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idylbrush
05-31-2015, 11:30 PM
Time to start a new month!

Jenafern
06-01-2015, 12:14 AM
I rarely do still life paintings except for florals, but have been wanting to paint pears. I broke the never use even # of objects rule, but I had 2 pears so made due. I wish I'd painted them larger and more centered, but oh, well..
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v131/jenafern/sm4wc%20pears_zpskvwzhvic.jpg
I've also been trying my hand at the few strokes painting technique.. wow, it's really hard to stick to that!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v131/jenafern/sm4wc%20mtn%20rd_zpsdoqjjtkp.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v131/jenafern/Tide%20coming%20in_zpsgnlvci2m.jpg

meggs
06-01-2015, 04:36 AM
Camellia WIP.

Started on this last night, using a abstract background. However although I intend to use heavy paint on the flowers, Im worried the background is too dark.

Would be a big help if you could give me your thoughts on this...
As per usual, my paintings evolve, rather than me having a picture in my mind to start with.

This is a night time photo, no enhancements.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/200778-WIP.JPG

Pips
06-01-2015, 10:11 AM
Nothing on my easel just now but thought I'd post just to keep this up the page until it gets 'stickied' :wink2:

cliff.kachinske
06-01-2015, 11:05 AM
Color charts. While I'm waiting for the gesso to set up on my latest panel set.

Charlie's Mum
06-01-2015, 11:20 AM
We're now stuck!:lol:

Briefly, yesterday, there was something on my easel, but it wasn't acrylics!:lol:

BTW - following on from last month - MikeL opened a thread about our workspaces - it's here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1380714), why not join in?:)

Charlie's Mum
06-01-2015, 11:49 AM
Moved Jenafern's and Meggsy's posts over from May thread to here!:)

Aligator
06-01-2015, 01:12 PM
I did a Cover Bridge a bit ago, thought I would try another. Got a LOT of work to do on this one, my version of the Coheelee Creek Cover Bridger, Ga. Don't know if I want to "dress" the trees in the foreground or make them "dead". Doing this from looking at a dozen photos which are taken at different time and different seasons. Any comment or suggestions are most welcome. Joehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/985441-102_2519.JPG

Mike L
06-01-2015, 02:23 PM
Niko

This is the second largest painting I've ever done. 16" X 20" canvas board I bought around 2000. It is a pet portrait (hopefully) of our recently passed retriever/newfie mix so I am obviously working from a photo. Sweetest dog we've ever had. At one point she weighed in at 110 pounds.

First one is after drawing in the basic dog with a few details and putting in most of the background.

Second one is blocking in the darks.

Third is the reference photo.

Why did I think it would be easy to paint a nearly all white dog? :lol: Especially when every thing I put on the canvas darkens a shade or two after it dries. :(

R/Mike

cliff.kachinske
06-01-2015, 03:40 PM
Camellia WIP.

Started on this last night, using a abstract background. However although I intend to use heavy paint on the flowers, Im worried the background is too dark.

Would be a big help if you could give me your thoughts on this...
As per usual, my paintings evolve, rather than me having a picture in my mind to start with.

This is a night time photo, no enhancements.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/200778-WIP.JPG

Meggsie, I think the edge where the foreground flower meets the background is is very dramatic and I fear you would lose that if the BG were lighter. I don't know what that background flower is doing, though. Pulls my eye right out of the painting. I like the background pattern a lot.

Charlie's Mum
06-01-2015, 04:29 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/30494-meggsy.JPG

Meryl - can you see the problem(s) now?
Such a pity you don't do a little planning first because that rose is beautifully constructed and I like the colours.
I also really like the b/g - just not together with the rose!
I'm afraid the top bit of flower is neither nothing nor something!


Jenafern - good to see your work again - and doing the 'one stroke' technique isn't easy at all!
I'd like to see the sea on the shore lying flatter":)
I do like the colours in the pear painting.

Joe - I like the winter shapes of those foreground trees.:)

meggs
06-02-2015, 04:12 AM
????:lol: Mum my rose is a camellia,,, geeez ....
I worked on this again last night and its evolving slowly...

Still working on the top flower, SHOULD I erase it altogether?????

I have to admit composition is not my strong point... I have yet to glaze, only just putting leaves in. I intend to recede the top flower and bud. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2015/200778-Wip_2.JPG

Charlie's Mum
06-02-2015, 05:40 AM
Soooo sorry Meryl!:eek: :o - a rose by any other name? :lol:

It's still beautifully painted though! ... and I think the added elements do improve the comp. - the camellia is now linked and the eye is taken around the canvas - just, perhaps, join that top flower in a little more.

