View Full Version : Cafe Michelangelo - April 2014

04-01-2014, 07:10 AM
Did I smell spring in the air? Not sure, because it has been so bleak and cold lately. I will look for the buds on the trees to come out this month and then I will be happy.

How is every one doing? We have a couple of new projects this month....tags and vegetables. Think I will throw some photos in for a new paint a long with anybody contributing some of their own photos if they want.


04-01-2014, 03:56 PM
Yes, Happy April.

nice collage, Janetů..

04-02-2014, 09:40 AM
Nice semi-abstract collage. :-)

My first mini for the month; cross-post from the miniature forum monthly reference photo project. ACEO, oil on board:


04-02-2014, 01:30 PM
something wrong with my laptop. Not sure how to fix it. I will have to switch to my old laptop...if I can Get it to work. Must sign off this one is flashing Giving me a headache.:crying: :confused: :crossfingers: :(

04-02-2014, 01:53 PM
OK, I am usIng a tablet and it is terrible to use!

04-02-2014, 02:00 PM
something wrong with my laptop. Not sure how to fix it. I will have to switch to my old laptop...if I can Get it to work. Must sign off this one is flashing Giving me a headache.:crying: :confused: :crossfingers: :(

What are the symptoms?

04-02-2014, 10:25 PM
I can't access my desktop programmes and cant type more than a few letters of a word before it stops allowing typing.

the bar at bottom of the screen flashes on and off but I cant connect to progs using it
is there a fix it solution prog online?
cannot access my pc tools to remedy.

maybe need to have it looked at. its only about 8 months old!!!!!

04-02-2014, 10:52 PM
Very weird indeed. I wonder if it isn't a virus. But it sounds like you'll need professional help with this one.

Good luck!

Yikes. Computers are like children. They're wonderful things until they start acting up. :-)

04-03-2014, 12:40 AM
I think it might be a virus, unfortunately! Luckily, I have this teeny tablet which allows internet access but takes ages to type on it. Voice recognition types its own Opinion..not what I want!!

04-03-2014, 08:26 PM
Pleased to report, I am back online. I did a virus sweep...no infections...but still wonky laptop, so after a lot of tinkering and no results, I finally did a system restore back to a day last month when my system was OK. So I think the problem is fixed (what caused it? no idea!). Fingers crossed, all will be OK from now.

At least I learned a few things and I also got started trying to use my android.


04-03-2014, 11:05 PM
Glad to have you back. My computer also did such weird things some time ago and forced me to learn a few things.

Why this happens, no one has any clue: with the very complex software modern computers use, plus equally complex updates every now and then, unintended things can apparently happen, and I think there are times when even the creators of the software don't understand it and advise that we just press the reset button. :-)

04-06-2014, 11:41 AM
Cross-post from the miniature forum. ACEO, oil on board:


04-07-2014, 09:51 AM
Really nice Brian. Beautifully painted clouds as well.

04-10-2014, 07:53 PM
Pardon me for my absence. Have been busy going up and down the Bay Area.
Brian, very cute miniatures. Can't believe how small oil paint can be used. Nice job.

Janet, your collage is delightful and has a very classy feel to it.

Apologies for long absence. Have been busy going up and down to Bay Area.

I'm back with a few sketches these couple of days following Ernst Haeckel's work. I also have some animals but they are so awful that I don't want to show them. :lol: I'm into organic shapes recently.





04-11-2014, 10:45 AM
Lovely work Brian and Sandra.

04-11-2014, 11:38 AM
Brian, very cute miniatures. Can't believe how small oil paint can be used. Nice job.

Thanks. Oil is probably not the best medium for miniatures, but I have seen it used, and my style tends to be rather broad anyway. For really fine details, watercolour surely works better, and perhaps I'll explore it at some point.

I remain amazed at just what small marks some of the folks at the miniature forum manage to make - even with the smallest brushes I can get hold of, I can't get anywhere close, though I have noticed that practice has improved the situation a bit.

I'm back with a few sketches these couple of days following Ernst Haeckel's work.

