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  • Beautiful painting, interesting tree formation.

    Posted by Carole Swingler on Wed 12 Aug 14:59:21
  • This is beautifully done. Lovely, soft tones and good textures. What agent and brushes do you use for your Cryla? If your brushes are hog/bristle you use them very sensitively.

    Posted by Ruth Dolan on Wed 12 Aug 15:26:17
  • Very nice indeed - particularly like your foreground.

    Posted by Jeannette Harrison on Wed 12 Aug 16:47:51
  • Thanks, everyone. Ruth, the only agent I ever use with Cryla is water - and no more of that than is completely necessary. The fact that I use a stay-wet palette ensures that the paints are moist, and brush out well with just enough water on the brush to prevent them drying out on me. I don't paint outdoors, though, at least not with acrylic and not for long - I'll do a quick sketch, maybe add a little colour with pencils or watercolour, and do the painting at home. Brushes - most of my brushes for acrylics are synthetics, and this painting was chiefly accomplished with Rosemary's excellent Shiraz range; just the right amount of spring, and the larger sizes hold a surprising amount of water and colour. The softer touches were done with her Golden range, and a couple of very ancient Dalon brushes. I like hogs in oil painting, but they can get very damp and misshapen when water is introduced to them, and tend to leave blobs of paint in awkward places. Hope all that helps!

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Wed 12 Aug 19:25:00
  • i love the twisted branch the foreground

    Posted by Ruthy flet on Thu 13 Aug 13:27:02
  • I sold this a couple of days ago, before it had even featured on my website. Very glad of the money, but .... I rather miss it. It was one of my better ones, I think. Bet I couldn't do it again!

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Mon 24 Aug 14:35:21
  • I like this, up to now my trees are awful

    Posted by James A Deal on Sat 29 Aug 13:14:07
  • And up to a while ago mine were too - what can I say? Just keep trying: build up the base with strong forms, add the medium tones, then the deep darks, then on top the lightest lights, with the sharper detail on top. It takes a long time to get it right, and I suggest you try lots of experiments on odd bits of paper. I know you'll get it right: you just need to try, try, and try again. There really is nothing like experiment - everything you learn is what you discover for yourself: most of us know what to do, know we may be ineffective in doing it, but keep trying, drawing, painting, learning. And it's fun...... endlessly fascinating. Just keep drawing and painting, sharpening your technique, reducing your technique to the basics, sharpening your drawing, reducing things to the basics. You've started well & have a real sense of form. Build on that, and good luck.

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Sat 29 Aug 21:04:14
  • I really love your work, thanks for leaving lots of advice for me :-) much appreciated, and the branch is smashing. Your choice of colours blend really well.

    Posted by Karleen Pearce on Tue 01 Sep 15:09:00
  • Hi Robert, I have just been looking at your paintings and am very impressed. I am not surprised you sell so many. I don't feel qualified to make any in depth comments but they are lovely whatever the medium. A big thanks to you also for your VERY helpful comments on my painting. It is nice to find someone who is willing to take the time to give constructive advice - it makes such a difference to be pointed in the right direction. i see on this page you have also been very encouraging. Thanks again.

    Posted by Judith Laux on Thu 03 Sep 16:55:09