My main concern was the tonal values, which was why I did the greyscale!
It's better now, but try turning this version to greyscale too and see where darks are needed and also some brighter highlights.:)

Mike - it's a lovely image of your happy friend - my suggestion would be to take out the b/g for the painting (what a glorious, huge, moon!) and allow all the interest to be on her.:)

Mike L
06-02-2015, 08:48 PM
Soooo sorry Meryl!:eek: :o - a rose by any other name? :lol:


Mike - it's a lovely image of your happy friend - my suggestion would be to take out the b/g for the painting (what a glorious, huge, moon!) and allow all the interest to be on her.:)

You're probably right. :thumbsup:

R/Mike

cliff.kachinske
06-03-2015, 11:26 AM
????:lol: Mum my rose is a camellia,,, geeez ....
I worked on this again last night and its evolving slowly...

Still working on the top flower, SHOULD I erase it altogether?????

I have to admit composition is not my strong point... I have yet to glaze, only just putting leaves in. I intend to recede the top flower and bud. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2015/200778-Wip_2.JPG

I think the bud is ok as is. it's bright but the equally bright leaves propel the eye back to the main blossom. At least that's how it works for me.

I have a hard time seeing how the top blossom contributes to the painting. But maybe you can work some magic on it.

My thoughts: worth every penny paid for them.

Mrs B
06-03-2015, 01:27 PM
Hey folks, loving what everyone is working on this month! I'm away from home so can't post my wip for a week. I'm really challenging myself this month and already struggling!! Should a black and white chequered floor get lighter or darker as it recedes into the distance???:confused: :confused:

simplesalt
06-03-2015, 03:43 PM
i painted this background about a week ago on 30 x 35 cm watercolour paper (i think...) and am just not sure how to continue with it! thoughts of turning it into another piece that includes the reflections of trees as well as turning it upside down and doing something else cross my mind but indecisiveness is why it's still on my easel! :)


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Charlie's Mum
06-03-2015, 03:51 PM
Welcome to the forum simplsalt - guess you've been lurking for the past year or so eh?:lol:
I like what you've done, but apart from anything fantasmagorical(!), the only thing I see are reflections too!:)
It's a nice b/g though.

simplesalt
06-04-2015, 04:51 PM
Welcome to the forum simplsalt - guess you've been lurking for the past year or so eh?:lol:
I like what you've done, but apart from anything fantasmagorical(!), the only thing I see are reflections too!:)
It's a nice b/g though.

thankyou, and yes, i may or may not have been lurking for quite a while... :clear:
i didn't realise that was actually my first post :lol:

fantasmagorical! a new word to add to my vocabulary, thanks for that! and thankyou for the kind words! i agree that reflections is probably what will end up there :)

meggs
06-05-2015, 04:06 AM
Finally completed. just in time for pickup.... Thanks "Charlies Mum" for your guidance.. 12 x 16 inches

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2015/200778-Camellia.JPG

Charlie's Mum
06-05-2015, 12:20 PM
Meryl, :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

bluefish
06-05-2015, 03:31 PM
Meggs....love the big ROSE!......:thumbsup: :smug:

meggs
06-05-2015, 08:00 PM
Mum, thanks for all your help, and no wonder your so good..

Blue..... get your glasses on Mate, its a Camellia... :evil:

I took the damn photo myself..:lol: Its being picked up today by a member of the Lions Club.. I just lacquered it and it came Alive... Im really proud of this one.

Charlie's Mum
06-06-2015, 12:10 PM
You should be proud M. .... and remember, every mark on that canvas was made by YOU.:)

bluefish
06-06-2015, 12:47 PM
yes, even the beautiful ROSE!:angel:

meggs
06-06-2015, 09:26 PM
Blue..... Get Nicked :lol:

Jenafern
06-11-2015, 12:51 AM
"I'd like to see the sea on the shore lying flatter"

thanks for the tip, Charlie's Mum. I'll keep that in mind for my next beach painting. :)

FoggyMountain
06-11-2015, 10:25 AM
I'm new to this forum as this is my first acrylic in many, many years. I'm using open acrylics and even the parts already painted are not yet complete. I know I have to straighten up the windows. However, I would still love construction criticism if you would like as this is a commission.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2015/216568-IMG_7342m.jpg

cliff.kachinske
06-11-2015, 11:22 AM
Nice start. What size?

Not sure about the perspective on the end of the house. The roof peak seems a little far forward.

