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06-01-2016, 04:46 AM
First of June 2016!!

Welcome to the chat thread for classical forum.

I managed a quick sketch of the beautiful bride on the WDE this week. I hope to do a painting sometime later.


In other art related things. my ATCs for the Egypt swap seemed to have been lost in the post. And so, I thought I wouldn't be included in the swap (after all the work too!)...but at the very last minute, they turned up in the USA, none the worse for their long tour, and so they will be in the swap after all. Phew.

Its a bit nail-biting when you send art overseas to worry if it has been lost in the post.

I have sent my swap art journal pages off...so nail-biting time once more....

What are you doing this month?


06-01-2016, 08:35 AM
Nice sketch; I hope to see the completed painting too. :-)

In the meantime, more of these things:



06-02-2016, 09:54 AM
Here's my impressionist style painting of the bride from the WDE 27 may 2016.


10 by 12 ins., acrylics on canvas board.

Not sure if impressionism is my thing but it was an experience to try it.

I love your pen and wash sketches Brian!! The little dog is brilliant. Such a character.

06-04-2016, 11:36 PM
If you like to explore art combined with meditation, there's a free course coming up on 11th June at www.bebebutler.com/soul-spa/
Have a look if interested!

06-07-2016, 06:55 AM
Painting came out fine, June. I doubt if I could do that - impressionism is not my strong point.

I have been doodling around a bit:


I'm learning from personal experience that drawing figures from imagination is not easy!

And a doodle inspired by a brief scene from a preview of an episode of "Game of Thrones" that someone showed me on a cell phone:


Surprisingly, no severed heads or limbs... ;-)

Charcoal copy after a painting by Maggie Laubser, one of a duo of ladies (the other one being Irma Stern) who brought expressionism to South Africa in the first half of the 20th century. Both initially found themselves the targets of derision, and both eventually found fame and fortune through their art:


I'm a great fan of their work. If I have time I'll post some here.

06-07-2016, 07:40 AM
Love the sketches, Brian. The charcoal figures especially! I'd love to see examples of the art of the expressionist duo you mentioned. Looks like very interesting artwork!

They do say (somewhere)...that if everyone likes your work it may not actually stand the test of time. If everyone ridicules your work...then you may be onto something!!

Who knows?

Better to please yourself I guess.

06-08-2016, 12:15 AM
Love the sketches, Brian. The charcoal figures especially! I'd love to see examples of the art of the expressionist duo you mentioned. Looks like very interesting artwork!

Well, let me do so in two posts. As I mentioned, there are interesting parallels between the two. Both spent time in Germany (where they in fact met) and came under the influence of German expressionism. Both eventually returned to South Africa, where, in a very conservative society, their work was initially met with blank incomprehension and derision, but eventually became successful.

Irma Stern (1894 - 1966) became known for her very rich use of colour, and thick, juicy brush strokes. I have seen some of her work in the original, and reproductions cannot quite do it justice.

Still life with Anthuriums:


Still life with Bignonia:


Her still life paintings frequently featured flowers and fruits from her own garden.

She was also known for her taste for the exotic, and traveled a lot to destinations in Africa and Arabia.

Bahora girl:


Malay girl:


Two Arabs (notice my avatar pic? :D)


She did not do all that many landscapes, but the better ones are a joy to the senses:


06-08-2016, 12:30 AM
Irma Stern was big and loud and gregarious. Maggie Laubser (1886 - 1973) tended to be far more private and humble. Her works also tend to be smaller and more personal, often expressing a kind of spirituality.

Portrait of a man (dating from her time in Berlin):


She also produced more landscapes:





I particularly love her pictures of cats:



06-08-2016, 06:23 AM
oh my what wonderful art from everybody:clap:

Jo - LOL Waiting patiently…..how sweet… THANKS for hosting.

Joe - wonderful sketches….may that trash can is to DIE FOR!!!!! First in my life!!! And the dish detergent…..is strong stuff. Yay!!

