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    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    Thanks for the advice! It was the straw that tipped the cart, I'm going to get some oil paints to try in February when my schedule clears up.
    Nice! If you need any help deciding on brands, colors, etc., just ask. I'll be happy to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackthorne View Post
    Nice! If you need any help deciding on brands, colors, etc., just ask. I'll be happy to help.
    I'm kinda broke so I think I'm gonna go with a mixture of whatever's on sale and whatever my mad alchemist can mix out of the pigments he's got. He's terribly excited at the prospect of mixing more paint. I expect I'll have some questions about technique, though. I haven't had to pay much attention to layering and blending before.
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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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