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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: Today at 12:57:57 PM
lol I will still enter them in the challenge...I counted three neutral projects, which count as one entry, right?

Don't forget to post your Goal Journal here with a link to the thread...that is a big project!
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: A Goal Book Beginning on: Today at 12:53:35 PM
I think it is a great start!  The nice things about these type of journals is that you can adjust them as you go...some pages will be more creative than others, and some will be a bit plainer...it is up to you!

I really love that you shared the printable burlap sheets!  Nice cover!

I hope as the year goes on, that you will share more of your pages and let us know how you are doing with your goals.
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: Today at 10:14:26 AM
The nice thing about oils is that you have time to correct anything...I prefer using a palette knife because of the wonderful textures you can get...I wish I had stuck with it more when I was younger...I really love the advice about using other colors for shadows and light...

edelC--hey, you might have sparked a resurgence to try still life and oils again!

It will be fun to see a progression in technique and a development of your own unique style...very exciting!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What are these tiny balls called?? on: Today at 10:08:07 AM
clever and fun!

Sort of like personal sacred bundles or totems!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Winter Ninni Gallery - Send out January 15, 2015 on: Today at 10:03:41 AM
oh yes...that would be fun to see a lot of floral type Ninnis!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What are these tiny balls called?? on: Today at 08:31:40 AM
I noticed that people are using them to do their nails...I use them for art work and mixed media pieces...whatcha making?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: Today at 08:30:16 AM
lol what fun fabric for your mats!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: REDRUM! The Shining hat, with pattern. on: Today at 08:28:51 AM
Well, we got snow so hubby had to follow his ritual of watching The Shining...without his hat!  He did ask me how I was doing...about 1/3 done, I would say...so it might have to be a gift for the early winter in December! Grin

We got a kick out of seeing the carpet now that we know it is going to be a hat...ha ha. (he did spy a few other things that he thought would be good hats...ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!)
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: What are these tiny balls called?? on: Today at 08:23:21 AM
lol you are so right Stillatthetop!!  They are extremely messy!  I use a shoebox lid and then make a paper cone to pour them back into their container...but some still escape! Grin  They are a bit pricey to waste.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: first oil painting ever, still life, wet on wet. constructive criticism needed on: Today at 08:15:33 AM
Excellent point, thisbirdsabsurd! Painting from our own intuition is best...technique and experience and plain old doing it a lot, refines our styles.

I think still life painting is probably the most difficult because it can have a flat appearance. If you go with this style, learning the highlights and shadows are critical. I think you already spotted areas that could be improved, but it is still lovely!

I think the item that throws your painting off for me is the flat blue tablecloth...Your scene is more of a direct, straight angle, looking right at it, but the cloth makes it appear that you are actually looking at a slightly downward angle...so the two don't quite match...not sure if that makes sense or not...the perspectives are a bit off.  It is a minor thing, but should you repeat this scene, I would stop the cloth to right below the stem of the pomegranate.

That being said, I think you are on the path to many more paintings! It looks like they will have happy, bright colors, and I do like that blurred style...I can't wait to see more as I think each painting will only be better (if we have to put some sort of qualitative value on them --ick!)...

lol I don't pretend I could do any better, which is why I do not normally do still life...so please, be assured I am only speaking from my own training and experience
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