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01-31-2017, 10:33 AM
Hello everyone and welcome to the February Fur, Feathers and Scales monthly challenge!

You are free to use these any way you like. Each member taking part can create one or many works using the chosen reference/s (whole or cropped). You may use any medium. All are mine except the ones marked morguefile free fotos.

I hope lots of you will take part in this challenge :heart: and show your Valentine love :heart: of all critters :cat:



Grasshopper about to hop (morguefile free fotos)

Rescue kitty Chester

Pigeon shadow (morguefile free fotos)

Ruidoso NM deer

Koi pond (morguefile free fotos)

Frog fixation (morguefile free fotos)

Goats galore (morguefile free fotos)

Coons playing cards

Yorkshire terrier pup Sophie

Sora bird at birdbath

That's all folks :clap: Enjoy :thumbsup:

01-31-2017, 11:42 AM
I'm usually the last to post my finished painting, if I get that far. :o So at least I can be the first to thank you for hosting and the selection of photos!

01-31-2017, 11:47 AM
Thanks Joy. Now you have one day head start.

01-31-2017, 12:08 PM
Thanks Kay. If I chose one now I might get something finished on time! :)

01-31-2017, 02:26 PM
Great pics Kay, not sure about the stuffed coons :lol:

01-31-2017, 06:15 PM
Wonderful selection Kay.... I'm hosting the Acrylic challenge, but I'll see if I have some time to make one from here... they are lovely

02-01-2017, 06:53 AM
WOW! Great selection and thank you for hosting Kay! So many inspiring images, think I'll start with that grasshopper and the buck!!! <3 <3

02-01-2017, 09:46 AM
Hey Kay M, Wendy, Federico (love your blog), and Lori! Hope to see your amazing stuff on the 20th. The stuffed coons playing cards are in a New Mexico southwest furniture store owned by Texans we know...they have live snakes, rats and mice in there, too. So I'll try and get more photos next trip.

02-01-2017, 10:28 AM
Cool pictures! Already chose mine :)

02-01-2017, 10:36 AM

02-01-2017, 11:04 AM
Thanks, Kay. Some great photos to choose from.

02-01-2017, 07:16 PM
Great photos!
I really like the raccoons playing cards!
Are they stuffed(taxidermy)at an antique shop?

02-01-2017, 07:48 PM
These are great choices Kay ! I have a couple picked out !
love the card playing raccoons ! tyree :wave:

02-01-2017, 09:34 PM
Great photos, Kay. Ohhhh, Chester, you are so hard to resist. :heart:

02-01-2017, 09:40 PM
Yes, the raccoons are stuffed by a taxidermist, just too funny not to take their photos to post.

02-02-2017, 03:23 AM
Federico (love your blog)...
Thanks Kay, I'm glad someone has seen it :) I've been adding content slowly... specially because i do not have descent pictures of some of my works...

chammi kaiser
02-02-2017, 09:04 AM
Super references Kay. Thanks so much for hosting. I am in South Africa on holiday at the moment but will definitely do one in my sketch book.

02-04-2017, 01:37 PM
Kay, is the white beneath the cat's head part of the bed, or is it her chin and neck? Thanks.

02-04-2017, 05:52 PM
Penny, Chester's neck and throat are white fur. His head is resting on a light tan carpeted cat tree. I hope that answered your question!

02-04-2017, 06:22 PM
Thanks, Kay. Yes, that answers my question. 😁

02-05-2017, 06:53 AM
I'm close to finishing last month's challenge :D so I might get started on this one in the next few days. :)

02-06-2017, 01:09 AM
Great selections!! Hopefully I can get one done this month... Lol

Have been sick with the Flu for the last 12 days.... Now if only this cough will go away...

02-10-2017, 11:11 AM
Get well quick Karen! Hope you have started yours by now, Kay M! Reveal day is MONDAY!!!

02-10-2017, 03:25 PM
Hope you are rid of the flu soon, Karen.

02-10-2017, 03:29 PM
I don't think the coming Monday is the 20th, Kay - that's the 13th!

02-11-2017, 02:29 AM
Rotter you got me in a panic then, I've not started but am keen to do a couple they're lovely pics :)

02-11-2017, 03:42 AM

02-11-2017, 06:40 AM
Hope you have started yours by now, Kay M!
I'm making a start today. :)

Hope you're feeling better soon Karen!

02-11-2017, 09:40 AM
Sorry! Yes Monday is the 13th. Thanks Penny! I've come down with the nasty stomach bug yesterday and feel horrible.

