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11-01-2016, 03:37 AM
Welcome to WOYE November 2016...Post your works in progress here so long as they are in oils...everyone is welcome!!! :wave:

for a more complete critique post in the main forum

11-01-2016, 05:54 PM
My first attempt in oil... coming out ok I think.

11-01-2016, 09:15 PM
Nice tpriest51

11-04-2016, 04:32 PM
Nearly finished this one...

11-05-2016, 08:15 PM
tpriest, great job so far on the boxer. Such a soulful expression!

jobr, interesting concept and nice sense of movement.

Here's what I've been working on - almost finished! It just needs a few tweaks and fairly small corrections. As soon as it's done, I'll ask for comments/critiques.

11-05-2016, 08:23 PM

11-06-2016, 03:51 AM
I posted my new (in-progress) painting in the WOYE and would love feedback from you all....Annie, very well done! I showed your painting to husband too and we both give our thoughts. Glass material looks like glass. I think the mandarins are too much in line, but husband thinks they are ok the way they are now because they are in a slight curve. He thinks the bottle and mandarins are different level finished now, I think they are the same way finished as they are now. Also depends how far you want this painting to be finished. He'd like to see the two front mandarins that are in light better finished with more texture. I do like the flower a lot and the stalk is very well done. Have been fighting with that myself several times. The reflections of mandarins are superb. I also like a lot your Chardin copy in the last month's thread! Excellently executed! :thumbsup:
Well these are my thoughts, and remember I'm not the best person to give critique.

11-07-2016, 05:01 PM
Almost finished...

11-07-2016, 05:45 PM
Another start to another month, feeling my artistic spark returning, I have found that mid September until around nearly November are really antisocial weeks for me. I just don't like people or talking to anyone, it's like my hibernation weeks :lol:.

That aside, I am glad to be back into the swing of things and all the work looks great this month so far.

tpriest, excellent work for a first in oil, what mediums did you work with prior, how do they compare to oils do you think?

jobr, that's some very surreal work there, zooming in on such a small detail gives for interesting work for sure (and difficult too. . . so much going on in so tiny a thing as a droplet).

AnnieA, wow that looks really nice there, the only thing that struck me as odd is the feeling of perspective, if the bottle top ellipse shows me that angle the the bottom of the bottle should be more rounded as it indicates our eye level is closer to the top of the bottle. Currently the ellipse of the bottom of the bottle feels too narrow and thus the feeling of the surface level feels unusual to me. That could just be me, or it could be the photograph, not really sure. Photographing work like this is always challenging to say the least.

And lastly, this is what's back on my easel now:


The compression from size reduction has merged some of the strokes and lost a good bit of detail, but the general impression comes through I think, also the lighting is poor (I will one day buy a second lamp to light it from 2 sides for photographing, for better quality). I have yet to get much of the creek rendered yet, but I'm almost done with the top left quarter of the image, need to fill in some more leaves above the creek in front of the trees, and build up some more interest in the reflections on the bank of the creek on that side. After that I am going to be jumping around a lot painting over more abstract elements until I get it where I want. There are definitely a few things I am not happy with currently, like the fact that the darkest element is too near the center of the image or that it nearly lines up with the tree in the background, but I can probably push the background tree line around with some more foliage and lighten the foreground stump with some scumbling.

Thanks for looking everyone (not really needing any critique here, just sharing my work as it's in progress). :)

11-07-2016, 08:17 PM
Delo, I think I remember your painting from a while ago. It's looking lovely - the soft dappled light is wonderful and it's a very inviting scene. I don't think I would have noticed the dark element at the center if you had not pointed it out. You could always just repaint a little and move it to the left, too, although the scumbling idea would probably work just as well. I'll be looking forward to the finale, which is sure to be stunning. Where is this anyway? It's a beautiful area.

Thanks for the feedback on my painting, Delo! You honed in on one of the problem areas right away. I struggled with the bottom of the bottle. It actually looks the way I painted it - the curve of the bottle on the left just sort of disappears into the shadow below, the line of which is fairly true to horizontal and is what makes it look off somehow. I made further corrections after your comment and gave the bottle a tiny bit more curve by extending the table up a tiny bit on the left, and I adjusted the shadow line on the far left so that it's more true to horizontal, although not perfectly. All of that was something I should have noticed when I did the still life set up. I also adjusted some of the interior area of the bottle to make it more transparent, as it appeared in the first image I posted. I am very busy today and told myself to stop painting, but I couldn't help myself! I won't take the time to post another photo right now though, b/c there are just a couple of things that I can't correct until it's drier.

11-07-2016, 08:53 PM
I am glad the feedback helps, AnnieA. I posted this work in progress at an earlier stage some time back, but have been very busy with some actual paid work so I was unable to come back to it for awhile.

It helps to have some other eyes on work sometimes for seeing issues, but oftentimes the best thing is learning to develop the eyes to adjust things oneself.

The area is Leonard's Mill Park, it's a beautiful area, a huge field next to a little creek leading to some tiny little ponds and wonderful wooded areas. Among one of the most magical places I have found in near Salisbury, MD, though to be honest pretty much anywhere in Maryland is beautiful in it's own way.

11-10-2016, 01:36 PM

As usual I work on several paintings at one time and swap between them as I go through the day. I do not always post something on each as there are far too many in various states of work, and some that are just blobs that inspire me. . . and eventually I turn them into things like this, which is starting to approach the middle stage of the painting.

This is from imagination so there are a great deal of things I need to do on this to make it work right, and I probably need to rework some of the reflections here or there. I started with a blue underpainting that you can see through the pot in some places right now, and that was done on a toned brownish surface, after the blue dried I layered in some warm lighter colors to give it some form and sense of lighting. Now I'm building up the shadows and lighting more. I just decided today to add a pie in behind the apple on the right side of the image and some cinnamon in front of that pie tin so those are just blocked in rough at the moment and nearly disappear into the background at the moment. I felt there needed to be some green so I threw some random green splotches around but not sure what kind of leafy thing one might use in the kitchen, but as soon as I figure it out I'll refine those to look like that, or I might just end up painting over them later.

After developing the forms for most of the objects, I start glazing some reds in. I go back and forth between glazing and then painting more opaquely as I build up the forms and make objects look the way I feel they should, once all the values and colors are about right I will likely deepen the values with more glazes and use that opportunity to use put more reflected light into areas and finally build up the highlights to the extremes lastly. It's just a push pull back and forth with this process, and it's not the approach I always use, but one of many that allows me to be very spontaneous with what I am working on in a given day.

11-13-2016, 09:21 PM
Did a bit more on my apple and pot, but it's still drying and very difficult to photograph, also did a bit on this:


Here is the shot from a couple days ago when I put the second layer on most of it:


I also had a shot from when I did the plein air portion but I can't find the image right now.

Since this is a small painting 6x6 inches on Gessobord, I have also been working on several other pieces as well. One of which is that creek which has significantly improved but I want to do more on it still before I post it again. The pot and apple of course, and then I have a little one I started that I did an underpainting in Casein for.

Casein underpainting:


And the first layer of overpainting with oils:


I am absolutely in love with how the Casein remains absorbent and allows the oil glaze layer to dry quickly into it. This is on Clayboard which is also absorbent so my Casein layer was ready to paint over in the same day, less than a couple hours is when I went back and put the oils on, no lifting of the Casein. The oil areas are definitely slightly damp and glossy in some spots. I suspect it will be ready to paint over tomorrow, the initial glaze is thin.

This is my normal method of working typically, running 3 to 6 pieces at the same time. Small ones like these can be 4 to 8 easily, bigger ones like the creek are generally running 3 of those at a time and switching between them as needed to constantly be glazing a bit here or there, keeps it quite entertaining.

11-14-2016, 05:43 PM
Super productive this month so far:


This is done with Blick Artist Oils mixed with a bit of my other brands because I don't have their white or yellow yet. Primarily just their Perm Alizarin and Phthalo tho.

