Tuesday, March 24, 2009

At The Beach



What a great photo Karin supplied this week. I loved all of the main figures in the photo, so I decided not to crop, but to put 'em all in. I found a very sharp #6 flat brush and as soon as I tried it, I loved it, but knew that it would be extremely hard not to noodle. I guess I ended up somewhere in between. The blues did not come out in this photo, so I'm thinking it's time to visit R. Garriott's blog and get the skinny on a photoshop program. 12" x 6" oil on masonite

20 comments:

  1. Excellent job Vern. The figures are very well done. Great brushwork.

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  2. Nice job with all the figures and beautiful brushstrokes, Vern!
    And the man in your painting will appreciate the diet you put him on, he looks great!!

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  3. Edward, really glad you liked it. Your figures are always inspiring.

    Thanks Dana, you know all us 50ish guys look like that...ha!

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  4. Hey Vern,
    You are jumping ahead in leaps and bounds with your paintings! I can't believe you haven't been painting all your life! This scene is lovely - full of areas which have action and others that have places to rest the eyes... all harmonized with great colors. Well done.

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  5. nicely done! I hear the sound of the surf

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  6. Hey Vern,
    I have tagged you in my post for tomorrow. Please check it out. :-)

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  7. Hey Vern , I love it, we are next to each other it makes it nice to compare the differences or similarity.
    You did a fabulous job as always. I feel like I was in art school when you would put your stuff on the wall !!

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  8. I like the horizontal cropping and the warm colors of the people against the blues of the water and sky.

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  9. Hi
    Beautiful painting, I feel the ocean and the winds. Great job. Keep up the good work.

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  10. Hi Vern, I just found your blog and love your work. About photoshop, have you been to www.EmptyEasel.com?
    There are several articles about GIMP, a free version of Photoshop. I downloaded it, have been playing with it, and really like it. You can make adjustments one color at a time for an infinite number of colors.

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  11. Joanne, thanks so much, I really appreciate your comments.

    Thank you Celeste, nice of you to stop by.

    Thanks Dominique, it's a pleasure to be hangin' with you.

    Maria and Arthur, thanks for your encouragement.

    Carol, thanks and ditto on your blog. I'll check out EmptyEasel.

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  12. Hi Vern ((Mr. Schwarz!),

    Thanks for you kind mention and for the spelling! I'm a lot more forgiving of fellow bloggers spelling as I am personally a terrible typist.

    Love your rendition! How'd you find time to paint everyone in??Colors looks great here whether accurate or not.

    You might find that Tip #5 is helpful; try adjusting the blue and cyan sliders.

    http://rgarriott.blogspot.com/2009/01/photoshop-tips-5-using-color-balance-to.html

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  13. Great job! The dimensions (2:1) work very well! Love the brushwork and colors!

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  14. Excellent! I loved clicking on this to enlarge it and getting to see your brushwork. Did you paint over a red ground for this?

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  15. Phew!!! thanks for letting me off the hook R., originally as I read your blog...well you know.

    In real life, the painting has way more life and depth. I'll try to make those colour corrections you suggest, but I still need do get Photoshop.

    Thanks Akiko and Liz, I painted on an acrylic burnt sienna ground. I've been experimenting with different colours with the aforementioned being my usual.

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  16. I love your version, and that you tackled all the figures! I'm a sucker for that 2:1 format too. Beautiful job!

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  17. This is lovely, Vern. You really captured the feeling of a great beach day.
    thanks for sharing,
    Faye
    P.S. I also loved the last kitty portrait--wonderful brushstrokes and soulful eyes.

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  18. Kerri and Faye, nice to meet you both, and thanks for the great comments.

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