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11-25-2019, 03:50 PM
The Challenge begins on the 1st of each month and continues until the end of the month.
A BIG PLEASE! DO NOT UPLOAD YOUR WORK UNTIL THE 20TH DECEMBER. IT IS A LOT MORE FUN WHEN WE SHOW OUR WORK AT THE SAME TIME.
You have until the end of the month to post your paintings or drawing or even sculptures. You can interpret the images in whichever way you wish. Crop them, change the colors, do two or more images in one painting. Just have fun and enjoy the process.
Images are mine unless otherwise stated such as the RIL.
Looking forward to the 20th :clap:
Hummer from RIL
House finch from RIL
Sleepy cat face
Cat with mouse
Sandhill cranes here in town
Coyote from morguefile
Crab from morguefile
Pheasant in an antique store
I hope you will find something interesting in this month's assortment of critters :cat:
11-25-2019, 06:06 PM
Thanks Kay. Love the happy hummingbird and the sleepy cat! :)
11-26-2019, 05:03 PM
Thanks so much Kay for hosting the December challenge. They are all really nice images. The crab is my favourite.
11-26-2019, 05:37 PM
Kay - Thank you for posting your images for the December Challenge. Lovely photos and plenty of choice here! It's great to have them early as December is such a busy month. :thumbsup:
11-27-2019, 05:15 AM
Thank you for the December images. It is going to be a difficult choice as I there are several that I like. The crab is very colourful.
11-27-2019, 01:01 PM
So glad you all like these.
Thanks for the great photos and for posting early so I can get a head start!
11-27-2019, 01:51 PM
11-28-2019, 12:08 PM
Thanks Joy and Penny!
12-01-2019, 09:24 AM
Great selection! Having a hard time fitting things in this month, but I'll try!
12-01-2019, 09:49 AM
Great Images... I recognize ones from previous challenges :)
12-01-2019, 10:54 AM
Which ones from previous challenges?
12-02-2019, 04:39 PM
Which ones from previous challenges?
Cat with mouse.. :) for sure (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1458995&highlight=challenge)
And the Finch... maybe,looks familiar.. Anyway they are great images :)
12-02-2019, 09:21 PM
I've added two more images to the list :rolleyes:
12-04-2019, 09:18 AM
Kay these are awesome...Thank you
12-04-2019, 01:36 PM
You are all welcome!
12-08-2019, 07:32 PM
Kay your photos are incredible! I guess you're a pro photographer! Too many good ones to choose just one...
12-14-2019, 11:07 PM
I've not even started one yet and our date is approaching next Friday...how is everyone doing?
12-19-2019, 11:28 PM
8x7.5 charcoal bird
11.5x9 op's kitty
12-20-2019, 04:04 AM
Very well done, Christel. The cat is particularly good.
12-20-2019, 04:08 AM
Here is mine. Polychromos pencils.
12-20-2019, 10:54 AM
Christel . Super paintings. The cat is so realistic....poor little mouse!!!
Well done Penny. Lots of time spent on this CP work. All those textures in the rug.
12-20-2019, 11:09 AM
Kay, this fellow was a quite a challenge..... all those legs!! Pen and wash in my sketchbook approx. A4 size.
12-20-2019, 11:44 AM
Penny - well done on your cat!
Chammi - cool!
12-20-2019, 01:41 PM
Please can the picture be turned around.
12-20-2019, 01:47 PM
Thanks, Christel. The fabric took a lot of work!
I do like your crab, Chammi. I really like pen and wash work and keep meaning to do more of it.
Lesley - your sketch has character. He has a kind eye and almost a smile!
12-20-2019, 02:47 PM
4.5x7.25 watercolor on Canson 140 lb cold press paper. BBL to comment on all your pretties :cat:
12-20-2019, 05:36 PM
So pretty and festive, Kay.
12-20-2019, 06:40 PM
This finch wanted to be a red bird... : )
12-20-2019, 08:36 PM
Beautiful entries so far... Here my contribution
Acrylics & graphite, A5 sized paper 14x14cm painting, watercolor paper
Ps: I'll come back to comment on your paintings
12-20-2019, 08:43 PM
O h my so many beautiful entries,
here is my WC card of the finch
12-20-2019, 11:24 PM
Lesley, Kay, Pancrazio, Federico, Bonnie - great additions to this month's challenge!
12-21-2019, 02:17 AM
An excellent cow, Federico. It has presence. I like the pasture, too.
12-21-2019, 02:18 AM
Such a pretty finch, artsstic. Well done.
12-21-2019, 11:18 AM
Christel- excellent pieces.. you matched the cat colors very good..
Penny-that is an excellent piece with color pencils. It shows how much you've learned and progressed with art.
Chammi-great work, specially on such difficult reference.
Lesley- very good attempt on the coyote.
Kay-your image is so vivid and the red tone gives so much life... I really like yours
Pancrazio- Your interpretation is outstanding, not only evokes shape but a mood. Is amazing..well done.
Fede-Mu Mu Muuuuu Mu múù muuü muū
Bonnie-your Finch is beautiful too
12-21-2019, 12:10 PM
An excellent semi-abstract finch, Pancrazio. Very nice to look at.
12-21-2019, 12:10 PM
Thank your Federico. I am pleased that my depiction of fabrics is improving.
12-21-2019, 12:43 PM
Lesley. Like your friendly cayote a lot.
Kay. Perfect winter scene surrounding your colourful finch.
Pancrzio. Fabulous textures and harmonious colours.
Federico. I love cows and yours are great.
Bonnie Lovely delicate painting of the little finch.
Thank you all for your nice comments on my crusty , long legged crab.:lol:
Here's my drawing of the cow. Sorry it's not finished yet
but I thought it's better to post it unfinished than not
post it at all !
Black and white charcoal on 9" X 12" Cansons pastel paper.
[ light yellow 'Earth Colours' paper ]
I'll be back later to comment on all the great paintings that
have been posted so far !
12-23-2019, 12:29 AM
Christel: I like your charcoal bird but your cat is gorgeous !
Penny: the cat is just too funny !
Chammy: beautiful crab !
Lesley: very nice fox !
Kay: the bird is so cute, very nice !
Pancrazio: almost abstract bird !
Federico: I love the cow !
Bonnie: very nice bird !
Patricia; I love the black and white cow !
I was waiting for the 25th to post when I realized the date for posting was the 20 th ! Watercolor 8/6
12-23-2019, 05:29 AM
An excellent watercolour, Zelda. Fresh and lovely pallet.
12-23-2019, 05:30 AM
Thank you, Zelda. The cat makes me laugh, too!
12-23-2019, 05:31 AM
Patricia, what a good charcoal of the cow. Look forward to seeing it finished.
Christel Nice charcoal drawing of the finch, Very good drawing of the
cat and the poor mouse. Poor, little mouse, I can't help feeling sorry for him.
Penny Lovely drawing of the sleepy cat.
Chammi Fantastic painting of the crab.
Lesley I like your drawing of the Coyote.
Kay Very nice watercolour of the Finch.
Pancrazio Very effective , unusual treatment of the Finch. I like
it a lot. His little face is peeping at us.
Federico I like your painting of the cow and the way you did the grass.
It's always very interesting to see how someone else does the same subject.
Artastic Very nice watercolour of the little Finch.
Zelda Very good drawing of the cat. I especially like the way
you did background.
12-23-2019, 03:39 PM
Christel: Love your charcoal version of the finch and your cat/mouse is fantastic as well :cat:
Penny: This kitty is too fun, so sleepy and out of it. Excellent rendition :clap:
Chammi: What an adorable crab on its spindly legs :thumbsup: Great work!
Lesley: There's a smug looking coyote for sure, love this :wave:
Pancrazio: Your abstraction of the finch that is now a red bird is awesome :clap: love this treatment of the whole composition!
Fed: An outstanding cow, looking so contented without a care in the world. A super job :thumbsup:
Bonnie: A top notch finch and your muted background is a winner ;)
Patricia: Your charcoal cow in a vignette format looks done to me. Wow! :thumbsup: Really inspiring!
Zelda: Great watercolor of the cat with its prize catch, and such lovely translucent eyes :cat:
Everyone produced awesome paintings! Hope some more will trickle in. If not it was my pleasure to be your December 2019 host and all enjoy a Merry Christmas :grouphug:
12-23-2019, 04:41 PM
Thank you, Patricia and Kay.
12-23-2019, 05:39 PM
Patricia. You cow is great. I looks good just the way it is. Can't wait to see how you finish this one.
Zelda. Wow, that is an excellent CP work. How long did it take you?
12-23-2019, 07:17 PM
Chammi:Thank you for your nice comment it's only watercolor with a tiny brush, it takes me about 3 hours
12-24-2019, 12:56 PM
I'm going to attempt the cow then the hummer.
12-25-2019, 07:01 PM
8x8 watercolor on Italia 140 lb cold press paper completed this afternoon.
Kay Lovely cow ! I really like the way you did his eye.
12-26-2019, 03:20 AM
Excellent work. I like it a lot.
12-26-2019, 03:59 AM
Kay. The cow is great. Like the way it 'sinks' into the grass.
12-26-2019, 04:02 AM
Thanks to all of you for the nice comments on my 'spindly crab'.:D
12-26-2019, 12:31 PM
thanks Patricia, Penny, and Chammi!
Kay Lovely cow ! I really like the way you did his eye.
I meant HER eye not HIS eye :lol:
12-26-2019, 07:25 PM
Time to do one more of the hummer bath :clap: which is 5.25x7.25 watercolor w/ White Nights paints on Lanaquarelle 140 lb. hot press paper:
12-27-2019, 04:37 AM
I love your watercolours, Kay, and follow them by email. This is lovely.
12-27-2019, 01:32 PM
Thanks! And a big thank you for being a blog follower, Penny.
12-27-2019, 02:17 PM
I look forward to your posts, Kay. 😎
Christel - Great, as per usual, esp the cat. I seem to remember that photo being used before in a challenge.
Penny - Purrfect expression!
Chammi - Very clean job with a difficult subject.
Lesley - Good job on the profile, as it is very recognizable.
Kay - I like the way you simplified and retained the essence. I overwork so.
Pancrazio - Nice rendering.
Federico - I smile just looking at that. Love the colors and the light on the grass. Frame this for an instant uplift whenever you view it!
Bonnie - You really captured the feet well.
Patricia - Good values.
Zelda - Eye looks so reflective and life like. Really outstanding.
Kay - Love the "washiness" of the cow and hummer. All that I perceive as difficult you make look so easy!
12-30-2019, 06:42 AM
12-30-2019, 07:52 AM
That is really beautiful Kay. Excellent job on the water.
Well, here is my feeble effort. Nothing like waiting until the last minute :lol: ! I have been attempting to work on it a bit at a time, but I am dealing with an ongoing crisis situation at home, so finding time and interest is challenging, to say the least.
This is a WC on Arches rough, about 9 x 6. The BG is a real mess, and I do not like the bird. Please do not feel obligated to "say something nice", as I just wanted to show I am still attempting to participate.
Kay, thanks so much for hosting and your beautiful art. :cat:
12-30-2019, 03:17 PM
It really isn’t feeble, Joy. It’s got a wintery feel. Well done for joining in.
12-30-2019, 03:22 PM
Joy, I am being honest here. I love your bird and the background, too. The only thing if it were mine I would do, is to splatter some white gouache paint over the background and smaller amount on the bird for some fake snow. I think that would pull it all together. No feebleness about this one. So glad you could join in the challenge.
12-31-2019, 03:58 AM
Joy. I love your beautiful soft focus painting. Good idea to splatter a little white gouache with a toothbrush to make it more wintry! Absolutely NOTHING feeble about this work!!!
12-31-2019, 06:54 AM
Beautiful work everyone and great choice from kay thanks for hosting
Best wishes all
12-31-2019, 08:11 AM
pcj... hope you've finish your piece :)
Zelda... Well done , really like the lighting tones you used :)
Kay.. Your Cow looks great too, yet the hummer bath is outstanding.
Joy.. Your finch has some outenticity! It looks as is supposed to be in the cold...
Thanks for the comments on my cow. Yes, my wife said it was a happy cow.. and it looked great framed. Was given as a present on Christmas.
Great finish for the 2019, and wishing you all a prosperous and healthy 2020.
Love :heart: :heart:
Kay - Thank you for the suggestion. I was thinking the same about some gouache, but I just got disgusted with the painting and am generally distressed, so my patience is not what it should be. Here is an "improved" version. Thank you all for your comments.
12-31-2019, 01:23 PM
This is exactly what this painting needed, some snowy accent marks. Just perfect!!!
12-31-2019, 02:22 PM
The snowy scene is good to see, Joy. I hope you get through your problem without any more stress.
12-31-2019, 07:27 PM
Really gave the painting 'umphhh' Joy. Lovely.
Thank you all for the kind words!
12-31-2019, 09:13 PM
Snow is great touch...
Kay Lovely hummingbird.
Joy I like your bird and the extra snow really finishes it nicely.
Zelda, Penny, Kay, Chammi, JoyK, Federico Thankyou for nice comments on my drawing.
Kay Thankyou for hosting and for great photo selection.
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