New Workshop – New Series

This is my new workshop, this is in between my daughter’s bedroom and our bedroom on the second floor. Well downstairs I have my jewelry workshop where I have all my tools displayed and ready to use.

I am working on a new technique that would be unique to my character and personality and it is all about  warm colors background; especially orange and the yellow family.  This style includes my hasty approach or attacks on the canvas with oil paint and using number 4 – 6 flat brushes in making simple details.

I tried this on acrylic and I never thought that I would be able to apply it on oil since acrylic dries a lot faster than oil. Well, for now I just have to be patient and wait for the next session to finish one canvas. This will be a series of landscapes on canvas, size 60 x 80 cm, using the oil paint as the medium. This series is a diary of place I traveled and remembered as good memories and goodbyes.

“Scenes of Good Memories and Goodbyes”

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Ali Bernie Buga-y has been a teacher in arts and music to different international schools in Thailand for nine years until he decided to enjoy the full time lifestyle of being a visual artist. Together with his family, he travels to different national parks in Thailand to experience true encounters in nature and the wildlife. His love for the birds and animals is the driving force that motivates him to photograph and paint them as seen in the wild. The joys of birding can only be shared through visual representations of these lovely feathered creatures carefully studied and observed in their natural habitat. As a graduate of Theology, he perfectly understands that somehow man should find ways to emerge himself to an edenic experience here on earth; and through these physical experiences man may again find spirituality beholding nature. Complicated as it may seem, Bernie finds it refreshing to the mind and soul as nature reveals itself when he observes and study them carefully through photography.

25 Comments

  • andreia

    wow!

    September 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm
  • tammaporn ploy

    How or where can we get an inspiration?

    October 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    • Bernie

      Hi Ploy!

      We get inspiration from the people around us, the beauty of a sunset, a cool breeze, and from within us. meaning, there are a million ways we could extract or get inspiration from.

      When we have done good to others, they will also do good in return; if not from them, it will always come from somebody else.

      Life has so much to be happy about and thus inspiration will also come through.

      Good luck ploy.

      Let me know if what else I may be able to help you.

      Your friend here,

      Bernie

      October 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm
  • Aun Chanon S.

    Hello Mr.Bernie, How should i sketch it to be more lighter, I’m using 2B pencil but my sketch picture is too dark. And can you tell me how to sketch good people eyes, because i make it too small and it should be bigger to show the detail.

    please tell me, thank you.

    October 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm
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      Hi Aun,

      Using 2B pencil can already do the job. There are even darker drawing pencils from 2B to 8B and then EE. 2B is already perfect enough to make light tones.

      Steps to drawing light:
      1. Know you value scale. (From dark to light)
      2. Know your pencil. (you already know this)
      3. Know how to glaze. Glazing is a smooth thin coating to result shading or toning.
      4. Learn to lessen your pressure on the paper.
      5. Learn how to use underhand position in using the pencil.

      Drawing faces and eyes is always a chore. Just try to keep sketching and balance the parts of your portrait and may be get a portrait teacher.

      Good luck Aun!

      Your friend,

      Bernie

      October 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm
  • Bew

    I like to draw landscapes pictures, but sometime the picture didn’t come out like what I expect. So I want to know some of the techniques of getting a good landscapes drawing.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm
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      Hi Bew,

      To paint landscapes is fun. The reason why your paintings are not as pleasant as you expected them to be is, you are not that experienced yet and you don’t need to feel bad about it. All you need to do is practice sketching. Sketch the subject or landscapes you want to paint until you find them ready to be painted. Of course, you need to know the basics in drawing and you should use the the right materials to make good paintings, yet, practice is the most important thing here.

      Grab a pencil and just draw and draw and you will find fulfillment and success soon.

      Your friend,

      Bernie

      October 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm
  • Jam

    I try to sketch the things many times but the result is not really good. I want to know some techniques to solve this problem. Before I start to sketch, what should I do first ?

    October 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm
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      Hi Jam,

      First you have to know the basics in drawing, find the right materials and the right attitude towards drawing.
      Now you are ready to go. As soon as you have all what you need, focus your attention to a subject and then draw applying the basics in drawing techniques. Practice! Practice! And just Practice!
      You can become good right away, you have to be patient too.

      Your art friend,

      Bernie

      October 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm
  • Lydia

    Hello Mr. Bernie!!
    I love to do my drawings in oil pastels and nothing else, because I feel that I don’t get that brightness and effect that I get in oil pastels. I want to try and make my water color paintings to enhance and come out to life! Can you give me some tips and techniques in that? I would also like if you would give me some advice in my oil pastel drawings because I feel that you can never be perfect, so I want to make it better each time I draw something. Thanks a lot and I don’t mind whatever you make for me! All of your paintings are fabulous and there is no question about that! Good luck for your workshop and I really hope it goes well! Best of luck for the future!

    October 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm
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      Hi Lydia,

      It is good to hear from you again. Oil Pastels are great in making light colors, they can be really bright and pastel-like. Try to start with light colors in shading and then work on with darker tones in adding shades and accents for details. The watercolor is a monster medium. You have to play with it first until you understand what to do. Making light attacks using this medium is not that hard. Dilute the color you want to use in a good amount of water as you load your watercolor brush, lighten the color using your brush. If the water turns dark you are not getting it right, more water lightens up the colors. Using the white of the paper is also one way to apply your light tones into the painting.

      You can find watercolor lessons online and even on youtube.

      You art mentor,

      Bernie

      October 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm
      • Lydia

        hello mr. bernie,
        many times i make mistakes in my paintings and drawings and i don’t know how to fix it, so i redo the whole work and it is quite irritating and tiring for me even if the second one turns out to be better.. it takes up a lot of my time.. can u teach me a technique in where if i make a mistake, in an oil pastel canvas or a water-color painting, how can i cover it up so that even i don’t think that it is a mistake anymore?

        P.S. thanks a lot mr. bernie.. because of you i can improve my art skills and make better paintings and drawings… i really appreciate your time and dedication you put in replying to us and i really would like you to know that it is a very great thing for me..

        October 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm
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          Hi Lydia,

          If you work slow and careful with everything that you do, then you don’t have to redo or repeat your work. Working slow and paying attention to what you are doing will eliminate the chance of doing your work again. I know it is very annoying to retouch and do your work again, but if you already come to the level of perfection, your dexterity also improves and automatically everything just leads to good work without even being conscious of the result.

          Pastels are difficult to cover up, you have to work slow and layer everything accordingly. Watercolor is always a medium to play with and even your mistakes are always part of the painting as they look natural within the context of the subject. Oil painting is always easy to use because every time you make a mistake you can always cover up after the paint dries.

          Keep practicing Lydia and believe in yourself then you will find your works worth keeping and selling.

          Art Mentor,

          Bernie

          October 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm
          • Lydia

            Thanks a lot Mr. Bernie!! It is because of your advice and guidance that I can do a better work in my paintings and develop that self-confidence in me to keep on trying and experimenting. When did you make your first painting in your life? Can you still remember? Was it natural for you to paint such beautiful pictures or did you have to work really hard on it and keep on practicing? I know that if I want to achieve something in this world, it will always require a lot of hard work and effort to earn it, but some people are God-gifted, and they have natural talents which very less people have in this world. i have seen very few paintings like yours, and they look so real! If I see the detailed strokes in your paintings, nobody can say that it is made by a person! At least I thought it was a picture taken from a camera. How old were you when you made your first painting? When you started to paint more and more pictures, how did that passion arise which made painting as one of your careers? Maybe your answers can help me to find my passion and help me discover what I truly want to do in a career when I grow up. Thank you very much for answering my questions and queries! This really helps me to understand and learn about new things which I have never learned before.

            October 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm
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              Hi Lydia,

              Painting came natural to me, though I worked hard on it to get better. Meaning, I was enjoying every moment that I sketched and did some things art works in different ways. Believe first that you really want something in your life. After this, do something about and if it is hard, just always remember everything is always hard from the start. Whatever that you want in life can be achieved as long as you believe and do something.

              Yeah, my father taught me how to draw, but yet I stopped drawing until I was in high school again, yet I started again and taught drawing and painting until now. I am more focused in painting and my music now though than anything else. Whatever I find to inspire me I just go for it.

              Lydia, you can. Believe.

              Your Mentor,

              Bernie

              October 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm
  • Kanun

    W่hen I’m colored with brushes it looks very dirty and messy. So I would like to ask you that how we can painted in correct way?

    October 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm
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      Hi Kanun,

      Well, first, you have to practice using your brush provided you already know the basics in painting. The more you use your brush the more you tune your muscles into painting. Practice will always make you become better.

      Art mentor,

      Bernie

      October 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm
  • Pao

    Hi ! Mr.Bernie! If iI would likt o draw a car like ferraris, or lamborghinis. what would you like to recommended me that i must use water color, or pencil color, or etc… When Im grade 8 Mr.Glenn (Your Brother) Ask me to draw a cartoons and put in front of the class but now i dont know who took it out! but whatever i also wanting to be a professional artist like you! Please suggest some information about drawing please… because my hobby is Drawing! and i love to drawing too!

    October 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm
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      Hi Pao,

      There are technical pens and pencils to use in drawing cars. An ordinary pencil is good for a start since you will be just making a lot of outlines in drawing cars. When you start shading them and coloring them, you will need more advance art materials for drawing. Find a sketchbook and a pencil and start drawing your cars.

      Art mentor,

      Bernie

      October 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm
  • Aisariyaporn Ince

    Hi Mr.Bernie,

    I like to sketching and painting very much.But sometime I made it dirty and the color is not bautiful,
    so I wanted to know your techniques that how do you painting and it will not be dirty.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm
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      admin

      Hi Aisariyaporn,

      Provided you know the basics in drawing and painting, all you have to do is practice and practice. There is no better way in making good drawings than practice. When you practice also try to know if you are doing t he right thing. Also, try to work slow and be careful in applying your medium.

      Art Mentor,

      Bernie

      October 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm
  • Oat

    in the picture, where do you start to paint first ( do you start from background or objects?)

    October 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm
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      admin

      Hi Oat,

      It depends, but usually we start by sketching the subject then know the colors you need to apply first. having done all of these, if you are right-handed paint from the left to the right and paint from the right to the left when you are left-handed. You can start with the background to the middle ground to the foreground.

      Art mentor,

      Bernie

      October 5, 2011 at 10:29 pm
  • Zeer Suchanun U.

    How can you draw the eyes that can show the character’s emotion?

    October 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm
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      admin

      Hi Zeer,

      Yes you can draw the eyes with emotions. How to do that? you have to find a subject that has the right emotion you want to portray or compose your own emotion in order for you to paint. Then try to copy using all the drawing skills to show that emotion into a piece of paper or a canvas.

      Art Mentor,

      Bernie

      October 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm

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