02-11-2017, 10:02 AM
Very sorry to hear that, Kay. Horrible to feel so Sick. Get well soon.

02-11-2017, 02:09 PM
Good luck, Kay, everybody seems to be sick right now.

02-15-2017, 11:02 AM
Thanks! Finally over it. Remember that Monday is reveal day for those of us this part of the globe.

02-15-2017, 01:11 PM
That's good, Kay.

Vivien Maloney
02-19-2017, 08:51 PM
Hi everyone, I'm home from holiday :wave:

We had a great time on holiday. I've put a little bit about it and some photos in our ChatRoom "the Animal Inn".
Here's the link if you want to have a look;

Sorry Kay I haven't yet been able to do anything for this Challenge, but will try to get something completed, now I'm home. :thumbsup:

02-19-2017, 10:57 PM
My version in pen and with acrylics added. A4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Feb-2017/1256189-a5_pen_feb_aw.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Feb-2017/1256189-a5_frog_pen_acs.jpg

02-19-2017, 11:27 PM
Welcome back Viv! Don't worry if you don't have time as there are 8 days left.

Wow Christel what a perfect frog 🐸 that is spot on! It is so real looking! He will blend right in with that speckled and mottled skin.

02-20-2017, 02:37 AM

Coloured pencil


Watercolour and pen and ink

02-20-2017, 02:38 AM

Ink version fountain pen

The iPhone has made the photo a lot more grey than it is in the original!

02-20-2017, 04:49 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2017/1990881-Frog.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2017/1990881-sora_bird.jpg

I am not very happy with the frog. Its proportions are not correct.It is done in intense ink and oil pastels.

The sora bird is a quick sketch done in 10 minutes during a lunch break at work


aka Rainkowl:clap:

02-20-2017, 05:21 AM
Loving these frogs.
Christel yours is good, his green is beautiful and clean.
Penny and yours are fun. You've captured the cat beautifully. Favourite is the ink frog.
Lesley your frog has character, I love his expression.
better post my effort :)

02-20-2017, 05:23 AM
No frogs here. Mind you they're a bit warty do you think it's a toad.
Here's something for them to eat.


02-20-2017, 07:23 AM
Lovely frog, Christel. Really good colouring. I like the ink version, too.

Well done, Lesley. They both have character.

Excellent grasshopper, Wendy. I like him in watercolour.

02-20-2017, 08:39 AM
Penny - well done with the frog. The cat is so cool!
Lesley - both are lovely!
Wendy - your grasshopper looks great!
Thanks for the lovely comments on my frog.

02-20-2017, 09:10 AM
8.5x5.5 watercolor and ink line on Bienfang for mixed media sketchbook. The goats were too cute to pass up!
I'm loving your results all of you :clap: thanks for participating :heart: :heart:

Penny, wow, CP version of Chester is phenomenal :cat: I'll show it to him. Your frogs are superb too!

Lesley, your frog could jump off the page and sora bird is a great quick sketch...you're not the only one who has to use break time to sketch :thumbsup: that's the only option some days.

Wendy, the light touch you used with the g'hopper is perfect for that insect 🐜 I love it.

chammi kaiser
02-20-2017, 01:17 PM
Wonderful work everyone. Kay , your references were an inspiration. The toad/frog seems to be the star of the show so far. I have been inundated with visitors but still hope to give one of them a go.

02-20-2017, 01:42 PM
Thank you, Kay. I hope Chester is pleased with his portrait!

Your goats are charming. A lovely herd.

02-20-2017, 02:18 PM
What a line-up already!

Christel, your frog is beautiful.

Penny, I really love your cat who seems to be enjoying herself.
The frog is so nicely done in watercolour, pen and ink.

Lesley, did you disturb your frog? He looks quite nice, but a bit grumpy :)
The sora looks very good for such a quick drawing. I had no idea what kind of bird it was, I had to google it first.

Wendy, your grasshopper looks great, ready to jump.

Kay, love your goats, they look quite nosy.

I better get my masterpieces. I tried them with brush and ink first but did not really like the result so overpainted them with pastel.

The goats are 6 x 8", the sora 10 X 7.5".
I just think the goats look funny, especially the middle and the last one LOL.



02-20-2017, 02:46 PM
Okay, this is my first participation in a monthly challenge - not quite finished with this little guy as I can only paint one day a week, but I couldn't resist and plan to finish him soon. 8x10 Oil on canvas - named him 'Isaac' (moderator, feel free to remove if only completed works are allowed). So far it's been really fun! Thank you for these monthly challenges :)

02-20-2017, 03:14 PM
Lovely goats, Fana, and a bright little bird. I like your colours.

