Thursday, 28 March 2013

Busy Life of a Painter! Painting #2

Here is my second ever painting. It turned out better than I had thought it would, but there's a long way to go.

I note I tended to get build up of ridges near the edge of the cherry ... but I read about these and know what do ...hopefully.

                                           Cherry (painting #2)                   John Simlett
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
(14 inches x 10 inches
40 cms x 0 cms )

38 comments:

  1. looks great No 2 !!! ...have a feeling you are going to run out of canvases very quickly john

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    1. Thank you. You're right, Jane ... this could be an expensive adventure.

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  2. John, I did a double take when I glanced at my blog's sidebar and saw a cherry under Gatepost Pictures! Your mastery in technical drawing will serve you well in your painting.
    Have fun, explore and experiment!

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    1. It's a lot of fun and going better than I thought, Laura

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  3. You are on a roll dear friend. I like the simplicity of your compositions. Very nice. You've been sitting on this talent no doubt. Fess up. You've played around before. You are making me want to get back to the easel and follow your lead.

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    1. Thanks Linda. No, on my solemn word, I have never painted before. But my approach is to watch/read/build up a mental picture of the mechanics/dive in.

      I was really pleased with this one because I had to give the illusion it was shining as I didn't have any gloss or other mediums (listen to me talking painting ...chuckle)

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  4. John, you are growing by leaps and bounds!!!

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    1. It started on the way to the fair: I sold the cow to an old lady for a bag of beans...and...

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  5. Oh John, now you are just showing off!!! ;0)
    It is exceptionally good! I can't believe you haven't been doing it for years!!
    So - please, do share about the ridges because I wouldn't know what to do! :0)

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  6. Thanks Sandra.

    Well my book says to paint the background to within 3mm (1/8")of the edge of the subject and then fill the gap using a 'liner' ...that's the theory but I haven't tried it yet!

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  7. Nice textures in the blowup! I always look for the hand preserved in the painting--somehow. So far this is fresh and not overworked with the hand well represented, even in the edges. She's a bit tart yet, just like I like.

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    1. Not sure what all that means, Bill :0) but thanks anyway!

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  8. John you are doubly blessed with your artistic ability. Wonderful composition in it's simplicity which again I say isn't easy. Your masterful strokes of color and tone. Well done my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Joan. I'm still watching your work intently as I admire it so much.

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  9. It's very hard to believe you never painted before, John!! this is fantastic work...please don't stop...I've never seen a cherry look so good!!!

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    1. I admit that I was amazed that the cherry came out so well... beginners luck methinks
      . Thank you, Hilda

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  10. Positively delicious. It's hard to believe that this is your second ever painting. Well done!

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  11. It looks so beautiful John. Clearly you are a natural artist. It's pretty unreal how you've taken to this so quickly. :))

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    1. Thanks Crystal - time will tell, these might not last!

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  12. FIVE STARS ----really beautiful!

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  13. You really are the worlds greatest painter!

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    1. Chuckle ... the next ones will probably be garbage, Sherry, but thank you for the flattery!

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  14. I am greatly impressed! You seem to have an intuitive feeling for the acrylics and I would never, ever, in a million years, guess that this is only your second painting! I can hardly wait to see what your painting future holds!

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  15. Thank you for your kind words, Susan. It is people like yourself - who have pointed the way and shared your techniques - that have encouraged me to have a go.

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  16. Dear John, I wish a Happy Easter to you and your family.
    I see that painting continues with the great skill with which you do everything.
    Congratulations to the mastery of colors.
    A warm greeting
    Rita

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  17. Thank you so much, Rita.

    And a Happy Easter to you and your lovely family.

    Ciao

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  18. You're well on your way to being the greatest painter ever. Fabulous work John. ;)

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  19. Beginners luck, John ... I'm doing battle with #3 at the moment!

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  20. You are a born artist! Super!

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  21. I wish I was, Catharina - thank you.

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  22. You are on a roll! A wonderful roll! I love the simplicity of this composition. Also, your value changes are strong and effective and I like (again) the different colors incorporated into your shadow. Keep delighting us, John!

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  23. Looking good John...you are a natural.
    So sorry about the other blog. No snubbing intended, I just shut it down to everyone but me. I started this new one because I cant post any pictures on the old one anymore without paying so I started over in a different browser.. one I am using now since I dumped AOL and it works best with my blogging & emailing.
    so I hope you follow me in this new one.
    We got THE GIRLS out in their new home today. I will be posting about it soon.
    Thanks for the comment. I have been a bit lacking in blogging and commenting due to the pressure of getting that coop built before the girls went on strike. I never knew Chickens could grow so fast.

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  24. Wow John. I lost your blog off my blogroll when i changed over from pointypix to nicsearth and couldn't find you again so i'm very glad you dropped by so i could earmark your blog again. I can't believe this is your second only painting ever-this is fantastic! It seems that there is no end to your talents!

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