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Marie Messina
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Officially back from hiatus

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 15, 2014, 7:21 PM



Wow! So I've been in a big art rut for quite some time now. I didn't realize it, but I went from checking DA every day to just not really caring about anything to do with art. Sometimes I just get sick of art and do that, but I always come back. And here I am about 3 months later finally free of artist block!

The strangest thing got me off the hump, so do expect to see some pretty drastic subject matter changes. I am still finishing up portrait commissions that I had previously engaged to, but will be spending my time after and in between that working on these new ideas! I am actually sitting down to paint right now, so I should have something to show for it very soon. :)

I hope you all had a great holiday and new year. I'll be working on catching up on comments too - I have something like 180 feedback messages to go through o_o. I look forward to catching up with everyone! ;)

-Marie

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VickyCupcake 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!
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OptimalDecay Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Alive?
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miz-mezzy Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah sort of. How have you been?
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OptimalDecay Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Super peaches! How is ya?
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I love your animal and nature paintings!! the colours are amazing
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miz-mezzy Jan 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much ;)
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:iconcellarvee:
Wow, you have amazing portraiture skills, and love the style you use. The one of Maria Amanda (Sun-kissed) is great. :clap::beer:
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miz-mezzy Jul 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I have a lot of trouble working pale because I just don't like the flat colors. I'm always trying to bronze things up..unless I'm working pinkish tones. If I recall this painting started out WAY too pink, and I couldn't stand it - so I added a ton of glazes instead of having to remix and repaint all the tones. It was an interesting effect because I added lots of yellow glazes and then had to go back in with pink glazes. But, I really like how it turned out. In person it is probably one of the most depthful pieces I have. One of these days, I'm going to work on a pale subject and try to keep accuracy in color - as painful as that may be! haha
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Whatever you are doing, the results are great. I prefer to see depth of colour in a painting, otherwise it might end up looking like a photograph and then you might as well have a photograph. Your version of Daenerys from Game of Thrones has huge impact, which would be lost if you stuck to accuracy of colour. I don't know how acrylics react when overpainted, but oils have a chemical reaction where lower layers seep up into higher layers for months after application. If I don't like the way a colour scheme has turned out, I usually find it easier to use white spirit to lift off the entire area and start again.
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miz-mezzy Aug 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thank you so much! I like to see it that way too, and I guess some people just aren't going to like it as much. Thankfully, acrylic paint doesn't do that. It dries thoroughly, and there is definitely a hint of the colors underneath, but with more layers you can erase it completely, and if you want it to show, you can just use glazes or thinned down paint with medium. Sorry for my long response. Have been so busy and just now trying to catch up here on DA!
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