Excellent frog, Angie. I like the background, too. Look forward to more of your work.

Deborah Susan Hill
02-20-2017, 03:54 PM
Dove 10x10 watercolor Daniel Smith paint, 140lb. 300GSM Schoellershammer Esparto grass paper Completed early this month.

02-20-2017, 06:18 PM
Excellent bird, Deborah. The like the light and the shadow. Atmospheric!

The paper sounds interesting.

02-20-2017, 08:51 PM
I love your goats and sora, Fana! Pastel has saved me many times.
Angie, your WIP frog is amazing and looks like a photo almost, bravo.
So glad someone did the pigeon with that strong shadow to his side, Deb. Tell us more about the grass paper.

02-20-2017, 10:47 PM
Kay - great complicated wc of all those goats. Well done
Fana - love your crops.
Angie - your frog looks perfect already.
Deborah - cool texture. Love it.

Deborah Susan Hill
02-21-2017, 12:04 AM
The paper was carried in the USA by a Wisconsin paper broker. Shortly after I discovered this paper they quit carrying it and sold out most of their stock on Amazon at a discount. The sheets are the size of a full sheet of Mat board. they are acid free and 300 gsm 140lb. the paper is rough on one side and relatively smooth on the other so it can be used for drawing, painting or mixed media. Even under heavy washes there is very little warpage or buckling. In fact I paint with it taped down with masking tape for larger works and just sit the paper in my lap to paint or lay it on the table to paint anything under 16x20 inches.. It is acid free and archival I have yet to find anyone carrying it in the USA. The mill is located in Germany so you would be best set contacting them and asking if there is anyone who will ship it to you if you wish to try it out. Esparto grass is one of the earliest fibers used in European papermaking.. It is tough, resilient and it has a warm off white tonality that lends itself nicely to painting landscape or animals.. I like it better than Arches. You can scrub on it and scrape it and color lifts well off of it.. Google Schoellershammer Mill and see if you can find another distributor here in the USA..as I've said, I have yet to find it here again.

02-21-2017, 10:32 AM
I will try to find it.

Dick Blick had one paper called Italia acquerello that was perfect for watercolor and now they don't sell it or if they do it is not in their catalog. I still have their catalog inventory number for it though.

02-21-2017, 01:22 PM
Great work everyone! I'll come back to comment individually later or tomorrow :)

Here is mine, done with my new greyscale Tombow Dual Brush pens set on Fabriano Studio 9x12 CP watercolour paper.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2017/1986145-SnapV_Feb_2017_Animal_Challenge_Pigeon_Tombow.jpg

02-21-2017, 01:57 PM
Very nice interpretation, Virginie.

02-21-2017, 01:59 PM
Schoellershammer Watercolor Paper

The esparto paper is available in this country.


02-21-2017, 03:15 PM
Virginie, wow, love the darks and greys in the bird done with Tombows. You know you can add water to the darkest darks and it will turn out resembling watercolor?

Thanks for the paper link. I'll check it out and see if shipping doesn't overwhelm me I can order it.

02-22-2017, 12:03 PM
Well, I actually finished this the 21st ( only a day "late"), and needed correct lighting for a photo. There is much more yellow in the painting than I am able to capture with the camera, especially in the sky. I had wanted this to be bright and sunny, but I got heavy handed and overworked it again. It is a watercolor, 11 x 7, on Arches 140CP. The image was reversed, as I theorized we read from left to right, so the COI (the head) would be "read" by the viewer first.

Another version of this with minimal BG is my next project, although I don't know how I'll handle the contrast with the pale wings. Some of the drawing needs correction, also.


02-22-2017, 12:24 PM
I love the texture - the "washyness". The colouring is excellent, especially the shadows underneath.

I, also, like to draw animals facing to the left!

02-22-2017, 01:40 PM
Gorgeous Joy, love the backlighting, not overworked at all.

Thank you all for the kind comments on my painting.

Kay your goats are such fun you captured the cheeky look great. Lovely to see them in watercolour.

Fana your white goat is so comical. How can he look so sad, doesn't he know he's a star! Bird is nice too.

Angie He's great looks as though he's sitting on someones head. Actually a few do.

Deborah an exciting painting of the pigeon, love your colours.

Virginie a nice contrast with the previous painting, the blue makes it sing.

