View Full Version : Photo paint-along - February 2014

02-02-2014, 03:02 AM
I hope I will be forgiven for shamelessly taking over the paint-along thread like this. But I noticed there isn't a new one yet so I decided to start one.

The photos are all ones I took myself, so there are no copyright issues, and the models in them are happy to be drawn and painted.

Plus, the whole thing is a free photo-tour of my part of South Africa. Why bother with expensive tourism when you can just scroll through photos? :-)






02-02-2014, 03:06 AM
I can't quite remember which photos I have posted before, so apologies if there are any duplications and you are getting bored with the same old photos yet again! :-)






02-02-2014, 03:10 AM
The photos kind of reflect my own interests and likes, so feel free to add some more if you like!





02-02-2014, 05:47 AM
Great photos to work with Brian. Thanks.

02-02-2014, 06:24 AM
I love the people photos Brian. It can be difficult to find photos of people to use for art, due to copyright issues etc.

I love that little girl peeking out from blanket!

02-02-2014, 06:31 AM
I love the people photos Brian. It can be difficult to find photos of people to use for art, due to copyright issues etc.

There is a pretty good image library on DeviantArt, with lots of high quality photos of people of various sexes and ages.

I love that little girl peeking out from blanket!

She's the adopted daughter of my landlady. I drew her a portrait of the girl a year or two ago:


As you can see, she looks a bit older in the drawing: the photos are a few years old: the kids are well on their way toward grownup status.

The two blond kids are her biological children. And the one with the air rifle and perky salute is a friend of theirs by name of James. He's the most irrepressibly hyperactive kid I have ever met - delightful but exhausting! :-)

02-04-2014, 11:13 AM
And here's my first attempt, drawn from the first photo, albeit substantially edited (I shudder at the very thought of trying to make a perfect copy of a photo!):


02-04-2014, 01:54 PM
wow, these are engeretic photos…… the seasonal time.
make me feel warm too

Nice pencil sketches Brian……lots of detail and tones. Excellent portrait. The tension and presence is really THERE…..cool.

02-08-2014, 11:12 PM
Great photos Brian and thanks ,
I recently discovered this forum and looks like alot of fun:)
here is my watercolror for lily 5x7".
Thanks for looking.
Nice sketches of kids,wonderful shading.

02-09-2014, 12:23 AM
Very nice lily, Marriam! You have a really nice touch with watercolour. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

02-09-2014, 01:30 AM
Lovely work Brian and Marriam.

Welcome to the forum, Marriam. I look forward to seeing more of your work too.

02-09-2014, 04:59 AM
Brian, thank you so much for the superb photos!! I love the portraits.

Your first one is very good and the second one has such an attitude.

Marriam, welcome to this section! What a great loose feel to your watercolor piece. Hope to see you post often.

Here are mine.

Pacific Arc watersoluable graphite crayon 8B
Canson Biggie sketchpad 9x12 inch


Mungyo oil pastel
Fabriano Artist Journal 6x9 inch

02-09-2014, 07:45 AM
The person in the wood is a nice loose interpretation of the photo Brian and I love your little girl. Thank you for also letting us know a little about the pictures. Keep sketching.

Hi Marnam,,,lovely soft watercolor. Hope to see more of your work soon.

Your little boy is so cute, Sandra, Like your animal too. What is that a Hippo? Your last drawing looks like a study for a painting. I like the overall feel.

Have to get started and do something this month. :cool:

02-09-2014, 08:49 AM
Trafford: As you perhaps noticed, I was sort of inspired by Gauguin. :-)
I rather liked the idea of the forest, beautiful but also a bit ominous, and the path suddenly ending, but the girl looking perhaps slightly irritated rather than alarmed.

Sandra: Nice drawing of the girl. Her name, by the way, is Itumeleng, which is the Sotho word for Joy.

02-16-2014, 07:00 AM
I decided to try out a miniature. Probably not a good idea, because I do not have steady hands! Partly because of that, I decided not to attempt a realistic painting and went for a more post-impressionist kind of style (which is pretty much what I like anyway). Even so, the little painting ( 4 x 4 inch) isn't really a success. I need way more practice. But what the heck, without the failures one will never learn how to achieve success. :-)


Oil on canvas board - I found it terribly difficult to use oil on a painting this small, but I have seen it done, so it must be possible...

02-17-2014, 05:06 PM
Wow, so very small and a difficult photo to copy. So many angles to this building. It turned out as a perfectly charming little painting.

02-18-2014, 10:33 AM
And here is my next attempt. Same size - 4 x 4 inch and oil on canvas board. I think this one perhaps worked better. I had a better idea of what I wanted to do, and what my materials can and cannot do, so it is not so tentative.


Still can't say I am ecstatic about it, but then, I am never really happy with anything I draw or paint. :-)

02-18-2014, 11:23 AM
Another charmer Brian. A dancing blue tree..love it.

02-18-2014, 12:31 PM
Another charmer Brian. A dancing blue tree..love it.

In the original, the tree trunks aren't quite that blue, but I now think I should have made them like that! :D

02-18-2014, 08:47 PM
Thanks for warm welcome and comments:)
Brian gorgeous little pieces.

02-20-2014, 10:28 AM
And the next miniature (4 x 4 inch, as usual). Not sure this one was quite a success, but perhaps not a complete failure either...


02-21-2014, 02:35 PM
Oh, I didn't see page 2 -

Brian , lovely series you have going…..I like the way you use the space, seems like a lot more than 4 X 4….. These are fun I love the minty green background.

02-23-2014, 03:03 AM
Brian, such good miniatures. I could imagine them all in a row on the wall.

Robin, the background adds so much to the flower and vase. Nice leaves.

Here's mine.

The top left one.


02-23-2014, 08:30 AM
More 4 by 4, Brian. Sandra is right...They would look good in a line or in groups.

Gorgeous flowers, Robin. I like both backgrounds. Such a nice free flow.

Sandra you managed to get all the photos in there with one fell swoop. Some that looked difficult to do..you got just right. :heart:

02-23-2014, 10:04 AM
Here are my bunch:






02-24-2014, 12:59 AM
sooo good to see everyone's work….

Sandra - your little sketches have so much character, and interest they draw me right in and I keep going back to look again!!

Janet - what bold solid forms and the space is filled somehow with emotions and intent……that body language of the bird is so typical it makes me smile.

02-24-2014, 01:09 AM
oops I meant the flowers to go in the flower thread. I moved it and now I hope to get some work done from these photos!!!

02-24-2014, 09:37 AM
oops I meant the flowers to go in the flower thread.

I noticed, but never mind: it was well worth a look. :-)

Here's my next installment for this paint-along. Once again, oil on canvas board, 4 x 4 inch (10 x 10 cm):


02-24-2014, 03:34 PM
sweet. Brian. You gave depth so simply with the different shades of color. nice and gentle

03-03-2014, 03:22 PM
fun with 4 ink and watercolorhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2014/88676-friends.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2014/88676-3.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2014/88676-twist.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2014/88676-mer.gif

03-03-2014, 09:56 PM
Nice - glad to see the paint-along is still on. I will make another contribution as soon as I have time. I'm a bit snowed under at work at the moment.

03-04-2014, 10:53 AM
And here it is: the next miniature in the series. I have never painted a portrait before (only done drawings), and thus I was rather tentative and picked at the paint and messed it up a bit. But I think I learned the one and other in the process. :-)

As usual, oil on canvas board, 4 x 4 inch (10 x 10 cm):


03-18-2014, 10:50 AM
ACEO-sized landscape, oil on board, 3.5 x 2.5 inch: