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05-01-2014, 01:18 AM
Welcome to the Plant Parade Challenge of May, 2014

Little Josie and I are inviting you to a Tea Party this month!!!


We are going to dress up in our Hats with Flowers on them and prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day and Spring!! Oh, did I mention HATS? Yes, we are painting Hats decorated with Flowers. . .you select the Hat and the Flower/Flowers! (People wearing the Hats in your painting will be optional.)

• Reveal date: Not before May 25th
• Use any medium to get these beauties ready for the reveal date!
• Explore the fun shapes and patterns
• Design the creation by making it personally yours. . .who knows, you may decide on a career as a Hat Designer!!
• Use the refs: that are posted here, in the RIL, or use your very own!
• Post any refs of Hats with or without flowers on them that we might want to use, if you have any. . .just make sure they are copyright free. . .
• Share your discoveries and setbacks, but do not show your work until the 25th!!
• Check out the Greenie’s Room for chatting, too! All are invited there each month!!

Come on, get dressed up and let’s have a great Tea Party in our Hats with Flower/Flowers!!


Maddie, Josie, and I are waiting for you!!!!


Hugs, Katherine







(Alice C.)

Texas gal, you know!



(marie d)



These are just some ideas. . . to get the creative juices started!! Now, have fun with this!!!!!

Charlie's Mum
05-01-2014, 07:17 AM
Hey Katarina ;) - what a superb challenge! I love it! It's time for me to do another painting like this - one of my favourite works was a ref by Dewi - years ago!:D
Thank you m'dear! :D ... Jumpin' for joy!:D

05-01-2014, 10:27 AM
Oh what fun, thanks Katherine , I'm going to paint my real hat that my sister made for me for a afternoon tea party with friends :D

05-01-2014, 11:12 AM
Lovely idea Katherine.
Maureen, it reminds me of your beautiful painting too and went to check if the ref is still there.
Happy painting everyone :wave:

05-01-2014, 11:23 AM
Maureen, I thought you would enjoy us coming to England for Tea Time this month!! I did have High Tea at the Brighton Royal Pavilion a few years ago with my DIL. . .I have never seen so much food!! It was delicious!! :angel: I had that in mind when I happened upon little Josie! ^^^ (My DIL's name, too.) Can't wait to see what everyone creates!! :clap: :clap:

Jean, oh, I can hardly wait to see what your sister made for you!! Were you the fanciest? :thumbsup: Dressing up this month will be fun!! Glad you are joining in on the fun!!! :wave:

Dewi, so glad you are on board, too!! :clap: Would love to see your ref!

Peeps, don't forget, you can put your hat on a table, on a stand, on a nail on the wall, or on an animal :lol: . People are optional.

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
05-01-2014, 03:42 PM
Ohhhhhhhhh! Now that's certainly one we've never had before! I like it....I love it! What endless possibilities. Now....I just need to put my thinking hat on (sorry about the bad joke but I couldn't resist!) :lol: This will be a lot of fun, thanks Katherine.

05-01-2014, 03:58 PM
Yikes! That is certainly a challenge, especially if the referenced hat doesn't already have flowers on it! I'm not very good at putting things in that aren't in the reference (no imagination! or perhaps it's just that my imagination doesn't get detailed enough!)... Well, we'll see what happens...

05-01-2014, 04:24 PM
Oh, Viv, so glad you are on board with the Hats and Flowers!! Think we will have so much fun with this topic!! Can hardly wait to see your creation!!! :clap: :clap:

Lea, shhhhh. . .if you will put hats and flowers in 'Search', you might solve your stress. . .shhhhh. . .I did not tell you to do that. . .remember if Maureen says anything. . .shhhhhh!! :angel: :angel: Or, you could paint Maddie's Tea Time hat! :thumbsup:

Wheeeee, we off to a great start!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-01-2014, 06:21 PM
Katherine, those little girls are so adorable, love Josie, she's beautiful. Want to try this challenge and thanks for all the great references and hosting.

05-02-2014, 12:17 AM
Lil, aren't they adorable?? So glad you are going to the Tea Party with us this month!! :wave: :wave: It should be a blast, as usual!! :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-03-2014, 08:33 AM
What a great idea for May. :clap: Hats and flowers...a perfect combination!

05-03-2014, 09:28 AM
Kathy, so glad you are here!! :clap: :clap: It's is going to be such a fun month and the Garden will be a treasure to behold for sure!! Get inspired and let's get ready for the Tea Party!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-04-2014, 08:59 AM
A wearable plant parade! What a lovely idea. I was watching the Kentucky Derby yesterday, and I kept thinking all those hats would look so much better with real flowers on them! I'm very excited to join you all this month.

05-04-2014, 08:59 PM
Sandy, welcome!!! The Kentucky Derby's hats have inspired me, too! :thumbsup: They have such beautiful 'fluff' and I think that they would be perfect for our Tea Party!! :clap: :clap: Glad you are joining in on the fun!! :wave: :wave:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
05-05-2014, 04:31 AM
Katherine - I'm really on the ball this month. I've signed up for an Oil Pastel Workshop over the next 2 weekends.

Oil Pastels are one medium that I've always intended to explore more, so...the Oil Pastel Workshop. I've done a little bit of reading on OP's, and apparently you can use the same (or similar) supports that you can with soft pastels.

So, Ive drawn out my hat with flowers on Colorfix sanded paper, and I'm all ready to begin it on Saturday! Keen eh!
I hope it turns out ok so I can post it on the 25th. :crossfingers:
The drawing looks ok, so I hope the rest of it goes as well, at least I've got plenty of time in case it all goes wrong! :crossfingers:

05-05-2014, 08:13 PM
Yay:clap: ! Two things I love hats and flowers. I have not participated in a while and needed something like this to get my creative juices flowing!

Charlie's Mum
05-06-2014, 09:30 AM
Welcome back!:)

Viv - sounds like fun - I'm never satisfied with my attempts at OPs - so do share any secrets!:D

I looked at my beautiful sunhat over the weekend and thought I might 'decorate' that :D

05-06-2014, 11:08 AM
Nadiyyah, so glad you are going to join in this month!! :clap: :clap: What a beautiful garden this will be!!!

Maureen, can't wait to see you 'Sunhat'!! :thumbsup:

Off to finish drawing mine off!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-06-2014, 05:47 PM
Hello there,
I'm fairly new to this site. Would love to get to know some of you ladies :-) This sounds like a fun project. I needed something new to paint too!

05-06-2014, 11:30 PM
Susanna, welcome, welcome, welcome!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: You have found the right place and we are looking forward to getting to know you!! For chatting, join us in the Greenie's Room!!

It looks like we are having some newer artists here this month, what a joy to welcome you all!! (Texan, you know! :lol: )

Have fun, Peeps!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-07-2014, 09:56 AM
Maureen, I had the same idea...now it's just a question of having the time to set it up AND paint it! May is a busy month for me, with several birthdays (including my own--turning 60! :eek: Eek!), and a first communion, each with the requisite party!

I tried searching the RIL for hats and flowers, but found nothing useful.:( Of course, it might an idea to search the web for Kentucky Derby hats:clear: , but then there's the issue of getting permission to use the reference.

I have an idea I'd like to try with one of my own hats and some purchased flowers...I just need to make the time to set it up, photograph it, and then paint it.

I love the idea...but it IS a challenge!

05-07-2014, 11:52 AM
Lea, you are heading in the right direction!!! Wheeee, can hardly wait to see what you decide on!! :thumbsup: You might try the Morguefile.com because those are free to paint. Type in 'hats with flowers' and see what you come up with.

