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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…

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Added by Russ Hager on April 2, 2017 at 4:04pm — 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

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