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!becca
06-01-2012, 01:25 AM
Welcome to What's on Your Easel for the month of June 2012!

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Please post your oil paintings that you are currently working on or have just finished.

Everyone is welcome to post in this thread - Newbies and experts, as long as the work is in oil paint!

For the most part, this is a “show and tell” thread, if you would like more detailed help or critiques, the main oil forum would be the place to post and ask

Sterbenz
06-01-2012, 03:12 PM
This sounds like a fun thread. Can't wait to see what projects all of you have going on.

I recently got a commission for a 24x30 painting of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix. This is a small 30 minute sketch/study I did the other day. I emailed the client (in this case it's family), waiting on a response. Then I'll get started on the big one once they approve.

Now I'm off to go stretch some canvases.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2012/122496-Camelback_Sketch.jpg

-Matt

!becca
06-01-2012, 03:39 PM
Matt, I like this, such lovely looseness..

dollardays
06-01-2012, 03:42 PM
I like your painting, Matt. It captures the feel of the area nicely. I stay with my friend in AZ frequently and she has a great view of "Elephantback Mountain". I need to do painting of that next time I am there.

This is a barn I painted plein air on Wednesday at my friend's farm.

10" x 20"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2012/3589-Bountiful-Arts-Barn-small.jpg

!becca
06-01-2012, 03:44 PM
Ooo, Nora, really lovely!

dollardays
06-01-2012, 05:33 PM
Thanks Becca.... I would like to change the trees but not sure what to do with them. So Ill probably leave them as they are.

iamkeithmiller
06-01-2012, 05:45 PM
dollardays, nice painting. i like the glow behind the trees and think they work well, my favorite part being how the clouds look like clouds within clouds.

!becca
06-01-2012, 05:57 PM
Nora, I like them as they are..I was looking at it just admiring your brushwork..you are getting too good., :thumbsup:

NancyMP
06-01-2012, 06:39 PM
Matt, it's a really nice sketch and I'm sure your client will approve it. If they do, please try to keep the looseness in the larger work, too...tightening up sometimes kills the freshness they admire in the sketch (They might want to buy the sketch as well!).:D

Nora, your trees look perfect! so does the barn and since it's plein air, the freshness is so very appealing! Love it!:heart:

And I wish my trees were as satisfying as yours in my Water Nymph background; I keep feeling like I need more deep greens behind her now that I've lightened up her shadowed side. I said somewhere else that I was going to leave it alone after this last session, but I find the lack of darks in the upper left area clumsy compositionally. I might just take one more swipe at it before I give up...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2012/203830-Water_Nymph_5.jpg

It may be that the paint is still a little wet from last night...

!becca
06-01-2012, 06:52 PM
Nancy, your instincts are good..I think the greenery should be more consistent, light or dark..leaving a soft edge on your figure on one side. Your Nymph is beautifully painted..:heart:

AshlandCreekArt
06-01-2012, 10:20 PM
dollardays, very nice barn scene. I love plein air painting and barns. You captured it well.

Toril
06-02-2012, 01:06 AM
Nice works! So inspiring to see what everyone is doing. :thumbsup:

Nancy, personally I like the willow better than the other foliage. We had one next to our house that we eventually had to take down. What about making it bigger (they usually are quite large!) and dominate more of the background?

oilsnjade
06-02-2012, 11:14 AM
Matt, it's a really nice sketch and I'm sure your client will approve it. If they do, please try to keep the looseness in the larger work, too...tightening up sometimes kills the freshness they admire in the sketch (They might want to buy the sketch as well!).:D

Nora, your trees look perfect! so does the barn and since it's plein air, the freshness is so very appealing! Love it!:heart:

And I wish my trees were as satisfying as yours in my Water Nymph background; I keep feeling like I need more deep greens behind her now that I've lightened up her shadowed side. I said somewhere else that I was going to leave it alone after this last session, but I find the lack of darks in the upper left area clumsy compositionally. I might just take one more swipe at it before I give up...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2012/203830-Water_Nymph_5.jpg

It may be that the paint is still a little wet from last night...

Nancy, I love this work! I saw her in an earlier stage with nothing behind her. When you added the willow I pondered it and thought, "Nice, now she has privacy :) I think you're right about balancing the greens and I think darker behind her is the right way to go. The whole work is soooo beautiful!

mtpalms
06-02-2012, 11:20 AM
Nancy she came out beautifully and she is balancing perfectly, gracefully. That froggy looks very hopeful.:heart:

crafor
06-02-2012, 01:22 PM
These are all very nice. Nora, your barn and trees are lovely. Nancy, your nymph is well done. I agree about the background suggestions: make the willow somewhat larger, and include shadows and darks in it. The butterfly is a nice surprise. Is she keeping it safe, or will she ffer it to that very hopeful froggy?
Ella

AshlandCreekArt
06-02-2012, 03:04 PM
Nancy she came out beautifully and she is balancing perfectly, gracefully. That froggy looks very hopeful.:heart:

I agree Nancy, it is a beautiful work. Outstanding.

However, to the frog...he shouldn't get his hopes too high...:crossfingers:

Graham T
06-02-2012, 06:14 PM
Nora - great plein air piece - one of your best yet I think.

Nancy - the nymph is looking great. Agree with the others that the background greens need to be a little better balanced though.

I did a bit more work on this one today. Past halfway to being finished now (probably)!

It's of a place called Hell's Mouth in Cornwall. Oil on panel, 12 x 16. Comments and criticism very welcome, as ever. Thanks.

crafor
06-02-2012, 06:26 PM
Your work is wonderful, and it's a pleasure seeing it. I wonder if the greens at the right forefront, at the base, should be more muted?
Ella

!becca
06-02-2012, 06:41 PM
Graham, you are handling your paint beautifully!

NancyMP
06-02-2012, 06:51 PM
Graham, that's looking fantastic! What a dramatic scene you've chosen, and you're painting it so beautifully!

Ella, thanks, and the butterfly is under her protection, as is the frog and all of the creatures around her. I think water nymphs are demi-goddesses.

I think this is pretty much finished now and thank you all for your advice! I do love weeping willows, but I think doing one up as gloriously as it can look would detract from my focal point, the nymph, so I went for darker trees.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2012/203830-Water_Nymph_7.jpg

!becca
06-02-2012, 07:00 PM
Nancy, it looked good before and now I think it looks great!!:thumbsup: :heart:

elvisbeavis
06-02-2012, 11:27 PM
Nancy, This is fabulous and has more impact with the revised trees. You want to be careful you don't turn into Bob Ross placing these happy little trees everywhere :)
Graham, I love the perspective in this. You get a real sense of the height of the cliff.
I'm still plugging away at this one.

NancyMP
06-03-2012, 03:11 AM
Elvis, every time you show us this it's more beautiful and sculpted. Your wife is so lucky to get flowers that last and last!:clap:

!becca
06-03-2012, 06:09 PM
Elvis, it is looking so lovely!!

Rainbunny
06-03-2012, 10:03 PM
This is my first oil painting (newbie at drawing and painting generally), and first posting of any work on Wet Canvas. It's funny looking, but I would appreciate C & C to help me improve generallyhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2012/643292-IMG_0284.jpg . I used Artisan Winsor & Newton oils.

Thanks in advance.

!becca
06-03-2012, 10:04 PM
Rainbunny, I like it...the abstract quality and use of color...it is fresh!:thumbsup: Welcome to WC.

Rainbunny
06-03-2012, 10:17 PM
Thank you, Becca! There, that wasn't so bad finally posting something! In particular, I am interested in suggestions on improving the trees.