Peeps, start painting so you are not behind. . .we want a full Garden this month for our Tea Party!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Charlie's Mum
05-07-2014, 05:26 PM
To look at some really fun paintings of decorated hats, take a look in WC here at Chia's paintings ... you'll get to her threads via the Members' Directory.:) (Under member Services, top blue bar .... you may have to go the Home page, not all Browsers now support access from all pages.:rolleyes:)
But it's worth the effort!:lol:

05-08-2014, 01:03 AM
Maureen, is it okay to show the gals the one of the Tea Party Hat? They are all so cute and well painted!! :thumbsup: Thanks for telling me about them!

Katherine :music: :music:

05-08-2014, 03:45 PM
Thanks Katherine! I'll check that out!

Charlie's Mum
05-08-2014, 05:36 PM
Yes Katherine - just add links to them ... they are fun and it might help some to realise they don't have to do 'botanical style' paintings but can be imaginative too.:)

05-12-2014, 01:01 AM



These are the ones that Maureen was telling us about! Coralie, thank you for the fun hats!! Try to create something off the wall. . .that works for me!! :clap: :clap: :clap: Fun, fun, fun!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
05-12-2014, 04:49 PM
Ohhhhhh, gorgeous, I love them! Fruit & veges and cats on hats - how wonderful!:clap:

05-12-2014, 11:24 PM
Gorgeous is right , love them , hmmmm :D

Charlie's Mum
05-13-2014, 07:01 AM
Happy to introduce you to these:D - cos unless you visit particular forums good, different, work is often missed ........ I know I should go further afield!:lol:

05-13-2014, 12:39 PM
Viv and Jean, aren't these amazing?!? Coralie is really talented and thinks outside of the box!! :clap: :clap: :clap: Maureen, wonder if you could ask her to join us this month? It would be fun to see what else she would create!! :thumbsup:

Peeps, I have changed my hat so many times that it is wondering what I am going to do! :lol: :lol:

Off to paint!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Charlie's Mum
05-13-2014, 03:14 PM
Unfortunately Coralie doesn't seem to have been visiting here for the past month - but when she's 'in', I'll point her here!:D

05-14-2014, 01:54 AM
Thanks, Maureen!! She would be a fun one to have painting with us!!

The masking is drying on my PP, the palette is organized, and just waiting for the sun to come up tomorrow so that I can start the process! Can't change my mind about the hat now! I like it better than where I had started!!

Hope Elaine is working on this, too! She was hoping to join in on the fun this month!! :wave: :wave: :wave: HELLO, ELAINE!!!! :wave: :wave: :wave:

Are you having fun yet??? :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-15-2014, 02:59 PM
Well, last weekend I bought 2 pots of flowers (the only way I could get the ones I wanted to paint), and when the sun came out briefly, I cut 2 flowers and tucked them into my hat band, and started taking photos. Of course, as soon as I started taking the photos, the sun hid behind the clouds...but it came back out before I was done, so I did get some decent references... If anyone is interested, I can post some here?

I'll start the painting this weekend...since I asked my husband which one he liked best, I'll have to paint that version or risk hurting his feelings!:angel: But I only showed him the two I liked best, so that will work just fine.

Vivien Maloney
05-15-2014, 03:42 PM
Ive started, got it sketched out....Im doing the hat from one photo and putting flowers on it from another and also going to paint it in my new medium of Oil Pastels....very brave of me I thought! It may turn out a complete mess (yes very likely!) :confused: :eek: :lol:

05-15-2014, 04:06 PM
Lea, you could post a couple here in case some might enjoy your refs. Thanks. You can also post them in the IRL so that others could use them later on. Love that you only showed him the two that you liked! Wise woman!! :thumbsup: :lol:

Viv, what a challenge for you!! I know that it will not be a mess with you in charge!! :clap:

I have mine in progress and having to think it through. Perhaps. . .I picked up the wrong color for the hat, but like it better!! :rolleyes: Experiment, experiment, experiment!! :thumbsup: I even had my palette all laid out!! :eek:

Have fun with your projects!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-16-2014, 11:00 AM
OK, I've posted some of the photos in the RIL, and will include some of them here...then it's off to start painting!!!




I hope these prove useful for someone...I am using one of them, but I'm not saying which one...

05-16-2014, 11:51 AM
Lea, thank you so much for posting these beauties!! :clap: :clap: :clap: They would look good at our Garden Tea Party!! :thumbsup:

Peeps, how you are getting inspired!!! We have 9 more days!!! :wave: :wave: Sling that paint!! :clap: :clap:

I have changed my hat so many times it is wondering what is going on! :lol: :lol: :lol: :angel: Having fun, though!! :thumbsup:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
05-16-2014, 05:10 PM
Lea - love your hat photos! Especially that orange against the blue! I wonder if I have time to change my hat (again).

05-17-2014, 12:24 PM
Putting the finishing touches on mine! This is when you can do too much, but it is so much fun!! :angel: :angel: :lol: :lol:

Can't wait to see the Tea Party Garden this month!!! We are dressing up and will have such fun! Maureen, tell us what foods we will need for our High Tea!! I think that hot dogs would really be out of place! :eek: :lol: Little Josie will want to be dressed to the nines!! :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Peeps!!

Katherine :music: :music:

Charlie's Mum
05-17-2014, 05:55 PM
Cucumber sandwiches, cut into delicate triangles - and small cakes ........ that should do it .... tea in china cups, of course!:D

05-17-2014, 09:23 PM
Hiya All, so glad to see your familiar names. I have been missing you all. Im heading home on the 24th May so hope to post 1 at least for this month. So far I have painted the Hat but thats it. Just posted in Greenies, I have a bad case of Pommie Flu and its floored me.
I have to go home, Im running out of paints. I have always complained we dont have the artist selection where I live, but boy never will I complain again. I have found it really expensive for art supplies here and have traipsed thru countless stores and Art Supply places to try to pick up familiar paints Gesso etc.

I guess it would be the same in any different country, but here I found the green shades just to vivid and unnatural for my eye. Even with mixing with other colours I just couldnt find the happy medium. Thankfully I had brought 2 shades with me. Raw Sienna and Buff Titanium 2 more, totally different in shade. Just goes to show you never know how good you got it till you go away.

I shall be in the air come 12m.d. the 24th, so will have to post on Australian time along with Viv. See you all then.... :wave:

05-19-2014, 02:17 AM
Meryl!!! So glad that you are recovering from that flu!! :clap: :clap: Post with Viv. . .great to know that you are painting!! :thumbsup:

6 more days, Peeps!!

Just finished mine and I will have two this time!! :clap: :clap: :clap: Finished them and am ready for THE DAY, THE 25th!! :cat: I don't know about you, but this month has whizzed by!! (I know the school people would love to know that! :lol:)

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-19-2014, 08:47 AM
Two here also, Katherine and just maybe a third :D

05-19-2014, 09:34 AM
You go, Jean!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
05-20-2014, 12:26 AM
Hey there Meryl, good to see you heading home! Look forward to you joining us again. :clap:

05-20-2014, 02:56 AM
Hi everyone,
I tried to be active again and started here :)
so far painted one and since it is from two refs and didn't placed hat correctly, could any of you tell me how to anchor it so it doesn't look like floating?
Tried to paint table but it is not working. :(
Thanks :)
Since it is not convenience to go out with the situation I would try again painting another one.

Charlie's Mum
05-20-2014, 06:25 PM
Dewi, use a shadow?

