2 Comments

Sold my first piece of art....

Just had to share this, oh I am so hyped....I just sold my first piece of artwork!

"A Place To Rest" my Ink and Watercolour sketch has been sold and now resides in sunny California. Was excited enough about selling my art and then double excited that it was going to another country, albeit only over the border from Canada, but far from home.

I really want to thank Karen and all my wonderful art friends  for your continuous support....Oh I think it's time for a…

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Added by Wanda McDonald on March 22, 2016 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Colour Mixing Acrylics

2nd March 2016:

29th Feb PM:  I did my first colour chart today it took me 1.5hrs (I am a beginner with acrylics)

1st March PM:  I did my second colour chart today same time as yesterday lol.…

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Added by Pauline Abbott on March 2, 2016 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Choosing a Photo for Reference

Ever have trouble knowing what to look for in a reference photo?

Here are a few of my thoughts on the subject.

Click here to read the blog on Choosing a Photo

Added by Karen Ilari on February 21, 2016 at 11:20am — No Comments

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