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Elspeth 
Posted: 03-Feb-2006, 11:02 AM
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Hey guys!

Last fall I started painting, out of the blue.

I never drew/painted before or studied anything. So, any suggestions would be more than welcome.

This is my first sketch.


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Posted: 03-Feb-2006, 11:04 AM
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and this is the painting......

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Posted: 03-Feb-2006, 11:11 AM
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And this is the sketch for my 4th painting. It is of my mother's homested in Pennsylvania.

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And the painting of the farm..... This is a photo of a scanned picture, so it isn't too clear. I never did get the house right. Any suggestions as to what I should have done would be welcomed.

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Your paintings are so nice! I've never studied either, but I used to volunteer as a Gallery Attendant at my local art gallery. smile.gif
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Those are neat. I really like At Rest. it's pieceful, yet vibrant at the same time. Makes me want to be there.


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Oh my gosh, these are beautiful! You certainly have some talent there!

My grandfather use to paint and I was always amazed by painters to this day. Keep up the good work and I'd love to see more!

Pa is such a nice place, you have alot of things to paint in PA! biggrin.gif


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Those are beautiful Elspeth. Hope you will share more with us. Looks like your a natural... thumbs_up.gif

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QUOTE (Elspeth @ 03-Feb-2006, 11:04 AM)
and this is the painting......

What great strong colors you've used! And there's a good sense of motion, your eye wants to go right up that path...


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QUOTE (Elspeth @ 03-Feb-2006, 11:13 AM)
And the painting of the farm..... This is a photo of a scanned picture, so it isn't too clear. I never did get the house right. Any suggestions as to what I should have done would be welcomed.

Listen, its just a matter of perspective - that's all. Its very hard to draw a structure and get the perspective right. I'm not trying to be bossy, but what will help a lot will be to set up a little house on a table, like a model or decorative one, and sketch it over and over and over... practise this and you'll get the hang of how the angles change when your view of a structure is from the side.

You've captured the sense of the landscapes in PA, I can tell you that... when I visited there in Jan of 05, that's the kind of locations I saw. We were in the north east part of the state, near Nescopek & Berwick & not far from Wilkes-Barre and Bloomsburg. I haven't done any landscapes from the trip yet but am looking forward to it; its a beautiful part of the country.

Where is your gran's homestead located?

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I wrote a response and then lost it. How annoying!! furious.gif


SB, thanks a million. That is a great suggestion. I am NOT a disiplined artist. Why I don't play the piano, rolleyes.gif so if I'm going to get anywhere painting I know I need directional practice.

The farm in in Indiana County - West Central PA. Steelers Country! cool.gif

I did get the angle much better in the sketch, but just couldn't get it close enough in the painting. I think in part because I didn't have a fine enough brush.

I do like those weird angles. But, as a novice, I know if I tried to do anything head on it would look like a stick figure. The painting I am working on now is of the lake that used to be in the hills above Johnstown, PA until the dam failed and washed away the town. I have a horse and carriage crossing the dam in the foreground, at and angle. I have to get the angle and the depth because the painting covers a great deal of ground. Maybe I should use a model for this too. I have been working off a photo I found of a horse and carriage at similiar angle.

Scary business this painting. I finally started painting yesterday. Until then it terrified me. Then, once I start, I dont' want to stop. It's jsut the starting that is so hard. unsure.gif
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Posted: 17-Feb-2006, 10:52 AM
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I've heard of that flood in Johnstown - what a tragedy that was.
Hope the painting of it goes well. It's true that the actual starting of a painting is so hard!! I've got a commission to do right now and I confess its been about two months since I sat down at the drawing board... I know I'm going to be rusty and am nervous about starting, afraid I'll mess it up.
The thing for us both to do it what you already know: sketch it before starting the painting. My mentor used to say doing a page full of little thumbnail sketches, then a couple of larger rough draft sketches, was the best thing to assure that the actual painting will go more smoothly.

Courage then to both of us! biggrin.gif
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My dear, you have a gift to follow.


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Posted: 16-Mar-2006, 07:01 PM
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I finally finished

Lake Conemaugh.

My daughter wants me to include close ups of the boats. My first attempts at people. tongue.gif


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Posted: 16-Mar-2006, 07:17 PM
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Elspeth, Lake Conemaugh is absolutely marvelous. Like I said you have a gift to follow.

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