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12-01-2013, 03:44 AM
Congratulations to all who painted the Greenfield Village Couple (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1333609) last month.
This month is a floral from a beautiful photograph by devymarie and a large version is available in the RIL HERE. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=76358&size=big&cat=)
I was inspired by a beautiful painting by Hillbilly (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1335850) last week and this inspired me to have a go myself.
Not something to be achieved in a hurry I'm sure but very rewarding if done large. There is not time limit on these challenges, so post in this thread when you are done.
12-01-2013, 07:10 AM
Great challenge for sure.... I did check out the link to Hillbilly ..... wow water droplets and all, very impressive......
Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday and thanks for the reference....
12-01-2013, 09:32 AM
What a lovely flower and a challenge for sure with all those petals turning here and there with water drops too. Will give it a try.
12-01-2013, 10:09 AM
12-02-2013, 07:16 PM
12-02-2013, 11:32 PM
Not the same one but similar flower (rhododendron)--I painted it a while back for a Florals/Botanical forum challenge. I may try the azalea soon too. Lovely flower(s).
12-03-2013, 02:04 AM
Gorgeous flower Michelle.
An Old Lad
12-03-2013, 08:27 PM
Well here is 2 days in. I have yet to work on it today, but will start shortly after this post. I have already achieved a semblance of light. A darkening of shadows will come next. Towards the end I will add a background, to be done with gouache, further forcing the subject matter forward, resulting in a higher 3D effect; and of course detail on the front flower, and the painted stamen :cool:
9in x 12in Canson Aquarelle 90lb CP grain fin.... It aint Arches but it will do in a pinch, and I've already achieved 4-5 layers....
More to come in a few days.... :)
12-04-2013, 02:21 AM
Great start Greg.
12-04-2013, 09:11 AM
Hi Michelle, I know you can do it seeing this lovely flower that you included here.
12-04-2013, 10:07 AM
Doug, I would love to try this. Maybe in the new year.
12-04-2013, 10:15 AM
No time limit Shirley, I know you will make a beautiful job.
12-06-2013, 09:50 AM
Wow, couple nice entries so far. I'm not sure I can do this but will give it a try. James
12-06-2013, 04:04 PM
Michelle, this is stunning!
Greg, you have a super WIP started here!
An Old Lad
12-06-2013, 10:10 PM
Well here is my finished piece. I didn't want a plain flat background. I had to give the gouache some action, but not so much to distract from my flowers.
9in x 12 inches
Hope you enjoy :)
An Old Lad
12-06-2013, 10:12 PM
Don't forget this is unmatted....I don't focus too much on the edges. So figure about an inch, maybe a half inch, will trim the circumfrance....
12-07-2013, 02:14 AM
The mat will help a lot Greg, it's amazing how it helps a painting have impact. I would sften some of the hard edges inside the petals.
12-07-2013, 03:38 AM
Great subject, I love painting flowers so I'll be having a go at this one, dew drops and all :-)
Some nice entries there!
12-08-2013, 11:47 AM
Here's my effort, I macroed it :)
36x51 cms on Arches Torchon
12-08-2013, 11:49 AM
Beautifully soft Deborah. Love the raindrops.
12-08-2013, 11:53 AM
Thanks Doug, in fact it's a lot pinker and whiter in the flesh, the photo is really dark...
12-08-2013, 02:21 PM
This is a better one:
T'was really too dark :-)
12-08-2013, 02:25 PM
Yes, really nice.
12-09-2013, 03:16 PM
Some very nice results here. What a difficult subject....and flowers should be easy as they don't need to be perfect.
Here's my painting. Tried very hard not to overwork or make muddy.
11x15 Arches cold-press.
12-09-2013, 03:22 PM
A beautifully fresh, clean painting Jan. Lovely!
12-10-2013, 09:31 AM
Here's my try at this lovely flower, was afraid to post it but here goes. It was done in watercolors in my sketchbook. Outlined with Pitt pen.
12-10-2013, 09:50 AM
It's lovely Lil, wonderful reds.
12-20-2013, 05:59 AM
Rather quiet here! Must be the time of the year. There are some lovely paintings here. I love the reference Doug and now that I have finished my figure class, I think I will give this a try. Haven't done any florals since the fuschia! Thanks for choosing this!
12-20-2013, 06:24 AM
Yes, the time of year. I have been busy with Golden Wedding preparations, but hoe to get to it over the holidays.
12-22-2013, 08:54 PM
Here is my try at the Azalea... 6X9", 140Lbs Arches watercolor paper...
12-23-2013, 01:14 AM
Now that's watercolour! Well done Paul, love the splashes.
12-23-2013, 02:10 AM
Hello. Here's my attempt. All C & C welcome.
12-23-2013, 02:58 AM
That's a beautiful painting Tabisha, welcome to the forum. You can try any of the challenges, there's no real time limit.
Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
12-23-2013, 05:47 AM
Paul, I love your representation. Very illustrative!
12-24-2013, 05:05 AM
Doug/Jan thanks for the positive feedback.....
Hope everyone has a great Holiday.... :wave:
Doug - here's my contribution for this month's challenge my friend....I'm certainly no flower painter:lol:
but enjoyed doing the challenge:wave:
11" x 8.5" Daler-Rowney watercolour pad 90#, Pitt pens & Sukura Koi watercolors.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Dec-2013/1172010-flower.jpg
to the other contributors;
Michelle - beautiful
Greg - good work
An Old Lad - good one
Deborah - nicely done
Jan - looks great
Lil - love the vibrant colors
Paul - very nice
Abishateslin - simply beautiful
12-25-2013, 12:19 PM
Nice work Larry, love those strong reds and greens.
12-27-2013, 03:05 PM
Many lovely paintings here. I love to see how different people approach the same reference.
Here is mine for this month. I used a little bit of everything here, watercolor pencil, wet in wet washes, even a spray bottle. I got a few little spray bottles and I'm enjoying what they do to build up colors.
I got a new Tom Lynch palette and a few sheets of d'arches paper for Christmas so I'm ready to paint!
12-28-2013, 09:00 AM
A lovely washy version Elaine :thumbsup:
12-31-2013, 11:52 PM
Happy New Year everyone
01-01-2014, 02:49 AM
A Happy New Year to everyone.
I'll be posting the January challenge later.
01-01-2014, 11:07 AM
I have posted the January 2014 Challenge Here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1339056)
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