!becca
06-03-2012, 10:20 PM
RB, I like the texture and light as you have it...maybe other paintings you will want to try a different approach..but I think this works here.

Rainbunny
06-03-2012, 10:48 PM
Thanks, again! Good to hear it works in this piece--I find trees very challenging!

!becca
06-03-2012, 10:52 PM
RB, if you haven't been there you might like looking in the landscape and plein air forums.

Rainbunny
06-04-2012, 12:38 AM
I've been in the Plein Air forum, but haven't come across a separate landscape forum, so thanks. I'll definitely have a look.

elvisbeavis
06-04-2012, 09:03 AM
Hi Rainbunny. Great introduction to painting. I'm much happier painting trees and landscapes than flowers. If I could offer up any advice it would be to be bolder with your darks. Don't forget that the underside of the tree will be in shadow. I start off with the dark colours and add the light over the top. I usually have to go back in with some darks later as it's really easy to over do it with the lighter greens and lose the effect.

brandonbaird
06-04-2012, 02:45 PM
Study of Rembrandt. This is the last painting that I have done. It was my last project of HS painting/art class. Only had around a week so it's small... 9X12.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2012/1072272-Rembrandt_Study_Small.JPG

!becca
06-04-2012, 04:36 PM
Brandon, welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing..nice work on this!!

!becca
06-04-2012, 04:38 PM
Finally after about a month and a half, I have painted today..:D 12"x9"...Despair..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0415_2615copy4.jpg

brandonbaird
06-04-2012, 04:59 PM
Thanks Becca! I appreciate it.
What has been the obstruction to your painting?

!becca
06-04-2012, 05:02 PM
Just life, Brandon, thanks for asking.:D And, I just looked, it actually has been 2 full months.

Graham T
06-04-2012, 05:28 PM
Very dark piece Becca - powerful.

I squeezed a little more painting in around the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Foreground flowers and foam left to do...

!becca
06-04-2012, 05:34 PM
Thank you, Graham.:)

Your painting is looking wonderful..can imagine being there.

iamkeithmiller
06-04-2012, 05:45 PM
"the longer your out of something, the harder it is to get back into" PAINT EVERYDAY!

27" x 36" oil on wood. inspired by the movie bullitt. liked the painting of the barn with the clouds, so i borrowed the idea. clouds are by far my favorite to paint, just because they never look the same twice. endless inspiration

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2012/222316-612-1-wc.jpg

!becca
06-04-2012, 06:00 PM
Keith lots of action! I agree, clouds are fun.

!becca
06-04-2012, 06:01 PM
Here is mine again after a few tweaks...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0422_2622copy4.jpg

mtpalms
06-04-2012, 06:24 PM
Outstanding Becca! Glad you got to paint some today. So did I!:cool:

!becca
06-04-2012, 06:28 PM
Thank you Marcia.:heart: Glad to know you were painting today too.:D

Rainbunny
06-04-2012, 10:15 PM
Hi Rainbunny. Great introduction to painting. I'm much happier painting trees and landscapes than flowers. If I could offer up any advice it would be to be bolder with your darks. Don't forget that the underside of the tree will be in shadow. I start off with the dark colours and add the light over the top. I usually have to go back in with some darks later as it's really easy to over do it with the lighter greens and lose the effect.
Thanks for the tip, Elvisbeavis. I do tend to be timid with the darks, so I will try to add some more. I started with an overall mid tone on the treetops, then added darks and lights, so I will start with the darks next time, as you suggest.

Hamiltoons
06-04-2012, 10:19 PM
Alaska week 4.

!becca
06-04-2012, 10:23 PM
Scott, looking simply beautiful!

sealart
06-04-2012, 11:09 PM
still kinda in progress
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2012/1064352-sunsetreflections.jpg

!becca
06-04-2012, 11:14 PM
Seal, nice color choices!

sealart
06-05-2012, 12:54 AM
thanks :smug:

this is the one I just finished :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2012/1064352-Summerrays.jpg

lol sorry for the photo quality, batteries in my camera went flat so they're from an iphone. :o

!becca
06-05-2012, 05:22 AM
seal, photo is fine..great color here too!

Chas McHugh
06-05-2012, 05:22 AM
I am running a WIP thread in the WC Aviation Art section on this work, but thought it worthy of repetition here for not only does it show 'Whats on my easel in June 12' it also shows several stages of my artistic process on a single canvas. I do not prepare the canvas with an undertone and I have no idea why not beyond never feeling a need, therefore you can see a 'paint-by-numbers' preparation with a drawing pen on virgin canvas. Several different layers in the green jungle with barely a square millimetre of plain colour. ...and the illustration that comes from depicting a subject whose shape is fixed by design. ie a machine, and in this case a helicopter. The amalgamation of ilustration into an artistic setting that demands light and recesion consideration enables this type of work to fall squarely into an 'art' category. Finally note that I have marked the canvas around the edge with a line that will eventually disappear behind a frame; a simple but effective measure to ensure that I do not loose something important due to framing afterwards.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2012/984204-WC5JUL12.jpg

I hope its inclusion here proves beneficial to someone. Oil on canvas - 36" x 24"

!becca
06-05-2012, 05:31 AM
Chas, nice work and thanks for sharing your process!

MarkHarris
06-05-2012, 09:49 AM
Haven't stopped by for ages but it's nice to see there's still lots of great work going on here.

I was stuck for ages with this but got myself unstuck with some juicy Cad orange and a palette knife

!becca
06-05-2012, 09:52 AM
Mark, I like the vibrancy too!

Graham T
06-05-2012, 05:44 PM
Hell's Mouth. Oils. 12 x 16.

Finished! On to the next one...

jules34
06-05-2012, 05:53 PM
Great work everybody! Here is one i'm starting. It is my 84 year old neighbor with the grouper he caught.This will definitely be an excersize in mixing different shades of blue
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2012/975939-fish.JPG

!becca
06-05-2012, 06:10 PM
Oh, Graham, the flowers complete the painting beautifully.:clap:

Jules, sounds like it is going to be a great painting, cant wait!

!becca
06-05-2012, 10:10 PM
Today I prepared a drawing on a 24x18 and then painted this little 4x4...of our loved and famous Sid,

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0458_2658copy4.jpg

dollardays
06-05-2012, 10:43 PM
Nice monochromatic painting, becca. Coincidentally, I am in a workshop right now with Marc Hanson and he is having us do BW studies plein air!

!becca
06-05-2012, 10:51 PM
Thank you, Nora..yay for that workshop..and interesting about the bw studies...for the torrit grey comp, one of my entries was a plein air.:D

elvisbeavis
06-05-2012, 11:12 PM
Graham, The finished painting is wonderful.
I loved the car chase picture posted a few pages back too.
Did another sitting on the flowers this evening.

!becca
06-05-2012, 11:13 PM
Elvis, they are looking better and better.

elvisbeavis
06-05-2012, 11:19 PM
Thankyou Becca, this painting is proving to be a good learning exercise for me. I've been busy planting my garden this year too so I'll have plenty of flowers to paint soon enough.

!becca
06-05-2012, 11:19 PM
I look forward to those paintings, Elvis.:)

sealart
06-07-2012, 02:55 AM
nice flowers... :clap:

I'm trying my hand at something more "traditional" it's part of the pretty landscape of tasmania (still a work in progress)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jun-2012/1064352-tasmanianlandscape.jpg

!becca
06-07-2012, 03:51 AM
Seal, nice start on this!

