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    Happy Valentine's Day Everyone,
    I'm in the Color Theory class where we do painting exercises that include not only landscapes but floral also. I have never painted a flower or a rose before this class. That's not because I didn't want to. I never learned how. In Theory class right now we are learning about the value scale and how to use it in a painting. Well, guess what the exercise is.....A floral, ROSES. UGH was my first thought. Then I thought OK, now is the time to finally learn how to paint a rose and I get to learn from the Master of Roses. I am embracing the experience. I have now signed up for the S105 Paint it Simply where I get to learn as a beginner. This is such a wonderful experience for me. Hope everyone else is enjoying their class(s) as much as I am. I would also like to know who else is in either of these class's.
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  • I am thoroughly enjoying the rosemalling class (S103).! Thank you. I have a couple of questions.

    1. In our class on Paint it Simply Flowers S105), we used the rule of thumb of not jumping more than two value levels without half-tones. We appear to be using more contrast in rosemalling. Are there suggestions around value that we should keep in mind for these projects (S103)?

    2. In the Romsdal segment, you mentioned a contemporary Romsdal artist who has influenced you and whom you particularly enjoy. I played that segment over and over and have not been able to catch his name. Would you share spelling. I would like to google see his work.

    Thank you!
    Sandy
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  •   Cindy Frendt commented on this post about 1 day 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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  •   Betsy Ogles commented on this post about 2 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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  •   Betsy Ogles commented on this post about 2 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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    Here you will find some fun painting videos. Sponsored by Art Videos Direct, we present some videos that will hopefully inspire you to paint. We try to post a couple new videos each month so check back often! Let's paint!
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  •   Judy liked this post about 1 month ago
    Art is about brush movements. I study clouds here in Nebraska. It changed the way I painted roses. It changed the way I paint birds last year. I wrote of the best bird books I feel I have done when I came here and studied the wind blowing over the short grass prairie. It changed the way I paint water. The more things you study, the better at observation you are. Observation is the key to being an artist. I may discover while painting clouds a new technique that I can use on roses to give new looks. I may discover while painting a rose a great way to create an illusion in a landscape. It is about observation and that is a skill you must refine. You refine it by forcing yourself to "see" other things and by doing it every day.

    Tomorrow, I will paint different. I will create some new ways to capture an image. I will create new brushwork because I am studying different things that change me and I am routinely doing this everyday to refine my skills. My goal is to paint different and advance my skills.

    In the photo above, you can see the transparency. It is an illusion. The illusion can be used in one way on a rose and another way on water. Many times I will use different techniques to create this illusion form direct painting, negative painting to back painting. I practice these everyday so my observational skills increase and so does my brushwork.

    This week I was painting prairie grass, writing a seascapes book and this morning I painted a new look to roses that I really love. I mean really love! What changed me..... trying to capture prairie grass completely changed the way I see roses. Undertones are so important to the grasses in the prairie, so I tried it on the roses...WOW.. Amazing. Now I knew about undertones since studying the Dutch techniques, but I really never saw them in this way until I tried to capture the short grass in the wind. Time for another book...

    Painting everyday increases my observational skills. So does painting different things. I am going to get a calendar and mark an X each day I paint something. Anything. That is my goal. To make an unbroken chain and see where it leads me. Have a great painting day!
    • paintermargo
      Amazing knowledge to pass on. I was looking at the Tapestry Floral book and oh my ! You have changed so, so much ! These little jewels of information Amazing knowledge to pass on. I was looking at the Tapestry Floral book and oh my ! You have changed so, so much ! These little jewels of information are so valuable to be aware of every time we pick up a brush. Always learning and observing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Each of your changes have changed my art as well.  More ...
    • DeAnn
      So pretty. The detail is absolutely amazing. The transfer of technique from genre to genre is obviously so beneficial. exciting!!!
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  •   Judy liked this post about 1 month ago
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      David I could use some advice on this painting. I haven't varnished it yet. Please let me know how I did on painting my first Dutch Masters.
    • patduhon1948@yahoo.com
      I have started on the Jan Van Huysum. I also joined the New Western Series I am so excited to see all I can learn from you. Thanks for the opportunitI have started on the Jan Van Huysum. I also joined the New Western Series I am so excited to see all I can learn from you. Thanks for the opportunity.  More ...
    • Betsy Ogles
      Pat, wasn't it daunting getting through this painting! Very nice!
    • patduhon1948@yahoo.com
      Yes it was and thanks Betsy for your support. You did an excellent job ?. I am so proud of me and you for finishing this one. I found it an adventure Yes it was and thanks Betsy for your support. You did an excellent job ?. I am so proud of me and you for finishing this one. I found it an adventure because it was my first time painting the Old Masters. I was used to painting in oils so I have had to learn a new technique and medium. So much fun and we have a great teacher. I just wish I hadn't spent all the money on other artist that I didn't learn what I thought I would. I did learn some things but David has started breaking me of some bad habits I picked up a long the way.
      Love seeing your work.
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  •   Judy liked this post about 1 month ago
    Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky painted near the end of the 19th century. I love his seascapes alot, but some of his winter scenes are very captivating. This is a smaller painting 13 X17 inches. The warm and cools are amazing as in the perspective. Oh, by the way, this one just sold at Sotheby's for about $1,100,000. It has such a unique look. Wonderful.
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