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07-01-2013, 02:53 AM
A maritime theme again this month but I think much easier. This is La Corbière Lighthouse on the south west tip of Jersey. Another of my holiday snaps.


There's a large image in the RIL here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176101&size=big&cat=&ppuser=1046)

It was a coach stop on our tour of the island and I only had time for a 5 minute sketch:


The thing to capture here is the wonderful browns, blacks and greens in the rocks.

Have fun!


07-01-2013, 07:43 AM
Wow! When you look at the larger pic in the RIL, the scale of the rocks knocks your socks off! This must be a very impressive sight to be standing in front of. So many rocks...so little time. Thanks, Doug. Will try to get to this later this month.


07-01-2013, 10:12 AM
Doug, this is a lovely scene and will join in this month.

07-01-2013, 10:17 AM
Doug - Congrauts on another excellent challenge.:clap: Here's my quick stab at it :D ...2 hrs this morning.
Had to scale it up some to fit my sheet size. 11"x 8.5" 110# card stock, Pitt pens & Sukura Koi watercolors.:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2013/1172010-Lighthouse.jpg

07-01-2013, 10:23 AM
Super job Larry, the pen really helps with the rock texture. You captured the misty horizon well. You really set the bar high.


07-01-2013, 10:55 AM
YES! A lighthouse !
I'm in on this one !

leisure artist
07-01-2013, 11:00 AM
Looking forward to this challenge,it does appear easier than last months so hopefully will not take 4 attempts!!
Larry....you are quick off the mark!Love seeing your renditions,always so well done...gives us less experienced artists some ideas....Christine:wave: .

07-01-2013, 11:26 AM
Beautiful job, Larry! I hope to participate this month. This is going to be a beaut, Doug.

07-01-2013, 05:45 PM
Lovely interpretations so far, looking forward to seeing more!

I will try and give this one a go but ive only just started the may challenge (fuchsias) tonight so im a bit behind!!:D


07-01-2013, 11:27 PM
What a coincidence that you post a lighthouse for us now, I was just feeling a little sad that Orfordness lighthouse in Suffolk was switched off for good (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-23091214) last week.

How on earth did I hear about that? Thomas Dolby grew up nearby and was shocked to find out it was closing... so he made a film about it (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-22265946). I'm quite a fan and saw an early version of his film in Los Angeles earlier this year. It's wonderful, if you get a chance to see it.

In the meantime, I'll have to have a go at La Corbière.

07-02-2013, 02:32 AM
How sad to see another Lighthouse abandoned. Off to view the video.


07-02-2013, 10:02 AM
There's a trailer (http://www.thomasdolby.com/tixstore/) for it on his website, and he talks about making the film (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gregory-weinkauf/the-invisible-lighthouse-thomas-dolby_b_2813521.html) in this interview.

07-02-2013, 03:25 PM
Nice picture to paint I think. Hope I can find the time to try it. Larry, your version is great already.


07-02-2013, 05:30 PM
Super start, Larry! I like the way you brought in more greens.

07-02-2013, 08:13 PM
Doug, nice reference and challenge...

Larry, awesome painting....

07-03-2013, 06:00 AM
My shot at the rocks... never quite works out the way you hoped...:evil:
140 lbs Strathmore watercolor paper 6" x 9" sketch pad.


07-03-2013, 06:05 AM
I think you id very well Paul. Maybe you could introduce some really dark crevices. I would usually mask off the lighthouse before painting the sea.


07-03-2013, 06:13 AM
Thanks Doug that was fast.... appreciate the suggestions and will play around a little and see if I can make the rocks more interesting... I was going to take my pen and highlight a couple areas....

07-03-2013, 07:30 AM
Well I took a pen and some sand paper to the sketch :D a little better... a little heavy handed with the sand paper......:D


07-03-2013, 08:21 AM
Great challenge Doug, funnily enough, in the early 90's, I lived in Jersey for about 6 months not far from this lighthouse :)
I love your on site sketches, Doug.
Larry, your lighthouse is wonderful!
Paul, interesting technique sandpaper, I've never heard of that before (but I'm more or less a newbie in techniques), I really like the texture it's given to your painting.

Here's my try, I was so relieved there were not boats :D
Moulin du Coq, 325 grms 17x24cm, sennelier watercolours, and a rubber spatula :cat:


07-03-2013, 08:27 AM
That's lovely Deborah, the rocks look really organic. I loved Jersey and would like to go back, but next time we will use the service buses so we can spend more time at those wonderful locations.

You were lucky I didn't make the challenge Gorey Harbour:lol:



07-03-2013, 08:41 AM
I would have pretended not to see the boats :D


07-03-2013, 08:57 AM
Deborah, very nice.....

Doug, Gorey Harbour would have been cruel and abusive behavior.... Definitely glad you selected the one you did......

07-03-2013, 09:09 AM
Doug, Gorey Harbour would have been cruel and abusive behavior.... Definitely glad you selected the one you did......
:lol: :lol: :lol:


07-03-2013, 02:57 PM
Doug -your 5 minute sketches are 'Great'... I think sometimes we spend too much time on detail...I know I do.:)
Paul -your rendition is good & with Doug comments applied excellent:thumbsup: .......'Sandpaper'...we learn something new everyday.:thumbsup:
Deborah -love your version.... so detailed & cleanly painted.:thumbsup:

07-03-2013, 09:53 PM
looking forward to trying my had at this one when I return from my trip. Nice reference photo Doug! Quite a scene. I'd like the try the pen outlining too...

07-03-2013, 10:42 PM
9 x 12 on Arches block Da Vinci paints


07-04-2013, 01:19 AM
Good for you Emmy. Pity about the figures, they destroy the scale.


07-04-2013, 07:43 AM
Emmy I love the addition of the seagulls & agree with Doug on scale.

07-04-2013, 08:56 AM
Doug & Irv I know. LOL LOL
Thank you for commenting May be I can take them out?

07-04-2013, 11:47 AM
Should be possible Emmy.


07-04-2013, 12:29 PM
Hi Doug

Here is my effort

Lesley visited this lighthouse when she was around 13/14


22 x 15 inches



07-04-2013, 12:43 PM
Love it in the Flattwo style Henry. Lovely sky.


07-05-2013, 08:36 AM
I love that version, Henry. Beautiful.

My attempt was made yesterday during our Fourth of July picnic. I didn't bring any watercolor tubes, but did bring gouache with me. So. Pen and gouache, wet into wet and some drybrushing as well.

07-05-2013, 08:58 AM
Monumental version, shows your dedication painting it on 4th July picnic :)


07-05-2013, 02:02 PM
It was an all-day picnic, so a good bit of downtime. If you consider having to chase your toddler down a couple times downtime. ;)

07-05-2013, 02:10 PM
Doug - Thanks for this challenge - the La Corbiere Lighthouse and its rocky setting are impressive.
I attempted it on 7 1/2" x 11" (19 x 28 cm) S-W 200 CP using M Graham and W&N paints - mostly ultramarine blue and transparent red iron oxide, as well as some cerulean, perylene green, and perylene maroon. I used white gouache on the lighthouse to make it stand out a little more.


07-05-2013, 02:10 PM
And with superb results! Well done Edna :clap:


07-05-2013, 03:50 PM
Henry - well done
Firegold -good job
Edna -Fantastic:clap:

07-05-2013, 04:36 PM
So many different and fantastic versions this month. I guess I need to get to work on my own. I had a tube of cad red pop and leak all over my palette and work space the other day, causing me to step away for a few days. I had just cleaned and squeezed out new paint days before, so having cad red premixed into the rest of my stuff was a little frustrating. Personally I have never seen a tube do this before, but it has been extremely hot here in recent days.

Anyways, thank for the inspiration I needed to get myself going again everyone.


07-06-2013, 07:11 AM
Canuck a leaky bottle of india black ink is just as bad , that happened to me . I know where your coming from . Botanist nice job on the rocks

07-06-2013, 01:20 PM
kudos to those who have already posted!

henry, love your style! That would make a great stained glass scene as well. LOVE your colors!
Firegold - Very nice job - especially since you were outside and otherwise busy!
Edna, delicious rocks!!! At first glance, I thought it was Doug's photo! The rock values and modeling were expertly done.:clap:

07-06-2013, 03:49 PM
Wow I'm really impressed with some paintings of this lighthouse here. I tried it yesterday in watercolors on a pad from Dick Blick watercolor paper to see how it would work out, the paper is not bad to use. Thank you for looking.

07-06-2013, 06:19 PM
Nice one Lil, maybe a few more cracks in the rocks would be good.


07-07-2013, 02:39 AM
Just finished my sketch, hopefully get some paint on paper tomorrow. I'm debating which colors again though. :)

07-07-2013, 03:04 AM


07-07-2013, 03:22 AM
Hi to all you lovely people!:clap:

I enjoyed this months challenge...but I do feel I could have done better..All the same here it is..

