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NancyMP
05-02-2015, 11:40 AM
Welcome to What's on Your Easel for the month of May 2015! Please post your oil paintings that you are currently working on or have just finished.Everyone is welcome to post in this thread - Newbies and experts, as long as the work is in oil paint!

For a more complete critique post in the main forum! :wave:

koumk
05-02-2015, 01:50 PM
Just finished.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2015/1967884-DSC00075_1.jpg

Sorry about the picture quality. Its from an ancient digital camera

Thank you in advance for your comments

AnnieA
05-02-2015, 07:12 PM
It's probably unlikely on a Saturday afternoon, but I'm hoping someone will be around who could give me a little feedback. Here's where I am on my daffodil painting:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2015/85002-PSX_20150502_152439.jpg The background is actually just a little warmer - more like a super-grayed lavender than the more bluish color in the photo, but it's a subtle difference. I need to submit it by 8PM this evening (it's 3:30 where I am now). Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a reference photo when I did the initial painting for the Every-Other-Day Challenge, so I've been really struggling more than I should have been, and it's taken me way, way longer too.

So here are a couple questions:
How does the shadow on the wall (to the viewers left) look? Too dark/light? (Unfortunately, the photo made the shadow darker.) Shapes OK? I've shown some shapes darker and some lighter to show a distance of the actual flower from the wall - does that look ok?

Any other glaring errors (keep in mind that I still have a lot to go here)? For instance, the top of the stems looks weird right now - too dark! - but that's b/c the flower petals haven't been painted in yet. I plan to adjust the stems later so that they're not quite so dark.

I may not manage to get this done in time, but that's OK. I'm doing my best to look at it as a learning experience (for instance, I will never again neglect to take a reference photo! :lol: ), although in all honesty I'm having some tense moments too.

I hope there's somebody who's around...

Edited to add: Whoops...looks like the stretcher bar is making a mark. Sheesh.

NancyMP
05-02-2015, 08:04 PM
Annie, you can pour some water in the back of the canvas to tighten it up. If the stretcher bar still shows after that, you may have to scumble it a bit so it's not such a straight line.

Another suggestion would be to cover the mark with a couple of daffodil petals that you can pretend fell out of the jar or didn't get placed in it yet. I think your shadows work beautifully - I like that you've not only got the stem shadows in the wall shadow area, but in the darker table shadow area as well.

Where is everybody today? It must be a gorgeous Saturday for all of us!

AnnieA
05-02-2015, 08:27 PM
Thanks, Nancy. As it turns out, the stretcher line isn't so apparent in reality - it must have been something to do with the angle of the camera. And I'm relieved by what you said about the shadows. It was very hard to do them without a reference photo.

Yikes - I've only got 2.5 hours to finish it!

AnnieA
05-03-2015, 12:17 AM
OK, it's done (as much as it's gonna be). Here is my finished daffodil painting. Please do NOT give me a crit, because at this point, my deadline has been reached and there's nothing more I can do!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2015/85002-20150502_201225.jpg

Let's hope the liquin will do the trick and it'll be dry (enough) tomorrow.

MarkMark
05-03-2015, 01:36 AM
Goo Job Annie

Dutch42
05-03-2015, 01:43 AM
Annie:Hi! I just got home from work an hour ago, that's why I for my part wasn't around earlier. I really like how the front daffodil pops! It looks like you could reach out and pick it up!

AnnieA
05-03-2015, 02:05 AM
Thanks, Mark. If you saw my desk right now, after 8 hours straight of painting (I used 3 paper palettes and 32 brushes!) you'd realize it really was a "goo job" - what a mess! :lol:

Thanks to you too, Dutch! I appreciate the nice comments! But do you think the prominent flower pops a little too much??? I can't tell b/c I'm in that mode where I just really can't see it yet - I'm too emotionally attached!

VickiB
05-03-2015, 02:23 AM
Still working on this one, starting to feel like it will never end... :eek:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2015/461161-Vicki-Sanderson-Artist-2015.gif

AnnieA
05-03-2015, 02:30 AM
Vicki, it's beautiful...and huge! I can see why you feel it will never end! But it looks like it's completely worth it. Great job!

Nancy, I was so wrapped up in my painting that I didn't congratulate you on your successful opening night! Two paintings sold - good for you! Was one of those that sold the still life with the skull and glowing colors? I bet it was!

Dutch42
05-03-2015, 02:58 AM
Thanks, Mark. If you saw my desk right now, after 8 hours straight of painting (I used 3 paper palettes and 32 brushes!) you'd realize it really was a "goo job" - what a mess! :lol:

Thanks to you too, Dutch! I appreciate the nice comments! But do you think the prominent flower pops a little too much??? I can't tell b/c I'm in that mode where I just really can't see it yet - I'm too emotionally attached!
No, I don't think it pops too much. I think it's all come together nicely!

AnnieA
05-03-2015, 12:42 PM
No, I don't think it pops too much. I think it's all come together nicely!
Thanks, Dutch!

NancyMP
05-03-2015, 01:19 PM
Vicky, I'm amazed at you taking on such a huge endeavor, but you've really done a wonderful seashore painting! Beautiful job!

