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The Story of "Friends Hold Hands"

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Taking a Hand

 

I've started the next one, and could finish today. We'll see how it goes.

It's fun to take an image and then think it through color-wise and then get started. This one will feature green and red and blue. It's a friendship painting of two kids walking hand-in-hand down a country lane. Can you make that out in the image above? No? Yeah - me neither, yet.

In the last one, I really liked how the text balanced it out. I might try that with this one too.

I wish I had the entire week off work. Or better, that this was my work.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 5/15/2006 4:15:13 PM
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Painting

 

Been a while, but here I go... thirty minutes into this one. I have a ways to go...

This is where I left off back in May. May, fer chrissakes! Oy... but I needed to reconsider how to create and sell my cards. Lessons learned:

  • Women buy.
  • Specific and detailed people don't sell.
  • Good words make the card more attractive. (Just as poignant lyrics make the pretty melody much more desireable.)
  • Somehow, my cards seem to sell in larger quantities (a dozen at a time, or so).
Am I talking about a catalog of some sort?

So I'm listening to Handel and painting... Yeah, I like painting people, but I also like painting the cards. I'll find a happy medium or do both. But really, I like painting and want to be my own boss, so painting cards wins over painting people for now.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 7/24/2006 10:09:40 PM
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Friends Hold Hands

 

It's going okay so far and I'm having fun with it. Painting trees and shrubbery has always challenged me, but I figure that practice will help me with that.

The text for this one will be "Friends hold hands... and help each other... and walk through life together." You'll see why as I finish it. I'm about half-done now.

Today, I proofed three of my cards at the printers. I ordered 50 each. Might be done and ready to pick up tomorrow.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 7/28/2006 2:06:03 AM
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The Path

 

I worked more on it tonight and got further along.

I may touch up the rocks yet, but the only piece missing is the girls. They're for tomorrow.

ETC: The problem with the gravel path, I decided, is that the white stood out too much. I liked the more distant section of the path because it blended better, so I worked on that and got this:

I'm good with that, although I think it's funny that I stuck to the bluish shadows as opposed to the actual gray in the picture. Blue is nicer...

And a test of the words:

On to the kids!

MORE ETC: I'm told that red, as the color for the words, is a poor choice. I'll play with that. How about "pale yellow?"

 

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by Brett Rogers, 7/29/2006 1:46:54 AM
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Sketching

 

In any painting, when I like my progress, I get more anxious as I work to finish it. Will I screw it up? With acrylic that's especially dangerous because it dries so fast. (I can paint over it, but it's tough to match colors when doing that.)

So I sketch in proportions and such with a light color and set it up for the bolder brushstrokes and colors.

You can see the girls, faintly marked for the final strokes.

Oy! This is why some of my paintings don't get done until late night / early morning. I get too wound up to walk away and get a good night's sleep.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 7/30/2006 1:40:02 AM
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One Girl Down

 

One girl to go.

And a bit of touch up, I think.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 7/30/2006 1:36:41 PM
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Friends Hold Hands (Done)

 

I tweaked the words and finished the painting. Of course, I reserve the right to modify it later, but I like it.

This will be my first card with words inside:

I'm so glad that you are part of my life.

Simple is best, I think.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 8/1/2006 12:45:16 AM
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