Strathmore Windpower 11"x15" done with W&N watercolors

Any C&C is welcome...:music:


See you soon:-)


07-07-2013, 04:03 AM
Good work Kish, lovely colours in the rocks.


07-07-2013, 08:38 AM
Everyone has done a great job, have to get at mine.......James

07-07-2013, 09:46 AM
Finished my attempt this morning... W&N paints, Arches 9x12 cold pressed paper.


07-07-2013, 09:48 AM
Nice work Don.


07-07-2013, 12:40 PM
Lil, Kish & Don -very nicely done.:thumbsup:

07-07-2013, 10:50 PM
Ok all,

Here is my entry for the July Challenge.

I chose a different crop, mostly because I like the detail of the light house. I had a hard time compositionally with dark rectangular front of of the little building. It just didn't make sense really... I'm still not used to painting and didn't think until later that I could interpret the building however I wanted too! Oh well...

My computer battery failed halfway through so... I finished from memory.

Done with WN artist pans on Arches Cold Press 9"x12".

I will probably redo this with the larger scene (and fix the horizon in this one) later on.


07-08-2013, 01:31 AM
Sorry I didn't get a chance to find out what the building was.

Interesting crop.


07-08-2013, 04:53 AM
Some good and interesting interpretations on a difficult subject!

07-08-2013, 07:25 AM
Nice one Matt.

07-08-2013, 08:40 AM
Here's my shot at LaCorbiere..on langton 140.7x11,davinci paints. James

07-08-2013, 08:49 AM
Nice work James, the rocks are suitably rugged, good sea.


07-08-2013, 09:26 AM
Forgot to add red top, most lighthouses have a red top and I like a red top....James.

07-08-2013, 01:28 PM
James I like the rocks.. They look rugged!


07-08-2013, 06:41 PM
Thanks Kish.

07-08-2013, 07:14 PM
James excellent job.

07-09-2013, 07:13 AM
A brief impression. Great work from everyone.


07-09-2013, 07:15 AM
A lovely loose interpretation. maybe out a smidge of blue in the sky?


07-09-2013, 07:57 AM
Very nice, diverse interpretations everyone! It's interesting how we all seem to be focusing on the rocks...James, yours look so rugged and dangerous! Don and Matt, nice jobs!
Kish, I really liked how you introduced more green/browns into the path to the lighthouse, and the larger rocks had some red complements. The color and patterns of the rocks really enhanced your composition, and compelled the eye to travel around the path up to the light house.
My only advice would be to "sharpen" the path and the rocks as they get closer to the lighthouse (assuming that's your focal point), and increase the color intensity and values here as well. That being said, I thought you did a great job, and had some very good and unique hues in the rocks!:clap:

07-09-2013, 09:57 AM
Yorky, Its always fun to participate in your challengers and to view all the different interpretations - great stuff!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jul-2013/1017902-IMG_0001.jpg fabriano artistica cp145, aj paints 7x11"

07-09-2013, 10:59 AM
Good for you Deb. Hint - stay away from La Corbière with your boat the sea is littered with rocks and shipwrecks.


07-09-2013, 03:08 PM
Doug, I went back into my painting and added more texture to those rocks. I darkened the sea foreground a bit and added some more rocks. Thanks for looking again. Looking forward to next month's challenge.

07-09-2013, 03:14 PM
Wow! That's a big improvement Lil :clap:


07-09-2013, 04:25 PM
This challenge was a lot harder than it looks!

Mine has a look of a storm about to blow in I think and i raised the horizon line so many times it now looks like we are viewing it from a helicopter or from a great height at any rate!

well done to everyone else who has already done this - some great versions and all very different!

so heres my attempt, on arches cold pressed paper 4" x 10"........


07-09-2013, 04:32 PM
Nice work Liz, you caught the misty horizon well. My photo was from the top of the cliffs, level with the top of the lighthouse.


07-09-2013, 07:47 PM
My shot at this months challenge. Cell phone photo, the light is a little off.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jul-2013/1252436-IMG_0380_800x598.jpg Arches 300 lb CP, 1/4 sheet. Paints: Daniel S, Holbein, Da Vinci and W&N.

C&C welcome.


07-10-2013, 01:56 AM
:thumbsup: Really lovely brad I think your style is what I was aiming for but ended up nothing like!

07-10-2013, 02:50 AM
Good work Brad, plenty of colour variation.


