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tuscanny
01-24-2018, 01:37 AM
It's already February!
Welcome to the challenge and chat thread.
I hope you find something that you'd like to paint from this list of references. When posting, please mention the size of your artwork. Feel free to ask questions:wave:
Grandpas clock by Wthrlady
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-grandpas_clock_wthrlady_rils.jpg
Nuthatch by Dave Slaughter
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-nuthatch_dave_sllaughter_rils.jpg
Norwegian forest cat by Merethe t
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-norwegian_forest_cat_merethe_t_rils.jpg
Trumpet creeper by Prasanna
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-trumpet_creeper_prasanna_rils.jpg
Chairs on porch by Lisilk
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-ChairsOnPorchKeyW_lisilk_rils.jpg
Anna in bibs by Kate Green
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-Anna_in_bibs3_kate_green_ril.jpg

tuscanny
01-24-2018, 01:43 AM
Boat by lisilk
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-C6boat_lisilk_rils.jpg
Alpine lake by scc1989
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-alpine_lake_scc1989_rils.jpg
Hottentots Holland by Jan Hendrik
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-Hottentots_Holland_Mountains_jan_hendrik_rils.jpg
Yosemite by Imaginationcounts
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-yosemite_imaginationcounts_rils.jpg
Balloon by Rhiannon1
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2018/1256189-32418balloon1_rhiannon1_ril.jpg

IsobelW
02-02-2018, 01:55 AM
Decided to challenge myself. Faces are difficult. Size A4. Highlights were done with oil paint and eyelashes with colour pencil.

tuscanny
02-02-2018, 05:49 AM
Lovely, Isobel. Do watch out with using white in the skintones. Rather use peach, light orange and salmon pink.

IsobelW
02-02-2018, 06:03 AM
Thanks for the advice! I was not sure how to get the skin light enough without using white, but I think I overdid it.

IsobelW
02-02-2018, 08:30 AM
Early stages of the lake. I have to experiment with colours. Use an awl to scratch out the leaves and grass but it does not show up too well on the scanner. Advice would be welcome,particularly about the textures of grass and bushes.

raizes
02-02-2018, 11:59 AM
Christel, love the photos. Lots to choose from! I can't believe January just flew by...

tuscanny
02-02-2018, 12:06 PM
Good going, Isobel. I can see your scratches. This technique works best if you lay down a light layer and blend it into the paper, then you add another darker layer over that and blend lightly.
You have some lovely dark blue texture in the water. You can use that technique - adding color without blending - for texture for the trees and grasses, applying just enough as highlights. If too much is added you can scrape away to the first layer. For your painting you could try white, cream, yellow ochre and peach to indicate lighter highlights. Use as you would do with a color pencil.
I like to use a Dermatograph marker for something like the left tree trunks for the fine lines.
The water can get some tiny white marks as ripples.

raizes
02-02-2018, 12:13 PM
Great start on the mountain scene Isobel! The textures in the foreground are perfect. That bright green is perfect for the foreground and textures read very well.

To help really bring that texture out, I suggest to considerably lighten the value of the mountains. They are too dark, and come forward and it's competing with the foreground. To make them lighter, you can take that same color you have in sky and blend it over the mountains. You might need some light greys too. I would start there. lighten them, blend to smooth and your foreground textures will pop as is!

Work on the back part of the painting. The mountains should have more blues/grey and should be much lighter... and your darkest values should be in shadows of the river bank, and nearest trees. You are very close

tuscanny
02-03-2018, 12:16 PM
Thanks Rich. Good tips.

raizes
02-03-2018, 12:47 PM
Here's my take on the Yosemite lake scene. 12x16 inches mungyos/senns on arches cold press. Good water and underwater practice. Thanks for the pics Christel and your advice for Isobel is spot on. I've done that scratch back technique before with great success.

tuscanny
02-03-2018, 01:40 PM
Lovely work, Rich. I had a feeling you might like this one.

tuscanny
02-03-2018, 01:42 PM
My version of the trumpet creeper A4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2018/1256189-trumpet_creeper_prasanna_ril_ops_a4s.jpg

terriks
02-03-2018, 03:22 PM
What a nice round of photos this month - thanks, Christel!

I like your version of the trumpet creeper, although it is showing up rather dark overall on my monitor.

terriks
02-03-2018, 03:27 PM
Isobel, you've been busy! :) One comment on the child's portrait - take a careful look at certain background elements in photos, and ask yourself if they are important enough to actually include in your painting. In this case, I think this photo is a quick snap of this cute little girl, but whatever she is standing in front of could be ignored - it would make a stronger portrait. (I agree with what Christel is saying about the skin tones.)

Nice start with the lake, too - your water and sky both look really good so far!

rbhatt
02-03-2018, 04:54 PM
Here's my version of the Alpine lake. It is 8x10 inches and on Canson 140 lb watercolor paper. As I am still working on it, please suggest how can I improve it further.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2018/2012918-alpes.jpg

Thanks,
Raj

purpletrader
02-03-2018, 07:25 PM
here is my version of the mountain scene on mi-tientes 6 in by 9 in.

Ed

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2018/1580605-mountain_scene.jpg

rbhatt
02-03-2018, 09:11 PM
Here's my newer version. I slightly toned down the distant mountains and trees and enhanced the foreground details a little bit.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2018/2012918-alpes1.jpg

Raj

rbhatt
02-03-2018, 10:37 PM
Added more highlights to foreground, some warm colors to sky, and reflections of grass into the water.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2018/2012918-alpes2.jpg

tuscanny
02-04-2018, 12:03 AM
Terri - thanks!
Ed - Lovely. I might just add some more darks to the trees to denote deeper shadows.
Raj - Beautiful! I love your change in seasons.

IsobelW
02-04-2018, 09:54 AM
Lightened the mountains and added a little more texture to the grass. Rbhatt, your picture is really beautiful!

tuscanny
02-04-2018, 10:11 AM
I like your changes, Isobel.

rbhatt
02-04-2018, 11:24 AM
Thank you, Christel! The picture I uploaded of my first version is somehow deleted from the forum. I think it's because when I uploaded a newer version, it had the same file name.

rbhatt
02-04-2018, 11:25 AM
Lightened the mountains and added a little more texture to the grass. Rbhatt, your picture is really beautiful!

Thanks, Isobel. I like you texture of grass in the foreground.

rbhatt
02-04-2018, 11:32 AM
Here's my take on the Yosemite lake scene. 12x16 inches mungyos/senns on arches cold press. Good water and underwater practice. Thanks for the pics Christel and your advice for Isobel is spot on. I've done that scratch back technique before with great success.
This is beautiful, Rich!

Raj

raizes
02-04-2018, 01:07 PM
My version of the trumpet creeper A4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2018/1256189-trumpet_creeper_prasanna_ril_ops_a4s.jpg

Beautiful Christel! Details are stunning. The variations in the leaves is fantastic :clap:

raizes
02-04-2018, 01:09 PM
here is my version of the mountain scene on mi-tientes 6 in by 9 in.

Ed

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2018/1580605-mountain_scene.jpg

Hi Ed. I love the texture ...especially how you did the mountains!

raizes
02-04-2018, 01:12 PM
Added more highlights to foreground, some warm colors to sky, and reflections of grass into the water.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2018/2012918-alpes2.jpg

Well done raj! I love the changes. Looks great! The colors in the trees and extra details really work.

raizes
02-04-2018, 01:17 PM
Lightened the mountains and added a little more texture to the grass. Rbhatt, your picture is really beautiful!

Awesome Isobel!! The changes you made are perfect. The scene invites me in...there is depth and dimension! Beautiful

raizes
02-04-2018, 01:18 PM
Hmm...not sure why your picture doesnít show isobel

terriks
02-04-2018, 01:41 PM
Wow, Raj - every bit that you added has made it a better painting. I love the colors and brightness, and such attention to the details. The water and grasses look terrific. Great work!

terriks
02-04-2018, 01:46 PM
Great work on the changes here, Isobel. The work you did on the mountains, plus the texture you added to the grass really helps. Nice work! :)

Everyone has been very busy so far this month. Nice to see all these interpretations!

rbhatt
02-04-2018, 03:00 PM
Rich and Terri,
Thank you for your time and feedback.

Raj

purpletrader
02-04-2018, 05:13 PM
Rich and Christel - Thanks for the comments. I agree with them. I did it quickly and i can see the things that i should have done.

Rich - I paid close attention to your recent tutorial and one of the tips that really helped me was to work from a small picture. I painted it standing up about 5 feet from my computer with the picture on it so i was unable to see the details and that helped lots to keep me from getting bogged down in detail. Thanks.

tuscanny
02-05-2018, 06:54 AM
Thanks Rich.
My version of the nuthatch, A4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2018/1256189-a4_ops_nuthatch_dave_slaughter_s.jpg

rbhatt
02-05-2018, 10:53 AM
Christel,
It is beautiful. The textures of feathers were done really well. Did you have to use any colored pencils or just the edges of the OPs?

Raj

raizes
02-05-2018, 10:59 AM
Beautiful Christel. Texture and depth of the feathers is perfect

raizes
02-05-2018, 11:01 AM
Rich and Christel - Thanks for the comments. I agree with them. I did it quickly and i can see the things that i should have done.

Rich - I paid close attention to your recent tutorial and one of the tips that really helped me was to work from a small picture. I painted it standing up about 5 feet from my computer with the picture on it so i was unable to see the details and that helped lots to keep me from getting bogged down in detail. Thanks.

Thanks Ed. Iím glad it helped

tuscanny
02-05-2018, 11:32 AM
Thanks Rich and Raj! I had to go over a second time to blacken the feathers a bit more. I often use oil based cp or Dermatograph but this time I used my black wax crayon:angel:

terriks
02-05-2018, 04:56 PM
Beautiful job on the nuthatch, Christel! The feathers look terrific. Ah, that handy black wax crayon is there again when you need it. ;)

tuscanny
02-05-2018, 10:49 PM
Thanks Terri!

raizes
02-07-2018, 05:31 PM
My take on the old boat. 12x16 inches. Had fun with it!

tuscanny
02-07-2018, 10:45 PM
Beautiful, Rich! Lovely sky. Great work on the boat.

raizes
02-08-2018, 12:43 PM
Thanks Christel!

rbhatt
02-12-2018, 12:14 PM
My take on the old boat. 12x16 inches. Had fun with it!
This is beautiful. I like your choice of colors for the rocky shore.

terriks
02-12-2018, 01:29 PM
Wow - gorgeous work here, Rich! The colors are eye candy from top to bottom. The shoreline in particular is so rich.

So - how good are you, really? ;) Did you free-hand those lines for the mast and ropes? The spacing is perfect.

raizes
02-12-2018, 05:27 PM
Thank you Raj!

Terri - Thank you and good eye! I can't lie...When it came time to put in the mast and ropes, I was able to lay the op stick flat to surface and was able to get a straight line for the mast....Very similar to how I do tree trunks.. But for the rope, I knew I needed very thin lines. To do that I used an un-opened bank statement envelope (nearest thing I had)...put it flat against my paper at the angle I needed and with a very light touch traced in faint lines. Very tricky and had to be careful so you can see just a little bit of space between the ropes...

terriks
02-12-2018, 06:22 PM
Heeheehee - well, I'm gonna guess even our hero Monet might have used something for straight lines that appear in prominent places in a painting - and I bet he felt no shame! ;)

Quick flicks of the wrist can give me shorter, fairly straight lines, but this boat of yours is so technically perfect that I just had to ask about the longer lines here. It tickles me to read that you grabbed the nearest envelope - hey, we use the tools that are nearby and get the job done, right? It worked beautifully, because the ropes look great. :thumbsup:

tuscanny
02-12-2018, 10:51 PM
All and any tools go when it comes to painting!:thumbsup:
A4. The blue is more muted actually but I can't figure out how to photograph it this time:clear:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2018/1256189-DSC_5721s.jpg

PATFROMSA
02-13-2018, 07:14 AM
Hi All
This is how far I have got with the lovely Anna.

I am at a complete loss as to what to do in the background - always my nemesis and would appreciate your input.

Also have discovered that OPs are not as opaque as I thought and the pencil lines are showing through in places :(

I am still having problems with blotchiness in the skin textures. Am I perhaps layering too soon before the bottom layer is dry? or what? - suggestions please.

Finally can you combine OPs and water soluble OPs if you are using OMS as a solvent? Anyone have any experience with this.

Enjoying the Challenge and looking forward to your suggestions.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2018/1106252-IMG_20180213_091219.jpg

raizes
02-13-2018, 12:32 PM
christel - beautiful work! You got those clouds to look perfect over the mountains. love the details!

raizes
02-13-2018, 12:40 PM
Hi Pat - Beautiful portrait. It looks great to me! I love how you do hair. Not sure about the background, but my guess would be a value that enhances her skin tone. So maybe like a blue/green/grey ish...

I think to help with your concerns about seeing pencil marks or blotchiness; perhaps you need to layer more. maybe a fixative or hairspray to help get more layers will help you. I personally think your portraits are amazing as is.

It could be the brand of OP's you are using. Sennelier op's are plenty opaque, soft and easy to blend. They cover really well

tuscanny
02-13-2018, 01:10 PM
Thanks Rich!
Lovely portrait, Pat. Rich has good tips. Another tip - use a colored pencil instead of graphite. The teeth could do with a bit of softening though using white and blending in the pencil marks to gray it slightly.

rbhatt
02-13-2018, 09:08 PM
All and any tools go when it comes to painting!:thumbsup:
A4. The blue is more muted actually but I can't figure out how to photograph it this time:clear:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2018/1256189-DSC_5721s.jpg
Very good work, Christel. I like your slopes in the mountains and the water waves hitting the shore.

Raj

tuscanny
02-14-2018, 12:44 AM
Thanks Raj!

PATFROMSA
02-14-2018, 01:00 AM
Thanks for the good advice and encouragement Christel and Rich. I think a problem may be trying to layer harder OPs over soft. Am also going to try a gouache underpainting and see if that helps.

terriks
02-14-2018, 02:20 PM
Nice work on the portrait, Pat! I like your treatment of the hair, and you have given her such cute rosy cheeks. Nice details on the shirt, too.

I hope we get to see it again when you've decided on your back ground. You are correct that layering a harder OP over a softer one usually leads to frustration - I agree that some fixative spray to give you some tooth might help.

Lovely portrait!

PATFROMSA
02-16-2018, 01:48 AM
Here is what is probably the final version. Colours are a bit different from the original.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2018/1106252-anna_red.jpg

raizes
02-16-2018, 12:03 PM
Pat - Wow! Stunning work. The background color is perfect. Texture and colors in hair are outstanding, and I love her rosy cheeks.

terriks
02-16-2018, 01:28 PM
Wonderful work, Pat! I think you picked a great background color, and you've ended up with a very charming portrait.

tuscanny
02-16-2018, 10:40 PM
Lovely portrait. Good choice of background color.

PATFROMSA
02-18-2018, 08:17 AM
Thanks Terri. Very encouraging!

PATFROMSA
02-20-2018, 09:33 AM
Thanks Terri and Rich

tuscanny
02-22-2018, 12:28 AM
A3
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2018/1256189-opsa3_imaginationcounts_ril.jpg

rbhatt
02-22-2018, 09:05 AM
Beautiful painting, Christel! I love your detailed work on trees in the middle ground.

Raj

tuscanny
02-22-2018, 12:09 PM
Thanks Raj!

raizes
02-22-2018, 02:06 PM
Stunning work Christel. Beautifully done

tuscanny
02-22-2018, 10:38 PM
Thanks Rich!

IsobelW
02-23-2018, 04:30 AM
These pictures are amazing! This was done quite quickly on a small scale (roughly A5) The black was done with a black pencil,and some of he highlighs were added later with oil paints

tuscanny
02-23-2018, 10:53 PM
I like your color choice. Great sketch at that scale.

terriks
02-26-2018, 01:34 PM
Christel, the reflections and your detail work are so lovely! Terrific work.

Isobel, I like your bold short strokes here - did it help you when working "small" like this? Nice palette, too!

tuscanny
02-28-2018, 01:08 AM
Thanks Terri!