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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Tentacle critters can be shy too on: January 30, 2015 04:21:31 PM
Thanks guys  Cheesy
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: first oil painting ever, still life, wet on wet. constructive criticism needed on: January 29, 2015 08:45:35 AM
sheep blue..thank you. I see exactly what you are saying I definitely missed the shadows. The photo is slightly overexposed so the highlights on the lemon are very bright, but in the painting they could definitely use brightening.

it is interesting looking at it through a camera lens. I totally missed the shadows thrown by the grapes until I did.

I plan on doing a different one every time I paint, rather than reworking that one.

It is frustrating as I know that I could do a lot better with acrylics, but I need to push myself in this direction.

Honestly, I find that painting from a picture is generally easier, although every teacher I ever had in art school always said not to do that lol.

It'll be very cool to see a series of paintings from your first to your last (or ongoing!). It'll be a great display of your progression with the medium. My hats off to you, I only dabbled with oils once in high school and generally made a giant mess of it. You're light-years ahead of me there.

I agree with what thisbird said too, about looking at shadows and light and color rather in sets of shapes. That goes for coloring too. You'll be surprised how much color you can find in shadows with the reflections of certain colors influencing the objects around it. I learned this especially when doing still lifes with transparent and shiny objects - what a pain!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: first oil painting ever, still life, wet on wet. constructive criticism needed on: January 29, 2015 06:58:56 AM
You have a really good base to work with! I'm impressed. I think at this point you need to start looking for your lightest lights and your darkest darks. For me the areas that stand out are the (relatively) really dark areas of shadow on the two canisters that will help to push your fruit more forward in space, and then the lightest areas on the left-most lemon and pomegranate and the first canister. I think pushing those contrasts will go a long way to making the whole thing more dimensional. Great job so far, I hope you post updates  Cheesy
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap, SU Closed SO by 2/28 on: January 28, 2015 08:31:40 PM
First package has been received and posted to the gallery Smiley Who has the gall to send so early?!  Wink
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The First Step on: January 28, 2015 08:18:43 PM
I don't knit so just general knitting impresses me. But to read that you just made up the colorwork pattern as you went??? You are crazy amazing, and this hat is awesome. The colors work together so well and it's wonderfully busy without being too much. Awesome job!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Laura's Celebration quilt on: January 28, 2015 08:16:27 PM
The pattern on the quilt is lovely, but what really makes this piece shine is the personal sentiment imbued in each block, and the creation of the quilt as a whole. Beautiful beautiful job!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Day of the Dead Frames on: January 28, 2015 08:14:03 PM
The frames compliment the embroidery and embellishments perfectly!! Great job  Cheesy
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Another critter scarf on: January 28, 2015 08:13:15 PM
Very cute! I don't think I've seen a raccoon before  Grin What about a squirrel next?
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Octopus Mosaic on: January 28, 2015 07:58:45 PM
This looks absolutely amazing and I love it even more because it's made from all recycled materials. Just awesome!!
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Anna's Adventure Dress from Frozen on: January 28, 2015 07:53:03 PM
Best. Aunt. Ever.

Seriously! I will be waiting for your update post  Cheesy The costume looks spot on too. Awesome job!
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