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02-03-2013, 07:11 AM
Hi, folks.

We are in the middle of winter on the East coast of the USA and other parts of the country as well. A time for stew and chile, hot chocolate and sorting out the past years art work.

We are extending January projects through this month. Some need more time and others we didn't get to. There is the ATC exchange, photo shop and Luks, also any of the oldies you care to do.

I'll start of by a wonderful painting by Grace Hartigan, she died not to long ago. I've been looking at it for days and had to share it.


02-03-2013, 10:28 AM
Here in Dark Africa we are in the middle of a heat wave. But I can't say it bothers me.

I know what you mean: I never seem to have enough time for art. Today I gave up a planned painting session in order to go picnic with some old friends I haven't seen in a long time. Only to find that they now bore me to tears. Next time I'll rather paint. :-)

02-03-2013, 09:16 PM
Janet - love that painting. It's use of whites reminds me of one of the painters we studied (can't remember the name but do remember he used alot of whites like that. It does have a collage type look to it. I hope you keep those fingers gently.

Brian - a picnic in the middle of a heat wave sounds interesting. your friends were boring.....oh well, we all change unfortunately not always for the best.

I'm glad we are extending the project threads.

02-09-2013, 05:12 AM
Hi all from wintery UK. We had a lot of snow in January. Brrr. Now we are into rain but the forecast is more snow. That's not cheery at all!

I am also glad the projects are running for 2 months as I haven't managed to get around to photo or Luks as yet!!

The brides remind me a little of work by John Piper. I never heard of Grace Hartigan before...but I'd like to see more.

02-10-2013, 09:28 AM
Here is a picture of three young artists:

joan mitchell, helen frankenthaler and grace hartigan

Grace Hartigan went very abstract...always considered herself as an ARTIST, not just a WOMAN ARTIST.

Sitting in a cold dark (candlelight) apartment last evening, trying to decide how to cook everything in the freezer if we didn't get some electricity soon, when thankfully the lights came on. HURRAH!
Big hills of snow outside, with trenches for walking. Want to stay home until I see the buds on the trees. :heart:

02-10-2013, 06:12 PM
Hi all
Gorgeous painting Janet. Glad you got your electricity back on. I'd stay inside too with all that snow.
June hope you are surviving the winter too. I am trying to cope with extreme heat, thankfully that has mellowed over the last week.
I re-enrolled for my course, have joined a local art group and attended a portraiture session with a live model. They also run life drawing sessions. So I am keeping busy art wise.

02-14-2013, 09:36 PM
yesterday I made another attempt at silk screen.

A Valentine with two layers. First layer was acceptable just barely. The second layer messed up really badly so I have to redo the screen. I'll post it layers and all when I get it down.

Grrrrr - the silk screen thing has been going down hill for me but I am not giving up yet. Might as well keep trying till I use all the supplies:D


02-14-2013, 11:06 PM
just have to share this

search - Adele Enersen images

you will love it!!

02-15-2013, 10:57 AM
yesterday I made another attempt at silk screen.

I don't get screen printing. I do want to try my hand at woodcut or linocut some time...

02-15-2013, 11:02 AM
just have to share this

search - Adele Enersen images

you will love it!!

Very cute. :-)

I seem to remember some Russian woman who did something similar some time ago, using her own baby as model. At least I think she was Russian. Can't really remember the details now, or indeed what exactly she did.

And now it's my turn. Go check out this bloke's work:


and his Flickr page:


It's simply stunning stuff. In my ever so humble opinion. :-)

02-16-2013, 07:06 AM
Actually some other persons baby pictures you'd really like to look at. Adele Enerson has the right idea. Very creative.

Brian, Matthew Albanese must of put a lot of time into his work. Gorgeous!

Silk Screen always looked like too much work for me. My son did a few and they came out very well, but it took him a long time to get it right and then he had to wash everything off in the bathtub.
My father had a friend who was a pretty well known silk printer and he worked out of a tiny condo with wife and cats living there and he turned out some pretty nice stuff. Guess artists can manage anything.
Wishing you luck with your prints, Robin.. I'd like to know how you feel about it and if it's something you want to go on with. Could you show us some of your progress, in case we want to give it a try.

Here is a silk screen by my son, David. Lot's of tantrums til he got it right.


02-16-2013, 10:28 AM
That's a beautiful silk screen by your son, Trafford! Simple and very dramatic.

I have never tried that technique.

I have done one lino cut. I have a few pieces of easy-cut lino but I just never get around to it!!

02-16-2013, 11:54 PM
I have done one lino cut. I have a few pieces of easy-cut lino but I just never get around to it!!

Around here artist's lino is so monstrously expensive I'll have to use floor linoleum, or stick to woodcuts.

Speaking of prints, has anyone here ever heard of pochoir prints? It's a form of stenciling and was popular as book illustrations in the 1920s.

Here's a very brief Wikipedia summary of the process:


and another description:


and another:


I first ran into this in a library book many years ago, and simply loved the decorative effects and the clear, simple lines. Here are some examples:




Would love to try out something like this some time. Perhaps use lino or woodcut for the lines, and then stencils for colour? Looks like huge fun!

02-17-2013, 07:14 AM
Thanks for all the material Brian. I love print making, all kinds. Will spend some time this afternoon reading all your links and maybe give this technique a try.

02-17-2013, 08:46 AM
Thanks for all the material Brian. I love print making, all kinds. Will spend some time this afternoon reading all your links and maybe give this technique a try.

The neat thing about it is that one doesn't seem to really need specialized equipment for it. You can cut stencils out of anything; and for small print runs even common old paper or cardboard.

02-17-2013, 05:07 PM
the stencil idea has alot going for it....everything being so available - you already do work in that direction , Janet.

I'd also like to try it sometime.

The fashion prints are fun. We could do a thread on that one month.

Brian - that Matthew Albanese ……….whoooooa, high tech, professional, creative fellow……

Janet - two thumbs up on the graphic success of your son…..way nice

here is the first layer. The the disasterlayer on it ;the one I am redoing. Note the lettering is illegible. Today I filled the screen and tommorrow hope to print. Also here is my sketch Not much compared to all these good artists.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2013/88676-sndraw.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2013/88676-snlayer.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2013/88676-snlayyuck.gif

02-19-2013, 07:32 AM
The original drawing is very Valentine's Day. Do you think it isn't simple enough for silk screen? I don't know. I feel the whole process daunting and I know you will keep at it..until you get just what you want.
My son got a few decent prints and then abandoned the whole idea. He felt that if he'd had a large slop sink and a larger area to work on...he might have kept it up.
Guess I should put it on my bucket list..to try one at least.

02-20-2013, 10:34 AM
Yep, it is trickier than it looks. I'm gonna keep up until I use the specialized fluids and if it doesn't click for me by then it's not meant to be. I like the immediacy of painting the forms on the screen compared to cutting away linoleum. But even tho lino prints take time I get alot out of that creative time. Also was concerned about how my hands will hold up with all the carving -hence the go with silk screen

I prepared another screen and it too was defective - the screen was one I made from an old sheer curtain...no good....but today I've prepared a purchased/professional screen and hope to print the last layer.

ug..I've already said too much......

hope you have a good day

02-20-2013, 10:38 AM
Well, good luck with the screen print. Rather you than me - I'd have uttered some choice vocabulary by now. As I did anyway a while ago when trying to draw a portrait from a reference photo. Simply couldn't capture a likeness. I don't know why, but after more than twenty years of quite dedicated study and practice, I simply cannot capture a recognizable portrait likeness, at least not when working from a reference photo.

Anyway, did have at least some fun today when some colleagues and I were relaxing in the shade of a carob tree. When they got boring on me (all that anyone seem to be talking about nowadays is the dramatic court case here of a famous athlete who apparently murdered his girlfriend) I picked up one of the pods of the tree and made a sketch of it.


Halfway through I got distracted, then my hand shifted a bit so now it looks a bit deformed... :-)

02-22-2013, 02:01 PM
Brian - very nice- I like the personality of that pod:cat:

here is the finished valentine card - folded and opened....I'm not really thrilled with it but I'm on my way with silk screen, http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2013/88676-Scan-2.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2013/88676-snail.gif

02-22-2013, 10:36 PM
Brian - very nice- I like the personality of that pod:cat:

Bits and pieces of trees have wonderful personality. One of my favourite sketching subjects is old, well weathered leaves. And you can pick them up for free everywhere. Especially in autumn.

here is the finished valentine card - folded and opened....I'm not really thrilled with it but I'm on my way with silk screen,

I like the design idea. The execution is still a bit rough around the edges, but I'm sure it will improve. Just do a hundred more :-)

I am actually quite serious: there is a blog online somewhere by a guy who wanted to learn to paint, and he heard somewhere that one needs to make a 120 paintings before one really learns anything. So he set out to do just that, and posted all his paintings. The results were truly astounding: he progressed from virtually no ability at all to a rich impressionism and virtually everything he painted eventually sold too.

I started following the same plan some years ago and then got hopelessly distracted down all kinds of sidetracks, so I have only done some twenty or thirty small paintings in several years, but even so still progressed quite a bit. It now seems to me nothing works quite as well as old-fashioned practice.

02-27-2013, 03:42 PM
oh, I'm glad to be able to be here. Two days of no wet canvas felt odd

a 100 more - yeah, I'd be something else that's for sure.....don't know until I try....that would be interesting.

I bet that 100 painting thing - especially if you did one a day, is wonderworking.
Right now I've begun doing an online class on pencil technique - Darrel Tank - 5 pencil method.....I'm not really into pencil but the training will be useful. I like Darrel's persona too.

Have you had formal training, Brian?

02-28-2013, 12:36 PM
I bet that 100 painting thing - especially if you did one a day, is wonderworking.

I wish I had time, but alas, life tends to interfere. Or at least, that's a handy excuse. :-)

Have you had formal training, Brian?

Nope, none at all. I wish I could attend a classical drawing school, but such things don't exist around here. In those schools even the bad students learn in six months what I couldn't learn in twenty years.

02-28-2013, 12:49 PM
if you had the impetus to initiate a course you would no doubt learn a lot, if fact it would probably mostly be painless-just takes time and practice,