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02-01-2014, 01:02 AM
Hi all,

we are well into 2014 now.

The cafe is the place to hang out, chat and catch up on everyone's art ventures, and other daily stuff. Looking forward to seeing what you are up to this month. Post your sketches, WIPs and other daily art stuff and art experiments here.

We will be posting a few new projects for Feb so check the forum for projects to inspire you. I hope you find time to participate in some of them.


02-01-2014, 01:05 AM
I just upgraded my internet connection so hopefully I'll see improvements. Supposed to be unlimited and so I can watch as many videos as I like with no extra costs. (I actually thought I was on unlimited until I discovered I had a limit on my old system). Good for browsing youtube art videos. Time mounts up when you watch that channel!

I'd like an A3 scanner/printer but haven't taken that step yet. Soon... then I will be able to try making larger art pieces.

02-01-2014, 06:48 AM

Short month, lots of art. I hope.


02-01-2014, 08:09 PM
Hello all,

I like February…..Its so full of expectation. The birds are already singing spring ditties.

I didn't get much to post here this month. I pasted some Beardsley on the desktop to copy and post but never got to it. Our adult Journal leader had to move to Florida and that has been an upheaval. I'm trying to work on a journal my daughter and I are gonna start swapping. This one page just seems so disjointed no matter what I do to it…..

I just got these printed up for the artomat


02-02-2014, 09:02 AM
Nice Artomat. Bet it's a lot of work to do all the prints. Artomat is a good idea, some art for everybody.

Here is a link that you all might find interesting...though you may all know about it. From the Smithsonian"s art division, a list of artists. You can link on to their letters, diarys, sketch books. I've been spending too much time this morning looking at Ben Shahn's sketch books and reading his letters/



02-02-2014, 08:27 PM
Yeah, it is a fair amount of work for a tinsy bit of change but it is a mission effort to get art out to folks.

Wow, Janet - that is a website to spend some time on! Thanks.

02-09-2014, 12:48 AM
Digging around in some old stuff, I came upon pictures I made more than ten years ago. They are something of an embarrassment now, but we all have to go through the bad stuff to get better. :-)

I'll post some of it here over the coming days. To start with, some experiments in pointillism:



Yikes! Perhaps a bit too busy! Especially the frogs. I rather like pointillism, especially as done by Signac and Henry Edmond Cross, but I nowadays think it is a bit limited, because it seems to me it doesn't really work well for anything other than landscape.

02-09-2014, 04:12 AM
Robin, those are really pretty designs. A classiness to each of them.

Brian, busy as they are, I like the colors and the arrangement.

I can finally sit now, my leg not swelling anymore and so, I can draw at the computer finally!!!!

These are for the pen and ink february challenge.

Canson Biggie Sketchpad 9x12 inch
FW sepia acrylic ink
Hero fountain pens
Daler Rowney watercolor


Rhino is Pentel Pocket Calligraphy brush pen

More Pentel Pocket Calligraphy brush pen

02-09-2014, 05:41 AM
A few more from my artistic prehistory:

An experiment with ink and coloured pencil:


A Picasso forgery:


And a hornbill done with acrylics and palette knife:


Nice sketches, Sandra. Good variety in the choice of subject matter!

02-09-2014, 07:53 AM
Embarassed Brian? Your drawings are absolutely charming, especially the first two. Look like children's book illustrations

Sandra, nice little sketches. Dig that birdie with the tea cup. :heart: .

02-09-2014, 09:07 AM
Embarassed Brian? Your drawings are absolutely charming, especially the first two. Look like children's book illustrations

As it turns out, I just love children's book illustrations and consider them a major influence. :-)

Here are some more of my early experiments, perhaps even more children's book-ish in appearance. All are in acrylic on paper.

Marabou under the moon. It doesn't have any particular meaning; it was just an image that occurred to me, and it was a nice excuse to put a crescent moon in a picture, something which I rather like doing. :-)


Monsieur Louis de Rougemont and the turtle. This one serves as illustration to an article I once read about a famous/infamous teller of tall tales, one Louis de Rougemont, who claimed, among other unlikely things, that he was an expert in riding turtles. You can read more about him here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_de_Rougemont


Portrait of the emperor. Kind of self-explanatory: I once saw a photo of a kind of featherless chicken in a newspaper article, and used it as reference for this picture.


St. Sebastian. This one is a somewhat macabre humourous take on an infamous incident in South Africa's history, when a pioneer leader by name of Piet Retief, and his whole entourage, were executed by the Zulu king Dingane after negotiations went awry. According to eyewitnesses, the victims were all dragged off to a hill near the Zulu capital, where the bodies of executed criminals were left for the vultures. Hence, Zulu spears rather than arrows in this picture of the saint, and he is wearing quaint 19th century dress rather than robes or nothing:


You are right: there is indeed something of children's book illustrations in some of these early experiments. It is a line I want to explore again; over the years my technique has improved a bit, so I think I could nowadays do a better job of this sort of thing.

Hey, perhaps there is a future for me as children's book author: I have after all already written some, as Christmas gifts for my nephews and niece when they were still young. :-)

02-10-2014, 09:07 AM
Back to the present. Having to teach art to a bunch of grade four kids gives me a neat excuse to try out all manner of fun artistic activities to make sure they work. Here are experiments in wax resist, the first one with wax crayon and second with oil pastel, in combination with acrylic paint:



02-10-2014, 10:53 AM
And yet another possible art project for primary school: a fractal image based on the Sierpinski triangle ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierpinski_triangle ), but not so relentlessly symmetric:


02-11-2014, 11:47 AM
These look like such fun Brian...bet you enjoyed doing them. A chidren's book in the future?

