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04-30-2013, 03:30 AM
I'm a bit early as we are going on a short holiday on 1st May.

This month's challenge is a beautiful photo of Fuchsias by SlideshowMom in the RIL HERE. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=62560)


Hope you enjoy the challenge. No need to paint all that complicated detail in the background, just a hint of colour. This may lend itself to a large macro painting in the style of Joyce Faulknor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXrtyOkxf50).


04-30-2013, 02:12 PM
I'm excited to try this one, Doug! I grow a fuchsia in a hanging pot every year and enjoy it so much; I also love watching the hummingbirds enjoy it. I have always told myself I would try painting it and never have-now I have to! :cat: And I hope you have a great trip!

04-30-2013, 02:15 PM
Thanks Doug for the lovely flowers, will join in. Have a nice holiday wherever you are going.

04-30-2013, 02:38 PM
Enjoy your holiday, Doug, and thanks for the link.

04-30-2013, 03:09 PM
Wow...these blooms are so exotic they don't look like they could possibly be real! Look forward to giving them a try...

04-30-2013, 09:05 PM
Awesome reference Yorky. I'll probably join the challenge.

Lawrence Fox
05-01-2013, 09:04 AM
Quick & dirty sketch while watching the Jay finally win one.

Koi watercolours and waterbrush (still having problems getting that "3-D" look with the waterbrush <g>) in my Handbook sketchbook. Didn't really have any blues that could match the real thing, though.


05-01-2013, 01:53 PM
You did an excellent job on these colorful blooms, Lawrence!

05-01-2013, 01:58 PM
Lawrence - I think that's a really fun painting and a great way to start off this challenge!

05-01-2013, 04:18 PM
Have a great holiday Doug, lovely photo.

05-01-2013, 07:37 PM
Love it. I hope to paint these beautiful Fuchsias. I am still in the beginning stages of April's challenge. I have begun watching my newest grandchild this month, a little girl, four months old...I already watch her three boy cousins. That's four kids aged six and under, two are babies and not walking. Oh My! Hopefully this month I will get it all together...be better organized...and PAINT, PAINT, PAINT. I almost feel a physical hunger to paint.

05-03-2013, 01:16 AM
Couldn't sleep tonight....so I spend 3 hrs on this month's challenge
....not a flower painter....so here it is.:)
11"x 8.5" 110# card stock, FC PITT pen &
Sukura Koi water colors.

05-03-2013, 06:45 AM
Lawrence, your quick and dirty, works! and Irv, I like what you've done with the reference!
Doug, lovely reference and quite a challenge! Been looking at Joyce's work and wondering how she would design her painting....
Thanks, need to finish the apple blossoms and then I'll start on these.


05-03-2013, 08:25 AM
Oooooh Larry, very nice ink and wash!

Lawrence, great loose style :-)

Going to study both more later on a larger screen.

05-03-2013, 11:12 AM
My version of the fuchsia. I really don't like painting reds because I always seem to get them wrong


05-03-2013, 12:53 PM
Irv (Larry), yours is stunning! Bold and in your face, yea!

Irena, I'm enjoying your intricate supporting work as seen in negative painted spaces.

Lawrence Fox
05-03-2013, 04:26 PM
Irv--very nice! Don't you love how vibrant those Koi watercolours can get?!

Irena--I really like that loose style for florals. I'm jealous.


05-03-2013, 05:55 PM
Thanks to Doug for his endless pursuit of references for his monthly challenges.:clap:
Lawrence -nicely painted.:thumbsup:
Irena -beautifully painted.:thumbsup:
Gail, Caryl & Kay -thanks for viewing & commenting.:wave:
Lawrence - I do love those 'KOI' water colors.....it brings the kid out of me.:D

05-03-2013, 06:25 PM
Wow Irena! Really loose and lovely!

05-03-2013, 09:11 PM
Love the postings so far - fav is the lovely loose painting - here is one I did



05-03-2013, 09:30 PM
Lawrence - congrats on the first post with your quick sketch.
Larry - the addition of the red throated hummingbird looks great.
Irene - wow! Your background is fantastic.
Barbara - I like how your forward flower really gives a feel for how fuchsia blossoms dance and sway.

05-05-2013, 10:21 AM
WOW!!! Eye candy! I knew this month's beautiful, colorful subject would inspire all different takes - but these are great right out of the gate! Doug- great choice...so many ways to approach this. I've been out of town, so, I downloaded the photo to my Nook ereader. It was astonishing to see the potential approaches and compositions as the photo was enlarged and manipulated around the screen. Don't just think "Joyce Faulkner" here...go even further - for example, enlarge the photo and find an abstract composition of shape and color from the intersecting stems and leaves...soooo many possibilities!

Anyway, the initial submissions are a watercolor lesson in style themselves!
Lawrence, great watercolor sketch - free, fluid, with pretty color "notes" as well as shading and highlights.

Irv, loved your color...the golden background really sets off the fuschias. Love the hummingbird in there! Beautiful rendition with the outlines. Wouldn't this make a lovely stained glass?

Irena - ooooohhhhh...dreamy and beautiful. Very intricate detail, along with color and value shifts. Very difficult to accomplish in such a loose approach! This reminds me of Anne Blockley's work! Would you consider photographing every step of your approach to a similar challenge next time? As with many others, I'm trying to "loosen up". Just LOVE your style here!

Barbara, lovely composition, colors, and sway of the flowers! Your petals look like drapes of velvet. Beautiful!

Well, I'm still very far behind. Will try to get those rocks done, as well as these gorgeous flowers! Happy painting everyone!:clap:

05-05-2013, 12:55 PM
OK, we're home an back on duty :)

What a wonderful variety of paintings from the reference so far.

Lawrence - a lovely sketch

Larry - great pen an wash.

Irena - so beautifully loose.

Barbara - wonderful shadows.


05-06-2013, 08:00 AM
Got mine done yesterday Doug, in watercolors of course. All the fuschia paintings here are lovely especially like Larry's so well done. These are such lovely colorful flowers and they resemble little ballerinas dancing in the air.


05-06-2013, 09:16 AM
They are lovely Lil.

Wonderful colours.


05-06-2013, 10:36 AM
My overworked attempt. 8x11 140lb. various watercolors. Not a good photo.


05-06-2013, 10:40 AM
Nice work Cindy, I found the violet a difficult colour to work with.


05-06-2013, 11:03 AM
These are all beautiful! I love fuchsias. I would love to give this one a try.

05-06-2013, 11:18 PM

Here's mine. A little overworked.

Lovely pictures from people so far!

05-07-2013, 01:43 AM
Beautifully done Michelle. I love your background - less is more.


05-08-2013, 07:45 AM
Thought I would give this a try....

My background doesn't appear quite that yellow mine is a bit more greenish..


05-08-2013, 08:23 AM
Nice sketch Paul.


05-08-2013, 06:54 PM
Doug .... thanks

05-09-2013, 02:31 AM
Hi all,
I am also working on the fuchsias, but it will take me some more time to finish it.
I love seeing all your works!

Lawrence: a great sketch! i wish i could do such sketches while doing anything else :)

Irv: I always love to see your challenge-posts, because you often add something to the subject - as here: what a great idea!! And I love, how your colors glow.

Irina: love, love, love it!! :clap: This is so beautiful: like your style, it is so watercolor-ish. Which colors did you use for the petals (Mean the purple-blue part of them?)

Barbara: I always enjoy watching your flower paintings. Love your detailled petals with their depth.

LIL: your captured the fuchsias so great: I like the petals here, but especially the little highlights in it!

Cindy: I do not find it overworked, I just love it! Again, such a beautiful watercolor-ish look and such a great capture of lights and shadows. Your color combo is excellent.

Michele: hm, again: I don't think it's overworked, I love it! You have such a great painting style and I especially love how your worked the shadows in the petals and in the background.

Paul: wow, i love that background, as it really grows and "enlightens" the petals!!