Bonnie - oh, catipillars , eh….squishie, ick……..it is funny that you drew the ladder and the broom!!! Congratulation on your first 10 K run……fun!!!

Ai - I love your sketches because they are so quick and easy to see and energetic - Always like the live people sketches Thanks for the photo.


06-08-2016, 06:48 AM
Brian, thanks so much for the introduction to these South African painters. Their work is inspiring and I too like the cat paintings. And also Maggie's paintings just radiate sunshine. The portraits by Irma are so good...moody.

06-08-2016, 04:56 PM
oops - these were the comments meant for Scavenger hunt.....??? have to go see what got posted in Scavenger.....

06-08-2016, 05:46 PM
Well, I don't know what happened to my comments ........
Brian - thanks for posting these great artist works......love'em.......And your watercolor sketches are delightful.......the pooch is special. Your doodles are so cool......the giant my favorite - very expressive and the snake curling into the center spot.....d

June - what a beautiful portrait of a bride......skillfullness and creative quietness....... you have painted the beautiful inner qualities of a moment

06-16-2016, 06:17 AM
getting ready for a busy day.....doing henna tattoo's from 2 to 6pm at the coffeehouse......good times:cat: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2016/88676-good-stain.gif

06-21-2016, 06:07 AM
Acrylic on board, 13 x 18 cm (about 5 x 7 inches).


I have become rusty and fumbled a bit. And it's wishful thinking; we had one of the worst droughts in living memory last summer, and almost no farmers could plant anything. :-)

06-22-2016, 12:46 PM
So full of sunlight Brian...well done. I always like your landscapes. I never do any myself. There's no landscape in my neck of the woods...middle of suburbia.

My laptop finally gave up the ghost and I had to get a new one. I just got it running today and I am not very used to the touchpad. It seems difficult to use but hopefully I will get used to it.

I am attempting to keep up with an online art journal retreat. So there is paint everywhere just now!

06-22-2016, 12:48 PM
My new computer is as bossy as my old one.

06-23-2016, 12:12 AM
So full of sunlight Brian...well done.

Thanks. The camera actually badly messed up the color.

I always like your landscapes. I never do any myself. There's no landscape in my neck of the woods...middle of suburbia.

Same thing here, but this sort of landscape comes mostly from imagination, with the help of reference photos, some of which I take myself and many of which I got on stock photo sites. :-)

I did grow up in the rural areas here, so my landscapes are to some extent paintings of my childhood. I wonder if other artists also find inspiration in childhood memories, or ideas or fantasies they had at the time? With me, in some ways, almost everything I paint comes from childhood.

My laptop finally gave up the ghost and I had to get a new one. I just got it running today and I am not very used to the touchpad. It seems difficult to use but hopefully I will get used to it.

I got so used to it that I nowadays actually kind of prefer it.

06-25-2016, 07:42 PM
dang June another new computer...you gotta go with mac....we are on our 2nd computer since we got on line, since I joined wetcanvas...and the we've only had the 2nd one not quite 2 yrs.........never had one quit OR break (except for the time lightning melted the mother board....got a complete replacement under warranty) we got a new one because it was becoming obsolete......

Brian - another spacy landscape....love it.

06-26-2016, 07:23 AM
Hi Robin, I never thought to look into mac's!!

I usually get my pc from the same UK retailer, but this time I ordered via Amazon...maybe I'll have better luck with my laptop now!

Fingers crossed.

06-29-2016, 12:10 AM
Small pen and wash sketch as birthday gift for a friend who wanted a picture of a Tuscan window...


06-29-2016, 10:31 AM
brian - i know your friend will like that :thumbsup:

getting ready for a henna offering at the coffee house . Got a new batch of rajasthani indis henna and am looking forward a nice stain. takes a couple days for the stain to darken though........the gig is tommorrow:clear: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jun-2016/88676-henna2628.gif

06-30-2016, 12:05 PM
robin...that looks terrific !!! I would love to have one ! tyree:wave: