View Full Version : Cafe Michelangelo: June 2014

06-02-2014, 03:57 AM
Hi there, art buddies. We are into June...summertime. After a few weeks of rain and dull grey skies, we have the sun today in UK!! Thank goodness.

What are you up to this month. New projects. finishing up on old ones?

We'd love to hear what you are doing. Post WIP, sketches or finished works here for us to see.:thumbsup:


Last month I tried the challenge over on the mixed media channel. Image transfers. I haven't quite got the hang of it. But here are a few attempts.



Bye for now.

06-02-2014, 09:40 AM
I look forward to seeing more monkeys. One can never have too many monkeys. :-)

As for me, my grade 6 class tried out blow paintings, in which drops of watercolor are blown around with a straw, to create plant-like forms. The results are quite pleasing:




And one I made:


And then I have been battling it out with miniatures. Here's an ACEO in acrylic:


It's amateurish. But I think I learned the one and other in the process.

06-03-2014, 07:24 AM
Hi June, We did a transfer project before and it was a lot of fun. I did a few on some tiles and the results were interesting. I will jump over to mixed media, and see how they do it...we used Matte Medium to stick the image on....actually it was your project. :) I was just thinkng I'd like to try it again.

I am finally getting to the tag project ...glad summer is near, it was an awful winter...such depressing weather I felt I was in a Bergman movie.

Brian, the straw project turned out such pretty pictures. I bet the kids had fun doing them. They cheered me up. How many miniatures do you have now? Like this fellow and all the others. Show us a grouping sometime.

Will be working on the old stuff this month and then we can move on.

Be well :cool:

06-03-2014, 09:18 AM
Brian, the straw project turned out such pretty pictures. I bet the kids had fun doing them. They cheered me up.

The kids had huge fun doing them. :-)

How many miniatures do you have now? Like this fellow and all the others. Show us a grouping sometime.

Hmm, lemme go check my records... not all that many it turns out: a grand total of sixteen since I started trying out the miniature format. The first one was this one, done in February:


At 4 x 4 inch, sort of at the upper limit of being a miniature, and I was very tentative with the thing. I initially tried a more or less realistic approach, and then realized I actually kind of like the heavy outlines, so for a while there I turned to post-impressionism.

But this proved difficult on the smaller pieces - I simply can't get my brushes to make thin enough lines!Hence my style became more traditional, but now the pictures look kind of amateurish.

It's a work in progress: for the last two I switched to acrylics, which have their own advantages and disadvantages. I'll have to do a hundred more before I'll find my style, I think. :-)

In the meantime, my friends and even pupils at school get all my failures for free. I gave this one to friends visiting from Canada, and who miss South Africa (they are ex-pats):


And this one to a grade five girl who scored the highest mark for science this term:


(I disliked it because in this case, the heavy post-impressionist outlines just didn't work).

This one is still up for grabs for the best grade five math student:


Well, they write their exam on Friday, and the competition is stiff, with several possible contenders... :-)

06-04-2014, 07:55 AM
Great idea to give out the miniatures as prizes.

06-07-2014, 09:15 AM
And my latest adventure in painting. A cross post from the miniature forum; ACEO, acrylic on board:


06-10-2014, 07:59 AM
I am engrossed with making art journal pages for some reason.

I put the finishing touches to my 'found poems' journal this morning.




The inside pages can be seen on my pinterest



06-10-2014, 10:13 AM
Wow, cool stuff guys!

I’ve been working on aaaah, something…….and now I’m checking in cause I really want to do something for our projects…….a egg tempera I hope of the veggies maybe or photo….

Hey, Brian I just saved a straw from a restaurant occasion to do this a couple of days ago and now I see your way cool post. This would be so fun to do on journaling too, eh june? Love your miniatures.

Janet, at least you were a “star” ,….right up there with Bergman is good, heheheh
It is harder to be depressed for long periods in the spring. The weather here makes me think I’m trippin on drugs or something….it’s so beautiful….who needs drugs……I’ve been enjoying some of you work in a desktop file that is employed right now.

June - your poems are really enjoyable. the animals are thinking and contemplating, that is cool…hoofs in the stream, looking at the rocks in the foam……I like it……makes me feel more connected with animals and nature. The tag presentation makes it accessible, and grasp is possible, carrying it with me……nice integration.

Hope we have a good summer/winter for you Brian.

here is a self portrait I did for the scavenger hunt last weekhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2014/88676-self.gif

06-10-2014, 10:15 AM
oh my I looked at the self po and realize the knobs on the drawer looks somewhat suggestive......oh well, it was unintentional.

That reminds me of what I've been doing....painting that wardrobe....I'll send you a photo....it is still WIP

06-10-2014, 10:27 AM
WIP - old wardrobe is on the way to perkyhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2014/88676-ward1.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2014/88676-ward2.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2014/88676-ward3.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jun-2014/88676-ward4.gif

06-16-2014, 01:51 AM
I look forward to seeing the perkified wardrobe when it's done. :-)

My latest adventures in art. A birthday card we made for my boss, who is far from 76, but getting grayish. So it was a joke, and lucky for me she has a sense of humour:


And a sketch after a painting by Caspar David Friedrich:


06-17-2014, 09:13 AM
I am posting some tags here as post is old.

These are very small 1 1/4 x 3 1/4. Think I'll try a little larger next time.



06-17-2014, 09:30 AM
June, just getting into poetry after all these years. Following you around your various projects The poems are good and so is your explorations into different forms of art.

Robin love your wardrobe do over. You've done a lot of creative things for your home. You look a little angry in your sketch. Bad day?

Brian thanks for keeping the posts going with your art and school projects. My birthday cake looks just like that, flames and all. Like that shadowy picture too.

I love the tags and want to do more. :cool:

06-17-2014, 01:19 PM
I like those tags. When I kick the bucket, I want one of them for my toe. :-)

I seem to have rather little time or energy for art at the moment. But I have a school holiday coming up, and will likely spend at a least a week away from work-related stuff. Perhaps I'll paint a bit then.

06-22-2014, 05:05 AM
Hi, everyone, I'm back. Good projects, everyone. So inspiring.

Had been a long three months. Traveling, going to healing conferences getting healed and learning to pray for others for healing, studying, recuperating, and more traveling. Every time I travel, I am set back for a couple of weeks to recuperate. Sometimes, I'm awake only at most for 5 hours a day.

For a long while I thought I had muscle sprain on my right wrist and elbow but I finally figured out that it's arthritis. After praying against it yesterday, I'm back to drawing rather than abstaining from it. This is also the first time I'm standing up more than 20 mins for the last month to do all this typing and scanning.

God is good. He continues to hold me up and now I'm praying everyday for painfree existence until the end. Walking two hours in the morning and today I added two more walking hours in the afternoon. I could eat and sleep and evangelize. My big thing now is laying hands on people and praying for them.
Colored pencil


added watercolor/neocolor 2


This one was done with left hand to try out if there's possibility I could train it to draw as well.


Left one is neocolor 2 and right one is fountain pen and watercolor

Fountain pen and watercolor.









06-22-2014, 05:39 AM
Wow Sandra, you have been busy. I love all your artwork. Lovely animal sketches.

Robin, I would love that wardrobe. Its so perky! Self portrait time! Perhaps we could have a self portrait project for July. I was thinking along the lines of a self portrait as a particular animal...either your fave species or the one you identify with etc....

I did the animals and wildlife challenge this month (on WC!) but it turned out as a fantasy type of art instead of naturalistic. I just couldn't get into a realism mode. Too used to whimsy now I guess.

I am still doing journalling.

Janet, I love your tag art, especially the surealistic eagle-man!!

Brian, I've never tried that blowing thing with paint..It would be good on a journal page.

Oh yes the other thing I am doing is gelli-plate printing. Has anyone tried that yet?

06-22-2014, 06:42 AM
Hi Sandra,

Just put a note in Mid month paint along that we missed your sketches....that was before seeing all these. Great animals. Please post more.

06-23-2014, 01:53 AM
Thank you, June, Janet. Will do.

06-24-2014, 11:04 AM
Found a box of old negatives and made some tags


These were fun. Instead of throwing the negatives away I think I'll keep them for collage.

06-26-2014, 07:29 AM
These are great tags. Good for journals or for collage art. I have a stack of old negatives...never thought of using them in art.

06-26-2014, 10:21 AM
Guess you can use anything for art...look at the lint paintings, straight from the dryers. :)

07-01-2014, 09:22 AM
My laptop finally gave up so I put it in the repair shop this morning! This means I will be unable to post much as the small android I am using is limited in function and difficult to use for art! I can view and post comments though.
If someone wants to host a new project...of your own choice e, or perhaps do the self portrait idea, that would be good!:thumbsup:
See you later.

07-06-2014, 12:58 PM