Thanks for sharing all: That's what I like most in the challenges. first the challenges themselves - thanks again Doug for this ref photo!. But also the several very different interpretations of colors and styles. Wonderful :)


05-09-2013, 11:44 AM
OK, here it is, the LAST painting at this duty station. When this one was done, the whole studio got cleaned and packed up, ready for the movers.

9x11 Jack Richeson
DS paints, Quin Coral and Cobalt Violet
Cascade Green and Paynes Grey
I macro'd the photo, flipped it, and rotated it 20' anticlockwise. Colours impossible to capture on camera. Grrr. the purples are DEEEP and the gradiants are smooth, not splotchy like in the photo.

It's already been gifted to the base greenhouse keeper.:clap: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2013/385681-fusmall.jpg

05-09-2013, 11:48 AM
I love your macro Caryl. Not surprised it has gone already.


05-09-2013, 12:05 PM
She stopped by the house and claimed it before I even finished it.

Progression photos are on the blog and might be a bit better in the photograph department.

Thanks Doug.

05-09-2013, 12:16 PM
When I was little I used to pick the fuchsias off the bush in front of our house and twirl them around, pretending they were ballerinas. So when I saw this I had to try a ballerina-for all the women who played with fuchsia-dolls! I haven't had much luck with uploads before, see if this works...


05-09-2013, 12:23 PM

05-09-2013, 12:27 PM
Wow! How creative! :clap:


05-10-2013, 04:09 AM
Some excellent interpretations!

05-10-2013, 11:51 AM
Barbara, stunning work with great color and shadow display!
Lil, there's good balance of value and color in your painting...nice!
Cindy, lovely balance here too, and it is not overworked at all!
Michele, I so admire your style with loose bg of dark green, not overworked either...looks like splashy ought to look!
Paul, love the linear qualities of your sketch with accompanying colors; yellow bg may be wrong as you say but it looks fine!
Caryl, good luck with your move (did that 18 times as military wife); your macro is stunning and no wonder it was grabbed quickly! I'll check out your blog, too.
Coolside, wow! Didn't recognize the figure until reading your description. This is topnotch! Love the ?thalo green? as a bg color against the warms.

05-10-2013, 01:19 PM
Caryl, your colors are sooo bright. It almost looks like stained glass.

And coolside: what a wonderful great idea!!

05-11-2013, 05:45 AM
Wow! Some good postings here!
Paul - nice sketch! lots of movement!
Caryl - moving and painting too! Really like the macro! Good composition!
Coolside - very cool! The colours vibrate!

Still working on the apple blossoms and trying to work out a composition for the fuschias! Found a video by Joyce Faulkner that shows her approach to florals - dark to light- hmmm...


05-11-2013, 06:50 AM
Great stuff you guys, really nice work!

05-11-2013, 11:51 AM
I find ALL the sketches/paintings to be quite pleasing.... they are all well done and I love looking.... Also I really enjoyed coolside's creative perspective of the ballerina doll, quite creative and clever.... :clap:

Thanks for all the positive feedback.... :D

05-12-2013, 12:32 AM
9 x 12 " watercolor DaVinci


05-12-2013, 12:52 AM
I love the vivid colours Emmy.


05-12-2013, 01:22 AM
Thank You Doug. You still up? :):)

05-12-2013, 01:47 AM
Still abed and on ipad Emmy :lol:

6.45am here.


05-12-2013, 04:22 AM
Wow Emilia, I love the brightness of your colors!

here comes my try, although I am not happy at all about the photo. IRL the background colors "mingle" together a lot better. The indian yellow e.g. at the bottom is not as hard in real life as it is on the photo. I shot several photos, but could not find a better setting on my camera (which is quite new).

I usually make several tries of the challenge subjects. For the rocks e.g. I have 6 or 7 "paintings".
this is my first try on the fuchsia: I just painted them and I am quite happy with the result.
I did the left petal with pre-mixed colors. The violets on the right petals are mixed directly on the paper, respectively done with glazes. It was hard for me to find bright violets. That's why I love all your bright colors here in this thread so much :)

Well, here it is. I will try to make another one later on using different paper and trying to loosen up.



The two buds at the bottom also look different, because iRl they have a light green surrounding and do not look as separated as in the photo here.

05-12-2013, 04:30 AM
How about this Gaby, is that better?


Nice work. What paper are you using? I see texture.


05-12-2013, 04:36 AM
Thanks Doug, that's much better! How did you do that?

As I thought, that this was my first try on the fuchsias, I used Boesner's house-paper: It's a pad with 200 grms watercolor paper - no further details are given on the pad. (I do not want to waste paper and paints, that's ridiculous, I know... so now I began to use my papers more :D )
My next try will be done on 300 grms paper.

thanks for your reply :)


05-12-2013, 05:26 AM
I used paintshop Pro's anti-fade tool which balances colour and contrast.


05-12-2013, 05:52 AM
Thanks for that hint, I will try it in future !

05-12-2013, 09:13 AM
Usually I am not attracted by the floral motives. But There are a lot of nice responses to this challenge so here is my addition.


05-12-2013, 09:35 AM
Great form, complicated background.


05-12-2013, 10:02 AM
Doug thank you for this great challenge and this beautiful picture .. here is my achievement.
The size is 26x35 cm on Arches paper grained.
I first used the technique of pouring paint and second negative painting and positive painting to finish
with only three primary colors of Winsor and Newton brand.


05-12-2013, 10:10 AM
It's beautiful Claude, love the delicate pastel colours in the background.

Did you mask the foreground and pour the background?


05-12-2013, 11:46 AM
Doug thank you .. I drew .. then poured the three primary .. then dried and masking. flowers and leaves foreground ... then. intensitié around the masking .. added négarif leaves .. and then removed the masking and worked in positive .. I made a step by step but I do not know how to put on here .. wet canvas?

05-12-2013, 11:53 AM
You could post a WIP thread in the Watercolor Studio Claude, it would be very useful.


05-12-2013, 11:57 AM
I'll try!

05-12-2013, 12:03 PM
Clode, your painting is magical! I was just about to post that I'd love to see a demo or WIP with steps posted, and see you have already thought of it!!!!. Wonderful!!! How generous of you. Hope you get it figured out as I'm looking forward to seeing it. Lee

05-12-2013, 12:05 PM
You can upload up to 15 pictures in one post BTW.


05-12-2013, 01:31 PM
Here's the link to the Step by Step (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19612617#post19612617)of the painting above.


05-13-2013, 08:33 AM
'Been off-line for several weeks- happy to see the progress and submissions of such beautiful fuchsias!
The Ballerina flower girl is just wonderful! So graceful....
Slaven, you did a fantastic job with the color and form on the flowers and buds - great depth in the flower petals.
Claude, great color and depth in yours as well. I appreciated your other step-by-step post...thanks!:wave:

05-13-2013, 11:57 AM
Being a flower girl I couldn't resist joining in on this one. I painted it on 7 x 5" which really was too small and fiddley for the shading in the small pedals and I found the purple really hard to photograph, the purple kept turning navy blue.


Loved seeing everyone's version, great job!!!!!!!!!


05-13-2013, 12:23 PM
It's beautiful Uschi. I like the way you did the background.


05-13-2013, 12:36 PM
Wow , very nice painting

05-14-2013, 05:12 AM
This is so great painting, very pleasing to watch.

05-14-2013, 05:15 AM
Beautiful, I agree with Doug about background.

05-14-2013, 08:21 AM
Ditto here, Uschi. Beautiful, fresh, loose, and with lovely depth and volume.:clap:

leisure artist
05-14-2013, 11:02 AM
Hi everyone....here is my attempt...7x11,bockingford 140 not..artist quality watercolour.....Christine:) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2013/975459-SSCN1689.JPG

05-14-2013, 11:06 AM
Hi Christine, I rotated it for you:


Perhaps brighten the pink sepals a little?


05-14-2013, 08:48 PM
gorgeous I love it

leisure artist
05-15-2013, 05:50 AM
Thanks Doug for rotating my artwork and your comment.
Wyn....many thanks .i am still recovering from my recent op,first piece for a month....have a long way to go on my artistic journey but enjoying it:)

05-16-2013, 12:10 PM
Great challenge, Doug! I didn't like the way my fuchsias turned out, so I did a little ink outlining and liked it better. Here it is:

1/8th Sheet, Arches CP


05-16-2013, 12:32 PM
Very effective, lovely colours.


