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09-02-2013, 10:46 AM
Hi folks,

Fall is almost upon us. Not today however, It is hot and muggy here in Massachusetts. Storms roll through, then we get a patch of sun here and there.

Haven't done much art this summer...Hope to make up for it in the next few months.

Guess we are going to play catch up this month...extending the August threads and any others you may have missed and would like to do.

Happy painting....janet

Here is a picture I couldn't help but sharing. Downsized living 1920 from the tiny house blog


09-02-2013, 04:35 PM
That's an amazing house! Great for travelling around. We've lost the uniqueness of unusual houses with all our 'normal' living 3-bed house styles.

I hope to get more art done this month also. Other than ATCs that is.

Its been muggy here weather-wise. Glad to have warm weather now though as soon it will be all that cold wet horrible stuff.. of winter.

09-03-2013, 02:15 PM
Hi ya'll - It's humid here too. So much rain the figs are growing mold before getting ripe:eek:

Our sketch group meets everyother monday. Here are a couple of sketches from yesterday.

the one is kinda hard to see - because I didn't get time to draw in the bench he was sitting on- He's talking on the cell phone

Here's hopin' we all get more art made this month:angel: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Sep-2013/88676-paisleyboob.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Sep-2013/88676-onbench.gif

09-10-2013, 08:44 AM
Had a playful morning: melting crayola crayons to make ATCs.


09-10-2013, 09:12 AM
Heh, looks like you had a lot of fun. Last time I saw melted wax crayon used as art material was when I was in third grade. For art classes we had to make large envelopes, which would be put up on the wall at the back of the class and in which we would keep our drawings and paintings. The envelopes were decorated this way. If memory serves, we folded a sheet of brown paper in half, then sprinkled various colours of wax crayon pieces in the crease, folded the paper closed and then ironed it. When you open it again, you have a symmetrical butterfly pattern of melted wax crayon colour. Fun! Well, one could claim that it is a sort of encaustic, a medium which which those Fayum painters created great work. :-)

Weird what memories get triggered - I haven't thought of this in many years, and yet as I sit here I can smell the aroma of crayons. :-)

Here's a sketch I made today of a Black-collared Barbet, with a ballpoint pen and coloured pencils. They are quite common around here, albeit a bit shy, and you hear them more than you see them. But I simply cheated and used a reference photo:


I had my grade 7 science class make a bunch of botanical illustrations for a poster (some their work is not half bad and I'll post some here in due course), so not having much to do myself, I decided to just join in the fun. Hence the bird!

The more I play around with ballpoint and coloured pencil, the more I like it as sketching medium. I want to experiment a bit with ballpoint and watercolour as well. Will have to see whether the ballpoint ink bleeding all over the paper will look nice...

09-12-2013, 10:32 AM
Two more random sketches in ballpoint pens.

A bit of grass from a lawn:


And a bee:


I may well send the bee to these folks:


Do go take a look and contribute a drawing or painting. It's for a good cause. Well, it is if you like bees. :-)

09-13-2013, 10:40 AM
I love bees. Got so interested in them that I joined a couple of bee web pages. Especially like drawings of bees and other flying, buzzing things. Beautiful Barbet too.

Robin, your drawings get better and better. I loved them before...but now wow!

Melted crayons, I remember doing that in school. I have lots of bits and pieces, and will give it a try. Nice work, June.

I always wanted the big box of crayons (62, I think) but they were expensive, though probably under a dollar. But in those days a dollar was a whole meal. Crayons and paper dolls (10 cents) were my favorite gifts.

Happy art :heart:

09-14-2013, 12:03 AM
Janet, I never really got into crayons when young. I always used coloured pencils. Now I never use pencils but I have fallen in love with the crayons!!

Brian, I also like bees ...and honey! I once did a school project on honey bees and had a beehouse of my own to study one very lovely summer (on loan from the bee orchard at Bush in Edinburgh).

I love your drawings...Brian and Robin. I haven't done much sketching for ages.


09-14-2013, 02:58 AM
When I was a kid we had several bee hives. I could sit for hours watching the bees going in and out the entrance, or sipping the sugar water we sometimes provided for them during winter.