07-10-2013, 04:29 AM
Thanks Doug for the challenge! Great interpretations of the rocks everyone:thumbsup:. I too agree the rocks were not so easy as I thought. Here is my attempt.



07-10-2013, 05:02 AM
Good work Athena, you made it look windswept - which it is.


07-10-2013, 01:08 PM
Deb-good job
Lil-even better now
Liz-nicely done
Brad-I like it
Athena-well done

07-10-2013, 02:24 PM
hey guys I just registered a couple of days ago and this is my first post....I started using watercolours not long ago so I'm still learning the techniques and thought this challenge would be a fun exercise...
I tried to improvise on the mountain texture with a pen but I totally ruined it but I learned a lot while painting this!!!
please share any tips on how I could improve painting with watercolour!!!

approximately 8" x 11" 225gsm seawhite coldpress paper...using sennelier l'acquarelle

07-10-2013, 02:41 PM
Hi obi, welcome to the forum.

For a beginner in watercolours you made a great start. No problem with adding ink lines, it's one of my favourite techniques to sharpen up drawings, mainly architectural subjects.

When you have three posts you will be able to use the uploader icon http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/images/editor/insertimage.gif to upload your pictures which means when we reply we can scroll down to have another look at the picture. There's a video link in my signature, and of course links to masses of information threads, demos and classes.

I look forward to seeing you progress in watercolours.


07-10-2013, 02:53 PM
thanks a lot Doug, I look forward to improve and partecipate in future challenges...also thanks for the links!!!
and your paintings are breathtaking!!!

07-10-2013, 03:13 PM
Athena - really lovely painting.

Obiobi8 - hi and well done - I'm new to watercolour too so in the same boat! These challenges are very helpful so hope to see you in the next one too...

(and thanks to doug for these by the way, a great way to get us newbies practising and inspired and to see how the pro's do it!!:D )

07-11-2013, 07:43 PM
Kish, I really liked how you introduced more green/browns into the path to the lighthouse, and the larger rocks had some red complements. The color and patterns of the rocks really enhanced your composition, and compelled the eye to travel around the path up to the light house.
My only advice would be to "sharpen" the path and the rocks as they get closer to the lighthouse (assuming that's your focal point), and increase the color intensity and values here as well. That being said, I thought you did a great job, and had some very good and unique hues in the rocks!:clap:

Thank you for these precious comments and suggestions..I think this forum is a great place to have fun and learn..but suggestions from seniors/Veterans/artists and friends make it more valuable!:clap:

Artcat, I do agree with your suggestions..Thank you again!

Such lovely paintings from all of you..:thumbsup:

Till later..


07-11-2013, 11:10 PM
I decided to try an evening scene. I used a little India ink for the light. 8" x 10" Fabriano Artistico 140#



07-12-2013, 12:27 AM
Very imaginative Jan, you created a good atmosphere. Maybe the lighthouse reflection would be less diffuse?

Btw the image is upside down on my ipad, I'll check it on my laptop later.


07-12-2013, 10:12 AM
Decided to try morning light. This is a quick version in my sketchbook, to test a color combo I'd like to use on the "real" painting in progress. So, sketched off the more careful drawing that was done from the ref, color from imagination and memory. Looks like we're facing due west according to Google Earth, so I opted for warm morning light with some weather brewing in the distance!

I also, apparently, didn't work terribly hard getting the horizon straight. :lol:


Wondering if I need to throw a pale warm wash on the lighthouse as well, to pop it out of the cool background. PO48 Quin Burnt Orange and PB27 Prussian Blue. 6"x9" Arches Rough.

The larger painting currently features a background of PB35 Cerulean and DS Sodalite. I like it in a certain way, but not sure if PB27+PO48 will look really disconnected on top of it. It's so cool though, I think the foreground will need something warm for contrast. The two blues should work well though, at least in my swatches one looks like a darker version of the other, so I'm hoping those will look harmonious at least.

I'm scared to wash some of the new colors into the background, it's muddy enough as it is! :eek:

07-12-2013, 10:39 AM
CK, it looks great. I love sodalite! I used it in my background, too, and it mixes so well. I like the view you chose with the stairs.


07-12-2013, 10:45 AM
Yu certainly made the lighthouse pop in the morning light.

I love how many members are making changes to the lighting, crop etc.


07-12-2013, 12:08 PM
Wow, so many great additions in the last few days. So many unique styles and takes.

Here's my attempt #2. Again WN artist pans and Arches paper. This is all of my 5th painting, so I'd appreciate any critique you might have. I started this out wanting to attempt something a little more bold and bright with colors, but I wimped out when it wasn't working how I wanted... not sure I recovered gracefully.

