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Yorky
11-01-2013, 05:37 AM
A new challenge this month - from a photograph I took at Greenfield Village, Detroit on a visit a couple of years ago.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2013/1046-Greenfield_Village.jpg


Here's a larger one in the RIL. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=178322)

Congratulations to all who painted last month's challenge Turtle. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1330753)

There is no time limit for posting your paintings but there will be a new challenge next month.

Doug

ArtsyMom
11-01-2013, 09:58 AM
Doug, this is a lovely photo and I will give it a try.

Yorky
11-01-2013, 10:25 AM
:thumbsup:

Doug

m50paul
11-02-2013, 05:56 AM
Doug,

Nice picture...... look forward to giving it a shot....

kayakartist
11-02-2013, 09:18 AM
Great subject and photo for challenge, Doug...in process of moving so absolutely no time for painting, but will be taking a peak at everyone's fine work!

irene ann
11-02-2013, 09:47 AM
hi i will give it a go it is a great photo i am sorry i havent been on the chat live for a long time i cannt get in i would like any help i have try to get in using firefox and goggle chrome and i still cant log in to the chat site

Yorky
11-02-2013, 10:09 AM
Sorry Irene, the chat facility has been out of action for months. I look forward to seeing your painting.

Doug

m50paul
11-02-2013, 08:12 PM
Doug my shot at the challenge... not too thrilled... can the nose area on the woman be fixed?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Nov-2013/208378-watercolorchallengecouple11.2.13.jpg

Yorky
11-03-2013, 01:39 AM
Congratulations on being the firs Paul. How big is this?

You can certainly adjust the nose using a mixture of white gouache and watercolours. You just need to get the outline right.

Doug

m50paul
11-03-2013, 05:41 AM
Doug, Thanks for the comment.....

the size of the painting is 6" x 9" 140lb arches watercolor paper..... can I substitute Titanium white for the gouache? So by mixing a watercolor pigment with gouache, say the color of the skin I can paint over the dark? Interesting I will try that.... If the titanium white doesn't work I will go get some gouache.... thanks....... I did adjust the nose a bit.... it was the reverse of what I thought :D it was too big (the nose) so I used the background color to make it smaller.... a bit better but still not quite right... oh well..... I am going to play with the gouache when I get it....

webLes
11-03-2013, 08:54 PM
so fast nice try for a figure painting though

Yorky
11-04-2013, 12:39 AM
No problem Paul. You could try cutting a small mask out of magic tape and sponging out the area. Titanium white mix would be Ok. I haven't used it as W&N don't make it.

Doug

geopaint
11-04-2013, 07:47 PM
This seems very difficult, but I know both Sargent and Homer painted ladies dressed in white so I wanted to give it a try. Very small, about 5"x 6" on cold 140lb. Had problems with the folds in the dress, every color seemed too dark. So I'll be trying again, larger.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2013/1125572-ladywhite.jpg

Yorky
11-05-2013, 01:32 AM
Nicely done, I like the crop you selected.

Doug

tamouse
11-05-2013, 11:41 PM
That old personal buggaboo "You can't paint people!" is rearing it's ugly head, so there's nothing for it but to give this a go!

Madhavi21
11-07-2013, 06:24 AM
Nice photo,I will try to paint

Yorky
11-07-2013, 07:42 AM
I gave the ref to my class this morning and started painting it. I have got the basics done and I'll post a progress photo later.

Doug

iroquois
11-07-2013, 08:56 AM
Here's my effort, on strathmore 140.9x12,davinci paints. Decided to go with a light blue suit on the man. Yellow dress but think after putting shadow on the dress should have left it white. Red hair on the lady because my dear old mother was a redhead...James
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Nov-2013/1144158-couple.JPG

Yorky
11-07-2013, 09:22 AM
Good effort James, glad you tried something different. I aim to use pale blue/grey shades on the dress.

Here's this morning's effort in class 90 minutes on 11x14 Saunders Waterford 200lb rough. Basic washes to be reinforced with shadows etc.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Nov-2013/1046-GreenfieldWIP.jpg

Doug

iroquois
11-07-2013, 10:17 AM
Good start Doug, what do you use for skin tone?

lrv
11-07-2013, 05:50 PM
Doug...not much art & web time last month.... when you live in Florida you have a lot of visitors:D
Good subject...here's my contribution...11" x 8.5" Canson 110# WC paper, Pitt pens & Sukura Koi water colors.:wave:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Nov-2013/1172010-Greenfield.jpg

Yorky
11-07-2013, 05:55 PM
Fab setting Larry it would really fit in the Greenfield Village.

