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07-02-2016, 02:30 AM
Hi folks! July...and no sign of summer here. Its been cold and pretty miserable weather for a couple of weeks.

So I am going to start re-decorating the walls in my flat! What are you up to?

I thought we could try a pen and ink thread this month so I will post it asap. I hope you manage to join in. Pen drawings can be quick sketches or more involved with hatching and other shading, so get out your pens...loose nibs, bamboo pens, roller ball, gel pens, anything goes.

See you later!

07-02-2016, 08:22 AM
Hi June and art buddies ! Happy 4th to all !
I wish i could send you some of our heat June..
hot..rainy..buggy..typical Florida !!:lol:
I'm hosting the WDE this week..so if you get a chance
drop by and see the photos I posted for the event !

I think a pen challenge would be fun !

Here is my last piece ..its a pen..tombow and w/c piece..
i used the tombow pen to make the feathers..which
I kinda liked !
tyree :wave:


07-02-2016, 09:53 AM
That is fun Tyree! I wish you could send some sunshine here. I rather like the cockatoo photo in the wde and may try a version tomorrow if time permits...

07-03-2016, 12:17 AM
Winter here is the dry season, so I could send plenty of sunshine to those in need. But I won't because we need it here. Our winter days are mostly mellow and pleasant, but when we have the rare few days of cloudy or rainy weather, it gets pretty miserable. Nights are already freezing enough, thank you!


I have painted another small acrylic (13 x 18 cm) in my developing "naive post-impressionism" style:


And some portrait practice, just because...


07-03-2016, 03:35 AM
Scottish born (and there until mid twenties) so I'm fairly familiar with frost and snow. I prefer coolish weather but not cold. Some sun but not hot! A bit fussy really. Ha ha.

I like your landscape and portrait drawing. Is the child someone you know? She is enchanting.

07-04-2016, 01:58 AM
Scottish born (and there until mid twenties) so I'm fairly familiar with frost and snow. I prefer coolish weather but not cold. Some sun but not hot! A bit fussy really. Ha ha.

I don't see how anyone can survive in Scotland if they're picky about the weather. I just need to think of Scotland to start shivering. :D

I like your landscape and portrait drawing. Is the child someone you know? She is enchanting.

Just a random pic off the web. I often draw portraits, especially of children, because they really stretch one's abilities to the limit, and that's the way to make some progress.

07-04-2016, 07:23 AM
brian...i love the simple style your developing its quite lovely..
i dont think i've seen your portraits before..very good !!

its soooo hot here...you all are lucky to have the wee cool air !
this heat and humidity will go on for sometime..im glad i dont do
pleinaire painting:lol:tyree

07-04-2016, 07:45 AM
England (where I live now) seems to be a fine compromise weather wise for me. I lived in NZ for a few years and that could be a bit hot and humid in summer!

I managed a quick sketch of your cockatoo picture in the WDE this morning Tyree.

07-07-2016, 11:12 AM
And another landscape; this one about 8 x 12 inches:


And something for a friend who is very much into World War II stuff:


At the moment, there is quite a disconnect between my painting style and my drawing style. But I have long had this notion that while drawing is serious, painting is just for fun. :D

07-12-2016, 12:22 AM
Portrait of my nephew (HB mechanical pencil, 25 x 20 cm):


07-12-2016, 01:22 AM
Your portraits in pencil are superb, Brian!

07-12-2016, 05:57 AM
they really are quite good Brian !! tyree

07-13-2016, 07:06 AM
they really are quite good Brian !! tyree

Thanks! Here's another one:


My landlady's daughter. I have known her since she was a little girl, and she's pretty much like a daughter to me. Nowadays she's in her final year of high school, and an up and coming young actress, with several stage productions and small roles in soap operas to her credit. No doubt, before long my claim to fame will be that I know her, and then the price of my work will skyrocket. :D

07-13-2016, 03:24 PM
beautiful job on her eyes !!! tyree:thumbsup:

07-14-2016, 06:48 AM
She is lovely. Good portrait of her.

07-14-2016, 08:44 AM
And now for something completely different:


Acrylic on board, 21 x 30 cm. Another exploration of the naive style. or whatever one should call it. :-)

07-14-2016, 10:33 AM
wow...love it. I like the light on the trees !! tyree

07-20-2016, 05:33 AM

Acrylic on board, 18 x 13 cm (about 7 x 5 inch).

I may or may not decide to tweak it a little bit...

07-23-2016, 07:33 AM
I love both of them Brian!

07-25-2016, 04:05 AM
Quick and rough sketch of a well known face. Well, at least around here, where he's a national hero... :-)


07-26-2016, 06:04 AM
Love this sympathetic sketch! lovely expression on face.

07-26-2016, 06:09 AM
I have been experimenting with mixed media imaginative portraits. Basically, trying out lots of media in one painting. Here's the most recent effort. Its so enjoyable to do.


It has collage, crayons, acrylics, pens, etc etc. Playtime really.:wave:

Speaking of playtime, Carla Sonhein has a kids art prograame...you can join or encourage kids to try this summer.

Its at



07-27-2016, 08:55 AM
Nice portrait! Very imaginative. I am not much into mixed media in my own work, though I suppose one could use the term for watercolor or colored pencil combined with line work in pen.

A recent sketch:


You got that right: winter is coming. I made all manner of errors, couldn't work out how to fix them without introducing new ones, and eventually did not so much complete the sketch as give up on it. :D

A few of my drawing pupils had better luck. I had them draw a portrait of Mandela, and some actually managed:


(Looks a bit like Sidney Poitier, who once played the role of Mandela!)

These ones are pretty good, or at least not bad for grade 7 kids. I sure couldn't draw like this in grade 7:




07-28-2016, 06:05 AM
Today's acrylic; 18 x 13 cm:


I swing between liking it and wondering what the hell I was thinking. :-)

07-28-2016, 06:20 PM
Hi brian. I really like the kid's portraits of Mandella. Well done, so expressive.
The flowering plant makes me think,' reaching for the sky or the stars'. Dramatic. Is that aloe vera?

07-29-2016, 12:17 AM
Hi brian. I really like the kid's portraits of Mandella. Well done, so expressive.
The flowering plant makes me think,' reaching for the sky or the stars'. Dramatic. Is that aloe vera?

Well, it's some sort of aloe. We have many species here, and this time of year they're in flower. But I used several different reference photos, of several different species. :-)

I thought it might be boring to have the aloe stand up straight (and in reality, they often lean a bit). But looking at it now, the lean bothers me - perhaps I should have had it stand at attention after all...

07-31-2016, 08:46 AM
Wonderful work, Brian.....congratulations.....love the upfront sunflower approach.......and the tan plain forground with the row of leaf shaped trees
Your compositions are enjoyable and then all the color and shapes are extra perks......loveit

June - love me some collage:lol: The textures are entrancing......the little beckoning animal...so sweet and tender.... thanks.

Hi susan:)

Got a new pen - Carbon Ink desk fountain pen.....only $12 and very fine nib is not my first choice but I'm getting used to it. Saw in recommended on a blog interview....

anyway this sketch was begun with out inspiration and with fear of uglyness.....so I just said why don't you go ahead and make an ugly shape. then I repeated it a few times and then made another ugly shape and went on repeating it and added one more ugly shape and LOW AND BEHOLD a pattern and the thing started to not look tooo ugly.....and I was freed up quite a bit........good art therapy:heart: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2016/88676-uggly.gif

07-31-2016, 02:46 PM
It turned out really well robin! Fabulous doodling!