Radiant Watercolor Portraits | Online Art Course Begins Today!

 

We have the most gorgeous watercolor portraits online course beginning TODAY!

Radiant Watercolor Portraits with Christie Drahnak begins today with 5 hours of content and lifetime* access.

Simple tools and extraordinary techniques to create stunning portraits.

“Watercolor is a swim in the metaphysics of life… a mirror of one’s own character. Let it be unpredictable and colorful.” – anonymous

Come and watch the course trailer…

Radiant Watercolor Promo 2 from Revilo Designs on Vimeo.


About the course from Christie Drahnak…

In Radiant Watercolor Portraits I will share with you my love for watercolor and painting faces. Watercolor is a luminous and beautiful medium. I love all of the happy surprises and magical effects you can create with a little paint and water.

We will dive head first into portrait drawing, watercolor basics, and value studies. I will walk you through the process I use create and to create art that brings peace and joy to both artist and viewer. We will start at the beginners level and by the time class is over you will have the knowledge of an intermediate watercolor artist. We will complete a minimum of 3 gorgeous watercolor portraits together. I will share my favorite techniques and supplies.

Radiant Watercolor Portraits will begin on February 6, 2017 and will have 5 hours of lifetime* access content. The registration price is $48.

To read more or to register click HERE.

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

See you in class!

***

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

 

*as long as we manage this site

Radiant Watercolor Portraits | Last 24 Hours To Get The Early Registration Price

 

We have the most gorgeous watercolor portraits online course beginning NEXT month!

You have 24 hours left to get the early registration price of $28 for Radiant Watercolor Portraits with Christie Drahnak.

Simple tools and extraordinary techniques to create stunning portraits.

“Watercolor is a swim in the metaphysics of life… a mirror of one’s own character. Let it be unpredictable and colorful.” – anonymous

Come and watch the course trailer…

About the course from Christie Drahnak…

In Radiant Watercolor Portraits I will share with you my love for watercolor and painting faces. Watercolor is a luminous and beautiful medium. I love all of the happy surprises and magical effects you can create with a little paint and water.

We will dive head first into portrait drawing, watercolor basics, and value studies. I will walk you through the process I use create and to create art that brings peace and joy to both artist and viewer. We will start at the beginners level and by the time class is over you will have the knowledge of an intermediate watercolor artist. We will complete a minimum of 3 gorgeous watercolor portraits together. I will share my favorite techniques and supplies.

Radiant Watercolor Portraits will begin on February 6, 2017 and will have 4+ hours of lifetime* access content. The early registration price is $28.

To read more or to register click HERE.

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

See you in class!

***

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

 

*as long as we manage this site

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Radiant Watercolor Portraits | Early Registration Just Opened

Good Evening!

We are thrilled to announce the second online course of 2017!

 

 

Early registration has just opened for the GORGEOUS course Radiant Watercolor Portraits with Christie Drahnak!  Simple tools and extraordinary techniques to create stunning portraits.

“Watercolor is a swim in the metaphysics of life… a mirror of one’s own character. Let it be unpredictable and colorful.” – anonymous

Come and watch the course trailer…

In Radiant Watercolor Portraits I will share with you my love for watercolor and painting faces.  Watercolor is a luminous and beautiful medium.  I love all of the happy surprises and magical effects you can create with a little paint and water.

We will dive head first into portrait drawing, watercolor basics, and value studies.   I will walk you through the process I use create and to create art that brings peace and joy to both artist and viewer.  We will start at the beginners level and by the time class is over you will have the knowledge of an intermediate watercolor artist.  We will complete a minimum of 3 gorgeous watercolor portraits together.  I will share my favorite techniques and supplies.

Radiant Watercolor Portraits will begin on February 6, 2017 and will have 4+ hours of lifetime* access content. The early registration price is $28.

To read more or to register click HERE.

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

See you in class!

***

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

 

*as long as we manage this site

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Our Last Live Workshop of 2016 and a Gorgeous New Online Class with Julie Johnson {all coming this next week}

Hello! We are back from our gorgeous trip The Living Studio Along the Danube.

I will have a post very soon with some of the photos and my thoughts of our time together (Hint…it was incredible).

I wanted to let you know about two beautiful things happening this next week in the studio and also online.

We are honored to host Wendy Brightbill for a two day workshop in our studio on our land.

There are only a few spots left and we would be so honored to have you join us.

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My dear friend and respected artist Wendy Brightbill will be coming to teach at our new studio! This will be the last live workshop of the year at our studios and it will be a workshop that you will not want to miss.
This workshop is a two day event!. Come and read all about. This workshop will sell out so please do not wait too long if you want to register. Our workshops are about getting away, enjoying the view, being pampered, connecting with other creatives and going home with fresh inspiration that you can apply in your own work.
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Playing Big Abstract Painting Class
Is there something keeping you from playing big in your painting? Are you wanting to push through creative blocks and create the kind of art you see in your dreams? Then join us for Playing Big Abstract Painting Class.
This last year I noticed that there was a real disconnect in the art that I was making and the art I really wanted to make. For whatever reason, I just wasn’t painting what I really wanted to paint. So I gave myself permission to really play big! This class is all about taking big risks and putting it all out there. No holding back!!! Working on a large piece of watercolor paper, we will explore color, mark making, style and composition. Get lost in the process and create with abandon.
  • Gather inspiration for color palettes that fit your art personality.
  • Create your own style and color boards to draw on for inspiration.
  • Explore your very own abstract painting style by looking at some of your favorite abstract painters.
  • Create dimension in your piece by layering shapes and colors with watercolors and acrylic paints.
  • Discuss composition and how to balance your abstract pieces.
  • Work through creative blocks keeping you back from your most authentic work.
  • Make marks and lines to finish off your pieces.
  • Embrace the process of creating and find what brings you joy in painting to take home to your daily creative practice.

Materials:
  • 4-5 sheets of large watercolor paper (Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor paper 18 x 24)
  • Large shipping tube to carry your paper (must be 20 inches at least)
  • artist grade watercolor set
  • watercolor mixing palette
  • different sizes of watercolor brushes and acrylic paintbrushes
  • oil pastels
  • pens and markers
  • acrylic paint in your favorite colors (especially white)
  • Inks in your favorite colors (Ranger color washes, acrylic ink or India inks)
Optional:
  • photographs or pictures of paintings that inspire you
  • needle and embroidery floss/thread if you would like to add stitching to your pieces
  • favorite mark making tools
  • white acrylic ink
Provided for you:
  • small moleskin journals to keep track of your style inspiration
  • smaller pieces of watercolor paper for practice
  • white uniball signo

A peek into our beautiful studio!

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com or if you want to register please click on the image below!

 

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This coming Monday you can join loved artist Julie Johnson online for her newest course Painterly Portraits!

I am smiling from ear to ear to share that one of our most popular teachers is back with a brand new online course! Join us for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils with Julie Johnson!

Painterly Portraits Course Trailer


I encourage you to come along with me if you want to learn to paint. You will learn to paint from your heart, Do you feel like you are missing something? It’s not about talent. It is about applying your love of something that you know is in you. I will help you discover that inner passion of art that has begun to come out in you or you have just realized this is something you would love to discover. Know each of us will have a beautiful and different outcome. You will be loved as I walk along side you. I will break down every step, show you my palette as I paint and see me mixing colors then laying that color down.
I am a artist who loves realism. It’s where I first started as an artist in art college studying illustration. It is important to gain the fundamentals that will make your art strong and loved by others. With those fundamentals we can play!

