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by mdmattin
Fri May 24, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Advice, please.
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Re: Advice, please.

This is an interesting topic. I think that doing the schematic construction is a good exercise to practice getting the proportions right and in the proper perspective. Practice with the schematic will help to avoid the typical mistakes that beginners make if they try to start with the eyes and other...
by mdmattin
Fri May 24, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Heads
Replies: 1
Views: 7

Heads

Portrait sketches from life drawing group. Cretacolor Nero pencil and white gouache on toned paper, 45 minute poses.
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Matthew
by mdmattin
Sun May 12, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Early Snow in Academic Artists Assoc. show
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: Early Snow in Academic Artists Assoc. show

Thank you, Andre and Rebecca! I reframed it after being gently admonished by a juror at the Awagam show, where it won first prize for Oils but raised eyebrows with its homemade wooden frame job, so I had it done professionally. Although not from a high-end shop, it was still pricey enough to be daun...
by mdmattin
Sun May 12, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your own?
Replies: 23
Views: 5737

Re: Cant find a sketchbook with the right paper. Make your own?

Hi Lena, welcome to the Forum! And welcome back, MagiKelly! Lena, are you a sketcher as well as a sketchbook connoisseur? If so we'd love to see them. In any case please continue to post on sketchbooks and related topics. MagiKelly, that is a beautiful book. Does the caduceus have a special meaning ...
by mdmattin
Wed May 01, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Early Snow in Academic Artists Assoc. show
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Early Snow in Academic Artists Assoc. show

Early Snow was accepted for the Academic Artists Association 69th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism:
academicartistsassociation.org.

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I got it a nice new frame in honor of the occasion.

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Matthew
by mdmattin
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:26 am
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Unitarian Universalist Parish, Monson
Replies: 9
Views: 251

Re: Unitarian Universalist Parish, Monson

Would you ever alter a painting or paint something for a particular judge's approval? No. I might choose from my existing work based on knowledge of the juror - like if they are particularly interested in figurative work as opposed to landscape- although when that very situation arose recently I en...
by mdmattin
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Broken Down. another old car
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: Broken Down. another old car

Nice drawing! I like the patterns made by the windows and car interior.
Is that a ghost cop from 1929 pulling it over for speeding?
Matthew
by mdmattin
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Unitarian Universalist Parish, Monson
Replies: 9
Views: 251

Re: Unitarian Universalist Parish, Monson

This would be a good moment to ask what you think of the rat race? Any surprises? I'm still a relatively recent rodent in the art show rat race, and gradually picking up a sense of who's who and how the various local shows operate. The opening of the Monson show was yesterday, and as part of the aw...
by mdmattin
Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Unitarian Universalist Parish, Monson
Replies: 9
Views: 251

Re: Unitarian Universalist Parish, Monson

The warmer values nearer the viewer, with the spot of red-orange in the mid-ground, are particularly good for locating the eye and bring it back forward again, so to speak. Thanks Andre - it warms my heart (so to speak) that you picked up on the role of color temps and values - that is very much th...
by mdmattin
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Quick getaways on a bike
Replies: 26
Views: 1038

Re: Quick getaways on a bike

Beautiful blooms! Do you know their names? The juxtaposition of the flowers and parched and cracked earth is very dramatic. As for bike supports, I augment my two pronged kickstand with guy lines and tent pegs - which are in essence widening the base of the triangle and elevating the frame contact p...
by mdmattin
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Non-sketch Talk
Topic: Updated site software
Replies: 12
Views: 658

Re: Updated site software

Hi Alitogata,
It worked for me just now - can you try it again?
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by mdmattin
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Unitarian Universalist Parish, Monson
Replies: 9
Views: 251

Re: Unitarian Universalist Parish, Monson

It's somewhat of a cross between [70%] Corot and [30%] Hopper. Thank you Rebecca! I couldn't ask for better company! I don't know if it won anything yet - the opening is next Saturday. They do offer some respectable awards and attract some excellent artists, so the competition is stiff. They asked ...
by mdmattin
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: dtawing
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Re: dtawing

Hi esz,
Welcome to the forum! Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your sketching interests?
If you could photograph you sketches so they fill the whole frame and with better light, it would help us seem them better.
Thanks,
Matthew
by mdmattin
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: Sketch Gallery
Topic: Artist at Work
Replies: 12
Views: 1295

Re: Artist at Work

Hi Harry, That kind of easel is known as a "pochade box," and can take many forms, from a simple cigar box adaptation to an elaborate woodworking project. They can be a small hand held unit with a thumbhole, or a larger box mountable on a tripod. Mine is an Alla Prima Bitterroot and has served me we...
by mdmattin
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Sketch Talk
Topic: Off to Snow Camp!
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: Off to Snow Camp!

Thanks, Andre and Rebecca! I worked on the first painting over the first two days, when there was snow on the ground, but not much on the trees and roof tops, having been blown off. On the third day, we got a dandy snowstorm, and I was thinking of going back out and working the new snow into the old...