Of course, being African bees, they could be rather bad tempered and I now and then had to make a run for it. :-)

As for sketching, are we going to do a photo paint-along this month?

09-14-2013, 03:13 AM
A recent artistic discovery: the Japanese watercolorist Keibun Ota, who specializes in portraits of children. Now I know one is supposed to be disdainful of this kind of cutesy kitsch, but somehow his work just speaks to me:





09-15-2013, 02:06 PM
Good to be here with your presences and art.

June, your crayon adventures are fun……..

Crayons are fun.

Rose just got a bunch of art paper books and did a texture background using pastel, crayons and then watercolored over it and put plastic wrap on it all for texture…..it turned out real cool.

I like the idea of crayon scrapings and foldings…….I'm wanting to be adventurous….this is a good idea

Brian - Bird is perky, Good job on the bee. I like the fuzzy look to the "arms" and the "fingers"
Bees are cool. Oh MY - on that page of bees there is a bee skelton!!! that is a new twist….
Sorry, Brian…..we are just going with the same photos till October.

If you have some photos to post in October that will be fab!

09-16-2013, 08:36 AM
Lovely children's portraits Brian. Looked up Ota's images in Google and this was my favorite


09-17-2013, 10:16 AM
Brian - Bird is perky, Good job on the bee. I like the fuzzy look to the "arms" and the "fingers"
Bees are cool. Oh MY - on that page of bees there is a bee skelton!!! that is a new twist….

Not being able to afford grand holidays in Rome or the Amazon, I am increasingly turning my attention to the world around me. There is much beauty all around us, in the most humble of things, including insects and leaves. And of course pine cones:


Sorry, Brian…..we are just going with the same photos till October.

No problem; I added my own attempt on the current thread. :-)

If you have some photos to post in October that will be fab!

Indeed I do, so I'll add them when you start up the new thread in October.

09-18-2013, 10:38 PM
ahh, that is a lovely pinecone......deceptive simplicity.....those bugger are hard for me to draw....

Looking forward to the photos:)

09-18-2013, 10:53 PM
ahh, that is a lovely pinecone......deceptive simplicity.....those bugger are hard for me to draw....

They are indeed, and I have been terrified of even trying, for a long time. :-)

But we are nearing the end of the school term, and colleagues and I were sitting around chatting. One of the ladies is soon to be married, and somehow they can talk about frickin' nothing else, boring me to tears.

I didn't want to seem impolite and just leave, so I took the pine cone that I have been using in a science lesson and started idly sketching it while now and then participating in the conversation, rather like ladies of old did when they chatted and knitted at the same time.

Perhaps because I was quite relaxed and didn't actually care too much about whether the drawing worked out, it ended up working better than it might have, had I been all fussy and flustered about it. :-)

09-22-2013, 07:10 PM
Brian - what a cool description of your time with the pinecone and friends. Sounds you were in the "zone" and outta the "zone" at the same time.....maybe we'll never know just exactly where you were but that is a cool pinecone from whereever it was!! Ha, ha

09-24-2013, 05:30 AM
A favourite artist of mine (well that is what the Café is for, isn't it? Promoting our fav artists? :D )

I first saw the work of Barbara Tyrrell on greeting cards. I tried to look her up on the web but there wasn't much. Then, to my delight, I found a book about her in the library. Turns out she is not really a greeting card artist as such. In the 1940s and 1950s, she traveled through Southern Africa specifically to make a visual record of native dress, seeing as this was rapidly disappearing and being replaced with European dress.

So she would travel from village to village and ask people from the various tribes here to pose for her. The library book had lots of her work and I made plenty of scans, because this linear style of art is among my favourites.

Without further ado, here are some examples:

Bhaca warrior and shaman apprentice:


Bhaca women:


Landscape drawing:


Ndebele post-initiate and home:
(I grew up in Ndebele territory and well remember the beautiful painted huts from my childhood; you don't see them anymore):


Sotho man and hat maker:


Tonga shaman:


I would have suggested that we do a project drawing/painting things in Tyrrell's style, but it occurred to me that that is the way in which I always do it anyway. I am just not remotely as good as she was (I think she is actually still alive, but very old now).

09-29-2013, 03:16 PM
Another good artist. Thanks, Brian.