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SweetBabyJ
11-01-2003, 10:05 AM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: The
Project Leader: SweetBabyJ
Relative Difficulty: Irrelevant
Type Restrictions: Any Type
Medium: Any Medium
Subject: Not Applicable
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited

Description:

Face it, we all have weak areas in our chosen mediums. A tendency to shy away from those works which would mean exposing the piece we *want* to create to our seeming lack of ability.

Some folks "can't" do portraits, some landscape, or perspective. Some "can't" do detailed realism, others impressionistic or a loose, interperative style.

Maybe colour is your bane, or perhaps it is using compliments.

Whatever it is, vow to conquer it for this project. Complete one piece in your chosen "I just can never seem to get..." genre, and remember: Part of this project is to tell us what you did to increase your ability and learning.

Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_details.php?proj_id=572)

Remember, in order to help keep the discussions on projects organized, you should post your questions, suggestions, and comments on submitted work here in this thread. By doing this, we allow other non-project efforts to not get "pushed down" by a swarm of project-related threads.

Maysun
11-01-2003, 09:21 PM
Have signed up. Look forward to this.

Maysun:)

SweetBabyJ
11-01-2003, 09:26 PM
Good luck! I've set myself a nasty challenge: The sunlit and shadowed nude I've been trying to figure out for WEEKS! I'm thinking I may just go with a really loose, impressionistic approach, so details like "Is that a human?" don't matter.... hahaha!

E-J
11-02-2003, 01:25 PM
SBJ, for ages I've been wanting to put together my own composite ref image for a pastel painting, but aside from my technical struggle to get to grips with Paint Shop Pro to combine bits from several sources, I'm finding it extremely hard to come up with a decent composition. I don't know whether this qualifies for your project ... let me know ... if it does, consider me signed up!

SweetBabyJ
11-02-2003, 01:42 PM
Sounds good- especially if you do some WIP for the rest of us!

SweetBabyJ
11-02-2003, 01:47 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=29747

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/887/tn_conwayhouse.JPG

Oh how great!! I don't understand why you avoid 'em, 'cause you certainly do a fine job to my eye! The tree is nice, but it is that "Grandma's house" (as my kids called 'em) which makes this painting so lively.

Dark_Shades
11-02-2003, 02:13 PM
well SBJ .......... * to be heard in a reallllllllll Whingey voice......
..... if you didnt already Know..... I HATE GREENS!!

....... and I just already 'did' one of 'em the other week...... you ARENT gonna make me do another surely :crying: :crying: .... *sobs uncontrollably :D

E-J
11-02-2003, 02:24 PM
Dawn, how about ... a still life ... FROM life ... ? Bwa ha haaaaa :evil:

SweetBabyJ
11-02-2003, 02:30 PM
Oh now isn't THAT a good idea! Maybe some lace for the dramatic shadows and details, and something silkily reflective 'cause you're so good at that...

I know!!










An umbrella, with part of a wool coat with big buttons and a nice fur collar, and peeking out of the pocket a lace-edged handkerchief!!


Thought I was gonna say something different, dincha? hahahaha!

Dark_Shades
11-02-2003, 03:13 PM
Originally posted by E-J
Dawn, how about ... a still life ... FROM life ... ? Bwa ha haaaaa :evil:


Ohhhhh thats below the belt EJ


oHHHHHH ....... SBJ .... thas not nice neither :crying: lol


BUT ........ Id rather do a still life from life lol ..... than a green landscape......... so Grrrrrrr Im in....... Fanxs a bunch you two :p :)

Dyin
11-02-2003, 05:51 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/887/tn_conwayhouse.JPG

Geez, Ruth...I'd say you conquered this weak area....actually, the "hiding" you did added to it's interest! A very, very nice piece...think you should not avoid architecture any more!

bnoonan
11-02-2003, 06:51 PM
You realize of course now I'm going to also have to sign up for Dawn's transportation project. Yikes you guys are keeping me too busy!!!

B

Mo.
11-02-2003, 06:54 PM
Well I have so many weak areas, guess I better sign up, looks like you may have at least half a dozen entries from me. :D:D...there again.....
Mo.:)

Dark_Shades
11-02-2003, 07:42 PM
Originally posted by bnoonan
You realize of course now I'm going to also have to sign up for Dawn's transportation project. Yikes you guys are keeping me too busy!!!

B

Tooooooo right :evil: :D

SweetBabyJ
11-02-2003, 09:10 PM
Idle hands are the Devil's workshop, she said primly.

Hey DS? Check your pm, please- I want to pick your brain some.

lisilk
11-03-2003, 01:02 AM
What if it's the medium-Pastels- that's the weak area ? ( Or evil chalky thingy's as I call them.) I've only done a half dozen over the years. Did the first one in several years for yesterday's WDE.

I'll have to think about it. LOL.

Li

Mikki Petersen
11-03-2003, 11:35 AM
Hey, Li! You can do girl! Come on in and get your hands dirty with the rest of us!

Ruth, you painting is so nice! I want to go there and sit around and daydream. Think you are going to have to find another weak spot to work on. This one looks more like a forte to me!

Mikki Petersen
11-03-2003, 11:37 AM
Oh yeah, about the project...I picked a monster of a challenge for the Wagons project and I'm not sure I will have the creative energy to tackle another...but we all know about my portrait limp so.....guess I'm in.

SweetBabyJ
11-03-2003, 11:58 AM
LOL @ all y'all !

Fine- if the dusty sticks are your bane- go for 'em. If "finishing a project I signed up for seven months ago" is still waking you in the night, then it'll be accepted here. Post the progress pics so we can help- 'cause we all know how disparaging it is to work on something and work on it and work on it and have it still disappoint us- and later find out the fix was somethng so simple you wanna smack yourself.

I don't know how many folks here have an actual degreed education in "art", nor how many have taken classes and seminars in some part of some medium, but even with that "formal" knowledge in one's head, one still learns something every painting, every piece. Individual preference and taste also come into play- to some, Goya's "Uranus Eating His Son" is a masterpiece; to others it is a mess of disturbing gore. *shrug* Thankfully, it takes all kinds- cause we're very definately "all kinds" around here.

Dark_Shades
11-03-2003, 05:17 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=29866

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/12116/tn_WIP3.jpg

lol, well.... this is for my project....... but as this is a BANE....... a real BANE in the BUTT.... did I ever tell you I hate Greens...... grrrrrrrrrr ....... funny how the word Greens starts with GRRRRRRR - Im hoping the fairies will come whilst Im sleeping and work their magic, and it will all look wonderful in the morning..... grrrrrr *mumbles...... mutters.....

bjs0704
11-04-2003, 12:27 AM
Hi Everyone

I am fairly new to WetCanvas.

I have just signed up for this project. I have had a long held phobia of drawing "people" so I think I am going to try a small self portrait in oil.
It ought to be fun.

Barb Solomon

SweetBabyJ
11-04-2003, 12:45 AM
There goes DS trying to kill two birds with one stone....


It's looking great- plus, I am loving the WIP- helps me a lot.

Mikki Petersen
11-04-2003, 12:59 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=29866

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/12116/tn_WIP3.jpg

Your project photo appears only slightly larger than the thumbnail so I cannot see a lot of detail...but what I do see looks very good. this painting has the same feel as the Chimpanzee, strange as that sounds. It just captures all kinds of emotions for me. I like it!

Mikki Petersen
11-04-2003, 01:00 AM
Welcome Barb! I too am portrait challenged so we will be struggling with the same battles.

Dark_Shades
11-04-2003, 07:25 AM
Hi Bjs .... welcome.... could for you!!!


Mikki ..... are you picking on me lol ....... first its wonky, now its too small lololol ...... actually the first upload was so huge.. I could of got inside the car myself ha ha ha

Yeah SBJ.... two birds.... probably chickens and hens :p :D :evil: with one stone lololol

calowa
11-04-2003, 07:45 AM
Hi--I signed up for the ''I cant'' project also--dont know how I am gonna do it but am gonna try to paint atmosphere (early morning sun rays peeking thru misty trees) Saw this scene in my backyard the other morning--will need a bunch of advice. ---am having a problem trying to downsize my reference photo--will try again later.

calowa
11-04-2003, 08:02 AM
well---here it is---reference photo for project:confused:

bjs0704
11-04-2003, 09:30 AM
calowa

The photo is beautiful. It looks like it will be a challenge, but the results should be worth it.

Good Luck

Barb Solomon:cat:

bjs0704
11-04-2003, 09:42 AM
Mikki

Thanks for the welcome. :cat:

I saw your website. The portrait of your grandson was really nice.

Right now I am learning to use oils, but before that I was a pastelist. When doing a portrait, it is much easier if you use a cream or pale peachy background. Pastel really picks up the color of the paper.

I can't wait to get to work.

Good luck on your project.

Barb Solomon

SweetBabyJ
11-04-2003, 09:44 AM
That'll be a stunning piece- and you're right about it being difficult- I've done one rather like it.

You have to approach this one slightly differently- make sure you keep your colours clear and high in the first layers, and lay your "mist" in warm and cool lights on top of everything. Watch very carefully the "beams"- keep them straight and true, especially from the source. PUNCH that sunlit area right up high- and introduce tiny notes of complimentary colour around it.

Good luck- just look look look look at the reference while painting. Can't wait to see it take shape.

SweetBabyJ
11-04-2003, 09:55 AM
Hey Mary- no one said it had to be a work in something you'd never done, but a work in what you considered your "weak" area. Right now, I've so many I could fill the project myself- but I'm settling for "lit/shadowed skin from grayscale" 'cause that's what's pushing my buttons. Although, a macro collage of my cervical and lumbar spinal areas, with a pair of hands holding it together has merits, too (hahaha!)

Maybe a person needs to layout a piece and draw it more accurately, perhaps an understanding of compliments is something to be worked on, or maybe an experiment in paper and surfaces so one knows which is best suited for a given technique is helpful. Whatever- this project is all about learning something- which is the mark of a professional.

E-J
11-05-2003, 07:54 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=29875

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/17813/tn_WDE.JPG

lisilk, the colours in this are so pretty! I like the texture of the w/colour paper showing through. You certainly don't come across as a stranger to pastels.

Perhaps you could accentuate the touches of yellow and green and orange in the lower part of your picture, where you've got mostly blues and purples, to unify things a bit ... and then again, perhaps not ... it's your picture and your call and it's very nice as it is! Look forward to seeing more of you in the Pastels forum :)

SweetBabyJ
11-05-2003, 10:59 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/17813/tn_WDE.JPG

Very nice! If pastels are your weak area, I'm in BIG trouble. You have a deft, sure touch- you should be very well pleased with this!!

bnoonan
11-05-2003, 12:01 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/17813/tn_WDE.JPG

Well - my only comment is that after you pat yourself on the back, pat yourself on the back again. It's great - abstract and fun to look at. I love the colors and the shapes and everything about it.

I do hope you'll pick up pastels more often. Lovely job in such a short time too.

Barb

Ragtimelil
11-05-2003, 12:52 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=30027

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/30247/tn_forestscape.jpg

OK. i'm game. This is a landscape I did for one-brush landscapes, but it really qualifies as my weak area. I have trouble with landscapes in ANY medium. Especially the brushwork. Any suggestions?
Thanks.
(Hey, that other stuff looks pretty good to me!)
Lana:rolleyes:

SweetBabyJ
11-05-2003, 01:16 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/30247/tn_forestscape.jpg

So this was for another project which was limited to painting with only ONE brush?? What fiendish mind thought THAT one up??!?

For one brush, though, your strokes look good, you did well creating a nice atmosphere of a whole lot of forest in front of you. Only problem I see is the one which seems to cramp so many of us who have trouble with landscape: GREEN!! If you could go back in (is it watercolour or acrylic?) in the foreground and darken your greens' shadows just a tad with a compliment (dark orange or red), I think it would give even more depth. Laying a few dots (and I do mean dots only) of a lighter value compliment near your lighter values will punch them up to- and that will help relieve the over-all GREEN! issue. I think.

DarkShades is our Resident GREEN landscape expert (she'll deny it, but that's just her natural self-effacement coming through). Take a gander at some of her stuff- she can make purple look like green.

Good job- wanna ride again? lol

Ragtimelil
11-05-2003, 02:46 PM
The credit for thinking up that project goes to Alan Cross....not my idea.....that's why there's a picture of the brush there...

Hey, THANKS for all the suggestions. I'm going back to the drawing board just as soon as I go grocery shopping - ugh. I'll send the updated version as soon as I finish.

almost forgot - it's acrylic, but severly thinned down...
L

Ragtimelil
11-05-2003, 02:53 PM
ok, i'm still having trouble getting around here. I'm pretty new to this site. HOw do I find darkshades? I tried a search and looked in members list. No success.

SweetBabyJ
11-05-2003, 03:16 PM
She's currently in today's scumble thread, trying to figure out triple-entendres....

Just find a post by her and click profile at the bottom of her post.

Mikki Petersen
11-05-2003, 03:29 PM
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I knew whatever you tried would be filled with rich colors, Li. I would offer constructive criticism if I could think of any...but this is a stunner! Did you enjoy using the pastels? If so, DO MORE!

Mikki Petersen
11-05-2003, 03:31 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=30027

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/30247/tn_forestscape.jpg

I think this has a lot of merit. I agree that using some dark reds or siennas would add some depth and break up the green, but this looks like a sunlit walk in the woods. Nice work!

Ragtimelil
11-05-2003, 08:47 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/30247/tn_forestscape2.jpg

ok, I tried. Red just looked red to me. I tried to be sneaky about it. Can you even see any difference? Maybe the next one....
and thanks for the kind words.

lisilk
11-05-2003, 08:49 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/887/tn_conwayhouse.JPG

I just hope someday that I can be as " bad" with architechtural paintings as you are !!! LOL. This looks beautiful to me. :clap:

Cheers,

Li

lisilk
11-05-2003, 08:54 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/30247/tn_forestscape2.jpg

First I will say that I am brand new to pastels so will not be making any comments on that front. You definitely captured the feeling of filtered light through a wooded path.

The color variations just take practice. If you look down a wooded path you will see almost every color filtered through it. I think this is a fine piece. Each one will get better and better with experience.

Cheers,

Li

lisilk
11-05-2003, 08:59 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=29866

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/12116/tn_WIP3.jpg

I love this truck, great colors. Your greens look terrific.

Cheers,

Li

lisilk
11-05-2003, 09:12 PM
Thank you Barb, E J, SweetbabyJ, and Mikki for your generous feedback.

Mikki, I am liking the immediacy of the pastels. I like the " feel" of them but I still feel pretty geeky with them. LOL. I am used to knowing my colors ( esp. with dyes ) innately and premixing my colors without even thinking, not laying them down so the brain does the mixing on the paper. Also I am very heavy handed so I probably am putting on too much, too fast.

I also need to do some reading on surfaces cuz I'm just using what I have on hand. ( WC paper.)

I really pushed it last night. Tried a person in pastels ( and NO- I don't do people- in any medium ! ) It turned out hideous. I'm too embarrassed to even show it. Oh well....practice, practice, practice.

Cheers and thanks for the encouragement !

Li

Mikki Petersen
11-05-2003, 09:57 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/30247/tn_forestscape2.jpg

No, but I see some yellow I didn't see before and that really brightens it. Sometimes it just takes a little touch. Also, you can take your image into a photo or graphics program and play withthe color there to get some ideas for color and contrast. I like this as it is. Sign it and move on to the next piece.

Mikki Petersen
11-05-2003, 10:02 PM
Li, I'm with you on the people front. I do a bit of cartooning occasionally but people are a problem regardlesss of medium. As for paper, a number of people use all sorts of stuff. If you want to stick with WC paper, you can buy Art Spectrum Pastel Primer which will give the paper more tooth. I like LeCarte paper for its grittiness and I've heard Walllis is wonderful stuff but expensive. Another thought is that I've seen some beautiful work done by starting with a watercolor painting and working over it with pastels. So many options, so little time...

Mary Robinson
11-06-2003, 01:34 AM
Well, I'm still here, SBJ, but I haven't started anything yet, I'm still waiting on supplies to come in. But I'll do the Rooster first since he's going to be smaller and I think quicker to do.

And I have some vellum I want you to try out and tell me what you think of it, I'm gonna do the Rooster on it, it's not the one I bought at the art store, this one is tinted :D I have pastel tints and vibrant tints. But it's only 8 x 10.




Mary

lisilk
11-06-2003, 01:45 AM
Originally posted by 1mpete
Li, I'm with you on the people front. I do a bit of cartooning occasionally but people are a problem regardlesss of medium. As for paper, a number of people use all sorts of stuff. If you want to stick with WC paper, you can buy Art Spectrum Pastel Primer which will give the paper more tooth. I like LeCarte paper for its grittiness and I've heard Walllis is wonderful stuff but expensive. Another thought is that I've seen some beautiful work done by starting with a watercolor painting and working over it with pastels. So many options, so little time...

Thanks for the info on surfaces for pastels Mikki. After a huge silk supply order this week, I'm afraid pastel paper will have to go on the Christmas wish list so I'll print this out and drop on Dave's lap. LOL.

Cheers,

Li

Thanks for starting the project SBJ ! Good to challenge weaknesses. I could do that for the next ten years . LOL.

E-J
11-06-2003, 02:59 AM
I will get around to doing something for this project ... eventually ... !!

I read this quote today: "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." Pablo Picasso, no less. I guess that's what this project is all about!!

lisilk
11-06-2003, 04:22 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/17813/tn_pastel.JPG

My attempt at person. This is a progress shot so mucho room for improvement.

All crits welcome. Hep !

Li

SweetBabyJ
11-06-2003, 06:12 PM
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Leave it alone!!!

It's a gorgeous piece- a stunner! (Geeeeez! For someone who has so many problems with the medium, you're certainly good!) Mat it in a nice deep blue-violet, anad frame it in plain polished cherry, or maybe even a gold-tone.


Now, your next task is to get some pastel paper- something gritty, or even a nice vellum- and play with that. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

E-J
11-07-2003, 02:34 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/17813/tn_pastel.JPG

lisilk, those are gorgeous highlights you've got on the hair, flowers and blouse! The texture of the w/colour paper is also nice. Just what is it about this medium you think you have trouble with, I wonder?

Something that bothers me slightly (but has nothing to do with your handling of the pastels, which is beautiful) is the ribbon round her neck, which makes me want to read the torso as 'front' rather than 'back'.

This is very pretty!

E-J
11-07-2003, 02:39 AM
OK, so I've realised there's another weak area I need to explore and (hopefully) overcome. I'd like to do a pastel piece in a looser, more impressionistic style. The closest I've come is in the shadows of the autumn path, but my tendency is to keep on piling on the pastel (to cover up all my mistakes!) until I've built up quite a smooth, finished surface. I do this on La Carte and have started doing it on the cheaper papers too, trying to fill the tooth, even on the smooth side. It may turn out that this is part of 'my' style but all the same, I'd like to produce at least one painting showing evidence of a lighter touch.

Add it to the list of can't-(yet)-do's :)

crazyartist2000
11-07-2003, 05:36 AM
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This is very nice.:clap: don't worry about the paper you use. Just have fun!! And put your order in to Santa:D

Mikki Petersen
11-07-2003, 04:55 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/14550/tn_Straw_Man.jpg

Oh dear...weakness...how about hopeless! Didn't know whether to post this here or in bnoonan's "Bad" thread.

Dunno, do you suppose I'm distantly related to ol' Toulouse Latreque? (sorry for the spelling)...This is from a IL photo by Joe Majury. Even the poor donkey is stunted, LOL, sob!

lisilk
11-07-2003, 05:27 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/11410/tn_final_self.jpg

I think you did a great job, esp. for a first self portrait. I don't have the nerve to do that yet, in any medium. The facial features are very strong. Looking forward to seeing your next.

Cheers,

Li

lisilk
11-07-2003, 05:32 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/14550/tn_Straw_Man.jpg

Geez Mikki, talk about being a tad hard on yourself ! Did you learn anything in the process ? That's the real point isn't it ? I like the facial expression and esp. the tattered sweater. The pony does look a little stunted but maybe he's just in training....like the rest of us. LOL. Keep going, having seen your other beautiful work, I'm sure you will master portraits in no time !

Cheers,

Li

crazyartist2000
11-07-2003, 05:35 PM
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I love this pic!!! Everything doesnt need to bee perfect. I love the little man and his wholy sweater!! And leave that little donkey alone...he is a dorable. I would lighten up the background you have started though...maybe??

lisilk
11-07-2003, 05:52 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/17813/tn_pastel1.JPG

First try at landscape. This is in progress.

Regarding my dancer....Thank you SBJ, crazyartist, and E-J for your comments.
You asked what I thought were my weak areas. Since I hadn't really done much pastel, I wasn't really sure if I was drawing " right " with it. Are you supposed to draw directionally or what's the proper way ? I just sort of scribble in all directions. LOL. Also, I hadn't done much skin tone work and wasn't sure if she looked like flesh and bone or a plastic manequin. LOL. E- J, not sure what to do about the ribbon. :rolleyes:

This project is fun for me. I am enjoying experimenting with this new medium. I see more in my future !

Cheers,

Li

bjs0704
11-07-2003, 07:30 PM
Li

The atmosphere is wonderful. You did a good job, you should be proud.

Barb:cat:

bjs0704
11-07-2003, 07:39 PM
Li

Thanks you. I had so much fun with this project that I have gotten out my copy of Helen Van Wyk's portrait book and am going to try again. Now, if I can only do something about my tendency to make myself "long-necked".

After looking at everyone's pastels, I am beginning to miss them. I am fairly new at oil painting, but I worked quite a bit in pastel for several years.

Barb:cat:

Dark_Shades
11-07-2003, 07:46 PM
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Still trying Greens, and foliage ..... :p :p :p :)

lisilk
11-07-2003, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by bjs0704
Li
Now, if I can only do something about my tendency to make myself "long-necked".

Barb:cat:

Yeah, I would paint 4 " off my arse and keep the neck as is.. LOL :D

Li

lisilk
11-07-2003, 07:55 PM
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This looks awesome to me ! :clap: :clap: Well done !

Li

Mikki Petersen
11-07-2003, 08:10 PM
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Get over it! You are a green queen! This is a stunner! Wish I could be as good with people as you are with green!

Mikki Petersen
11-07-2003, 08:13 PM
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I can see fantasy here...this is great, love the colors you've chosen. I think some good strong reflections in the water will complete this nicely.

crazyartist2000
11-07-2003, 08:19 PM
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Beautiful Fall painting Shade
If I hear you complain about green one more time!! I am going to have to do something drastic :evil: :clap:

lisilk
11-08-2003, 01:46 AM
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This is terrific ! :clap:

Li

Dark_Shades
11-08-2003, 05:56 AM
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I think this is lovely..... and definately a person :) ....... I really like the colours..... and the highlights are absolutely wonderful..... really make this zing!! ..... well done

Dark_Shades
11-08-2003, 05:59 AM
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you have a great eye for colour...... this one has great shape and form ....... I dont see that pastels are a weakness for you ...... you should obviously, just do more ...... gonna see you in the forum more often Im sure :)

Dark_Shades
11-08-2003, 06:01 AM
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Everything you do Ruth is so good........... this has beautiful light

crazyartist2000
11-08-2003, 06:03 AM
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It might be hidding!! but I can see you did a beautiful job of this elegant house:clap:

Dark_Shades
11-08-2003, 06:03 AM
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Cant see the wood for the trees...... :), so I dont know what your weakness was........ I cant see any.......... this has such a lovely feel to it ...... well done

Dark_Shades
11-08-2003, 06:10 AM
:eek: ..... Ohhhhh eck........ lolol crazy ....... erm, thanks Pete and Li

....... I dont know why it is, I just REALLY dont feel comfortable with greens and foliage....... when I try them and look at what I do, to me they look totally..... RUBBISH!!! - I wish someone could explain to me why..... hmmmm, now having just said that, perhaps thats the reason..... as I dont know what Im doing, so they cant be any good....... ok, am shutting up now :D

E-J
11-08-2003, 09:41 AM
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Really like this one, Dawn! Stop pastelling for 5 minutes wouldya, I can't keep up!

pampe
11-08-2003, 03:45 PM
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wow..I think this is stunning

Sometimes I wonder if we do what we don't like well and just don't realize it because we don't like the subject:eek:

Is this pastel?

pampe
11-08-2003, 03:47 PM
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OH...I was just going to do this!


DS..it's wonderful...what is your weakness???

Dark_Shades
11-08-2003, 05:35 PM
Greens..... Foliage..... Landscapes :crying:

Ragtimelil
11-08-2003, 06:19 PM
Why, thank you. I thought it was a bit, em...green, you know....:D

E-J
11-09-2003, 08:39 AM
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This is how far I've got in my attempt to be impressionistic and develop a 'lighter touch', ha ha. Take one sheet of Colourfix, able to hold many many layers of pastel ... and somehow manage to overwork it in only two. This looks better onscreen than in RL! Could always make some miniature prints and destroy the original :D

Dark_Shades
11-09-2003, 09:32 AM
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Look lovely to me EJ

E-J
11-09-2003, 10:01 AM
Cheers Dawn. I've finished it now, and posted my final image.

SweetBabyJ
11-09-2003, 11:43 AM
Wow! If these are y'alls weak areas, I am in deep kimchee.

Head down, prolly.


Great, great stuff- I'll go through them one by one in the next day or two and comment- right now I hafta go throw another piece of paper away.....

Mikki Petersen
11-09-2003, 10:34 PM
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Unfortunately, my @#$%#@$%@ monitor, Toshiba wide-screen laptop, pixellates al lot of the images so I do not see clear detail. What I do see is a lovely painting. It looks impressionistic and the greens look great. If the original does not look like this, why not print a copy of the computer image and use that as a guide to improving your original. I often photo my WIPs and run them through paint shop until I get an image I'm satisfied with, then go back to the easel and use the manipulated image as a reference source for completing my painting.

lisilk
11-09-2003, 10:45 PM
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Oh ya, dull, muddy, yucky. Everything you said. :evil:

This has good impression (...istic ) sense of depth and atmosphere. Maybe someday I can grow up to overwork paintings as beautifully as you do ! :cat:

Cheers,

Li

Kathryn Wilson
11-09-2003, 11:21 PM
hee, hee . . . LOL - my weakness is trying to do all the Projects, Drawing Events, Riots, Weekly's, Monthly's -

so I am practicing not doing a Project - there that feels better.


Just thought a little bit of levity might do here - :D

Mikki Petersen
11-10-2003, 12:31 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/14550/tn_Irish_farmer_%282%29.jpg

Wellllll...I knew I had difficulty with humans. What I learned here is I also have difficulty with donkeys! I could probably work on this more and I don't think it would make any difference so, here it is...end of story.

SweetBabyJ
11-10-2003, 12:41 AM
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I kinda feel I'm the only one with a truly "weak" area, here- so far, every entry from everyone else has been a stunner. Sometimes I figure I should just go back to toned works- far easier. Then I remember what I used to do in watercolour before the nerve damage- and I square up and throw another piece of paper away and start again. Some day, I'll figure it out.

Mikki Petersen
11-10-2003, 02:43 AM
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Not that I can do it either, LOL, but take a hint from bnoonan and throw a little green in there and those shaded tones will come right out. I think this is pretty darned good and not something to be discouraged with. There was a learning curve with water colors too.

E-J
11-10-2003, 04:59 AM
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J, the pinky purples in the skin look good to me, but I would put some greens in rather than the blues I can see (if I'm seeing your colours accurately). I'm working on a nekkid lady for my other weak area (composing my own ref image) and I'm happy with the body but the FACE is giving me nightmares. I've scrubbed out and repainted her features three times and she still looks 20 years too old. I should post here but I'm too much of a coward!! :)

Dark_Shades
11-10-2003, 08:24 AM
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Personally I really like what you have here.... yes it is warm.... but thats appealing..... I wouldnt of used green for shadows .... but hey, give it a go......... it might get the look that you want..... but as said, I like this as it is.... and think this is your best todate
..... have you thought of starting out with different skin tones to begin with..... if you always say start with 'pink' .... try 'orange' or vice versa.... surprising how that changes everything... and.... lol you panic... trying to get it back to some more familiar ;)

SweetBabyJ
11-10-2003, 10:26 AM
I did start this one with other colours- I used a fairly dark, greeny-brownish-grayish hard pastel and laid down a tonal underpainting first- it was PERFECT. I think the mistake came when I LOOKED at a few other coloured reference pics really, really big on my monitor, and noticed the change from shadowed to bright skin is heralded by a band of red. Trust me- you put that red in there and you're now stuck trying to cool everything back down.

I'll give'er a go with some green today- but I think maybe 90 sticks of portrait colours isn't quite enough- somewhere out there, there's a stick of colour called "shadowed skin".- sounds like shopping time to me.

EJ- keep the strokes and all going horizontal or even winging upwards- and be careful of the very subtle changes in planes- don't make them too harsh or, yes, they reflect age. I'm thinking, with the practice I've had here recently, I overwork the face and that's another age-enhancer; but I'm wondering if maybe on faces, the rule should be the opposite: Lay in the lights FIRST so they stay very clean and clear.

E-J
11-10-2003, 11:34 AM
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So I tried giving her the SBJ horizontal facelift special ... it helped a bit ... but rest assured that all the faults you can find with her are ones I have struggled with and brushed off and redone at least four times already ... I'm through with this woman!!

Dark_Shades
11-10-2003, 11:59 AM
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... erm....... so ok, whats ya problem :confused: ...... she may not be as young as you intended..... BUT what the heck!!! ...... you've made an older type of woman...... MOST Beautiful..... hey and Im all for that ;) ..... EJ, this is simply gorgeous.... andddddddd......... the skin and hue .... shadows..... the whole capoodle...... is just one of beauty...... I really hope you would continue with this...... if this were mine.... and I werent sick of it hee hee... Id perhaps just add a bit more shape to back of neck... emphasise the knuckles a tad on the hand holding the pomie... which is brilliant..... and maybe check the eye/brow/cheekbone..... Honestly EJ...... I dont know why you are so hard on yourself........ you better quit..... or I might just slap you one :D


.... erm...... and ..... I think this is YOU!! :o :eek: :D

SweetBabyJ
11-10-2003, 12:02 PM
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Geeeeez! Mom! How come EJ gets to use green in skin and it still looks like skin but when I try it it looks like there's some horrible skin disease going on???

I think you've done a great job on this- the hands, especially, are wonderfully expressive- especially when I realize exactly how small they are to work. She doesn't look all that old, either- perhaps you are hard on yourself here?

Dark_Shades
11-10-2003, 12:12 PM
Green works brilliantly on the fleshier parts of the body..... not such as in shadow .... shadows... if you get my meaning

..... mind you.... not tried........ yet ;)

SweetBabyJ
11-10-2003, 12:17 PM
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I think it's better- but man! It's so dark now!!

E-J
11-10-2003, 12:30 PM
J, I don't know if this is remotely helpful, but these are the colours I use for skin.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Nov-2003/13865-110_1060.jpg

1 is a dark pinkish red NuPastel. None of my softer Winsor & Newton reds will give up much colour.

2 is a paler pink. It might be a warmer or a cooler one, not necessarily this exact shade. I just pick one I think might work.

3 is ivory, for highlights.

4 is a green from the Unison 'dark jewel' set. Great base colour, but I tend to stroke a bit of colour #1 over the top of this before adding any mid-tones so that they don't pick up straight green and go yukky.

5 I use rarely in skin, just to liven things up.

6 is a warm ochre (sorry, no idea of the colour names or numbers for any of these).

7 is another Unison dark, this time a purple.

8 is a mauve. I don't use purples as much as the green but they do tend to be useful in the face: under the eyes and in the lips.

SweetBabyJ
11-10-2003, 12:42 PM
Wow- thanks! I shall have to try it- I can probably fake all of those colours from all the different sets and half-sets and open stocks I have around.