02-22-2017, 02:05 PM
Really, really nice grasshopper, Joy! Very atmospheric!

02-22-2017, 03:57 PM
my morgue file frog ACEO oil on oil paper. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2017/90890-WIN_20170222_12_15_57_Pro.jpg

Vivien Maloney
02-22-2017, 07:09 PM
Lovely work everyone! I'll be back later to comment.

Here's mine; I just had to paint that little Yorki Pup "Sophie". She was just so cute, so I've done a loose watercolor of her. I decided not to add more detail as I like the loose look and thought it suitable to describe these quick, busy, little dogs. Many thanks for Hosting Kay.

25cm x 18cm - Watercolor on Langton watercolor paper


02-22-2017, 08:27 PM
wow.. a lot of amazing, stunning, lovely painting.
This is my feb challenge. i used watercolour for bird and acrylics for background ,A4 size.

02-23-2017, 05:46 AM
Dear little frog, Mary.

A sweet pup, Viv.

Very nice pigeon , Lily.

It's so interesting to see everyone's paintings.

02-23-2017, 02:07 PM
Mary, I love your tiny ACEO frog in oils! Too cute.
You did the bouncy Yorkie Sophie, Viv, looks just like her! Do more watercolors.
Lily, your wc bird with acrylic background is refreshing! I wanted to do this one, too, but am running out of time.

Viv, I'm wondering if you'd have time to make a gallery for us soon when this is over?

02-23-2017, 06:35 PM
kat...another 5 or 6 days to go.
i will try another animal too.i worry too, whether i can finish or not.
Thanks everyone for kind comments.

Vivien Maloney
02-23-2017, 06:38 PM
Kay - yes of course I'll make the Gallery, no problem. :thumbsup:

02-24-2017, 08:23 AM
I love all the pictures.

Viven I never thought of doing a loose watercolour of the dog, it is very effective.

Penny love your frogs

KreativeK I love the fact all your goats have different expressions and I could just imagine missing a flock and them looking at you like that

02-24-2017, 09:09 AM
Try not to worry, Lily, if yours is late as it is no big problem.
Viv, thank you once again for saving me.
Thank you Lesley for your kind comments.

chammi kaiser
02-24-2017, 11:57 AM
More wonderful works here everyone. I am sorry I don't have time to comment on each work at the moment. Very limited Wifi time because of problems. That frog prince seems to be the star of the show.

02-24-2017, 02:03 PM
Thanks, Lesley, and everyone for your comments.

02-24-2017, 09:57 PM
Yes, that frog was quite the prince this month!

02-25-2017, 02:47 PM
Thanks for hosting Kay. My late response to the challenge is this watercolor toad with a little black wc pen on 9x12 watercolor paper. Animals aren't my forte but it was fun.


02-25-2017, 04:44 PM
Great colours - I like your impressionistic frog!

02-25-2017, 09:12 PM
Love the artistic frog who has no idea he is a palette toting toad now. Love it Kate! He was quite the popular fellow.

02-26-2017, 12:19 AM
Thanks Penny and Kay -- it was fun to participate!

02-26-2017, 01:22 AM
Using Watercolour and pen.Paint like a jigsaw puzzles but enjoy a lot.Still need to learn a lot too.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Feb-2017/108446-group_of_goats.jpg

02-26-2017, 10:37 AM
Mary cute frog
Viv your 'loose' pup is wonderful
Lily I like all your feather markings
Kate fun frog but I wouldn't want to kiss it!
Lily love the goats and their lovely soft eyes.

Thanks Kay it's been fun seeing all these interpretations of your photos. :)

02-26-2017, 12:39 PM
My grasshopper ACEO watercolor.

02-26-2017, 05:57 PM
Ok here goes, approx. 2.5"x4", 140 lb paper; cheapy watercolours.




02-26-2017, 06:04 PM
tuscanny - oooh so much texture!

Penny - you captured the kitty's precarious perch posture (alliteration) and the bumpy frog so well

Lesly - Ooh great job on the bird!

Plum - fun hopper

Kay - love the expression on the centre goat - so curious!

Fana - ooh more curious goats! Cute bird

Angie - well done on your ribbit

Deborah - love the red feet and the blue cast shadow of your bird :)

Virgine - love the detail on the bird and ooh that cast shadow!!

Joy - fantastic grasshopper

Mary - cute little froggie - oh and a hopper on the next page!

Viv - such a cute pup!

lily - fun texture effects behind the bird :) Yet more funny goats!

KiwiKate - love the additions of reds and blues to your froggie :)

chammi kaiser
02-27-2017, 02:41 AM
Love the latest posts. Sorry I have not been able to take part this month - just too tied up here in South Africa with a constant stream of visitors and a gallery demanding two paintings from me, of which only one is completed. Wonderful response to the great reference photos. Thanks so much Kay for hosting. I am looking forward to Vivien's Gallery.

02-27-2017, 07:34 AM
Mary - I like the colouring and transparency of your grasshopper.

E.P. Great "cartoons", full of character.

02-27-2017, 08:08 AM
Better late than never. Here's my effort at the frog, painted in coloured pencil.

02-27-2017, 08:27 AM
Really nice, Geoff. Good texture to his skin, and I like the grass.

Vivien Maloney
02-27-2017, 05:45 PM
Hi everyone, here's your February Gallery. Wonderful work from you all.

Many thanks to Kay for Hosting and to all of you for entering the Challenge. Also many thanks to the Mods who looked after this Forum while I was away on holiday. :heart:
I'm sorry I haven't had time to comment individually, but I did enjoy looking at the entries as I was making the Gallery, and I do appreciate you taking the time to enter! We had 24 entries this month.
Thank you to everyone! :clap:


02-27-2017, 08:30 PM
:clap: nice work, everyone! the gallery looks great.
Hoping I can join you in the challenge next month, Feb. just flew right past me!

02-27-2017, 09:26 PM
Geoff - so life-like!

Viv - thank you for compiling the gallery!

02-28-2017, 07:04 AM
Thanks for the gallery, Viv. I like the way Chester is eyeing the pigeon😀

02-28-2017, 11:41 AM
Thanks to everyone! Great gallery, as usual, Viv.

02-28-2017, 12:16 PM
Viv, your gallery is tops! Thanks to all who took part.

Lily, your goats in watercolor/ink are very special, so inquisitive.
Mary, tiny grasshopper is very neat.
EP, Sophie is too cute and so is the bad kitty Chester.
Geoff, your frog is so real he could start croaking any moment now.

Thanks again everybody! Time for a new challenge to pop up.

03-01-2017, 02:34 PM
Wow! What an amazing gallery! :thumbsup:

So sorry Kay that I didn't manage to take part. I had a load of stuff going on and I hardly got any painting done at all last month. I had a really good idea for the cricket as well!

Christel - I love your frog! I liked the first version, but it looks great in colour. Lovely textures.

Penny - lovely happy cat, I really like how the background and the collar tie in. Great gnarly frog too.

Lesley I like both your pictures, the frog does have character and the bird is a great sketch.

Wendy - I love your cricket, I really like the fine lines and delicate colours. I agree with you, I thought it was a toad too - they tend to be warty, not smooth like frogs. Whatever it is, it's lovely!

Kay - lovely goat painting. You have something of their personality in there - they look like they're on the approach, waiting to crowd in :)

Fana - lovely work with the pastel, the bird is my favourite. I really like that green in the background. Lovely work on the feathers too. I like the goat that's peeping out from behind the first.

Deborah - lovely pigeon, great work on the bold shadow.

Virginie - lovely monochrome pigeon, I really like the effect.

Joy - I wouldn't say this looked overworked, it's beautiful. I love the way that some areas are really detailed, like the wing venation, and other areas are more abstracted, like the background. it works really well.

Mary - cool frog / toad, I like the range of greens.

Viv - cute pup! I love the softness of it.

Lily - great combination of watercolour and acrylic, it's produced a lovely range of textures and lovely painting too.

Kate - I really like this! Love the colourful frog/toad and the background too.

Lily - great goats, I just love their expressions and I like the splashes of yellow.

Mary - cute cricket - so tiny!

Eyepaint - fun pictures, I like the vibrant colours.

Geoff - wonderful. I love the textures, the greens, and the shine in his eye. Great work.

Hope I haven't missed anyone. and again I'm so sorry I missed the challenge! I'm determined to produce something for March! I just have to finish my challenge painting for January first, which I am still working on (so, so slowly) :)

03-01-2017, 02:42 PM
Thanks Viv gallery is good and love the late entries. Wow great month :clap: :clap:

03-01-2017, 02:59 PM
Thanks, Kay.

chammi kaiser
03-02-2017, 03:22 AM
The gallery is super as usual Viv. :clap: :clap: :clap: Wonderful work everybody.

03-04-2017, 03:18 PM
Great job everyone and thanks Viv for the gallery