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artbyjune
11-02-2015, 12:12 PM
I was playing with my gelli plate at the weekend. I think with practise, the prints would make lovely backgrounds for drawings in other media.

What are you all up to?

Remember to pm me your address by the end of the month, if you want to take part in the Christmas art swap!

This is a swap of a piece of your art with friends in the classical forum. Old or new work. Done for the forum projects or done for some other reason....

There are 4 addresses on the list so far. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Lovely Christmas present!!

brianvds
11-04-2015, 05:14 AM
I have been thinking about starting a business as painter of murals. There seems to be quite a local market for murals in kids' rooms - I noticed on the Facebook page of a couple who do it for a living that they are fully booked several months ahead. I.e. there may be an opening in the market for another one.

Just one tiny problem: I have never painted a mural before. Closest I got was when I painted stage props and backgrounds for a school concert. And obviously,. potential clients will want to see a sample of one's work.

So I have started to paint a mural in my bedroom, to get some practice doing it, and to have something to show off. ;-)

artbyjune
11-05-2015, 09:07 AM
Brian, sounds like an interesting business opportunity if you find you like doing murals.

artbyjune
11-05-2015, 09:10 AM
Here's what I did with some of my gelli plate prints today. An art journal page spread...for the journal52 challenge, which was 'Hauntingly Beautiful'.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2015/106623-hauntingly1a8kc.jpg


Slender Loris...a small nocturnal primate. Looks hauntingly beautiful to me. In its native country, the lorises are attributed with various spirit powers.

:thumbsup:

brianvds
11-05-2015, 10:37 PM
Brian, sounds like an interesting business opportunity if you find you like doing murals.

It was great fun, though it's very physical - I am stiff and sore today, like I have been on a long hike. :-)

Well, here are some pics. A WIP:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2015/142294-1_Nov_2015_138x120cm_WIP.JPG

The completed piece (the colours did not reproduce very well in the photo, I fear):

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2015/142294-1_Nov_2015_138x120cm.JPG

And yours truly standing next to the thing to show scale:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2015/142294-1_Nov_2015_138x120cm_with_artist.JPG

brianvds
11-05-2015, 10:45 PM
Here's what I did with some of my gelli plate prints today. An art journal page spread...for the journal52 challenge, which was 'Hauntingly Beautiful'.


Very nice. I had no idea what Gelli printing is so I looked around on the web, but I am not much the wiser. Couldn't really find any step by step demonstrations.

Here in South Africa we have relatives of lorises known as bush babies or galagos.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galago

artbyjune
11-06-2015, 02:40 AM
Wow! An amazing dinosaur mural! I think many small kids would love that on their bedroom wall!

brianvds
11-06-2015, 04:43 AM
Wow! An amazing dinosaur mural! I think many small kids would love that on their bedroom wall!

Perhaps some would be scared. :-)

I notice that most murals painted here for kids' rooms entail cartoon characters. Don't know whether the kids or the parents chose the designs, mind you...

artbyjune
11-06-2015, 09:41 AM
Some gelli plate videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSaYpi597l8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKb5mfbLlQs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vqOX489Tag

Make your own gelli plate tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSWARB2QXFk

artbyjune
11-06-2015, 09:46 AM
Bushbabies are interesting relatives of the lorises. I wonder do you have any links to information about tribal beliefs concerning them? Maybe I'll do a google search...

brianvds
11-06-2015, 09:47 PM
I have noticed that there are videos online about gelli plates. Alas, internet is hideously expensive here and I cannot always afford to watch much online video.

I don't know about tribal beliefs concerning bushbabies. But they get their common name from their sound - much like a crying baby - so one can imagine that there may well be some interesting traditional beliefs about them.