05-16-2013, 03:52 PM
Enjoying all of the great renditions of this challenge...here is mine. I don't usually do florals unless I'm painting a card, so did this one with that in mind...very small...4x6. Not in love with it, but it is what it is & was fun to do!


05-16-2013, 03:56 PM
Good for you Maribeth, glad you enjoyed the challenge.


05-18-2013, 11:42 AM
Beautiful entries all! :clap:

Doug thanks, this challenge was fun! Especially since I am usually overwhelmed by the complexity of flowers in the garden. It helped to have the flower isolated for me.

Here is my effort, just a quickie in my 5 X 8 journal:


05-18-2013, 12:31 PM
Lovely Cleo, you did right simplifying the background.


05-19-2013, 01:31 PM
These challenges are neat - it's so cool to see how many interpretation you can get of the same subject matter. And they're all so lovely!

Here's my version. I decided to go a little more botanical illustration on this one and skip the background:

05-19-2013, 01:43 PM
Beautifully done Julie, so accurate.


05-19-2013, 03:36 PM
Here's my effort for this month's challenge -- not something I'd post in the gallery, that's for sure. I tried painting a loose background wash first by putting water on the paper up to the flower parts, letting it soak mostly in, and then applying juicy brush load of pigments -- well, as you can see, I not only got hard edges and a pretty uneven wash, but I got raggedy edges as well. :eek: and am still having trouble judging how much/how little water in brush, in mix, on paper I have going. However, I'm not totally disenchanted as I'm mostly happy with the way the colors turned out using only 3 colors. -- another first for me!.
6" x 5" on 140 lb. cold press.

Tips, hints and advice always appreciated -- this is my "go to" place for learning! Will check the handbook for painting around whites, washes, backgrounds, etc. and as Virgil says "sling paint".


05-19-2013, 03:46 PM
What a pity, maybe the paper was too wet when you applied the background.


05-20-2013, 10:59 AM
:clap: :clap:

Bigsky country

Try wetting the background letting it sit for five minutes then getting a loaded brush with colour but not all that much water then try the background you may have better luck . I think I agree with Doug too much water on the background and then adding colour with a very wet brush with thinned down paint .

les:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

05-20-2013, 12:42 PM
I tried clode's step-by-step pouring demo and here's my effort. Not nearly as delicate as clode's. I went too dark in the background so I had to pump up the colors of the flowers. Also I got a huge backrun in the background. It was a fun technique nonetheless and I want to try it again.

Thanks very much clode for the demo! :clap: :clap: :clap:

05-20-2013, 12:47 PM
Very colourful, great technique isn't it?


05-20-2013, 01:41 PM
Thank you Doug and Les. I'm going to give it another shot using your suggestions and tone it down some as well. I think you've hit the nail on the head and that I had the paint all too juicy and strong in the brush for the whole thing as well as not waiting long enough for the water to soak in on the background and will lighten up the load on "take 2".


05-20-2013, 02:53 PM
Very colourful, great technique isn't it?

Yes, very fun technique...gotta keep practicing but I love the final result especially clode's!

05-20-2013, 09:21 PM

I was watching a couple of Birgit O'Connor's videos yesterday and felt like another go. Not quite finished but posted as I don't know when I'll get the time to finish it this month. Quite pleased and it was fun.


Edit: Rotated version added. Doug

05-21-2013, 01:39 AM
Very smooth Michelle, you certainly got the technique.


05-21-2013, 03:14 AM
nice result .. ..! bravo!

05-21-2013, 07:34 AM
Really nice, Michelle...like the composition very much...

05-21-2013, 11:24 AM
Thank you - I should have left each section to dry but I only had two hours so there are some small white spaces to prevent bleeding (and some bleeding where that failed).

I was really quite surprised how easy it was to get something that looks pretty impressive. Great fun to do but not entirely satisfying.

