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    Oh wow, that's wonderful. Did they like it?


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    double post.


    I didn't think it was possible to be called an artist when you have nothing to say. It's like being a writer who publishes individual words as books and expects to be praised for it.
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    Yeah, several people went up and gave some compliments, or took pictures. But, by morning, it and all the other snowmen were destroyed. kids.

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    Yeah well, when you're working with snow you know it'll come down at some point anyway. I was just surprised I was able to dig out a hole between her legs! I tried a more ambitious project here at home, last weekend. I wanted to make the whole family. I ended up gathering snow all day and nearly breaking my back, didn't finish, and now the big hulk of snow I built up has shrunk down to half the size. Maybe I'll try it again when Andrew's old enough to help. This whole week I could hardly walk...

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    More snow is forecast next week.


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    Cool snow sculpture. Hard to crit just by seeing a pic, though. Looks like the major proportions are good.

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    Thank you p sage! Here are a couple sketches from photos. I'm out of practice. I'm also throwing in an idea for a videogame character sprite. Just for fun.

    Next week is a school vacation and I want to break out some watercolors. I want to paint a ton, and I want to make work to sell, so any ideas on what I should paint? I'm thinking of just some forest scenery.

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    Your landscapes are great so they should sell. Good luck.


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    Wow, this is looking good! Am particularly fond of the nudes you drew, probably because I'm a sucker for the high contrast black/white stuff.
    Can't WAIT to see the watercolours! I'm sure they'll be smashing! Haha, see if you can get a lot of greens in there, will you? ;p
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    Wonderful work, keep it going!

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    Here's the first watercolor. I hope the next one get's a little more precise. From a photo. The portrait is from life. I'm using pencil first, then marker. I think it helps.

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    Very nice! Great colours on the watercolour, and the portrait is wonderful! Just remember to measure when you're drawing.

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    Sorry no hearts. Just some more sketches. Man I didn't make a card! I'm the lamest husband... At least I bought my wife a big Valentines cookie...

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    Nice landscape. Good use of water colours as it feels light and airy.


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    Thank you Black Spot!

    Here is another watercolor and a sharpie sketch of the same subject. I feel really clumsy with these so far...

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    This last water color is gorgeous an the snow people arrrrrr hot out of the bunch of pens the man you started w/ pencil is my fav because of the line control thick an thin lines if you could werk that in to the just pen sketches they would be that much more awesome haha but i still really like your line choices your instinct for proportion is awesome haha i tried to crit but i dun think it werks

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    Thank you Granny, and I hear you - line control. That's what I need to take more care in. Describing faces more fully. I've been doing some studies of Tyler Crook's comics to help with that.

    Here's the latest watercolor. Time to start on the 4th. These feel so accurate when I'm doing them, and then so clumsy afterwards...

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    Minor rant - every time I try to upload using this manager, it takes at least 10 times. Copying out the same info is driving me crazy....

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    I know it's a pain, but the info is there for a reason, which is why I always upload here first. Your landscapes are really lovely. You have hit just that right colour with the yellow giving it and extra zing. Let me know when you open up your Etsy shop.


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    It's open, check my signature. And thank you!!!

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/tarthursmith

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    Here's an older work, but new to the Etsy Shop: It's an oil pastel from life in the Sonoran Desert, near Tucson Arizona. July 2006.

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    a couple still lifes

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    I had a look at your shop. It looks nice and I wish you every success with it.


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    These are looking good! Tips on the still lives though... make sure the colour you put down is the colour you're really seeing. An easy way of doing that is focusing on another colour right beside it, and compare the two. Or squint to make sure you get the right tonal value down. The black mouth of the teddy bear is standing out a lot, and it doesn't really look like a part of the bear. But great work, give us more!

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    Work on using subtler contrast... I think it would help your pieces.

    Good luck with your Etsy shop.

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    Nice watercolour landscapes and particularly like the colours!! Best of luck with the shop mate.

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    THE WATER COLORS RRRRRRRRRROCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK MY FAV IS 437 WAY COOL LIGHTING an THE ARE ADORABLE

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    These watercolors are coming along, man! I've recently returned to them myself... tricky, but fast and fun. As you said they feel right while doing them and clumsy after... perhaps try to be less accurate in the process and allow them to shift and blend and so on as they do naturally and just go with it... There's a weird balance between craft/intention in YOU versus the reality and abstractness of the paint itself... when you find that balance things tend to look right, feel right, and could be intensely abstract yet represent exactly what you wanted.

    Keep workin' on 'em, I need to do the same.

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    thank you all for the advice and support. Ian, I know what you're saying, but I don't know if I'm smart enough to actively think about it. If I ever get to where I'm painting every day, I assume it'll just become intuitive. Man I need to paint more...

    Here are just a few class sketches, while students take tests. I need to bring my glasses to these classes...

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    two new sketches from life. I'm going to try a new charcoal portrait today. I need something better for the portfolio.

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