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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:
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:
Hope you like it.
09-01-2013, 05:00 AM
Looks like a fun one, Doug. Like your rendition.
09-01-2013, 06:01 AM
I wonder what those three are up to now?
09-01-2013, 06:16 AM
I wonder what those three are up to now?
Hopefully at university Caryl :)
09-01-2013, 10:44 AM
Probably smoking behind the Abbey!
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
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:
You did a beautiful job on yours.:thumbsup:
09-01-2013, 12:31 PM
Super painting Larry, great detail throughout.
09-02-2013, 12:09 AM
Those look like teeny little tank blocks.
09-02-2013, 01:41 AM
Nice! Doug, I like all that blue! Larry was quick and a super rendition! I will try this.
09-02-2013, 04:53 AM
Nice watercolor with pen, Larry. I like that you enlarged.
09-02-2013, 06:37 AM
will certainly give this one a try....lovely scene....great renditions Doug and Larry ....Christine:)
09-02-2013, 07:48 AM
An excellent interpretation, Larry.......:thumbsup::clap:
09-02-2013, 12:49 PM
Good work Doug and Larry, will get on mine soon. James
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!
09-03-2013, 11:34 AM
Trace it Gaby, you will get a sense of achievement when you finish it.
09-05-2013, 11:15 AM
ok Doug, here's my shot at it..on strathmore 140.9x12.davinci paints.
09-05-2013, 12:04 PM
Nice work James.
09-05-2013, 02:55 PM
My attempt... 1/16 sheet Indian handmade watercolor paper, Camel artist colors
All C&C will be appreciated
09-05-2013, 03:02 PM
A nice loose style indraneel, love the figures. Maybe their reflections could be a little darker.
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.
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.
09-07-2013, 07:15 AM
That's fine Jan. he looks nervous.
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
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?
09-07-2013, 02:45 PM
oops sorry. its 9 inches by about 7 inches
09-07-2013, 04:49 PM
Congratulations to Doug and Larry both paintings are excellent:thumbsup::clap::clap:
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
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.
09-09-2013, 03:41 PM
Looks great to me Adie. That sounds like a tiny brush :eek:
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:
09-11-2013, 08:23 AM
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
09-11-2013, 08:58 AM
Bravo Deborah, lovely greens and a great figure.
09-11-2013, 09:16 AM
Bravo Deborah, lovely greens and a great figure.
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!
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.
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.
09-13-2013, 04:44 PM
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....
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....
09-13-2013, 05:00 PM
I like the sunny atmosphere you have created Paul. The figures are fine.
09-13-2013, 06:47 PM
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.
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
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.
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
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 :)
8x10 Saunders Waterford 140#
09-24-2013, 01:15 AM
Excellent work Jan, it has an "old master" feel to it. The water is fine.
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.
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:
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 :)
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).
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
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.
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