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americanvalkyrie
« on: November 13, 2011 09:17:02 PM »

Hi!  I'm brand new to Craftster.  I just wanted to introduce myself and put up a few pieces I've done in the past.  Currently I'm working on a 3-painting series of Hindu brides.  Two down, one to go.



What you can't see with the photography is the 3-dimensional relief of the jewelry, and the gold enamel.
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2011 11:51:16 PM »

These are absolutely lovely! The detail is amazing. Welcome to Craftster!
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2011 11:51:59 PM »

Thank you so much!
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2011 12:40:30 AM »

wow!
Welcome and amazing work!
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2011 07:17:24 AM »

Beautiful work. Welcome to craftster. I hope you decided to participate in our swaps they are awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2011 09:38:26 AM »

Oh my Bob, these are stunning! They look like they glow from within, such beautiful realism! I love how saturated these are, and your use of light. Any chance of seeing some close up photos, so we could see the detail and the metal enhancements? Can't wait to see the third, and welcome to Craftster!
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2011 08:04:30 PM »

Wow Phantome, thank you so much!  Now I can't wait to finish the third.  I'll get some better pics soon... my house has horrible lighting, so I need to take them outside and get some full spectrum light on them.
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2011 09:18:44 PM »

What medium are you using, and what are you painting them on? Seriously, these are great! I totally know what you mean about bad lighting- I never can seem to get just the right light when I photograph my own paintings- there's always a shadow or something, it seems. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2011 11:52:30 PM »

I use medium/high grade acrylic paints (I prefer Golden brand) on prestretched canvas.  Afterwards, I cover it with an acrylic gloss or polyacrylic varnish to protect it and bring out the colors. 

As far as lighting, about the only thing I've found that really works to photograph my art is going out in early afternoon (3pm in the summer) so the light is reflective all around but doesn't shine directly on the work, and isn't so early/late that the wavelengths are distorted by the atmosphere.  When I paint inside, I have to do it during the day if I want the color value to matter at all.  Luckily my house lets in a lot of daylight, even if the fixtures themselves are poor.  I've tried full spectrum bulbs, but I'm only marginally pleased with those.  This summer, I saw another artist's VERY expensive halogen light, and I was jealous.  It made the colors pop.
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2011 09:35:50 AM »

They are gorgeous!  Lovely paintings beautifully done.  Welcome to Craftster.  I hope you post more works for me to drool over - both the finished products and your MAD SKILLZ!
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