Annie, you're certainly welcome; I love the finish! My big still life is still there; the only two I sold were little 4 x 4s from one-a-day efforts, but it puts me ahead. I also had one of my larger paintings reserved for a month with a down payment. This one:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2015/203830-Our_Lady_of_Small_Creatures_WC.jpg

Coastal
05-03-2015, 02:53 PM
Vicki

Had no idea that the painting was that huge!
Looks like a photograph with the realism and color
Your dog looks like he/she is enjoying it too.

emeemay
05-03-2015, 03:17 PM
Working on a bit of a weird one for class....it's a personal kind of piece about anxiety.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2015/1969092-IMG_5120.JPG

NancyMP
05-03-2015, 04:55 PM
Emeemay, this is a real head turner; I'm eager to see what you do with it. Oops, I didn't mean a joke when I said that; I just meant that I would pause and look at it if I saw it in a gallery...

ianuk
05-03-2015, 06:11 PM
Some nice work to start the month. I spent a couple of hours drawing and blocking in the first layer of a duck... Still have a fair bit to do.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2015/70343-Duck1.jpg

NancyMP
05-03-2015, 08:31 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2015/203830-with_paint_5.3.jpg

I've only got three more days to have this done, so at this point I like to ask for advice. The paint is still wet on the right side of the painting, and it shows up better in person. Other than that, are there any other particulars I could make some improvements on?

emeemay
05-03-2015, 08:55 PM
6 hours later...Final tweaks after I get it critiqued in class tomorrow, but critique here is welcome too!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2015/1969092-Screenshot_2015-05-03_at_6.53.09_PM_copy.jpg

NancyMP
05-03-2015, 09:10 PM
The edges could be less finished and I think it would help.

I kind of liked the looser effect with the yellow overlapping the darker background in your first one - I think if you softened the edges of the yellow cloud over the face to make it look it would help. Or even scrubbed the edges in a nervous way... I kind of miss seeing a hint of those eyes showing through for a bit more anxiety.

I guess it depends on getting the anxiety effect through to the class; right now it looks a bit too calm.

emeemay
05-03-2015, 10:59 PM
The scrubby edges are a good idea--I'll work on that tomorrow. The idea was originally to keep a really calm pose, and try to convey the anxiety through the yellow painted scribbles and the detached head. Anxiety isn't always obvious, so my professor and I liked the idea of keeping the overall pose very symmetrical and calm.

HeatherDawn
05-03-2015, 11:19 PM
I haven't painted in a few months. Finally pulled this WIP out and put the foreground trees in. Now I'm feeling motivated. Can't wait to start layering some color in them!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2015/1170005-20150503_162932.jpg

Rosic
05-04-2015, 06:06 PM
"Moonlight Marsh"
14x18" oil on canvas

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-May-2015/17108-IMG_20150504_165816-picsay.jpg

stapeliad
05-04-2015, 09:11 PM
Bernie that is really gorgeous!! Fantastic light.

AnnieA
05-04-2015, 09:46 PM
I don't know if this is kosher, but I remembered Dutch's rooster painting from last month when I ran across this, by Ken Auster:
http://kenauster.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Roost_11x11.jpg
There's an amazing similarity - it must be the same breed of rooster.

AnnieA
05-04-2015, 10:54 PM
And look how Auster handled those legs! :D

Rosic
05-04-2015, 10:57 PM
Thanks stapeliad...

Annie... Love those textured brushstrokes.

Dutch42
05-04-2015, 11:20 PM
And look how Auster handled those legs! :D
Good point! Don't show the legs and you don't have to fool with the pesky things! Thanks!

AnnieA
05-04-2015, 11:50 PM
Bernie: Thanks, but do you mean on my earlier daffodil painting? No, I bet you thought the rooster was mine. The rooster is a painting by Ken Auster (http://kenauster.com/portfolio-category/available-paintings/) that I posted for Dutch, as he did a rooster painting just recently and I thought he might like to see it. Auster's brushwork really is amazing and I would love to be able to paint like he does. Your own painting Bernie, is gorgeous - so moody and mysterious. And I love the color, which seems unusual for a nocturne but works perfectly. Bravo!

!becca
05-05-2015, 12:18 AM
824704

fly away
60x30"

NancyMP
05-05-2015, 03:00 PM
Rooster legs aren't pretty! Becca, soft and serene...wouldn't it be nice if we could all sprout wings? Pesky airlines!

Here's a not-really-good photo of where I am with this one now. I'm getting a lot of glare because the paint is so thick at this point. I still need to soften the left edge of the pillow and dull down the white; and finish up the nightgown, but I really like the blanket now with it's rich color. I added mineral violet and Prussian blue there, and I like what it did (except for the glare.)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2015/203830-with_paint_5.5.jpg

Michaelshane
05-05-2015, 05:01 PM
Trying to get back in the swing of things

http://i547.photobucket.com/albums/hh450/andycat60/F719DE35-2AE7-4E8D-81EE-C2830E32D22B-1430-000000EC2EDF2BA6.jpg

Shannon Expat
05-06-2015, 01:20 AM
I started this pair of European robins tonight.

http://s26.postimg.org/mg5yrfmt5/image.jpg

http://s26.postimg.org/5ed4pc7y1/image.jpg

mtpalms
05-06-2015, 07:52 PM
nearly finished (I seem to say that about this painting every time I post) :wink2:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-May-2015/208394-wc1149.jpeg

Michaelshane
05-06-2015, 11:34 PM
http://i547.photobucket.com/albums/hh450/andycat60/34E32B4B-7FEF-4BC8-94A7-4DDDE146E96E-1890-0000017D9816D158.jpg

Michaelshane
05-06-2015, 11:35 PM
Establishing values

Eisenhorn86
05-07-2015, 12:36 PM
All wonderful paintings as usual! I really like the robins by Shannon and can't wait to see the finished winterscape by Heather Dawn , also the seascape by VickiB is great!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2015/1970116-me_picture_wetcanvas.jpg This is me, the painting is almost finished, I wanted to give an overall mood of sadness/nostalgia if possible. Sorry for the bright light and the distorted perspective but I was in a hurry and wasn't able to take a good picture :P

Michaelshane
05-07-2015, 02:08 PM
http://i547.photobucket.com/albums/hh450/andycat60/4CBF1D8B-2E10-45A0-A19C-B19C43260575-2067-0000019F5A59C8CD.jpg

Michaelshane
05-07-2015, 08:03 PM
If you stand way back,It's starting to look pretty good.Up close it's darn ugly.

http://i547.photobucket.com/albums/hh450/andycat60/CEFAC9E6-39BF-4348-AEB8-555BC8FE277C-2378-000001C7E9E6A21B.jpg

AnnieA
05-07-2015, 10:54 PM
I scraped my daffodil painting down a couple of days ago. I decided that I had made choices that were all wrong, just because I was trying to meet a contest entry date. I'm so glad I realized what I had done before I submitted - it would have been so embarrassing! Anyway, I've fooled around with it a little more now. It's not really done but I'm putting it away. The first version was painted from life, but daffodils are out of season. I'm still trying to figure out brushstrokes, so it's just to difficult to try to imagine proper values/color at the same time. I'll wait until daffodil season next year and try this again.