Me, I believe they're cute. :-)

artbyjune
11-07-2015, 02:38 AM
Here's a blog by gelli arts. So not as expensive to download as video content.

http://gelliarts.blogspot.co.uk/

brianvds
11-07-2015, 06:18 AM
Here's a blog by gelli arts. So not as expensive to download as video content.

http://gelliarts.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks! Much of beauty and interest there.

trafford
11-08-2015, 07:10 AM
Great mural Brian.

trafford
11-08-2015, 07:24 AM
I want a Gelli plate! I want Gelli plate!:envy: :envy: :envy:

Hint, hint to my son who haunts art supply stores all the time. I actually have a book on gelatin prints. Seems like work, though to make your own and then it falls apart eventually. :heart:

artbyjune
11-08-2015, 10:08 AM
I hope Santa brings you a gelli plate Janet!

azulparsnip
11-09-2015, 09:56 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Nov-2015/88676-back.gif How timely.....I spent 2 hours on Utube learning about gelli plates because we are going to an art supply expo in Raleigh this coming weekend and Gelli plates are on my list...........:clear:

Brian - that is a wonderful wall mural.....so much depth and freshness and wandering space. You definitely have the capability! I'm excited for you.
Getting your art out to the public is so magically rewarding.

I am going to work up some art o mat designs today. I made almost 200 this June and they are all sold. The current theme (cultural icons)
and format ( black prints on bright colored paper with paint splatter and random marks and shapes) has been really popular. Here is one of the background pieces I loved too much to print on....(.the colors are more vibrant that this )

Hi Janet.....I would love to see what you do with a gelli plate.:cat:

June that is a gorgeous page.....every time I see your journals, they are solid good work.:thumbsup:

brianvds
11-09-2015, 11:06 AM
Brian - that is a wonderful wall mural.....so much depth and freshness and wandering space. You definitely have the capability! I'm excited for you.
Getting your art out to the public is so magically rewarding.

I have invaded Facebook and posted an ad for my work on lots of groups. No feedback thus far, but I suppose one shouldn't be too impatient.

In the meantime, another still life in oil:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Nov-2015/142294-60_Nov_2015_25x20cm.JPG

artbyjune
11-09-2015, 04:46 PM
Have you tried advertising in your local newspaper? When I did pet portraits, I found that was one of the best ways to get commissions.

artbyjune
11-09-2015, 04:47 PM
Robin, that is a delightful background. I wouldn't want to put anything over it either!

brianvds
11-12-2015, 06:30 AM
Have you tried advertising in your local newspaper? When I did pet portraits, I found that was one of the best ways to get commissions.

I have advertised extensively on online classifieds, but no feedback thus far. I'll try newspapers. And perhaps pamphlets at the library, supermarket message board etc.

Makes me think I should also advertise for doing portraits and pet portraits. I'm not brilliant at it, mind you.

I found a guy who wants a wall done, but he wants wildlife portraits. And he knows I am inexperienced, so I don't think much will come of it. I'm not sure I'm much good at realistic wildlife anyway! But I had a stab at it just for practice...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2015/142294-2015_cheetah_acrylic_A4.JPG

Well, it's a bit tentative, but I learned a lot in the process, I think. For one thing, it has become clear to me that photorealism is not my thing, and I really should loosen up. You can't have it both ways. In this cheetah portrait I started out way too picky with small brushes, and began to see it wouldn't work, so I paid more attention to large masses, working over my earlier layers. That's why the thing is so "busy."

And of course, one should start out with the large masses and only later add finer details. But that is precisely one thing I learned here.

Still, I think I should rather specialize in naive art. :-)

artbyjune
11-12-2015, 09:25 AM
I think you are being too hard on yourself...that is a lovely cheetah portrait. Having said that, I think you should definitely go with a style and subject matter that you feel most comfortable doing...because if you paint in a style you don't really like, even if good at it, you will get disgruntled and it will turn into another 'job', as if working in an office, etc...

brianvds
11-12-2015, 09:35 PM
I think you are being too hard on yourself...that is a lovely cheetah portrait. Having said that, I think you should definitely go with a style and subject matter that you feel most comfortable doing...because if you paint in a style you don't really like, even if good at it, you will get disgruntled and it will turn into another 'job', as if working in an office, etc...

Well, that's the one thing with painting murals: in effect, you become an illustrator and you have to be able to work in various styles. In some ways, it is just another job, though it has the advantage that you work for yourself.

Looks like the point is moot though: I am getting no feedback whatever on all my extensive advertising, so it looks like it is not a thing I'll get off the ground any time soon, if at all.

