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03-31-2017, 12:41 PM
April Challenge
Hi everyone!:wave: I'm hosting this month's challenge and I do hope you find something you'd like to paint.
The main thing is to have fun!
Looking forward to seeing your artwork.
reference, Jeff Trestle, Morgue File

reference Wiki Commons

reference J. T Malone

03-31-2017, 12:46 PM
reference J. T. Malone

reference J. T. Malone

reference J. T. Malone

03-31-2017, 02:09 PM
Thanks for hosting Ratchet! Lovely selection of references. That cat really is talking to me.

03-31-2017, 03:22 PM
Up In The Tree Tops,
That Photo was taken from a deck about 20 ft off the ground. The cat was climbing in a Cottonwood tree at about the same height.

04-04-2017, 05:12 AM
My version of the cat 8x8. I used some graphite for the grey shading of the cat.

04-04-2017, 09:05 PM
Christel, I love your version. Am always impressed by small size. I seem unable to work small. Your cat is soft and fuzzy. Maela49

04-05-2017, 12:18 AM
Thanks Maela!

04-05-2017, 11:07 AM
Fantastic Cat. I am amazed that you have accented the area around the cat so the cat is definitely "up a tree." That is not entirely clear in the photo but you have balanced the cat in mid air, so to speak. A very good enhancement of a photo.
Beautiful work! The colors are perfect!

04-05-2017, 11:35 AM
Thanks Ratchet. I first lightened the photo in the middle to get that effect.

04-05-2017, 11:43 AM
great job on the cat Christel. Awesome details for small size

04-05-2017, 03:12 PM
Great interpretation of the cat pic, Christel! Did you use graphite on the ground or did you draw into the OP?

04-06-2017, 12:10 AM
Thanks Rich and Laika. I used a 4H pencil on top of the cat's face into the oil pastels to slightly darken the white.

04-06-2017, 12:31 PM
Very nice cat Tuscany. I am not sure which of these I would like to attempt yet.

04-06-2017, 01:13 PM
Thanks Jlombardi

04-11-2017, 07:07 PM
I had to do the lighthouse. Fun exercise and I'm nearly done. I have the fisherman left to do or...perhaps leave him out. Still deciding on that... I decided the picture needed a composition change to make it into an more interesting painting, and I wanted the lighthouse to be a more prominent piece in the scene. So I painted the scene vertical, which helped elongate the lighthouse, and make it seem taller than it is from photo. I Also moved the sail boat to it's far right....Still deciding on that fisherman..hmm :confused: :confused:

12" x 9" on 400series Strathmore. I love the texture of this more than my Canson mi-tientes. I used mostly mungyo and a little bit of senns as highlights. You'll see the paper come through on some parts, mainly the middle sections. I'm doing that on purpose...basically letting the color and texture of the paper provide certain effects when the painting is looked at as a whole.

This was a lot of fun! Thanks Ratchet for hosting and providing this months pics.

04-12-2017, 12:05 AM
Well done, Rich. I like your composition.

04-12-2017, 10:11 AM
Amazing photos, and amazing renderings Christel and Raizes. :-)

04-13-2017, 01:39 PM

Intriguing change of perspective. The shading and atmosphere are outstanding. Good Job!

04-15-2017, 10:52 AM
Thank you Christel, Ruby and Ratchet. it was a lot of fun.

04-22-2017, 09:09 PM
So I painted the scene vertical, which helped elongate the lighthouse, and make it seem taller than it is from photo. I Also moved the sail boat to it's far right....

I really enjoyed your work, Rich! Even how bright they are. I also use Mungyos along with Neopastel and Senellier. I'm just not remembering these shades of blue in my kit (maybe because I use more green tones) ... The hues are very lively and interesting.