Charlie's Mum
06-11-2015, 03:37 PM
It's already looking rather nice - tranquil ...... but cliff is right about the perspective of the roof peak.:)
I like the way you've handled the tree trunks and foliage.

Jenafern
06-14-2015, 12:22 PM
Hello all,
here is a work in progress on 8x10 gesso'd hardboard.
It's from a photo of my son at Chick's Beach (Chesapeake Bay).
The sand is wet so it should be darker, but I have a tendency to overwork sand, either dull it down completely or it looks too orange or brown (like here). I'm somewhat trying the limited strokes approach.. not sure how well that will fly here.

Anyone have any idea of what colors/techniques are good for sand? in this case, wet sand?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v131/jenafern/J%20at%20chicks%20wip_zpsy6qqoq0e.jpg

artpunx
06-15-2015, 05:23 PM
It's been forever since I've posted anything to the forums, so I figured I'd start now. :)

Here's what I've been working on right now. It's 18x24, acrylics on stretched canvas. It's nowhere near done, but I figured I'd share nevertheless.

The jewelry, cross, and teardrop are all done in silver paint.

- Zuri

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2015/1893029-tuesday_wip_2.jpg

CinderellaG
06-16-2015, 05:15 PM
So my mother asked me to do fish for her bathroom....please critique!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2015/1181973-image.jpg

Mike L
06-16-2015, 05:37 PM
So my mother asked me to do fish for her bathroom....please critique!
That's really fun! What dimensions? Substrate? Method?

Great imagination!:clap:

R/Mike

CinderellaG
06-16-2015, 05:41 PM
24 X 28.. stretched linen canvas...method? I just drew it in pencil and started painting..very basic...not like I usually paint so it was a little difficult for me..I usually paint wirh a lot of glazes and an underpainting. Not this time...just used color on white canvas....but I kinda like it!

CinderellaG
06-16-2015, 05:46 PM
I just noticed that my pic was really a little off kilter..heres a better one. I am a painter but not a very good photographer!!!:) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2015/1181973-image.jpg

Mike L
06-17-2015, 08:47 AM
A bathroom seems like an extreme place to hang a canvas. Are you taking any precautions to prevent water damage from splashes or high humidity?

R/Mike

cliff.kachinske
06-17-2015, 04:13 PM
Cinderella G, that is a totally amazing painting. Great comp, great color, great execution.

Great results.

cliff.kachinske
06-17-2015, 04:23 PM
Hello all,
here is a work in progress on 8x10 gesso'd hardboard.
It's from a photo of my son at Chick's Beach (Chesapeake Bay).
The sand is wet so it should be darker, but I have a tendency to overwork sand, either dull it down completely or it looks too orange or brown (like here). I'm somewhat trying the limited strokes approach.. not sure how well that will fly here.

Anyone have any idea of what colors/techniques are good for sand? in this case, wet sand?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v131/jenafern/J%20at%20chicks%20wip_zpsy6qqoq0e.jpg

For what it's worth, I think your depiction of the near sand is fine. It's wet, so there's not much texture.

The far sand on the right should be a cooler color. Around the boy, do whatever it takes to differentiate between the boy and the sand. Just keep the edges soft. I would just paint over that little pile of sand next to the boy's hand. I don't see it adding anything to the composition and it's going to be difficult to maintain perspective on it.

Just think in terms of warm gray and cold gray and keep the edges soft.

Jenafern
06-17-2015, 09:34 PM
Hi Cliff,
Thank you for your thoughts. i think I'll much diminish, if not completely completely remove the pile of sand.. that's what he was playing with, but it could be smaller. I'll try to go cooler on sand on right and further away.. i'll post a pic once I'm done.
Thanks again! :)

jennifervs
06-18-2015, 09:17 AM
So many great pieces posted! I'm a bit embarrassed to post this, but I'm hoping that putting it out there will help me see what's happening...
A total WIP, 100% in its ugly stage, needs at least 2-3 more sessions to resolve it. I also need better light in my studio since I'm painting at night these days! The duck in the middle is not nearly so white - a lot of pinks and yellows, but I need to increase value contrast.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2015/94402-UglyStage.jpg

24x36 (I think), interactive acrylics on canvas

Some days the painting is easy, and some days it's not!!!

Violetta
06-18-2015, 11:23 AM
It's great to see so many of you working on such beautiful paintings.
Jennifer - Yours will come together into a really lovely piece.
Jenna - I like your start and you have gotten some great advice.
Cindy - I LOVE your fish! What a terrific balance between abstraction and realism!
Zuri - Intriguing piece. I'm anxious to see it finished.
Simplesalt - A fascinating start. Great colors.
Meryl - Your camelia is gorgeous! I love it!
Lynn - A lovely start.

