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February 16, 2014
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1709 Cobalt blush

I've been busy...setting up shop!
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Retrospective – Doin’ the Van Gogh

October 9, 2013
By
Hardenbergias

So I discovered Vincent van Gogh. I read about his life several times, stared at his art, considered his philosophy, and realised that the great painters were just like any of us, products of their time, with perhaps a little more mind altering substances at hand.
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I’ve discovered Instagram

October 5, 2013
By
Ironbark

Taking a break from my Retrospective posts tonight because I've been wrapped up in an argument between Instagram, my new Android phone and my iPad. But before I rave about what is going wrong, I have to say something about what is going right.
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Retrospective – Visiting with Vincent

October 4, 2013
By
mepainting1

I'm not a follower, but neither am I a leader. I'm that black sheep in a sea of white who cuts across all the orderly lines and spins them into swirls. I'm the one who when told to do something, immediately wants to do the opposite.
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Retrospective – Fauve bottles and a husband in a hat

October 3, 2013
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Fauve bottles 2

And this was my second attempt. I think something clicked, though I'm still not one hundred percent sure. The closest I could get to the requested concept was to pixelate the image and place each of the colours side by side, mixing, if necessary, on the palette, not the...
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Retrospective – The Fauves

October 2, 2013
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Fauve trees WIP2

Around the beginning of the 20th century, after Impressionism, Monet, Renoir, Post-Impressionism, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, French art was faced with an exhibition that took the concepts dreamt up by those two previous movements and artists and took them one step further. This was the time of Matisse.
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Retrospective – Desert skull

October 1, 2013
By
Beautiful killer WIP8 detail2

I have been attending a small, private art school since the beginning of the year. Focussing solely on painting, I think after three terms that I can now declare myself a real painter :D I have learn a huge pile of stuff, mostly about myself and what my style...
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Blogtoberfest 2013

September 25, 2013
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BlogtoberFest 2013

Yes, here I am again attempting to blog everyday. Will I succeed this time? Who knows. As for topic, I think I’ll leave it open this time. I will be doing some retrospective posts on all the art I’ve been doing while I have been conspiciously absent from this...
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A little photography

June 24, 2013
By
dryandra

I've always been fascinated by the small, lots of overlooked snatches of beauty very few see.
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A Piece a Week 21 – Still Life with Emotion

May 22, 2013
By
Still Life with Emotion closeup

I learned a stack of things from this painting. I've certainly learnt that I know more than I thought I did and it has been exciting getting positive results from subjects I hadn't even considered attempting.
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A Piece a Week 17 – Nightlight

April 23, 2013
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Nightlight by Liz Powley

I was putting my youngest daughter to bed a couple of nights ago and as she snuggled up to her doll, I was struck by her pose. I grabbed my camera and as she fell asleep (she was very tired, we were up late) I snapped some very blurry...
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A Piece a Week 16 – Dahlia

April 17, 2013
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Dahlia by Liz Powley

I did a little bit of gardening yesterday and during my trips between the front yard and the backyard I kept encountering a particular dahlia. Hubby had planted them early last season and now they are sprawly and falling all over the place. This particular one was hanging into...
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H is for Hue

April 12, 2013
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The Munsell Color System

The Munsell Color System was created by Professor Albert Munsell in the early 20th century.
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A Piece a Week 15 – The Purple Chair WIP

April 9, 2013
By
The purple chair

Tonight was my last art class for the term and now we have two weeks off before we delve into next term. This term was all about mixing colours and at first I was a little wary. My first time attending this group and a long history with other...
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G is for Grey

April 9, 2013
By
Silver Sands

Recently, greys have been a little baffling for me. Grey has always been a mix of black and white, but for anyone who has been looking at colour theory, as I have, will discover that the theory says that if you mix complementary colours (those opposite on the colour...
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F is for Flesh

April 6, 2013
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Isabel pastel portrait

I have to say that the title of this post is a little creepy. But no, we are talking the colour of flesh, one of the most challenging colours to create, particularly if you are painting caucasian.
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E is for Earth

April 5, 2013
By
Altamira Bison

When I was a kid we had some friends who were building a house not far from an old quarry. Being kids we played in the quarry which was literally dripping with clay deposits (it was winter, there was rain, and can we say mud?). Little did I...
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D is for Dioxazine Purple

April 4, 2013
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Dioxazine purple

When I first threw Dioxazine Purple into Google I was very surprised at the lack of information that popped up. I was thinking, hey, this is my favourite purple, a stunning purple beloved by many artists, why isn't there a chemical breakdown or a hazard report or a history...
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C is for Cadmium

April 3, 2013
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Cadmium sulfide

Cadmium is an element and a metal that was discovered in the early 1800s by two German scientists. It wasn't developed for use as a pigment until the mid 1800s, but has since proven itself to be a strong vibrant and reliable source of yellow through to red pigments.
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