I tried limiting the palette in this one, but must have picked a bad day to choose ochre, "toast" sienna, ivory, brick and purple/blue- cause they just weren't enough. I dakened the background severely, went in with a teal and a lime green this morning, and then re-lit it with the ivory- looks better- but I lost detail on facial shapes and am too sick of it to go back in and fix it anymore. I think I'm gonna mess around with some quickie sketches out of my head to see what works for where- just bodypart kinda things without the ref photos so I quit concentrating on seeing colours I just don't have.

Ragtimelil
11-13-2003, 05:56 PM
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Hi there. I'm back. I definately need some help here. This is pretty accurate as far as the photo goes, but something is missing. It's still a work in progress and it's a tad fuzzy since I scanned it, then had to reduce it so much to make it upload and so when you see the full size it's a little pixilated.
In RL it's 9x12 and done in acrylic.
Thanks,
Lana:rolleyes:

Ragtimelil
11-13-2003, 05:59 PM
Hmmm I see on problem just by looking at the thumbnail. (Funny how that happens.) I think I'll have to try to fix it with shadows, since I don't want to try to move things around at this point.
:eek:

Mikki Petersen
11-13-2003, 08:52 PM
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It is a nice scene, Lil. I think part of the problem might be that the eye wants the boy and animals to be a focus point but that big tree totally dwarfs them. Also, they cast no shadow...this is a good start and definitely worth fixing and finishing.

Ragtimelil
11-13-2003, 08:58 PM
Yeah, that's the problem. How do I fix it? There actually aren't shadows visible under the figures, but I was going to add them. The trees really were the main thing, and they did dwarf the figures. You know, like the old landscapes.....?:confused: It doesn't seem to work here though...

SweetBabyJ
11-13-2003, 09:51 PM
Try punching up the detail on your trees, and then making your figures just a bit less expressive- they are so well-executed, though, it seems a shame. With no clear light-direction reference, you get to pick your own- casting shadows clear across the field as they would be in the late afternoon might be fun, and the warmer colours of such would give a lot of depth. But then, what do I know- it's a landscape and they're yet *another* weak point for me.

Ragtimelil
11-14-2003, 08:43 AM
Thanks. I'll try that. I'll send an update after I get some time to paint!

kt077886
11-14-2003, 11:20 PM
I joined this project and added my painting to the project page. I've also attached it below. This is my 1st portrait painting. I am afriad of painting faces. I'm just not confident.

E-J
11-15-2003, 05:26 AM
kt, am I going mad? I can't seem to find your image among the project thumbnails.

This looks terrific to me. She reminds me a bit of Gina Gershon. I like the colours you've used: subtle green and reddish brown and that touch of pink. All hangs together very nicely! Well done to you!

Going to try another one? :)

Mikki Petersen
11-16-2003, 03:58 PM
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Watercolors...my nemesis! I love what others do with watercolor but I just don't get them. I noticed that the thumbnail looks pretty decent...but look at the larger image and you will see a muddled mess. Especially the geese, LOL! But that's watercolor...you don't fix those mistakes...

Ragtimelil
11-16-2003, 04:17 PM
I couldn't find the muddled mess you speak of......

Marc Sabatella
11-19-2003, 01:02 PM
I just signed up. It's the first project I've signed up for, so excuse me if I'm a little fuzzy on the details (like whether I am supposed to start yakking here before I've actually posted an image or not :-)

There are a number of areas in painting that I have avoided. Mostly, I do impressionistic landscapes, from life. When it's too nasty outside to paint, I do impressionist still lifes, from life. Not exactly a huge range. The things that come to mind as new things to force myself to try are either going for more detail / realism, or going more abstract (the latter appeals to me more). Also, regarding subject matter, figure and portrait, which do interest me; I just never do them. And, I could try working from a photo, which doesn't appeal to me much at all. Medium-wise, I've struggled with watercolor enough that it won't count as being as new as any of the others, but since I'm still incredibly bad at it, I suppose that counts for something. My goal, then, is to do as many as possible of these in the near future.

Yesterday was a day I was supposed to be out painting in Doug Dawson's landscape class at the Art Students League of Denver. We met a a park near Red Rocks, but the wind was ridiculous so we drove back to the school and worked inside. Since there was an uninstructed figure session in the class next door, and I had been toying with the idea of signing up for this project, I opted to do that. I will post that image and discuss it soon.

bjs0704
11-19-2003, 01:29 PM
Welcome Marc

I can't wait to hear your plans. It seems that watching people as they progress is half of the fun.

For this project, I did my first self portrait which I have already submitted. I am working on a second one now.

Anyway, it will be great to see what you are up to.

Barb Solomon:cat:

Charlie's Mum
11-20-2003, 10:15 AM
Ive signed up for this project just to make me do somehing I've been putting off for yonks.
I'm going to try horses - never done 'em before and wonder if I ever will again!
I've started, got the drawing done but kept getting disturbed when starting to paint. Well, it ended up in the sink and the second attempt is now drying! We'll see if it's worth letting you all see the WIP:crying: :crying:
Back to the drawing board as they say.
Bye for now,
Maureen.

Charlie's Mum
11-20-2003, 01:07 PM
Here's my sketchbook try for the first horse - I uploaded a thumbnail as a WIP.
Please feel free to comment where I'm going wrong.:eek:
Maureen.
Uploaded here too for those who haven't time to look elsewhere!

E-J
11-20-2003, 01:59 PM
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Li, it looks like you used a fairly limited palette here and it's very appealing. I'm not sure I'm reading the smooth, hard-edged blue area between the mountains and the trees correctly - but the image as a whole works very well. You're doing great work with your pastels! 15x11, too ... I've never tried painting on that large a scale.

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/14550/tn_Trout_Lake_WC_%282%29.jpg

Mikki, as usual, this is a really ambitious subject from you! Lots going on in there and I wouldn't have a clue how to go about advising you on ways to improve your watercolours ... beyond my abilities, I'm afraid. I can sketch with the stuff, but PAINT with it? Nah ... surely that's why pastels were invented :D (Disclaimer in case SBJ is looking in: that wasn't really me admitting to yet another weak area!! :))

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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/30494/tn_horse_1st_try.JPG

Charlie's Mum, I won't ask about the horse that ended up in the sink :D This is looking good so far! Is it watercolour? gouache? acrylic? What will be your next step?

I'm surprised there isn't more activity in this project, but I suppose people have projects coming out of their ears lately ... if only we could participate in all of them.

bjs0704
11-20-2003, 02:13 PM
Charlie's Mum

Good start!

The expression is very realistic. The eyes shine and I can sense the ears twitching.

Barb Solomon:cat:

Ragtimelil
11-22-2003, 02:47 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/30247/tn_sugarhousefield.jpg

Finally got back to this. I blurred the figures and put in more detail on the trees. Also added just a bit of foreground.
Thanks, 1mpete, for the suggestions. It's better, but still don't know if it's there yet.
Any more suggestions? Maybe I'm missing a mood....
And another thing. I resized this to about 2 X 3 and it's about 39K. Why is it so large when you go in to look at it? What's a good size for this? I didn't want to lose too much detail.
Thanks,
Lana

Charlie's Mum
11-23-2003, 10:52 AM
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I like this! It's rich and lively. Good:clap: :clap:
Maureen

busy91
11-25-2003, 11:55 AM
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You should unhide it from behind the tree, because I think it is wonderful, although the tree does give it a nice composition!

Charlie's Mum
12-06-2003, 10:48 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/30494/tn_horses3.JPG

I've uploaded my final entry for the horses. It's in watercolour on Bockingford 140gms paper. Please feel free to comment.
I was unhappy with the b'ground and washed it off quite a few times, eventually having to rescue the paper with thin white acrylic. I think part of the problem was giving myself so little space for the backg'd - it didn't allow for much painting. However, as the main object was to try painting horses, perhaps that doesn't matter too much this time !!
Thanks to Rewson ( hope I'm right) for the ref. photo.
Maureen
:) :) :)

E-J
12-07-2003, 05:33 AM
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I think this is splendid! The only thing I might change would be to extend the grass up behind the horses more before fading it out, as it looks as if there's a wall of fog just behind them making the grass come to an abrupt stop. I haven't seen your ref photo, of course, so feel free to ignore me! The way you've captured the sheen on those horses is impressive :)

Charlie's Mum
12-07-2003, 08:13 AM
Thank you E-J.
The ground on the ref.photo does end abruptly - I was trying to suggest a band of trees, down the hill behind and in the mist. Sooooooooooooooo, if you see fog...............
Nice of you to comment. ta!!!!
Lol
Maureen
:cat: :cat: :cat:

Tap
12-07-2003, 12:13 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/887/tn_conwayhouse.JPG

Ohhhhh, nice tree... and what's peeking out from behind it is VERY VERY nice too... LOL you could have made the bushes bushier and the architecture smaller... I want a house just like this one!!!

Tap ;~D

Marc Sabatella
12-08-2003, 02:07 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/progress/29333/tn_cottonwood.jpg

I've posted my first attempt at working from a photo in, well, a couple of years at least. This was done as a demo, and I didn't get very far into the painting before running out of time. but frankly, I was starting to hit a block anyhow, where I was not sure how to proceed. I plan to attack it again and see if I can finish it, but wanted to post where I got in the first hour. Since it was a demo, I didn't get further than I'd typically get in half that time.

Marc Sabatella
12-08-2003, 02:09 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/29333/tn_figure.jpg

Here's the figure painting I mentioned doing a couple of weeks ago. See my comments in the gallery - or am I better off just posting them here?

Marc Sabatella
12-08-2003, 02:11 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/29333/tn_expo.jpg

I got another request to do a demo on short notice, so I had another excuse to work from photo. Here, I had all the time in the world, and got a pretty much finished painting out of it. More comments in the gallery...

Mikki Petersen
12-09-2003, 02:29 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/29333/tn_expo.jpg

Gorgeous color work here. The area I find difficult when working from photos is usually the shadow areas that the camera tends to black out but are rarely blacked out to the naked eye. You have done a great job of portraying sunlight and shadow without resorting to any dark darks. Great!

Alan Cross
12-26-2003, 02:32 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/13186/tn_Beads_2b.jpg

I guessed a new medium would work as a weak spot.....
Alan :)

TeAnne
12-27-2003, 07:34 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/17813/tn_WDE.JPG

These are really beautiful :clap:

TeAnne
12-27-2003, 07:37 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/1887/tn_aoilrose1.jpg

Here was my major challenge.

TeAnne
12-27-2003, 07:45 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/12116/tn_BeautifulWreck.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/13865/tn_impressionist.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/887/tn_conwayhouse.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/572/completed/9169/tn_skin02.jpg

Beautiful works everyone.