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03-02-2016, 03:04 PM
Hey Art Buddies...March Madness is upon us... I thought
i would start us off with the new month:)

The weather here is starting to get hot...I honestly
don't think we will have too many more cool days..
And this winter was hardly much of a winter for us:cool:
I am almost thinking of turning the air on in the house..rats!!!

I am still doing mostly small works of art...i just seem
to work better that way...Someone asked me the other day
about doing a mural...I think i had a panic attack:lol:

Here is one of my works..yes its the Easter Bunny !!!:wink2:
Whats going on in your neck of the woods?:wave:


03-02-2016, 04:08 PM
Hey Susan! Hey Everybody!
Love your bunny Susan. Looks mischievous! Ready for action!

We had a cold burst overnight so back to jackets.
They even said maybe some snow over the weekend.

The daffodil have just started to bloom.
Still have a poinsettia from Christmas.

Here this time of year, one day you can wear shorts and the next
day, snow up to your knees.

No art yet but I have a pic of the poinsettia and daffodil.

In other news, Michelangelo's birthday is March 6th.



03-02-2016, 04:58 PM
Hi Nickel ! I love daffodils...will you have to cover your plants
this weekend?

We went to Gatorland monday ! Here are a couple of bird
photos i took..



03-03-2016, 10:16 AM
Glad to see everyone is in good spirits and busy. I have had a hectic time of it and struggled to get anything done. Had a breakdown on the motorcycle, so I had to get it to the repair shop and will only get it back tomorrow.

But the whole disaster had a bright side - I took up cycling again, more than a decade since the last time I used this humble but fun and healthy form of transport. :-)

Today I finally got around to starting a new drawing. I want to work on my trouble with parsing complexity. Whenever I try to draw complex, partially repetitive patterns, they tend to start running in front of my eyes and before long I cannot remember which bit I was busy on anymore. But I figured that with this, as with everything else, practice will help me improve, so I took a monstrously complex reference photo and started work on it. It will probably take days to complete.

In the meantime, some other recent photos.

A landscape just a few miles from where I live (and I live in the city!):


A cycad:


Rose from the garden (I live in a small garden apartment these days. My cat seems to have adapted well to the new place - she's been dragging in geckos and other victims again):


With these photos and the ones Tyree posted we could probably do a little photo paint-along again... :-)

03-03-2016, 10:22 AM
Hi Susan,

Wow! gorgeous birds! Your photographs are awesome!

It's 30 degrees here, a tad below freezing. Nothing we
can do about it for the flowers.

Cut a few and bring them indoor.

Sometimes the flowers make it if the temp
doesn't stay low for too long.

I think I remember Robin saying she would be
away for March. Something like sand between her toes :)

Wondering what others are up to?

For years I've read about
people wanting to know what to do with their paintings because
of too much pet hair. I didn't get it.
Had animals, many and hair wasn't a problem for my paintings.
Until now.
This dog, she sheds a dog everyday.

So now, trying to figure out how to keep hair out of the paint.
Or how to explain, that's just texture. :angel:

PS she love to chew, has already chewed through
a couple of canvas panel corners, a few pencils, everything she
can find when I'm not looking. God Bless her, she is tall and can
pretty much get what ever she wants.

03-03-2016, 10:30 AM
Sorry Brian, cross-posted!

What beautiful pictures! Lovely Rose, the cycad, never seen one of those! And awesome landscape photography! Love the mood!

A little paint along sounds great to me.

Glad to hear your kitty is better and bringing you gifts.

Agree bikes are good exercise.

03-04-2016, 08:55 AM
Hi everyone...I am enjoying these great photos!!

03-05-2016, 07:33 PM
one more photo ! tyree:wave:


03-05-2016, 11:25 PM
Some kind of ibis? I don't think I have ever seen these before. Lovely photo!

03-06-2016, 06:45 AM
yes..hes a white ibis! tyree:wave:

03-07-2016, 06:26 PM
a couple of my works i did this past weekend..mech pencil, ink,
5x8, visual journal ! whats everyone up too? tyree:wave:



03-07-2016, 09:19 PM
yes..hes a white ibis! tyree:wave:

Around here the hadeda ibis is quite common, often seen on lawns digging out worms (and all manner of garden pests, which is why I wish people would stop spraying poison all over everything):


a couple of my works i did this past weekend..mech pencil, ink,
5x8, visual journal !

Reminds a bit of German expressionism - I like!

whats everyone up too? tyree

Working on a small but somewhat detailed drawing. It will take a while to complete...

