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Old Thursday 10th February 2011, 20:58   #226
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good to see this is still alive now that youve done it long you could try again at 15...
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Old Thursday 10th February 2011, 21:04   #227
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Yes Ms. Colleen (said the recalcitrant student).

OK. A second 15 minute version. It was going along well until I used a small brush for the foliage and reeds. If I'd remembered to switch to a big brush and very simple tonal blocks I would have been done with time to spare and a better looking painting.
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Old Thursday 10th February 2011, 22:45   #228
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This one's a real beut, Ken.
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Old Friday 11th February 2011, 08:18   #229
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Still a nice one though. Maybe we should try the '15-minute-flash-painting-using-nothing-smaller-than-a-half-inch-brush' thread!

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fine work Ken, and I agree about the big brush...something flexible helps too for oils.
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I still don't spend much time looking when I do field sketching and instead just rush into it. I'm still trying to learn to slow down and look. But with finished work I spend forever looking before I actually DO something. And sometimes I still can't figure out what to do.

Those are the times when it seems like the time to revive this thread and try a 15 minute flash painting. These are the first tree swallows of spring seen a couple of weeks ago. A small watercolor.
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lovely!
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lovely!

Must be about time for you to rejoin this thread...
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still working hard on the sea, but yesterday for the first time did some field sketching in the bay....maybe some seagulls
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Very expressive, Ken! Nice job.
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those tree swallows are art! Superb!
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Heermanns Gull

after a dismal day painting a wave #21 of the 100 set, I decided to resurrect this thread for a flash Heermanns in oil. on the back of an old pastel board

whew pretty rusty will have to try some more, remember the boundaries are no drawing first and 15 min time limit.
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Aha! The Flash has been resurrected!
A successful Heerman's Flash Colleen!

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Are we having a flashback?...

Nice gull Colleen.

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remember the boundaries are no drawing first and 15 min time limit.
Almost sounds like a challenge. I'm happy to see one of my favorite threads revived. Oddly I was just thinking about it the other day.

Nice job on the gull. And I hope we'll see more. I still think these flash paintings are incredibly useful.
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thanks Mike and Phil
Ken the most useful part for me is it shows me what I don't know about the bird
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Ken the most useful part for me is it shows me what I don't know about the bird
I guess I may learn that too. But I think for me the most useful part if that it draws out my intuitive knowledge of the bird. There's no time at all to be conscious of what I'm doing. So in something like this I'm forced to be bolder and then happily surprised at seeing more success than I could ever hope for. I guess to an extent it's like learning to swim by being thrown into the water. Momentarily at least they give me more confidence in myself, well most of the time.
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In anticipation of the winds of Hurricane Irene arriving over the next 24 hours this 15 minute watercolor of a Green Heron landing in the wind at Magee Marsh in Ohio in May.

There are a number of things I'd like to change but 15 minutes is 15 minutes. His wing is up and pointed out at the viewer but I' m not sure that this captured that.
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Caught perfectly - so much to like about this; glossy plumage, great pose and all in 15 minutes! Great stuff.
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amazing what you can do in 15 min isn't it....very expressive
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This thread will never lay down all the while quality work keeps popping up on it!

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I think I feel a personal obligation to throw up something every once in awhile just because I like these quick paintings so much. Viewing them that is. Of course I also enjoy making them. And it forces me to be loose with my old nemesis, watercolor.
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First try with gouache, since out doors I will have to paint on the fly without drawing I thought this would be a good way to practice...I had the id forum check this one....California Gull, has pale legs and is smaller than the Western

I used a toned gesso made of liquitex grey gesso, white gesso, matte medium,, naples yellow and white, all acrylic. Plain gesso was too rough and absorbent.
This is a warm grey, I will be trying out some other colors. I coat both sides of rough 140# Arches, as you can see I brush it on and leave a free white edge, which gives it a "frame" and I like the look of it.

This has a sort of old fashioned look somehow, the ground mellows the colors even tho the bird is heavily painted

5x8 gouache on gessoed paper
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