07-12-2013, 12:25 PM
Crisp interpretation Matt, you lowered the point of view.


07-12-2013, 12:39 PM
Doug, I did lower the POV intentionally when I laid in the horizon and lighthouse, but lost that change in POV on the lower half... funny how when you step away for a moment some things become very obvious... I'm having a lot of fun with this and once I start I don't want to stop, but I think it would help me a bit to step away get some perspective.

Any advice on how to "connect" the land with the water? I feel like it is is sort of floating over the water as it is?

07-12-2013, 12:54 PM
Put in some additional rocks jutting into the water and keep the bottoms horizontal that will lower the POV a little.


07-12-2013, 03:31 PM
Put in some additional rocks jutting into the water and keep the bottoms horizontal that will lower the POV a little.


Good idea Doug. Took me a minute to think about how to do that. Hopefully I was successful. Definitely seems to tie the land down to the island. I also added some texture in the water. Not sure the the darker water on the horizon was a good idea or not...

07-12-2013, 03:32 PM
It works well Matthew.


leisure artist
07-13-2013, 01:28 PM
Hi...enjoyed this months challenge and viewing all the different interpretations....here is my attempt,1/4 sheet Bockingford not,using artist quality watercolour....Christine:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jul-2013/975459-SSCN1699-001.JPG

07-13-2013, 01:30 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed it Christine. You put it in a calm sea.


leisure artist
07-13-2013, 01:58 PM
must reflect how im feeling..relaxed and enjpying our heatwa

07-13-2013, 03:18 PM
Could not resist. Did make some plans for the washes, but was too difficult to stick to them. I painted the lighthouse first and masked it with a candle. Could not do the wet in wet reflections properly, so any advice will be appreciated.
Quarter sheet
(also xposting in gallery - hope that is OK)

07-13-2013, 03:24 PM
Well, it turned out fine. I have never used candle wax as a mask, preferring either masking fluid or even magic tape.

No problem cross-posting your finished painting isn the Gallery.


07-13-2013, 05:30 PM
I thought I would try with an Alan style sky and lose attempt at the land.
Did a quick sketch on Arches rough and fiddled too much on the rocks.
The sky above the horizon is a soft blue that did not show up in the photo.


07-13-2013, 05:33 PM
It works well Nancy. I love Alan's loose skies.


07-13-2013, 07:27 PM
Here is mine in watercolors 9x12
I used Aliz.crimson,cobalt turquoise,cob.blue,burnt umber,raw sienna,hookers green, french ultramarine
Madhavi Reddy
C&C welcome:wave:

07-14-2013, 02:03 AM
Congratulation Madhavi, it works well. Maybe add a few horizontal streaks in the foreground seas.


07-14-2013, 07:58 PM
Thank you Doug.you post variety of pictures for challenge.Gives an opportunity to experiment with different subjects for self taught artists and beginners like me. When I post , I always doubt if applied my paint properly since there are so many professional artists are in wetcanvas.

07-15-2013, 09:07 AM
Everyone keeps posting great paintings.......James

07-15-2013, 09:45 PM

I really like how people are getting great colors in the rocks!!

Here's mine - I thought it was going pretty well while it was in progress but I'm a bit underwhelmed with the result. Color is a bit blah but I was quite pleased with the rocks.

07-15-2013, 11:03 PM
Michele, I really like that you boosted the values on the rocks. I think I let the under exposure of the rock area in the photo drive my version and that made it very difficult to get good structure, which I think you succeeded at doing.

07-16-2013, 02:18 AM
It looks great to me Michelle, plenty of colour. Nice depiction of crashing seas.


07-19-2013, 08:02 AM
I am an occasional dabbler at watercolor and lurk this forum often. Love the subject matter of this challenge so thought I'd try my hand at it. C&C encouraged. 9x12 140lb. paper, Lucas pans, XS Pitt pen.800278

07-19-2013, 08:11 AM
Nicely done Cindy, lots of texture. It looks a good place to visit by walking across the causeway. Unfortunately our tour bus didn't stop long enough.


07-21-2013, 12:47 PM
Thanks for a fun challenge, substantially better than the lobster boats! Here is my effort for this month.


Think I might try a more colorful version if time permits

07-21-2013, 12:50 PM
Good work Cleo, no boats this time :lol:

Nice and colourful.


