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    I love the huge improvement in technique over the last couple of months. Last one is a real winner.


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    Thank you Black Spot! I'm finally painting more, but I wish I could do even more. It seems every bit of my free time gets taken up with chores and Andrew and weddings, etc... One problem I have is my studio is too bright to work from photos on the computer. I'm going to have to start printing some, just to paint from them...

    Here's another still life WIP. You can still see the ghost of a figure screw up... Just trying to use up every piece of Arches...

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    Here's another I started today. Hope to finish it soon.

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    I finally finished those last two still-lifes. They're up on ebay:

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    The acrylic is a WIP and it's slow going... I made the mistake of getting some crappy paints. I know it's bad to blame the materials, but these are all diluted, watery, and seems like there's white premixed with them... Don't buy Lukas paints!

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    Here's a new still life I started. It's still in the "shit, shit, I can still make this work, this is just the first level" stage. Hopefully, I really can go over everything and clean it up. With all the lettering, this may require some more acrylic at the end...

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    You're working so hard and it is paying off. I like where you put your signature on the nappy.

    I'll be joining you with the crappy acrylics soon (bought from the 99p store) as I'm on holiday. Just got to clear the table.


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    Thank you Black Spot! I'm looking forward to seeing some new painting by you. Here's a simple car from life, during a trip over the weekend.

    EDIT: I just touched up an older watercolor. It's now for sale on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...STRK:MESELX:IT

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    WWWWWOOOOWWWW YOUR WATER SKILLS ARE AMAZING AN ALWAYS LIKE THE PENCIL AN INKS haha THE PHOTOS OF THE CASTLE ARE PRETTY COOL TOO HAHA PUPPIES FER THE WWWWIIINNNN

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    Thank you Granny, once again I'm not worthy. Someday I'll be amazing. Maybe that last still life will get there...

    Here are a couple things. The watercolor I did from life, while my son slept. It's the town hall in Levoce, a medieval-walled town near where I live. I got a good photo of the scene so I can finish it. The oil pastel is from a photo I recently took on a trip to Kalamarka, Slovakia. People went rock climbing there. The colors there are a very rough approximation to the original, as the photo came out all blue and it's heavily doctored in photoshop.

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    Come on, you just pasted a photo of that loo roll on your latest still life.


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    hey TAS,I like your water color very much ,keep us ,I will come back to see more.

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    Thanks for the comment - you have really nice watercolors here - I like all the WIP posts so we can see your progress with them.

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    Thank you all very much. Here's the latest on the still-life. It's getting there, but the book and lettering are giving me grief. I tried a guache white today, and I discovered that Gouache colors dry darker than you mix them... The opposite of watercolor... So, I'm going to let it dry thoroughly, and then try some acrylic over it.

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    Nice update. I like where the cushion is just overlapping the plate.


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    very good

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    Very beautiful watercolours.. wish I could handle paints that well.

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    Hey, thank you all for the compliments! This last week I started tutoring someone, so I haven't been painting much. And this week it's time to prepare for teaching... So the summer's come to an end... I didn't earn much money, but I did get better with watercolor, so it wasn't a total loss. Yesterday we went for a barbecue with family, and I managed these two fast watercolors. Both are from life.

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    You certainly have learnt and you're getting faster.


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    Nice watercolors! I think that when you're painting those forest landscapes it would be a good idea to use larger more abstract shapes and hint at the detail instead of drawing every separate leaf. I remember a water color teacher told me once that when painting with small dots like that they tend to jump out at the viever.

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    Thanks Tobba, but that's what I want. I like that dazzling effect. But I'll keep it in mind, a lot of people have been telling me the same thing.

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    Watercolors are getting better and better man, love the still lifes! (And kudos on trying to learn a medium that I'm still scared stiff of) About that dazzling effect you like in the landscapes, you tried using dabs of the complement color along with the greens and yellows? I know you've been to Stapleton Kearns' blog, but just in case you haven't seen the particular post, he has a great one called Smuggling Reds, talks about how to deal with the strong greens. At any rate, I digress, point is if you like dazzle, experiment with throwing some reds and pinks into the summer greens. Gives interesting optical effects.

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    Yeah, I always keep my cadmium and quinacrodone ready!

    UPDATE: Here's a recent student portrait I drew (Oct 15). I've done a couple of these after tests, but I haven't had time to do any painting. I'm just swamped with grading tests and writing new ones.

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    art club, drew a portrait. I don't like oil pastels anymore. Not enough control.

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    Hey, thanks for your reply in my sketchbook Excellent stuff you've got going on here man. Your life studies have alot of vibrancy and character to them; I wish my observational studies were as good! I can only seem to draw things from my head lately Keep up the good work, I'll subscribe to this as soon as I figure out how, d'oh.

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    I really dig those still lifes. One thing though is that I don't feel like the composition is spot on all the time. I think it's a good idea to sketch out some thumbnails of your subject, even when you're doing a still life, just to find the composition you want. And also try and lay down all the base colors at the same time, that way it's easier to see how all the colors work together.

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    tobbA, you're right, and I had a hard time wrestling with these objects too, since they're varying size and shape. Any suggestions for moving/placing them in specific works?

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    It would be a shame to give up the oil pastels as you're one of the few here that use them effectively. I do understand though about the control. Have you tried acrylics yet?


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