View Full Version : What's on Your Easel? (WOYE) May 2015

Charlie's Mum
05-01-2015, 07:51 AM
April's WOYE (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1376381)

A new month for new work, but also for all those paintings yet unfinished ...... surely we all have them?:lol:
For me, it's fatal to leave a work - I have one half-finished from about 5 years ago, keep looking at it, but can't find the initial energy and feeling I had for it:(

Sometime, I will get back to it! Meanwhile ......... :)

05-01-2015, 11:16 AM
Hi Maureen;
Your right if I leave a painting too long it just sits there and stares at me.
Here's a few I'm working on.
Take Care,
Paul :thumbsup:


Charlie's Mum
05-01-2015, 04:37 PM
That's an interesting corner Paul! I love to see how others work!:)

05-05-2015, 09:47 PM
Landscape 20 X 15 on panel.

Block in complete. Not sure how much it's going to change. The vertical strokes at the bottom look like the edge of a chasm. Got to fix that.

Painting is a bit darker than this, but not much.


05-08-2015, 11:10 AM
I have done barely a handful of paintings, all small, and mostly using photographs or photographs of paintings as reference. I wanted to try going a bit brighter with the colours and a bit looser with the style. Tried this one with a painting by Van Gogh (public domain) as reference.
(Still working on getting better photos with my phone camera:( )


.. on 10 x 8 inch canvas board

Charlie's Mum
05-08-2015, 12:15 PM
Cliff - I like the basis of the design - you'll need, though, to check relative proportions of the telegraph poles:) - e.g the huge one on the left is level with the 3rd on the right!:)

mso - such a lot of detailed work in such a small space! - looks really good!
Can you check the pixel size of the photo on the phone settings and get a larger size that way? ... up to 800pixels for WC.

05-08-2015, 02:37 PM
Maureen I get your point. I'm going to have to check the reference again. I think the problem has more to do with the way the foreground recedes. I think (at least right now) that those two are the same distance from the viewer.

Mo, that's terrific.

05-09-2015, 10:47 AM
Maureen: Thanks for the tip. The camera has settings for approx 1200x780 pixels. Following some tips here and elsewhere I take pics 'outside when the day is bright, but keeping the picture in the shade' which has given the best results so far. Still trying out the light settings... practice,practice,practice :)

Charlie's Mum
05-09-2015, 10:59 AM
SM - ms ... I resized the image to 800p wide to give us a better view!:)

Can you send your phone image to the computer? I often do this from my tablet - then re-size to 100dpi resolution and 800p high/wide depending the format of the work.


05-09-2015, 02:43 PM
Started this 2 years ago and dragged it out of storage.
Not sure where I'm going with this, but I'm pretty sure the background will be red...:lol:

05-10-2015, 12:40 PM
Maureen: I was vague... The smallest size on the camera is 1200x780 approx. When I take pics I include a bit of the background too (again following tips - phone camera adjusts the lighting better if dark paintings have some light area surrounding and vice versa). Download the photos to my computer, crop and check size. If bigger, I reduce the size (in Paint) This time, I took the pic from a distance, that was why it came out so small when cropped :o

By the way, I liked the first abbreviation you used for my name, 'mso' :) It is much more convenient to type too.


05-10-2015, 12:43 PM
Here is a larger pic. Apologies for repeating it

Charlie's Mum
05-10-2015, 03:40 PM
mso (;)) :) .. I really like the way you painted the roses, and the vase .. the loose brushstrokes - nice!:)

05-11-2015, 12:18 PM
Cliff, the power poles in the distance should be shorter then the ones in front, and the front pole's girth would also be bigger, for proper perspective.
MSO, the roses & vase look great.

05-12-2015, 06:21 PM
Finally got to complete this, doing a quick post before work.
Didnt go with the seagulls as intended, but hope the grasses give me the necessary. All in all it turned out better than I expected. Thank you All for your help. 60x30 cms


05-13-2015, 01:32 AM
Meggs, good work! The grasses are perfect..WELL DONE!

05-13-2015, 01:45 AM
Reconstituting an old canvas.
I have a couple forgotten canvasses. Usually I gesso them over and get them out of sight. I keep them hidden in storage. One of them I may finish some day, after I acquire more talent.:)
Originally this background was going to be scene from a NASA space photo.
Now, It's going to be another Carnival mask of sorts.

36x24 C&C always welcome!

Charlie's Mum
05-13-2015, 05:05 PM
Ooooh - Eric, looks scary :eek: :)

Meggsy - spot on! :thumbsup:

05-13-2015, 08:18 PM
Scary??..Nah. I just did the basic liner brush outline of where the mask/face parts go. We're at the "ugly" stage..:rolleyes:
Women's Venicien (sp) carnival masks (https://www.google.com/search?q=carnival+masks&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=Xt5TVZHtIYKzggT99YDgBQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=911&bih=358) are normally not scary. Usually the masks are painted and have a lot of adornments. The hats are dressed with flowers. NOT mine. My painting will only have 3 basic colors, blends of Red, Black and White.
With my failing health, I'm having some real issues getting physically and mentally motivated to paint, so, I'm trying to keep things pretty simple and get it done.

05-14-2015, 03:09 AM
Made a little progress tonight. I now see that the eyes are not right...aaaaaaarggh http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2015/1714334-nuts.gif


Charlie's Mum
05-14-2015, 08:14 AM
Not scary now Eric!

I did a painting of Venetian masks a few years ago - love their ornate features of feathers and beads:)

05-14-2015, 09:04 AM

05-14-2015, 11:12 AM
a wip..30x30 acrylic

05-17-2015, 09:58 PM
Bev I like it. Itís coherent.

05-18-2015, 11:51 AM
WIP 20X16, palette knife work, started yesterday

05-18-2015, 12:22 PM
Love the mountain.

05-20-2015, 03:10 PM
this is half way to a painting of 'Piz Bernina' and 'Piz Roseg'.
Two famous mountains in switzerland...

05-20-2015, 03:49 PM
oh lovely

Imogene Thomas
05-20-2015, 09:04 PM
Lovely work everyone. I have newspapers clipped to my board....need to get a grip! :)

Mrs B
05-22-2015, 05:46 PM
Hey folks, I have a work in progress this month, but I've only got as far as a digital mock up - is it ok to post that here, or should I wait until I've actually got some paint on the canvas:lol: As it's not quite on my easel I thought I'd check - I've never done a digital mock up before as I'm usually too impatient and just start throwing paint around:D

Mike L
05-22-2015, 07:04 PM
That's an interesting corner Paul! I love to see how others work!:)

Maybe start a new sticky thread titled, Where You Work, for those who wish to expose themselves. Wait, that doesn't sound right...for those who want to show where they have fun with their art. :lol:

But the idea is legit, yes?


05-22-2015, 09:27 PM
"Expose oneself?" ..I assumed everybody paints in the nude.:eek:
You mean you don't? :lol: :lol:

05-23-2015, 07:12 AM
waiting for Maureen's answer.......:lol: :lol: :lol:

Charlie's Mum
05-23-2015, 03:27 PM
Lol Blue!
First, welcome to our new members and I hope you find the forum friendly and useful ...

RdHals, really sharp rocks at the mountain top!
Jobr, Swiss mountsins look good!
Bevahlee, nice mix of colour and te ture in your abstract, quite calming.
Gem, when you show your first step with the paint, then also share your digi prep, quite often people do digi try-outs first.

Mike, it's quite OK to expose your ..... corner of the artist's world!! It's also fine for you to open a thread inviting others to shsre their cirners too.... or their dedicated studios!:lol:

Thank you all for sharing your work so far ..... you have more on your easels than I have! My latest was my Different Strokes work. .... speaking of which, you might enjoy our monthly challenges, look out fir June's. :)

Mrs B
05-23-2015, 06:33 PM
:) Thanks Maureen, will do!

Mrs B
05-29-2015, 06:50 AM
Well I've started the canvas but still no paint - just pencil guidelines for now. Think this might have to wait for the June WOYE! :wink2:
I do like the idea of having a nosey at people's painting spaces though - its fascinating to see how others set up their workspaces :lol:

Charlie's Mum
05-29-2015, 10:43 AM
I'm thinking I might open a thread for studio-space then......... was hoping someone else would take the hint!:lol:

05-29-2015, 11:00 AM
Actually theres pure whiteness on my easel. My inspiration is gone and now I'm trying to force myself to paint but I know it won't work that way.

05-29-2015, 11:05 AM
these on my easel. Mandy (portrait) unfinished and "Field of Creams" finished, unless someone has something to say that will improve it

05-29-2015, 10:16 PM
"Expose oneself?" ..I assumed everybody paints in the nude.:eek:
You mean you don't? :lol: :lol:

Sounds good to me Eric... maybe my clothes wouldnt be so paint spattered, I keep forgetting to put an apron on :eek:

Mum I cant disappoint you... I have a whole studio set up, but find I do most of my painting in my dining room... :eek:

but then I never do anything normal..:lol:


Charlie's Mum
05-30-2015, 12:32 PM
Lol Meryl - at least you protect the table and chair first!;)

Beverly - I particularly like the first one - colours are gorgeous and I like the semi-abstract treatment of the figure.

Mike L
05-31-2015, 08:14 AM
I'm thinking I might open a thread for studio-space then......... was hoping someone else would take the hint!:lol:

I took a deep breath, then made a photo, and finally put it up in a new thread hoping others will follow suit.

It is here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1380714


Charlie's Mum
05-31-2015, 08:15 AM
Yes Mike - just been there!
Thanks for starting it - I'm sure others will pop in too.:thumbsup: