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  •   Cindy Frendt liked this post about 4 hours ago
    It has been an absolutely crazy week, I am thankful to have had Lesson 3 to work on in the in between.....Making progress, 2days 2 hrs, here's my doodle and first try!
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  •   Judy commented on this post about 2 days ago
    S201 Color Theory Students
    There is a major update to the class in progress. The first of 20 new video lessons are uploading now. These lessons show different painting techniques to create various edges and contrast effect. It will be a wonderful reference page for your future learning. Long way to go in the class but we are off! Look for the new menu item "Brush Techniques" in your S201 classroom.
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  •   YvonneN liked this post about 4 days ago
    I received a question from a student in the S201 about the portrait part of the class coming at the end of this year. The best all around alla prima portrait artist of all time in my opinion is John Singer Sargent. We have done several of his studies over the years at our studio and there are a few really great nuggets about his technique and palette. I would like to paint Jackie, a portrait he did in 1883 as he was expanding his method. Of course I will show you in acrylic how all this is done. His 1/2 tone progressions and application of thick transitional colors. This portrait will tie EVERYTHING we are learning during the year into this wonderful painting. We have a lot to do to tackle this but it will be tremendous fun. It is also a little smaller being only 22 inches tall so some who want to bring it to Sidney in the Fall, it would be awesome. LOTS COMING!
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  •   Cindy Frendt commented on this post about 4 days ago
    Here's my RYB Landscape from the Color Theory class. Lots of great practice mixing browns, greys and greens from the 3 primaries.
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  •   DeAnn liked this post about 5 days ago
    Never did any drawing or painting as I was a medical technologist until I retired 2 yrs ago. In preparation for retirement I needed a hobby, and I tried a few things and painting stuck. This is my 1st painting in the western series.
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  • Welcome to the student network Johanne.
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  •   DeAnn liked this post about 5 days ago
    Hers's lesson 2 from casual flowers, took a little longer and I let it set for a few starting to get some of the toning, turning and flowing techniques to work just so....not too bad ..;-)
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  •   DeAnn liked this post about 5 days ago
    Just finished the newest lesson in David's on line floral class. This rendition of a Eugene Henri Cauchois painting was an exercise in loosening up and painting with a more impressionist style. Lots of opportunity to learn more about color, texture, brush strokes. It was fun, as always, and I enjoyed the challenge of it
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  •   DeAnn commented on this post about 5 days ago
    Fresh off the easel today. #2 Western painting "Well Done". I have to say it was much easier than the first one, so perhaps I did retain the lesson. The big challenge is how to post a picture here. LOL
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  •   DeAnn liked this post about 5 days ago
    Painting Birds....
    In the S101 we learned that different brushes and give different feather effects. My overall favorite is the Fusion #4 flat. It gives the bird a more "painterly" look rather than a liner look. Seems the older I get the more casual I like my paintings. ‏ — feeling happy
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  •   DeAnn commented on this post about 5 days ago
    Hello Everyone. I am a new student of David's. I'm taking the S201 Color Theory class. I just finished my first exercise using a limited palate. This exercise is about understanding color not teaching landscape. Bonus for me is I ended up with a not bad painting. I do plan on doing this one again later. Here is my first painting using Heritage acrylic paints. I still need to varnish it.
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  •   DeAnn's Art Studio commented on this post about 5 days ago
    Red is the most perfect hue! I'm loving the new look of my studio/gallery in historic Decatur, Alabama. I cannot believe I've been open one year this week. I'm keeping busy - filming the first installment in my new "Master Hues" online class series (Red is first of course), working on the last pieces for my first educational book release, planning several studio workshops, teaching weekly classes, painting commissions, and enjoying life. If you find yourself in the south, please stop by. I know I will see many of you in Nebraska in September.
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  •   DeAnn liked this post about 5 days ago
    Hello Artists....
    This is Mark McKenna an upcoming younger artist that I feel has a wonderful look. Notice on the Linx how he "blurred" the ears, but brought out so much texture in the nose etc. His technique is magic. You could do this type of look with just about anything. He is considered and tonal painter because he applies "marks" of tone rather than blends. He has lots and lots of paintings if you wan to search his look. Here is a gallery representing him. Notice the price of his paintings and also notice the "COW" portrait sold for big bucks!
     http://dickidolgallery.com/work/mark-mckenna/
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  •   DeAnn commented on this post about 5 days ago
    S201 We have added 2 new lessons to the classroom this morning. Finishing the editing on the quick landscape which show using opaque color in the foreground to push back the mountains. So fun exercise paintings coming this week. We are also updating S104. Have to finish one floral and paint the last LARGE Grand Tray!!!! Yes! ‏ — feeling happy
    • paintermargo
      Just began and so far I am loving the Color Theory class. So much to learn and it helps so much in your painting to know these things if one is paintiJust began and so far I am loving the Color Theory class. So much to learn and it helps so much in your painting to know these things if one is painting landscapes, etc. I have learned so much the past couple of years from you. You are an awesome mentor and I thank you so much !!  More ...
    • David
      Thank you Margo! I love this class. I have such BIG plans for it. Going to even look at Sargents portraits towards the end of the year as we all goThank you Margo! I love this class. I have such BIG plans for it. Going to even look at Sargents portraits towards the end of the year as we all go to Sidney..
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    • mthorvaldsen@netscape.net
      while I have joined in late for this class when you get to portraits and Sargents section would I be able to join in prorated? this wll give me more twhile I have joined in late for this class when you get to portraits and Sargents section would I be able to join in prorated? this wll give me more time to work on transitions from watercolor to the heritages acrylics and loosen up a bit in the process.....I'm making good progress with the direct videos and am very happy I subscribed....your methods are well presented and your videos, easy to follow. I appreciate being able to explore and work at my own pace for now allowing me to find my way! Thanks... ;-)
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    • mthorvaldsen@netscape.net
      no worries, i will not be able to sign in for this class but found a casual flowers class and have ordered the book! Looking forward to this adventureno worries, i will not be able to sign in for this class but found a casual flowers class and have ordered the book! Looking forward to this adventure! ;-)
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    • Judy
      Looking forward to painting this one. I love painting landscapes. David what are the dates for the Color Expo in Sept?
    • David
      Sept. 5- 9th in Sidney Nebraska! Going to be AWESOME!
    • diania
      Love the Color Theory Class. So much to absorb and learn. You are such a great art teacher. Just who I have been looking to find. Let the journey begiLove the Color Theory Class. So much to absorb and learn. You are such a great art teacher. Just who I have been looking to find. Let the journey begin.  More ...
    • DeAnn
      Beautiful work. I LOVE color theory. I am really enjoying the practical application as we move through the various areas of study. This approach is veBeautiful work. I LOVE color theory. I am really enjoying the practical application as we move through the various areas of study. This approach is very helpful!  More ...
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  •   DeAnn liked this post about 5 days ago
    this is what I've done so far from the landscape, sea & flower videos in the library in the last month: Still moving from rosemaling to rose painting, tryin out new techniques from lesson videos and doodling, just got the watercolor medium and tried canvas and 182lb co watercolor paper.....the bristle board is holding up to a few layers.
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  •   DeAnn liked this post about 5 days ago
    60 degrees today and sunny....got the morning to paint! here's the redo of lesson #2 in Casual flowers. This was fun....working with new and favorite color combos. I'll put up both, an interesting comparison! Hope you weekends are great!
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  •   paintermargo liked this post about 5 days ago
    I've been working on stuff for the 1st lesson in causal flowers...….I'm really avoiding having to copy something, as I am a failure in that area... anyway on the road to painting the first lesson I've made these stops! ;-) I hope to have my own version of the daisies by the end of the week! Hope your weekend was great!

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  •   DeAnn liked this post about 5 days ago
    New S104 lesson is being uploaded into the classroom today. This is a 3 part, 3 hours painting and designing lesson using the "grand tray". It is a BIG one..
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  •   paintermargo liked this post about 5 days ago
    These are my most recent paintings from David's floral class. I am loving this class and the direction we are headed. This has been so much fun, and a great learning, and changing experience. The basket of roses is a Franz Mortelmans study, and the bouquet in vase was a lesson in applying Cauchois techniques to other paintings.
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  •   paintermargo liked this post about 5 days ago
    Well, here's my Lesson #1 from Casual flowers! I'm so enjoying using my imagination as well as the videos! I'm pretty happy w the results, better than I expected......had fun! ‏ — feeling happy
    • Judy
      Love the way you did the background and colors. Your flowers come forward. Well done. You are off to good start. I'm struggling with getting my flLove the way you did the background and colors. Your flowers come forward. Well done. You are off to good start. I'm struggling with getting my flowers to look like they come forward from the background.  More ...
    • mthorvaldsen@netscape.net
      David has lessons in the art direct videos....book video lesson.....30 min doodles where you can see how he uses his dark background sploshes, aroundDavid has lessons in the art direct videos....book video lesson.....30 min doodles where you can see how he uses his dark background sploshes, around the central flowers to create some depth also the turning & cupping of flowers, bringing the flowers flowers forward ......it's all in the preps.....I use some bristol board as scrap paper! glad you liked!   More ...
    • David
      That is really pretty! Flowers just "pop" off. Great!
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  •   paintermargo liked this post about 5 days ago
    worked from lesson 4...wildflowers, book videos...cupping and tonals….glad I played with the brushes & paint yesterday. Thanks Jess for the new course catalogue. I would be interested in the seascapes after I finish the casual flowers. The book I bought thru Amazon is taking for ever. Here's today's work
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  •   mthorvaldsen@netscape.net liked this post about 1 week ago
    Inspired by our landscape class and all the interactions we are having on this network, I had to return to a composition I started a while ago. I just wasn't feeling right about it at the time I began - I guess I wasn't yet ready for this part of my journey. I am now! Game on! Up at 5 this morning (ya'll know this isn't in my character), I was excited to face this longhorned guy after our 4 hour stare down last night. LOL This is a large 30 x something canvas...lots of rocks. I already revisited the "atmospheric" conditions in the background again...I guess you should know I'm excited...I'm excited because I'm learning, I'm growing...thanks for taking a look.
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  •   David liked this post about 1 week ago
    While I'm still waiting for my book, I'm doodling playing with the brushes and paints....an working on the tonal technique in the continuing education using half tones, makes a difference. I'm editing some the doodles, I've already done.....playing with the roses....posting a happy spring doodle, am enjoying just playing with the medium and the brushes! Thanks David for answering those questions! ;-)



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  •   Betsy Ogles liked this post about 1 week ago
    For many years in decorative painting I have struggled to find ways as an artist to add interest to my paintings. Interest can come in many ways. Rosemalers use the power and movement of the acanthus scroll. Your eye follows the line of the design and thus you find that line of movement "interesting". In recent years as I added more painting genres I have added new ways to create interest in my work. Studying the floral impressionists of the 19th century introduced the power of the lost and found edge, movement through the design through visual differences in the objects. This became my favorite way to paint for the past few years. I present paintings for my students and customers that take your eye on a visual journey through colors, form, and edges. The redpoll above is an example of this type of movement. The flowers in the center show more definition than flowers on the outside. How much detail and how "real" you paint the redpoll also adds this visual interest. Reducing the edges, softening the effect pushes objects back and thus creates a visual journey for your eye and interest.

    3 years ago, I step into new areas for me. I have always learned an artist adds interest through light and dark, warm and cool, tonality of colors etc. But I never thought of adding interest through movement. This takes me to the water photo. When I painted this I got several emails from students saying they loved the water. It is the movement of the water. It is adding a different type of interest and thus a different type of appeal. Hmmm... so I went back and watch some videos and read some books from artists that inspired me through the years and low and behold I heard new things. One artist made the statement... "most artists add interest through the uses of light and dark colors, I do it through action."

    Action? It is true, I looked at his paintings and saw that everyone has some type of movement. It also had ways to tie the elements together that I never thought of before... so that is another post... more study.... Action.... His subjects were doing things. He has tonality to the colors, but then action in the painting. Movement. I guess this is why I like seascapes. The power and movement of water has always been a great subject for artists, but learning just how to control that movement and place it within the painting takes some study. My eyes are now really opening. I have thought interest as color, technique, contrast, subject and now action!

    Charles Marion Russell as with most western genre artist added tremendous interest to his paintings with action. Movement of the subjects. Lots of movement. Lots of interest. Sometimes so much that you don't travel the landscape part of the painting and stay mostly focused in the front. One artist I read said one of his paintings just didn't have enough movement for interest, so he added rain to the scene. Thinking of natures movement rather than color movement. My eyes are opening further. I know not everyone will appreciate all genres and styles, but as a painter I find the "seeing" amazing.

    As I travel through the various styles and techniques I learn more and more about art and how to "see". There are many reasons we all paint and create. Most do it for personal pleasure and fun. That is how I started. Later, I became interested in techniques. I found that I loved to "try" things, experiment and increase my understanding. As I try new things, I become more and more excited about my painting. I certainly don't like all the genre and some I will never master, but I so love trying new things. Adding new things also broadens my appeal as an artist. For example, Dave Parmer who works in our business. A quiet, gentle, rock musician who takes care of our customers. He works, quietly editing our videos and packing orders. Only a couple of times in the last 7 years has he said he would like a painting I did, until this last week. I painted several commissioned wildlife paintings, using a different type of movement in the scene for interest. He came into the studio, saw them and said "MINE". I said which one is your favorite.... "ALL OF THEM".... LOL.... I was so happy. I reached him, a new generation. I said, I can teach you how to paint these, to which he said.. "that would be so cool!". Now... that is why I paint and create. I just created something that appeals to someone and makes them want to give it a try. It is the greatest feeling in the world to create something that makes someone what to paint it. Your art is appreciated, and I have discovered over the years that you have to explore all types of interest to reach all types of people. Expand your techniques and types of interest and watch what happens..... It is fun!
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      I need to reread this several times, let it sink in and then reread again and hopefully apply some of it to what I will be working on. Off to make sI need to reread this several times, let it sink in and then reread again and hopefully apply some of it to what I will be working on. Off to make strawberry jam right nowl Thanks David.  More ...
    • mikiko
      I will try to expand my techniques.Thank you David!
    • Carolyn
      Reread the above and it struck me that an unframed watercolor I sold this past weekend was called "Moving Waters" Guess it's time to do more moving wReread the above and it struck me that an unframed watercolor I sold this past weekend was called "Moving Waters" Guess it's time to do more moving water.   More ...
    • paintermargo
      Great information. I need a push every so often to get back to educating myself. I find I return to bad habits and the same old stuff if not. Off to eGreat information. I need a push every so often to get back to educating myself. I find I return to bad habits and the same old stuff if not. Off to expand...techniques that is. LOL  More ...
    • Teresa
      Thank you for sharing your insights. It helps me to recognize what things draw me to paintings. Sometimes you just can't put a finger on why somethiThank you for sharing your insights. It helps me to recognize what things draw me to paintings. Sometimes you just can't put a finger on why something appeals to you or even what you may need to make a painting better. Now I have more tools in my tool box of things to examine and think about.
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    • Burdyblue
      First, I see the action in your water example clearly. The contrast of whites is remarkable. Second, something that affects me about a painting is whaFirst, I see the action in your water example clearly. The contrast of whites is remarkable. Second, something that affects me about a painting is what I hear when I first see it and how it makes me feel. I hear the water moving in your river, for example, so it is real for me, it is pleasant to keep looking at. I can hear the cowboys yelling as they rustle the animal and I am wondering what happened there that day--the story. Sometimes, I hear music or a song when I see a painting. And last, I am grateful, as all of us are, that you are sharing your great love of painting and what you have learned over all the years with us.   More ...
    • DeAnn
      Well-stated and duly-noted. Oh, where will this journey lead? Thank you again!
    • serina168
      We will never stop learning and exploring. We are so lucky to live with art.
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  •   Betsy Ogles liked this post about 1 week ago
    Flowers are in bloom here at the studio. I love adapting Paint it Simply techniques to a variety of surfaces. These wild Roses literally dropped off my brush onto this faux suede pillow - next, I'm planning to enhance indoor/outdoor pillows with spring bouquets. I've been painting a variety of styles on a variety of surfaces; study panels don't have to be simple panels, they can be useful of art, i.e., pillows. Build the painting as you would on any other surface, wet into wet, thick over thin.
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  •   Betsy Ogles commented on this post about 1 week ago
    Hello Everyone. I am sharing my finished painting from Lesson 2. The Louis Aston Knight cottage on river. The canvas is 36 x 24. When I viewed the last video for the class, David really encouraged students to make the painting their own, so for the flowers, I took my painting outside in my yard and painted some of our flowers into it. The trumpet vine on the roof of the cottage grows on an arbor in our back yard. The beautiful white hydrangea is a bush in our back yard. The wild flowers I put on the left bank are very typical sights where I live, growing along the highway or around the many ponds in our area. I had fun just making it up as I went. I have to say the cottage was the biggest challenge to me. I worked on it and the flowers for several hours until I was happy with it. Overall, I am pleased with the painting, and looking forward to starting the Falls of St. Anthony. Thank you, David, for another wonderful class.
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  • worked on lesson 4 wild roses in books videos., cupping & toning …….glad I played with the paints & brushes yesterday! Thanks, Jess, I received the new catalogue of classes. will be interested in the seascapes after the casual flowers....book ordered thru amazon is taking forever......
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