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Hello... - 2/26/2007 12:47:55 PM   
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Hi

My name is Tris, I am 30 years old and I started to paint 3 weeks ago.

I was / am primarily a jazz musician (saxophonist) but a shoulder injury is keeping me from playing properly in any capacity for the forseeable future. 

I am getting really into painting and I might turn out to be a better painter than a player so it is quite thrilling for me... which is nice.  My wife paints and she thinks I could sell but I am not so sure.

Anyways I was thinking about getting some literature because I have no idea about technique at the moment.  At first a good book about drawing and one on acyrlic tecniquess would be cool... any suggestions?

I would also like some advice on my painting what works what doesn't is it the done thing to post images of stuff here?

All the best,

Tris
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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 12:54:19 PM   
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Ahh the wonders of the web...

Here is somthing I was able to throw up...  on to the web, not the loo!

http://www.myspace.com/trisart

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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 1:02:59 PM   
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Hmm.. I went there but didn't see a painting?..

I started painting about 1.5 years ago.. and really a lot of painting when I joined EBSQ as a member last  May..  I just taught myself.. so I don't know any thing about any bookss..  maybe someone else can chime in on that.  If you become a member this place is really great b/c you can enter all the  shows.. have a portfolio..  and so much info..  As a member there are more forums to view..  and I'm always putting my art up for critiques and there are some awesome artists here who give great critiques and advice....

anyway.. sorry i didn't give you much info.. but.. maybe someone else can give you some good advice?..

Post some of your work..  Love to see it!

heather

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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 1:20:37 PM   
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Thanks Heather... I'll look into the Myspace thingy..

Here is my very 1st effort... be kind it is cheezy!





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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 1:22:09 PM   
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2nd effort


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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 1:23:40 PM   
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3rd


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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 1:25:29 PM   
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I have those last three finished.. and i have two on the go at the moment... this is the latter one.


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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 1:40:39 PM   
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You are really really AWESOME!!!  Great job!!!  You should seriously consider joining and being a member here..   lots of good chatter and great art!!!

I'm very  impressed!!!!

excellent..  you don't need any books!!  IMO its all in you already!

great!

heather

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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 1:42:56 PM   
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Had to look again at your art.. I'm just in awe that you say you are new to this!!!  Your wife is right.. this work would sell.. no doubt!

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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 2:11:00 PM   
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Yep what Heather said, really nice stuff. Hope to see more of you and your art around.

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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 3:33:36 PM   
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Really nice work!  I can't believe you just started..you have a wonderful sense of composition!  Great work.  Yes, do join, we have a section for critiquing and one for showing artwork.  Both wonderful helpful (very nice critiquing section- -everyone is so nice) sections. 

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RE: Hello... - 2/26/2007 6:56:09 PM   
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very, very hard to believe these are first efforts....

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RE: Hello... - 2/27/2007 9:04:12 AM   
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Hey Tris,

Welcome! I'm new to this spot,too. Everyone here, has been great. Like the rest, I do not believe these are your first attempts. You had to be doodling or something, all along. They are excellent.

I'm self-taught, myself. Spent alot of time in libraries, looking at all the purdy pictures, copying some and translating styles to my own ideas. Moved up to museums and art shows, getting a close up view of other's application of paint.

For book instruction, I recommend, Encyclopedia of Acrylic Techniques, by Hazel Harrison. It's a quick A-Z overview of everything you can think of using acrylic. Also, absolutely everything by Betty Edwards. I've used many of her exercises when giving a workshop, now and then. Your work is great, but artists always are never satisfied and want to push the envelope. Just keep at it and never be afraid to experiment.

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RE: Hello... - 2/27/2007 12:08:03 PM   
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Hi Tris, welcome!  I can't believe you've only been painting for 3 weeks, your work is fantastic!!

Vicky

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RE: Hello... - 2/27/2007 5:18:43 PM   
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3 weeks, you have good instinct, go with it. You can post WIP for critiques, and find useful info everywhere from your library to online, to local painters. You have the hardest part, instinct or natural ability. Keep painting if you enjoy it. -Angela

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RE: Hello... - 3/1/2007 4:20:52 PM   
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Hi  Many thanks for all your kind comments!

I have decided to take the plunge and I have joined up properly!

As far as actually starting all this. My wife paints in watercolour and our best friend Michael, who lives in Northern Ireland is a semi-professional artist. Michael was having a bad time so we booked him a flkight to get him over so Val and him could egg each other on with painting. (Val is only getting back into it after moving over from Ireland and then having out son, Toby.)


The idea is that they would paint as much as possible while Michael was over... like they used to before I brought Val back to England. It was a very productive time for them both back home.


Anyway.. I had a shoulder injury last year that really sowed my musical career down and I started to play the sax instead of guitar. This would be great but the sax is so loud getting a lot of practise in at night .... well it is too loud for the neighbours and sleeping rugrat.


So I thought if they were going to paint I would have a go.


My teacher in my first year of High School, Jeff Teasdale was fine art trained. He thought I had something but he left after my first year and I became quite ropey and lost interest. When I was at university studying I did some computer graphics to help pay my way and subsequently did some web sites. I had not touched a brush since I was sixteen (nearly 15 years ago.) getting a bad C in my GCESE's until four weeks ago.... it is like i had not stopped painting.


It is bitter sweet... I am a good musician but I have not reached my full potential but just to come and paint like that... I think I should change my career.


So that is how I arrived here!


BTW... I have done a bit more work on one of my paintings... Val and Toby are sick at the moment and looking after them has been on the top of my list.






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RE: Hello... - 3/1/2007 7:34:19 PM   
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Tris, it's good to see you join

Your passion for music shows in your art. Love your style.

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RE: Hello... - 3/2/2007 8:48:43 AM   
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Tris, you work is amazing.  What an inspiration to all of us who have just started painting again!  Keep it up....you're definitely very gifted.

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RE: Hello... - 3/3/2007 11:43:51 AM   
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Hi all and thanks again!

Michael..  I love your use of colour.. the reds in "POPPY II" are fantastic!  If you had done that on a dark background it woulod have been pretty "stock" but no you gave it a really cool fresh tilt that I think is great.


Heather I love the sense of humour in your work... We have three cats... they love long handled brushes as much as i do... if I ever make it, you'll be able to DNA the cat hair in every painting to check for authenticity. I have been nosing around the various forum and will have to get some posting done!


Shelly, thanks for those recommendations. I try and get into galleries as much as possible... I have always loved art and have worked for a very good Antique dealer for a while. Michael had amazing taste, the things that he owned were out of this world... something must have rubbed off. I lived with him in Dublin and he had some serious stuff.. but all so well proportioned etc. It had a bad effect on me in evolving my taste far beyond the capacity of my wallet!


I have not been well the past week.. (it is four weeks to the day since paint first hit board) so I haven't painted as much as I would like but I have also had the distraction of browsing though all the art on this site... some great great stuff... things I would like to own myself. There is just so much I am a bit overwhelmed!


Tris

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