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Back to barns.. at least it's not red this time... I moved away from Jane Font today and tried out another artist, Kevin Hill.. He doesn't give much instruction... his videos last about 15-20mins when Janes are over an hour.. But I just muddled through and tried to copy his technique.. This painting is meant to be done in oils.. but I just went for it with acrylics.. I really need to get better brushes and paint.. it would make life so much easier.. still having fun though. :D 

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1 hour ago, thriftymini said:

Like all the mini art work you have done, but this one is my favorite so far. 

Thanks Christine.. I really enjoyed trying to capture all the variation in the fields on this one.

10 minutes ago, Debsrand56 said:

These just keep getting better and better!  It's amazing what you can show in such a tiny space.  That road has such depth.

Thanks Deb! The road is the element I was drawn to when I saw this painting.. The way the original artist captured it was really cool.. I did my best with the colours I had on hand and I'm happy enough with the result. :) I may revisit this painting after I get new supplies....

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Sam, this is amazing!!  You've taken mini painting to a whole new level girl and it's fabulous to see!!  Wowsers, you really do rock at this!!!  Kevin does speed painting videos and they are gorgeous although speed painting tutorials don't have a lot of instruction so for you to do this on your own is incredible.  If you're looking for some other artists that do landscapes, try Clive5art.  He has some gorgeous landscapes as well as other beautiful paintings.  He also has a delightful accent and a dry wit which makes it fun to listen to him.  Based on what you've done so far, I'm willing to bet that you'd like Clive a whole lot!    Ginger Cook is another youtube artist who does more floral still lifes but quite a few landscapes.  If you want something a little more abstract, Cinnamon Cooney (theartsherpa) has tons of videos to choose from.  There's also Angela Anderson (very pretty paintings) and a newcomer, Feliks (colorbyfeliks) who has some blending techniques that create the most vibrant backgrounds I've seen.  He has a hot air balloon video that's simple to do but oh so dramatic!   

The right brushes can make a huge difference.  I was really reluctant to spend money on them because they can be very expensive, but when I finally made the move to professional brushes, it was like night and day.  Jane has a line of brushes that are exquisitely made to hold paint correctly and allow the painter much more control, especially the detail brushes like the angle, round, and liner brushes.  Those are only available on her website, paintingwithjane.com.  Cinnamon Cooney also has a set of detail brushes sold by Silver Brush, altho I've heard that the quality isn't quite there yet for hers (they're working on it tho).  Michael's has Master's Touch brushes and next to Jane's those are my favorites.   However, Michael's house brand, "Artist Loft" has several sets of brushes that I've tried and been very pleased with so they're a good place to start and then see if you want to commit to the expensive ones.  The Artist Loft brushes run around $10-$15 dollars for a large set of assorted sizes.  

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On 1/13/2018, 10:06:59, Monica_the_haunted said:

LOVE!!!!

Thanks Monica!  :) 

On 1/14/2018, 12:33:44, Elsbeth said:

the sky is great and the old fence. nice! Thanks for the names too --I'm going to check out Kevin's vids.

Thanks Jenn.. :) 

On 1/14/2018, 3:39:22, MikeUK said:

Is there anything you can't do Sam?.................perhaps you'd better not answer that one!

Seriously though.......you are very gifted! Who needs a day job!

Haha... I wish I could do everything... But it seems anything that involves smoke and mirrors is for me. :D 

On 1/14/2018, 4:03:58, NellBell said:

I love the art your doing it's so addicting.

You are right Nell.. SO addicting.

On 1/15/2018, 10:55:52, stickyfingers said:

Wow!!!!

Thanks Linda! :D   

4 hours ago, SewMini said:

Your talents never cease! This is beautiful

Thank you Miranda. :) 

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4 hours ago, Deb said:

Sam, this is amazing!!  You've taken mini painting to a whole new level girl and it's fabulous to see!!  Wowsers, you really do rock at this!!!  Kevin does speed painting videos and they are gorgeous although speed painting tutorials don't have a lot of instruction so for you to do this on your own is incredible.  If you're looking for some other artists that do landscapes, try Clive5art.  He has some gorgeous landscapes as well as other beautiful paintings.  He also has a delightful accent and a dry wit which makes it fun to listen to him.  Based on what you've done so far, I'm willing to bet that you'd like Clive a whole lot!    Ginger Cook is another youtube artist who does more floral still lifes but quite a few landscapes.  If you want something a little more abstract, Cinnamon Cooney (theartsherpa) has tons of videos to choose from.  There's also Angela Anderson (very pretty paintings) and a newcomer, Feliks (colorbyfeliks) who has some blending techniques that create the most vibrant backgrounds I've seen.  He has a hot air balloon video that's simple to do but oh so dramatic!   

The right brushes can make a huge difference.  I was really reluctant to spend money on them because they can be very expensive, but when I finally made the move to professional brushes, it was like night and day.  Jane has a line of brushes that are exquisitely made to hold paint correctly and allow the painter much more control, especially the detail brushes like the angle, round, and liner brushes.  Those are only available on her website, paintingwithjane.com.  Cinnamon Cooney also has a set of detail brushes sold by Silver Brush, altho I've heard that the quality isn't quite there yet for hers (they're working on it tho).  Michael's has Master's Touch brushes and next to Jane's those are my favorites.   However, Michael's house brand, "Artist Loft" has several sets of brushes that I've tried and been very pleased with so they're a good place to start and then see if you want to commit to the expensive ones.  The Artist Loft brushes run around $10-$15 dollars for a large set of assorted sizes.  

Thanks Deb! I've fallen down the rabbit hole for sure! A little bit obsessed actually:rolleyes:.  I've been reading up on brushes and apparently real hair doesn't take acrylics well.. best to stick with synthetic.. which is great for budget and my animal cruelty position as well. :D Still even they can be expensive. I've heard that brushes make a huge difference though. My local art store carries nothing less than a triple zero in a round and a 2 in an angle.. so I need to hit the hobby modellers store I think.. I really want to get more detail but need much smaller brushes for that. I've found Angela and Ginger myself and have tried a few of their paintings. Haven't tried the others so I defintely looking them up today. :) Thanks for the tip. 

Yes, I had to use a lot of poetic licence with Kevin's paintings.. but they are so beautiful I couldn't resist them.. a 16 minute vid does not cut it for step by step. lol

I just paused at parts where I could see the whole painting and tried to replicate as best I could. I don't want my paintings to be perfect replica's anyway so it's all good.. I really like his style of doing meadows and grass.. I've got a bit of a thing for meadow grass and barns at the moment.. who knew! lol

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56 minutes ago, Samusa said:

. I've got a bit of a thing for meadow grass and barns at the moment.. who knew! lol

Oooh, I know a great brush for grass and you'll have half a dozen laying around.  LOL!  Those cheap craft brushes include some small, round "boar's hair" brushes.  Cut them way down and thin them out a little so there's a bit of a flat side to it so you can do a "flicking up" stroke to create the illusion of little blades of grass. The stiff bristles work like a dream for that.  I cut down a lot of those brushes that way.  I have a liner that's basically one bristle.  It's a good idea to look at the model train stores.  Those HO scale builders have crazy-tiny tools!  I love looking at them but I'd be afraid to work in a scale where I could lose a whole village if I sneeze.  

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