I'm a fan of Haeckel the artist (his scientific work is perhaps a bit more dodgy in the light of modern knowledge). Nice Haeckel-inspired pieces!

Today the kids in my class were busy with a drawing exercise, and having an hour of peace and quiet, I decided to make a sketch myself, in the form of a quick copy after Botticelli:


The more I study his work, the more in awe I am of it - Botticelli is one of my all-time favourite artists.

04-11-2014, 11:53 PM
Unbelievable! Now I am unable to get online via laptop again! Luckily, the tablet works but typing is so slow using the touch screen! Ah, technology!!!

04-12-2014, 10:30 AM
Unbelievable! Now I am unable to get online via laptop again! Luckily, the tablet works but typing is so slow using the touch screen! Ah, technology!!!

Well, hopefully we'll soon have you back, unimpeded by recalcitrant technologies... :-)

04-13-2014, 06:54 AM
Visited a local organic farm/restaurant thing called Irene Farm today, where I took these pictures:




The little fellows were rather skittish and did not like me taking pictures of them at all. What I find rather surprising is that the farm is located in the suburbs; never thought I'd see vervet monkeys so far into human habitation.

04-13-2014, 05:31 PM
OK. I am back, hopefully in a permanent way!

Today, I managed a page in a small art journal...as well as fiddling with laptop to get back online. Here's the page: Mainly glued on pix.


Brian, I also like Botticelli's work. In the past, I did a small copy in egg tempera of one of his profile portraits of a woman in a brown dress.,

04-13-2014, 05:33 PM
Oh just saw your wonderful vervet monkeys. I am thinking of doing a painting with vervets sometime soon. At the moment I am looking at Diana monkeys. Such great animals the monkeys...for character and also for paintings!

04-14-2014, 08:35 AM
Hi Sandra,

You're back with a flourish. Nice work especially the last one. I love pen and ink work. :heart:

04-21-2014, 08:45 AM
Took some friends to the little place out in the countryside where I grew up. Here's a view from the hill there:


Closer to your feet, if you overturn a few stones, you are likely to see a scorpion, even a female with her back covered in babies, right next to a huge spider in its burrow:


And on my way down from the hill, a sort of micro-landscape of lichen-encrusted rocks, ferns and flowers:


Some interesting finds too. Something that looks very much like an Old Stone Age hand ax:


And an old African-style millstone that I found in the creek that runs through the place. It must be at least a century old, if not older:


04-22-2014, 12:03 PM
The school where I work has decided to present an eisteddfod. Apart from reciting poetry, the kids must also produce art on the theme of "Fire and Ice." So I got hold of lots of reference pictures of polar bears and volcanoes and things, and drew them a few examples. These are all three in ballpoint and colored pencil, and unfortunately the camera seriously messed up the color, especially in the last one:




04-24-2014, 07:31 AM
Neat drawings brian. Fire and Ice might be a good project for us.

Again, it's the end of the month and I have contributed nothing. Hope we can run all these projects for another month. Like June I have a new computer...a gift for my birthday. I just hate it.
while I've been writing this it has popped me out twice. I don't know how to do anything. Lots of fancy stuff but where is copy,paste, save, etc. Totally frustrating. :(

04-30-2014, 05:27 PM
I'd like to comment on the conversations but can't right now. Here's what I'm working on - octopus studies for a bathroom wall piece in my granddaughter's bathroom. Theses guys are fun.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Apr-2014/88676-octi2.gif

05-01-2014, 06:28 AM
came here this morning and realized it is MAY :eek: And I too have contributed nothin' this month......

Brian - wonderful photos and amazing relics or past and SCARY insects!! Scorpions and giant spiders give me the idea that Australia can be a hostile environment.

Oh, I think messing with all these new computers is an absolute nightmare. It never ends.....as soon as you adjust they are "moving on"....ugg and it uses so much time......

We got a new one last year and it is hooked up to endless updates that rearrange arrangement at will......Hey, who's computer is this?????

Paint brushes and ink pens are golden.

Have a good day art Buddies