Wow Fred! The light effect on the lower left rock looks like you've pasted a snip of a photo there instead of painted it. Very nice!
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Fred- Nice sky and rocks in this one. Looks like Red Rock Park in Colorado where I used to live.The mountains in this park are red and not too tall . You sure know how to paint mountains. How many expired credit cards have you used so far?
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Fred, great colors in Pile of Rocks Somewhere. I see a lot of different animals in the distant rock/mountains. The more I look, the more I see. The foreground rocks could be petrified dinosaur droppings. Great, fun painting.
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Fred you ought to pick up your knives on occasion. I saw some of your work and it was very nice. Bears shouldn't be too hard to carve anyway.
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Prayers and thoughts of peace and healing for the families who lost children and family at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting today. :( So so heartbreaking.
My heart breaks over what is now playing out in Conn. There are no words to express the horror and grief inflicted on that community. I can't even think of what to write... it is the saddest thing ever to happen .........
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Prayers and thoughts of peace and anything else that can help the world, counties, cities, towns and villages is what I'm wishing for. The Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bill 59 on Thursday, which tweaks the concealed weapons law by allowing gun owners who receive eight additional hours of training to carry their weapons in formerly gun-free areas, such as day care centers, schools, hospitals, churches and stadiums and bars. This bill only needs to be signed, what are we doing going back to the cowboys days. Everyone keeps saying guns don't kill but yes they do.
1 story and than I stop it about guns. I have a very nice young cousin 20's who saw someone in his front yard. My cousin and his friend got a gun and then when outside to see who it was. Now that is crazy! Ok my cousin lives out west on a farm but so what! crazy! This story ends with no one getting hurt but a GUN! CRAZY! I hope my cousin never does that again, was he willing to take a life so easy?
Another note: My vacation to Mexico was wonderful full of sun and happiness but I did come home with the flu, sorry to say I am so far behind for the holidays that this months challenge I won't be doing. I need a maid, baker and shopper if anyone wants to help out.
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Hi Geri For those who haven't seen some of my carvings here are a couple of Santa's I done for gifts in Christmas's past
Blue Ridge Mountains Art Center
Southern Appalachian Artists Guild
After admiring all of the paintings with limited palettes, I challenged myself to do one. It was very difficult not to spash lots of colors everywhere, but here is my attempt with watercolor pencils and gouache on 5” x 7” 140 lb hot-pressed watercolor paper. (I also challenged myself not to outline everything with pen-and-ink.) Although the painting was loosely derived from a photo of Frida Kahlo, it is not a faithful portrait of her.
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Hi all To view those photos right click and open in a new window I also want to include a couple of woodburnings that I liked to do before i got the painting bug
Horse and Barn
Very very nice Alex and I agree portraits look more painterly and natural without the outlines ay least in my opinion
Fred, wow! First of all, I love your Santas, especially the one with a golf club, fishing rod, and board.
But the wood-burnings ... Double wow! So beautiful the way you used detail and absence of detail to create texture, depth, and values. And the portrayals of buildings, horse, and fox are so beautifully drawn. We're again seeing a whole new side of you!
Fred, your wood carvings of Santa are very well done and very attractive. Your wood burnings are super. I like all three - the details of the general store and the barn - but I particularly like the kit fox. Beautiful eyes, fur and wood grain. You have had quite a career in art.
Alex, wonderful little portrait and now you know that you can work well with a limited palette. Your loose style is really nice. I love the background as well as her hair. The details of her face are great. I think perhaps the skin tones on the original aren't as yellow as the copy. It it is, you could mix the yellow and red to get some peachy tones as you did for her cheeks. This is a charming little portrait.