03-08-2016, 03:11 PM
Hi Everybody- that includes you Janet, I know you're around:wave:

Sooo good to see the photos and hear talk of a paint-a-long:thumbsup:

Brian, yep I have the same trouble remembering/concentrating on a pattern like that....here is my first go this morning with a wonderful pencil set Susan gave me...as you see I did not stick with it very long but do intend to keep trying. That landscape is quite an undertaking....and so close to the city! cool beans.

susan- your little paintings are goegeous. ...again I love the way you use red and green........

Here are a couple paintings I've done here. I really am focusing on planning the composition a little more.......I have two that I need to work on values in that regard.

We are on Topsail Island for month of March. Off season rate was an amazing deal! Weather has been windy but yesterday and today, calm and in the 70's....sweet.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Mar-2016/88676-coras.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Mar-2016/88676-friendsfeath.gif

03-08-2016, 03:13 PM
here's the go with pencil set and a link to wetcanvas scavanger hunt to photos of the field easel art bag I made.......check out this fieldeaselartbag on utube......http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1400353&page=2http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Mar-2016/88676-palm.gif

03-08-2016, 03:17 PM
here's the Youtube link to the original field easel art bag ...


03-08-2016, 10:30 PM
brian what a lovely little ibis on the house :eek:
yes, i am an expressionists when painting ! i do like some of the
german exp. also !

hi robin...so great to see you ! sounds like a great vacation !
i have always loved your unique style ..love these little beauties !
have a great holiday...and im so glad your enjoying the pencils..what a lovely sketch !


03-09-2016, 09:04 AM
Managed to complete my drawing in which I did battle with complexity. Lucky for me, with this kind of subject, you can make lots of errors without anyone noticing... :-)


Pencil on paper, 18 x 13 cm (7 x 5 inch). Perhaps I should go cross post it at the Florals and Botanical subforum...

03-09-2016, 10:44 AM
brian that is gorgeous..love all the detail and complexity ! tyree:)

03-10-2016, 05:39 AM
Nice work (and i DO mean work!) Brian. I think those succlent variety tricky because without the thickness they would look like roses.......working of patterns like this just keep drawing my eye into circles and that makes it REALLY hard. good job

03-11-2016, 07:11 AM
I just looked for a March project...:clear:

I'm gonna post a paintalong with the photos on this thread and please add more if you like.:)

03-11-2016, 01:16 PM
This week I've had an eye infection..so eye drops for me...and not much in the way of art!

03-13-2016, 07:13 AM
oh, June.......sorry about the eye infection......rest well:heart: :heart: :heart:

Going to visit with one of my daughters and her hubbie. Gonna stop enroute and pick up a blank journal and some gelattos for his birthday. He is a great artist, it's fun to share inspiration with new art toys.:cat:

I picked up an interesting art book called Art is a Way of Knowing by Pat Allen......at the used book shop. I almost did not go in the art section, I have so many art books already. Then this book......
Wow, it has begun a new approach for me. I think I was groping in this direction as I worked on skills and inspiration. This book is like a booster shot:eek: :)


Here is a little pen sketch I did along the Harbor area while hubbie photographed ships.......I couldn't quite get into the ships for some reason then.

Thinking of you all.........:grouphug:

03-13-2016, 01:49 PM
Oh June...sorry to hear about your eye infection..hope
your doctoring it well !

Robin,,,what a neat sketch, i love those lamp posts,
and the opposing colours of pink and green !

Today is a lazy sunday...listening to a Hamish MacBeth mystery,
and hubbie is doing some work in the house!

here is mini i did fri nite...am starting on the parrot for here !


03-14-2016, 10:23 AM
Tyree - really cute mini.......would make a nice postage stamp. Is it from you imagination? there is red and green.....you have a real romance going on with red and green that I find grand.

I have alot of little touches to add to small paintings lately and I want to begin some study of birds today. Bought a cheapo sketch pad to fill with birds.

Will be thinking of ya'll.........

03-14-2016, 11:07 AM
Tyree - really cute mini.

I concur! And speaking of which, here's something I did for the miniature forum's monthly project. Ballpoint pen; ACEO size on 7 x 5 inch paper:


03-15-2016, 10:35 AM
thanks Robin,,,no I do most work from photos ! not clever enough
I suppose:eek:

brian,,,that little girl is just about perfect ...wow...really great job !!!


03-15-2016, 11:46 AM
And another mini, this time in blue ballpoint. All that blue threw off the camera, so the reproduction isn't nice. ACEO sized drawing on 7 x 5 inch paper:


03-16-2016, 06:25 AM
great job on the foliage Brian !

you know that would make an interesting thread..
a study on trees and foliage ! how we create them..
a look at the masters works and how they differ?


03-16-2016, 09:13 PM
this is a study i did years back in pencil..foilage, rocks, and sea..lighthouse..
its scanned rather small..i remember it taking a long time to do,
as it was a class in the drawing room i was taking..

03-16-2016, 09:59 PM
That's very nice - it reminds me a bit of Chinese landscapes. How big is it?

03-17-2016, 09:58 AM
Really nice artwork this month.
Not seeing any free time yet to participate but
hope June's eyes are feeling better. Missing Janet.
Hope Robin is having a blast on vacation!
Susan and Brian are rocking their work!
Love the idea of tree/nature studies.

Have you all seen this? I just saw this again this morning. Sharing just in case. It's a fun way to make a folded book.

Instruction diagram for making an accordion sketchbook, listed as for watercolors
but you can use different papers for drawing

He is using large 22x30 watercolor sheets, but I've used this pattern in the past to make mini books using just normal size (letter size) printer paper.

freely shared by this blogger at http://citizensketcher.com/2016/03/14/make-you-own-accordion-fold-travel-journals-for-watercolor-sketching/


03-20-2016, 06:44 AM
Hi All -

Lovely work Brian and Susan......

I like the suggestion of a thread/study of trees of the past......and Brian's mention of Susan's pencil shoreline looking Oriental....I think it would be fun to have an Oriental classical thread sometime.

The Inn has postcards that are blank on one full side so I did art one 13 of them for family....here are a couple of the better ones...

I'm having fun painting, drawing and moseying around on a fat tire bicycle. I has been a refreshing time.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Mar-2016/88676-postcard2.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Mar-2016/88676-postcard5.gif

03-20-2016, 11:36 AM
Hi art buddies !!!

Nickel..you always have such interesting ideas on paper ! and how to make the most of it..i would love to see your studio sometime..i bet it is full of all different kinds of papers !!

Robin...these are brilliant...your design is always exciting..interesting....and just fun to see !!

yes..an oriental study would be interesting too,,this i think would really interest all of us ! and i do like the idea of studying the masters works on trees and foilage..


03-22-2016, 06:43 AM
Hi Susan, good to see that little green dot meaning you are on now....:clap:

I hope we all get some art time in today.:grouphug:

We are going into town.......gotta go to the bank, get some more yellow and see a movie my daughter suggested Zootopia......
Did some painting yesterday but don't think any of it is finished:( .....I'll just try and use it to lead into something more resolved.......Funny how while I'm working I think it is looking great and then when standing back it is a muddle.............gotta work it, work it....

03-22-2016, 06:48 AM
wow, Nickel....thanks for posting the folded book instruction!!! Gonna do that

I'm finding the junk journal really easy to connect with.......the book itself is personal and I can just make a mess in it if I like.........it has added alot to my life and freedom........and I like that it came from you, the moderator on wet canvas when I first started this journey......:heart:

03-23-2016, 10:20 AM
did a couple more postcards.....inks and markershttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2016/88676-postcard13.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Mar-2016/88676-postcard14.gif

03-24-2016, 02:23 AM
I like the postcards. They remind me a bit of those beautiful illuminated manuscripts they made in the Middle Ages.

03-27-2016, 03:30 PM
cool floor in the shower - they used smooth stones from the sea shorehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Mar-2016/88676-shower-floor.gif

Rainy day today.......hope to get to some more painting

03-29-2016, 03:58 PM
robin...that is a cool floor..too bad they didnt go up
the sides with it..instead of that tile !:wink2:tyree

03-29-2016, 04:03 PM
more of mine..i sure havent been happy with
what i have been creating...
i think i need to go back to basics..my pencil work..
it slows me down and concentrate more..this was a
wde project...i made a cartoon out of three different
photos..one of a small boy..the other photo of a stickman
and the other photo of a market place..i put the three
together for "Isaiah and the Stickman'' protecting the
city of Dayton ! i think my idea was okay..just not the
final project...:o
back to pencil for me..!! tyree

03-30-2016, 05:11 AM
Hi all. My eyes have cleared up. Now I am battling with an itchy dog illness...Toby has the itchiness. I think I have it on the run now, using coconut oil to soothe his skin. The oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial etc...so fingers crossed. I have also ordered stronger medications to use if it doesn't clear. Phew!!

I am busy looking through old ATCs of mine to see which are good for enlarging and doing as paintings.

Robin and Tyree....I like your lovely expressive artwork. Postcards are a good size for getting work completed...not as daunting as a huge artwork! I like ATCs for that reason too. But I haven't done any new ATCs recently.

Hope everyone is keeping fine!!