Challenge CHATTER - 2014

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on 2 Jul 2014 3:06 PM

Hello all, the July challenge is now posted. You are all a hard act to follow when it comes to beautiful and inspiring photos!

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karend84 wrote
on 7 Jul 2014 6:22 PM

Finally finished Pittsburgh.  Not signed yet but my impatient husband framed it.  24x30 oil o. Canvas

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karend84 wrote
on 7 Jul 2014 6:33 PM

W.I.P. This is a 12x15 panel.  We bought Luan at home depot and Bob cut some sizes for me.  This is the first time priming my own panel.  I like the feel.  The reference is from the acrylic challenge on wet canvas.  I'm getting the feel for acrylic.  The turtle is done.  I need to add some seaweed to the water.  Then on to Alex's July challenge.  

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Turps245 wrote
on 7 Jul 2014 6:54 PM

Karen, I can see why your husband was so anxious to frame this.  You have done an excellent job of a complex subject. The yellow bridge over the blue water brings that all forward nicely and the city looks great in the Bg. 

I also like the swimming Turtle. There is a nice sense of water implied around the turtle and the turtle is well done.

 

i started an underwater scene but I haven't got into it. The holiday took  a chunk of time out of my studio work and dr appointments have also infringed.

Howard has Cataract surgery on Thursday so another day missed! 

 

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on 7 Jul 2014 7:07 PM

Hi Karen, you are so productive! Although I recognize and like the Pittsburgh painting (the firm I worked for for almost two decades designed Noth Shore Connector as well as many other local transportation projects), there is something about the turtle, it's patterns and colors, that just speaks to me. How beautiful!

Jen, warmest thoughts for Howard's surgery on Thursday.

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karend84 wrote
on 7 Jul 2014 11:24 PM

Thank you Alex and Jen.  I'm really happy to be done with Pittsburgh.  I didn't think I'd get it done.  The turtle is moving along should finish seaweed next day off.  

Karen

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Berkenstock wrote
on 8 Jul 2014 1:33 PM

Karen Pittsburg never looked so good. well dome and the turtle is very nice too.  My wife would like it she is a turtle nut.

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Berkenstock wrote
on 8 Jul 2014 1:44 PM

Just stopped in to see what is going on.  I am still sans computer and have to go to the library to post and they don't have anyway to load photos so hopefully soon

 

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Hearadh wrote
on 9 Jul 2014 6:22 AM

Hello Karen,

agree with the other's regarding c/'s of the cityscape and turtle.

My ONLY quibble would be that the 'city' has no visible signs of life (cars/boats) but again maybe you wanted it as purely topographical?

My thumb/wrist is on the mend so hope to try painting this weekend.

 

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NealeyPea wrote
on 9 Jul 2014 9:26 AM

Karen ~ You did a great job on your Pittsburgh painting; it is sunny and warm!  Glad you are liking the acrylics now.  I always found them easier to work with myself.  The turtle is coming along nicely, although the background looks like clouds, not water.  Just my opinion.....

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karend84 wrote
on 10 Jul 2014 9:07 AM

Jen I hope everything went well with Howards cataract surgery yesterday.  Thanks Geri, Sarah and Nealy for the comments.  Sarah I see what you mean, I'll think about adding some cars or boats.  Nealy, I hope the seaweed made the water less lime clouds.  

Finished turtle.

 

 

 

 

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NealeyPea wrote
on 10 Jul 2014 12:38 PM

Yes Karen!  Nice finished work of the turtle.  His flippers - legs(?) are esp. awesome!

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Turps245 wrote
on 10 Jul 2014 1:32 PM

Karen, great finish. The wisps of seaweed really gave it depth. 

Yes thanks Howard's surgery seems to have gone well at dawn this morning! Of course I had to trip over the curb and fall on my face going to get the car.! My purse was under me and it knocked the breath out of me so was still panting when I got him. I am fine but probably a few bruises will surface. Poor Howard talk about the blind leading the blind! 

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on 10 Jul 2014 1:43 PM

Jen, so pleased to hear that Howard's surgery went well! I'm sorry you fell and hope your purse provided some cushioning!

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karend84 wrote
on 10 Jul 2014 3:19 PM

Thanks Nealey and Jen.  Jen Happy to hear Howard is doing well.  Sorry to hear about your fall.  Hope you don't have to much bruising.  

Karen

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