View Full Version : What's on your easel. April 2015

04-01-2015, 07:48 AM
Time for a new beginning.

04-02-2015, 03:08 AM
Amanda, Meggs said it, play with those clouds and have fun... Do not try to copy the photo, just dabble on a piece of paper to see how they look. There are no rules for clouds. Also no rules for cloud or sky colors. Not necessarily blue, I've done sky's in yellow and mauve. I start with a gray scumbling, then an off-white, then a lighter white and maybe a thin glaze of white if still too dark. Try it both wet and dry. Meggs painting has the clouds.
Sent you a PM.

04-02-2015, 09:42 AM
I'm in that limbo stage--just finished what was on the easel, now am trying to decide what to do next and there are a million ideas all fighting to be next. I have a bunch of photos from the RIL here I'd like to tackle, I have a bunch of mind's eye type drawings I'd like to tackle, I have picked out several flowers from the RIL to decide on for the challenge this month... sigh.

04-02-2015, 08:14 PM
I have been asked to do a collection of paintings for a local Lions Club to auction in a fund raiser for their Thailand Project.. (a new dormitory for school kids).

This is the first part of a matched pair of small Florals 10x12 inches. The reference kindly supplied by Just Jean from Plant Parade.
First time painting on MDF, not overly keen on it.

I have the bare bones in place, now a matter of building up glazes to bring it to life and to anchor it.
Im really pleased to be asked to participate in this. :wave:


04-02-2015, 08:24 PM
Aw what an honor Megs! That's a beautiful piece too. Will look fabulous when it's done.

04-02-2015, 08:25 PM
Lovely Meggs! I really like the background.

04-02-2015, 08:43 PM
Aww thanks Tami.....

Have you checked out monthly Plant Parade? Sorry bad on Names, not sure if you joined us or not.

We also have a chat room associated with this thread... Greenies room.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1376399 :wave:

04-02-2015, 08:49 PM
I will have to try it. I really SUCK at plant life. LOL I guess that's the best reason to give it a try.

04-02-2015, 09:03 PM
Tami sent you private message.

Violetta, Thanks hon, hope I can keep that affect when I glaze it. Arnt they lucky I work cheap :lol::lol:

04-02-2015, 09:45 PM
Meggs, looking good. My plants tend to die on canvas or in pots. Yours are nice.

"Sultry Red", Not my best but, this was a study in using an airbrush 1st time.
2nd time around for this painting since I ruined the 1st board.
It's on 30 x20 foam board. Glad it done, time to move on.. :)

04-03-2015, 01:22 AM
Eric thanks for the thumbs up.... best tip I can give you on plants is plenty of manure.

Shouldnt be a problem for guys, they are full of it :evil::lol::lol::lol:

Sorry practising for Blue...:D

Now... absolutely love this. :thumbsup: I have never seen an airbrush or how it work, but it sounds fun.

04-06-2015, 11:29 PM
Hope to finish this tomorrow, I had a lot of running around to do that sidelined my 'painting a day' idea, and I'm a little whupped to paint all night. I am REALLY excited about this one so far though. If I can keep it together I think it might be nice.


04-07-2015, 12:33 AM
Looking good Tami...:thumbsup:

Not sure if you know but WC has a animal and wildlife forum to... heres the link

You might like to check that out seeing your into animals.. :wave:

04-07-2015, 06:43 AM
Thanks Meggs. yeah, that forum is my other favorite on here.

04-07-2015, 08:37 PM
Started this yesterday, the plan is for a plant life abstract. So far I like it. I 'll be slathering some manure on today as Meggs said. :lol:

04-07-2015, 09:01 PM
love these

I really enjoy the light in the plant light abstract.

04-09-2015, 11:55 PM
Just about done with this exercise. I learned a lot. Blends, fade's, fogs, over-lay's (?) stencils and my new toy. Also learned that I have no idea what a flower looks like...:lol: Hence the mod/abstract style. ;)
Still need to cut in the hard edges.
Whacha think? C&C welcome.
20x30 foam board, acrylic (airbrush)

04-10-2015, 11:58 PM
I rather like this, very pleasing to the eyes.... :thumbsup:

04-12-2015, 10:17 PM
Started this last night, got the basic layout drawn in and placed.
My 1st full landscape :)
36x24 Canvas panel.
My bride found #1 carpenters pencil, nice and soft, erases clean, leaves nothing. Always been a problem for me. No name on pencil just "#1" , found at the check-out at Home depot.

Forgot to Submit. meanwhile added some basic color to it, before I finished last post so here it is:

04-13-2015, 03:26 AM
Roughed in some more color. Can't see anything with the horrible lighting in my studio/office.
Have to see during daylight what's not right then it's details, details and a few more details. :lol:
C&C Welcome.
I can already see where my tree reflection in the water is back-asswards and my island doesn't show.
Not sure about the yellow water ?? There will be a mist/fog rising from the water, at least that's the plan, and the sky needs lightened.

04-16-2015, 04:34 AM
The Cabin X-post
Calling this about done. need to add some vegetation what else?

04-16-2015, 01:57 PM
Hi Eric, lovely composition and I really like the sky colors as well as the water color. The one thing "bothering" my eye is that the reflection in the water looks like a reflection of 2 evergreens...however the trees above the reflection look like hardwoods, oaks or hickory...The reflection needs to change or you need to add conifers to the landscape. Otherwise I am left searching for the reflected trees... overall a very nice painting though!

04-16-2015, 03:33 PM
Lots of great work from everyone. Will post what's on *my* easel as soon as I'm allowed! (Hazards of being the new kid.)

04-16-2015, 03:36 PM
So let's see if it will let me post a picture now. I just finished this. Still needs to be varnished. Signed it on Sunday. Started painting last year after a 20 year hiatus...

04-16-2015, 04:36 PM
Nice, nice glass work. However the vase stem seems to be askew, especially noticed with the table's edge.

04-17-2015, 03:14 PM
Started this in January! Second effort in acrylics, just finished. Got a few more lined up, making a nice change from working in oils.



04-17-2015, 09:31 PM
Nice! Great shine/reflection work!

04-18-2015, 04:52 PM
Thanks Eric ;)

04-18-2015, 08:39 PM
I finally finished my Magnolia, started way back.. This was my first time painting on MDF... Im not overly keen on the support, will stick to canvas board in future.

Measuring 12 x 10 inches... to my eye its passable. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Apr-2015/200778-Magnolia.JPG

04-18-2015, 09:06 PM
Meg, they Look Great to me. I wasn't keen painting on MDF either, can't give a good reason. Hor studies, testing and practice I've been using foam board. s'OK. Standard ol' gesso'd canvas still my preference for slathering.

04-19-2015, 02:08 AM
Thanks Eric... Yes I found even with 3 coats of Gesso, the MDG didnt allow me to play with the paint ... particularly difficult with the background to get the blending I wanted.. I was so close to throwing this out so many times. I stuffed it at the end, got sloppy with my glazing and lost my shading and shaping in some places..

Oh well All good Practise. :lol:

04-19-2015, 01:06 PM
Impaitient,when I get frustrated with the paint or surface ., then I lose interest and the piece becomes dumpster art.

04-19-2015, 07:35 PM
Well, still needs a lot of work, but started painting this today. Sketched it out a couple days ago, but haven't had the chance to start it until now. Hopefully will get it finished later on tonight or tomorrow.

04-19-2015, 10:09 PM
Tami, looks like you have a good start!

04-19-2015, 10:19 PM
Thanks Eric

04-20-2015, 09:01 PM
just trying something differ here. this I started to day.

04-20-2015, 10:27 PM
:thumbsup: Jocko !

04-20-2015, 11:05 PM
I've done this comp before, here I have just the basic BG done.
I want to enter this in a National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/caf/index.asp) competition.
Although I missed the 1st due date, I was told to submit it anyway.
So, I'll be up all night finishing this by morning. :)
C&C always welcomed.
"Afghani Sundown", 36 x 24 canvas panel, acrylics

Anyone else ever enter this annual competition?

04-20-2015, 11:16 PM
Jocko - Great color and form. I like it a lot.

Eric - That's brilliant and strong. Like looking into a spotlight very much like looking at the sun going down.

04-20-2015, 11:37 PM
Jocko, that is so good. Do more.

Eric, so bright. I feel like somebody just took my picture at close range with a flash bulb. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Meggs, do you use an underpainting? Once I get the first color layer on it works just fine. Or you can make canvas panels with the MDF also.

04-21-2015, 07:30 PM
Well I did not get as much done last night as I intended.
Should be able to finish it today.

04-21-2015, 07:40 PM
Oh LOVE IT... best of luck in the competition. It is very VERY compelling.

04-21-2015, 10:57 PM
cool work

04-22-2015, 01:37 AM
x post.

pretty well done I think.
"Afghani Sundown", 36 x 24 canvas panel, acrylics
C&C always welcome
Better pic tomorrow in daylight.

04-22-2015, 10:20 PM
do look good

04-23-2015, 01:07 AM
daylight pic, better color def.

Grumpy Old Man
04-23-2015, 12:11 PM
6 x 8 canvas board. First effort at blending on the canvas. Really shouldn't have free-handed the branch or the bird (or is it because they both start with b? :lol: ) copy of a YouTube video lesson.

04-23-2015, 01:49 PM
It's very nice Grumpy. Actually since branches (or birds for that matter) are rarely 'straight' lines, freehand worked well. Especially true for the branch. The bird could have perhaps been a little more defined, but it is certainly recognizable. I like it. My main suggestion might have been to blend the edges of colors in the sun/sunlight a little more, especially right at the edged of the white sun.

04-24-2015, 11:59 PM
Hi everyone:wave:

I am new to acrylic painting, and very excited to find a vibrant community of artists here :)

This is my work in progress (one of my very first few paintings) based on a photo I took on a recent vacation.

Would greatly appreciate any feedbacks and tips!


04-25-2015, 06:02 PM
Welcome to the quirky, quick drying, acrylic world.
Good start. The chrome railing looks wrong at being angled inward, I would leave it off.

04-26-2015, 11:18 AM
Thanks Eric!

Yup agreed the railing should be more parallel. :)