My favorite so far has to be Reikiart's rendition. Very splashy and lively.

05-21-2013, 02:56 PM
Lovely paintings posted here.

05-22-2013, 09:52 AM
Still enjoying all of the different styles being posted - Michelle, lovely rendition! I was watching an O'Connor dvd, as well as Jan Kunz and Ann Pember - gonna try my hand at a close-focus flower. Yours is gorgeous!:clap:

05-22-2013, 12:58 PM
This is "take 2" for this month's challenge -- 5x7" on 140 lb. cp. A huge THANK YOU to Doug and Les for your super helpful advice. I was a lot happier painting it and got a lot happier results.
From Doug...maybe the paper was too wet when you applied the background.
From Les: Try wetting the background letting it sit for five minutes then getting a loaded brush with colour but not all that much water then try the background you may have better luck . I think I agree with Doug too much water on the background and then adding colour with a very wet brush with thinned down paint .

05-22-2013, 02:03 PM
That's better, now the flowers really pop.


05-23-2013, 11:49 AM
Wow! There are some real beauties in here. I remember the first time I ever saw fucshias at a local green house. I was mesmerized by their colors. It took me a bit to realize it was real.

My attempt: The painted area is about 6.5x8".


05-23-2013, 11:54 AM
I love the macro style Sandy. Yes, gorgeous flowers. I have a German friend who specialises in fuchsias.


05-24-2013, 08:17 AM
Nice composition, Sandy...like the dark bg...

05-24-2013, 03:44 PM
Some great paintings in here, I was inspired to post one myself.


Arches: 300 lb. cold press, various Holbein and Daniel Smith paints.


05-24-2013, 04:05 PM
Welcome to the forum Brad.

Well, you have a unique style, I look forward to seeing more of your work.


05-25-2013, 12:41 PM
Here is my entry. I start my painting to concentrate on highlights and not to put too much paint. well it is not easy while painting to have control and focus on details.
Size 5x6 inches.
C&C welcome


05-25-2013, 06:18 PM
Good for you Madhavi. You could add some darks on the shadow side of each petal.


05-25-2013, 06:19 PM
Some wonderful interpretations here, I am really impressed, well done everyone! and it helped me to see so many variations, one of the great things about these challenges.

Here's my attempt, a bit over worked, which is more obvious in the photo than IRL. I decided I should stop now, time to go on to another one. Transparent yellow, FUB, permanent rose and some Winsor red, and a touch of burnt and raw sienna. 6x6 inches gallery wrap Arches 140 lb. I like using the format, but I don't feel this is a keeper. I'll try it again and try to paint more directly and not so much lifting. I'll do the flowers first next time, I don't like the hard lines I got when painting inside the background.


05-25-2013, 06:28 PM
Looks good to me Lynn, I like the background too.


05-25-2013, 06:59 PM
Thanks, Doug, maybe I'll like it better tomorrow! But it was great just to be painting, it's been a while since I really felt like it, so that was the best part.

05-25-2013, 10:18 PM
My first challenge. Canson Paper 140 # cold. 5 x7 & 5 x 6 respectively. Winsor & Newton Cobalt, Aureloin, Rose Madder Gen, Opera Rose, Hookers Green & Perylin. spelling may be wrong on colors, its late and it has taken an hour to get this posted :cool:

Picture Number Two...


Thanks everyone. Really need the criticism.... Be brutal

05-26-2013, 01:14 AM
Welcome to the challenge Charlotte.

Two nice efforts. I think I prefer the form of the first flowers with. The colours of thevsecond one. The skirt of the flower seems a bit small in the second one. At 5x7 a good effort.


05-26-2013, 08:59 AM
Very nice, Charlotte, I think I agree with Doug, although I have seen some fuchsias with that shape. I like the free application of the paint, a nice water coloury feeling.

05-28-2013, 07:13 AM
Wanted to get the darks in one pass and for the most part, I did. Not happy with the background but I'm calling this done for now. Loved all the work in this thread and learn something from each of you. Thank you Doug.
:clap: Your challenges have pushed me to paint flowers and I never thought I'd do that!
The painting done on Fabriano 11 x 14.


Thanks for looking,

05-28-2013, 07:33 AM
They are beautiful Gail, the background is suitably unobtrusive.


05-28-2013, 08:17 AM
Here's my first attempt at a challenge. I've been told that flowers are difficult and I guess I found out that was correct :clear:. It was fun and it's good for me to keep trying new things, but for now I think I'll go back to simple fruit ;)

05-28-2013, 08:50 AM
The flowers are fine, maybe the lower leaves are a little dominant.

Good for you trying something different.


05-30-2013, 07:52 PM
I love all the different fuchsia paintings. Everyone has done a wonderful job. I think it is so much fun to see how differently each artist interprets the reference.

Madhavi, I agree with Doug that some shadows on the petals would help it.

Lynn, nice work on the shaping of the petals. You captured the roundness of the upper buds well. I like your background with the hints of more leaves. I had to smile when you said you would do the flowers first next time because I had done the flowers first and thought I should have done the background first on mine. :lol:

Charlotte, of the two you painted I like the first one the best. I like the roundness you captured on all of the petals.

Gail, I love the way you captured the shine on the red areas.

Ckb, you did well for your flowers. Don't be afraid to try them again.

Now here is my try. I am sneaking it in under the wire here...only one day left before the next challenge. I'm sorry that I made the background as dark as I did under the lower flowers but the paint was too staining to lighten it. It looks ok up close but when you step back the lower blooms kind of get lost because there isn't enough contrast between them and the background. I really enjoyed painting this though.

11x14, WN and M Graham paints.



05-30-2013, 08:52 PM
Lovely job on the fuchsias Anne! I particularly like your background and I don't find it too dark around the bottom. In fact, I think it might help your highlights on those petals to show up even more!

Looking forward to Doug's next challenge...wondering what he will throw at us next...


05-31-2013, 12:55 AM
Anne, Love both, flowers and background

05-31-2013, 02:11 AM
Beautiful work Anne. I posted last night but it disappeared!

Wonderful background too.


05-31-2013, 04:42 AM
Thanks Doug. You know, I thought I had posted the painting earlier last night and I went back to check and it was gone, so I posted again. I thought I had forgotten to hit the "submit" button. I'm glad it wasn't me!


05-31-2013, 06:17 AM
Everyone has done such beautiful work!

I started several paintings to try and compete, but alas...in the end I decided to go a little different direction :p

In the interest of killing two birds with one stone, my entry combines the monthly challenge with the whimsical and childlike.

I bet most of you didn't know about the evil anarchy lurking undetected beneath the vibrant color and seemingly delicate nature of the dreaded fuschia.

I really need to get more sleep :rolleyes:


05-31-2013, 06:24 AM
What fun Karl!


05-31-2013, 07:11 AM
I can see we're going to have trouble with Karl :lol:

A fun interpretation Karl :thumbsup:


05-31-2013, 07:39 AM
I can see we're going to have trouble with Karl :lol:

Awww, come on! Who else is going to give you a fuschia bud chugging a beer in a frat house? :evil:

05-31-2013, 08:37 AM
That is too funny, Karl...I sure like it better than mine!

05-31-2013, 09:27 AM
Well done, Karl, we need livening up!

ckb ... congratulations on trying the challenge, always difficult to post the first one! I like your clear colour.

Beautiful one Anne!

And yours is lovely too, Gail, super washes on the petals, I tried to do one stroke, but it was hopeless!

05-31-2013, 09:51 AM
You have all done so well. I can't wait to post the June Challenge, it will be a total change of subject again :)


05-31-2013, 10:06 AM
Well we are waiting Doug.

05-31-2013, 10:11 AM

That is so comical. It put a smile on my face as I was having my first coffee :)

So Good. and so is everyone else's

05-31-2013, 01:17 PM
Well I've enjoyed everyone's submission!
Here's my effort. In the first one (5" x 7"), I began with an abstract background, and then built up layers of the buds and flowers. I'm finding that I still overwork my subject, and the more I work on it, the values are usually lost. The second submission is a study of a close-up of one of the flowers. My aim in this one was to balance color vs. value, and show the curvature of the petals. I used techniques of Ann Pember and B. O'Connor.