Doug

geopaint
11-08-2013, 04:03 PM
Nice. Do I see a ghost image of the couple behind them or is that my imagination? Just barely visible.

An Old Lad
11-10-2013, 05:51 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Nov-2013/166162-100_1340.JPG

I decided to focus on the woman, and then transport her to W.Africa circa. 1800-1900s. I think I had Tsavo Kenya, and THE GHOST and the DARKNESS in mind. I almost added two man eating lions to this picture. I sketched them!

The train tracks were omitted, but I did try to use my palette to convey a dry, dusty and dirty place, with the woman in contrast to it.

ARCHES 1/4 sheet CP

Yorky
11-10-2013, 05:57 PM
LOL Greg, you have a terrific imagination.

Doug

An Old Lad
11-10-2013, 07:27 PM
That I do, Doug. If I could paint as well as I could write, I'd be a millionaire. I don't ever think I'll be able to paint what I see in my minds eye, but I keep trying :-)

iroquois
11-11-2013, 04:13 PM
Ditto for me Greg. The idea is good...........James

mamie53
11-14-2013, 08:29 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2013/1058882-P1060055.JPGI'm new ... I love seeing all these participations. Very interesting! very beautiful! I like the photo.

I did a small test, but I need to understand how you show ...
So sorry if if it's not good...

Yorky
11-14-2013, 08:54 AM
That's lovely Mamie, you seem to have mastered the uploader. Welcome to the forum, you will make great friends here.

The maximum size of picture is 800 pixels square but I recommend a height of 600 pixels so that the whole picture fits on screen without scrolling. That said many browsers have a CTRL+/- function to enlarge or shrink the screen so it is not so critical.

Doug

Emilia
11-14-2013, 02:45 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2013/9037-Greenfield_Village_couple.jpg

I am not pleased with this one either.

Greeting size card

Sorry I missed last months. I made a mess tried to re do. didn't work :(

Yorky
11-14-2013, 02:48 PM
Very difficult at that size Emilia, best to get the facial outline and minimise the detail.

I rather spoilt mine with the shadow on the faces, I'll post it tomorrow when it is light enough to photograph.

Doug

ArtsyMom
11-16-2013, 04:52 PM
Doug, I finally got around to finishing this one yesterday. I thought it would be nice to have the couple stroll on the boardwalk along the beach. Size 9 x 12.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2013/88614-IMG_1038.JPG

Yorky
11-16-2013, 04:58 PM
Lovely idea Lil, nice setting, good features.

Doug

wet_walrus
11-18-2013, 08:47 AM
Hi Doug, this is really challenging. I did the best I could; this is the result of my effort.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Nov-2013/1165779-Afbeelding1upload.jpg

Yorky
11-18-2013, 08:56 AM
Welcome to the forum WW, a nice job, love the strong shadow, great foliage.

Doug

Elainepsq
11-18-2013, 05:43 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Nov-2013/42008-Watercolor_challenge_NOV.jpg I've been trying so hard to get back to painting in Watercolor, and so I decided that I would try this challenge DISPITE the fact, that I don't do well painting people, therefore, I couldn't bring myself to sacrifice a good piece of watercolor paper on such a lost cause. So this is done on some Canson watercolor paper, that I bought specifically for watercolor pencils, so it would take some water, but it doesn't take wet on wet at all! It's okay with adding a little bit of water to a drawing to blur some of the lines, but that is about all, so I painted this on dry paper.
It's 9x12, and as I feared turned out rather cartoonie. EEK! someone took her nose!!!!:lol: But could have been worse.

Yannse
11-20-2013, 11:08 PM
I like the dress! I tried it on 9x14 in. :cat: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2013/1111142-image.jpg

Yorky
11-21-2013, 01:50 AM
I love the imaginative use of the reference. Don't be downhearted Elaine, surprisingly you don't notice the faces so much.

Nice work Yannse, love the addition of the doggie.

Doug

shail
11-21-2013, 07:17 AM
Hello everyone:wave:.. lovely image Doug..couldn't resist attempting it..
:clap:nice to see the variations people attempting..liked the effects of your painting Geopaint, The atmospheric setting and lighting is fabulous in your painting Larry, loved the looseness in your painting mamie and liked the strong contrast and specially the Umbrella in your painting Wet Walrus.
i think its the first time i am posting in WC monthly Challenge..
Here is my attempt in 16"x12", 140 ibs cold pressed WC paper. Removed the specs to make him look younger. Also posting the zoomed image of faces.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2013/1119892-Greenfield_village_couple_.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2013/1119892-Greenfield_village_couple_zoomed.jpg
Critiques are most welcome..:)

Yorky
11-21-2013, 07:27 AM
Glad you liked it. Nice work on the clothing and faces.

The sloping background looks a little strange though. If you put lines in the paving they should have perspective and get closer together in the distance.

Doug

shail
11-21-2013, 07:48 AM
Thanks for your valuable comment Doug. I was struggling a lot to give an appropriate background to this painting ,feeling something was wrong but was not getting it :(. Will try to work on what you suggested. Thanks once more.

Yorky
11-21-2013, 07:56 AM
The thing to do is to establish a central vanishing pint at eye level then when you draw the lines for the paving make them all head for the vanishing point from equal intervalls across the bottom of the paper. Looks strange at first but it looks more natural when finished. See my class on Street Scenes and the Perspective class in the Workshops link in my signature.

Doug

shail
11-21-2013, 09:22 AM
Thanks Doug, will definitely go through it.:)

Patty_E
11-22-2013, 08:37 AM
Such lovely,charming paintings here...great to have something to keep the mind active on these cold wintry days...thank you for the great reference photo Doug. :) Here's my attempt ...C & C welcomehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2013/33675-Greenfield_couple.jpg

Patty

Yorky
11-22-2013, 09:03 AM
Good for you Patty, perhaps a little more contrast with the background would be in order? I like the deep shadow, wish I had done that.

here's mine after I completed the background. I rather overdid the shadow on the faces though. Can't win 'em all ;)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2013/1046-Greenfieldfinished.jpg

Doug

Patty_E
11-22-2013, 12:11 PM
Doug you have made a beautiful painting - I agree my painting could have done with some more contrast in the background. Waiting for next month's challenge now. :) Thank you again.

Tresgatos
11-23-2013, 12:18 AM
I made a quick sketch of a portion of the photo in my sketchbook - it is watercolor and ink - looks nothing like the lovely lady in the photo but I had fun doing this

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2013/113757-EMAIL_-_Painting_-_WC_and_Ink.jpg

Yorky
11-23-2013, 02:05 AM
Glad you enjoyed the challenge Barbara.

Doug

ArtsyMom
11-24-2013, 09:57 AM
Doug, I like how your painting came out, the background brings out the couple walking along.

ams
11-27-2013, 11:32 AM
Wonderful work everyone. I love seeing how different the interpretations are for the same reference.

Here's my try.

8" x 10", 140# Arches cp.

I did a purple underpainting first to establish my values, then added local color.

I'm not real happy with the faces but I'll just use the excuse that they are very tiny. :lol: Had a lot of fun doing the clothing which was what really attracted me to this reference.

Thanks Doug for a fun challenge this month.

Anne

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2013/7993-Couple.jpg

Yorky
11-27-2013, 11:56 AM
It's very nice Anne, I love the faces, the lady has a nice smile :) Love the background.

Doug

janinco
11-30-2013, 04:29 PM
Lots of great interpretations this month! I've been practicing portraits in sepia to get better at seeing values. This was a bit challenging because of the background, but I learned a lot.

8" x 10" Fabriano 300# Hot Press, M Graham Sepia watercolor

Jan

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Nov-2013/964887-detroitcouplelr.jpg

Yorky
11-30-2013, 06:55 PM
Works well Jan. Nice face on the lady.

Doug

Yorky
12-01-2013, 03:46 AM
Congratulations to all who painted the challenge, if you are still working on yours post it here and I will see it.

Next month's challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19878433#post19878433) is a beautiful floral from a photograph by devmarie.

Doug