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ImageJeannie63
Mar 9, 2010 9:18 PM CST
Name: Jeannie
North of Milwaukee, WI
zone 5A
Okay, I finally got Lesson 3 done. In this lesson, you are to work with three colors, blending them to achieve the colors you need. The subject is various onions on a table, and a few small ones in a bowl.

I think I still need a lot of work on the background, but I actually think a few of these onions turned out pretty good! But not all of them Sad

Sorry the photo quality is not that good - I took it with my phone's camera, and it is at an angle.

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"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
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Imagesjweld
Mar 9, 2010 9:25 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

Oh that looks neat!
ImageSugarweed
Mar 9, 2010 10:00 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Great onions.
I believe the key is practice, practice,practice. It also appears you are looking at some real onions.
In this lesson do you pick any three colors? Or are there specific colors, or guidelines?
I bet they would be pretty in a basket too.
Smiling
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ImageJeannie63
Mar 9, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Name: Jeannie
North of Milwaukee, WI
zone 5A
The lessons are from the book I mentioned above. There is a photo of the onions to go by, and yeah they suggest the colors to use. I tend to follow instructions rather than strike out on my own!
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
ImageSeray
Mar 12, 2010 12:02 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Keep going Jeanie we're trying to catch up on all the reading!
ImageJeannie63
Mar 12, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Name: Jeannie
North of Milwaukee, WI
zone 5A
I will be starting the fourth lesson this weekend! Stay tuned...
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
ImageJeannie63
Mar 13, 2010 3:50 PM CST
Name: Jeannie
North of Milwaukee, WI
zone 5A
Okay, here is Lesson 04. This lesson talks about how important the color of the paper is to the painting. Here, I was supposed to do a drawing where the color of the background matches the subject so that it can be used to suggest a part of the subject.

I'm not sure I did too well with this lesson either. Although I am happy with the way the drawing turned out, I did not end up keeping much of the paper uncovered within the body of the bird:

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"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
ImageJeannie63
Mar 13, 2010 4:05 PM CST
Name: Jeannie
North of Milwaukee, WI
zone 5A
I can see I am still having issues with adding color to my paintings! Blinking
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
ImageSeray
Mar 13, 2010 4:33 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
The drawing is great! Very pretty!

The wings show the paper color as does the branch. Is it almost like a negative space within the drawing that you are creating? Or are you using the paper color to add depth?



Imagesjweld
Mar 13, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

I have been following your thread but not commenting since I don't "do" art but this one I just have to say is stunning. What a beautiful subject and you did a great job with it. Big Grin
ImageJeannie63
Mar 14, 2010 6:06 PM CST
Name: Jeannie
North of Milwaukee, WI
zone 5A
Sherri, I think it is supposed to be using negative space? Not sure? That is the problem with learning from a book, but it is the best I can do for now. I may have to start looking through those fliers from the community college to see if there are any kind of art classes.

Sheri, I call this drawing "Aruba-on-a-stick" (for you Jeff Dunham fans) Rolling on the floor laughing
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
Imagesjweld
Mar 14, 2010 7:27 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

I just think that has got to be one of the most beautiful birds I have seen!! Hilarious!
ImageSeray
Mar 14, 2010 8:07 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
I think you're doing great Jeannie! I've taken art classes and they are usually so rushed and so many people. I think Sharran would tell you if you feel you need some help. It looks wonderful to me as well. I usually do the lessons over and over and over! Ahhhhhh! That seems to be the only way I can get it. I'll show you some of my sketching once I finish the last round. Wouldn't even attempt pastels I would have that on everything! Keep up the good work.


Rolling on the floor laughing Aruba
ImageJeannie63
Mar 14, 2010 8:17 PM CST
Name: Jeannie
North of Milwaukee, WI
zone 5A
Thanks Sherri! Actually, I am enjoying using the pastels. I had never used them before. Getting messy is part of the fun!

One article I read said you should use blending sticks and not your fingers to blend the pastels on the paper. The book I am using says to use your fingers because the natural oils in your skin actually help to blend the pastels. I feel like getting dirty and using my fingers to blend helps me become "one" with the painting! Hilarious!

FYI - Aruba is one of Sheri's parakeets (she is my sister).
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Dr. Seuss
ImageSeray
Mar 14, 2010 8:22 PM CST
Name: Sherri
Coastal GA
Aruba is beautiful Sheri! Smiling
Imagesjweld
Mar 14, 2010 8:29 PM CST
Name: Sheri W.
SouthCentral WI

Thanks!! Jeannie, you weren't suppose to tell WHY I thought it was such a beautiful bird! Hilarious!
ImageSharon
Mar 14, 2010 10:10 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
A blue bird named Aruba. How very cool.
Pretty bird, too.

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