Playtime with painting is getting loose with our edges, finding texture, light and darks. A beautiful thing will happen, you will find emotion without even trying.
Here are some of the exciting things we will find as we come to the easel.
* The energy from a stroke of paint from our brushstroke.
* Color, tone and mixing colors.
* How to lay down our paint.
* Transparency and opaqueness
* How to find a painterly style
* Loose edges.
* Why I need strong shapes to help my composition.
* How do I sketch with paint?
* Can I create a acute likeness?
* What is a indirect and direct method of painting.
* We will study Portraiture
* How to work from a photograph.

* We will breakdown the face into shapes and planes.

This 7+ hours of content class will be begin on October 24, 2016 and you will have lifetime* access to the class.

The registration price for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils is $48.00.

To read more or to register click HERE.

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Supply list

Here is my list. We will be using mostly paint. Please read though and know you can substitute and use what you have on hand. I don’t want you to have to purchase a lot of supplies. We will be mixing our own blacks.
You have the opportunity to use all acrylic for each lesson or all oils. All lessons are interchangeable with what medium you choose.
I will be doing my best to use the same color palettes for both the acrylic and oil paints. It is important to get accustomed to mixing a color palette we will use. During playtime we may venture into new mixtures.
Acrylic paint supplies
Here is my list of colors. You may substitute brands. Please stay away from: the craft paints as they chalky, full of fillers and don’t have much pigment in them, also avoid anything with the word HUE behind them they are a imitation paint and will not mix good color results..leaving you with mud. I will go back and forth using both heavy body and fluid colors, but you can use either heavy or fluid or both.
Here are my heavy body paint colors from Golden Brand:
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Medium
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold ( or the fluid )
Golden Fluid
Napthol Red Light
Anthraquinone Blue (I combine this with other colors to get the kings blue i use in oils)
Ultramarine Blue
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
Liquitex
Indanthrene Blue
I am a lover of the flat brush. 1.5”, 1” size or 1/2”. I always find them in my hand. I can change the edges and get the wide edge then the thinner edge. But you can use what you like. I will be encouraging you to always use a larger brush. The results; a more painterly painting.
I realize paints can be expensive but I believe it is best to practice with the best materials we can so we don’t get frustrated and give up. It doesn’t have to be hard. Think in terms of a piano that is in tune or out of tune.
Oil Paint Supply list
Here are the colors and brands I use. You do not need to use my brands. There are a lot of yellows and reds out there and the all mix a little differently but it totally ok to use different brands. There are a couple of colors that I find you need in mixing colors. I will asterisk them **. Please stay away from false colors that have the word “Hue” behind them. They are full of fillers and not much pigment. You will not mix a true color and end up with muddy colors. Also know that The student grade “WINTON” on Windsor and Newton brand is mostly filler and little pure pigment…..yes the muddy colors again. Please use the 40%coupon at Hobby Lobby. They carry the Windsor Newton brand.
Paint colors for oils
Windsor Newton Brand
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red
**Cadmium Scarlet
**Alizarin Crimson Permanent
**Permanent Mauve
Rembrandt Brand:
Ultramarine Deep ( i use instead of ultramarine blue but you can use the ultramarine blue)
**Transparent Oxide Red
Viridian Green
Transparent Oxide Yellow
Sennelier
** King’s Blue
Palette knifes
some kind of container for turp. I recommend;
Gamsol a 100% pure odorless mineral spirits. The least toxic. The only thing I use to clean my brushes.
Viva towels the most absorbent and the paint doesn’t get all over my hands.
I prefer a glass palette. But you can use whatever you like. I got mine from a consignment store I use in a picture frame.
Brushes:
Again I love flats. I use Rosemary and Co Brushes. The Michelle Dunaway set. http://www.rosemaryandco.com/
If you get this set you will have everything you will need. Brushes are like the reed to a clarinet. They take a lot of the work of painting. I will put together my favorite list for you.
Substrates
Here you have a diverse group of choices. You can choose so many different surfaces from a smooth portrait grade linen by Ray Mar, to a gessoed primed birch cradle panel. I have been staying away from the canvas panels you will find at your hobby Lobby or Michaels store. Why, because they pull at my paint making painting hard. I could still use them if I coated them with gesso and sanded them 3x’s. I have fallen in love with the cradle boards and linen. I don’t use linen often, but when I do it always gives me goose bumps because its simply divine. Pick out any size you would like to work on. I will go into more on substrates in the class.
If you have questions please ask.

