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tuscanny
02-21-2018, 07:59 AM
It's March already.:clap:
Here are some references that you might enjoy. When posting, please mention size of the art work and any relevant information.
Harp player by Maffet
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/1256189-8104janik_harfa2_maffet_ril.jpg
Dahlia by Vivien Mahoney
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/1256189-196305-resized_purple_Dahlia_vivien_ril.jpg
Foggy drive by Rosic
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/1256189-foggydriveway_rosic_ril.JPG
Teenage cowboy by Sunface
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/1256189-Oct_SW_Challenge_2017_1_sunface_ril.JPG
Raccoon by Stevemac
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/1256189-raccoon_stevemac_ril.JPG
Bull elk by Crias
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/1256189-bull_elk_crias_ril.jpg
Soda Butte Creek by Dave Slaughter
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/1256189-Soda_Butte_Creek_Yellowstone_dave_slaughter_ril.jpg

tuscanny
03-03-2018, 12:20 AM
A3
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2018/1256189-DSC_5805s.jpg

raizes
03-03-2018, 03:10 PM
Wow! Stunning work Christel...The light and shadowing is just perfect

rbhatt
03-03-2018, 03:36 PM
This is beautiful, Christel!

Raj

tuscanny
03-03-2018, 11:26 PM
Thanks Rich and Raj!

jlombardi
03-04-2018, 09:38 AM
That is a really impressive moose! Very life like!

tuscanny
03-04-2018, 01:06 PM
Thanks Jlombardi.

raizes
03-06-2018, 09:06 PM
Here's my take on Foggy Drive. 12x16 inches mungyos/senns on clairefontaine pastelmat (love this paper).

tuscanny
03-06-2018, 10:41 PM
Love it Rich!:thumbsup:

rbhatt
03-07-2018, 08:23 AM
Rich,
This is beautiful. Can you explain a little bit about the colors you chose and technique you used to create the foggy atmosphere?

Thanks,
Raj

artefice71
03-07-2018, 09:31 AM
Awesome work Rich, I love the mood

raizes
03-07-2018, 12:36 PM
Thank you Christel, Raj and Paolo! Much appreciated.

I've attached a photo of the exact palette I used for this painting. Mostly mungyos except for senn white, dark purple (almost looks black), dark green and plum. I used Clairefontaine pastelmat paper

I paint back to front, so my underpainting was put in using nupastels and I chose peach, light pink, white and light grey for background trees/sky. I sprayed a fixative over that and then used mungyo silver grey to "mute" these colors and used a variety of greys, blues for furthest trees. (careful on the blue).

I reinforce the furthest tree trunks with a beige/pink (warms them up) and use senn white (not too much) with mungyo silver grey to create my light (my lightest value).

I spend a lot of time on my backdrop - a lot of blending using my fingers and 2" stiff bristle brush. The values in the back need to be muted, less saturated, and "soft". So I spend most of my time on that. Then my foreground is not blended and has darker and more saturated values...

The foreground darks are put in using mostly my dark senns and one medium brown mungyo. The fog was put in by taking my light grey (has a blue tint), laying it broadside to paper and very slight pass and then circular blend motion with my fingers. Very slight pressure, hardly any. I also used a 2" brush, but mostly it was my fingers spreading the light grey around.

My background is very much blended and muted before I apply the light grey for fog.

talinka
03-10-2018, 08:45 AM
Christel- I love the texture on the elk.
Rich- lovely foggy scene

rbhatt
03-10-2018, 04:39 PM
Rich,
Thanks a lot for sharing your palette and explaining your technique. I don't have all of your palette colors, but still trying to create something similar to yours. Here is what I have got so far. Please give suggestions for improvement.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2018/2012918-IMG_20180310_162959.jpg
Thanks,
Raj

rbhatt
03-10-2018, 09:38 PM
Here is the latest one.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Mar-2018/2012918-IMG_20180310_223019.jpg

Raj

tuscanny
03-10-2018, 11:22 PM
Beautiful Raj. I see you've given the painting a warm feel changing the time of day too. Due to backlighting the leaves might be a shade darker. For this purpose I mix some green with a tiny amount of black or as needed to darken my green with some mineral turpentine.

rbhatt
03-11-2018, 09:07 AM
Christel,
Most of that warmness came from my room light. So I took another picture this morning in the daylight, and the painting looks more like this.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2018/2012918-IMG_20180311_090109.jpg
I will implement your suggestion in next round. Thank you.

Raj

tuscanny
03-11-2018, 10:50 AM
Wow. what a difference. Lovely mood.

raizes
03-11-2018, 06:32 PM
beautifully done Raj. I like everything about it.

jlombardi
03-12-2018, 07:58 AM
Thank you for sharing your process Raj.

rbhatt
03-12-2018, 05:40 PM
I darkened some of the shaded areas of leaves as suggested by Christel and finalized the painting. It is ~8x10 inches using Crya-Pas Expressionists OPs on a 90lbs Strathmore Wet Media paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Mar-2018/2012918-IMG_20180312_173402.jpg

Raj

terriks
03-12-2018, 08:48 PM
Nice work, Raj - I think all the additional work has really been worth the effort. Lovely!

terriks
03-12-2018, 08:56 PM
Christel, as always I am impressed with your handling of fur and texture. Excellent work!

Rich, that's a beautiful interpretation of the scene. Thanks for sharing your palette with us. I'm intrigued by the new paper you're using!

tuscanny
03-12-2018, 11:26 PM
Raj - perfect!
Terri - thanks!

tuscanny
03-19-2018, 05:23 AM
The raccoon 11.5x8 on yellow MiTeintes
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2018/1256189-raccoon_stevemac_11.5x8_ril_ops_on_miteintes.jpg

raizes
03-20-2018, 02:32 PM
Very nice Christel! What a cute little guy

tuscanny
03-21-2018, 01:14 AM
Thanks Rich. I've never seen a raccoon in real life . only in videos and photos.

terriks
03-21-2018, 11:05 AM
Thanks Rich. I've never seen a raccoon in real life . only in videos and photos.

Since raccoons are so common in my part of the world, it's hard to imagine them not being everywhere. :lol: You've done a great job with the fur, the eyes, and captured that inquisitive little personality.

tuscanny
03-21-2018, 01:32 PM
Thanks Terri. I guess my equivalent would be the suricate or the meerkat.

rbhatt
03-21-2018, 05:59 PM
Lovely painting of raccoon. Love the fur and his innocent eyes.

Raj

tuscanny
03-22-2018, 12:33 AM
Thanks Raj!

tuscanny
03-22-2018, 12:01 PM
Does anyone want to host a month?
I'm also thinking of having a theme for the challenges. Any feedback is welcome.

raizes
03-22-2018, 11:37 PM
I wouldn't mind hosting a month.

tuscanny
03-23-2018, 02:56 AM
Thanks Rich! April fine with you?

raizes
03-23-2018, 06:07 PM
Yep. April is good.

tuscanny
03-23-2018, 11:25 PM
:thumbsup:

tuscanny
03-24-2018, 01:47 PM
The snowy landscape A3
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2018/1256189-ops_dave_slaughter_a3_s.jpg

Trier
03-24-2018, 07:46 PM
The snowy landscape is superb, IMHO!

The depth effect between the trees and the mountains is amazing.
Wonderful ambiance.

Regards,
Trier

tuscanny
03-25-2018, 01:30 AM
Thanks Trier!

rbhatt
03-28-2018, 08:25 PM
Christel,
Done beautifully. I like the way you have painted the distant tree lines, and shaded area on left, as well as the depth is portrayed very well. The sky part appears little bit flat and you could add more contrast.

Raj

tuscanny
03-28-2018, 11:30 PM
Thanks Raj. I'll see what I can do there.

raizes
03-29-2018, 12:41 PM
Amazing job Christel. The warm in the trees is great. Gives it a nice look and feel.

tuscanny
03-30-2018, 12:37 AM
Thanks Rich!

tuscanny
04-03-2018, 09:03 AM
I tried to add some more drama to the clouds.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Apr-2018/1256189-dave_slaughter_ops_a3_s.jpg

rbhatt
04-03-2018, 12:14 PM
This is beautiful, I liked the changes.

Raj

tuscanny
04-03-2018, 01:46 PM
Thanks Raj!