Here are some Chagall doodles I did today


02-11-2014, 12:00 PM
These look like such fun Brian...bet you enjoyed doing them. A chidren's book in the future?

Well, who knows? I'll first have to refine my drawing a bit. :-)

Here are some Chagall doodles I did today

Nice! I like some of Chagall's work, and you have captured his style to perfection here. We really should do a Chagall project some time...

02-13-2014, 07:55 AM
Lovely to see everyone's work.

Brian, you are definitely an illustrator! You should work on a quirky children's story and do the illustrations too.

I like the Chagall studies, Janet, as he was one of my first favorite artist's.

Sandra, your ink work is definitely your thing!

Robin, lovely prints. I have a little stache of lino but haven't done anything with it...linocuts or even just making some stamps.

I got a small set of pan pastels today so I am keen to try them out. They are supposed to be less dusty than soft pastels. I love soft pastels but shy away from using them because of the dust.

02-13-2014, 10:31 AM
Brian, you are definitely an illustrator! You should work on a quirky children's story and do the illustrations too.

That's kind of you to say. :-)

As I mentioned, I have actually done some children's stories as Christmas gifts, but never anything serious. Here's the cover of one I did around 2002, if memory serves:


It was a bit hastily done. I could probably do better nowadays. But we have some awesome illustrators of children's books around here, so I feel rather intimidated. :-)

I'm thinking, for example, of one Piet Grobler, who makes the most marvelously whimsical coloured drawings, such as this:




It's been a while since I have had any ideas for stories too. I'll have to rediscover my inner child a bit. :-)

02-14-2014, 01:11 PM
Time for a quick bragging session with my students at the primary school where I work. The grade 4 class was trying their hand at op-art. Most of them made a mess of it, but this one, by Siphelele, came out pretty nicely:


The grade 5 class was studying perspective. Here are masterpieces by Tarryn:


And Thabang:


And of course, the teacher had some fun too. The grade 6 class is studying art history, and learned about medieval illuminated manuscripts. I set them the task of making an illuminated manuscript of their own names, and made this as example:


I think I am beginning to be seriously influenced by the world of children's art and children's book illustrations. :-)

02-17-2014, 05:00 PM
Yes, Brian...sometimes I think children are the true artists. Not the ones who are two years old and paint like Rembrandt, but the real children, who have not learned the rules yet.

The posted children's work is very interesting, especially the first one.

Piet Gobler is a wonderful illustrator. If I had tons of money and a huge library, I'd fill some shelves with beautiful, illustrated children's books.

02-17-2014, 09:48 PM
Yes, Brian...sometimes I think children are the true artists. Not the ones who are two years old and paint like Rembrandt, but the real children, who have not learned the rules yet.

Picasso seemed to have thought so anyway, so you are in good company. :-)

Piet Gobler is a wonderful illustrator.

Rather tragically, both his wife and daughter died in a car accident a year or two ago. I was very saddened to hear of that. But he is still working, so apparently he overcame the personal tragedy.

If I had tons of money and a huge library, I'd fill some shelves with beautiful, illustrated children's books.

I have had that same idea. But such books are indeed expensive. And perhaps soon the paper book will be a quaint historical relic.

In the meantime, we can always make our own children's book illustrations. :-)

02-20-2014, 01:42 AM
Brian, your illustrations are very cute - lots of originality - and I agree, the first of your student work is very good.

June, congrats on pan pastel purchase. Wear a mask when you use them. It's not funny to breathe that stuff into your lungs.

Janet, a fun little doodle there.

Here (http://ouranatomypictures.com/coronary-artery-anatomy-pictures.html/nose-anatomy-pictures-186-3) and here (http://www.netterimages.com/product/9781437726633/11-268.htm).

Tirtha, beautiful lake scene. The value painting itself is already a winner. The water reflection is so attractive.

Here are a bunch of doodles this evening.

These are for Animal and Wildlife February challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1341872).

Utrecht Oatmeal sketchbook 9x12 inch
Pencil and Caran D'Ache Luminance colored pencils


Fountain pen, Pentel Pocket Calligraphy brushpen and same colored pencils.


These are for Miniature February challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1341901).

Pencil, Fountain Pen, Pentel Pocket Calligraphy Brush Pen Mungyo oil pastel in Bogus Kraft Paper 9x12 inch


Alright, so much for now. Not sure when I'll draw again. I hope to do some at least on the weekend, but if not, then next Thursday night after my class.

Doing well, otherwise. A bit tired from all the activities I do. (Roll eyes.)

02-21-2014, 02:44 PM
Sooo Goo0d to see everyone's work old and new

Brian - your older stuff is so playful. I love it!!

Sandra - glad your are feeling a little better. I adore the adolescent leopard.

Piet Grobler is neat!!.

Finally got the Valentine Card out. The linoleum prints took about 5 weeks to dry!!. Gotta glue 'em to the blocks and wrap with cellophane for the cigarette machines.

Happy Valentines belated , ya'll.:heart: :heart: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2014/88676-val.gif

02-23-2014, 08:56 AM
I attended a kid's birthday party yesterday, at the home of rather rich folks who live in a quite luxurious cottage out in the wilderness. Ended up sitting some way from the main party with friends, drinking all the free beer and chatting. But I made time for a quick sketch of nearby trees... :-)


02-24-2014, 12:54 AM
nice one, Brian……..a memento of a pleasant afternoon.

02-24-2014, 09:14 AM
Beautiful day up for us here…..going out to lunch with my lady friends, hope to get out and do some yard work and sketching.

Have a good one, :heart: