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Imageshirley
Feb 8, 2012 2:25 PM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
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I did another one. I am not happy with the composition. Still considering removing the willow tree and putting in and old storm beat dead tree. I desperately need a how to mix colors lesson.Thumb of 2012-02-08/shirley/e8b175
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ImageAudrey
Feb 8, 2012 2:42 PM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
Are you using oils or acrylics? The best way for me to mix paint is just put some on the pallette and add a little of this and mix, etc. till you get something you like! I'm no expert!
Imageshirley
Feb 8, 2012 2:46 PM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
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Hi Audrey...yes it is acrylics. I am trying to learn at a very late in life date. I just study on the internet and Sharon Brown helps me some. Thanks for your interest anything you want to say or tell me would be fine. I need all the help I can get. lol shirleyt
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ImageJeannie63
Feb 8, 2012 5:51 PM CST
Name: Jeannie
North of Milwaukee, WI
zone 5A
I think a dead tree would add a little interest in that corner. Nice painting!
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
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Imageshirley
Feb 8, 2012 6:07 PM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
I think my problem is I stop too soon. I so want to make the barn look older but I am not sure how to do it so I just don't do it. I do not like the willow but I am afraid to take it out and do the old tree. It may not look right either. lol poor me. Isn't that a nice problem to have. I just do this for fun and relaxation while alone. My daughter lives with me and she is coaching lots of nights. So I have a lot of time to study on line. As long as I am having fun I will keep trying to get better. Thanks for your input.
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ImageAudrey
Feb 8, 2012 7:31 PM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
I took a course in acrylics years ago, but Sharon can help you lots more than I can! I like the painting, just keep on trying, you'll learn a lot just by doing! I also watched different artists on TV, and picked up a little from each of them.
Imageshirley
Feb 8, 2012 7:46 PM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
Post me something you did or direct me to where I can see your work. ok. I would love to see it. shirley
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ImageSharon
Feb 8, 2012 8:22 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks Shirley, thought for a minute I'd lost y'all!!

Nice painting.
Do you want some suggestions?

Here's what I think you are looking for:

*Add some dark to the openings in the door and hayloft of the barn. It will be darker there than anywhere else on the painting.

*Make the side of the barn darker than the front of it because it will get less direct sunlight if the front is facing you. Just mix a darker brown for the side. This will also define the shape of the barn.

*You could add a few small dark areas to the green, but to do that you'd have to decide what's getting less sunlight too, so that might be a little hard.

*In the tree that you are thinking of adding, maybe you could give it some darks and lights. I mention that because I think that's what you need most. This is called 'contrast' and it happens when you use different degrees of darks and lights of a color.

The contrast just brings out the depths within a painting, adds dimension, as in the barn and its hayloft and door.

You are doing fine. I think you might be sticking with all 'medium' shades instead of also using lights and darks with the mediums.

Looking good!!
Now that I'm clicked in here, I can keep watching this thread.
Thanks.
ImageAudrey
Feb 8, 2012 11:13 PM CST
Name: Audrey---Doe 41--- Warren
South East Missouri
I'm a Charlie's girl, too!
Sharon said what I couldn't put into words! I don't have anything that I've done, I don't paint anymore.
Imageshirley
Feb 9, 2012 7:35 AM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
Thanks Sharon. I will get on that. I found when working that I did not know how to get the contrast I wanted and defining the corner of the barn got lost in translation. The picture is not showing well on the post. It is not opening up large for me anymore and the pond is not showing. Do you see it when you open? I am pleased to know that I can see what is wrong.... so that means I just need to figure out how to correct. With your wonderful help I will be able to maybe improve and continue to have fun. Have a great day. I am off to pressure wash the front of my home today painting will have to wait a while. thanks shirleyt
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ImageSharon
Feb 9, 2012 11:19 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
It doesn't enlarge because it was a small photo from your end, Shirley. When you insert a photo, it needs to be a larger one if you want it to enlarge very much onscreen.

That said, no, I can't see the pond, but I'm assuming it's at the lower left and is covered by the copyright.

One other thing, the path that leads to the pond from the barn needs to also be reworked. Starting with the part that is nearest the barn, make it smaller as it comes toward the pond. Things in the distance appear smaller than things that are nearest to us. So the path would be very small at the barn door than down by the pond. It would look more like an upside down V with the point at the barn and the wide legs at the pond.

You can darken any color by adding a little bit of a darker color to it. I don't often use black, but to darken brown add a touch of dark blue to your existing brown. Same with green. A touch of dark blue will darken the green. Yellow will lighten it. But when you are mixing colors, start with a bit of the lightest and add the darker to it. And use only drops at a time, it goes a long way.
Imageshirley
Feb 9, 2012 5:41 PM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
Thanks Sharon I wondered why that was happening. I just remembered that I was having such a hard time getting a picture that would show true to color that I took a video and clicked a pic from it. That is why it is small I guess. Lets see if this looks better to you and you can see the pond. lol Should I fill the door spaces completely with black???Thumb of 2012-02-09/shirley/efc455 lets see if this comes up big.
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ImageSharon
Feb 9, 2012 7:48 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Now that I can see it, the door and the hayloft look fine. Don't change them. Just change the side of your barn to a darker shade than the front. The openings look very very good now that I can see them.

And change the path, reverse it so the small end is at the barn door.

Then let's look at it again.
ImageSharon
Feb 9, 2012 7:54 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Another thing, you can grab some white and add some green to it to get another shade of green for the willow, then use your brush starting from the bottom, add some of the light green in that downward brush stroke over what's already there. Don't try to cover the existing green entirely, let it show from beneath, but keep adding the lighter brushstrokes up to the top and I think the willow will show up better.

The rocks in the pond look great.
Imageshirley
Feb 17, 2012 9:50 PM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
Hi Sharon I have looked at this so much and played around with it so much that I am exhausted. I think I really need to just stop and try to figure out how to mix colors and take some lessons on contrast. Should I have made the path lighter. I considered it but it was the end of painting time and I thought " tomorrow is another day ". shirleyt Thumb of 2012-02-18/shirley/7a2e1c
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ImageSharon
Feb 17, 2012 11:23 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Make the path about as dark as the rocks and make the side of the barn about that dark too. See what that does.

Another thing you might consider since you're doing it in most places already is that you should make the brush strokes go as the contour of the object goes, especially when shading. In other words if the grass grows upward, then make your brush strokes go upward. If the grass goes sideways like it's been squashed, then make the brush strokes sideways.

You did it well with the willow tree. That works for any surface, like the rounded areas of a face, the contour, you'd use contoured brush strokes there too.

Looking good, Shirley!!The rocks are great, lots of contrast there.
Imageshirley
Feb 18, 2012 8:58 AM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
Thanks Sharon. It is really fun to do this and I will be honest with you. I am doing better than I ever thought I would be able to do. I never even tried to paint anything until I was sixty eight or so. That is late late to start learning something like this. Did you ever run across my crochet post. The Lords Supper, is my true masterpiece. I will post it here for you in case you missed it. Is this considered art or just crafts?http://cubits.org/craftycubit/thread/view/2217/ Hope this works for you it is hard to find. Enjoy your rainy day. We plan to chill. shirleyt
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Imageshirley
Feb 18, 2012 9:09 AM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
http://cubits.org/craftycubit/thread/view/2217
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ImageSharon
Feb 18, 2012 11:41 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
You are doing very well with your painting, Shirley, don't ever think you aren't. And you will surprise yourself with what you're able to do as you do more of it.

And your crochet is beautiful! Really gorgeous. My grandmother did things like that, I have a few of her pieces, but I really never learned.

Sometimes it's hard to separate 'art' from 'craft' but the standard rule is if it's done with a pattern, it's a craft. Or if it's something others can learn quickly from looking at another, it's a craft. Of course it takes a good eye and excellent hands to make a craft.

If it is original and comes from inside you, then it's art. It's very hard to explain. It's like this: If I use a pattern and trace a daylily on a canvas then paint it one color right after the next, with colors side by side (sort of like a paint by number), then that's a craft because others can come along and do the same thing with that pattern. Same with making a quilt or following a crochet pattern. Others can use that same pattern and do the same thing. Those are generally called crafts.

But if I paint a daylily by looking at it or paint one from memory, then I'm not following a pattern, I'm painting from inside. That's art.

There are those who make quilts of their own design, a lot like a painting. They are called fabric artists and they combine the craft of quilt making with their ability as an artist. They design the quilt, choose the colors and make the design of their quilt in the shape of the image that they saw inside themselves.

I'll find a photo of a quilt made like that.

Here's a painting that's original, unlike any other, done by a very young artist who was in one of my classes when I was teaching.
Thumb of 2012-02-18/Sharon/f66976

Here's the most recent painting I've done.

Thumb of 2012-02-18/Sharon/978b47

Here's another that was made to be a card.

Thumb of 2012-02-18/Sharon/c3fb37

See, paintings don't have to look exactly like reality. Skies aren't always blue. Things that are painted from 'inside' can be real or not. The main thing to remember is that there are guidelines to follow about contrast and how to add paint strokes. Those things come in time.

I'll see if I can find a photo of a quilt that is considered 'fabric art'.
When I find it I'll add it here.
Imageshirley
Feb 18, 2012 7:22 PM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
Thanks Sharon. I love the paintings. You are soooo good. shirleyt
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