******

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

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Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils {early registration has just opened}

I just got back from speaking about Product Launching at the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an incredible time and I will be sharing more soon!  I am also going to record my talk so if you are wanting to grow your business you can watch if you were not able to make it to the conference.

I am smiling from ear to ear to share that one of our most popular teachers is back with a brand new online course! Early registration has just opened for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils with Julie Johnson!

I encourage you to come along with me if you want to learn to paint.  You will learn to paint from your heart,   Do you feel like you are missing something?  It’s not about talent.  It is about applying your love of something that you know is in you.  I will help you discover that inner passion of art that has begun to come out in you or you have just realized this is something you would love to discover. Know each of us will have a beautiful and different outcome.  You will be loved as I walk along side you.  I will break down every step, show you my palette as I paint and see me mixing colors then laying that color down.

I am a artist who loves realism.  It’s where I first started as an artist in art college studying illustration.  It is important to gain the fundamentals that will make your art strong and loved by others. With those fundamentals we can play!

Playtime with painting is getting loose with our edges, finding texture, light and darks.  A beautiful thing will happen, you will find emotion without even trying.  
Here are some of the exciting things we will find as we come to the easel.
* The energy from a stroke of paint from our brushstroke.
* Color, tone and mixing colors.
* How to lay down our paint.
* Transparency and opaqueness
* How to find a painterly style
* Loose edges.
* Why I need strong shapes to help my composition.
* How do I sketch with paint?
* Can I create a acute likeness?
* What is a indirect and direct method of painting.
* We will study Portraiture
* How to work from a photograph.

* We will breakdown the face into shapes and planes.

This 7+ hours of content class will be begin on October 24, 2016 and you will have lifetime* access to the class. 

The early registration price for Painterly Portraits: A Study in Acrylics and Oils is $32.00.

To read more or to register click HERE.

******

Supply list

Here is my list.  We will be using mostly paint. Please read though and know you can substitute and use what you have on hand.  I don’t want you to have to purchase a lot of supplies.  We will be mixing our own blacks.
You have the opportunity to use all acrylic for each lesson or all oils.  All lessons are interchangeable with what medium you choose.
I will be doing my best to use the same color palettes for both the acrylic and oil paints.  It is important to get accustomed to mixing a color palette we will use.  During playtime we may venture into new mixtures.
Acrylic paint supplies
Here is my list of colors.  You may substitute brands.  Please stay away from:   the craft paints as they chalky, full of fillers and don’t have much pigment in them, also avoid anything with the word HUE behind them they are a imitation paint and will not mix good color results..leaving you with mud.   I will go back and forth using both heavy body and fluid colors, but you can use either heavy or fluid or both.
Here are my heavy body paint colors from Golden Brand:
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Medium
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold ( or the fluid )
Golden Fluid
Napthol Red Light
Anthraquinone Blue (I combine this with other colors to get the kings blue i use in oils)
Ultramarine Blue
Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
Liquitex
Indanthrene Blue
I am a lover of the flat brush. 1.5”,  1” size or 1/2”.  I always find them in my hand.  I can change the edges and get the wide edge then the thinner edge.  But you can use what you like.  I will be encouraging you to always use a larger brush.  The results; a more painterly painting.
I realize paints can be expensive but I believe it is best to practice with the best materials we can so we don’t get frustrated and give up.  It doesn’t have to be hard.  Think in terms of a piano that is in tune or out of tune.
Oil Paint Supply list
Here are the colors and brands I use. You do not need to use my brands.  There are a lot of yellows and reds out there and the all mix a little differently but it totally ok to use different brands. There are a couple of colors that I find you need in mixing colors.  I will asterisk them **.  Please stay away from false colors that have the word “Hue” behind them.  They are full of fillers and not much pigment. You will not mix a true color and end up with muddy colors.  Also know that The student grade “WINTON”  on Windsor and Newton brand is mostly filler and little pure pigment…..yes the muddy colors again.  Please use the 40%coupon at Hobby  Lobby.  They carry the Windsor Newton brand.
Paint colors for oils
Windsor Newton Brand
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red
**Cadmium Scarlet
**Alizarin Crimson Permanent
**Permanent Mauve
Rembrandt Brand:
Ultramarine Deep ( i use instead of ultramarine blue but you can use the ultramarine blue)
**Transparent Oxide Red
Viridian Green
Transparent Oxide Yellow
Sennelier
** King’s Blue
Palette knifes
some kind of container for turp.  I recommend;
Gamsol a 100% pure odorless mineral spirits.  The least toxic.  The only thing I use to clean my brushes.
Viva towels  the most absorbent and the paint doesn’t get all over my hands.
I prefer a glass palette.  But you can use whatever you like.  I got mine from a consignment store I use in a picture frame.
Brushes:
Again I love flats.   I use Rosemary and Co Brushes.  The Michelle Dunaway set.  http://www.rosemaryandco.com/
If you get this set you will have everything you will need.  Brushes are like the reed to a clarinet. They take a lot of the work of painting.  I will put together my favorite list for you.
Substrates
Here you have a diverse group of choices.  You can choose so many different surfaces from a smooth portrait grade linen by Ray Mar, to a gessoed primed birch cradle panel.  I have been staying away from the canvas panels you will find at your hobby Lobby or Michaels store.  Why, because they pull at my paint making painting hard.   I could still use them if I coated them with gesso and sanded them 3x’s.  I have fallen in love with the cradle boards and linen.  I don’t use linen often,  but when I do it always gives me goose bumps because its simply divine.  Pick out any size you would like to work on.  I will go into more on substrates in the class.
If you have questions please ask.

******

If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases!  Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

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leave me a comment.

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Children of the Wild with Kate Thompson {registration just opened}

I have said this a million times but it is worth stating again!  Our creative network has the most beautiful artists and I believe our courses are rich, affordable and some of the most art altering that are being offered today.

 

An artist that has been a part of the popular Studying Under The Masters series is now back with her own course and it is stunning!  I am excited to announce that mixed media artist Kate Thompson will be leading Children of the Wild.

 

Come and hear from Kate about this course…

This is a week long course (4+ hours of content) filled with precious children and their friendships with animals. I created this class to share with you my love for animals and how they have enriched my life.

 

 

There will be 4 complete painting demonstrations. Each painting has its own unique story. The stories were not even developed till after I painted them.

 

 

I really take mixed media art to a new level by using some very unusual applications. I combine watercolors, pan pastels, charcoal with gesso. I work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor and inks with linseed oil. On top of all this goodness I apply oil bars with a palette knife. It all works, it really does!

 

 

I show you how to develop really yummy substrates for the paintings. One is layers of fabric and lace with gesso all imbedded together for a uniformed and interesting surface. Another substrate using vintage ledger papers, stamping stenciling using transparent and matte paints.

There will be several exercises to get familiar with the techniques before working on the finished paintings. I go over basics such as mapping a photograph to understand proportions. How to start a child’s portrait, creating animals in a light hearted manner. So much fun and learning. I really enjoyed creating this class and I have learned some things myself along the way

 

 

The early registration price for Children of the Wild is $32.00. All of the videos have been pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience and you will have lifetime* access.

Children of the Wild will begin on June 20, 2016.

 

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If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

 

*as long as we manage this site.

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Brand New Prints In The Shop

We are thrilled to announce that we have added a ton of never before offered prints in the shop!

Come and take a peek…

You can find these all in our Etsy shop and our website for your convenience.

We have gallery wrapped canvas prints coming soon!

Look for that announcement in early September.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask and thank you for looking!

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