!becca
06-07-2012, 12:54 PM
Here is a 24"x18" I painted last night...I have struggled with the photo...the background has more texture and light than i can seem to get..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0479_2679copy5.jpg

mtpalms
06-07-2012, 01:08 PM
It's beautiful Becca!

!becca
06-07-2012, 01:10 PM
Oh, Marcia, thank you.:heart:

CSForest
06-07-2012, 01:54 PM
Fresh off the easel. A small 5"x7" oil on canvas.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jun-2012/94004-tiger-eye-study.jpg

!becca
06-07-2012, 02:00 PM
CS, beautiful and vibrant!

NancyMP
06-07-2012, 03:13 PM
What an emotional impact your nude has, Becca! I don't think it needs much of a background. I love the confidence of the color strokes in the arms and foreleg, a good example of how laying down a stroke and not touching it is dramatic and effective. The color mix in the arms is beautiful, too. Do you remember what you mixed for that perfect color?

oilsnjade
06-07-2012, 03:22 PM
Graham, that's looking fantastic! What a dramatic scene you've chosen, and you're painting it so beautifully!

Ella, thanks, and the butterfly is under her protection, as is the frog and all of the creatures around her. I think water nymphs are demi-goddesses.

I think this is pretty much finished now and thank you all for your advice! I do love weeping willows, but I think doing one up as gloriously as it can look would detract from my focal point, the nymph, so I went for darker trees.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2012/203830-Water_Nymph_7.jpgJust glorious! How large is this?

oilsnjade
06-07-2012, 03:25 PM
Very dark piece Becca - powerful.

I squeezed a little more painting in around the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Foreground flowers and foam left to do...

loving this scene...

!becca
06-07-2012, 05:08 PM
Nancy, thank you.:heart: Much of the time I go to a lot of effort with color mixing...on this one the primary color used was Rembrandt cad red lt...the orangey color is just the cad red with white..the darker tones are a mix of cad red lt, prem al crim, prussian blue and black in varying amounts..

Toril
06-07-2012, 08:34 PM
Becca, I think you could do a variety of strong backgrounds in this painting and get some very interesting results. Would almost be interesting to see it photoshopped. It reminds me of Edvard Munch in the brush strokes.

!becca
06-07-2012, 08:36 PM
Toril, thanks, it has a background I am happy with....it just isn't photogenic.:D

Rainbunny
06-07-2012, 10:48 PM
Very striking piece, Becca, as was your earlier one, Despair.

!becca
06-07-2012, 10:49 PM
Rainbunny, thank you.:D

sealart
06-08-2012, 03:58 AM
love the tiger cs :thumbsup:

this is part 2 of my Tasmanian landscape

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2012/1064352-tasmanianlandscape2.jpg

!becca
06-08-2012, 06:04 AM
Seal, nice sky!

sealart
06-08-2012, 06:29 AM
I surprised myself with how well the sky turned out. :D

!becca
06-08-2012, 10:39 AM
Repainted the face because the other one was all wrong...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0502_2702copy5.jpg

!becca
06-08-2012, 10:54 AM
Sorry :o

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0505_2705copy4.jpg

judithdagostino
06-08-2012, 12:44 PM
Virga - Oil on Board - 11" x 14"
Thinking about making this one into a big painting - 44" x 56"?http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2012/427891-Verga_s.jpg

!becca
06-08-2012, 12:49 PM
Judith. well done and very dramatic!

janeTuesday
06-09-2012, 07:33 AM
Sorry :o

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0505_2705copy4.jpg
Becca - this is quite something! Your style has gained so much confidence as time goes one :) My only negative to this is the dimple in the mouth (viewers right). I would soften this area which will bring lips more into perspective. Other than that, you are just rockin' :thumbsup:

!becca
06-09-2012, 08:04 AM
HI dear Jane, and thank you!:D you need to come around more...

Freesail
06-09-2012, 09:20 AM
Somewhat blurry photo of a painting that I did last night, about 35 minutes 11x14 stretched canvas.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s254/Freesail/GiuyWithHat.jpg

!becca
06-09-2012, 09:36 AM
Paul, nice to see your work!!! interesting perspective!! Nice work on that hat

dollardays
06-09-2012, 10:41 AM
Here is mine again after a few tweaks...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0422_2622copy4.jpg


Has a very nice textural feel and you really got that difficult perspective in correctly! I love this!

dollardays
06-09-2012, 10:42 AM
Repainted the face because the other one was all wrong...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0502_2702copy5.jpg
Like the figure but find the things in the hair distracting and not reading too well.

!becca
06-09-2012, 11:38 AM
Nora, just finished repainting the face...will post an update, this time I actually corrected the drawing..:rolleyes:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0508_2708copy4.jpg

elvisbeavis
06-09-2012, 07:16 PM
Becca, it gets better with each stage. the drawing correction on the face makes a huge difference. The one titled Despair is charged with so much energy, the brushwork is fantastic.

Here's the flowers again. I'm calling this finished.

!becca
06-09-2012, 07:30 PM
Thank you, Elvis..I was in too big of a hurry to paint Alone ...lesson to be learned..you have such lovely textures in your flowers! Nice work!

NancyMP
06-09-2012, 10:15 PM
Becca, that one flower in the hair (the yellow one) threw me off when I first looked at this. I thought it was a kind of furry pixie ear? As per Nora's recommendation, I wouldn't get rid of it, or the blue one. Just give them more substance by putting a shadow below them, which will also emphasize the direction of the light.

Elvis, what a wonderful gift for your wife: flowers that will never wilt! Beautiful!

!becca
06-09-2012, 10:52 PM
thanks, Nancy, I'll look at it..:heart:

Sterbenz
06-10-2012, 03:01 AM
Nice flowers, elvis.

I got my Camelback Mountain painting started. The colors have been sketched in and things are starting to develop. 24x30 inches.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2012/122496-Camelback_1.jpg

My palette (usually very minimal) is somewhat expanded for this painting.

flake white
yellow ochre
raw sienna
cadmium scarlet
quinacridone rose
burnt sienna
raw umber
ultramarine
viridian

I'm waiting on throwing in the cadmium yellow until near the end. I want to restrict the vibrancy of my greens for right now, and then use cadmium in some of the mixes for only the closest bushes.

I'm also contemplating the composition. I may try to darken/extend some of the cast shadows on the right side of the mountain. I think that area is lacking enough darks right now.

-Matt

!becca
06-10-2012, 06:11 AM
sterbenz, I have used a similar palette, and it does have amazing results!! Your painting and color is gorgeous, could stand as is, can't wait to see where you are taking it.

mtpalms
06-10-2012, 11:34 AM
I agree with Becca, this could be a finished piece, can't wait to see what comes next!


Thanks for sharing your palette. If you don't mind my asking, what mix do you use for the sky?

Sterbenz
06-10-2012, 03:17 PM
Thanks!

The sky was mostly flake white and ultramarine. I forgot to mention on my list that I used a touch of Prussian blue as well. Just a little bit in the sky mix. I added a tiny bit of yellow ochre to the mix closer to the horizon.

The highlights on the clouds have a tiny bit of yellow ochre and cad scarlet in them. The darker areas of the clouds were made with ochre, cad scarlet and ultramarine.

The canvas was toned with raw sienna/quinacridone and thinner. Some of that tone shows through here and there.

-Matt

_Phil_
06-10-2012, 03:58 PM
Hi. This weekend I finished an oil on board, 7 x 5 inches. This is in the vicinity of the Westport Road Exit off the Watterson Expressway, in Louisville, Kentucky.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2012/1013362-2012-Exit-21.jpg

I trimmed the corners a bit and put in in this frame:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2012/1013362-2012-Exit-21-Framed.jpg

I usually don't trim a painting, but in this case, it seemed to fit, and now I am on to the next project. Happy painting everybody!

!becca
06-10-2012, 04:01 PM
Phil, for a common roadside scene it is beautiful...and now I have major frame envy going on here...:heart: love that frame!!!

NancyMP
06-10-2012, 04:30 PM
I got my Camelback Mountain painting started. The colors have been sketched in and things are starting to develop. 24x30 inches.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2012/122496-Camelback_1.jpg
-Matt

Matt, this is gorgeous as it is, and I look forward to your next step!

NancyMP
06-10-2012, 04:36 PM
Phil, this is such a nice detailed work for the size it is. It gives me ideas for painting our old water tower that they're replacing with a new one. There are a lot of people here with childhood memories of the tower, and would love to have the memory recaptured.

I like your frame for it, too. Good thing it was on a panel so you could cut the corners!

_Phil_
06-10-2012, 05:26 PM
Phil, for a common roadside scene it is beautiful...and now I have major frame envy going on here...:heart: love that frame!!!

Thanks Becca. Frame envy, lol. Never heard of that one! :) I wish I could say it's antique but it's a reproduction. Picked it up at a discount store, I think it's some sort of resin. But it caught my eye.

_Phil_
06-10-2012, 05:28 PM
Phil, this is such a nice detailed work for the size it is. It gives me ideas for painting our old water tower that they're replacing with a new one. There are a lot of people here with childhood memories of the tower, and would love to have the memory recaptured.

I like your frame for it, too. Good thing it was on a panel so you could cut the corners!

Thanks Nancy. Water towers and other urban/industrial structures...I've always had a fascination about them. It's like the mysterious among the everyday. I'd love to see your painting of one, if you do one.

!becca
06-10-2012, 05:35 PM
Thanks Becca. Frame envy, lol. Never heard of that one! :) I wish I could say it's antique but it's a reproduction. Picked it up at a discount store, I think it's some sort of resin. But it caught my eye.Phil I adore frames...

oilsnjade
06-10-2012, 07:11 PM
Nora, just finished repainting the face...will post an update, this time I actually corrected the drawing..:rolleyes:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0508_2708copy4.jpgBecca, I've been following your work since I joined WC. This is my favorite! Really love how you reworked the face. Also, Despair is excellent!

!becca
06-10-2012, 07:13 PM
ONJ thank you, :heart: what a lovely complement.

sealart
06-10-2012, 10:11 PM
Phil, for a common roadside scene it is beautiful...and now I have major frame envy going on here...:heart: love that frame!!!

agreed... total frame envy :heart:

dollardays
06-10-2012, 11:56 PM
An experiment using the Zorn palette, cad red light, yellow ochre, ivory black and white.

Interesting to do.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2012/3589-Amish-girl-small.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2012/3589-Amish-girl-det-small.jpg

!becca
06-11-2012, 12:04 AM
Nora, lovely work...I like it...that palette really makes for a moody look.

oilsnjade
06-11-2012, 10:50 AM
Hell's Mouth. Oils. 12 x 16.

Finished! On to the next one...

Graham, this is wonderful! Puts me there! ty

oilsnjade
06-11-2012, 11:21 AM
An experiment using the Zorn palette, cad red light, yellow ochre, ivory black and white.

Interesting to do.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2012/3589-Amish-girl-small.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2012/3589-Amish-girl-det-small.jpg...awesome capture!

Yokovich
06-11-2012, 03:43 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2012/33531-bergin_gatsby.jpg

I painted this oil sketch from life in last night's model session. It is fun to see the other versions of the same guy on the Alla Prima Portland blog:
http://allaprimaportland.blogspot.com/
(Hope we get to paint him again!)

Celeste

!becca
06-11-2012, 03:47 PM
Hi Celeste, nice to see you here and to see your sketch too..so vivid and yet quiet at the same time...thanks for the link....interesting to see the differences in our visions even as artists.

Sterbenz
06-11-2012, 04:24 PM
Great work with the Zorn palette, dollardays. Your sketch is very nice too, Celeste.

All this portrait work is making me want to put aside landscapes for a little bit and take a shot.

I did some more work on my larger landscape. I need to muse over it for a couple days. It's close to being finished but I'm not quite sure yet what else needs to be done. I'm thinking maybe some larger trees on the right side. The right side is looking a little too empty at the moment.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2012/122496-Camelback_2.jpg

-Matt

!becca
06-11-2012, 04:28 PM
Matt, there is just so much drama here with color and texture..don't crowd it too much.

Toril
06-11-2012, 10:16 PM
Matt, not looking empty to me at all - it looks just like that kind of landscape is supposed to look like, I think - and the colors and play of shade and light are wonderful!

oilsnjade
06-12-2012, 08:41 AM
Great work with the Zorn palette, dollardays. Your sketch is very nice too, Celeste.

All this portrait work is making me want to put aside landscapes for a little bit and take a shot.

I did some more work on my larger landscape. I need to muse over it for a couple days. It's close to being finished but I'm not quite sure yet what else needs to be done. I'm thinking maybe some larger trees on the right side. The right side is looking a little too empty at the moment.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2012/122496-Camelback_2.jpg

-MattI'm in awe of your landscape! It's really powerful. Somehow, for me, the deep shadow on the viewer's left side mountain doesn't fit with the light source. Can you tell me what is creating the shadow the way it is? Thanks so much!

judithdagostino
06-12-2012, 10:17 AM
This is beautiful. I use to live in that area and I have seen this scene many times. The desert has strong lights and darks and you have captured this beautifully. I like the way you handle the paint. Is this plein air or studio?

Sterbenz
06-12-2012, 02:19 PM
Thanks all. :)

@Oilsnjade I know what you mean. Here is a photo of the mountain's left side. There is a larger section that comes out toward the viewer, which is casting that shadow. Perhaps I should use my artistic license and add a few highlights to the shadowed rock face.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jun-2012/122496-camelback.jpg

@judithdagostino this is a studio painting. It's unfortunately too hot out to do any plein air (at least for me).

-Matt

judithdagostino
06-12-2012, 02:32 PM
Hi Matt,
Yup, that is why I am in Santa Fe right now. I just couldn't handle the heat at this time of year. But, for a large part of the year, it is wonderful out there.
Keep up the good work!

mtpalms
06-12-2012, 02:44 PM
Sometimes you need to use a little artistic license when context is lost between what you see and the painting. As 'barren' as the desert is perceived to be, I find that I need to eliminate a lot of elements so things don't look so crowded. You've done that quite well (and I don't mean eliminating the palm tree :) ).

If anyone knows of a good comprehensive book about desert painters (Hilton, Swinnerton, Ainsworth, etc), I'd like to know about it.

toph
06-13-2012, 02:45 PM
here is what i am painting so far, thoughts?


http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/1156/20120613123634.jpg

!becca
06-13-2012, 02:52 PM
toph, nice work..I like it.

iamkeithmiller
06-13-2012, 03:04 PM
36" x 24" oil on wood

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2012/222316-612-2-wc.jpg

!becca
06-13-2012, 03:26 PM
keith, interesting to see that salmony color two paintings in a row...interesting vision.

dollardays
06-13-2012, 03:59 PM
A cloudy day landscape where I tried to keep the focus on the chair and flowers.

