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    I've gotten some oils but I've been working on a couple of commissions lately so all my painting has been work-related. But in the evenings I've been finishing inking some landscape sketches from my vacation sketchbooks.

    These are from Montreal:

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    I always forget how much I like ink.
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    So I tried the oil paints for the first time today, just a quick monochromatic still life sketch which I'll have to photograph once I can touch it without getting paint all over me. Right now I am finding them frustrating to work with because my whole process is geared towards working with fast-drying paint. Also, because I'm working with linseed oil everything smells vaguely fishy.

    Oh well, I'm sure that after I do 50 paintings in oil I'll be just as used to them as I am to acrylics. I was struggling with my usual paints earlier this week and, after counting my paintings up, I've realized that I only have a little over 50 traditional paintings under my belt. I was pretty down on my progress so far but really, if I do only one painting a week for the next year I'll have doubled my work to date. That's pretty encouraging.

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    This started out as an experiment in painting with a palette knife. After some really awful work I managed to rescue it a bit with a bristle filbert. After watching some videos of people working with acrylics and palette knives on Youtube I have come to the conclusion that my definition of "a lot of paint" and other people's definitions of "a lot of paint" are not even remotely the same. Do these people buy their paint in tubs or something or is it just a lot of medium?

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    There's usually a couple of bits in every painting that I think turned out fairly well, and usually another couple of bits that are just awful. Now I have to figure out how to expand the good bits to cover the entire painting and get rid of the bad bits altogether...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    There's usually a couple of bits in every painting that I think turned out fairly well, and usually another couple of bits that are just awful. Now I have to figure out how to expand the good bits to cover the entire painting and get rid of the bad bits altogether...
    Exactly. Something I learned from Matt Smith, "Try to get some truth into every painting. Even a little bit of truth makes it worthwhile."...something along those lines anyway.

    So are you numbering your paintings? Start now if you're not...you can still probably figure out which ones come before others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    So are you numbering your paintings? Start now if you're not...you can still probably figure out which ones come before others.
    No, it never occurred to me. It shouldn't be too hard to figure things out, though, since I toss all the ones that aren't a complete waste of time on my blog. While trying to count them, though, I did find out that I haven't managed to tag anything consistently in the six years I've been posting to my sketchblog. Searching for "acrylics" only gets about half of them and searching for "paintings" gets all my digital paintings too.

    Organizing all this crap should keep me out of trouble on the next few weekends.
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    I think I got that idea from Kevin Macpherson? I know he always recommends doing 100 fast "starts"...so maybe I just thought I'd number them. I only went to 100 though...of course I wish I had kept doing it. A friend of mine, Charles Muench still numbers every painting (I think he does anyway?). Definitely date them as well.

    Latest piece has a nice feel by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    I think I got that idea from Kevin Macpherson? I know he always recommends doing 100 fast "starts"...so maybe I just thought I'd number them. I only went to 100 though...of course I wish I had kept doing it. A friend of mine, Charles Muench still numbers every painting (I think he does anyway?). Definitely date them as well.

    Latest piece has a nice feel by the way.
    Interesting! The "starts" sound like fast sketch paintings?

    Anyway, now that I've pulled all my paintings out (or as many of them as I could find) I feel I ought to stick them all somewhere in order so I can track my progress, warts and all.
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    Yeah...I still have my first 100...very warty...just ask dpaint!

    Yeah, the starts are a great excercise/way to study. Smallish of course - no more than 8x10 - and 20 minutes each. Basically a "block-in" where the surface is covered with the big shapes as accurately as you can in value and color. The main thing it should do is have a strong composition (of course) and a sense of light.
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    Veneris some of these seem almost acrylic paint thick. As you look into the distance colors will become less intense because of atmosphere. You might try wetting paper with water then adding sky color at top (big brush) watch it melt to light at horizon. If you do light or water filled under painting slowly progressing to darker and/or more intense colors you can get more interplay like washing in sky color underneath so it will show up in a building, trees fence post whatever because you will leave some of it to come thru this will harmonize your work. If you need to lighten or highlight a dark area use a little Gouache. I think you need to find a watercolor site and play with the medium more to find many of it attributes. Here is a link to a blog this guy does a lot of watercolor his site has a ton of info go back through it:http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/ Hope this helps some. Watercolors are approached very different from oils. Good luck your working hard a little info or research will go a long way for you. Here is a link to sunlight effects you might find of interest: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/se...ts%2FPhenomena

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    Quote Originally Posted by mburrell View Post
    Veneris some of these seem almost acrylic paint thick.
    That's because they're almost all acrylics. Thank you for your advice though, I will definitely try it with my watercolours.
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    Oh hell! I guess i should read all the comments.

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    Not bad. My main suggestion would be to use less paint straight out of the tube and mix things up-- you can get a huge range in greens for landscapes just by mixing yellow, blue, red, or orange in among the greens. A greater variety in color will give some more depth to these, and it wouldn't hurt to pay more attention to highlights-- everything seems to be midtones and shadows.

    Beyond that I don't think I can give much advice; I paint mostly with watercolor so I'm not as good with techniques for opaque paints.
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    Thanks Viridis & Cynthia179! I've been temporarily derailed doing some small pencil crayon pics for an upcoming art fair, but I'll get back on the painting wagon soon. Maybe this Friday if the weather holds. (We've had two snow dumps in April so far. TWO.)

    Next thing I want to try is doing more glazing and graphite underdrawings to tone things down a bit. And I've got a big watercolour pad to try some starts. They sound like the little portraits I was trying late last year: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...&postcount=182
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    I have actually been going out to paint, although I'm finishing about half of what I start.

    Here's a couple wips since I started back in April:

    Vin's Landscapes

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    And something from last weekend which is more-or-less done.
    Hawrelak Park:

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    That last one had a red-gravel path curving around on the right that I'm thinking of adding back in, and a bunch of stones near the bush that I'll probably leave out. It was an interesting painting session. The pond is full of water birds, so I got some photos of slightly unusual ducks and goslings, but it's full of water birds so my backpack was bombarded by seagull poop. I'm lucky the seagull wasn't flying a few inches more east.

    Last weekend I made it out to my first long-pose session at the place where I usually drop in for life drawing. They only hold them once a month, but it was fun so I'll probably go again. Here's the post in my sketchbook with the result: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...&postcount=252.
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    The art fair is coming up quickly so it's Finishing Frenzy here at Casa Vineris.

    I've got a few of these little ink drawings to sell at the fair. This is the latest one, a house I photographed in Barcelona:

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    And here's a couple paintings from earlier in the year that just needed a bit of finishing.

    Telford Lake:
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    Industrial Park:
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    You can see the WIP for Industrial Park above. I decided that I hated the composition so I cropped it to remove all that blank building space, and moved the yellow blotch to the other side of the door, where it can be a nice well-behaved focal point instead of lurking at the edges bothering people. I also tried to use more muted colours.

    I have two more plein-air paintings from this year to finish and two from last fall, so there should be more stuff to post soon.
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