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Thank you @tassieguy . I agree with everything you said except that the neices would be the easiest. I will definitely declutter the background. For the tower bridge, I considered extracting the girls and repositioning them relative to the space between the towers. I will have to play around with that..
Do ya think maybe we inspired a new video with this thread? He has just released a new lesson on how to mix flesh tones. Go see it! Yay.
Everytime I hear (read) a comment about MC I think about how fortunate we are to have found him. In my case I was looking for oil painting instruction books in all the wrong places (Michaels and other craft/hobby stores). I found out about Jerry's Artarama store only 20 miles away. When I got there they had boxed all their inventory and were about to move the store location to nearer Downtown Houston. I had already purchased all the wrong supplies and was very frustrated over my progress for the past 8 months. It was another three months before Jerry's opened (forgot to get business license). Only then did I find out about YouTube. Well I'm not a cave man and I'd tried but didn't like what I saw on youtube. The one guy who had a style I like was Russian. I don't speak Russian or read French Subtitles and I wanted to be more realistic than Wm Alexander, Bob Ross and those other "Happy Painters." There were some others worth watching but the audio quality was poor and not much use to me. I gave up for a while. I was depressed because I couldn't paint what my daughter asked for for Christmas a year ago. Another Chistmas passed. These frustrations and other things kept getting in the way. When I finally found a DMP Youtube video It took less than ten minutes to learn two of the main mistakes I was making and how to correct them. Not only that but these were things noted in other videos but not explained. This guy was a TEACHER! Unfortunately by this time it was near impossible to paint anymore. But finding DMP and this forum are truly blessings to me.
I don't know how you and PaulB are getting through it. I think i would be painting my toenails just to be smearing color on something
I'm very sorry for your loss. I lost my wife of 45 years last year and my best friend and fellow firefighter of 29 years (to the day) a few months before her. She had been sick a long time but he was only 54. Getting back into painting was to be a way to help me get past my sorrow. I found DMP and this forum. It has been a Godsend for me But my daughters were not as lucky they are still trying to find a way.