The situation in BKk sounds horrendous, please stay in and safe and I hope it can all be resolved soon .... been thinking of you :)

Vivien Maloney
05-20-2014, 07:25 PM
Hi there Dewi - yes, as Maureen says "Stay safe", the situation there doesn't sound good! :grouphug:

I had the same difficulty as you. I've taken a hat photo from the RIL and put some flowers on to it. I thought I'd finished yesterday, but it didn't look right. So looking at it today, I realised the flowers were floating and not on the hat, but hovering above the hat! I've added some shadows beneath the flowers and it does look more convincing!

05-20-2014, 07:54 PM
Dewi, sending hugs and good thoughts for you :thumbsup:

05-21-2014, 12:20 AM
Dewi, so glad that you decided to join in on the fun!! Yes, the shadows will anchor the flowers. I have a lovely group of gals that I paint with each week, so I took mine there and got some very helpful hints and shadows were mentioned more than 5 times! :angel: :lol: (I have not painted in a while, too, so have found out that it 'comes' back to you, but more practice is needed in my case! :rolleyes: ) Whatever is going on. . .please, take care of yourself and know that we are praying for you and yours!! :heart: :heart:

Peeps, like I mentioned to Dewi, I got some critiques on both of mine and will do some damage-control to get them finished. :eek: It is always the little things that seem to stump me, but the gals at the Studio are experienced artists and are kind to the ones trying to learn more and more! :thumbsup:

5 more days, Peeps!! Sling that paint!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-21-2014, 01:40 AM
:eek: Yes well I have the same problem....hat floating in air....

We dont have garden parties here, we have bar-b-que's, so I wanted to throw in a schooner of beer.................................But Ive run out of canvas:(

05-21-2014, 03:27 AM
Thank you very much Maureen, Viv, Jean and Katherine.... hugs to you all.

I did paint the shadow... might enlarge it though we'll see what happen and flowers are alright they looked stuck hehe.

Use your tote bag Meg :)

Happy painting everyone :wave:

05-22-2014, 06:03 AM
Flower Power ! Brilliant .

Charlie's Mum
05-22-2014, 08:20 AM
Dewi -if you get the shadow really deep closest to where flower and hat are together, it will look anchored.:) .... lighter shadows where flower is above hat - 'simples', as the meerkats say :D

(Don't know if any of you get these meerkat adverts where you are - brilliant puppets - make me smile:D)

Vivien Maloney
05-22-2014, 03:39 PM
No Maureen, we dont get those adverts here in NZ. I wish we did as they sound better than the ones we do get!

Ive been sitting here smugly looking at mine, because Ive finished it. :smug: But as Im finished so early, Im thinking, maybe Im NOT finished it, and have begun messing and prodding with it. I just need to leave it alone! :confused:
Only 2 days to go - hurry up the 25th! (Before I ruin mine completely! :rolleyes: )

05-23-2014, 12:40 AM
Welcome, marlynmonrow, we are glad that you peeked in! Hopefully you will have a painting for the May PP Garden, too! :clap:

Viv, I understand about tweaking!! :angel: It can get you into a lot of trouble, or, it can make the painting sing! :rolleyes:

The deadline that seemed months away will be here very soon: for the Downunder bunch: Saturday, and for the rest of us: Sunday. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Peeps!!

Katherine :music: :music:

05-23-2014, 01:20 AM
Ah I just stumbled upon the wonder that is the plant parade!! Think I can make it in 7 days?:eek: :crossfingers:

Charlie's Mum
05-23-2014, 07:08 AM
Never too late Susaleena - I haven't started yet (but don't tell the others!):)

05-23-2014, 07:39 AM
Ok, forgive me all for posting so early, but Im packing the computer after this. Early start tomorrow for Heathrow to head on home.

As I said I have ran out of canvas pad so couldnt complete this as I would have liked. Must have been feeling a little home sick.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-May-2014/200778-Forum,_May_2014.JPG
Aussie Bush Basher (Hat) decorated with the Waratah, Golden Wattle and Aussie Red Gum.
A4 Canvas Pad and Acrylics.

Charlie's Mum
05-23-2014, 11:48 AM
That's a real good'un Meggsy - love it! ..... just missing the corks I feel ;) ;)

Safe journey home and hope there are no delays in the flights.

05-23-2014, 01:54 PM
Meryl, the first Tea Party Garden Hat!!!! :clap: :clap: Great job, as usual, and I love the flowers that we also painted with our Downunder PP's months ago!! Love the roughness of the hat, too! Happy travels, Meryl!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Susanna, yes, you will have plenty of time to whip out a beauty for our Garden this month!! :clap: :clap:

Maureen, mmmmm, GF, you need to get it into gear, I would think, but it will be a star, as usual!!

Tomorrow the rest of our Downunders will be posting and on Sunday, our Garden will get the paintings from the rest of us. Remember, you will have until the 31st to post your Tea Party Garden Hats, so don't panic!! :cat:

Still tweaking mine and hoping for sunshine so that I can take their photos.

Hugs, Peeps, Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
05-23-2014, 04:38 PM
Meryl - I love it! That's a real dinkum Aussie hat! I bet you began to feel homesick when you were painting this. What a great way to start our May PP!:clap:
Have a safe journey home and we look forward to hearing from you again when you've unpacked.:)

Charlie's Mum
05-23-2014, 05:12 PM
'Dinkum' is the word I was trying to think of Viv!:lol:

HEY MA'AM, I HAVE STARTED ........ SO PLEASE PUT THE WHIP AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...... and just for that, I might be late (going to a party Sunday lunch time:D)

But, I am here to work on my second one, so I'd better change screens ...... ta ta :wave:

05-23-2014, 06:39 PM
I think I'm done :D

05-24-2014, 03:18 AM
So I've been on a rather long painting hiatus, and am really getting back into the flow of things... I made a stab at this month's challenge, hopefully participating in these will keep me on the right track.

I'm assuming we can post more than one? I might do a whole handful, just to get back into practice :)

Charlie's Mum
05-24-2014, 09:28 AM
Oh yes Indie - the more the merrier! Welcome to our corner!:D

One down, another on its way (drying before I can work more) :smug:

There now Katherine my friend, you can put the whip away :lol: :lol:

05-24-2014, 11:33 AM
I also finished mine but I'm having a hard time keeping my hands off it. Since I don't wear hats, I painted mine on a model. This is the first time I've tried anything near a portrait in acrylic, and I can see something is a bit off, but don't know quite how to fix it. I hope I can get feedback when I post tomorrow. :crossfingers:

05-24-2014, 11:45 AM
Maureen, I knew you could do it!! :clap: :clap: :clap: I just finished tweaking mine yesterday. . .and I am calling them 'Finished'! :thumbsup: (But, glad you snapped into line so quickly! :lol: )

Indie, so glad that you are going to join in on the fun! We like to know the medium that you used and the size of each of your entries, please. :cat:

Judy, so glad that you are going to be joining in on our Tea Party PP, too. :wave: I have seen enough of your work that I am not concerned because you are a wonderful artist!! :thumbsup:

Viv, you are next!! I know it will be stunning, too! :clap:

Jean, I know that you are ready to go with your creation, too!