Here's what I'm working on - a small piece, 6 x 12 for a small image show in September. Can I tell you that I HATE working so small? It's so confining. Something seems to be missing but I don't know what it is........yet. Can you see it?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2015/102127-Autumn_Glory_IMG_2106_resized.jpg

cliff.kachinske
06-18-2015, 05:16 PM
Jennifervs, I don't find that painting ugly at all. The comp is good and the colors and brushwork are full of energy.

Violetta, sorry, can't help.

CinderellaG
06-18-2015, 10:36 PM
Thank you all for all your positive comments!
Jena, I really like your start on your son at the beach.
Jennifer, I love the ducks..hope we get to see it finished.
Zuri, your painting is intriguing..I like the tear, it makes me think....
Judy, I like your start...maybe as you paint it it will develop a focal point or something that pulls you in. I think it's just too early to see that. I don't think any things missing...just needs to develop a little more.

CinderellaG
06-18-2015, 10:41 PM
I just finished this for the miniature challenge this month but it's acrylic so I thought I'd post it here also . 4"x 4" on stretched canvas...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2015/1181973-image.jpg

Violetta
06-20-2015, 10:30 AM
Cindy, here I am grumbling about feeling confined by small images and you post a lovely painting of only 4 x 4. Well done!

Thank you also for reminding me that I am not finished with my piece. I so much wanted to go on to another painting that I wanted to declare this finished. Wrong. After continuing to look at it, I think I have come up with what I need to do next with it. Thanks!

FoggyMountain
06-20-2015, 08:43 PM
Nice start. What size?

Not sure about the perspective on the end of the house. The roof peak seems a little far forward.

Thanks Cliff, I appreciate the input; does this take care of the problem? The size is 16x20.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2015/216568-IMG_7385m.jpg

msoshu
06-23-2015, 11:07 AM
Enjoying everybody's paintings. I just did some value scales and value patterns this month.

cliff.kachinske
06-23-2015, 03:45 PM
In what season should the scene be set? Opinions, please.

New stuff below. Figures, which I've never painted before. Perhaps you can see why in this initial block in. :clear:

Watercolor paper. Cost is right, it's much less hassle than cutting up panels on the table saw and, best of all, no flippin' gesso. Also I can start with water washes as thin as I want without worrying about adhesion. So what's not to like. :clap:

Next step: figure out the rest of the colors. That's why I need to know what season it's going to be. :confused:

About 13 X 10 in.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2015/1965263-woye-1.jpg

jennifervs
06-25-2015, 09:19 AM
Cliff - with that bright yellow underpainting I vote for summer!
Stumble & Cinderella - thanks for your comments.

The ducks/geese/swans have proved to be a royal pain in my bottom. My fault. Usually I work a lot with sketches, color studies, photos and referencing old master works, but this time, I just sort of went at it. Maybe it was the wine. :-) If I planned better, it would have turned out better. Last night I was using a Play Dough canister for the bodies just so I could get an idea of shadows!

Maybe one more session....and maybe by then I'll know if the fowl are ducks/geese/swans...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jun-2015/94402-Waiting_for_Leda_WIP.jpg

Mike L
06-25-2015, 02:37 PM
Cliff - Late August in Los Chinos, Mexico. 40 or 50 miles SW of Cuidad Jaurez. Middle of nowhere, just a junction in the road and hot as h-e-double hockey sticks most of the year. Human figure gets a white shirt, white pants, sandals, and a hat with a fair sized brim. :thumbsup:

Jennifervs - They look like swans to me. Duck necks aren't usually long enough to crook like that, and geese necks are, generally, a little fatter in relation to the body. I'm not sure what you see as a problem - everything is being handled like a pro. Good painting. You're right, though, it's almost done. :thumbsup:


R/Mike

jennifervs
06-26-2015, 10:13 AM
I am determined to knock this one out before the weekend is over, because I have another one on the easel waiting for me. I am hoping/praying/insisting/commanding/willing/battling that this painting gets "finished" tonight! :crossfingers:

At least I have learned lots of things with this one. It's the journey as they say...sigh.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2015/94402-Waiting_for_Leda_WIP_II_LR.jpg

AllanDavisArt
06-30-2015, 09:40 PM
Just finished these 2 paintings. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jun-2015/1744235-IMG_20150624_173453.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jun-2015/1744235-PicsArt_1435714586388.jpg