07-22-2013, 02:43 PM
Well, here's my attempt. I almost gave up several times. Those rocks are hard! (pun intended :rolleyes: ). My rocks look childish, no matter what I did to them.

25"x10" painted area with WN and MaimeriBlu paints on 140# Arches. C&C appreciated.



07-22-2013, 02:53 PM
That's very nice Sandy, the lighthouse is beautifully done, great shadows and varied tones in the rocks. I may have added the horizon even slightly.


07-22-2013, 03:09 PM
Thanks, Doug. I actually did put in the water horizon, but I did it wet-in-wet and tried to make it sort of like in the photo, but it spread out too much. You can barely see it in the top right.

07-28-2013, 04:48 PM
Doug thank you for hosting. This was an enjoyable challenge and I was interested to see all the work by others...here is my contribution....


07-28-2013, 04:51 PM
A little small Patty, any chance of uploading a larger one?

Glad you accepted the challenge.


07-28-2013, 05:15 PM
Great Challenge, Doug. Here's my effort. Quarter sheet Mostly W&N cobalt blue, Winsor lemon yellow, and Winsor orange red shade with some Manganese blue hue in the water and just a tad of Indathrene blue for the darkest darks and an added hint of green gold in some places on the shore. --Lee


07-28-2013, 05:45 PM
Nice work Lee, you captured the misty horizon well.


07-29-2013, 10:56 AM
Hi again

'A little small Patty, any chance of uploading a larger one?'...I'm not very technical but have tried to make a larger image with the help of MS Paint - hope this one's better.:)

07-29-2013, 07:08 PM
My first post here. I just started with watercolor a few months ago. Thanks for the inspiration. I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's interpretation. :)


07-30-2013, 01:03 AM
Good work Chris, welcome to the forum. How big is this?

Maybe add a few mire darks in the rocks?


07-30-2013, 09:30 AM
Thank you, Doug. It's 9x12. I'll try to add some darks. It feels to me like I might be making it muddy.

07-30-2013, 11:35 AM
I meant mainly to show cracks and shadows in the rocks.


07-30-2013, 07:58 PM
I'm almost late to the show! LOL.
I did this one small, 8x10.
I couldn't figure out why I was having SO much trouble, until this afternoon when I noticed that I had flipped my pile of paper. I THOUGHT I had grabbed some JackRicheson 150# CP. What I grabbed was Arches HP! ACK! So smooth, no lifting, no forgiveness!
Done with FUM, RUmber, BS, Sea Green, Paynes Grey. I grabbed Miss MoneyPenny when I started, so I just kept going with what was in her. Ocean texture and sky don't photograph well. oh well, texture and depth, it's there.


07-31-2013, 01:20 AM
Good idea to put storm clouds behind the lighthouse Caryl.

There's no real deadline folks but I'll be posting a new challenge tomorrow.


08-01-2013, 02:51 AM
Thanks everyone for the response. There is no deadline, so if you want to paint it post it here.

I have now posted the August challenge HERE. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19731929#post19731929)

EDIT: I realised I didn't post my class painting:

1/8 sheet 200lb Saunders Waterford rough.


10-03-2013, 10:46 AM

10-03-2013, 11:12 AM
Lovely ink and wash, what size is it?


10-03-2013, 12:01 PM
it is 6"x18"

10-13-2013, 03:15 AM
I actually finished this early in August, but haven't had time to edit the photos. It's matted and framed in this shot, so my apologies for the fuzzy camera quality. (My scanner is much sharper.) I was aiming for that lovely, golden, early-morning light.


Here's one of my favorite sections:


And a detail of the lighthouse itself:


Quarter sheet Arches rough 140lb, PB35, PO48, DS Sodalite (most of the dark neutrals) and there's a random swipe of Prussian blue in the foreground water as I thought of adding that color, then changed my mind :lol: The rocks are entirely PO48+Sodalite if I recall correctly.

Not particularly impressed with the forced-looking stormclouds at the back, but I am happy with this overall... thanks for the great challenge shot, Doug!

10-13-2013, 03:32 AM
It's beautiful, and doesn't it look great framed. I'm glad you enjoyed the challenge, it sometimes pushes us to try something we would never normally do.


10-13-2013, 09:40 AM

12-26-2018, 10:48 PM
I'm very late to this challenge - but I gave it a try, so why not post it here :)
I printed the reference way too small and could not clearly see rocks in print - so I kinda winged it..


12-27-2018, 01:05 AM
You are very welcome, nice work. There's an index of all challenges at the top of the forum.

Cross post your paintings in the Gallery if you are happy with them.