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01-10-2015, 03:01 PM
Hi everyone, just joined the forum. I'm Liz, I paint mostly animals,working in watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink and computer art using inkscape, paint shop pro and photoshop elements.

01-10-2015, 05:14 PM
Welcome Liz. I'm new here also. My venue is oil and acrylic. I'm just a hobbyist, not all that serious and not all that good but hope to be better some day. I'm finding the best way (at least for me) to use this site is to check 'New Posts" each day. There seems to be a couple each day. Kind of wish this site were more active. But there is a lot of old posting that I have looked at that have been helpful.

Again welcome.

01-12-2015, 12:30 PM
Thanks for the welcome. Yeah I also noticed the forum is not that active, maybe we can change that. I'm a hobby artist too although I have been painting for years. Still, every time I pick up a paintbrush I feel like I don't know what I'm doing. Maybe I need to paint more often to build up my confidence.

01-12-2015, 02:12 PM
Boy I know that feeling well. I have a lot of insecurities every time I pick up a brush.

Right now I'm working on a Blue Jay and want Cherry blossoms around him, some faded in the back ground and some clearly close. I've been procrastinating because the bird came out pretty good and I'm happy with it and I'm so afraid I'm going to mess up the picture...but today I going to do it. I mean work on it...hopefully not mess up the picture.

01-12-2015, 10:07 PM
Same here, when I make a pet portrait I hesitate to put in the background for fear I'll ruin it.

01-13-2015, 08:06 AM
Complete the bacbackground first.

01-13-2015, 08:55 AM
Yes sometimes I have completed the background first and that works well. But on complex backgrounds like a bunch of cherry blossoms I find it difficult to draw and then paint the subject on a painted background. I usually always draw the subject in pencil. Also things like tree branches are easier for me to put in more realistic placement if I put them in after drawing the subject bird.

I guess it's a trade off and learning thing.

01-13-2015, 03:23 PM
For many of my acrylics I do the background first and work my way to the front, but for watercolor I start with the focal point and work towards the back.