View Full Version : What's on your Easel: March 2014

Charlie's Mum
03-01-2014, 10:25 AM
February's WOYE (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1341925)

Time to find your migrant muses and put them to work! March is here and Spring has Sprung (I hope!)

Do share your painterly efforts and thoughts:D

03-02-2014, 10:05 PM
Got a little color in.
C&C always welcome.

03-03-2014, 03:54 PM
Just finished this one of my friends' dogs, they're over the moon with it

03-04-2014, 08:46 AM
d'artise - wow! This just knocked my socks off!

03-04-2014, 02:32 PM
Yes, WOW! d'artise

03-05-2014, 01:31 PM
Progressing, but slow and tedious going.
C&C Always Welcome.
Queen of Hearts - 36x24

doctoring in arts
03-05-2014, 02:11 PM
Eric I love how it is progressing... really sharp painting.
d,artise.. stunning work

Kathrin G.
03-05-2014, 03:17 PM
Eric, love the idea in your painting and progressing very well for you, nice one :thumbsup:
Dave, wow :clap: Love the dogs and love the fabric ... super job :thumbsup: No wonder your friends love it :)

03-05-2014, 03:56 PM
Hi All,
I did do something small and simple to get back into the swing of painting (after a year-long break) but neglected to take any pics of it (doh!).

So here's my current WIP - his name was George and I understand he's no longer with us so although I don't actually know the owner myself (this is a favour for my husband's cousin - the horse's owner is a friend of his...) I want to get it right.

looking at doing a very detailed underpainting then glazing the colour on very gradually - obviously still a lot of work to do on the underpainting..... this is going to take a while! :lol:


03-05-2014, 04:03 PM
Hi All!!:clap:

Just begin 'Ramesses' last night.
Trying to catch the Egyptian mural effect.
Acrylic on canvas.
I use texture paste as under painting to make the old wall effect.
Comments & Critics are welcome.



03-05-2014, 04:06 PM
Hi Marianne,
Great start of underpainting.:thumbsup:
Excited to see the finished work.
All the best.

03-05-2014, 04:16 PM
Thanks Oviyam.... the downside is it's taken me over a week to get that far! I envy you your speed, lol

..... and your blending, nice start on the rameses :thumbsup:

Kathrin G.
03-05-2014, 07:10 PM
Marianne, you are off to a great start :thumbsup: Will keep an eye on this and might be able to help out if I can :)
Oviyam, love your colours already :clap:

03-05-2014, 08:02 PM
Thanks, Doctor, Kathrin. Mirroring is bear for this rookie. There is already a week worth of micro brush corrections to be made. Pencil graphite smudges everywhere!!
Marianne, we'll be watching the glazing come to color, keep posting progress.
oviyam, Great start! I like the texturing, something I want to attempt someday.

chammi kaiser
03-06-2014, 03:57 AM
Some interesting stuff on those easels. Wow , Dave, those dogs are stunning. I am not surprised the owners were over the moon.

What a great idea to do a playing card Eric. Watching this - you have the patience of Job!!

Marianne, it is so good to have you back in the fold again. I have really missed you gf. Enjoy the glazing.

Jarish, looking great. Love the colours.

03-07-2014, 10:53 PM
Autumn Covered Bridge WIP

16 x 20 Canvas Panel

Slow work and more detail needs to be added. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2014/1416812-Autumn_covered_Bridge_Acrylics.jpg

03-08-2014, 04:05 AM
Good start Shari.

03-08-2014, 01:03 PM
Thank Eric. I played like heck with that Covered Bridge...I am so bad at getting perceptive (I think that is what it is called) right and at that I am not sure it is right now, but it works..


03-09-2014, 03:15 PM
Thanks All for your valuable comments.:wave:
Here I'm with Ramsses!! feels like 25% finished.



03-09-2014, 04:06 PM
Eric...such patience you must have! Looking wonderful!!

Dave...wowow!! I can see why! Great job!!

Marianne...can't wait to see more!! What size is this? It looks huge, but that could be the way the photo is...:)

Jarish...looks like you are off to a great start! Love the 'glow' in his eye!

Great start, Shari...lots of color for sure! Perspective is a pain for sure!! Doing way too many buildings right now to suit me...:lol:

I am up to my eyeballs in this one! Agreed to do a cover for my SIL's new CD...and have been immersing myself in the music to get a feel for it. It tells a story of moving around...as all families have done, whether from another country or just from the country to the city...because of jobs, wars, or what have you. And the connections we have to families whether with us or still where we used to be...threads of all of us running thru' each other.

Since I could not paint each song...I tried to get a bit of each in the painting....The older lady in front is "telling the tales of long ago"...and there's a scene with kids catching fireflies in the country on one side....kids dancing in-between apartments in the city on the other, and in between them, immigrants seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time. HOPEFULLY, interweaving all around will be a huge tree with lots of roots...and maybe faces hidden in the bark. Have so many ideas floating in my head...:lol: but not sure how much I can do on just one canvas. Have a feeling this may take awhile...the blocking in was not as bad as I thought...but...some of the details...:eek:

I actually sketched an outline...for me a big deal...lol of where I wanted things...

Last night's work....

and today....so far...

I figured a larger painting would 'shrink' down better so this is 20x24 wrapped canvas...

03-09-2014, 05:50 PM
I finished my cover bridge last night..and I am glad it is done :lol:
Thanks all for the comments and the help.It seems to be a bit blurry today, but that could me my sore eyes...
I did try to do some mist on it so maybe that is it....I am glad it is over. Now on to something a little more wild and crazy..


03-09-2014, 06:30 PM
Jarish....good old Ramsse is looking good and I love the old wall effect...
Susan....I thought I had a lot going on with this painting, but WOW. Great start can't wait to see if finished.
Mariann....no one says you have to be fast...looks good for the start.
Whoever did the dogs (I am so very bad with names) It is BEAUTIFUL..they look like they are just ready to be petted...

Great job everyone..

03-10-2014, 01:00 AM
So I'm scrolling down this post and these two sets of dog eyes JUMP OUT AT ME! For a second I thought I was looking at real dogs trapped in my smartphone! lol Wow. Now job. :-)

03-10-2014, 01:09 PM
Susan, good drawing. The cover is going to be a nice depiction of family life.

Spent the evening doing touch-up's. Not having good results in layering the red.
Got some dark spots, just can't seem to get a consistent color. Any suggestions? Ideas?
Background goes in today and it will be finished. Normally I do backgrounds first.
36"x24" canvas panel
C & C always welcome!

03-10-2014, 10:33 PM
Thanks, Eric and Shari!

Eric...you said layering the reds? does that mean you are using washesglazes/? if so, maybe just a thin coat of pure color will even things out? Not sure, so I'd ask someone who does lots of this, I don't uses washes and glazes much...maybe Maureen?

Here's where I am, after having to totally redo the sky this afternoon...sigh! Not the best photo, but the light was fading. When I put the trees on, the look of 'dusk' went to daylight....:eek: So I taped everything up and dealt with it...will still have to do some touch-ups I think. Oh well...

Here's the next couple steps...as I added children to the firefly side...sigh

then more children...:lol: ...she thought they should be 'balanced'...:clear: but that's ok. The one by the porch is supposed to be my stepson...tho' I've never been able to paint him 'right', and this time's no different...way to small for detail!
then I started the tree, and went into slight shock over the sky...:eek: You can see where I thought I'd correct the middle, but that just made the street side worse!

and now...sort of (:lol: I did a bit more on shadows on the street side, and used the photo program to show it as I'd lost the light for another photo...but it's close. Wish it was as easy as on the pc...:lol: :angel: )


03-12-2014, 05:49 PM
Susan, looking good :-) It will look great as a CD cover!

Fox_e_Nova... are you using a translucent red? Have you considered switching to a medium or dark cadmium red? Try straight paint rather than a wash/glaze. Love the design btw.

Shari, nice work on the bridge, very soft and soothing landscape. It feels welcoming.

Jarish, love the rameses... great depth and texture and I am still SO jealous of your blending lol.

Chammi, nice to be back - sorry I was away so long!

I confess to having painted very little in the last week... :o hence no update pic - that and my cameras keeled over and died (and I can't find his).

However, himself is on late shift next week so I can forget the whole "cooking dinner" grief when I get home, have some toast, get the music going and just get on with it....

Will post progress a) as it happens, and b) once my new camera arrives and I can take a pic of it :-)

03-18-2014, 01:23 AM
Thank you Marianne. That bridge was a lesson in its self.
I am now dabbling in acrylic ink...using it like a watercolor so here we go with new lessons to learn.


03-18-2014, 06:29 PM
Finally got some time to paint AND have the new camera so, whilst not great strides from the last WIP, some progress has been made....


03-22-2014, 02:42 AM
WIP C&C Welcome
Been working on two requests, both have a finish date. "Queen of Hearts" is done and I'm pretty happy with it..this one? Dunno.
This one is my wife's friend looking at her hubby's collector car with a bit of disgust. I hate doing faces. I did a little borrowing from some web shots. Their body shop I got from Google street view.
Got a lot of work to do yet. Yes, she is a cigar smoker..lol.

03-22-2014, 09:15 AM
It's been a while since I posted here, but I am still slowly moving forwards with acrylics. :) This is what is currently on my easel:


It's 40x50 cm mounted canvas.

03-22-2014, 01:04 PM
Thank you all for the great comments, i'm too busy to paint at the moment, and it's driving me crazy as i'm halfway through a winter landscape and that's all i can think about. Loving all the work on here so far, very inspiring, can't wait to see the finished work Marianne, it's looking fantastic so far. Thanks again for the comments everyone, they have given me a huge confidence boost. :) p.s. will post more when I have more time.

03-23-2014, 07:57 AM
Almost Done.
I still have to lay the sky in. Not sure about cloudy, sunny, grey.
C&C Always Welcome.
She's a pinkish flesh tone, my camera just did not like that.


chammi kaiser
03-23-2014, 10:55 AM
Wow, Eric, I don't often pop in here but glad I did. This is so 'stylish'. Love it. I think the sky needs to be very low key and neutral - maybe a pinkish , yellowish tinge because the car and the figure are so striking - more or less the colour you already have there.

03-23-2014, 02:13 PM
Nice Job Eric...very sheik.....love the car (my hubbies dream car).

Decided I would jump back into some acrylic painting.

I am doing a painting from a photo of Superstition Mountain in Apache Junction, Az...The photo was taken by my daughter who is a photographer.

Here is the photohttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2014/1416812-SM_cropped.jpg


Blocking it in


This mountain is the view I have from my patio when the trees of my neighbors aren't blocking it.
Superstition Mt. is probably the most photographed and painted mountain in the southeaster part of Arizona.

More to come.


03-23-2014, 08:40 PM
WIP Metamorphosis 7


03-23-2014, 08:58 PM
Thanks, Chammi..the sky bg is white gesso..that color is from my lighting/camera flash. :o
Chari thank you. I expect to see the entrance to the Dutchman's mine when done...challenging scene. nice start.
Howard, always interesting. I am going to try that heavy texturing sometime.

03-24-2014, 12:00 AM
Eric, I wished I could paint that...I would be a zillionaire....
I finished the painting an hour ago, but lost my light so tomorrow I will post the finished product...very challenging..

03-24-2014, 12:01 AM
Howard, love the abstract and the colors..wonderful

03-24-2014, 04:42 AM
Howard, that is wonderful! I love that color combination - and the heavy layering.

03-24-2014, 11:16 AM
Day light and here is the finish on Superstition Mt.



03-25-2014, 04:53 AM
Beautiful work shari, feel like I'm there

03-25-2014, 01:37 PM
Thanks d'artiste. It was a fun one.

03-26-2014, 12:48 PM
Just an update.
Work in progress. This is 48"x30". I am using canvas from a roll versus prestreched and it is taped to my 6' wide drafting table. The sky and sunset were painted first. Then I had copies made of the original four foot wide sketch. Using the copy, I cut out just the locomotives and lower ground scenery. I then used spray adhesive on the back side of the paper and glued sheets of carbon paper to the back. The carbon sheets allow me to transfer the image of the locomotives and scenery to the canvas itself. Every line and detail has to be faithfully retraced. I use an ink pen to do this, so I could tell what I have done and what I haven't. So I actually have to draw the full version twice! You can see where the unit closest to the left edge is complete, while the lead unit still has work to go.

Three to four months of work so far and at least two months to paint. Three reasons why I like doing it this way: painting the sky first, allows a uniform feel, as well as avoiding the marks of brush stoppage at the edge of the subject. Secondly, I'm not working on the drum-like surface of a pre-stretched canvas and at four feet wide, it can distort, especially in the center and finally, having the canvas on a flat, hard surface, makes it easier to work on.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb137/STPbeme/WIP032514_zps45652bf5.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/STPbeme/media/WIP032514_zps45652bf5.jpg.html)

03-26-2014, 04:42 PM
This train looks like a huge undertaking, but one that will be beautiful when it is finished.

03-26-2014, 07:02 PM
WOW! A huge size job and a huge set of engines. We'll be watching it's progression..Hope you keep posting.

03-26-2014, 08:17 PM
Thank you Shari and Fox! It's the biggest canvas I've tackled yet. I finished the tracing today and will start painting tonight or this week.

I'd like to add a thought here too. I wanted also, to do something that wasn't typical either. So much railroad art concentrates on having to see the front end of the lead engine and this image that I borrowed with permission from the photographer, was really unique. It's just as impressive, having the train passing by you, as it is approaching you. Because that's when you get the full effect of the engine noise, the deep thrumming of many thousands of horsepower hard at work, the 'pish' sound of the air dryers releasing air and the thump of the heavy wheels on the tracks...

I'll keep up on this and post as we go along.

03-26-2014, 08:19 PM
Wow, a big undertaking. The sky looks good already. Thanks for explaining your process and good luck..

03-26-2014, 11:28 PM
Time for a triptych.
This one will be gallery wrapped at 100" x 36" x 2" overall. Made my own stretcher bar frames covered with 8oz. canvas duck.
Got the Gesso on and sanded. So the hard work has been done. :lol:
It's a commission to be hung on the 2nd floor of a high ceiling living room. It's dead space and a drab tan.

03-28-2014, 10:14 PM
Roughed in RH panel.
C&C Always wellcome

03-29-2014, 08:47 AM
Eric - looks like fun to be working on such a big canvas! :D I look forward to following along.

I have also gotten a bit further on my own piece. Here is where I got to this morning:


03-29-2014, 09:32 AM
Some progress this morning......

hmmm.... odd how you can "see" more clearly when you look at a photo.... need to adjust the dappling on the neck....