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I made this lighthouse scene and was kind of stumped when it came to making the blue water. I used a acrylic blue dye. I dislike using any stains or dyes but in this case it would have been almost imposable to tell where the water was. I feel there are a very few instances where you need to take and exception to the norm.

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 01:40 AM

beautiful piece, very well done.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 03:30 AM

That’s excellent, I love how the fence continues out of the picture

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 05:05 AM

Very cool… the out of frame fence really makes that piece

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 05:11 AM

Great job David.


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#5 posted 02-20-2011 05:50 AM

Beautiful picture there David. This caught my eye because I’m doing a lighthouse picture too. I’m not doing the Intarsia thing, although I can see here that you have done a fantastic job. I really like the fence detail, that’s cool. My lighthouse picture probably won’t be done for some time, The way I go about it is kinda out in left field. I make up the rules has I go. Which goes to say, the blue dye thing, it’s good.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 06:59 AM

Excellent work, love the depth of the scene.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#7 posted 02-20-2011 07:13 AM

Love it, you really captured the scene. Great job!

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#8 posted 02-20-2011 12:44 PM

I love it. Just beautiful. Fence detail really invite spectator in to a picture, whole picture is a invitation to journey to your world. Light walk, care free, next to the sea. I really like it. Next one is expected.

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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#9 posted 02-20-2011 05:12 PM

Very nice!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 02-20-2011 10:10 PM

This turned out so beautifully. Normally I would agree with you about using any type of dyes, but in this instance i think you made the right call. The blue for the ocean is really needed even though it’s just a small touch it really makes the distinction of where the land ends.

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#11 posted 02-20-2011 10:50 PM

If you do something in the future that needs some blueish color in it, take a look at blue pine from the northwest. It actually has a blue tone to it. There are several mills and suppliers out here that carry the stuff.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#12 posted 02-24-2011 07:46 PM

beautiful looking piece. i have started witht the intarsia and really enjoy it. i did a beach scene and had the same sort of problem you had with the water. what i did was smear a light coat of wood glue over the beach area and sprinkle actual sand over the glue to discern the beach from the water. you learn from every piece, right? i’m starting up 2 more right now, but if you are interested i have mine on the website. just look up intarsia on the tags and you’ll find it.

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#13 posted 05-12-2012 06:41 PM

Good work. How many successful artists have been concerned with the ‘norm’?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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