Peeps, today Downunders and tomorrow the rest of us, if they are ready. . .remember, you have until the 31st, so don't stop now! :crossfingers:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Charlie's Mum
05-24-2014, 01:38 PM
Ah, sad - just ruined my second one ...... the masking has taken some of the surface off with it so I'll have to try to disguise it! :(

Hi Judy - glad you're taking part in the party this month!:D

Vivien Maloney
05-24-2014, 03:07 PM
Good morning everyone! It's Sunday 25th May and Winter here in New Zealand, and what a wet, cold, day it is. The forecast is for snow and "small hail"! I ask you,:rolleyes: now the weather forecasters are measuring the size of hail?! :lol:

Here's mine, 25cm x 20cm - Oil Pastels - on Colorfix paper

05-24-2014, 04:37 PM
Viv, it is beautiful work!! :clap: :clap: . . .and you were worried?? :rolleyes: You and I were thinking some of the same things. . .but, you will have to wait for my post to understand! :angel:

The Tea Party Plant Parade has had a wonderful start!! Peeps, it is going to be outstanding!! Can't wait to see what else is out there!! :clear: :clear: Hurry tomorrow!! :cat:

Hugs, Peeps!

Katherine :music: :music:

Charlie's Mum
05-24-2014, 04:55 PM
Viv, that's gorgeous, such a beautiful hat, even without the decoration!:D

I take my hat off to you with your use of the OPs - clever lady!:)

(We don't have hail - late spring here - but we do have cold, wet and wind ....... and now the wind has died down, FOG!) It's yukky my Antipodean friend!:lol:

I know I'm 3 hours early but I'm not going to get my w/c one finished tonight - nor tomorrow probably - so here's my digi that I had fun with.
It's ArtRage - not such a good version as Jean's ArtRage4, but enough for me to still be learning!:lol:

This is my own hat and I got the lovely corsage for this one from JEFrantz.


05-24-2014, 06:15 PM
Maureen, wow, it is wonderful!! You digi gals are amazing!! What a great addition to the Garden!! :clap: :clap: Can't wait to see the other you are working on!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-24-2014, 07:05 PM
I'm impatiently waiting until tomorrow to post mine...sigh... meanwhile, it's great to see the early birds!

Dewi--stay safe!

meggs--Very cheerful, and the bright flowers stand out nicely against the neutral colors of the hat...and they are colors. This is not a boring neutral!

Viv--I understand tweaking, the bane of my existence. But it doesn't look like you had any trouble there. It's a lovely hat, with exquisite flowers. The flower colors go so nicely with the hat color!

Maureen--Lovely digi! The hat just glows against the rich green foliage...but it's such a sunny day, shouldn't that hat be on your head to protect against the sun???

05-24-2014, 09:08 PM
It's already the 25th down under so I think it's okay to post :D

all done with ArtRage :wave:

Josie in her new topper, and old face that I just added flowers to and one I did a while ago but never posted in WetCanvas ,



05-24-2014, 09:15 PM
Meggs, your hat is a great tribute to your homeland, it's lovely

Maureen, a lovely summer hat with great colour and flowers, by the way AR4 isn't much different than AR3 :D

Viv great pastel work with lovely colours and flowers

05-24-2014, 11:31 PM
Jean, you outdid yourself this time!! :clap: :clap: Wonderful job on each one and thank you for including little Josie, too! She would have missed the Party and she was already dressed for it! :thumbsup: They are all so good. . .cannot choose a favorite!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-25-2014, 12:06 AM
Good morning everyone :wave:
I need practice after haven't been painting for a year not that I was better before... here are:

Floating Island in acrylic on canvas paper size about 12" by 10".... from two refs.

Jungle girl and the original hat supposed to be wider :wink2: ..... acrylic on canvas size slightly smaller and from 2 refs too.

Both are my hats and yesterday when I was wearing another hat a lady said to me that "your hat is beautiful" and I could get her accent after thanking her,
I asked her back was she British and she said yes so I told her that this hat was made there.
She might had recognize the style.

Thank you for looking. :)

05-25-2014, 12:22 AM
Start with Megg, hope you are well after a long flight.
Your painting is lovely and love your difficult to paint flower, would love to see the real hat and might search at the internet.

Viv, very lovely nice setting and colours too.

Maureen, I like your flowers and envy your BG... if Katherine doesn't mind show us your fave one/hat with hibiscus one. :D :heart:

Thank you Lea :wave:

Jean, so many beautiful DiGi work here and so delicate love all especially the second one.

Looking forward for the others to post :wave:
and yours Katherine... it is almost midnight over there right?

05-25-2014, 01:55 AM
Dewi, wonderful choices with both!! Love the Jungle Girl hat! :clap: :clap: How nice the lady recognized a neat hat when she saw it!! :thumbsup:

You and I have been in the wilderness of The Slump with our paintings, but it is nice to be back painting and having you along!! :wave: :wave: I have decided I will just paint and continue on even when I am not really in the mood! I think that is the way to shake this slump-business! :clear:

Maureen, I would love the see the other hat, too!

Dewi, I think that it is time to post my Tea Party Hats! :cat:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-25-2014, 02:05 AM
Peeps, it is time for the rest of us to show our Hats!! :clap: :clap:


The name of this one is: "Green with. . ." Watercolor, 1/4th sheet, Arches CP 140# and Daniel Smith paints.


This is: "Trapped in Memories". WC, 1/2 sheet, Arches CP 140#, DS Paints.

Had fun with both of them and it felt good to be painting again after the dreaded Slump!! :eek:

Thanks, Peeps, for joining in this challenge. . .our Tea Party Hat PP is already amazing and we just started!! :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-25-2014, 07:33 AM
my 'Hat's Off' to you ladies for your wonderful display of floral headgear!.....:thumbsup:

what a 'Tea Party'...where is the beer and pretzels?:rolleyes:

can't wait to see all the other very creative chatoes.....;)


05-25-2014, 08:41 AM
I'll come back later for comments, but I only have just barely enough time now to post my hat! It's 8x10, oil on gessobord:


Hope you like it!

05-25-2014, 09:52 AM
Lea, what is not to love with this Tea Party Hat? The ribbon is so full of twists and turns, too! Love the scene! Great job with all of it!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-25-2014, 10:01 AM
Well, unfortunately I didn't understand the concept completely (i'm a bit distracted most of the time), but here is what I came up with.
Done in watercolor...I wanted to find a subject that had strong shadows and highlights, I wanted to focus on those rather than getting the details perfect. I'm trying to go "back to basics" and am rather happy with how this turned out. I only wish I could make the leaves less muddled, maybe i'll go back and add stronger contrast.

Hat & Flower still life
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v247/indie_chixor2/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zpsd1c10906.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/indie_chixor2/media/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zpsd1c10906.jpg.html)

05-25-2014, 10:06 AM
Oh what creative and beautiful hats to see here already. I like the Artrage and it makes a painting look so real. Well, I chose the little girl with the blue hat and the one with the pink hat. Both done in watercolors 5 x 7 size. Thanking the host in advance and I loved this challenge.


05-25-2014, 10:55 AM
Very well so far...lots of pretty hats and gorgeous flowers! I have been stuck on fascinator hats and pouty expressions this month! oh yeah...and green eyes.:) This one is watercolor, 9x12/arches 140lb.

I could call her Green Eyed Lady of the Lowlands for Bob Dylan who just had a birthday yesterday...hmmm...just a thought.

much love,


05-25-2014, 11:15 AM
Wow! I just love the paintings that have been posted so far and will offer some comments in an upcoming post. :clap:

This was my first time using acrylic inks, which was fun. It is on hot press watercolor paper, 14 1/2 inches by 13 inches.


Shirl Parker
05-25-2014, 11:24 AM
Lovely Lids Ladies :clap:

05-25-2014, 11:48 AM
Mad hatters tea party indeed! Wonderful paintings and ideas from all so far. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

05-25-2014, 02:37 PM
OK, I've got a little time between other commitments...what a beautiful tea we can have with all these lovely hats!