I'm now on the lookout for a half-day job. These are really difficult to come by. But with such a job I'll have some security and still enough time to spend on art. I have the advantage that I am not married and have no dependents, so there is actually no reason whatever for me to work myself half to death to get a big salary. I'd happily live in a single room in someone's back yard if it buys me time to paint.

artbyjune
11-15-2015, 07:47 AM
For those interested in art journalling, a new free community site has started at

http://artjournalist.com/


Projects, prompts, chat and so on.

Check it out if you are into journalling /sketch books.

:thumbsup: :clap:

azulparsnip
11-15-2015, 09:37 AM
thanks for the link to this community. It is very timely. I will join.......very timely.....

while at the art supply expo this weekend I purchased an acrylic gouach set with tubes of color, 3 brushes, a palette all in a nice box for just 24$...and several bound journals with pages suitable for watercolor....and am determined to do something everyday in a journal.....otherwise days and days just slide by and I get so I MUST do some art and then repeat the cycle and this is not really good ...it feels like being bloated and then empty....over and over....and the empty days are thin and harsh and the bloated days are uncomfortable and desperate until something finally gives and I push everything aside for art.....something is wrong ........plus journals are full of ideas that can then be employed in painting or whatever ........

oh my, but at the expo I met quite a few artists and we talked about our lives and mediums etc.....it was a wonderful interface........I hope I lifted and encouraged them like they did me.....so maybe setting aside a little time with a cup of tea and the journal everyday.......gently, quietly.......everyday......like breathing.....:angel:

azulparsnip
11-15-2015, 09:38 AM
and I DID get a gelli plate an 8Xll for just 25$!!! the sales at that expo were incredible.

artbyjune
11-15-2015, 03:29 PM
Have fun with the gelli plate!!

Nickel
11-15-2015, 05:00 PM
It's sounds like everyone is clicking right along, and November is half over.
About the gelli plate I just bought the plain gelatin to make a homemade plate and the gelatin powder is still in the box. :angel: One day. Really searching for the perfect container to make and store the plate. Haven't located exactly the right container yet. So very much looking forward to what you all do with your printing.

It's nice to see everyone. Hope Brian finds that perfect part-time so he can pursue more painting time. Most everyone I know has to supplement their income in some way. Very few full timers and frankly I would get bored painting all the time, need diversity.

About diversity, I've been trying to put together a soft pastel set to work, try out and see if I like them. The only thing I'm not liking is when you paint with a real paint, no problem to get value and tones and mix whatever you need, pastels, you need that value stick. And while you can layer pretty cost efficient in paint, pastels, you need your hard stick, then semi-hard, and soft to finish off , or so it seems. I'll need about five years to figure this out.

I'm laying odds that the next thing will be sculpture. Like here (http://www.brookgreen.org/sculpture.html)

artbyjune
11-16-2015, 10:33 AM
I love pastels. Very wonderful effects can be achieved, especially in portraits. I don't use them much because I dont like the dust which goes up my nose...and I cant wear masks as they make me all hot in my face. If only I had an outdoor area to use them...maybe next summer I'll try sittin in the teeny porch to do pastels.

Have you done much with your set yet?

Nickel
11-16-2015, 12:29 PM
June, no I haven't done any pastel work yet. Still trying to put together a smallish set to work with and planning like you said to work outdoors in the spring or on warmer days. I've no place to work with them inside. Remember the journal page I marbled using pastel. Disaster, stained my sink, permanently, and dyed the metal on my washer. Was using the washer as a place to let the paper dry and missed a wet spot I found later, oops, too late, why the metal dyed. I do think I will try to put together a few watercolor underlayers, or gouache painted pieces and layer the pastels. It is said you can use acrylic also but it doesn't work as well? I picked up a 24 piece set of the prismacolor nupastel and on their website they say you can work a piece wet, dip the stick in water and use as an opaque watercolor. I think I might like that. Worth a try. It would make less dust, the harder sticks. My downfall is never getting right in with something, always have to study and research before I do any new media. I tried drawing a tiger over on the wde that Susan had drawn. That's about all other than my Christmas swaps I've been working on. Now almost finished with my artistic endeavors for this year. I still plan to do the abc-z flowers. On my list. :wave:

Nickel
11-16-2015, 12:30 PM
Just another thought, working on the porch is a great idea!

