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11-03-2013, 07:17 AM

Hi, everybody,

I guess the holiday season has started. We have Thanksgiving and Hanukkah this month and I'm sure other holidays around the world.

I love this time of year, before it gets too darn cold and the white stuff starts falling and the heating bills rise. I finished all my Christmas cards and now just want to be cozy and contribute to all the posts I missed last month.

How are you all doing? :cool:

11-03-2013, 10:30 AM
Love your turkey! The poor thing looks cold though. He can console himself with the thought that he'll soon be in a warm oven. :evil:

Here, it is glorious summer. But this time of year is end-of-the-year exams, so I am frightfully busy - setting exam papers in between posting on WC. :-)

11-04-2013, 08:25 AM
I'm doing well. Up until 3 am this morning, I have been plagued by a swollen left leg for 2 weeks and it worsened around that time this morning but God has been good to me. I prayed fervently for each and every friend and acquaintance I have who are hurting more than me for a good 30 mins and miraculously, the very noticeable pain went away and the swelling seems to be subsiding every moment. Praise the Lord. Now I know what's the cure. :thumbsup:

I am enthused with the new challenges and I vow to put my oil pastels to work this week. Didn't do much art last week.

Brian, happy paper correcting. Don't overwork!

Janet, it's incredible the snow is there already. The year passed too quickly.

11-04-2013, 02:43 PM
hello art buddies,

JANET!!! you have finished all you Christmas cards!!!! WOW! good for you

Brian - hope this busy time passes smoothly, I'm not clear on what you teach? English? Math?

Sandra - I'm be praying healing and blessings for you. I'm glad your leg got better.

yeah, I love this time of year too.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2013/88676-lighthouse.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2013/88676-bigwave.gif
I've been working for a long time on illustrating a story my husband wrote and am just about finished. Here are two images that are my favorites. Inktense and pen and nib work.

11-04-2013, 06:40 PM
Hey all. Great to see you all busy and creating great art.
Janet love the turkey. You are one busy organised lady :)
Brian hope you get through the busy time and into holiday mode soon.
Sandra my thoughts continue to go out to you. So glad the leg is feeling better. You are a wonder and inspiration.
Robin love the illustrations.
Things have not been going too well for me lately. I have had shoulder pain for the last couple of months, which has continued to get worse and worse. Finally got the doctor to give me xrays and ultrasound. Have very severe bursitis on my rotator cuff, and some arthritis too. I have not been able to do much drawing at all, most days none. Really bad timing as I have not been able to do the last few assignments for my course either. My folio is due in for assessment on Mon. They will have a few pieces and a pile of medical certificates. Sorry feel like I'm griping here. Just feeling a bit frustrated. Will be having a cortisone injection in the next couple of weeks so hopefully that will eventually start the healing process. In the meantime I will do what I can and come enjoy all your great creations. Thanks for being here guys and listening to this whinge. Bless you all :)

11-04-2013, 07:46 PM
Jacqui, that does sound very serious. Even a cortisone shot! I'm going to pray for you and my church will too.

Robin, I remember how your husband do poems and you illustrate them. This one has a lot of seashore scenes. Is it his childhood by the seaside? Very creative waves.

Gallery oil pastel on 8.5 x 11 inch black cardstock with black pastel ground.


11-05-2013, 02:25 PM
well....I have a little news for you all....I am now retired as the Moderator for the Wet Canvas Gallery.....Ive enjoyed it, but would like a break to do some more art work......everyones pieces here today look delightful.....and Sandra....I think of you quite quite often:heart: .....tyree

11-05-2013, 03:13 PM
Susan, I'm glad you are going to spend more time in doing more artwork. Your art is always delightful with an intensity and quirkiness of its own. Show them all!!!

And thank you for thinking of me. I love every prayer you have for me.

I am scratching my head at the moment trying to do my sermon homework but as soon as I take a break, I'll draw.

11-06-2013, 09:49 AM
Encounters with nature today.

First, a halo around the Sun that had the whole school in a state of excitement:


And then when I got home, I found this little fellow clinging for dear life to the curtain:


Presumably the cat brought him in, and then for some reason let him live (he surely has no idea how lucky he is, because prompt dissection is the usual fate of all her herpetological finds!). I took him outside and put him in a tree overgrown with fragrant creeping jasmine:


11-07-2013, 12:49 AM
Hi all. I must say I like that chameleon and I'd love to see one IRL. You are lucky Brian... even if it was a present from the cat... I am glad you rescued it and set it free. You live in an exciting part of the world.

I hope everyone else is bearing up as we move into ...brrr...winter....

Lucky Jacqui, down under with the sun!! I lived in NZ many years ago. It was fun getting used to Christmas barbecues on the beach.