11-16-2016, 02:59 AM


11-16-2016, 09:17 AM
Dan that Goldfish is spectacular! It looks very finished to me, what more are you doing before taking it off the easel?

11-16-2016, 10:31 AM
It's a beauty Dan. What size is it?

11-16-2016, 10:55 AM
Thanks for the nice comments... its 14" x10". I think I will let it dry out and then lightly glaze in some shadows and then it will be pretty much done.

11-17-2016, 11:24 AM

Hi :-) this a WIP. 14x25 oil on linen. Thanks for looking!!!

11-17-2016, 12:17 PM
Looking fantastic Flatty, great work so far.

11-17-2016, 12:24 PM
Looking fantastic Flatty, great work so far.

Thanks!! Right back atcha! Like your work!

11-17-2016, 01:13 PM
Great start Flatty, makes me want to do a still life.

11-17-2016, 01:37 PM
Great start Flatty, makes me want to do a still life.


11-18-2016, 09:23 AM
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Hi :-) this a WIP. 14x25 oil on linen. Thanks for looking!!!

Round Two!:-)


11-18-2016, 08:42 PM
Doing this trailer for the 3rd time. It is unusual for me to paint a subject more than once. The second time was because I liked the angle better. The 3rd is for a special show, and I wanted the owner in the picture. It is looking very blue, but I am waiting until the figure is painted in before making any adjustments. She is wearing a bright red skirt billowing in the wind, and I need to see what that does to the rest of the composition.


11-20-2016, 01:08 AM

work in progress

11-21-2016, 10:28 PM
Round Two!:-)


Finished!! Thanks for looking!!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Nov-2016/1980633-IMG_0521.JPG

11-22-2016, 12:32 AM

Started a new one while the others dry....two days of work

11-22-2016, 10:50 AM
Wow!! You guys all do such wonderful, awesome work! Had to screw up my courage to post my beginning WIP. I'm obviously just getting started on this, have a long path ahead.
oil on 16"x 20" cotton canvas Thanks for taking time to look.

11-22-2016, 11:44 AM
Wow!! You guys all do such wonderful, awesome work! Had to screw up my courage to post my beginning WIP. I'm obviously just getting started on this, have a long path ahead.
oil on 16"x 20" cotton canvas Thanks for taking time to look.

Looking good!!:-)

11-22-2016, 11:44 AM
Looking good !!;-)

11-22-2016, 01:09 PM
"Grey Lady" abandoned outside Conwy Harbour in North Wales UK, looking across to Deganwy.
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"

11-22-2016, 01:41 PM
Very nice!!

11-22-2016, 02:12 PM
Thanks Flatty! The still life you did is marvelous! Glass, liquid and metal - all in one painting! I must admit, it can be intimidating to be in the company of such talent. But, it's also extraordinarily inspiring and motivating. Thank you for taking time to look and comment, and any advice or insight is more then welcome! :thumbsup:

11-22-2016, 02:17 PM
surveyhand - The "grey lady" looks great! She seems to have been quite a seaworthy vessel, it's a shame she was abandoned like that! Wonderful painting!

11-22-2016, 03:53 PM
Thanks Flatty! The still life you did is marvelous! Glass, liquid and metal - all in one painting! I must admit, it can be intimidating to be in the company of such talent. But, it's also extraordinarily inspiring and motivating. Thank you for taking time to look and comment, and any advice or insight is more then welcome! :thumbsup:

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Yvonne Keogh
11-22-2016, 09:15 PM
10 x 15 canvas - oil "lush forest"

11-22-2016, 11:32 PM

looks blurry in this pic....

11-22-2016, 11:53 PM
Wow Dan, first thought was why does he have a photograph on his easel? Beautiful.

11-23-2016, 09:43 AM
Dan had an eagle catch the fish he painted earlier. :lol: So much great work, I am a bit slow right now, started strong this month but spent too much time in the first couple weeks and flared up my carpal tunnel.