First, here's a photo of the painting I wiped down:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2015/85002-20150502_201225.jpg
The photo didn't pick it up so well, but some of the yellows were really looking garish.

And here's where I stopped on the re-do:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2015/85002-IMG-20150507-00658.jpg
It's not done (and I'll leave it here), but I think this one is a lot closer to capturing the actual colors and delicacy of the flowers.

paperpainter
05-07-2015, 11:06 PM
I've been slowly working on this painting of the California State Capitol for awhile now (2-3 hours at a time).

I had issues with deciding warm light, cool shadows in the white building area, etc., and I got some good help here on WC.

I've still got a ways to go, but I feel that I'm over the hump now. The foreground is just a cool wet wash right now.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-May-2015/45806-capitol-stage-3-WEB.jpg

Dutch42
05-08-2015, 02:24 AM
:) Not the best photo. My camera definitely has it's limits. . .

Steamup
05-08-2015, 11:54 AM
I have been working on this painting for a few days.
This is the progress to date with the sketch and the small water colour painting produced to try out a few ideas.

AnnieA
05-08-2015, 12:37 PM
Steamup, I really like your scene and you're doing a terrific job on the gesture of the people. I like it that you've moved the bird down to the corner. What's the building there? It wasn't in the other sketch and personally I don't think it adds to the painting - neither will the second bird you've got sketched in the mid-ground. You don't want too much competition for your primary story, which is the people on the bench. Just my two cents though, and it's very likely that others may see it differently. Building and bird or not, when you finish this you're going to have a very charming painting.

Steamup
05-08-2015, 08:29 PM
The building is a British fish and chip shop hut,the man has dropped his chips hence the sad face and his wife is offering to share the chips the birds are taking advantage.
They are my thoughts at the moment your feedback is most welcome.

NancyMP
05-08-2015, 10:45 PM
Oh, I love the story behind that, Steamup! And the expressions, facial and postural both, give it impact. Beautifully composed as well!

Dutch, this is such a nice painting! Is it finished, or are you going to do more?

Amai
05-09-2015, 12:07 AM
I scraped my daffodil painting down a couple of days ago.

I tend to forum lurk, and when I read that you had done that awhile ago on one of the other threads, I couldn't imagine why, but then seeing this... wow. That was a good choice. The first painting looked nice, but the subtly in the second. You clearly learned a lot working and reworking this.

*resumes lurking*

OziAfricana
05-09-2015, 01:51 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2015/13874-IMG_20150508_173303.jpg

I'm still working on this.

AnnieA
05-09-2015, 02:12 AM
The building is a British fish and chip shop hut,the man has dropped his chips
hence the sad face and his wife is offering to share the chips the birds are
taking advantage.
They are my thoughts at the moment your feedback is most welcome.
Ah, well, there was a lot more going on than just an intense communication between the two people that I saw.

I tend to forum lurk, and when I read that you had done that awhile ago on one of the other threads, I couldn't imagine why, but then seeing this... wow. That was a good choice. The first painting looked nice, but the subtly in the second. You clearly learned a lot working and reworking this.

*resumes lurking*
Hey, amai, you made my day! Thanks! I'm very much looking forward to next spring when I can paint daffodils from life again. :)

Ozi: Lovely start on the painting of the young boy. Their bodies are so flexible at that age and you did a great job in capturing that. I'll be looking forward to seeing the finish! :thumbsup:

FloatingDove
05-09-2015, 10:18 AM
Wow, so many wonderful paintings here! I finally finished this for a tribute to #IamTiger, will ship to the owner when dry. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2015/124364-image.jpg

Michaelshane
05-09-2015, 05:44 PM
http://i547.photobucket.com/albums/hh450/andycat60/image.jpg1_2.jpg (http://s547.photobucket.com/user/andycat60/media/image.jpg1_2.jpg.html)

mtpalms
05-09-2015, 07:35 PM
Tha's just beautiful, Michael!

Jas-TheCleanArtist
05-10-2015, 01:21 PM
This is what I did Friday. 16x20 about 3hrs work. All the irises are in bloom here in VA and all I could think of were van Gogh's amazing irises. So here are some irises I picked and tried to paint in the style of van Gogh. I deliberately didn't look at van Gogh's until after I painted this: I didn't want to do a copy. The first photo shows the texture, but the second is closer the the actual colors of the painting.
C&C welcome.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-May-2015/1966209-DSC00222.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-May-2015/1966209-DSC00214.JPG

Jas-TheCleanArtist
05-10-2015, 01:24 PM
Michaelshane wonderful portrait! I've really enjoyed watching the progress. Probably my favorite of this month, so far.

Michaelshane
05-10-2015, 01:28 PM
Thank you much.

Dutch42
05-10-2015, 06:27 PM
Dutch, this is such a nice painting! Is it finished, or are you going to do more?

Thanks! I signed it and called it done, I'm always afraid of over working another one. I've been tempted to add a bit. My gut feeling right now is to leave it.

AnnieA
05-10-2015, 09:01 PM
Whoops - posted in wrong place! Sorry!

Coastal
05-11-2015, 10:05 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2015/980962-wc.jpg

Great work everyone
I love to see all the different styles
This painting still needs more modeling, values and line work, probably 80% done

MarkMark
05-11-2015, 10:52 AM
Super Ozi

MarkMark
05-11-2015, 10:54 AM
Fantastic Becca, such wonderful light

Looking good Steam

The Daffs are looking fab Annie Well done

MarkMark
05-11-2015, 10:56 AM
Not sure if I'm done or not or not with this so its still effectively on the easel. Still got to think of a title

30cmx30cm Oil on canvas

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2015/46674-zmayWIP1.jpg

wdaniels
05-11-2015, 12:26 PM
Just started this one:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2015/1054932-1554349_930968130257527_3480804664895369902_n.jpg

Jas-TheCleanArtist
05-11-2015, 02:42 PM
MarkMark, I always like seeing your work on here. You have a great style.

wdaniels that's lovely! I love the colors and composition.

Shannon Expat
05-11-2015, 03:10 PM
Love that cat John. There is a very nostalgic feel to it.

Steamup
05-11-2015, 06:24 PM
A little more progress with the grumpy man painting.
The legs of the seat are too long the old women seems to have rather short legs and the sea has two different levels :lol:
At least I am starting to see the shapes and story I am looking for.

Jas-TheCleanArtist
05-11-2015, 09:07 PM
Steamup I really like where it's going. Such a charming picture.

AnnieA
05-11-2015, 11:01 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2015/980962-wc.jpg

Great work everyone
I love to see all the different styles
This painting still needs more modeling, values and line work, probably 80% done
Oh John, this is so lovely right now...I would just leave it as is! It captures the sweet expression of that little kitten and has a beautiful immediacy to it. Wonderful work! It really doesn't need a thing more, imho.

The Daffs are looking fab Annie Well done Thanks very much, Mark! And your landscape is looking great. Especially nice job on the glow of light on the far hills.

wdaniels: Great start on that landscape! The reflections are looking good.

Coastal
05-12-2015, 10:34 AM
Annie, Thanks much!
I was just about to go into ocd overwork the painting mode... I'm gonna stay off the face and keep the immediacy instead :)

Thanks for your sage advice :)

AnnieA
05-12-2015, 11:58 AM
John, I'm glad what I said helped. Still, if it were mine, I think I'd leave the whole painting alone at this point. I'd just use that looser area in the lower right corner to put a signature and then call it done. It's so nice as it is, so why risk it? I say this as someone who can sometimes drift into "ocd overwork the painting mode" myself. :D

K.Henderson Fine Art
05-13-2015, 12:28 PM
The Case of the Sulky Girl, 24 x 18, oil on linen

http://khendersonart.blogspot.com (http://khendersonart.blogspot.com)

xislandman
05-13-2015, 12:51 PM
This is really nice work... perfect kitten.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2015/980962-wc.jpg

Great work everyone
I love to see all the different styles
This painting still needs more modeling, values and line work, probably 80% done

xislandman
05-13-2015, 12:52 PM
I love the drama and style. So well balanced...

Not sure if I'm done or not or not with this so its still effectively on the easel. Still got to think of a title

30cmx30cm Oil on canvas

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2015/46674-zmayWIP1.jpg

Ladyfish
05-13-2015, 01:03 PM
Almost finished with this. It's the first seascape I've done out of my own head. I've done 4 others under the instruction of Alan Kingwell and Byron Pickering but I wanted to try one out on my own. I have to let this dry and then do a bit of glazing. Meanwhile, I'll start another. TFL. :clear:

Ladyfish
05-13-2015, 01:06 PM
Byron Pickering said awhile back that he was "fighting with his colors" on the last piece he did. If he was "fighting" I must be having war games with mine....lol. I do try to tone things down so that the colors will look natural but it never seems to work. Maybe I should just go with it.

WFMartin
05-13-2015, 07:24 PM
I am beginning a still-life. As many of you know, I usually begin still-life paintings by creating a very accurate grisaille underpainting, upon which I apply many glaze layers of color. For this grisaille, I used only Winsor & Newton Lamp Black, and M. Graham Titanium White.

For this, I'm using a wonderful painting medium, the proportions of whose ingredients I'm still busy fine-tuning. I bought two of the ingredients from Art Treehouse, in Madison, Wis., and those ingredients are Canada Balsam, and Oil of Spike Lavender. The quality of these two items is excellent, and the fragrance of my medium is almost intoxicating, and very low in toxicity. This medium promotes wonderful application of the oil paint, and it is totally compatible with my paint. It keeps my palette open while I'm working with it, yet it causes the paint to dry within a day, or two at the most, once I've applied it to the canvas. I've depleted no alkyds in the creation of this grisaille.

Strangely enough, I bought 2, 12" x 16" frames a few months ago, and this is a painting that I plan to mount in one of them.

Nothing like picking a frame, before you've finished a painting, right?? :lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-May-2015/13079-Rich_Harvest_01.jpg

I see a couple of little "drawing" issues, now that I am viewing it at a smaller size, and I will correct them before I begin applying color glazes. They are the top, rim of the pitcher, and a couple of places around the front edge of the plate. This is a case where I need to ignore the photo, and favor the composition, and rendering, to make it more pleasing.

In my experience, whenever there is an area that would cause the viewer to say, "What is that?", or "Something about that doesn't look right.", it is the time to either get rid of it, or to fix it. In this case, fixing it should suffice. Such an area immediately draws the viewer's attention to it, and becomes the focal point, or the center of interest, .....but, for the wrong reasons.

Viewing a drawing, or painting at a smaller size allows me to detect drawing imperfections that viewing it at its real size does not exhibit. They sell optical devices known as "reducing glasses", and I'm always telling myself that I should buy one for my use some day.

Ladyfish
05-13-2015, 09:53 PM
I love to use glazes but have never done an entire painting with them. I am anxious to see this finished!

Coastal
05-14-2015, 01:12 AM
Dennis, Thank you, I like the soft lines in wetlands!
Bill, Yes on Treehouse I just got their oil of spike bottle HUGE savings compared to Holbein

WFMartin
05-14-2015, 02:31 AM
Dennis, Thank you, I like the soft lines in wetlands!
Bill, Yes on Treehouse I just got their oil of spike bottle HUGE savings compared to Holbein

Yes, that Art Treehouse company is very good, and it has reasonable prices. Hope you told them that I recommended them to you. And, you do magnificent work! I just checked your blog.:D

DC56
05-14-2015, 04:38 PM
Started in May and finally got around to finishing it.

Oils on 24X30" stretch canvas

here's the first stage

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2015/1892838-Autumns_stage.jpg

Finished one - I think :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2015/1892838-Autumns_Display_sm_wht.jpg

Steamup
05-14-2015, 07:00 PM
"You can have one of these" Think this might be about it. I will leave it for a couple of days and then have another look I think.

Jas-TheCleanArtist
05-14-2015, 10:39 PM
Wow, Steamup, I just love your painting. It reminds of Norman Rockwell's works. How large is the painting?

Steamup
05-15-2015, 06:11 AM
That is some complement thank you very much. The painting is 20x16

WFMartin
05-16-2015, 06:35 PM
I modified a few of my drawing errors, I believe. I'm getting ready to apply my first glaze of color. Gotta' be really dry first, though. The medium I use dries very fast, once it becomes part of the painting, so drying time is really not an issue.

This is my corrected version of the grisaille:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2015/13079-Rich_Harvest_02.jpg

Ladyfish
05-18-2015, 01:05 AM
Working on a wave-pool study this last week. Should finish this week. Loosely following an image from the photo reference library of Point Lobos by climber-man .http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2015/989022-Seascape_6.jpg

Ladyfish
05-18-2015, 08:13 PM
Work accomplished for today. A bit of glazing tomorrow and on to the next one.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2015/989022-Seascape_6.jpg

Ladyfish
05-18-2015, 08:20 PM
Not sure why but when I posted this last photo of my progress, the first photo I posted of the painting as it was yesterday changed into a copy of today's work. Does anybody know why this may have happened?

acrylicNewbie128
05-19-2015, 12:34 AM
Here's my inaugural post to the oil painting forum.
(Despite what my handle is, this painting was done in oils.)

xislandman
05-19-2015, 08:15 AM
Ladyfish... probably the same file name

Amai
05-19-2015, 10:52 AM
... and now for something completely different :lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-May-2015/1343970-crop_3.jpg

In between actual painting projects, I did these. I've seen ones like this online, and always wanted to take a crack at it, and then someone I knew was throwing out a worn out pair of canvas shoes. I don't think they'll last well, as everything I read said not to put oil paint on a surface that moves as much as shoes do, but oil paint is what I have, and since I was doing it for fun, I didn't want to go out and buy something else. (Did not paint the booth in the background, that's in there for reference). :D:D:D

Coastal
05-19-2015, 10:53 AM
Acrylic, I really like that!
What percent complete?

mtpalms
05-19-2015, 11:46 AM
Not sure why but when I posted this last photo of my progress, the first photo I posted of the painting as it was yesterday changed into a copy of today's work. Does anybody know why this may have happened?
If you are using an iPad, it never changes the file name from one image file to the next. Oddly enough though, if you wait 24 hours, you can post another pic, and it won't change the previous one.

If you want to post another and not lose the previous one, upload it to something like image.org, copy the url (it will end in .jpg) and paste it between image brackets. Here is a link to the different brackets that WC uses: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/misc.php?do=bbcode

Scroll down to 'images' for examples.

Amai, love the shoes! http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/002/4/2/free_use_avatar___tardis_by_tetsuk0-d368n3n.gif

bogdang
05-19-2015, 02:41 PM
Great work

Ladyfish
05-19-2015, 03:36 PM
mtpalms.....Thanks much. I guess that's what happened. I did post the images a day apart but I'm not sure it was 24 hours. Good info.

Ladyfish
05-19-2015, 03:40 PM
xislandman....Thanks....yes it was except for the last number. I don't think I posted 24 hours apart either. I'll know now.

kadkins
05-20-2015, 01:37 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2015/1970718-DPP_10001.JPG I finally have the nerve to post some of my work....Here is what's on my easels this month....hope I do this right!!! Please commenthttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2015/1970718-DPP_10002.JPG ...don't now how to post more than one image..(if I can) LOL...figured it out....sorry about the glare, I will try to take better one's next time.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2015/1970718-DPP_110004.JPG ..These are all WIP
I know I am no where near as good as y'all on here but I am trying!!! Since you should know, I am disabled now and returned to my favorite past time.
I would also like to know where I post other works so I can get everyone's critiques and such.
TIA
Kat:)

Delofasht
05-20-2015, 04:20 AM
kadkins, these are very nice! Don't be too intimidated, we are all still learning (always learning), I just got back into oils recently myself after a long long break. I was still doing art, just in different mediums, been missing a huge selection of tools that I used to own, and it has been challenging doing all my painting with one or two brushes. I believe you could just start a thread in the forum with your works and a request for critique.

That said, critique is something I find a little odd, it is very difficult to critique art without knowing intent. Once one knows what you are trying to capture it becomes much easier to identify whether that intent is being communicated. As a language, art is a very interpretative mode of communication, with a lot of psychological biased involved. Ah well, keep up the great work, if you have any other questions I am sure someone around here has the answer.

kadkins
05-20-2015, 12:30 PM
Delofasht,

Thanks for responding...If I was to post more of my works for critique, where should I post them?
TIA, Kat

AnnieA
05-20-2015, 12:56 PM
If I was to post more of my works for critique, where should I post them?
TIA, Kat

Hi Kat and welcome to WC! :wave: It looks like you've got a very good start on all three of your paintings! I really like some of the textures you've got going on in the first two, and in the last, the form of the iris is nicely done. I'm a relative newbie to oils myself. Don't feel hesitant about posting your painting as a newcomer. Everyone has been there at one time or another, and we all know how helpful another person's response to our work can be. As Delo noted, we're all learning.

I'm going to jump in here to answer your question, since it may take some time for Delo to return to this thread. If you're looking for a more thorough critique, you'll want to post your oil paintings in the main Oil Painting forum. You can find two links to start your own thread on the main Oil Painting forum page (you probably accessed it to find this thread). Both links (they're fairly small) say "New Thread," and are on the left hand side of the page. One link is just above where it says, "Threads in forum: Oil Painting..." and the other is further down on the page, just below the box with the listing of all the threads that have been posted and above where it says, "Display options." To get you started, here is a link: Just Click Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=10).

kadkins
05-20-2015, 06:13 PM
AnnieA,
Thanks for your reply, kind words and help...I really appreciate it! I am going to give your suggestions a try
Kat

mtpalms
05-20-2015, 08:19 PM
I had a few hours to paint this afternoon. The hand is now satisfactory, and I got the rest of the canvas covered. I love this painting.:heart:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2015/208394-wc1151.jpeg

kadkins
05-20-2015, 09:09 PM
MTPalms:::
Absolutely gorgeous!!! If only I could do that:)
Kat

Steamup
05-21-2015, 10:02 AM
This is the second old couple on a bench painting I have started this time they are both fallen asleep while feeding the pigeons.

mtpalms
05-21-2015, 11:45 AM
Thank you, Kadkins!

Steamup, this is a great series!

AnnieA
05-21-2015, 02:39 PM
Really nice, Marcia! Is it a grissaille (sp?) or are you setting a mood with grays?

PJ Johnson
05-21-2015, 04:19 PM
This is what I have just finished. I am new to this forum. This is my fourth painting. I am having trouble setting up so the light is more dramatic.
The pieces I have seen here, and the help from Bill Williams on glazing has been a great help.

Steamup
05-22-2015, 07:39 AM
Outstanding work PJ pleasure to view thanks for sharing.
I have made a little more progress on this painting think it will be called "Feeding the birds"

mtpalms
05-22-2015, 11:31 AM
Really nice, Marcia! Is it a grissaille (sp?) or are you setting a mood with grays?
It is an underpainting using burnt and green umbers thinned with OMS. I had trouble with her hand, and had to wipe it out last session, so I used a little white when I reworked it. It will be more or less alla prima, but with some glazing, I am sure. I just wanted to get the subject matter drawn in as close to correct as possible, so I don't run into problems later.

Welcome to WC, PJ!:wave: That is a beautiful still life.

AnnieA
05-22-2015, 12:38 PM
Thanks, Marcia. I tend to work with a grid, but too frequently lose my drawing in the process of painting. So what you do with the underpainting sounds like a very sensible and effective process, and I may try it myself.

PJ: Welcome to WC! :wave: And wow...that's a beautiful painting, and more incredible that it's only your fourth. I think the Still Life forum may have some info pinned at the top of the forum that explains how to do a set up for more dramatic darks/lights. You'll probably want to make yourself a set up box to control the light on your subject.

Steamup
05-23-2015, 10:04 AM
A little more progress on the old couple. I think it needs a vertical to play against the horizontals of the park bench.
Perhaps a tree in the distance to the left of the picture or a park lamp post on the same side but behind the park bench.:confused: :confused:

Madilou
05-23-2015, 12:12 PM
I love seeing what folks are doing. Especially love the super large scale seascape-- wow! I haven't posted before on WetCanvas although I've been lurking for a few months. Here is what I finished on Thursday.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-May-2015/1964807-IMG_0893_1.jpg
Also completed this one on May 7:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-May-2015/1964807-IMG_0894_1.jpg
These were done in Terrence Coyle's painting class at the Art Students League, a fantastic resource for anyone who lives in New York or can visit for a month or so.

PJ Johnson
05-23-2015, 04:01 PM
Wow, thank you for the input! I had trouble finding where I had posted this. Still learning the site. Now I will try to find the still life forum on that lighting info.
Thank you very much. Great bird feeding couple.

midwest
05-25-2015, 12:18 PM
I started this today, plugging in the dark sections. I guess I'll let it dry a day or two and put in the water and sky.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/217352-image.jpg

midwest
05-25-2015, 12:19 PM
Uh oh, upside down

WFMartin
05-25-2015, 05:15 PM
Here's my first glaze layer of color, over part of the grisaille underpainting:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/13079-Rich_Harvest_03.jpg
This is a 12" x 16" oil painting on stretched canvas, that I'm calling, "Rich Harvest". I correct small drawing errors as I paint, including while I am painting the glaze layers. Never too late to correct drawing errors, even if I missed them on the grisaille underpainting.

WFMartin
05-25-2015, 06:28 PM
As some of you know, I often step outside my "comfort zone", to do something more painterly, and to have a load of fun doing it. Sometimes those efforts actually pay off for me in local shows, and competitions, as well.

Here are a few work-ups of a 12" x 16" oil painting that I'm doing on stretched canvas, using a photo that I got off the Reference Image Library, here at Wet Canvas. I painted from a photo by farstar666, titled, "Summer Morning in Halifax".

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/13079-Sunday_Morning_01.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/13079-Sunday_Morning_02.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-May-2015/13079-Sunday_Morning_03.jpg

I'm calling the painting, "Sunday Morning", and I've made a few drawing changes to the subject, trading the telephone pole on the far, right, for a tree, as one of them, and modifying the sidewalk a bit, to accommodate for it.

midwest
05-25-2015, 11:31 PM
Bill, I love the light at the top and the violet shadows.

midwest
05-25-2015, 11:33 PM
PJ, your fourth painting?? Crazy good

K. Henderson
05-26-2015, 12:31 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-May-2015/164350-Before_I_Sleep_by_K_Henderson.jpg
Before I Sleep, oil on canvas, 20 x 16

This Cowboy depicts a character from the Wild West around the 1880's. He wears typical clothing from that period: Hat, vest, leather cuffs, scarf, and striped pants. The outfit is completed with a beaded knife sheath, pocket watch, holster and guns and leather chaps.

See more of my Western Art and American Indian paintings on My Blog http://khendersonart2.blogspot.com/

Michaelshane
05-26-2015, 08:29 PM
http://i547.photobucket.com/albums/hh450/andycat60/27BB8009-43F4-4F20-B8BD-8E77EDFE4AAF-13393-000004F7BECFE14C.jpg

Coastal
05-26-2015, 09:50 PM
Bill, Wow on the plate of fruit!
The colors seem so harmonious as well

wdaniels
05-27-2015, 02:36 PM
Still in progress, getting there

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-May-2015/1054932-11377206_938091829545157_228362899437922306_n.jpg

https://www.facebook.com/waynedanielsfineart

http://wayne-daniels.artistwebsites.com/

PJ Johnson
05-27-2015, 04:37 PM
Thanks Kathy. This early it is hard to tell until I step back for a couple of weeks.

Michaelshane
05-27-2015, 05:22 PM
http://i547.photobucket.com/albums/hh450/andycat60/38859C27-014A-49C3-8E13-BA7CF2D6F7F4-13621-0000050E6154354E.jpg

mtpalms
05-27-2015, 05:46 PM
I like this one, Michael. The wet pavement makes it interesting.

PJ Johnson
05-27-2015, 06:21 PM
WDaniels...this is beautiful...your reflections are so inviting it makes me want to be a waterfowl landing right inside your painting. it just pulls the viewer right in.

VickiB
05-28-2015, 05:41 AM
I'm finally done with this one, over five hundred hours, four glaze layers and painting with really really little brushes :)

Seascape Painting 2015
'Mauna' 138cm x 93cm
Oil Painting on Linen

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-May-2015/461161-Vicki-Sanderson-Artist-Mauna-2015.gif

Cheers all

mtpalms
05-28-2015, 11:46 AM
It's beautiful, Vicki! You have great compositional skills, among others, to pull off seascapes like this.

Coastal
05-28-2015, 12:27 PM
Vicki,

Love the epic feel and beauty of this
Love the muted sunshine hitting the foreground wet sand area

Beautissimo !!

DC56
05-28-2015, 12:59 PM
Vicki - you have such patience and wonderful detail - looks like a photo, BEAUTIFUL WORK! I bet with that many hours it's hard to sale it (or maybe not) as you have given it so much heart and emotions to it.

midwest
05-28-2015, 01:13 PM
Vicki B, it's a masterpiece! michaelshane, I am anxious to see the next update on the wet street.

midwest
05-28-2015, 01:32 PM
I posted this with just the darks blocked in. This is after two more sessions.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-May-2015/217352-image.jpg

katz
05-28-2015, 03:31 PM
Great works everyone.

This is 24"x 20" of my Son standing in front of a mountain of rocks with waterfalls trickling behind him. Photograph taken in Montana.

Starting to layer the colors.

Michaelshane
05-28-2015, 04:42 PM
http://i547.photobucket.com/albums/hh450/andycat60/B80FF403-72BF-48B7-A461-53A55050ABE4-14152-00000533D857022A.jpg

Michaelshane
05-28-2015, 09:41 PM
A few more cars and done

http://i547.photobucket.com/albums/hh450/andycat60/1DE2C69D-9C8C-4204-A426-832820283503-14437-000005475B447F80.jpg

Michaelshane
05-28-2015, 09:53 PM
I don't think I ever said how I paint.Short thirty minute bursts.Then I go do something else,come back later make adjustments,go mess with the flowers come back,paint some more,repeat.

mtpalms
05-28-2015, 10:14 PM
Nice! I like the figure on the left.

That is a good way, I kind of do the same thing. If I stand at the easel too long, I get 'lost' in the painting.

Michaelshane
05-28-2015, 10:26 PM
Nice! I like the figure on the left.

That is a good way, I kind of do the same thing. If I stand at the easel too long, I get 'lost' in the painting.

Me too.I like to back away,sit about ten feet away and look for things that aren't working,horizontal,vertical alignment,jump up and make corrections.I don't actually spend a lot of time painting in a day.

DC56
05-29-2015, 12:00 PM
wonderful works - and fun to see as you add and perfect them, Thank you!

Michaelshane
05-29-2015, 03:17 PM
http://i547.photobucket.com/albums/hh450/andycat60/BD621790-1029-45A1-9939-B460DA0D6DEA-14893-000005580FE09E5D.jpg

kadkins
05-29-2015, 10:03 PM
Welcome to What's on Your Easel for the month of May 2015! Please post your oil paintings that you are currently working on or have just finished.Everyone is welcome to post in this thread - Newbies and experts, as long as the work is in oil paint!

For a more complete critique post in the main forum! :wave:
Hi Nancy,
Since I am a newbie too, could you provide a link to the main forum or tell me how to get there:confused:
Thanks,
Kat:cat: :cat:

Michaelshane
05-30-2015, 12:32 AM
Hi Nancy,
Since I am a newbie too, could you provide a link to the main forum or tell me how to get there:confused:
Thanks,
Kat:cat: :cat:
Go to the top of the page and hit HOME.

mtpalms
05-30-2015, 12:34 AM
Michael, that looks great, and it is a great frame. :)

Kadkins, here are a couple forums to try:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=86
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=28

Or try one of the forums that match your subject matter. WC is a big place, it is difficult to find your way around, sometimes.

