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Yorky
09-01-2013, 03:14 AM
Racking my brain to find a suitable reference I hit on one that I painted back in 2007 and was quite happy with. We were visiting Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale and on the foot bridge looking at the river when three youths decided to tackle the famous stepping stones. I caught them just as they were reaching our side and was lucky to catch them struggling to keep their balance:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2013/1046-Stepping_Stones.jpg

There's a large version in the RIL HERE. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=56081)

You may try the whole scene as I did or concentrate on the figures.

Here's my painting:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2013/1046-Bolton_Abbey.jpg

Hope you like it.

Doug

pjartwc
09-01-2013, 05:00 AM
Looks like a fun one, Doug. Like your rendition.

WthrLady
09-01-2013, 06:01 AM
I wonder what those three are up to now?

Yorky
09-01-2013, 06:16 AM
I wonder what those three are up to now?
Hopefully at university Caryl :)

Doug

villagernb
09-01-2013, 10:44 AM
Probably smoking behind the Abbey!

Anne

Larkfour
09-01-2013, 11:38 AM
No time in August to pick up my brushes, but am looking forward to trying this one. I miss having my painting time. Nancy

lrv
09-01-2013, 12:28 PM
Doug here's mine... I adjusted the composition because figures would get too small.....11" x 8.5" Georgia-Pacific card stock 110#, Pitt pens & Sukura Koi watercolors.:wave:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2013/1172010-stones.jpg
You did a beautiful job on yours.:thumbsup:

Yorky
09-01-2013, 12:31 PM
Super painting Larry, great detail throughout.

Doug

Cyntada
09-02-2013, 12:09 AM
Those look like teeny little tank blocks.

indraneel
09-02-2013, 01:41 AM
Nice! Doug, I like all that blue! Larry was quick and a super rendition! I will try this.

pjartwc
09-02-2013, 04:53 AM
Nice watercolor with pen, Larry. I like that you enlarged.

leisure artist
09-02-2013, 06:37 AM
will certainly give this one a try....lovely scene....great renditions Doug and Larry ....Christine:)

peteralv
09-02-2013, 07:48 AM
An excellent interpretation, Larry.......:thumbsup::clap:

iroquois
09-02-2013, 12:49 PM
Good work Doug and Larry, will get on mine soon. James

Terranova
09-03-2013, 10:03 AM
Thanks for the challenge, Doug! (Although I assume, that it is too difficult for me: I've never painted people...) And I love your watercolor!

Larry, what a great work, I absolutely love how you combined the watercolors with the pen!

Gaby

Yorky
09-03-2013, 11:34 AM
Trace it Gaby, you will get a sense of achievement when you finish it.

Doug

iroquois
09-05-2013, 11:15 AM
ok Doug, here's my shot at it..on strathmore 140.9x12.davinci paints.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Sep-2013/1144158-stepping_stones.JPG

Yorky
09-05-2013, 12:04 PM
Nice work James.

Doug

indraneel
09-05-2013, 02:55 PM
My attempt... 1/16 sheet Indian handmade watercolor paper, Camel artist colors

All C&C will be appreciated

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Sep-2013/100896-20130904-095345-IMG_1924.jpg

Yorky
09-05-2013, 03:02 PM
A nice loose style indraneel, love the figures. Maybe their reflections could be a little darker.

Doug

indraneel
09-06-2013, 04:08 AM
Thanks Doug! Yes, the reflections need to be stronger, it appears to be at the focal point of this scene.

pjartwc
09-07-2013, 06:30 AM
Finished this yesterday. Argued with myself if I should even post it. The subject is not my usual choice and the painting shows that. Lots of things wrong with it. Had the three boys drawn, but liked it better with the one.

Stepping Stones 11x15 Arches 150 lb. cold-press.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2013/116333-Stepping_Stones_11x15_2013_copy.jpg

Yorky
09-07-2013, 07:15 AM
That's fine Jan. he looks nervous.

Doug

adieaf6
09-07-2013, 02:40 PM
Well Doug I hope that my rearrangement of the scene is okay, this being my first challenge and me being a beginner.

All comments welcome. Thank you. Adie

Windsor & Newton CP 140lb paper Artist, 9 inches by 7 inches. Windsor & Newton Artist pan paint

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2013/1346137-painting_septermber_challenge__1378579269_82.47.203.126.jpg

Yorky
09-07-2013, 02:41 PM
Really good work Adie, they look even more precarious in the middle of the river. How big is it?

Doug

adieaf6
09-07-2013, 02:45 PM
oops sorry. its 9 inches by about 7 inches

o'maghaire
09-07-2013, 04:49 PM
Congratulations to Doug and Larry both paintings are excellent:thumbsup::clap::clap:
Pat

adieaf6
09-09-2013, 01:17 PM
I hope that posting my attempt for the September again is acceptable but I wanted to share with you what I achieved reworking my original effort with two new brushes. I was able to achieve easier and better detail with a Windsor & Newton 0 sable brush and cheaper cotman 000. Any comments? Thank you in anticipation. Adie

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2013/1346137-painting_septermber_challenge2__1378747021_82.47.203.126.jpg

LynnM
09-09-2013, 01:24 PM
Looks great, Adie! I like your improvements, the photo looks lighter too.

Your washes are lovely as always, Jan! nice interpretation.

Nice work, James!

Yours seems a little dark, intraneel, is it just the photo? otherwise I like the effects.

Irv, yours is outstanding as usual, I like the slight change in magnification.

Good choice, Doug, lots of character in yours! This is tempting, but I'm off on another tangent right now, maybe later in the month.

Yorky
09-09-2013, 03:41 PM
Looks great to me Adie. That sounds like a tiny brush :eek:

Doug

adieaf6
09-10-2013, 07:35 AM
It's incy wincy Doug, but when I started oils in the 70's I had a special brush for highlights, it has just two hairs on it! I wasn't that good though. In fact I think I had a watercolour approach to oils and seem to have approached watercolour like oils. I never said I was perfect. ::wave:

Echecs
09-11-2013, 08:23 AM
Hello everyone,
Some really good efforts for this prompt!
Mine started out soo well, then it got bad to worse as I started on the water and reflections :-(
I put a sky in mine and just one guy (who looks as if he's off to work)
Well here it is, any suggestions are more than welcome :-)
Moulin du Coq 325grms 40x30 cms
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2013/293621-DSCN0966b.JPG

Deborah

Yorky
09-11-2013, 08:58 AM
Bravo Deborah, lovely greens and a great figure.

Doug

LynnM
09-11-2013, 09:16 AM
Bravo Deborah, lovely greens and a great figure.

Doug

I agree, some very nice things going on there. I like all your colours and values. The fellow does look a little tired, must be going to work!

Echecs
09-11-2013, 09:47 AM
Thank you both for your kind comments :-) I really have to find a good demo on water, I never seem to get the right balance between the sheen, transparency, and the reflections.

Deborah

Yorky
09-11-2013, 09:55 AM
I think if you draw a horizontal line for the far bank and darken the trees above it, it will be fine.

Doug

m50paul
09-13-2013, 04:44 PM
Doug,

Nice reference picture.... I always hesitate to incorporate figures... this was a good challenge for me, for sure... it was fun once I got over the anxiety attack :)... nice painting....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Sep-2013/208378-wcchallenge.jpg

Larry: love the pen and ink....

iriquos: nice job on the figures

indraneel nice loose feel, love it

Jan: well done great reflections

adieaf6: well done, I like how you arranged the figures... I struggled with trying to crop the picture to fit on my 6x9 " sketch pad

Echecs: very nice like the looseness and color....

Yorky
09-13-2013, 05:00 PM
I like the sunny atmosphere you have created Paul. The figures are fine.

Doug

m50paul
09-13-2013, 06:47 PM
Doug, Thanks!

adieaf6
09-15-2013, 06:28 AM
For what it's worth...

Paul I like this painting a lot. It is bright and optimistic with a naive quality that influences the whole piece, giving it a playfulness that is very attractive. Well done and keep developing the style.

Adie :clap:

bigskycountry
09-20-2013, 11:15 PM
Here's my shot at this month's challenge. I've not attempted painting water or reflections with current before -- and so discovered another thing to look up in the handbook and practice more:D (in between spending time in the drawing classrooms forum). Great efforts by everyone so far. I really enjoy seeing all the different interpretations people come up with. This was done on 1/8 sheet, 140 lb cold press. Lee

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Sep-2013/1055472-WCwcChallengeSept2013.jpg

Yorky
09-21-2013, 02:09 AM
Exceent painting Lee, your reflections are fine.

Maybe I would have made the figures on the opposite bank smaller or omitted them.

Doug

bigskycountry
09-21-2013, 03:32 PM
Thanks Doug. I always appreciate comments on how to improve and grow artistically. The figures on the left bank were an after thought and probably should have remained just that :lol:! -- or at least been a lot more subtle since they're in the distance. Lee

janinco
09-23-2013, 11:43 PM
Finally got a challenge done. I'm not very good at water - I've only done one other painting containing it - but I couldn't resist having fun with the boys :)

Jan

8x10 Saunders Waterford 140#

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2013/964887-abbeylr.jpg

Yorky
09-24-2013, 01:15 AM
Excellent work Jan, it has an "old master" feel to it. The water is fine.

Doug

bigskycountry
09-24-2013, 01:37 PM
Jan, I love the way you made the last boy in line the center of attention by having him in such a precarious position. And having the first boy turn start to turn around and look. Couldn't help but smile.

Lee

Larkfour
09-26-2013, 06:20 PM
Walking through Michael's for a Pitt pen, I saw canvas packs on sale (acrylic gesso). Hmmm....maybe I should grab a couple, I might like to try Char's watercolor paper wrapped canvas process. BUT FIRST - I think I'll try dumping a couple of thin layers of Golden Acrylic Medium on the canvas and paint this month's challenge.
:eek: 12 x 12 slippery, sliding, lifting Mess O Rama using watercolor paints! :eek:

Nancy


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Sep-2013/1120452-SeptWC.jpg

Yorky
09-27-2013, 01:25 AM
Well, despite the trials and tribukations you came up with a nice result Nancy :clap:

You wouln't know looking at the painting, and only 12x12!

The boy looks as if he's about to fall in :)

Doug

Yorky
10-01-2013, 04:37 AM
Congratulations to all who painted this scene, a place I recommend you visit if you are in the area. There is no time limit so if you are still working on yours post it in this thread.

The October Challenge is something totally different of course HERE (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19803513#post19803513).

Doug

ams
10-07-2013, 10:15 AM
Wonderful work everyone! I always love seeing how differently we all interpret the same reference.

I have been playing with this for a while but just didn't get it done by the end of Sept.

I wanted practice in drawing figures so I cropped it way down and just concentrated on the three boys. Thanks Doug for an interesting reference.

8" x 10", 140# cp, assorted artist colors

Anne

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2013/7993-BalancingAct.jpg

Yorky
10-07-2013, 10:31 AM
That's great Anne, you really caught the boys, one wobbling, one taking great care and one strolling across nonchalantly :) Great figure practice.

Doug