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Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:23 PM

This is the first time I'm sharing a painting with fellow DU artists..hope it works


Edited to delete link until I figure out how to post photo with out the personal info 🙂

Edited to repost link to pic

https://imgur.com/Hc2BWC9

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Reply This is the first time I'm sharing a painting with fellow DU artists..hope it works (Original post)
MLAA Apr 2020 OP
MLAA Apr 2020 #1
hlthe2b Apr 2020 #2
MLAA Apr 2020 #9
MLAA Apr 2020 #12
WVreaper Apr 2020 #3
Ohiogal Apr 2020 #4
MLAA Apr 2020 #13
MFM008 Apr 2020 #5
MLAA Apr 2020 #14
Iliyah Apr 2020 #6
MLAA Apr 2020 #11
mercuryblues Apr 2020 #7
MLAA Apr 2020 #10
cayugafalls Apr 2020 #8
MLAA Apr 2020 #15
femmedem Apr 2020 #16
MLAA Apr 2020 #17
MLAA Apr 2020 #18
lunatica Apr 2020 #19
MLAA Apr 2020 #20
lunatica Apr 2020 #21
MLAA Apr 2020 #22

Response to MLAA (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:24 PM

1. Darn, it didn't show the photo just a link 🤨

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Response to MLAA (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:26 PM

2. Beautiful! I love the cat and their gorgeous eyes!

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:28 PM

9. Thank you!

Finding it very soothing to paint cats and dogs these days 🙂

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:31 PM

12. I find the eyes are the most fun part to paint

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Response to MLAA (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:26 PM

3. Beautiful

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Response to MLAA (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:27 PM

4. Oh, it's fabulous!

Clicked your link and saw a cat painting. Beautifully done!

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:32 PM

13. Thank you for the encouragement

I appreciate the kind words

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Response to MLAA (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:27 PM

5. very nice!

I cant even draw a good stick figure.....

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Response to MFM008 (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:34 PM

14. It's funny, but I can't draw well either...

Painting is more forgiving, I just keep changing and redoing until it looks better 😬

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Response to MLAA (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:27 PM

6. It worked . . .

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:30 PM

11. Thanks!

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Response to MLAA (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:28 PM

7. A beautiful picture

You might want to delete it, though. A lot of your personal info at the link

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:30 PM

10. Thank you! I just deleted it, thanks for alerting me!

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Response to MLAA (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:28 PM

8. Beautiful cat! Well done. nt

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Response to cayugafalls (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 09:34 PM

15. Thank you, cayugafalls

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Response to MLAA (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 06:22 AM

16. I'm sorry I didn't see it! I use Imgur for my photo hosting.

You can get a direct link from Imgur. You also have the option of not posting publically on the Imgur community; just getting the link to share the image elsewhere.

I hope that helps.

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Response to femmedem (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 09:22 AM

17. Thank you! I'm going to try again later today 🙂

Last edited Fri Apr 24, 2020, 10:53 AM - Edit history (1)


https://imgur.com/Hc2BWC9

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Response to femmedem (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 10:54 AM

18. I think I did it. Not sure how to set it so it doesn't share publicly.



Do you remember where to click that setting?


https://imgur.com/Hc2BWC9

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Response to MLAA (Original post)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 01:29 PM

19. This is excellent

It is a good and intimate study of the cat, where you capture the catís expression beautifully. Most artists would try to capture the entire cat, but you zoom in on a closeup making the catís beautiful eyes the center of attention and dominating the canvas because you cut off the ears. This gives the feeling of being only inches away and dominates the viewers attention to the details of the catís head, including the whiskers growing out of the fur and the blended and softened inside translucence of the ear. The use of painterly brushstrokes gives the picture a richness and depth that depicts the perception of the fur full of varied colors that show the catís markings. The way you painted the catís eyes is masterful. Youíve rendered them so well that cat lovers can identify and recognize the incredible and mesmerizing quality we experience when we can look closely into their otherworldly colors and shapes.

You say that you kept working on it until you made it look good. Well I do the same thing because paint on canvas really is a forgiving medium. On the other hand when you work it until it works to your satisfaction itís actually the reason it comes out so well. It it were easy to do then you wouldnít be challenging yourself. The result of the challenge is a surprising depiction that comes out so much better with itís layered brushstrokes.

Your background color also stands out and is striking in how well it enhances the contrast between warm and cool colors. By blending the background more you create a softness that contrasts with the defined brushstrokes you laid down for the fur.

I really like the way you painted the catís head off center and filling the canvas to the point where you cut off the ears. It gives the viewer an intimacy that is very appealing. And youíve steered clear of the ubiquitous cuteness factor that seems to permeate this subject matter. In my view your talent shows up strongly and you have shown it by using the tools of your technique with ease and familiar knowledge. I have wanted to paint a cat and itís something I want to do along the same lines as this. I love your painting!

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Response to lunatica (Reply #19)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 09:04 PM

20. Dear Lunatica,

Your generosity of sharing your experience and insight in such a deep and specific way brought a little tear to my eye. Your taking the time to give me such constructive feedback and encouragement made my, I was going to say day, but thatís not accurate, you made my month!

I started painting a couple years ago and I enjoy it immensely. I find it particularly soothing these days to spend a few hours disconnected from the news being creative.

💕

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Response to MLAA (Reply #20)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 11:16 PM

21. I hope my critiques are always inspiring and meaningful

Iím a true believer that for every bad thing that makes people follow their baser instincts there is an artist giving life to humanityís higher instincts. The arts are what makes us aspire to our deepest inspirations. Every piece of art, as long as it is sincere and truthful, and whether from a beginner or a lifelong practitioner uplifts us all. And the best part of it is that each piece is unique. Art is the magic we do.

If you donít mind I will continue to talk about what I see and why I like it.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #21)

Fri Apr 24, 2020, 11:25 PM

22. I'm counting on it! 🙂

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