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tuscanny
09-23-2018, 01:53 PM
It's October already and I've decided to pick a theme for this month's challenge
IMAGINE
To really give your imagination a free reign, you're welcome to use your own references and give a narrative of the painting if you are so inclined.
My pics are all from pixabay.
Looking forward to seeing your art work!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/1256189-book-863418_960_720mysticartdesign_pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/1256189-buckled-book-2180047_960_720thomas68_pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/1256189-children-2267201_960_720kellepics_pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/1256189-fantasy-2547367_960_720kellepics_pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/1256189-fantasy-2899453_960_720kellepics_pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/1256189-mystery-2169794_960_720kellepics_pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/1256189-rain-2761768_960_720_atdsphoto_pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/1256189-waterfall-2272106_960_720kellepics_pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/1256189-sunset-3186277_960_720imagine_images_pbay.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/1256189-woman-3292532_960_720troubletrace_ux_pbay.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2018/1256189-night-2912254_960_720ad_photography_pbay.jpg

raizes
10-02-2018, 12:21 PM
I love this challenge Christel! I didn't even see that you posted it until this morning. I already have some ideas . These pics are great by the way!

tuscanny
10-02-2018, 02:35 PM
Glad you like my theme Rich
Looking forward to seeing your ideas too.

terriks
10-02-2018, 06:50 PM
:lol: Fantasy stuff! Very different approach for this month's challenge. Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Thanks for hosting!

tuscanny
10-02-2018, 11:52 PM
Glad you like it Terri! Looking forward to seeing your painting!

rbhatt
10-03-2018, 09:44 AM
Great pictures, Christel. This is going to be an interesting month, thank you for hosting.

Raj

tuscanny
10-03-2018, 01:25 PM
Thanks Raj! Glad you like them!

SarahY
10-04-2018, 03:33 AM
Excellent theme! Thinking cap is on...

tuscanny
10-04-2018, 01:19 PM
Sarah - looking forward to what you're thinking:angel:
7.5x12 using a combination of students and Pentel and pencil
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2018/1256189-7.5x12_ops_pbay_octs.jpg

terriks
10-04-2018, 07:26 PM
Beautiful! I really like this one. Very strong and powerful.

raizes
10-04-2018, 09:32 PM
Nice Christel! I like how brought in the light. This scene reminds me of Lord of the Rings.

laika
10-04-2018, 10:51 PM
Nice work, Christel!

I'm having trouble deciding which one i could get a handle on. The one you picked is my current favorite.

tuscanny
10-04-2018, 11:49 PM
Thanks Terri, Rich and Lamar!
Looking forward to seeing your version, Lamar:)

SarahY
10-05-2018, 04:59 AM
Lovely, tuscanny! :thumbsup:

tuscanny
10-05-2018, 10:01 AM
Thanks Sarah!

JenieJo
10-07-2018, 07:29 AM
Wonderfull selection. Have never tried anything like these. Will enjoying seeing everyone's work.

tuscanny
10-07-2018, 12:33 PM
Thanks Jennie. will be looking out for your contribution too!

tuscanny
10-07-2018, 12:35 PM
A4 my usual mix of op's and white oils rain
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2018/1256189-a4_ops_oct_pbays.jpg

ministerstwo_grafitu
10-07-2018, 12:39 PM
tuscanny,
this is great ! :thumbsup:

tuscanny
10-07-2018, 11:43 PM
Thanks Ministers2!

JenieJo
10-08-2018, 09:03 AM
Wonderful Christel. I'm still deciding. Have several favourites, but can't see a way to do them yet.

terriks
10-08-2018, 10:35 AM
Amazing work, Christel! The blurred background is spot on. You make it look so easy! Fantastic work.

tuscanny
10-08-2018, 11:14 AM
Thanks Jennie and Terri!
Jennie - would it help to post a wip for you to follow? If you'd like that then give me some options and I'll see what I can do.

raizes
10-08-2018, 12:54 PM
Beautiful work Christel! Looks so real

laika
10-08-2018, 09:35 PM
Wow, Christel! What a great job you did! Love the bg too.

tuscanny
10-08-2018, 11:21 PM
Thanks Rich and Lamar!

terriks
10-09-2018, 12:39 PM
Okay, I have selected the "fantasy book" to try. Like Jennie, I did some hand-wringing over how to attack this thing at first, but I ended up just going about it the usual way: sketch it out to see if it's doable for my skill sets, and then slowly work out a path.


I'm a long ways from being finished, as you can see, but here are my WIP's so far:


the sketch, using soft pastels (ease of erasing!):


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_1.jpg




Starting from the back, an underpainting with Mungyo OP's lightly rolled in, which was followed by a turpenoid wash:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_2.jpg






Starting in on the sky, pretty much all Mungyos at this stage:




http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_4.jpg




A long way to go, but I'm slowly feeling my way. Wish me luck! :lol:

tuscanny
10-09-2018, 11:47 PM
Great start, Terri!

terriks
10-11-2018, 04:44 PM
Finished! :clap: This one ended up being one of the more fun things I've tackled. A strange composite photo, multiple light directions, warm colors - I got drawn in.



I do have a couple more WIP pics:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_4.jpg




http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_5.jpg




I did three separate turpenoid washes in this piece, mainly to save time covering/blending larger areas on this 12x16" paper: sky, the book, and the right side forest. It really helped, and I knew the Arches oil paper could handle it.



Final photo:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_.jpg




Not wild about the birds. I may scrape off the ones on the left and just keep the others.

Anyway, thanks again Christel for posting such a unique challenge! This was wayyy outside my comfort zone, and I ended up having fun with it.

laika
10-11-2018, 07:05 PM
Wow, Terri! It looks great! Extremely well done :clap:

rbhatt
10-11-2018, 08:48 PM
A4 my usual mix of op's and white oils rain
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2018/1256189-a4_ops_oct_pbays.jpg
Christel,
Wow, this is lovely. Can you tell how did you create the rain effect? Did you use scraping? Very nice work.

Raj

rbhatt
10-11-2018, 08:54 PM
Finished! :clap: This one ended up being one of the more fun things I've tackled. A strange composite photo, multiple light directions, warm colors - I got drawn in.



I do have a couple more WIP pics:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_4.jpg




http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_5.jpg




I did three separate turpenoid washes in this piece, mainly to save time covering/blending larger areas on this 12x16" paper: sky, the book, and the right side forest. It really helped, and I knew the Arches oil paper could handle it.



Final photo:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_.jpg




Not wild about the birds. I may scrape off the ones on the left and just keep the others.

Anyway, thanks again Christel for posting such a unique challenge! This was wayyy outside my comfort zone, and I ended up having fun with it.

Terri,
What a beautiful piece of art you have created. Love your palette and the contrast. Clouds, grass, trees, and that bench, everything look so real. Thank you for sharing WIP pictures.

Raj

terriks
10-11-2018, 10:07 PM
Thanks, Lamar and Raj!

Raj, about that palette: This painting has been brought to you by Mungyo pale ochre. :lol: It's all over the place.

tuscanny
10-11-2018, 11:46 PM
Wow, Terri! Gorgeous! I'm glad you did something way out of your comfort zone - a challenge for sure.
Thanks Raj!

SarahY
10-12-2018, 03:52 AM
Lovely painting, tuscanny, with particularly excellent handling of the background and the rain!

Terriks, this is absolutely fantastic! You've done an amazing job with this ref!

terriks
10-12-2018, 12:12 PM
Thanks so much, Christel and Sarah! After all my initial hang-wringing, I ended up having tons of fun with it. :)

JenieJo
10-12-2018, 05:46 PM
Nice one. Thanks for showing WIPs. I may not get a chance to complete one this month. Busy, busy busy. I might keep this one for later.

tuscanny
10-12-2018, 11:48 PM
A3
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2018/1256189-a3_ops_oct_pbays.jpg

terriks
10-13-2018, 11:23 AM
Thanks so much, Jennie! Yes, I actually remembered to pause and shoot some WIP pics, which doesn't always happen. :D Hope things quiet down for you soon!

Christel, fantastic work! I had a feeling you might tackle this one. ;)

What a beautiful palette you have here. What kind of paper did you use, and OP's?

I'd love to see your WIP pics, if you ever take any. It would be interesting to see your progression, as your work always has such beautiful precision.

tuscanny
10-13-2018, 11:38 AM
Thanks Terri. This one I painted on lemon yellow MiTeintes with my usual mix of Pentel Reeves and Rolfes. i like the Treeline brown and black and used them too. The purple hues are rather challenging as my brain doesn't want to accept those colors, lol.
I can do my next painting as a wip:thumbsup:

terriks
10-14-2018, 12:49 PM
Thanks for the info, Christel!

I find purple hues in general very challenging, as a little seems to go a long way and (to me, anyway) can become overwhelming rather quickly. Here, though, they look powerful and lovely.

JenieJo
10-15-2018, 03:28 AM
Wonderful. The range of colours and depth is great, FMHO.

JenieJo
10-15-2018, 03:31 AM
Thanks Christel. That is a wonderful offer, and yes WIPs would be a great help for me when I'm sorting out my ideas.

No idea why I have blue background, even removing all formatting won't get rid of it.

tuscanny
10-15-2018, 01:02 PM
If the white of the paper stays blue, then the temperature of your photo is too cool. Make it warmer by adding yellow and red.

tuscanny
10-15-2018, 01:11 PM
I worked on this photo from pixabay today.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2018/1256189-mammal-3032986_960_720imagine_images_pbay.jpg
Lemon yellow MiTeintes, A3. My background first layer for the sky I decided to use mineral turps to aid with the blending- I used hard Treeline op's:lol: . The lion has a thin layer of white in most places as well as the child's shirt.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2018/1256189-DSC_7048.jpg

Adding color. After trying to blend, I grabbed the turps again.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2018/1256189-DSC_7049.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2018/1256189-DSC_7050.jpg
More color and blending the sky. Have to wait for the op's to settle down before finishing it. Started on the lion, added little bits of color and smudged it over the white. I then took my blunt scratching knife and scratched in the hairs.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2018/1256189-DSC_7051.jpg
The hairs were too stark so I took a wax crayon and softened those lines
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2018/1256189-DSC_7052.jpg
So far I've used various colors op's, some colors wax crayons, brown cp, graphite pencil and black Dermatograph marker
I might finish it tomarrow:angel:

laika
10-15-2018, 03:23 PM
Thanks for the WIP shots, Christel!

I think I lack the ability to pre-visualize how to go about a complicated image. I keep hoping something will take hold by looking at how others build out their paintings.

terriks
10-16-2018, 11:29 AM
Thanks for these WIP's, Christel! Looks great so far, and a very challenging image.

tuscanny
10-16-2018, 12:20 PM
Thanks Lamar and Terri!
I darkened the sky a bit more with black Dermatograph marker and mauve op.
I decided to paint the log the normal way, blending the Treeline brown op with a little black marker. I then added more black, light brown , light orange and salmon pink and white
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Oct-2018/1256189-DSC_7054.jpg
Finished! - I think!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Oct-2018/1256189-pbay_a3_ops_oct_s.jpg
The colors are nearly representative:lol:
I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed painting it:angel:

terriks
10-17-2018, 12:07 PM
Terrific ending to this image - I love those purply-browns, and the detail in the log is excellent. Turned out great - thanks again for the WIP's, I think most of us really love seeing how others build their paintings.

tuscanny
10-17-2018, 12:39 PM
Thanks Terri!

raizes
10-19-2018, 12:33 PM
Beautiful work Christel and Terri! I really love your renditions. Difficult scenes, and I like your versions better than the ref photos.

I've been on vacation and getting over a cold. But I think I can at least get one in. I have a image in my mind, so hopefully I can get that out before end of October!

tuscanny
10-19-2018, 12:37 PM
Thanks Rich! A cold now already before the winter even starts isn't nice at all. Hoe you get well soon.

terriks
10-20-2018, 12:48 PM
Beautiful work Christel and Terri! I really love your renditions. Difficult scenes, and I like your versions better than the ref photos.

I've been on vacation and getting over a cold. But I think I can at least get one in. I have a image in my mind, so hopefully I can get that out before end of October!

Thank you, Rich! I had a lot of fun with it. Glad you're on the mend, and hope you can get back to painting soon!

SarahY
10-31-2018, 11:56 AM
I'm posting an official and humble apology for not being able to join in. I really wanted to, had ideas and everything, just really struggled with time this month.

You've done fantastic work this month, guys, well done! :clap: :clap: :clap:

terriks
10-31-2018, 12:52 PM
Time pressure happens to us all, Sarah! It got very quiet around here, so I think everyone's been busy. No worries.



I had fun with mine as it was so outside my wheelhouse, so I appreciated the push. Thanks for hosting, Christel! :clap:

JenieJo
10-31-2018, 06:44 PM
I really wanted to post one last month, Oct. But it was just a time, and skill, thing. Started a couple but didn't have time to get the detail done.

Jennie

tuscanny
11-01-2018, 12:00 AM
:thumbsup:

raizes
11-01-2018, 05:46 PM
This was a great theme for a monthly challenge. I'm just in middle of an Autumn series I'm working on and not enough time. But I do have an image and idea in my head I want to do, that I was going to submit for this challenge.

Thanks Christel for always hosting, providing photos and keeping everything going!

tuscanny
11-01-2018, 11:35 PM
:thumbsup:

AncientMelody
11-29-2018, 12:55 PM
Finished! :clap: This one ended up being one of the more fun things I've tackled. A strange composite photo, multiple light directions, warm colors - I got drawn in.



I do have a couple more WIP pics:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_4.jpg




http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_5.jpg




I did three separate turpenoid washes in this piece, mainly to save time covering/blending larger areas on this 12x16" paper: sky, the book, and the right side forest. It really helped, and I knew the Arches oil paper could handle it.



Final photo:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2018/2007441-Fantasy_book_.jpg




Not wild about the birds. I may scrape off the ones on the left and just keep the others.

Anyway, thanks again Christel for posting such a unique challenge! This was wayyy outside my comfort zone, and I ended up having fun with it.

It looks phenominal