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1  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 08:44:18 AM

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...


Got it..it does make sense..I just put the tablecloth in wherever..and now I see what you mean..


thank you so much guys, those are really helpful pieces of advice...and really encouraging praise too.
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: Today at 08:41:52 AM
I think the most helpful advice I ever got was to look at each shadow as a shape.  <snip> also look at the colors of the shadows. 
 
  Take an hour a day to work on it and study it.  I'd love to see it in a week!

I get it, this is good advice. I 'see' shadows as actually formless, so seeing their shape is a really interesting idea.

you have tempted me to go back and look at it again in a couple of days and see what I can do to it...
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 07:09:07 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.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: Today at 06:59:07 AM
Ok so I totally failed on my destashing resolutions...I went out and equipped myself with oil paints, so adding to my stash, technically I destashed a little by painting a picture today and made a new resolution to replace the old, I am not going to give up on this new craft, that I am not good at...until I have used up all these tubes of paints....arrgh...going to do some not so soothing patchwork now...
my painting http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437889.0
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / first oil painting ever, still life, wet on wet. constructive criticism needed on: Today at 06:33:00 AM
Hi folks.

so I bought oil paintings and have made a start, it is not wonderful, but it is not dreadful. It is wet on wet

anyway this is a still life and was done in about an hour or so. original composition for reference. Looking at it, I see that I have missed shadows that the grapes had thrown onto the limes and lemon particularly..

but what else..any advice/ criticism would be very welcome..as it is the only way I will learn!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / My first foray into oils..what tips have you learned? any good websites? on: January 28, 2015 06:54:58 AM
I am reasonably proficient with acrylics, watercolours, but oils are pretty much a closed book to me.

it is time for that to change, I have equipped myself with some basic colours, brushes, linseed oil, white spirit and some cheap boards..

what do I do next??

Have you any tips (no matter how random) useful things you learned along the way?
I cannot afford classes in my area, so any online resources that you found good? I have been looking online but mostly am finding people selling online tuition, I would prefer free resources for now, until I learn if this is my thing or not...

Any particular youtube channels that you think are good?

thanks
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 (CLOSED, Send by Mar 31) on: January 26, 2015 02:10:29 PM
Hope you all get the snow days you want, being snowed in to craft sounds great...we are looking forward to more rain here in Ireland..yay more rain Sad
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Sweet and Easy Valentines Day Swap Round 4 (signups Jan20-25; sendouts Feb5) on: January 26, 2015 08:55:02 AM
I cannot believe that I waited until now to see if there was a valentines swap...*sigh*..ah well, there is always next year, I am looking forward to seeing the gallery
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 (CLOSED, Send by Mar 31) on: January 26, 2015 04:42:20 AM
excited to get started on this!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 22, 2015 11:08:06 AM
Honest to God, I think this quilt is doomed..before it starts...

this is the pattern http://tinyurl.com/ocnb6us (that is a google books result) it is a kaffe fasset design, it is gorgeous, there is a photo and pattern on that link

I am split between two homes as I live for 4 nights of the week in a tiny house and spend the rest of the time at home, so I started cutting being completely unable to find a proper mat- I used hardboard that had been white, so now there are tiny flecks of paint everywhere!...then instead of reading the instructions properly, I cut out squares from the stripy shirts, rather than triangles ...the four triangles are meant to form a square design..they don't...because I cut them incorrectly, every second square can be right, and every other one will make a cross rather than a square...

and they won't line up properly as they are not cut at all well (bouncy hardboard!)..

but that is all cool as it is for me, I am pretty relaxed about a non-professional look and the colours are good so it should look OK..

so resigned to all of that, I decided to start to sew, cleaned down the machine in this house...as I haven't used it in ages...filled the bobbin, changed the needle, etc...only to find that the presser foot is in my other house..

arrrgh!!!...Ah feck it..I'll give it a go anyway, I bought another presser foot while i was out (happily missing someone I didn't want to meet, they called while I was out)...so I will sew a few blocks and see how it looks!..
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