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Steaven Heppener
08-14-2012, 07:48 PM
Hi all, this is my very first post on Wet Canvas, and I thought I'd like to share my attempt at this beautiful and extremely detailed masterpiece by Canaletto.

This is my 5th painting so far, an ambitious undertaking for sure, the canvas I'm using is not far short of the original and at nearly 5ft wide and nearly 4 foot deep, it's abit of a beast!

Anyway, have a look, and let me know what you all think, go easy, like I said, it's only my 5th painting

Regards
Steave

Yorky
08-15-2012, 01:10 AM
Wow! This is going to be great.

Welcome to the forum, what a wonderful first post.

Doug

Steaven Heppener
08-15-2012, 04:45 AM
Thank you Doug..!

Morten
08-18-2012, 02:02 AM
What a great and big subject and love the way your painting comes to life. Have you done large paintings before? Was thinking abouth how long you estimate from start to finnish.
And give us more details of your paint, brushes and tecnique :)

Sarah Edgecumbe
08-20-2012, 04:22 AM
oh WOW, beyond fantastic so far. I can't wait to see what you do with this. Please keep posting the results to this thread. I admire your guts and talent.

Happy painting

Sarah

Steaven Heppener
08-20-2012, 07:34 AM
Sarah & Morton, very kind comments, thank you

This is the first large scale painting I've attempted. I've always had a thing for Canaletto's work, after seeing the original in London many years ago, I was amazed, and I've always fancied having a go at it.

My technique is probably pretty weird, I have had no art training of any kind, so I just do what I think is best to get the end result i'm looking for!

With this painting, I started by coating the canvas in 2 extra coats of gesso and lightly wet sanding the finish to try and reduce the weave, it worked to a point, but not really as I wanted, I would have preferred a smoother surface.

I then drew the image, which was a labour of love in itself, taking over 2 weeks. I then started on the sky. With this project i'm trying to stay as close as possible to the pigments that Canaletto himself used. After much research I'm using the following:-

Terra Rossa
Terra Verte
Yellow Ochre
Naples Yellow
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber
Raw Sienna
Burnt Umber
Prussian Blue
Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red, Cadmium Red Deep (To replace Vermilion)
Titanium White (To replace Lead White)
Cadmuim Yellow Pale (To Replace Lead Tin Yellow)

I make my own warm Chromatic Black by mixing equal Parts of Prussian Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Sienna.

I normally never use any underpainting or glazes, and prefer to just paint straight off, but this picture is so complex and detailed, I'm having to learn these techniques, and I'm amazed at the results! I love it, all this time I've been making it really difficult for myself! So I block in the main areas in a rough approximation of the colour I want, then after a couple of days start painting in the detail, then I usually glaze & tint over the top of that with a Stand Oil & Turps mixture.

There is probably around 100 hours work so far, and I expect that this painting is going to take a year to finish. Hey Ho!

Regards
Steave

Steaven Heppener
08-20-2012, 07:54 AM
Here's me with the some other paintings I've done

birdhs
08-20-2012, 09:22 AM
I am impressed!

I also will be following this through to completion. enjoying your style.
Do you get to revisit the original regularly?

greg

Steaven Heppener
08-20-2012, 11:02 AM
Hi Greg, thank you. I live in West Yorkshire, so the 200 mile trip to London is abit far, so no I don't get to see it often, I would like to though! Regards Steave

Dana Design
08-21-2012, 12:48 PM
And this is only your FIFTH PAINTING????? I can't wait to see this finished. For Pete's sake, there are people who paint a lifetime and cannot paint this well. All of them are beyond beautiful. Well done, Steave!

Steaven Heppener
08-21-2012, 12:55 PM
Thank you Dana! Appreciated

Sarah Edgecumbe
08-21-2012, 05:41 PM
Nods at Dana,

I am very very impressed. Fantastic spot of the world to come from as well by the way. (I married into a Yorkshire family). Some beautiful places up that way.

Do you have a website or anything where you post your work?

Your colour palette would be almost identical to mine. Except that i love venetian red.

What brands of paint you use for your Terra Rosa and the Cadmium Red?

Anyway Happy painting, and please keep posting here.

Regards

Sarah

Clutterbilly
08-22-2012, 10:43 AM
Wow, great work you are working on! I love the "Dutch style" still lifes you created so far as well. Masterly done!

Sandra1701
08-23-2012, 12:09 AM
This is your fifth painting????????????
Will someone please pass the smelling salts.

WOW, you were born for this my friend!

Steaven Heppener
08-23-2012, 02:43 AM
Thanks all, very kind!

Sarah, I almost exclusively use Winsor & Newton, I do have a few Old Holland also.

Sarah Edgecumbe
08-23-2012, 03:03 AM
Hi, Thanks for your reply. I also use mostly the W&N, i have a few other ones thrown in but no OH yet.

Keep showing us updates as you go.

Happy painting.

Sarah

Steaven Heppener
08-28-2012, 03:45 PM
Hi all, just a quick update on the progress of the Canaletto, I'm working on the right hand side of Santa Maria della Carita, it's mostly in shadow as you can see, but even in dark shade, Canaletto put's in a massive amount of detail..! It's heavy going, but good on the soul. I've visted this very spot in Venice quite a few times, it's a great feeling to be painting this.

Regards
Steave

Sarah Edgecumbe
08-28-2012, 07:28 PM
looking good!

Thanks for keeping us updated with the progress :-)

Sarah

Morten
09-01-2012, 10:26 AM
Thank You for updating Steave.
I really do admire the way you challenge your selfe taking on master paintings.

Sana Almimar
09-03-2012, 08:50 AM
Hi Steaven..love the way you painted the still life ...it is really stunning ..also love your work in progress .
One question please; did you follow the flemish technique when painting your still life ?

Thanks a lot for sharing

Sana

Steaven Heppener
09-03-2012, 01:14 PM
Hi Sana, many thanks for your compliments!
The yellow jug still life was my first real painting, and the brown pot one was my third, I don't have any real training as such, just what I've read on the internet & books etc, I painted these two 'alla prima' straight off, no underpainting, nothing, one section at a time. I had not learnt how to use glazes & layers, which I've had to for the Canaletto, It's just too detailed for my old technique.

Steaven Heppener
09-10-2012, 08:09 PM
Hi all, Little bit more progress, working on the building to the right of the church, which is now the Art Academy (rough underpainting)

Regards
Steave

Sarah Edgecumbe
09-11-2012, 02:07 AM
looking good!

Dana Design
09-11-2012, 11:12 AM
You have an amazing talent and a true eye of the artist! Following your progress.

Morten
09-11-2012, 11:14 PM
Thank You for the updating.
What kind of brushes do you prefer when painting this big and detail.

Steaven Heppener
09-12-2012, 01:11 PM
Thank you all for your nice comments :)
Morten, I use Winsor & Newton Sable Watercolour brushes, mostly sizes 000 & 00, I underpaint with size 0 filberts. For glazing I generally use a 4 & 6mm Sable long flats. The sky was painted with a 2 & 1 inch decorators brushes.

Steaven Heppener
09-12-2012, 06:50 PM
A little more progress over the last 3 days

Vasilios Kats
09-16-2012, 04:16 AM
My friend..This is stunning!

Morten
09-16-2012, 05:16 AM
My friend..This is stunning!
:thumbsup:

Kodanshi Helcarver
09-16-2012, 10:56 AM
And this is only your FIFTH PAINTING????? I can't wait to see this finished. For Pete's sake, there are people who paint a lifetime and cannot paint this well. All of them are beyond beautiful. Well done, Steave!
Pretty much this. I am astounded at your Canaletto so far (he is one of my favourite artists), and your other works too are magnificent. Trade brains with me?

Steaven Heppener
09-18-2012, 07:39 PM
Thank you everyone, appreciated!

ural jones
09-20-2012, 09:18 AM
unbelievable!

Steaven Heppener
09-20-2012, 03:01 PM
Hi all, painting 1cm people! glad it's over! :)

Kodanshi Helcarver
09-20-2012, 09:05 PM
Gosh, that looks extremely intricate! How did you get such sharp detail to the folks?

Steaven Heppener
09-21-2012, 09:14 AM
Gosh, that looks extremely intricate! How did you get such sharp detail to the folks?

Size 000 sable brush :)

Kodanshi Helcarver
09-23-2012, 01:28 PM
…and an absolute boatload of control! :lol:

Steaven Heppener
10-11-2012, 10:57 AM
Hi everyone!

A little more progress on the 'Stonemason's Yard'... I'm now 4 month into this painting and going well I think so far.

Steaven Heppener
10-11-2012, 11:54 AM
Looks pretty similar, but I'm under no illusions, Canaletto was a genius.

Sarah Edgecumbe
10-12-2012, 01:54 AM
um, looks pretty similar to me. Fantastic in fact. I can't wait to see it finished. Very envious of your talent!

Sarah

Vasilios Kats
10-13-2012, 04:08 PM
i dont know what canaletto was! I know that you are my IDOL!

Steaven Heppener
10-15-2012, 11:21 AM
Thanks for your kind comments!

marie_d
10-22-2012, 04:57 AM
Wonderful progress Steaven. I also love still life and buildings. You are doing such a fabulous job with this WIP, quite a size too. . Can't wait to see this finished.:clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

Steaven Heppener
10-22-2012, 05:36 AM
Wonderful progress Steaven. I also love still life and buildings. You are doing such a fabulous job with this WIP, quite a size too. . Can't wait to see this finished.:clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

Thanks Marie!

innatedan
11-15-2012, 11:44 AM
Steaven, really nice work here. I love seeing your progression through the painting.

Steaven Heppener
11-19-2012, 11:38 AM
Steaven, really nice work here. I love seeing your progression through the painting.

Thank you!

staceygammon
11-21-2012, 03:03 PM
You've inspired me! I think I want to try to copy a highly detailed painting now. :)

Steaven Heppener
11-21-2012, 03:22 PM
You've inspired me! I think I want to try to copy a highly detailed painting now. :)

Thanks Stacey! - Yes, go for it! you need to put a spare year to one side though, but great for the soul! Steave

Steaven Heppener
11-24-2012, 09:40 AM
Hi all,, a little bit more work on the buildings

Yorky
11-24-2012, 09:45 AM
Fantastic work!

Doug

Steaven Heppener
11-24-2012, 09:46 AM
Close up

Kodanshi Helcarver
11-24-2012, 07:32 PM
Wow, that is exquisite!

Sarah Edgecumbe
12-03-2012, 10:56 PM
certainly looking fantastic!!

NancyMP
12-04-2012, 07:07 PM
Steave, I can hardly wait until you get this one finished! With the great art you've already done, I know it will be wonderful! Is that your son sitting in front of the canvas?

rsriramula
12-08-2012, 06:53 AM
Excellent work!

poochemio
12-11-2012, 12:06 PM
Excellent!

ianos dan
01-17-2013, 04:47 AM
Incredible mastery !!! You're doing great with the textures of wall ,water ,wood :)

pcj
01-18-2013, 12:29 PM
Fabulous work!
-thankyou for letting us follow along, it's fascinating.
Patricia

mv-Frank
02-07-2013, 10:28 AM
Steave-awesome paintings! Please keep us posted. I hope to see more of your art work!

Maria del Valle
02-19-2013, 07:48 AM
Really a great work!

LavenderDiva
03-02-2013, 11:29 AM
Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing. :clap:

Steaven Heppener
05-24-2013, 06:17 AM
Thanks for all your nice comments... I halted progress on this painting over the winter, but resumed again a few days ago, so I'll be updating with my progress.

Regards
Steaven

Yorky
05-24-2013, 06:33 AM
I look forward to seeing it again.

Doug

Steaven Heppener
05-24-2013, 06:40 AM
Where I'm at now

Yorky
05-24-2013, 06:47 AM
:thumbsup:

Doug

Morten
05-25-2013, 05:07 AM
BRAVO!
The amounth of hours you have put in this painting, do pay of in this masterpiece.