I have difficulty with reds; I find them too garish, and perhaps I use them too saturated. If I try to tone down or neutralize them with blues or greens, the reds begin to look muddy, and I lose the transparency. Anyone else have similar problems? Any solutions?



05-31-2013, 01:27 PM
Adele, that is so beautiful! I love the dreamy look.

Karl, you are going to keep us all in stitches :-) Did you get in trouble for drawing in class when you were a kid?


05-31-2013, 01:49 PM
Beautiful work Adele, perfect form.

I don't think you can be too bright with Fuchsias.


Vivien Maloney
05-31-2013, 03:38 PM
Beautiful work from everyone!

Doug - Sorry I missed this Challenge as I love painting flowers.
I've used your sunset photo for the Watermedia June Challenge. Thanks Doug, it's a beautiful photo.
And yes post have been disappearing. I'm hosting the Watermedia June Challenge and spent ages posting my photos for it, only to have them all disapper.:crying: But they're back now, (thank goodness). Its a technical problem they are trying to sort out.

05-31-2013, 03:41 PM
There's no time limit on the challenges Viv, so if you do it, post it here.

Off to check your Watermedia challenge.


05-31-2013, 05:01 PM
Saunders Waterford Rough 1/2 sheet
Had fun playing with different brushes to see if I could get what I wanted, some success and some "well that didn't work."
A bit more work to do to finish but wanted to post my effort before June rolls in. Nancy


05-31-2013, 05:07 PM
The form of your fuchsias is beautiful Nancy.

I did an auto fade on your picture in case it was a little pale:



05-31-2013, 05:21 PM
Doug - My painting is a titch bit more saturated than my photo, I still need to deepen some areas of color.
Helpful to see the very saturated change that you made :)

06-01-2013, 03:53 AM
Thank you all for taking up the challenge with beautiful results.

I have now posted the June 2013 Challenge HERE (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19641791#post19641791). Hope you enjoy it.

Anyone still working on their fuchsias post your work here, I'll be keeping an eye on the thread.


06-01-2013, 08:47 AM
Nancy, I think you captured this subject perfectly! Great values in the petals, and wonderful color. You solved my "red problem"...I noticed you used a more orange hue for the warmer reds. I'll try that next time.
Beautiful painting!:clap:

06-01-2013, 07:28 PM
great job .. beautiful!

06-13-2013, 10:41 AM
I have been scrolling though all these painting and been delighted by each and every one. They are ALL so good! I must pick up my watercolours again.

06-15-2013, 02:18 AM
Yes please do!


06-24-2013, 05:39 PM
Is it too late to have a go at this, Ive only just joined and love the photo and everyones results so would like to have a go if still ok? Think the june boat one is a bit much for my novice wc skills just yet!:eek:

06-24-2013, 05:47 PM
Hi Liz, by all means have a go. There is no real time limit on the monthly challenges, I just post a new reference each month.

I look forward to seeing your paintings.


07-05-2013, 02:11 PM
ok so i have finally had a go at the fuchsias and hopefully I will manage to post image as this is my first painting upload!

Not too happy with the background - I think I preferred it without!:(



07-05-2013, 02:13 PM
Super painting Liz, a fine first upload.

Your background is fine, it echoes colours in the subject and doesn't intrude. What size is it?


07-05-2013, 02:32 PM
thanks Doug, yes sorry I must remember to add the size info etc next time! its 9 x 12 inches on NOT (cold pressed). Off to try the lighthouse now....!

irene ann
12-07-2014, 06:12 AM
hi I haven't been on this site for a long time is this fushia the one to paint for dec 2014 if it isn't can some one point me in the right direction please thank you

12-07-2014, 06:34 AM
Hello Irene, well we have a different reference every month and December 2014 is Cherries. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1366566) However there is no time limit for submissions, so if you want to paint the fuscias or any other monthly challenge just post your painting in the original thread. Fuscias would go here.