Nickel
11-16-2015, 12:33 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2015/39040-tigerbynicke1073.jpg


Paper label from a Arnhem 1618 paper pack.
3.5" x 3.25
40 minutes
pencil and touches of charcoal

artbyjune
11-17-2015, 08:00 AM
Lovely combination of pencil and charcoal in this tiger portrait, Nickel. Good dark blacks.

I rarely sketch with charcoal...just use it to outline images before painting.

artbyjune
11-17-2015, 08:10 AM
Here's a hand-carved stamp I made today.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2015/106623-leaf1a6k.jpg

Now to use it!:D

brianvds
11-17-2015, 08:19 AM
Some nice work thus far...

June: What did you carve that stamp out of? It looks very nice. I have been thinking of doing some linocuts, but the stuff is expensive.

Some recent miniatures:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2015/142294-63_Nov_2015_acrylic_ACEO.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2015/142294-64_Nov_2015_acrylic_ACEO.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2015/142294-65_Nov_2015_acrylic_ACEO.JPG

All acrylic on board, ACEO size (they should probably show actual size on most people's computers). I'm badly out of practice with this. Of the above, only the third one more or less works.

artbyjune
11-17-2015, 12:33 PM
Very lovely miniatures Brian.

I carved on a small sheet of rubber which is specially designed for making stamps. It was fairly expensive. But you can carve on ordinary eraser rubbers too. Maybe I will pick up some cheap large erasers and see how they compare.

Maybe you could use eraser rubbers too!

Nickel
11-18-2015, 06:49 AM
Brian, I really like the donkey. Did you paint him/her from life? Just asking because I think that would be so fun to see a real donkey. :)

June love the stamp! How cool! What size is it? Post some pictures of what you use it with.

Found a smallish container to try and make the homemade jelly plate.
Will try and if it works will post the recipe.
There are tons of recipes online but you never know until you make your own what works for sure.

We are in for rain and cold for the next week, hope to have more time inside to work around the studio.

artbyjune
11-18-2015, 08:56 AM
Nickel, looking forward to the results of your gelli plate making!

My stamp is 4 ins by 2.5 ins. So a decent size for stamping...onto gelli prints perhaps.

brianvds
11-19-2015, 06:55 AM
Brian, I really like the donkey. Did you paint him/her from life? Just asking because I think that would be so fun to see a real donkey. :)

No, alas, around here donkeys are rather scarce, now that animal-drawn vehicles have become a rarity. But they remain popular with artists, and there is even a donkey memorial in Upington:

http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-southafrica.net-the-donkey-memorial-upington

Here are three more ACEOs:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2015/142294-67_Nov_2015_acrylic_ACEO.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2015/142294-68_Nov_2015_acrylic_ACEO.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2015/142294-69_Nov_2015_acrylic_ACEO.JPG

Messed up the praying man's anatomy, I fear, and never noticed until the thing was done!

Nickel
11-19-2015, 11:06 AM
I like your ACEO's.

I'm getting to the point where I have to wear magnifying glasses for everything up close. Boy do I hate wearing those type of glasses, but, without them I'm getting really blind. We do the best we can with what we have to work with.

I almost bought a German style putz church yesterday "made in China" but didn't. I collect replica's of Churches.All kinds of materials. And intend to make some small putz style houses for a Christmas village from old cereal boxes. Have saved boxes for awhile. Plans, I always have some.

Did accomplish making the jelly plate. I know they spell it gelli, but just like the word jelly better. :evil: :lol: I mostly (can never follow a recipe exactly)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2015/39040-P1020378.JPG

and the plate in the pan itself. I had to insert knives under one end because my counter is not level.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2015/39040-P1020376.JPG



made a plate 9 x 12 inches around 1/2 inch thick with
16 packs of powdered plain gelatin
1 1/4 cups of boiling water
1 1/2 cup glycerin
1/4 cup alcohol


mixed powder gelatin with glycerin, stir until dissolved, mix with rubber spatula

add 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol for good measure (luck) stir

add 1 1/2 cup boiling water, mix

pour into container,


didn't remove what little foam occured, figured it wouldn't bother me
almost set up in 10 minutes but let set for 3 hours for good luck
pulled back one corner and pulled right out of the aluminum pan.

