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09-03-2015, 06:50 AM
WOW...September already. We had no summer- more or less- this year!

And now we have winter coming. The weather doesn't bother me much however. I like staying indoors to paint. And the dog doesn't like a long walk these days as he is getting on in dog years!!

Saying that, I haven't felt much like painting for a while. I've managed to do a bit of journalling. Here's a couple of spreads:-

1. For the moon journalling, intentions

A small book


2. Experiments journal


In the experiment page, I was trying out sandwiching a feather in tissue and in a sort of organza material. Neither worked very well as they covered the feather opaquely.

What have you been up to?


09-03-2015, 08:09 PM
Hi June, Hi Everyone!

Nice journal pages. I really like the them.
I just saw your "C" flower thread and will join that with a flower. I missed the "B" and "A" and may try to do them as well. I love painting flowers.

It's seem like here the summer just passed by in a rush and already some trees, like our dogwoods are turning their fall colors. The only thing I dislike about winter are the shorter days.

Around here, I finished up August with organizing and inventorying my watercolor to see what I might order or what I have too much supply. THis happened because I couldn't find a blue paint I wanted for the Blue footed booby. So I only had one tube of blue, almost all gone, and then I decided it would be nice to have a few watercolor pencils, and one thing led to another and I figured I should need some paper. :eek:

I am painting but have gotten distracted with other things here. If I finish it , I'll try to post. This is my source and inspiration to paint, Light of the World, William Holman Hunt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Holman_Hunt)
I will say, this source is backward, didn't know that when I started, so mine is just backward as well.

09-07-2015, 01:56 AM
Are you painting the Holman hunt copy in watercolour or oils?

09-10-2015, 07:38 AM
Hi, tried to post two times before and the post didn't work.
Lol, have to wonder if it's me? :lol:

Using oils June. Lovely, juicy, sweet, oil paints.

:cat: :cat: :cat:

It's looking pretty slow around here in the forum, but I remember
over the years it's been slow before. I hope it doesn't discourage

This photo is taken with my cell, and you can see the frame I've chosen.


edit for spelling
no promises I've got it all.

09-10-2015, 12:11 PM
The frame really enhances the feel of the painting...beautiful choice! I haven't done any work in oils for ....years...but it would be nice to try something in oils again.

09-10-2015, 02:15 PM
You should pull out your oils.
For me, it is so much easier to not get them out, they are so much more work than other media to put out and clean up, more time, etc. but really they are worth it because you just can't get the same effect any other way.
I know the muse has to muse. :wink2:

09-10-2015, 03:44 PM
oils have such a rich look, this is so lovely Nickel ! and that frame just tops it off ! I dont have any oils , i have such a small work space, that i can barely get my pencils and small w/c and paper in it !!!
I do think i have a small acrylic set somewhere:rolleyes:but nothing really
beats the look of oil ! tyree:wave:

09-10-2015, 08:25 PM
Hi Susan, thank you.
I love all media. All sizes, all types. Everyone is unique.

A very long time ago, I started with acrylic paint and still have the same water bucket, brushes, small paint table and chair.

09-11-2015, 08:32 AM
Maybe we could have an oil paint project next month. Some photos to paint from...perhaps portraits!

That would help me, for one, to get out the oils. They are much more of an effort to use...with the various mediums and the difficulties of cleaning up, etc...but as you say Nickel, they give results not achieved by other media.


It could be a portrait exercise in oils.... but artists could use other media if they preferred not to use oils.


09-11-2015, 04:09 PM
Hi everyone - it is good to be here…….I hope to contribute something to the threads this month………I have apiece I did at the coffeehouse that is not finished yet, I’ll post that soon I hope….

Nickel, your oil copy of the Hunt is rich and sweet….He looks so humble and gentile and all the rich surroundings…….wonderful place to linger.

I am sorting thru art accumulation of sketches and watercolors etc from 2004 to present. It has been encouraging to see the improvement. The 2004 looks like a 7th grader …..cause that is around the last time I did art I guess………and seeing some of the newer work made me feel really good, …….but lately it is soooo hard to get to it……..I’ll have about 3 weeks where I work alot on painting and drawing and then other stuff crowds it out…..and so it goes……..keeping an even temper is the best I can accompish everyday.

June - the journal page is encouraging, your pages always look so roomy. Alot of your work has so much space, I often think your pieces are large and surprise to fine 8 1/2 X ll …..Wonderful quality..

Here is a doodle I did over the weekend……traveled with friends to Florida and back but had time to sketch in car. I accidently inverted it in photoshop and it looks interesting - easier to see. Ringtailed Walrus does not like TV but rabbit plays solitaire…….

