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  • Re: Want Your Input on my New Palette

    Okay I understand the cost factor is putting you off the Geneva paints.... just one thing I want to say... I bought mine September 2016 and still have plenty of paint .... and the set with the power colors are all you need to mix practically every color you need. If you cannot afford the whole set buy one tube at a time as you can afford to do so, for example $16 for the titanium white.... not only does it allow you to get your feet wet with them and try it, (the only way you will know for sure is to use them)
     it’s less chunk of change at once..... also factor in the medium is already in the paint so they are good to go the day you get them. It took me a long time to save up bite the bullet and buy them.... glad I did, they for me are worth the price and last a long time.
  • Re: Are you shooting RAW

    thank you for this thread, I wasn’t shooting raw ( because I really didn’t understand it) but it simple to understand now. I also got Lightroom and some of the other adobe apps now which I haven’t used because they felt to complicated .... even now with the Lightroom app on my iPhone I can snap a picture in raw so this info is great. ( I will probably have reread it but it’s is helping me understand)
  • Mona Lisa

    So I wanted to share this with you all because as artist I know you will appreciate it. Ed Salazar is a fine art artist who painted biblical themed art for free and donated his works for 22 years to be published to help readers picture bible accounts. He did this anonymously throughout that time. 

    He he is a master painter, I love his insights  on old masters and thought his comments on the Mona Lisa worth sharing....

    He is a humble person, I have asked many questions to other artist on instagram but usually I never get a response. He always responds and I have never met him personally, I love that.

    here he is with portrait of his wife and one of his commissioned pieces. 

    Hope you enjoy and find the thoughts about Mona Lisa as interesting as I did. ( He posts other old masters as well and interestingly enough his comments are similar to what Marks says )
  • Re: Birds, bugs... Resources?

    Get a good reference photo of the bird, bug, or animal... put together what you want in your still life, next do some pre sketches in about four rectangles (at least) to see how the composition will look for the completed painting... keep at this till you are satisfied with the lay out you want to paint.... getting lighting right for the things in your painting when you include the reference items, then do a small practice painting of your final choice before you tackle the real painting you want to is a lot of steps and work but the pay off can be a really beautiful painting.... full disclosure I have not done this myself but I have seen this done by other artists and it works for them. I don't know that I have the patience to paint that way.

    or do the other suggestions above. And there are many copyright free photos for references on websites like paint my photo, pixabay, and graphic stock
  • Re: WIP-update calling it finished DMP#3

    @rautchetan I hate to admit this but I just winged it....impossible to color check on iPhone. I just tried to go for close and started each part with darkest color I could see. Zooming in on the reference and trying to just see the color and shapes.