I am shopping for a winter coat this weekend. I got some snow boots.

Tyree, I hope you enjoy more time for your art.

Good to see the illustrations by Robin, Janet and Sandra.

I am painting animals at the moment and hoping to paint larger work soon.
I've always kept to about A4 for scanning but I feel like expanding..so I will have to switch to taking photos. My photography needs improvement though.

See you later.

11-07-2013, 09:26 AM
Hi all. I must say I like that chameleon and I'd love to see one IRL. You are lucky Brian... even if it was a present from the cat... I am glad you rescued it and set it free. You live in an exciting part of the world.

With my cat around it can get very exciting. A year or two ago she brought in a snake. I couldn't tell whether it was a poisonous species because by the time I saw it, only the back two thirds or so of it was left, the rest presumably eaten. :-)

11-09-2013, 09:08 AM
Like that cat Sandra...reminds me of Beauty and the Beast.

Such nice pictures, Brian. Gorgeous Halo and adorable little creature. Glad he didn't get eaten. Hope your cat wasn't too mad at you for rescuing your present.

11-09-2013, 10:07 PM
Such nice pictures, Brian. Gorgeous Halo and adorable little creature. Glad he didn't get eaten. Hope your cat wasn't too mad at you for rescuing your present.

By the time I got to it, she had already forgotten all about it. But she usually is rather furious when I take her prey. Somehow she just never learns not to bring them into the house. If she tortures them to death outside I wouldn't notice.

11-11-2013, 01:35 PM
A lot of news from everybody.

Susan - glad you will have time for more art. I' m a mod but do nothing, really. Thanks for all your time an commitment here at wet canvas. I was just thinking today about all the people I love here….I wish I had time to hang out all the time……sigh……

Jacqui - Oh, my I hope you can find a healing solution. Quite a few people I'm around were talking about creeping arthritis (and they are only in their 30's) and the amazing relief they got in 2 weeks by eliminating gluten and sugar …….you could try an elimination diet to see if/ what is perhaps bothering you.

Brian - what a cute little reptile……he looks so pity full on that curtain. I'm glad you came to the rescue. I love cats but they are relentless with their prey. What a clever way of taking the sun's picture. That is amazing. We had an odd cloud formation (?) the other day. My husband got a good photo of it…I'll try and post it soon. I don't know what could have caused it…..flying saucers??
ha…..got cha wondering now, eh……hehehe…

Sandra - that cat is …..I love it ……the eyes are so liquid emeraldd and deep…..and I like that you give us "permission" to focus on THEM by the scant detail to the surrender fur. Beautiful work!!

June - yes, I think your work would be great larger. When I went on the fine art for saie place where the prints are available…..I was surprised at the original size of the pieces. In my mind they should be LARGE…..like the delight and fantasy they are…..I love your work , June….I'm glad you are getting it out to the human race…….truly…..

Janet - Lots of good work on your Etsy…..amazing how much you pack on to one little tile!! I know those take some time to do…….. do you like martini's??? My son - in - law makes some wonderful martini's……..but we drink wine mostly…..the hard stuff I touch maybe now and then. OLD
can't take it like I used to.

I'm off ….sketching group meets today and tonight is adult journaling……I work on the journal in class but am soooo behind in finishing the pages at home it isn't even funny………

peace, ya'll

11-11-2013, 09:18 PM
Thank you, everyone. Brian, thanks for photo. I drew it too.


11-11-2013, 10:02 PM
Robin: Do post the photo of the cloud. I am endlessly fascinated by weather phenomena. :-)

Sandra: Nice sketch - my cat will be happy to know that she is now a talent scout for potential art models. :-)

11-12-2013, 09:59 AM
Speaking of weather, there is a marvelous thunderstorm outside. I can hear the wind howling even as I type:


Roiling and boiling clouds:


Earlier today, during a quiet period at work, I drew some flowers that had fallen from a tree. I have no idea what kind of tree, but there were plenty lying around under it. What is mere compost to the layman, is priceless treasure to the artist. :-)



Ballpoint pen and coloured pencil, on bits of scrap paper.

11-13-2013, 07:35 PM
The second piece is so delicate, Brian! It has a watercolor look to it. Very nice job.

11-14-2013, 09:51 AM
The second piece is so delicate, Brian! It has a watercolor look to it. Very nice job.

I use watercolor pencils, but I don't use them with water. Last time I used the common colored pencils, I found them a bit too waxy to my liking.

11-15-2013, 08:44 PM
Had been sick all week. Now finally feeling a bit more like myself.

Holbein, Sennelier and Mungyo oil pastel
Utrecht Oatmeal paper 9x12 inch spiral sketchbook


11-15-2013, 10:25 PM
Oil pastel has always seemed to me like such a convenient medium: all the richness of pastel but without any of the powdery mess. Alas, I have never been able to work with them. Perhaps I'd have had more success working on larger supports. But I have found that I kind of like working small.

11-16-2013, 02:07 AM
Such lovely sketches Sandra and Brian. You have both been busy. A wonderful furry coated lion and delicate precise flowers.

11-22-2013, 03:55 AM
Brian I love your comment "What is mere compost to the layman, is priceless treasure to the artist. :-)": Such an apt statement. Love your flowers.
Sandra sorry to hear you have been unwell but great you are feeling better. Love the lion.
I have had a hard week. Life not doing too well at the moment. Had no inclination for art which is always a bad sign. I get injection in my shoulder next Fri so hoping that will help in that area at least.
Its great dropping by and seeing what is going on. Keep well all. :)

11-22-2013, 07:46 AM
Poor Jacqui. I have arthritis in my fingers, elbow, knee and lower back. Thankfully they don't all flare up at the same time, Right now I have a bad left hand finger it's hard, but I manage to bang it against everything, Why does that always happen? I hope your pain lessens, it's hard to think of anything else, but I hope you can enjoy the holidays.

Robin glad you could capture on paper Brian's rescued little thingy. Your lion is beautiful.

Brian your flowers are lovely and the clouds overhead scary, but great looking. I think clouds are hard to paint.

Before I forget...here is a Hanukkah collage card done with scraps of old paintings.


11-26-2013, 07:15 AM
Had to share a wonderful drawing by Georges Roualt:


11-27-2013, 08:05 PM
Janet, a very good collage. Very good color arrangement.

I'm back. I've been busy cooking for my sick fellow cancer patients and then this week, I finally finished all the homework for my preaching class except the last sermon two weeks from now. So now I could really spend time drawing.

For my 1 year cancer anniversary, I bought some Chinese Hero fountain pens - 1 calligraphy set, 1 four nibbed one, 2 bent nib ones, 1 Parker rip off one, and then bought 3 Pilot 78G. I have to say the Japanese ones are the best pens there are. The Chinese ones are nowhere close to that quality.

Bought Speedball super black non-clogging india ink. Don't believe it. It does clog fountain pen. Also bought FW acrylic ink that says it could go on pens. Don't use it for fountain pen. It clogs big time.

I'm back to Pen & Ink Sketch Non-Shellac India Ink Fountain pen ink. Ordered 8 bottles of it in case they don't make them anymore. Yep, I plan to live for a long time and use all of them!!





This one is the beginning of a series for my family.

What if we were.... American Indian


11-28-2013, 06:30 AM
Hi, Sandra,

Loving those great shoes. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and keep up your ART. That and being a kind person is what it is all about. :heart: :heart: :heart:

11-28-2013, 08:23 PM
Thank you, Janet.

I did more sketches with my new fountain pens and Caran D'Ache Luminance colored pencils in a Japanese smooth paper 5.5 x 8 inch sketchbook.

You could see my review of the latest Chinese Hero pens here (http://sandralp.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/testing-chinese-hero-fountain-pens/) and Japanese Pilot pens here (http://sandralp.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/testing-out-pilot-78g-fountain-pen/).




11-29-2013, 12:38 AM
It's been a long while since I've done a fantasy piece. Here's one with Koh I Noor woodless pencil HB and 9B in Canson Biggie sketchpad 9x12 inch 70 lb.


Old Woman: Daifu (Doctor), I'm telling you, something chomped on my foot. Why don't you believe me?

Daifu: Do not let hysteria overcome you. It was just some big splinters.

11-29-2013, 06:11 AM
Sandra, I really like these drawings a lot. Like the black and white with the color. Beautiful peacock. Your fantasy piece is a cartoon. Neat. :heart:

11-30-2013, 01:24 AM
Thank you, Janet.

Some more.

Old woman: Daifu (Doctor), what is this?
Daifu: A new species of course.
Old woman: Does it bite?
Daifu: It’s harmless.


Here are a few more for the A&W November challenge.


Fountain pen, Chinese sumi ink and bamboo pen, Portfolio watersoluable oil pastel, Caran D'Ache Luminance colored pencils and Daniel Smith watercolor and tissue paper.

What is surprising is that after I put on the oil pastel, the Hero 001 fountain pen that has four nibs could still lay an ink line right over the top of the greasy stuff. It's very good flow of ink.




12-02-2013, 07:11 AM

Thank you for all the info on the tools you use. I like the idea of being able to use the pen over oil pastel. Your fish is lovely and the background too. Your drawings get better and better.

12-02-2013, 12:32 PM
I love those cute baby elephants!

12-02-2013, 11:36 PM
Thank you, Janet, June. I just need practice.