If you did a thread on oils, I'd probably just use acrylic and enjoy ....yeah, it would be good.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2015/88676-ringbrown.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Sep-2015/88676-ringtailed-walrus.gif

09-11-2015, 04:32 PM
June that's a great idea for a project. Who would you like to paint? Is there some type of style you'd like to try? A Vermeer maybe? A Picasso? A wc library person? Years ago they did the Girl with the Red Hat in the oil forum. I'd like to paint your Queen. Can we do her? Or maybe Columbus, nobody really knows, I think what he really looked like. Santa? It would be fun to paint the same person and have a reveal on a certain date. Who does that? I've seen that someplace.
I've got to concentrate on starting a flower, a, b and c.

Someday when I'm brave, I'd like to try and paint this. Rubens was a great painter!


09-11-2015, 04:39 PM
Hey Robin! I remember when you started. I love your Ringtailed Walrus and Rabbit. I just have to wonder who is on tv he doesn't like? Lol.
Really interesting picture. Florida is a long car ride away. I bet you are glad to be home.

09-13-2015, 06:54 AM
Lovely drawings Robin!!

The reveal your work on a specific date is often done in the animals and wildlife monthly challenge! Its a good idea.

09-13-2015, 10:12 AM
robin...you always have such fabulous creative drawings, they
are so cool to look and see what unique little objects or animals
you have in them !
tyree :wave:

09-13-2015, 10:21 AM
here was my weekend drawings for the wde..the photos were from
cuba, and there was one of a hotel with el 'che' image on the front facade..whether you hate or love him..he was an interesting man.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Sep-2015/65063-IMG_20150911_0002.001.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Sep-2015/65063-IMG_20150911_0003.jpg tyree

09-13-2015, 04:53 PM
i also did a pencil, w/c mini for the mini forum,,3''x3''...grapes and
wine bottle by Lil....i chose not to add ink, and im glad i did...tyree


09-14-2015, 08:21 PM
Susan, I like your grapes with wine bottle and hotels with el 'che' image.
Your use of red and green works really nice. The colors enhance both subjects. And I like how you used blue different in the hotel with el 'che' images.

I hear lots of people who think red and green don't go together and I laugh to myself, ok, wrong. It's like saying yellow doesn't go with purple or blue with orange, those colors are just the best match.

09-18-2015, 01:03 PM
Susan - your red and greens are gorgeous. I'm gonna copy you and give it a go.

I have always been stymied by red and green but I would not make the comment that they don't go together.....at least not in front of Nickel:lol: ...but they have always danced in front of me in a tempting, taunting fashion and I would slink away confused.....:D

So I hope to get some flowers drawn soon for the flower thread, and maybe some more Galapogos pals.......

Have a good weekend ya'll:thumbsup: you are AWESOME....

09-18-2015, 01:23 PM
I am the proud owner of Janet Howard original painted after Ed Hoover style (do I have his name right??)

yeah, so here it is hanging in the laundry room which is the entrance to our home.........

I have some of June's drawings hanging above my bed, too:D

I'm not bragging, I'm just saying you guys are an important part of my life....and I love you and your art.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2015/88676-jan.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2015/88676-lau.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2015/88676-ent.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2015/88676-hou.gif

09-18-2015, 07:45 PM
robin...how cool is that !!! what a neat treasure....! and i adore your
cabin in the woods..beautiful !!
It is good to be able to share are love for art..and the great friendship we have developed over the years !!
thanks robin !! tyree:heart:

09-28-2015, 09:52 AM
Saturday gave a henna tattoo to a lady in hospice. Her daughters got pink ribbon tattoos in honor of their mom who was too sick to get one so they asked me for a henna version. The ribbon looked kinda rough but the flowers perked it a bit, and she was very happy.....It was a special moment for me because I've always wanted to do free henna for hospice patients.....I hope to do some skin heads sometime......:crossfingers: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Sep-2015/88676-hospice.gif

09-28-2015, 11:31 AM
Lovely wine and grapes still life. It is bright and lively and I love it just in pencil and watercolour.

Robin, your home looks terrific and I would love a place like that. I miss the countryside...I live in suburbia...but we have great parks!

Maybe we should have some kind of art exchange project for the run up to Christmas so we can all get a piece of each other's artwork for a santa gift!!

Any ideas on what to do?

09-28-2015, 07:44 PM
robin...how very lovely...what an awesome gift to give someone..bravo to you:heart:

june...a Christmas exchange would be wonderful ! I don't have
any ideas yet..however, we seem to be such a small group of
artists that we could probably give each a drawing, painting, or
some little art treasure...

Hi Nickel...Hi Janet !!


btw ..june...i noticed in the minature forum someone has
painted your cyclamine flowers...and they turned out quite
lovely !

09-29-2015, 05:53 AM
Since its a busy time of the year, I think it would be good to exchange pieces we have already done....instead of a new project. We just need a list of current addresses and we are almost there!

I will check out the flowers Tyree! Thanks for notifying.

09-29-2015, 11:53 AM
That sounds great June, count me in !! tyree:wave: