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Curious about artists...

I'm curious about the way other members work. How many of our painters keep a sketch book and sketch...What kind of formal art instruction you have all had or are you self-taught? Do you sketch and study or just start with a blank canvas? How often do you paint? Do you have several things going at o...
by mspiper
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:30 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Curious about artists...
Replies: 8
Views: 4556

This is quite amusing. I used to play with potatoe heads a lot...as an adult! Actually, in a work setting, with a student of mine. It feels good to see them ran over and stuck all silly under the roller, and I love the combinations you came up with on their faces...I found myself arranging and re-ar...
by mspiper
Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:38 am
 
Forum: I Am Ready For The Fury
Topic: Mahed Potatoes . . .Well . ..about to be!
Replies: 4
Views: 741

This is funny! And I like that even though it's a funny cartoon, it's correct as far as light source and shadow. I like the background color you chose. The animals crack me up!
by mspiper
Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:16 am
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: Swine Flew
Replies: 14
Views: 3645

Great news Barb! Be safe and have a Wonderful trip. We will miss you while you're gone...and don't forget to come back to us. I really enjoy your art and posts! Have a Great Time!!
by mspiper
Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:25 am
 
Forum: Shoot The Breeze
Topic: Finally! Yippee!!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2508

Thankyou! I love the mountains and cabins...don't much like the snow, but if I had a warm fire, some marshmellows and the hopes of seeing a Big Bull Elk...I'd stay out in this mt. cabin in the snow! :) Thanks again for support and comments!
by mspiper
Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:47 am
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: Acrylic barn in snow
Replies: 10
Views: 1992

Feels like it comes from the High Renaissance period...like Michelangelos Expulsion From The Garden of Eden. It is very nice. Nice composition and use of lights/darks. Good contrast and the images are rich. Well Done!
by mspiper
Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:40 am
 
Forum: Just Showing
Topic: 8 of 12 Journey to Eden (exibit anchor)
Replies: 5
Views: 939

Looks good so far

I think it's looking good so far. I like Dez in this one, but I think in the photo,her hair color is a little lighter. As as for the waterfall, I agree with Mike...in the photo, the waterfall is narrower at the top and it comes down at a steeper decline than your painting. But the rest is almost pho...
by mspiper
Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:11 am
 
Forum: Works In Progress
Topic: Jakes Rocks
Replies: 40
Views: 5645

Thanks

Thanks Mike! Yea, I'm proud of this one...not that I did the actually tattoo--gun-on-skin...but I drew the images to be transferred. I have done several of my daughters friend's tattooes as well. I should keep a file, huh? lol Well, now if I could get all my photos to come out this way!
by mspiper
Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:48 am
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: My first body art design
Replies: 4
Views: 1673

My first body art design

This is a tattoo I drew up for my beautiful daughter Whitney. She is half Navajo, so the tattoo is her Indian name which is Teh-le-ah Nem-se-Quah which translates to 'Butterfly Princess'--She Who Changes'.
by mspiper
Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:29 am
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: My first body art design
Replies: 4
Views: 1673

Thankyou Mike! I have a particular fondness of this one. Probably because my father framed it using some weathered barn boards. It has a really nice rustic look to it!
by mspiper
Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:04 am
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: Watercolor parrot
Replies: 3
Views: 961

Thankyou for the comments!

Thank you for the comments! Yes Mike, if you could explain a little more sat., I'm not sure I know what the 4mp camera is... :(
by mspiper
Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:38 am
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: Acrylic barn in snow
Replies: 10
Views: 1992

It looks great Karen. Almost 'photo-real'. The waterfall in the photo has a little less water at the top and a seems little wider at the bottom. In the painting, your waterfall at the top is almost jetting upward, where in the photo, it is spilling down at a little different decline. I think what Mi...
by mspiper
Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:05 am
 
Forum: Works In Progress
Topic: Jakes Rocks
Replies: 40
Views: 5645

Watercolor parrot

20"x26" Watercolor, pen and ink parrot. I little bit of buckle in the paper...
by mspiper
Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:37 am
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: Watercolor parrot
Replies: 3
Views: 961

I agree

...about the bigger picture. The painting is a 16"x20" but I don't know how to take it any bigger, and upload it without using my digital camera--which makes the filesize too big. Am I missing something about taking pictures? Maybe use a different program--zip file or something (I really d...
by mspiper
Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:47 am
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: Acrylic barn in snow
Replies: 10
Views: 1992

Need some help...

...any suggestions with taking the photos, uploading them to the site? Much is lost from the original artwork to the site. I have an older digital camera but have had to discard those photos and use my camera phone because I can't sem to load them due to the sizing of the file. What do all of you us...
by mspiper
Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:40 am
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: pencil drawing
Replies: 3
Views: 975

...studio?

...studio? Would be great. I too suffer from 'scattered studio syndrome'. Working out of a living room corner with my easel being dragged from corner to corner...wherever the majority of my piles have accumulated to. In my bedroom, sitting on my bed... out of rubbermaid buckets and boxes.
by mspiper
Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:17 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Is a studio all its cracked up to be?
Replies: 30
Views: 14712

Beautifully rendered!

I really enjoy this one Mike. The sky and clouds are wonderful! I agree with barb, the detail is great. It is subtle but has a rich fullness! Viewing this painting takes me back to the Oregon coast. It's like steppin' right out there onto the beach. Makes me 'feel' the wind on my face and 'smell' th...
by mspiper
Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:09 pm
 
Forum: I Am Ready For The Fury
Topic: beach walk rework
Replies: 16
Views: 1561

Nice Job!

Drew Barrymore...looking FINE! You did such a wonderful job. Photo realism at it's finest, and I like the softened effect--like a glow! Great Work!
by mspiper
Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:25 pm
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: CELEBRITY PORTRAIT DRAWING
Replies: 4
Views: 1409

Acrylic moonscape

This is a 12"x16" acrylic on canvas paper. Another beginning painting of a moonscape/silouette. Again, lighting and saturation of photo isn't real great. Looks too ight at top and too dark on bottom compared to painting. Still working out the bugs I guess. Still trying to figure out what m...
by mspiper
Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: Acrylic moonscape
Replies: 2
Views: 965

Oil study of 'Apple Blossoms'

Oil study of apple blossoms on 11"x14" canvas paper. This was one of my beginning paintings and wasn't really defined well. photo looks a little washed out. background is a lot
ighter green in true life.
by mspiper
Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:08 pm
 
Forum: Be Gentle
Topic: Oil study of 'Apple Blossoms'
Replies: 2
Views: 756
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