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Rathac
09-25-2015, 08:10 AM
I am Rathac.

When I was young, I used to love drawing and painting. As I got closer to adulthood and began considering "what I would do with my life," I became convinced that these pursuits were a worthless passion, and since it was not feasible that I could profit by it I should not invest my energy in it.

Needless to say, I was a fool. In the past few years, I have made several drawings. Yesterday, I decided I wanted to paint again. I bought the necessary supplies, and this weekend I am going to begin exploring this forgotten love.

I have always been passionate about paintings. I am always captivated by the beauty of gentle, shifting light over the texture of a painting, and I'm always amazed at how dramatically a painting can completely change with a slight change in light. There is some that draws me into a painting, and it is hard to describe. I particularly enjoy paintings which are realistic, but not too much so. There's a delicate balance for me. When a painting is so realistic as to resemble a photograph, I tend to lose interest (though I remain amazed and humbled at any artist's ability to create such a work, as there is always much to learn from it).

I'm glad to have found this forum. Already it has offered me some valuable information, and a great deal of inspiration. I look forward to our conversations, and I hope to be able to share my own work with you all in time.

Asancta
09-25-2015, 09:56 AM
Well welcome :)
Just one thing I have to say to what you just said: never let anyone or anything ruin your dream(s) because what you feel that you want to do and invest love into it-be it sculpture,math,painting,writing,computer programming etc is what defines you,it is your true self.Nowdays we live in an unfair society where some passions are encouraged(computer skills,sports skills,music) and some are seemed as worthless and not good enough for a career.I should know because almost everyone in my family and friends circle have told me over and over again that "painting is not a career" or "what I do is not good enough to sell" or "I have no talent" etc and I should give up.No one can tell you who you are but yourself.

Welcome.

Rathac
09-25-2015, 02:02 PM
Hello, Asancta. Thank you for the welcome.

Nowdays we live in an unfair society where some passions are encouraged(computer skills,sports skills,music) and some are seemed as worthless and not good enough for a career.

I don't consider it unfair, because the truth of the matter is that, for the most part, we must sell ourselves in order to live in this world. It's no one's fault that art is worth less, in terms of money, than other pursuits. We must be able to provide something of tangible value to others. This is a simple aspect of civilization. It's a statistical truth that being an artist is not a profitable career for most people, or more people would be making loads of money being an artist.

But since when is art about money?

And in my case, I based ALL of my actions upon the philosophy that what I do should be valuable in terms of money. That we must sell ourselves is true, but only up to a point. There comes a time when we must indeed live for ourselves, though we must often suffer for it (typically by selling ourselves in other arenas in order to facilitate our passions).

No one can tell you who you are but yourself.
Agreed.

The difficulty, at least in my case, is in learning how to listen to myself.

Susan Mulno
09-25-2015, 05:15 PM
Rathac, welcome to the forum, looking forward to seeing some of your results.

Bushcraftonfire
09-25-2015, 07:12 PM
Welcome to the forum.. I LOVE your attitude.. you WILL go far

leighann
09-25-2015, 07:45 PM
Can't wait to see what you draw/paint!!! :vs_smirk:

FanKi
09-25-2015, 10:44 PM
Welcome! ^^

Why people tend to abandon arts? It's so great... I'm recently starting and I'm falling in love with it >.<

I'm glad you are coming back :D Really want to see some of your work, it sounds interesting :3

Enjoy your time here!

Rathac
09-26-2015, 08:06 PM
Thanks, Everyone.

Yesterday evening I began working on something that's been in my head for a while. After I finish a few more details, I'll post an image of it. I can't wait to read your critiques.

TerryCurley
09-26-2015, 09:42 PM
Welcome to the forum Rathac. Can't wait to see your art.

Rathac
09-27-2015, 11:53 AM
Here's what I've got so far. There's more to add, but it might take me a few days before I am able to complete. It's oil on canvas board.

http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah290/RathacDkar/wanderd%20off%20whitechapel_zpswfx5s5mo.jpg

FanKi
09-27-2015, 01:00 PM
aN advice, if you put The url of the pic your image will be shown in the forum. I will upload this for you :)

http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah290/RathacDkar/wanderd%20off%20whitechapel_zpswfx5s5mo.jpg

Please let me say this is so nice, where does it leads?
That soft building in the background it's a great touch, it gives a nice ambientation :3

TerryCurley
09-27-2015, 07:03 PM
This really is a good picture. It sets a mood and that is what good paintings should do. Unfortunate not all mine do I'm sorry to say.

My eye keeps wanting to go the to cracks in the pavement. If that is not your intent you might want to soften them a bit.

I have found monochromatic pictures hard to do. I've only done one and I don't think I will do any more. (actually sold it:vs_blush:)

Rathac
09-29-2015, 06:09 AM
Thanks for that, FranKi.

Terry, thank you for the feedback. It helps a great deal.

Rathac
09-30-2015, 06:09 AM
Here's an addition I made to my painting. It is indeed my plan to work on those "cracks" in the pavement. It's supposed to be water, so I'll need to play with that a bit more before I commit.

So far this has been a great deal of pleasure. I've found painting to be relaxing (though it is stressful in its own way, is it not? like anything we become passionate about).

One more addition to go, along with a few touch-ups, before I call this one done. I must admit, I have already begun a second painting, though I've only done the background/first layer. Can't wait to get into it.

http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah290/RathacDkar/wandered%20off%20whitechapel_zpsroazgf4w.jpg

leighann
09-30-2015, 07:55 AM
Very unique...I like it!!!

TerryCurley
09-30-2015, 08:04 AM
The girl makes the picture! I love it. She has movement and expression (even though you don't see her front) it stimulates your imagination. I'm thinking, where is she going? Is she rushing? Is she running away? Excellent composition.

One thing that you might want to consider is to make her foot and leg a little fatter. To me they seem just a tiny too small.

Again this is a wonderful painting.

I often have several paintings going at the same time. With oil painting that is very common because there is waiting time between layers.

FanKi
09-30-2015, 01:15 PM
Wwwoooow, nice add!

I agree with terry, her feet/foot (Don't remember wich one was the singular :P) seems a bit small compared with the whole body.

I wonder what's that other addition :3

Rathac
10-02-2015, 06:17 AM
"Wandered Off Whitechapel"

Completed, though I wouldn't mind further pointers on how the hand may be improved. I attempted to define the edges of the girl's dress more to try to show that most of her leg is hidden. I also lightened some edges of the water, but I'm not sure how well this features improved it.

At any rate, this is my first painting, and I'm not going to agonize over it too much.

http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah290/RathacDkar/wandered%20off%20whitechapel_zpslvsomgop.jpg

TerryCurley
10-02-2015, 09:05 AM
I am flabbergasted....This is really your first painting? It is wonderful!

Your liner perspective is wonderful. The texture of the walls is wonderful. The use of color (and lack of it) is wonderful. The picture tells an emotional story which is wonderful (and scary). The focal point (the girl --especially her dress) stands out perfectly which is wonderful. She draws you into the picture.

I think perhaps giving the hand a tint of color and some lines in the way of veins and making it more distinct would add to an already fantastic painting. But I'm just guessing.

Rathac
10-02-2015, 09:46 AM
You are too kind, TerryCurley.

Technically, it isn't my FIRST painting. When I was in elementary school I painted some, but I have not painted since. And I forsook almost all forms of art when I was about 13, except for music... which I later forsook as well.

Yes, you are right: the hand could use some color and detail. I don't exactly like it looking undead.

Mixing color is clearly an art unto itself.

FanKi
10-02-2015, 10:18 AM
Impressive. Nice piece Rathac

I was thinking about why the water doesn't look completely like water (at least, not to me :P), I got the conclution that maybe is because it's not following any course, that kind of floor may make a natural course for water, Don't know if you get my point.

Anyway, maybe it's only the fact that I like it as a crack and I'm keeping them like that >.<

I agree with Terry, that dress it's making the whole painting, it's so great. And her hair too. Combined with the ambientation you are giving... BAAM, fantastic :3

TerryCurley
10-02-2015, 10:50 AM
Impressive. Nice piece Rathac

I was thinking about why the water doesn't look completely like water (at least, not to me :P), I got the conclution that maybe is because it's not following any course, that kind of floor may make a natural course for water, Don't know if you get my point.

Anyway, maybe it's only the fact that I like it as a crack and I'm keeping them like that >.<

I agree with Terry, that dress it's making the whole painting, it's so great. And her hair too. Combined with the ambientation you are giving... BAAM, fantastic :3

OK FanKi or someone please tell me what :3 means. I see it everywhere on line and I have not a clue.

Rathac
10-02-2015, 11:41 AM
:3 is a cute little face. Tilt your head to the left. Smilies are their own works of art, too. =D

Thank you for your praise, FanKi. (If I called you FranKi before, my apologies!) You may certainly keep the cracks. ^.^

Susan Mulno
10-02-2015, 12:11 PM
Great job! The "cracks" look like water now.

The only thing I would suggest is shadows, if the light comes from behind the viewer as the highlights on the water suggest, their would be no visible shadows of the walls and the girl's would be in front of her but the hand and to whom it's attached, unless otherworldly, should cast a shadow in front of him.

Rathac
10-02-2015, 12:43 PM
Thank you, Susan Mulno.

Yes, the lighting is from behind. Thanks for the shadowing tip. I must devote time to such fundamentals. In my mind, this should have been a much darker painting. I need a lot of work before I think I can accomplish this.

Susan Mulno
10-02-2015, 01:17 PM
Yes, keep working but don't worry about it too much. This is a wonderful painting and you can only improve with practice.