11" x 14"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2012/3589-Late-Spring-Franklin-cty-small.jpg

!becca
06-13-2012, 04:05 PM
Nora, it has a glow!!! I especially notice the flowers....then the chair.

iamkeithmiller
06-13-2012, 05:52 PM
heres a better photo, taken in the sunlight

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2012/222316-612-2-wc2.jpg

!becca
06-13-2012, 06:12 PM
Keith it does make a difference...fun texture..

!becca
06-13-2012, 09:27 PM
Here is what I worked on this afternoon..12"x9"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0658_2858copy4.jpg

elvisbeavis
06-13-2012, 10:09 PM
Dollardays, I love your work, every piece is a winner. For me the porch catches my eye first but the wood work soon brings the eye down to the flowers and the chair. Do you draw your paintings first or just go straight in with a brush. They all look so instant and effortless like it just falls of your brush onto the canvas. I'd love to see some progress shots of your method.
Keith, this is great. love the perspective.
Becca. More wonderful brushwork. Or are you using a knife? It looks like you really get the paint on quite thick. Do you use a medium with your paint?

!becca
06-13-2012, 10:14 PM
Elvis, thank you...no I use a brush..and I so use a medium a mix of stand oil, damar and turp.

dollardays
06-13-2012, 11:44 PM
Hi ElvisBeavis.... Thank you for your kind words. I wish every painter was a winner. I don't show the ones I re-gesso and paint over. Lol I typically draw the whole thing out in an umber or asphaltum wash. The values are not as dark or light as they will eventually be but this leaves me a good map and let's me see how the composition is developing before I commit to opaque paint. I find the longer I can stay away from white the better for me. The earth color usually dries in an hour or less if you keep it thin.

NancyMP
06-14-2012, 01:10 AM
Great work with the Zorn palette, dollardays. Your sketch is very nice too, Celeste.

All this portrait work is making me want to put aside landscapes for a little bit and take a shot.

I did some more work on my larger landscape. I need to muse over it for a couple days. It's close to being finished but I'm not quite sure yet what else needs to be done. I'm thinking maybe some larger trees on the right side. The right side is looking a little too empty at the moment.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2012/122496-Camelback_2.jpg

-Matt

I've been too busy to drop in, so I hope it's not to late to suggest something on this, Matt. Instead of the right side looking empty, you have the blue shadows on the left mountainside too saturated. That same blue shade below in the ground's cast shadows are sketchier and look like they belong. If you worked in some complementary colors in the mountain blue, I think it would bring down the saturation so it doesn't look quite so heavy.

NancyMP
06-14-2012, 01:21 AM
Nora, I loved your portrait with the Zorn palette, but that porch scene is to die for! It looks like everyone's dream of "home!"

Here is what I've been working on - I took it to the Landscapes forum so they could advise me, but it's both landscape and figurative, from photo references Sid B. was kind enough to share with me.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2012/203830-Girls__Fun_5.jpg

This is the last photo I took; I've worked on it some more since then, and I'll sleep on it before I take another look tomorrow.

!becca
06-14-2012, 04:53 AM
Nancy, you have done brilliant work on this!:heart: Look forward to the very final version.

!becca
06-14-2012, 06:46 AM
Here is a better pic of mine, less the glare..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0661_2861copy4.jpg

oilsnjade
06-14-2012, 12:12 PM
Here is a better pic of mine, less the glare..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0661_2861copy4.jpgJust love the richness!

oilsnjade
06-14-2012, 12:13 PM
Nora, I loved your portrait with the Zorn palette, but that porch scene is to die for! It looks like everyone's dream of "home!"

Here is what I've been working on - I took it to the Landscapes forum so they could advise me, but it's both landscape and figurative, from photo references Sid B. was kind enough to share with me.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2012/203830-Girls__Fun_5.jpg

This is the last photo I took; I've worked on it some more since then, and I'll sleep on it before I take another look tomorrow.Nancy, I'm in awe.. what an idyllic place!

oilsnjade
06-14-2012, 12:24 PM
Thanks all. :)

@Oilsnjade I know what you mean. Here is a photo of the mountain's left side. There is a larger section that comes out toward the viewer, which is casting that shadow. Perhaps I should use my artistic license and add a few highlights to the shadowed rock face.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jun-2012/122496-camelback.jpg

@judithdagostino this is a studio painting. It's unfortunately too hot out to do any plein air (at least for me).

-Matt

Matt, Thanks for the info... that helps! I think your idea of highlights to the shadowed rock face is a good one, perhaps a diagonal of the rusts at the outer edge of the highest square of shadowed rock? but what do I know? it's really delicious!

!becca
06-14-2012, 12:57 PM
ONJ, thank you so much!:D

toph
06-14-2012, 01:21 PM
http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/3270/20120614121123.jpg

http://img341.imageshack.us/img341/6025/20120614121107.jpg

Toril
06-14-2012, 01:32 PM
Becca, I love your portrait, but find my eyes get drawn away from the face down to the blue 'floating' flower...

Nancy, that was a very educational (for me, anyway!) observation about the shadows in Matt's picture!

The changes you made in your own painting changed the energy so much! Completely different picture!

!becca
06-14-2012, 01:36 PM
Toph, nice work...the first is more appealing to me..

!becca
06-14-2012, 01:37 PM
Toril thank you, :D and thanks for sharing your observation too.

Tresgatos
06-14-2012, 03:45 PM
Hi - looking for some constructive critique on this painting I just finished - or hope I have :lol:

This is a Rainbow Lorikeet from NSW Australia and is from a photo my cousin sent me awhile ago. I had done a watercolor originally and decided to try an oil painting with WN Water Soluble oil. He is getting married (at age 81 - his wife had passed on quite awhile ago) in July and I wanted to send this to him for a wedding gift. This is on a canvas board and is 11 x 14 inches.

Constructive critique would be very much appreciated. Thanks for looking.

Barbara

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2012/113757-cropped_sized_etc_DSC_1325.jpg

Kory
06-14-2012, 04:13 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2012/986612-dss.jpgA quick wet on wet style painting.

Thanks to Michael Munton (micart33 from youtube) for the tutorial.

NancyMP
06-14-2012, 04:29 PM
Thank you, Becca and Toril. The light is just about right now and I see a few things to correct from my efforts last night.

Gorgeous Lorikeet, Barbara! I think it would make a terrific wedding present! I would dull down the lower part of his body a skosh, so those colors aren't competing with his head.

Brilliant colors, Kory! One of the advantages of wet on wet is you don't get a chance to make anything muddy!

!becca
06-14-2012, 04:34 PM
Barbra..nice work...to improve it I would suggest you look carefully at it and see the variation in color I am sure there is in the various areas of the bird...for example, the blue isn't likely all blue, but would have other tones of purple and green and maybe red as well...you will have less a patch work effect this way.

Kory, vibrant and lovely!

NancyMP
06-14-2012, 07:21 PM
This may be my last effort on the present painting here, unless I've made a mess of it! Let me know?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2012/203830-Girls__Fun.6.jpg

!becca
06-14-2012, 07:25 PM
Nancy, not a mess at alll..there is nothing about it that doesn't read well to me..:heart:

NancyMP
06-14-2012, 07:33 PM
Thank you, Becca!

!becca
06-14-2012, 09:34 PM
Final version:crossfingers: ....4"x4"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0729_2929copy4.jpg

saintperez
06-14-2012, 09:42 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jun-2012/61169-LifeandDeath6.jpg

!becca
06-14-2012, 09:48 PM
Santiago, very elegant and well done.

!becca
06-14-2012, 11:07 PM
^

saintperez
06-14-2012, 11:10 PM
THank you Becca, still a long way to go. Was able to recover this one from the brink of getting tossed with a terrible underpainting.

!becca
06-14-2012, 11:13 PM
Santiago, it looks as if it could be complete to me.

NancyMP
06-14-2012, 11:23 PM
Santiago, it is beautiful and evocative...don't even think of tossing it!

dollardays
06-14-2012, 11:48 PM
Nora, I loved your portrait with the Zorn palette, but that porch scene is to die for! It looks like everyone's dream of "home!"




Thank you, Nancy. I like this one myself a lot. I think I might keep it!

Your figures are wonderful.... That is a f
Great reference from Sid tool

Tresgatos
06-15-2012, 12:59 AM
Thank you for your feedback - appreciate it.

Barbara

NancyMP
06-15-2012, 02:04 AM
Thank you, Nora!

VickiB
06-15-2012, 04:32 AM
Great work everybody, there sure is some talented people here on WC!.

Painting no. 1 of a triptych I've been working on, I lost some detail putting the colour in which I will add back nearer to the end.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/461161-Rock_Lobster_20120609_1.jpg

Cheers,
Vicki

Some of Everything
06-15-2012, 06:16 AM
Hey all!

I am seeing some stunning works here! :clap: I would love to comment on all, but there is just so many. But I did have a look and I must say the works here are all so lovely.

I am working on a few currently.

This is Fields of Cosmos 18"x14" (45.5 x 35.5 cm) Oil on Gallery wrapped canvas.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/31277-WIP003_sm.jpg
The Raw Sienna is where more trees will be. The flowers will all be in the foreground.

This is after a painting of a soldier done by Henry Thomas. I couldn't find an image of it anywhere, but my husband owns a small print of it. My version will be 12"x31" (30.5 x 78.5 cm) Oil on cut canvas sheet.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/31277-Soldier_sm.jpg

I know his head seems like a funny shape. I paint background colours into the hair edges probably a bit more than really needed to allow background to show through strands.

:thumbsup: Comments and critiques always welcome.
Magda de Lange

!becca
06-15-2012, 06:32 AM
Vicki, nice start on the triptych.

Magda, lovely starts on both of these...I understand about your painting into the edges of the hair.

framan
06-15-2012, 08:13 AM
Wow, I've been away a while and everyone is throwing down some awesome work!
Nancy's water sprite painting is wonderful. I love the reflections of the trees on the water.
Santiago's painting is so thought provoking and emotional. It's wonderful :)
Becca, your portrait is so rich and painterly!
Nora, that porch scene is fabulous!

Here is what I have just finished.....I think :) I started it last Saturday as a demonstration for a "tour of the arts" gig we have here where I live.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc200/framan1964/FallSpiderandShovel.jpg

framan
06-15-2012, 08:15 AM
Vicki, I'm loving that Lobster!

Magda, you have great starts on both of your paintings :)

saintperez
06-15-2012, 08:18 AM
Vicki, that is pretty awesome against the stark white background, love the chroma!

Greg, you show some serious control of color, I think you've done this for a little while ;)

!becca
06-15-2012, 08:20 AM
Greg, thank you...and I was just thinking of Charlotte's Web the other day.:D nicely done!

reganr72
06-15-2012, 10:48 AM
Hi... this is my first post here. New to the forum and new to painting in general. Here's one I just just finished. I really don't show my work to other people because I'm too embarrassed but this forum seems (kind of :o ) anonymous. Anyway.. criticism welcome! Thanks!

!becca
06-15-2012, 10:54 AM
regnar, welcome to the forum, and don't worry, posting your work will become lots of fun to you...I like the brushwork in this and the color is great...the dazzle adds an extra splash!

Coastal
06-15-2012, 11:43 AM
Vicki,

I really like it! I like the exact crisp lines and the color shading

Mariah1st
06-15-2012, 12:37 PM
:clap: Good job, everybody!!

What do you do if work is hectic?? Just start a new painting. Oil om panel (43 * 60 cm), first attempt on underpainting.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/99885-IMG_0388_LR.JPG

!becca
06-15-2012, 12:42 PM
Mariah, nice start and interesting...I have been thinking of painting a swan.

dollardays
06-15-2012, 01:04 PM
Wow, I've been away a while and everyone is throwing down some awesome work!
Nancy's water sprite painting is wonderful. I love the reflections of the trees on the water.
Santiago's painting is so thought provoking and emotional. It's wonderful :)
Becca, your portrait is so rich and painterly!
Nora, that porch scene is fabulous!

Here is what I have just finished.....I think :) I started it last Saturday as a demonstration for a "tour of the arts" gig we have here where I live.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc200/framan1964/FallSpiderandShovel.jpg


Greg- your painting is a classic example of why a painting is ever so much more interesting than a photo-- and how a painting can be of anything-- even an old shovel and still be beautiful and inspiring. I truly love this piece. Thanks for sharing.

dollardays
06-15-2012, 01:06 PM
I have worked some more on my little girl. I had to get out some blue to do the scarf and coat. But she seemed a bit colorless without that. I may add one more coat of paint overall and call it done.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/3589-Hannah2-small.jpg

!becca
06-15-2012, 01:35 PM
Nora, this is looking great, and I can understand why you wanted the blue.

framan
06-15-2012, 02:01 PM
Greg- your painting is a classic example of why a painting is ever so much more interesting than a photo-- and how a painting can be of anything-- even an old shovel and still be beautiful and inspiring. I truly love this piece. Thanks for sharing.Thank you Nora. What a lovely comment and compliment! Most of the feedback I have gotten about this painting is how I made an old shovel look interesting and beautiful LOL. I didn't "make" it beautiful....I thought it already was and is why I wanted to paint it. Believe it or not, this painting is about "fear". Some people may be more fearful of the spider, but my fear would be picking up and using this poison ivy covered shovel! I appreciate you kind comment so very much. Thanks again :)

framan
06-15-2012, 02:04 PM
I have worked some more on my little girl. I had to get out some blue to do the scarf and coat. But she seemed a bit colorless without that. I may add one more coat of paint overall and call it done.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/3589-Hannah2-small.jpgOH MY! Nora, the light in this painting is absolutely stunning. I love the way it sits on the girls skin. Her soulful and sad eyes speak volumes ... ...wow

framan
06-15-2012, 02:09 PM
Vicki, that is pretty awesome against the stark white background, love the chroma!

Greg, you show some serious control of color, I think you've done this for a little while ;)Thank you Santiago! My original intent was to use a limited palette with this painting, yet I found myself adding tube greens all along the way LOL. Opaque, transparent, high chroma, low chroma, warm, cool....I finally had them all out. It made the painting so much easier to do :)

NancyMP
06-15-2012, 04:18 PM
Greg, you and Nora have something in common: one can see your love for the subject matter in how lovingly it is done. Your shovel is a stunner, and that detail of the spider in its web could be a statement on how often my own shovel sees use!

Nora, just that one additional color really makes your painting sing. She is worth all the additional attention you've given her - she's an avatar of lovely childhood.

All I've got to say about both of you is - WOW!!!

Sterbenz
06-15-2012, 04:20 PM
That blue really brightens up the piece. Great work. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

Thanks everyone for the comments/advice on my landscape. I think I fixed a few of the issues. I added some more highlights on the left side of the mountain. I also brought cadmium yellow into some of the mixes for the close bushes, and a few highlights on the back mountain.

I think I'm ready to call this one done.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/122496-Camelback_3.jpg

-Matt

!becca
06-15-2012, 04:23 PM
Matt, nice finish.

framan
06-15-2012, 05:26 PM
Matt, that is brilliantly done! I love the texture and the wide range of cool and warm tones. The darkest values are perfectly placed. This is one to be proud of!

NancyMP
06-15-2012, 06:59 PM
Ir's gorgeous, Matt! You should be very proud of this!

oilsnjade
06-15-2012, 07:16 PM
That blue really brightens up the piece. Great work. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

Thanks everyone for the comments/advice on my landscape. I think I fixed a few of the issues. I added some more highlights on the left side of the mountain. I also brought cadmium yellow into some of the mixes for the close bushes, and a few highlights on the back mountain.

I think I'm ready to call this one done.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/122496-Camelback_3.jpg

-Matt Brilliant! I just love it!

zbarrister
06-15-2012, 07:38 PM
Excellent work as usual this month !

Nancy, I want to wade into that river & join those lovely girls for a nice, cool swim.

Nora, I never cease to be amazed by the beautiful work you post.

Matt, excellent work on the mountains & the desert. I love the way you know exactly how long to hold back before adding the perfect touches of bright color/highlights.

Becca... the raw emotion your pieces are exuding makes my heart ache for them. I want to reach out & touch your subjects...wrapping them in a blanket of comfort.

Bravo !! Y'all Keep painting & posting !

Z

!becca
06-15-2012, 07:54 PM
Z, thank you, such lovely words.

NancyMP
06-15-2012, 08:31 PM
Thank you, Z!

Rob Adams (aka Treeshark) suggested I add some warmth to the trees as Claude Lorrain did, so I unashamedly looked up M. Lorrain's paintings so I could see that lovely color; mixed it up and applied it! I also noticed some of the deeper shades were in what looked like burnt sienna, so I used those, too.

Now I'm pleased with it, too. (At least I should hide it so I don't end up spending a whole month on it!)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/203830-Girls__Fun_7.jpg

!becca
06-15-2012, 08:38 PM
Nancy, not to add more madness to the process...but with the additional warmth in the trees...I feel the figures now need more warmth too..(now I may hide)

NancyMP
06-15-2012, 10:30 PM
Becca, they are pink enough! IRL, it's a lot easier to see that balance of warm and cool in the painting. Twon't do you any good to hide, since you'll be back online anyhoo! :lol:

!becca
06-15-2012, 10:33 PM
I will believe you about the warm and cool..sometimes photos arent' perfect.

Twon't do you any good to hide, since you'll be back online anyhoo!:lol:

CSForest
06-15-2012, 10:46 PM
Just finished today ... a mini painting of a Siberian tiger stalking through the snow.
5"x7" oil on Gessobord

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/94004-siberian-tiger-stalking-snow-mini-painting.jpg

!becca
06-15-2012, 10:48 PM
Crista, lovely work on that tiny board!

NancyMP
06-16-2012, 01:57 AM
Crista, beautiful detail work for that small a board, and so dramatic! Bet you have the tiniest brushes ever!

sealart
06-16-2012, 04:56 AM
wow nice tiger!

2 new ones of mine
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2012/1064352-fraserforestfire.jpg

sealart
06-16-2012, 04:57 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2012/1064352-sunsetbeach.jpg

!becca
06-16-2012, 05:09 AM
Seal, you are really turning these out! Have you thought of putting some sky reflections in the water?

!becca
06-16-2012, 03:42 PM
16"x12" glads and carnations from life...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2012/100116-_DSC0817_3017copy4.jpg

BettyBoop22
06-16-2012, 11:47 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2012/57823-Red_Cliffs_painting_edited-red.jpeg

Started this today, Red Cliffs in Moab, Utah.
8 X 16

!becca
06-16-2012, 11:54 PM
Betty, you do have red in those cliffs....will be very dramatic!

sealart
06-17-2012, 02:55 AM
Seal, you are really turning these out! Have you thought of putting some sky reflections in the water?

I actually hadn't lol but I like that idea :thumbsup:

Pixus
06-17-2012, 09:57 AM
This black/brown canvas has been sitting on my easel for over a year, i had no idea what to paint on it, but ive decided to do a sort of homage to degas. Combination of 4 of his dancers in a row. I really hope it works. I might put some gold leaf in their skirts.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jun-2012/1011642-IMG_7294.JPG

!becca
06-17-2012, 10:03 AM
Pixus,. it works! I love it!!

Pixus
06-17-2012, 10:07 AM
Pixus,. it works! I love it!!

Thanks becca! ^_^
I posted a WIP, but like i said, i want to try keep the style light. I have this tendency to be overly perfectionist(ic?) and I want to try loosen up my style.

!becca
06-17-2012, 10:37 AM
I've been trying to loosen too...just keep reminding yourself..it will work out wonderfully!

toph
06-17-2012, 07:31 PM
http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/8766/20120615160532.jpg
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/4197/20120615192430.jpg
http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/3379/20120615212403.jpg

!becca
06-17-2012, 09:50 PM
toph, could you try your photos again? they just really need less glare in order for me to view your work.

Avena Cash
06-17-2012, 11:17 PM
Nancy, I haven't even gotten to posting any paintings here at all, but I wanted to compliment your work with the bathing girls picture. I posted on your other thread about the colors.

I am so glad you added extra color to those greens in the trees. I found them too bright and yellowy but I had no particular advice... I'm glad you saw it that way too and created a perfect solution. It looks really good with the adjutments :)

dollardays
06-18-2012, 12:23 AM
A plein air painting I did at a local park Saturday morning.

11" x 14"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jun-2012/3589-Camp-Palmer-small.jpg

!becca
06-18-2012, 12:28 AM
Nora, nice one..I like the fisherman..was he really there or did you add him? Have been telling myself I need to paint some plein air too, but the wind won't quit.

michaelaccorsi
06-18-2012, 03:11 AM
Impressive and inspiring creations everyone has going on here.

Nice edges and lines in the rock work Graham, the hue of the water color "comforts" the rocks - beautiful.

Here's what I've been bogged down with for a week - its 36x50... foreground, detail, and does anyone here do windows? :smug:

http://www.flickr.com//photos/accorsi/sets/72157630053231517/show/

Pixus
06-18-2012, 03:44 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2012/1011642-IMG_7304.JPG


dollardays: that's gorgeous. I love the water

michaelaccorsi: That's so cool! I was looking at the first picture and then suddenly it moved!! It's beautiful

!becca
06-18-2012, 05:35 AM
michael, lovely color and geometry..it just seems alive.

Pixus, nice progress!

larubia
06-18-2012, 10:56 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2012/75590-22.jpg on my easel at the moment...p.art of a larger painting i;m doing
Dollardays..that landscape is breathtaking..love love the colours in it!

!becca
06-18-2012, 11:06 AM
Larubia, your paintings are always a treat to see..this one is so playful!

dollardays
06-18-2012, 11:50 AM
Thanks, Becca, Pixus and larubia! I am always surprised when I get the painting home and it looks decent after fighting bugs and sweat and (this time) large geese honking at my intrusion into their territory.

Becca; The fisherman was an older heavy guy who sat on a bench but he got up once when he caught a fish so I had the light and gesture enough from that movement to add 'my' fisherman.

Pixus: This is an intriguing composition! Will enjoy watching it develop.

Larubia: I am engaged already! What an expression- I want to see the "rest of the story". :)

!becca
06-18-2012, 12:01 PM
Nora, good job capturing that fisherman like you did...glad the geese didn't get you.

jules34
06-18-2012, 02:25 PM
Just took my lunch hour to look at what I've missed. This group's talent just absolutely amazes and inspires me! Here is more on the 11X14 that I have been working on
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2012/975939-fish.JPG

oilsnjade
06-18-2012, 02:53 PM
Thank you, Z!

Rob Adams (aka Treeshark) suggested I add some warmth to the trees as Claude Lorrain did, so I unashamedly looked up M. Lorrain's paintings so I could see that lovely color; mixed it up and applied it! I also noticed some of the deeper shades were in what looked like burnt sienna, so I used those, too.

Now I'm pleased with it, too. (At least I should hide it so I don't end up spending a whole month on it!)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2012/203830-Girls__Fun_7.jpgPlease don't change anything else. I placed each WIP on a "clipboard" so I could see your progress. I am amazed! Thank you so much!

oilsnjade
06-18-2012, 02:55 PM
Just took my lunch hour to look at what I've missed. This group's talent just absolutely amazes and inspires me! Here is more on the 11X14 that I have been working on
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2012/975939-fish.JPGReally forming up! Love the texture in the towel!

jules34
06-18-2012, 03:27 PM
thanks oilsnjade, I couldn't wait to do the towel, I ws anxious to see if I could pull off the texture in a realistic way

!becca
06-18-2012, 04:21 PM
Jules, great color and form in this!

jules34
06-18-2012, 05:29 PM
Thanks Becca, I am loving the ones you have been posting! So moody, and the one with the blue eyes...wow

!becca
06-18-2012, 05:32 PM
Thank Jules.:D

punkmuppet
06-18-2012, 07:21 PM
Captain Jack is finished :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2012/984123-Captain_Jack_Complete.jpg

Larubia I absolutely love your style.

Nancy that is gorgeous. Great colour on the girls.

Pixus, good work so far.

!becca
06-18-2012, 08:20 PM
PUnk, yay for your completion...he looks good!

Sterbenz
06-18-2012, 09:59 PM
I was flipping through some photos I took on a road trip last year. Some pictures from outside Moab, Utah caught my eye, so I decided to start a new painting. This one is 16x20.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2012/122496-Moab_1.jpg

Just waiting for the underpainting to dry before I can go on further.

I think I may move that cloud on the left a little lower, so it is partially obscured by the rock.

My palette so far:

flake white
raw sienna
cadmium scarlet
burnt sienna (I toned the canvas with this as well)
Prussian blue
viridian

-Matt

!becca
06-18-2012, 10:02 PM
Matt, you already have nice light in this.

NancyMP
06-19-2012, 12:54 AM
Aveena, oilsnjade, and punkmuppet, thank you so much. oilsnjade, it was so sweet of you to keep track of my progress on a clipboard!

Aveena, I looked at the Prix de West (http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/events/pdw/onlinecatalog/AllWorks.aspx) show today at the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and I couldn't find a single pre-mixed green in the show...I think they all limit their palettes for better color harmony.

Speaking of which...Nora, I looked at your Saturday plein air painting and it reminded me of some of those Prix de West paintings. Marvelous work in balancing the cool and warm shades in the trees!

I'm going to a local park this Thursday to do some plein air. I hope I can do as well as you did!

LaRubia, this is a teaser, right? That girl really makes me want to see the rest of the canvas, just as Nora said. Your skin-tones are wonderful!

Jules, another fisherman, and the fish is getting a great treatment with the loose strokes, as well as the texture in the towel. Lovely, outdoorsy look to this - a testament to lovely summer days!

Matt, your start is really great, and I see you're also keeping a limited palette. Your light already enhances the majesty of the butte; putting your narrow cloud under it may diminish its impact. Your last painting was a "beaut," too!:rolleyes::lol:

Keron
06-19-2012, 01:23 AM
Hello to one and all. It has been a long while since I last posted ...many changes and challenges face in the past year... Anyway I thought I would post a small sketch I did for a patron who purchased it as a fathers day gift along with a drawing...it was completed alla prima in roughly 4- 5+ hrs? A portrait sketch on a 17th century woodland Indian.

!becca
06-19-2012, 01:28 AM
Keron, you may not have been posting, but clearly you have been painting..so nice to see an old friend here....lovely work.

Keron
06-19-2012, 01:55 AM
Keron, you may not have been posting, but clearly you have been painting..so nice to see an old friend here....lovely work.

Hi Becca it's nice to 'see' you too.

sealart
06-19-2012, 03:51 AM
I love captain jack

larubia
06-19-2012, 01:05 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2012/75590-31.jpgthis is how it's looking today..still have more to work on.
Thankyou kindly for all the comments:heart:
Sterbenz..lovely colour looking good!
Punkmuppet..instantly recognisable:lol: looks great!
Jules34..the Fisherman looks brillaint too..look forward to seeing the finish.
NancyMP..the girls bathing is quite simply beautiful..you must be very pleased with it!:clap:
Keron..long time no see..love your painting!

!becca
06-19-2012, 01:14 PM
Larubia, tons of fun here...takes me back to a memory of when a bird actually did fly down and light on my hat.:D

calin4thewin
06-19-2012, 07:01 PM
Almost done with this one. It's about time, I started it 3 MONTHS ago :D
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2012/975998-mack.jpg

Glazing some yellows over the whites on the left (the lightning area), so they go back further, and then off it goes to the happy kiddo :)

I'm also considering some white glow-in-the-dark additions on the headlights, as I'm getting some glow pigments coming in tomorrow.

If it works out the kid's mind will be blown away I'm sure :clap:

!becca
06-19-2012, 07:21 PM
Calin, maybe a lot of time in this, but it sounds as if you are having fun with it...looks very good!

NancyMP
06-20-2012, 01:48 AM
Keron, it's great you've stopped by with another great painting - I wondered if you hadn't gotten caught up in busy-ness! I love seeing your work here!

LaRubia, thank you, I am feeling good about the bathers! Your sense of humor is as appealing as your lovely painting style! I can hardly wait to see the rest of it!

Calin, that does look like it would knock the kid's socks off...so cute!

Sterbenz
06-20-2012, 02:28 AM
I'm sure the kid will love that painting. Looks great!

I picked up a frame today at Jerry's Artarama for the Camelback painting. I think it looks pretty sharp. I need to buy some mounting stuff and attach the painting to the frame tomorrow.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2012/122496-Camelback_Framed.jpg

-Matt

!becca
06-20-2012, 04:17 AM
Matt, nice frame..looks good in it!

punkmuppet
06-20-2012, 04:15 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2012/984123-wpid-20120620_1927271.jpg
New painting I've started, a mermaid as a present for my girlfriend. Let me know if you see any horrible mistakes with the proportions as I'm working without a reference. I think something is wrong with the waist/bum area?

!becca
06-20-2012, 05:06 PM
Punk, see you are moving on with another sea theme...and yes, a mermaid has a small waist with "hips" where the fish tail begins..

punkmuppet
06-20-2012, 07:55 PM
Yeah, I think you can see where it's gone sketchy because I wasn't sure what to do haha.

Hadn't noticed my sea theme that I have going on but yeah, so far every painting I've done bar one has involved the sea in some way. Someone on Deviantart suggested doing Davy Jones from the PotC series as well. I think he'd make an excellent subject. The skin texture looks really challenging so I think I may tackle him after the mermaid, so the theme is set to continue :)

As an underpainting... Is there any point to this? Is it achieving anything other than working out layout and contrasts? Does it work as an underpainting? I've read a bit about underpainting but I can't say I really 'get' it yet. I just thought I'd try a more professional approach. I may get it once I start putting down colour, but any guidance is welcome.

Colin

!becca
06-20-2012, 08:20 PM
Colin, unless you are painting in layers, the detail of your underpainting is up to you...it won't really make a difference.