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Old Wednesday 2nd June 2010, 18:47   #51
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at last, after looking at this thread in woderment for the past few days, I have my own flash to share! A Red Kite that I saw from the car near Oxford this afternoon on the way back from Wales. the no-outline thing didn't work out too well, I did the birds underwings first, then added in the head, conveniently not realising now I had to have the head hidden away behind the wing, which makes it look like a rather weird kite! Also the tail isn't very kite-like, and I am getting used to using proper paper! Still, it was good fun, even though much of my stuff is 15-minute flashes anyway! This was the first time I have attempted the bird without a pretty detailed outline, and a damn good challenge too, but I like the effect it makes anyway, I just need tons more practice!
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Old Wednesday 2nd June 2010, 19:07   #52
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good work Liam....yes the little nothings of 15 min take a deal of skill and knowledge...remember I've been painting for over 40 years, tho I'm new to birds...and others here have years of practice too.

Still one of the valuable things to me on this is that it shows me what I know and what pieces are missing so next time out I see in a new way...and for a beginner like you this is very valuable information to see what needs more observation, what skills need honing....

keep up the good work, you are growing a lot here... re the skills, a good basic drawing class would save you years of trying to figure out a lot of the foundation principals of creating good work, tho you can do it on your own with books or dvd, it's much easier and more fun with a good teacher.
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Old Wednesday 2nd June 2010, 19:59   #53
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Good start Liam. I know it's difficult to leave outlines behind but once you've done it a few times it will start to seem natural. Soon the brush seems as much your primary instrument of art as the pencil.
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There's a bit of a story to this one. I've related it in greater detail on my thread. In a nutshell I did a quick watercolor of a bunch of Semipalmated Plovers with a few Semipalmeted Sandpipers amidst lots of muddy broken bottles yesterday. It wasn't much but it did make me think I still could make a more finished work of it.

But I felt I really needed to do a better job with the stars of the painting, the Semipalmated Plovers. So this is just a quick study of one of them. In this one I did do a couple of outlines in light watercolor, knowing that they'd eventually be covered up by watercolor washes.
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absoultely super Ken...my favorite of all your works...outlines are one thing, a few location marks are another
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Thanks Colleen. I was happily surprised with it.
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great work Liam and Ken

Liam - at the start of anything new, when you're finding your feet, enthusiasm is the driving factor -and that you have plenty of - the kite is a great little piece - and your critique of it means the next one will be better, and better and so on.

Ken - What a super little piece - such a cheeky little bird, and so simply done
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Old Thursday 3rd June 2010, 09:11   #58
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Good work Liam. Working in different ways is always a challenge and that's what makes it worthwhile. None of us would grow as artists if we didn't step away from our comfort zones every once in a while and try something new. The experience gained filters down through and stays in your consciousness when you work on your next painting. (Oh and my decorating can get very messy indeed! Especially as I rush the last wall...)

Ken I love this little plover, great capture of the quizzical expression; What are these strange pebbles and why are they on my mud!?

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Right before I started back on my barny painting this morning I loosened up with a fifteen minute flash from a thumbnail sketch I made a while ago. Fun! I think I'll try for another at the end of the session (which I'm just going back to now!)

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Right before I started back on my barny painting this morning I loosened up with a fifteen minute flash from a thumbnail sketch I made a while ago. Fun! I think I'll try for another at the end of the session (which I'm just going back to now!)

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all that in 15 mins Mike!!!
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I'm with Liam.....a lot of coverage in 15 min, can hear the song
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Less than 10"x8" and mostly a 1" brush! Actually I just noticed that the second, darker twig looks like a shadow of the first, oops!

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I'm with Liam.....a lot of coverage in 15 min, can hear the song
Can hear the song, and feel the light. Exactly what a 15 minute painting should be!
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well you see I've got all these lovely piles of paint left over after my color chart exercises,......so, have been wanting to try this godwit and willet out at the marine preserve in the fog for ages....only have a very blurry photo, but hey it's fog so who can see

Came out a whole lot worse than what my inner vision painted all these months looking at it on my screen saver
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I think it's really rather nice. And quite mysterious and ethereal!

In 15 mins you have evoked a misty marsh, and some life therein. Like it a lot!
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thanks Phil, just came in from errands and saw it with fresh eyes, not that bad, I guess it's just far away from what I've been imagining for months...but that may be just taking more time with it...... has some possibilities...
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I think it's really rather nice. And quite mysterious and ethereal!

In 15 mins you have evoked a misty marsh, and some life therein. Like it a lot!
Yes Phil is right. You did get quite a lot done in a meager 15 minutes.
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There's some wonderful blending effects going on in this misty marsh. Gives a good indication of techniques needed if you bring this on to a larger piece.

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got to have a go at this will post the result
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Ok had a bash at this although some of you will know that I don't paint much, tend to be better in black n white, and am lacking practice.

Yes I was in Thailand too earlier this year!

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welcome into Flash World, you did a great job on that bill in 15 min. were you able to give up pre drawing and just use the brush directly? it has a lot of character.
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Excellent job! Really nice to simplify everything down to its basic shapes, you have to really, there's not much choice in 15 minutes!

PS. I can't help thinking how good this would look on a mug... in my kitchen

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Ok had a bash at this although some of you will know that I don't paint much, tend to be better in black n white, and am lacking practice.

Yes I was in Thailand too earlier this year!

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You know Andrew, that last view we had of this bird, sat down with its bill resting on the dried mud had a massive visual impact on me, quite an extraordinary vision, good to see you've had a bash!
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