Jean, what a cute little doll with her flowered hat! And the dignified older woman with the shady hat is superb. But my favorite is the gay 90s lovely with the elegantly tipped chapeau!

Dewi, I love your floating island concept! And the drooping flowers on the jungle girl hat are great!

Katherine, I love the green hat with the fabulous and showy flower! And the trapped in memories hat is quite lovely too. I'm glad you persevered through the slump. It can be hard...I had my own slump a year or so ago (have not fully recovered), and this forum with its engaging plant parade challenge really helped me find my muse again! (Oh, and thanks for the kind comments!)

Indiechixor, A lovely still life...and it is a hat with flowers...they're just not ON the hat! Don't think it's a problem. We tend to be pretty open minded here!

Lil, I love your hats, with people under them! I like the way the first hat brings out the blue in her eyes, and the second is just incredibly cute!

chana, I love, love, love your painting! Great use of lost lines here! And the hat is very elegant.

Carol, Great hat! I love the swoop of the brim in front! This one definitely has character and class!

We're going to have a great tea party this month!

05-25-2014, 03:51 PM
Wow ladies, these results are staggering and heart-stopping :thumbsup: It's a great subject that was fun to do. I'm posting one of my redone watercolors of potted daisies flipped vertically with a hatted garden gal drawn and painted over the pots...a little abstract-crazy :cool: some of you might've seen on my blog :rolleyes: This detail is 15x11.


05-25-2014, 03:53 PM
What lovely hats!

Meggs - stunning arrangement of red and yellow flowers
Vivien - beautiful stargazer lilies; I can smell them!
Jean - all 3 are great, but I love the 3rd one the most
Dewi - the dipping down purple flowers are so cool!
Katherine - so stylish! :thumbsup:
Lea - love that bow; Bravo!
Indiechixor - lovely painting!
ArtsyMom - very colorful flowers and faces
Everythingsheneeds - soft beautiful colors
Carol - very dramatic; Vogue magazine look out!

Here's mine - acrylic on 11x14 panel. It's a detail of Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party. I've always loved the painting especially this woman playing with her dog.

Thanks for a great challenge!


05-25-2014, 04:23 PM
BB, so glad you joined us and your hat and flowers look just fine. . guess I did not explain it clearly. . .sorry! But, you did a great job on your strong shadows and highlights! Love the flow of the ribbon!! :clap: What size is the painting?

Lil, wow, so glad you used the girls and you made their hats so colorful!! What a wonderful sight. . .both of them!! Great job!! :thumbsup:

Chana, I love the strong light in your painting!! You always give us such beauties!! Love her eyes, too! That hat is so perfect for her!! :cat:

Carol, wow and wow!! It would seem that you used the inks all of the time. . .love this one!! Love the curve of the hat, too!! A real beauty!! :wave:

Kay, love the way you think!! What a great save!! She looks perfectly happy among the other flowers and even has a smirk on her face like she told you how to paint it! :D Love the colors!! :clap:

Sandy, I thought that I had seen this scene before. . .love the way you have painted it! The hat is perfect for our Garden and the little dog will enjoy chasing the butterflies that come by, too! So glad you could join in on the fun!! :thumbsup:

Thanks, Blue, Shirl, and Colin for being our cheerleaders this month. We appreciate the cheers!! :wave: :wave: :wave:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-25-2014, 04:42 PM
What a wonderful selection of hats and flowers! Just gorgeous! I've been gone or busy until now, so I'm posting a bit later in the day than I intended, but here is Thoroughly Modern Mona. Ta Da! :D


She's done on 16 x 20 Gessobord in acrylics. She's my first portrait-like painting in acrylic. I've done a few in watercolor and gouache several years ago, but my first in acrylic. I was going for a slightly "Andy Warhol look," rather than totally realistic. Any feedback and/or suggestions would be appreciated!

I hope to comment on the many beautiful entries when I have more time.

05-25-2014, 07:15 PM
This project has been so much fun and much more rewarding than I might have thought in the beginning. So, thank you. I've gone through and taken notes about all the things I love about each of the paintings we've seen so far and this is what I got for you...

Meggs: I always look forward to seeing your bold color choices. It's hard to think you were down and homesick. I hope you are feeling better.

Viv: I'd totally wear your hat. You've done a good job on the b/g too. I like the way green fades to blue toward the bottom. High five!

Maureen: The ribbon on your hat is especially appealing. Your painting reminds me of a pretty day, gardening or maybe just a quiet and restful walk.

Jean: Yours look like pretty little dolls. I am amazed at what you can do with digital software and how real you make them seem.

Dewi: I tried to pick a favorite but I like them both very much in their own way.

Katherine: Are your hats for sale? It seems as if they've both come right out of a boutique and onto our project page.

Lea: Wow!! Omg!! and pat yourself on the back for the detail you were able to put into the texture of your hat.

Indiechixor: No worries...I did the same thing to start with but, I'm glad you didn't change your hat by adding flowers to it. I like it just the way it is.

Lil: It's hard to think that you could put so much detail into a 5x7 but you did and both seem so bright and summery. These would make good postcards.

Carol: I love the leafy neckline and deep purples. Very creative!

Kay: I keep turning my head vertically to see your daisies and either way, I am amazed. Yours is abstract-crazy-genius!

Sandy: Good idea to take the detail from something you love and share it like this.

Judy: Your title suits the style in this one. It's very contemporary and bold.

Vivien Maloney
05-25-2014, 07:29 PM
Meggs - Love your hat! Beautifully rendered flowers. Love the way they all sit so well together on the hat - one of your best paintings yet!

Maureen - Wow, you are getting so good with your digi work! Beautiful hat, flowers and I like the way you've done the foliage behind it.

Jean - Your digi work is amazing! So perfect! All 3 are gorgeous…beautiful hats and flowers too.

Dewi - So good to see you painting again! 2 lovely hats and flowers on them are great too! I particularly like your "floating island" one. How nice of the lady to compliment you on your hat.

Katherine - Both are beautiful hats and the first one is oh, so stylish! I see we went for the same lily…great minds. Your second is lovely also. Great that you're out of your painting slump…now just go for it! Thank you for Hosting this great Challenge!

Lea - Lovely hat, flowers and ribbon! Clever girl to put it in a scene…looks great!

Indichixor/BB - What a beautiful still life! It doesn't really matter that you didn't understand the theme, you've got a lovely hat and flowers also, so well done. Hope you will join us next month too.

Lil - Two beautiful, clear watercolors! Both great hats & flowers and I love the colors you've used in both.

Chana - Wow, such an elegant painting! You've simplified this wonderfully, and it says so much with just a few basic strokes! Extremely well done Chana!!! Beautiful, I love it!
Thanks for your nice comment on mine.

Carol - Wonderful job with those Acrylic Inks! Very elegant hat and flowers and I love the leaves at her throat for a scarf! And her purple lipstick matches her hat. Beautiful work!

Kay - I knew you'd come up with something different! Well done you very clever girl!!!

Sandy - Ohhh, so cute…both the hat and the dog! A very different interpretation than most of us have done, and of course I love it!

Judy - Another very elegant lady! I love that rose on the hat and your Title too! She is a thoroughly modern gal!

Wonderful work from everyone and so many different styles and interpretations of hats and flowers!

05-25-2014, 09:23 PM
Judy, Thoroughly Modern Mona is beautiful!! She is elegant and ready to meet the day!! So glad that you joined in on the fun!! :clap: :clap:

Peeps, the Tea Party Garden PP is going to glow!! Love the choices that you all have made!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :clap:

So far, we have 19 hats for our PP Garden!!:cat: :wave: :wave:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-25-2014, 10:17 PM
Dewi, both are lovely and delicate
Katherine, two beauties and love that modern Millie
Lea, a beautiful painting and setting
Indie, a lovely hat in a great still life
Lil, love both those sweet girls and their lovely hats
Chana, gorgeous, love the here and there
Carol, a beautiful stylish hat with great colours
Kay, what a great and interesting painting
Sandy, one could not ask for more, a beautiful hat and a beautiful pup
Judy, a great modern lady with a beautiful hat

05-26-2014, 01:16 AM
Katherine, first of all thank you so much for hosting this month
Both hats are lovely and would love to try on the second hat :)

Blue, hi.

Lea, it's beautiful how to paint that hat it looks thick and real, beautiful bow too.

Indiesichixor, very nice one and don't forget to come again next month :)

Lil, both are wonderful, well done., love those chubby cheek too.

Channa, wow thumbsup.

Carol, fancy and so cool ..beautifully done.

Kay, cool and made us look at every angle.

Sandy, very good she look so happy with the poodle.

Judy, she is so sophisticate and ready for an outing. :)

Thank you for your kind comment on my work everyone.

Hope to see more hats coming :wave:

05-26-2014, 02:18 AM
Hi everyone:wave:

Katherine, thank you for hosting this month and for a great challenge:clap:

Mine is watercolor 20x26 cm.


05-26-2014, 07:48 AM
Hi Dewi......loved your floral hats and the fact that you actually wear them.....I think 'girls' wearing hats are SO attractive.....bet you look great in them....


05-26-2014, 09:53 AM
cerann, a lovely straw bonnet with great colours

05-26-2014, 10:13 AM
Nur, I want to wear that beauty!! :clap: :clap: Love the roughness of the straw!! The flowers are so lovely, too! Am studying your bg. . .really like it!! Thanks for joining in and you are number 20!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thanks, everyone, for the compliments on my paintings, too! It is nice to be back in the Garden again!! :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-26-2014, 12:48 PM
Oh goody! There's more!

Kay--that's brilliant! What a cool idea...you came by your moniker honestly--very Kreative! And I love how your colors are always so rich and deep!

Sandy--what a lovely lady, from a time when ladies always wore hats--so nice! And the dog is very well done too...you really got the texture of the fur, and the playful gleam in his eye!

Judy--lovely modern Mona! We had a class assignment once to paint "flat" like Andy Warhol--it's harder than you might think! Well done!

Nur--great texture in this, both the straw of the hat and the wood decking beneath it. I'd pick it up and throw it on, especially on such a sunny day!

Now I'm going to page back through and admire them all over again! I love to go back and look in the light of other people's comments!

05-26-2014, 01:04 PM
I'm going to try and comment on all the lovely hats but I may be interrupted and need to stop before I'm finished. I'm expecting a computer expert to help me install my new printer.

Meggs, I love your Aussie Bush Basher! Attractive and useful, a terrific combination.

Viv, your beauty is exquisite. I just love the color of the hat. What is it called?

Oops, here he is. BBL.

Charlie's Mum
05-26-2014, 01:16 PM
I'll be back later to comment on these wonderful hats/hats and ladies - super stuff!

Meanwhile - this was one I did years ago from a ref by Dewi - it's on paper in ac. inks and one of my first inks pieces. Approx 12 x 8"

Hat and Hibiscus - for Dewi!:lol:


05-26-2014, 02:51 PM
Oh, Maureen, I was hoping that you would include this in our Garden!! Outstanding work!! Wish I could wear this one around here!! :clap: :clap: :clap: Size?

Peeps, keep them coming, we are having a ball!!! :wave: :thumbsup: :wave:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
05-26-2014, 04:05 PM
Nur - lovely hat & flowers. I love the way youve painted the hat. Just enough texture to show that its straw and the background is great too! Beautiful,

Maureen - oh my! A wonderful hat and flowers! The Hibiscus are awesome and I like the way the hat sits amongst the foliage! Outstanding painting! :clap:

Charlie's Mum
05-26-2014, 04:20 PM
Thanks ladies - sorry K, I meant to go measure it! probably about 12 x 8" - I'll add it to the post.:o

I had to search for this - before my computer went haywire a couple of months ago I was so sure I'd backed up everything onto an external hard drive ...... something went awry though and almost all my PP work from past months/years is gone - kaput - disappeared into thin air :( ...... I've always kept a high res, large file of each work, plus a WC size for uploading - guess I'll have to trawl through here to find past works :( ....... and where the work has sold or been given away I can't re-do the scans!

Charlie's Mum
05-26-2014, 04:29 PM
Jean - absolutely super, all three - and so different in character. That 'lady of a certain age' is wxceptional - face, and light through the hat.

Dewi - theses are both lovely and so nice to see you painting again after all the trauma of the past many months!

Katherine -so elegant! I'd love to wear that huge hat! the straw bonnet is lovely too.

Lea - excellent straw for that hat! Bow and daisies superb too.

Indie - you'll soon get the hang of our Plant Parades! Thank you for joining us and painting this lovely hat ... vase is very good too.:)

Lil - these are both delightful and great faces beneath the titfers!:D (that 'hats')!:D

Chana - Elegant and exceptional - beautiful!

Carol - what a vamp she is! Lovely hat and face - and hope you enjoyed the inks!:)

Charlie's Mum
05-26-2014, 05:37 PM
Kay - this is tremendous! The sense of sunlight through leaves is lovely and all that extra patterning in a very subtle 'underpainting'.
I shall be looking at your Blog!

Sandy - that's very recognisably Renoir! Lovely!

Judy - another very elegant lady with a super hat I'd like to wear!:) My only suggestion would be to add shadow from the hat onto her face - add mystery!:D

Nur - superb straw hat! Is that the paper texture making the straw texture? It's great!

Do hope I haven't missed anyone!

I find this months 'Ladies and their Hats' really quite exciting - it's lovely seeing them all ...... super challenge Katherine:D

05-26-2014, 05:56 PM
Maureen, love that hat, and the hibiscus is stunning! Great composition!

05-26-2014, 08:12 PM
OMG what an array of beauties.... This has to be a corker of a PP this month. Thanks all for your comments I really enjoyed painting this one, just wish I had had more canvas to complete the story.

Im back in Aus, but not home. :wave:

05-27-2014, 02:05 AM
Thank you all for your nice comments on my painting. Everyone did a wonderful job this month:clap: :clap: :clap:

Meggs, what a colorful hat with gorgeous flowers, love it!

Viv, yours is a very elegant hat with perfect colors, great job with oil pastels.

Maureen, wow! it is so wonderful--love everything about it especially the ribbon. Your second one is outstanding--love those hibiscuses and their colors and yes, the straw texture is partly the paper (Fabriano) and also I used dry-on-dry tech.

Jean, another three perfect digi art from you -- my fav is the second one.

Dewi, both of your paintings are lovely--I like the one with purple flowers.

Katherine, two beauitiful hats--first one is so stylish but the second one is my favorite.

Lea, very nice composition and a great job with the hat and the ribbon.

Indie, nice still life painting--no worries, can easily pick a flower from the vase and put on that nice hat.

LIL, two beauitiful watercolors with great details, love them both.

Chana, what a gorgeous looking lady--love the way you painted it.

Carol, WOW!! very modern and attractive girl--love the hat and the floral details, perfect colors.

Sandy, Great painting--just perfect.

Judy, a very elegant and sophisticated lady--your title suits perfectly.

Katherine, thank you again for hosting a great challenge this month:clap: :clap: :clap:

05-27-2014, 09:54 AM
Katherine, it was such fun this idea of having "hats" for this month, thank you for hosting and thank you for your nice comments. Everyone's hats were lovely. Didn't realize that I could've just done a hat with flowers but I went for the whole thing.

05-27-2014, 10:17 AM
Katherine – Thank you for this month’s challenge. From the looks of the beautiful paintings, everyone had a lot of fun with this one. Your photos were wonderful.
Meggs – The Aussie spin on the floral hat was fun. Liked your bold colors as well.
Viv – Beautiful job with the pastels. The monochrome hat against the complementary colored background worked well.
Maureen – Your piece is so beautiful and delicate and evokes the essence of a floral hat. Very pretty. I later noticed your second painting. You are masterful with acrylic inks. It is gorgeous!
Jean – Lovely job on all three pieces. Something about the one with the older woman spoke to me, since you put so much character into the face. Nice job!
Dewi – Both hats are lovely. I am partial to the violet and green palette, which you used well. Love the drips in the background – they add a certain “mood”.
Katherine – Nice job on both paintings. Their styles are so different, it almost looks like two different artists painted them. How did you get that dramatic black background with watercolor?
Lea – I loved your painting. Your style reminds me of Renoir. Very nice!
Indiechixor – Great composition. It was nice to see a piece with a little more complexity to it.
Lil – Very nice job with the little ladies and their hats. The color palette that you chose worked well with the sweet subjects.
Chana – Stunning painting. You have amazing talent to mix all those colors, leave areas blank and the result is a knock out!
Kay – What an amazing technique! I wish I know how you did it. Very artistic and beautiful. My husband and I loved your piece.
Sandy – How clever of you to find this piece of Renoir. Your painting evokes the same feeling. Very nice.
Judy – Love the big, dramatic hat and the overall composition. Great job with the bold colors.
Cerann – I liked your piece very much. I was impressed with how you made it look like a straw hat with very few strokes here and there. Nice job.

05-27-2014, 09:15 PM
Thanks everyone for the nice compliments on my work, but YOU made this month a success with the hats! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thanks to the ones that provided their photos from the RIF, they were wonderful for this Challenge!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Carol, to get that black in Watercolor, I used Perm. Alizarin Crimson and Pthalo Green (BS). I use Daniel Smith paints. Continue to mix them together and they will go to that black. (I then put the leftover paint in an uncovered container for the next painting or touch-ups.) I used a couple of coats to get the depth. Next time I will cover the bg as I paint because I lost a bit of the paint simply from the handling. Oh, and I did it first and with masking over all the edges. I did not think that I wanted to do it in reverse. . .I have done that before and it is a bit more work to me. :cat: Carol, there are lots of other 'recipes' for black from other combinations, but this one works for me.

Peeps, the Tea Party PP was really a blast!! :clap: :clap: Hopefully a few more will post in the next day or so!! :crossfingers:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-28-2014, 08:17 AM
Katherine -- Thank you for the info on the black background. I do like the dramatic mood of it. :)

05-28-2014, 10:56 AM
Katherine....that black mixture looks good in your hat painting and the phalo green shows in the mix (very powerful pigment).....but if you want a black background why not just utilize carbon black, eliminating the need to mess around mixing? :confused:


Charlie's Mum
05-28-2014, 03:47 PM
This is the one I ruined with the masking - tried to hide it!:(

W/c on Hahnnemuhle (sp?) Britannia paper, 12 x 8" (30x20cm)
My hat and the frangipani is from a photo by Idylbrush - the plant is from his garden.


05-28-2014, 05:26 PM
looks fine to me!.....I'd take a walk thru a garden with a doll baby wearing that hat any day!.....;)


Charlie's Mum
05-28-2014, 05:36 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

05-28-2014, 05:56 PM
Maureen, it is wonderful!! Do not even think about the masking, it looks like a winner to me!! :clap: :clap: :clap: Love the ribbon being so transparent at the edge of the brim! :thumbsup:

Blue, in Watercolor we like to use a mixture in the black so that one part or the other will glow through like you see in the green.

Carol, hope it helps!! :cat:

Peeps, what a great month. . .now, the Garden needs to be constructed and I have a fab helper who is going to put it together for us. . .Viv!! :clap: :clap: :clap: Thank you ever so much for your help!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-28-2014, 05:59 PM
The May Plant Parade Tea Party is close to the end, but if you still have a painting, please feel free to post and we will get it into the Garden! :thumbsup:

Thank you all for the fabulous month of beautiful hats and wonderfully lush flowers on top!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-28-2014, 08:04 PM
Katherine...just wash over (glaze) the carbon black with any color that suits your fancy....no messy mixing and storage problems....:rolleyes:


Vivien Maloney
05-29-2014, 12:19 AM
Maureen - Beautiful hat and flowers and that transparent ribbon is exquisite! :thumbsup:

Charlie's Mum
05-29-2014, 07:11 AM
Thank you Peeps :D

And Viv, thanks for doing K's Gallery too:)

K., maybe you should give blue's suggestion a try - no rules should stop us trying things!;) ....... and I say this as person who seldom uses black paint in any medium!;)

05-29-2014, 08:05 AM
Hi, yesterday my post disappeared before uploading and no internet connection to PC after that.
Using doc sis (?) for phone, mobiles and other gadgets but for PC the signals always weak, bad or no signal at all.
Now start again, crossfingers.

Nur, beautiful one and yours was anchored nicely too.

Maureen, thank you so much for your trouble in searching for this very beautiful and fantastic work.
I think it was from the year 2005 when I was hosting WDE for the first time.
I remember in commenting the light which were coming through from hat's tiny holes too. :thumbsup:
The last one is pretty... with transparent bow and lovely frangipani.

Thank you so much for your kind comments everyone you too Blue :)

Post right now before signal turns slow.

05-29-2014, 08:08 AM
Hi 'girls'......I hate those contrived 'rules' of art!....I know that WC'ist like to make their own 'blacks' becauce it's a 'rule we follow'....bah humbug!!!:evil:

I utilize a lot of 'black backgrounds' for my floral paintings....it makes the bright flowers 'POP'.....people love it....in shows, it gets attention....you can see the painting clear across the room....

I hate the 'rules' so much, I'll sometimes put the center of interest right in the middle of the picture...and the horizontal line smack in the center....drives the 'educated by book learning judges' bananas!......:lol: :lol: :lol:

so Katerine, for a little excitment in your life, break a rule and do a carbon black background, glazed with 'fuchsia'......:D


05-29-2014, 09:49 AM
Blue, remember, I am a new painter and have a science bg. . .I think in rules and it is a major adventure to cast them aside. :angel: I did look for a Watercolor that is called Carbon Black and only found one company that had it and I had never heard of the company before. Perhaps the major companies have another name for it? But, out of respect for you, I will put it on my 'think-about-it' list!! :thumbsup: Thanks for the suggestions!! I need a lot of them!! :lol:

If you have not posted and you want to, Peeps, feel free. . .we still have more of May!! :clap: :clap:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-29-2014, 12:00 PM
I'm embarrassed at how long it has taken me to get back to commenting. It took most of Monday just getting my printer installed and working the way I wanted it, even with the help. Then life swooped in and took over. I haven't even had time to paint since then, but before I get before my easel I want to finish my commenting on the really lovely entries this month.

Maureen, your digi is just gorgeous. I am amazed at how painterly you make a digital look! Your second one in ac inks is stunning. I love the deep color of the blooms. Thanks for the suggestion for a shadow on mine. I'm often afraid shadows will ruin a painting, but I'll gather my courage and do this one. :)

Jean, what a lovely trio of entries. I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite. What you can do with ArtRage is amazing.

Dewi, both your paintings are lovely but I especially like the second one. I admire how you give the impression of someone wearing it without any indication of facial features.

Katherine, what a terrific twosome you have entered. I especially like the flamboyance of the first.

Lea, your hat is exquisite. The hat has the look of a well worn and well loved piece and the flowers are lovely.

Indie, a great combination of vase of flowers with a hat. My hat is off to you for creating your own set up.

Lil, a beautiful twosome! The hats are lovely and the faces are delightful. I especially like the chubby cheeked little one.

Chana, what a truly stunning, dramatic piece! You certainly know your way around watercolor!

Carol, I really like the contemporary feel of your painting and the colors are stunning.

Kay, I am continually amazed at your creativity of what you can do to rescue a "failed" painting and turn it into something entirely new and delightful.

Sandy, you have painted a scene from one of my favorite paintings. Renoir would be pleased.

Nur, your hat is just beautiful. I especially like the texture you achieved.

I think that catches me up on commenting. If I missed anyone, please let me know so I can rectify it. And thank you everyone for your kind comments on my "Mona."

05-29-2014, 01:35 PM
Katerine....I'm just trying to put a little excitment into your 'mundane' life....

and if 'carbon black' is exciting, so be it!....:lol: :lol: :lol:


P.S.....just saw that Golden, which makes excellent acrylics that I have used for years, now makes a new line of watercolors, including 'carbon black'...just for your info....always here to help!....:thumbsup:

Vivien Maloney
05-29-2014, 03:18 PM
Good morning everyone :wave:
Here's your May Gallery, wonderful paintings from you all.
Thank you for Hosting this month's Plant Parade, Katherine - it was great and I think we all enjoyed the Challenge. :clap:


Charlie's Mum
05-29-2014, 03:20 PM
You're and Angel for doing this gallery Viv - thank you!:)

05-29-2014, 03:25 PM
Viv, that is a splendid and glorious gallery!

05-29-2014, 03:36 PM
It's wonderful to see all of the fabulous pieces together in one gallery.

Kudos to you, Viv! :thumbsup:

05-29-2014, 04:57 PM
Viv, wow and wow!!! It is beautiful and I thank you for doing this for us!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Peeps, I told you our Tea Party PP Garden was going to be outstanding!! :clap: :clap:

Wow, what great entries this month!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

05-29-2014, 05:25 PM
What a beautiful gallery!! I wish I would have had time to join in. Maybe next month. Great work everyone!!

05-29-2014, 08:43 PM
Glad I checked in here today and found the wonderful gallery that Viv put together, love it.

05-30-2014, 08:01 AM
Katherine, thanks for a wonderful idea and Viv thanks for a lovely gallery , now lets see what June brings :wave:

Shirl Parker
05-30-2014, 12:01 PM
Outstanding work everyone, a pleasure to gaze upon :clap:

05-30-2014, 07:06 PM
Thank you, Shirl!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Was hoping Elaine would enter one, too, but it didn't happen! :angel:

Marion!!! What is the next Challenge??? :confused: :confused:

Hugs, Peeps!

Katherine :music: :music:

Vivien Maloney
05-30-2014, 11:29 PM
Yes bring it on! Looking forward to the June Challenge Marion!:thumbsup:
I won't be so smug in July, as I'm Hosting July and I haven't a clue what my theme will be...I'll have to put a bit of thought into it...yes, indeed I will!:confused:

05-31-2014, 02:08 AM
Thank you for a wonderful gallery Vivien:clap: :clap: :clap:

05-31-2014, 03:03 AM
Thank you Viv for your time in doing this wonderful gallery :clap: :thumbsup:

05-31-2014, 07:25 AM
Viv.....why not a 'white' theme for July.....the snow will be on the ground in your area, down under, but up here the white roses, lilys, etc. will be blooming.....just a suggestion.....:wave:

05-31-2014, 08:25 AM
Viv.....why not a 'white' theme for July.....the snow will be on the ground in your area, down under, but up here the white roses, lilys, etc. will be blooming.....just a suggestion.....:wave:

Blue, why not participate and sign up for a month then you can have your own choice (within reason :lol: ) of colour, plant, whatever in the botanical world you choose :D

05-31-2014, 11:14 AM
Maureen, I love that last hat, and didn't see anything wrong with it...whatever you did to fix the problem must have worked!

Viv, the gallery is beautiful!

And Katherine, the challenge was great, and resulted in some fabulous paintings! I'm so glad I took the challenge and created my own reference so I could participate. Thanks for the stretch!

05-31-2014, 11:14 AM
No, thank you.....just trying to help Viv....she said she didn't have a theme for July.....I enjoy you 'girls' work and comments very much but I'm a shrinking violet when it comes to anything beyond a comment or two....:D


Vivien Maloney
05-31-2014, 03:43 PM
Blue - You a shrinking violet???!!!:lol: :evil:
Thanks for the idea of a "White" theme for when I host in July. Its a good idea and I dont think its been used for a while.

05-31-2014, 09:36 PM
a shrinking violet
:rolleyes: :confused: :lol: Viv, it's just a joke from Blue!! :thumbsup:
Wait until Meryl and Carol get wind of this! :clear: :clear: :lol:

What a pleasant month this has been! Very successful because we had a lot of participation, but we have been short of men, I noticed! Let's hope they will participate. . .clear my throat. . .Blue. . .in the next month's challenge! :crossfingers:

Mmmmm. . .Marion, is it time yet???. . .:confused: :confused:

Viv, I like to go back over the very first PP's and think about those challenges that we didn't do, except for Maureen, perhaps. There are some very good ideas there.

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

06-01-2014, 07:34 AM
Hi All,
Sorry I haven't participated much - but my pile of half finished paintings is growing! Nice work everyone on this challenge, I really wanted to participate but things got in the way, as they do:)

I've just waved the family off at the airport and will be back for the June challenge later today or tomorrow morning after I've had time to recuperate after all the visitors.

Just thinking about a challenging challenge mmm..:evil: :D

Vivien Maloney
06-01-2014, 04:18 PM
Yes Katherine, Ive done that and have now decided on my topic, for July, so I'll be all ready when July arrives. :angel: :evil:

Marion looking forward to your June Challenge. :thumbsup:

06-01-2014, 08:01 PM
Oh Viv....I hope your theme is not going to be "shrinking violets"....:lol: :lol: :lol:

we'll just have to wait and see....:wave:


06-01-2014, 08:10 PM
I wonder what June will bring :D

Vivien Maloney
06-01-2014, 08:16 PM
Blue - :lol: :lol: :lol: :evil:

06-01-2014, 09:51 PM
Can't wait to see what the next challenge is for June!

06-02-2014, 03:14 PM
These are lovely...each and every one. I had hoped to take part but May was a month of many ups and downs...from a wonderful vacation to losing someone dear to our family. Hoping to take part in June!

07-14-2014, 09:11 PM
Beautiful work all!

Well I know I'm late, and we were supposed to paint a hat with flowers on it.

But I searched for hats in the RIL, and who could refuse this little guy?http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jul-2014/52365-image.jpg

Didn't do him justice, but no matter how long it took me to get to it, I had to try!

07-15-2014, 11:14 AM
He's adorable, Cleo! You do super work!

07-15-2014, 02:07 PM
Cleo, he does have a hat and we will pretend that he ate the flowers!! :lol:

Katherine :music: :music:

07-15-2014, 03:47 PM