PJ Johnson
05-30-2015, 12:10 PM
Just beautiful!

PJ Johnson
05-30-2015, 12:22 PM
Hi bill,
Have you posted more on this work yet. It will be interesting to see how the next glazing layers go.

PJ Johnson
05-30-2015, 12:23 PM
Oops! That post was supposed to attach to Bills "rich harvest" work. Still not sure how to work around this site.

DC56
05-30-2015, 12:26 PM
Beautiful work here!

Oils on Canvas board 5X7" still need to add some shadows and light also a few more details.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2015/1892838-BFF.jpg

Norma46
05-30-2015, 03:14 PM
I am very new to art of any kind. I took an intro oil painting class last November and have only attempted a few oils. So it is will with great trepidation that I submit this for your review and comments. It is 16 x 20 oil on stretched canvas. I look forward to your c&c. The photo is kind of blurry; the edges are more distinct IRL.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2015/1893196-dogwood_blossoms.jpg

midwest
05-30-2015, 11:12 PM
DC 56, the birds are so fluffy!

PJ Johnson
05-31-2015, 12:50 AM
Norma....I like it. It is fresh!

Dutch42
05-31-2015, 01:49 AM
DC 56. Your birds are amazing! I'm jealous!

DC56
05-31-2015, 02:01 AM
DC 56, the birds are so fluffy!

Thank you Norma46....I sent you a personal message as a responds from yours. :angel:

DC56
05-31-2015, 02:05 AM
DC 56. Your birds are amazing! I'm jealous!

Dutch42 - Thank you, they were quite fun to do....in fact I made a few changes to them to hopefully help them pop more in the light.:)

I think I am finished unless someone see something I don't?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-May-2015/1892838-BFF.jpg

Dutch42
05-31-2015, 02:23 AM
Hello again, all.

I'm a little embarrassed with this one, but nothing worthwhile is learned without failure and/or adversity. As you may or may not remember, I'm in my first year, never been to a class. I'm working hard at it, though. This is my first attempt at a portrait.

The first pic is my reference photo, my good friend Jenny, who is an incredible belly dancer.

The second is where I was when I got frustrated and stepped away about 3 months ago. Since then I've been calling it "Frankenjenny".

I've been getting up the gumption to tackle Frankenjenny again. Today I worked on her some more. This last pic is where I left off when I had to drop everything and rush off to work. I realize her eyebrows are too red, but at this point I'm really trying to get shape and composition right, and it's more about the learning process. She does have similar color in her hair and eyebrows, I'll fix it later.

There is obviously A LOT to fix later. . .

I'm really trying to push myself, learn and improve, and I've learned a lot the hard way with this one!

Dutch42
05-31-2015, 03:47 AM
I should have added car battery posts and stitches. . . :lol:

Norma46
05-31-2015, 10:33 AM
[QUOTE=DC56]Thank you Norma46....I sent you a personal message as a responds from yours. :angel:[/QUOTE

Dc56.Didnt get an Im

DC56
05-31-2015, 11:50 AM
Thank you Norma46....I sent you a personal message as a responds from yours. :angel:[/QUOTE

Dc56.Didnt get an Im


You just need to make sure your curser is under the last . Then it should work....try it again :)

DC56
05-31-2015, 11:52 AM
Funny when I type the word quote it encluded it with your quote....just make sure your texting is under all the quotes. It should work for you

mtpalms
05-31-2015, 12:07 PM
I should have added car battery posts and stitches. . . :lol:

Apart from the eye outlines being too heavy, you have a great start. You might try wiping them out and blocking in the eye shapes first, try to avoid painting lines, especially early in the painting. This is a tough piece, you are indeed pushing yourself with this one! I am always impressed buy artists who can paint sheer fabric and make it look real, like this one from Henri:
http://telfair.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Telfair_143.jpg
And Sargent's Lady Agnew, to name just a couple. Henri was a fast, alla prima painter, so I don't think he painted much in layers, but who knows?

xislandman
05-31-2015, 12:35 PM
I am no professional but love to paint portraits.... I always finish the face, skin and lips before I paint the eyes, especially the lashes or mascara as it is ON the face around the eyes. Sometimes I lightly block the area as a preview. Once the eyes are finished I can add shadow or lighten up in the inner corners if needed. What I am saying is try not to get ahead of yourself...

As to sheer, it can be handled in may ways.... this is one I did a while back.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-May-2015/1145169-Nouveau_Jour.JPG


Hello again, all.

I'm a little embarrassed with this one, but nothing worthwhile is learned without failure and/or adversity. As you may or may not remember, I'm in my first year, never been to a class. I'm working hard at it, though. This is my first attempt at a portrait.

The first pic is my reference photo, my good friend Jenny, who is an incredible belly dancer.

The second is where I was when I got frustrated and stepped away about 3 months ago. Since then I've been calling it "Frankenjenny".

I've been getting up the gumption to tackle Frankenjenny again. Today I worked on her some more. This last pic is where I left off when I had to drop everything and rush off to work. I realize her eyebrows are too red, but at this point I'm really trying to get shape and composition right, and it's more about the learning process. She does have similar color in her hair and eyebrows, I'll fix it later.

There is obviously A LOT to fix later. . .

I'm really trying to push myself, learn and improve, and I've learned a lot the hard way with this one!

mtpalms
05-31-2015, 01:03 PM
Nicely done, Dennis! And good advice. :thumbsup:

Norma46
05-31-2015, 03:47 PM
. Then it should work....try it again :)

Still can't find it. No unread IMs. Forward your comment as an email?

PJ Johnson
05-31-2015, 11:14 PM
DC56
Thank you for the info on how the forum reply works. Still amazed at your birds!