Nice finish Flatty. Great work everyone else as well, I am enjoying seeing these come together.

11-24-2016, 06:37 PM
Gosh, I missed this whole page, nice work everyone!

I've worked a little bit more on this one, happy to get the skirt blocked in. By the time I get the statue and stand in, I should be able to go in and define her legs under the fabric and add the floral print.

11-26-2016, 12:42 AM
http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e15/fast4wd/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-11/IMG_20161125_215156159_zpsikfsmqxj.jpg (http://s36.photobucket.com/user/fast4wd/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-11/IMG_20161125_215156159_zpsikfsmqxj.jpg.html)

posted this in another thread I started.

11-28-2016, 04:18 PM
haven't gotten much done with the holidays and all, but did some bits today. Will probably do more tonight when I return.

Like I said, just some bits. Should be able to get the mid-ground foliage done tonight, and maybe get started on the water.

11-28-2016, 04:29 PM
yvonne; love the waterfall, beautiful!
00Dan; awesome as always!! You make me jelous! Only kidding, you truly do inspire me and many others.
mtpalms; your little trailer is fantastic! when I was in my early twenties I had a camper very much like that and traveled with a couple of carnivals. Had a short wheel base '67 Dodge van that I hauled my triumph Bonneville around in. Most of the time I let one of the chicks drive the van and I rode my scooter! Great days, awesome fond memories!
artbob1944; Great portrait!

11-28-2016, 08:37 PM
Nice start, Inkslinger! Nice scooter! Ah to be young again, eh? We could do it all again, only better!

I started this one over the weekend, while I wait for the other 2 to dry. I was kind of underwhelmed with the results initially, but I can see where some glazing will improve it, and also the foligae isn't in yet. In the foreground on the right there will be a bush with bright red flowers on it, that wil be the focal point.

11-29-2016, 03:21 AM
Nice work, everyone! There's a backstory to the piece I'm working on. I was born in Seattle, but my family moved away when I was little. Everyone else in my family was born in CA, and I always longed to return to the city of my birth, but none of our family trips were to WA. When I finally did return years ago, I would feel a thrill when in different parts of the city I would catch a glimpse of the Space Needle, which has always represented the city in my mind. So here is "Now You See It," a 16x20 WIP.

The challenge here was to paint it with only two colors (orange leaning red and blue leaning green), black and white. It's gone through another iteration after this one, and I have some revisions still to make, so a critique may be premature at this point, although I'll look forward to critiques once its gotten nearly all resolved. From now on, I'm first going to do small color studies in oil each time I start a new painting, since the lighting in my work space is problematic, and not getting the color/value right in the first place results in too many revisions.

11-30-2016, 12:59 AM

11-30-2016, 02:06 AM
First I want to apologize for the crummy photo of my painting. Right now, my go to camera is the one on my tablet, but itís not always reliable. Since itís a really tiny tablet, I see the image a a much smaller scale than the way most here probably see it once posted. I donít always notice the problems with any given photo when posting, but then I get on my laptop and cringe. Clearly, I need to find a different photo strategy! Sorry.

Dan, your work is so realistic and yet goes way beyond pure realism - itís scary good.

Marcia, the trailer is coming along great. I like the soft light that looks like approaching dusk. And your second piece is amazing. Those rocks are clearly rocks, but they have an organic quality - like body parts - I see toes in the distance. :lol: Youíve shown the 3-d form of the rocks really well. And I want to make sure you know this all is a compliment - I like the effect a lot!

artbob, thereís so much character in that faceÖ

inkslinger, I like the soft quality and color of your landscape's foliage.

11-30-2016, 02:17 AM
Annie, no need to apologize aboutit image quality, and thanks for the backstory and your palette. I would never have guessed it was limited to just 2 colors and black and white.

Dan, what can I say? Except one day I hope to see at least one of your paintings irl.

I think this one may be done, except for some highlights on the subject. I need to enter it in a show on the 15th, another squeaker.