I am shocked that it worked so good. This recipe is suppose to be for the permanent kind of jelly plate, so time will tell.

Here's the website link (http://www.bloombakecreate.com/2014/08/homemade-permanent-gelatin-plate/) where I got my recipe that I amended. It's not a video so you can check it out without much bandwidth.



I do like the size I made as I plan to use if for the fauxdories (https://www.google.com/#q=fauxdori)that are approximate 4" x 8"

Nickel
11-19-2015, 11:32 AM
Oh I enjoy the link Brian :)

ode to the Buchuberg project workers:

‘Yapping dogs and donkeys bray

Troubled callers every day

Tattered clothes in bright array

Does the pay cart come this way?’

artbyjune
11-19-2015, 03:14 PM
Lovely aceos Brian! I like the sheep especially!

Wonderful jelly plate nickel!! Looking forward to seeing your first prints!

I

Nickel
11-20-2015, 06:43 AM
Tried the jelly plate but must figure out the paint to use and consistency. I tried craft acrylic and it dried pretty fast, too fast, so trial and error for a bit. Any ideas?

Here's a doggy I did for the wde.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2015/39040-puppy2.jpg

pencil, touches of charcoal, notebook paper
30-40 minutes.

It was suggested to try him in my new pastels. :heart: :crossfingers:

brianvds
11-20-2015, 10:18 AM
I like the soulful doggie. Here's today's batch of minis; acrylic on board, ACEO. As usual, the camera hideously messed up the colour:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2015/142294-70_Nov_2015_ACEO.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2015/142294-71_Nov_2015_ACEO.JPG

Red-billed hornbill, in case you wonder what on earth this is... :-)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2015/142294-72_Nov_2015_ACEO.JPG

artbyjune
11-20-2015, 12:02 PM
Hi brian and nickel. I love the animal art...doggy and hornbill. Those are animals with character!

Nickel, you need to use very runny acrylics. I found that if you coat your gelli plate with acrylic gel medum before applying your paint, it keeps it wet long enough to work with it. Another solution would be to use slow drying paint, or mix your paint with some acrylic retarder. I haven't done those last 2 ideas...I find the first coat with medium suits me at the moment. Not that I've done much...

I hope to get into some printing this weekend.

I'll start a thread where we can post our prints in progress....

Nickel
11-20-2015, 12:10 PM
Thanks June, I'll try these tips! Good idea for the thread!

Nickel
11-21-2015, 04:36 PM
Just want to mention here since we are doing a swap what I mentioned in miniatures, that is to save your envelopes and make a journal out of them as a keepsake from this swap. June you might have seen them on youtube, I think we might look at the same kind of videos, it's like the junk journal, or more specific a journal made envelopes (https://www.google.com/#q=envelope+journals). There are different ways to put them together, so many different ways, but just wanted to put this idea out in case anyone wanted to do it to. We couldn't post them, except in private, with our names on them but we could do that. Alright, off and going again.

artbyjune
11-22-2015, 05:57 AM
Good idea nickel. You could cover the addresses with gesso or stickers or paint if you wanted to 'erase' them.

I've never made an envelope journal or even a junk journal...but it could be a project for next year. Would you like to host it?

We could also have an 8 by 8 ins single page journal swap to a theme next year!

:thumbsup: :music: :music:

brianvds
11-22-2015, 08:17 AM
An ultra-mini: acrylic on board, matchbox size, which is 2 x 1.5 inches, or 50 mm x 38 mm:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2015/142294-73_Nov_2015_matchbox_50x38mm.JPG

I'll need stronger glasses to do this sort of thing... :-)

Nickel
11-22-2015, 08:38 AM
Brian, that's pretty tiny, But AWESOME! lol! Love the owl and background! Pretty sweet!:) I like the way you paint. Small or big.

June, I'll host, but I haven't made an envelope journal or junk one. Years ago we did make a journal here in classical, so it would rock to do something again. Thank you for asking. :) I'll work up a plan.

ps, edited to say I'd like to participate in the journal page swap too.

artbyjune
11-22-2015, 09:39 AM
Love that owl, Brian!! Awesome detail for so small a picture. I'd need a magnifying glass to do that.

artbyjune
11-22-2015, 09:41 AM
Thanks for agreeing to host the making of the junk journal Nickel. I am looking forward to seeing that in action. I guess I'd better hold onto some of my junk mail. It builds up really fast here.

artbyjune
11-22-2015, 09:44 AM
Here's the page I did for the journal52 challenge this week. The theme was architecture...not my zone of interest really. I went with our local historical castle...and luckily, it is also the zoo, so I could add on some animals to cheer the thing up.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2015/106623-architecture2a8kb.jpg

This is a page spread in a regular sketchbook type of journal!

:wave:

artbyjune
11-22-2015, 09:45 AM
Mainly collage of some old photos and doodles of mine.

brianvds
11-22-2015, 10:32 PM
Love that owl, Brian!! Awesome detail for so small a picture. I'd need a magnifying glass to do that.

I use reading glasses, which are, in effect, magnifying glasses. But for paintings this small I am considering buying myself a stronger pair. :-)

brianvds
11-23-2015, 07:58 AM
Today's batch of minis.

Double ACEO size, i.e. 3.5 x 5 inch:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2015/142294-74_Nov_2015_2xACEO.JPG

ACEO:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2015/142294-75_Nov_2015_ACEO.JPG

And matchbox size:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2015/142294-76_Nov_2015_matchbox_50x38mm.JPG

As usual, all in acrylic on board.

Nickel
11-23-2015, 09:30 AM
Lovely paintings Brian. Such a joy to see them!

brianvds
11-24-2015, 08:30 AM
And three more. I'm churning them out like a Chinese painting factory now... :D

All acrylic on board.

3.5" x 5":

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2015/142294-77_Nov_2015_2xACEO.JPG

ACEO:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2015/142294-78_Nov_2015_ACEO.JPG

(If you're an artist in South Africa, then sooner or later you do Table Mountain - it's like a law of nature :D )

And matchbox size (1.5" x 2"):

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2015/142294-79_Nov_2015_matchbox.JPG

Nickel
11-24-2015, 09:18 AM
Wow! Hope you like rice, lol, kidding! I like rice though.
Never seen a mountain like Table Top. Awesome!
Like the two others. You better get yourself some glasses.
I won't catch up with your speed in ten years. Cleaning the studio this morning and taking a break. Made cole slaw for lunch, hubby is having stir fry. He's making it because I burn stuff. :)

I think I googled mapped it, is this it? https://goo.gl/lNEgyi pretty awesome

brianvds
11-24-2015, 09:33 PM
Yup, although that is a non-famous view of Table Mountain. The famous one is the view you get from Table Bay, where you can see the flat top. Sometimes it's shrouded in mist, referred to as the table cloth. And there's an amusing legend about where that mist came from:

http://www.bayviewpenthouses.co.za/camps-bay/posts/van-hunks-and-the-devil23.php

I haven't been to that area in ages. When I was a child I once had the pleasure of walking around on Table Mountain, when I visited Cape Town with friends.

As for speed, the miniatures do not take long if you cut out unnecessary detail. In the miniature forum there's a lady who works on miniatures for months on end, and includes the most exquisite detail in them. I could never do that, and even if I could I probably wouldn't because I'm hoping to get some meaningful income from them, which means I cannot work on any one for more than an hour or so.

brianvds
11-25-2015, 08:11 AM
And today's bunch...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2015/142294-80_Nov_2015_2xACEO.JPG

Once again couldn't get the camera to reproduce the thing accurately...

And then some more South African clichés: baobabs and meerkats. :-)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2015/142294-81_Nov_2015_ACEO.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2015/142294-82_Nov_2015_matchbox.JPG

azulparsnip
11-25-2015, 04:11 PM
Hi Ya'll....man , I'm in a whorl wind......Jury duty then keeping Grandchild for 5 days.....with a 2 day break to wash clothes and rest a little.....phew.....I'll be outta the spin in a couple more days I hope......

Brian....all those mini's are AMAZING , REALLY .....:clap: congratulations..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Nov-2015/88676-doodle.gif

here's a doodle I did while babysitting

brianvds
11-27-2015, 05:01 AM
And a few more recent ones:

In some areas of South Africa one can still see donkey carts here and there...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2015/142294-83_Nov_2015_2xACEO.JPG

And hyraxes are cute:

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A small shop; there are gazillions of them around here:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2015/142294-85_Nov_2015_2xACEO.JPG

Well, wish me luck: a friend of mine has arranged an exhibition in her garden tomorrow, and I'll be participating... ;-)

brianvds
11-27-2015, 07:13 AM
I decided to modify that last one with the spaza shop a bit. The dark areas looked too much like mud instead of dark shadow, so I painted over the whole area in the bright sand colour, and then darkened the shadow areas with a transparent wash. I think this works better to create the effect of bright sunlight and cool shadow. The sudden big, bright, empty area does wreak a bit of havoc with the composition, mind you... :-)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Nov-2015/142294-85_Nov_2015_2xACEO_modified.JPG

Nickel
11-27-2015, 11:46 AM
Hey everyone.ding.ding.dong. Happy Thanksgiving week here in the US. People out shopping like crazy today for Black Friday, me, no, recovering from yesterday's feast of food we had at a family member's affair. Big bond fire, wine, lots of children playing, old folks chatting, just a good time for all. So I've spent my time not on art but the art of cooking. And Robin, don't you love keeping the grandchildren. Such joy. And hard work. Love everyone's art this week. Good luck Brian, sell everything you can. Looking forward to Christmas time now, more food, family and friends, good times. I would like to get a few things painted but just don't know if my time will allow but will post for sure a few comments if not art. Will try to paint and not talk. :)

azulparsnip
11-27-2015, 02:59 PM
Brian, that adjustment to the shadow came out nicely. I'm really drawn to the yellow head covering and then aaah, the interior seem so much more interesting now. I like the little figures perked up feet...kids are so energetic and present.

Yes, Nickel I loved caring for our granddaughter. She has the coolest name too - Seraphina Belle. I had forgotten how full time care is, but worth every moment. We had a fire too, even though it was sunny they insisted. We had a vegetarian meal. First time I did not feel bloated or sleepy after the meal. Even after a few glasses of wine ;>)

I've not done well on getting much art done this month though.

azulparsnip
11-27-2015, 03:02 PM
oh yeah, Brian I love the hydrax...putting that seafoam green in the corner really sets the little guy off. fun stuff

Nickel, I hope you get to paint more in the next few weeks.

I just ordered hand held spiralizers on line for everyone in the fam for Christmas...voila.....done shopping.

brianvds
11-27-2015, 10:00 PM
Brian, that adjustment to the shadow came out nicely. I'm really drawn to the yellow head covering and then aaah, the interior seem so much more interesting now. I like the little figures perked up feet...kids are so energetic and present.

The yellow is of course too bright, given that the woman is in shadow, but I have noticed Gauguin doing the same kind of thing, creating a sort of glow-in-the-dark effect by making bright colours in shadow brighter than they would be in life.

An unintended thing was this: I made the kid way too small. Something to take note of for future reference!

oh yeah, Brian I love the hydrax...putting that seafoam green in the corner really sets the little guy off. fun stuff

In the original it's actually a bit of blue sky poking out - as I mentioned, I am having a battle to get the camera to reproduce the pictures accurately...

brianvds
11-28-2015, 10:53 PM
So, the day of the big art show in friend's garden arrived, and I managed to sell quite a number of my miniatures. It's official: I have sold more paintings now than Van Gogh managed to do in his lifetime. ;-)

azulparsnip
11-29-2015, 10:01 AM
YOU GO!!!! and you still got both ears!!!:D

hey, the kid is the perfect size....if he was any larger his head would have intersected with the window wainscot.....(not a good composition) and if he was any smaller THEN he woulda been too small.....hey, you make it just right size without thinking too much..... ;)

artbyjune
11-29-2015, 10:42 AM
Congratulations on the sales Brian!! I love your paintings of life around you! So interesting to see Africa in this light.

azulparsnip
11-30-2015, 04:20 PM
Brian - if you want to participate in the swap pm your address to June and she will send you ours. It can be old art or whatever.....just sending a little gift to each of the friends.....:)