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SweetBabyJ
03-03-2004, 09:14 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Painting Without a Net
Project Leader: SweetBabyJ
Relative Difficulty: Medium
Type Restrictions: Painting
Medium: Pastels
Subject: Not Applicable
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited

Description:

Create an image - WITHOUT using a reference photo or object. Yep, right from your head.

Everyone knows what an apple looks like, or a bell, or a brush and comb - pick something simple if you want. All right, you can look through pictures to find something you want to do, and study it. Maybe even make a few thumbnails (just to work out composition, honest!), but when you start applying any pigment to ground, all references must be out of sight!!

Close your eyes and think of something. Maybe a bookshelf lined with books and the last one kind of tilts and leans into the others a bit. You can see it in your head, right? So now capture that. A silver bell sitting on a tray, your spouse's socks, thrown once AGAIN, not two feet away from the laundry hamper. A leaf from an oak tree. A tulip. A stack of folded towels. A dead, plucked chicken waiting to be cut-up for supper. (Okay, that's a bit much, I agree). Something you see everyday, something you KNOW.

Now no cheating. You're on your honour to do this WITHOUT looking at the thing in question once you start applying ANY pigment to ground. (Disclaimer: Pigment implies charcoal, graphite, gouche, ink, you know, that stuff you do BEFORE starting to really paint). Doing a few thumbnails beforehand (once again for compositional purposes only, of course), is fine but once you've got that settled, the thumbnails go out of sight!

Up to it??




Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_details.php?proj_id=656)

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.

Dyin
03-03-2004, 10:03 PM
good one...signed up, but will have to think on this...haven't tried this since I was teen...

Kathryn Wilson
03-03-2004, 10:04 PM
This will be made into a Sticky when I can round up a Mod to do it - so let's keep bumping it up till that happens.

SweetBabyJ
03-03-2004, 11:54 PM
Everyone of you can do this- I have great faith in you!

Thanks for getting this started, Kat, Mo, and Sassybird

Kathryn Wilson
03-04-2004, 07:01 AM
Bump!!!

skintone
03-04-2004, 10:45 AM
Yeah I'm up for this. THis ought to be intersting.

cjkelly
03-04-2004, 03:52 PM
SBJ - after reading this thread (and the 'other' one :o ) I can now see the real value in this project. Your analogy of the apple was great, and as I read about it I thought about a bunch of grapes (what would Freud say I wonder :confused: :D ).
If I sat down now and attempted to draw grapes I'd get to the point where I would wonder how they were attached to the main stalk.....I'd then have to go and look at a real bunch out of curiosity - after all, I just pull 'em and off and eat 'em.....then I would go back and remember that on my picture. That process has just taught me how to really 'look' at things, everything - as if I am about to draw them. (I am now gazing intently at all the curves on my computer .... move over penguins!)
:D :D

Thanks SBJ

cj

sassybird
03-04-2004, 03:56 PM
I think this is a great project. I paint without a net a lot.....lol

SweetBabyJ
03-04-2004, 05:43 PM
If you don't know where to start, here's how I would try it:

I have no apples in the house- some grapefruit, a few soon-to-be raisins, but no apples. So, a not-so-good-surface, since this is an experiment, and apples it'll be! (This surface is *bad* too, lemme tell you. One of the mat boards I tried coating with pumice gel and it's plasticky and ick ick ick! But- it's dark- a possible plus.)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2004/9169-apple03.jpg

Using basic "local colour", I sketch in the main objects: A red apple cut in half, and a green one behind it. I indicate where the light is coming from with three sets of lines: the main light, the secondary cone, and the "cool" light. The latter is for if I am doing a background which would need such attention paid. Using the light source as a guide, I can lay in the shadowed areas, also.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2004/9169-apple02.jpg

So, I know where my lights have to go, and where my darks have to go- and I start getting those darks in there. Not wanting to be left wondering what the shadows will look like on an unknown surface, I decide a nice orange-y wood, like maple, maybe, will work fine, and lay in some orange. (If I was going to finish this, that "wood" would be cooled a great deal, and grained, and shined with reflections). Keeping with the whole "Crayola" theme, the "wall" gets to be blue- with the left side (my light source side) given a coating of a lighter hue. I keep adding shadow-y hues and values to the apples and table; I KNOW shadows are darkest up against the object doing the casting, and lighter, warmer, the farther they get away from the object- so I indicate that as much as possible. I can also add in more local colour.

Too, I want to use complements wherever possible to both darken and make those darks "richer". So some dark green goes into the shadowed side of the red apple, and a tad of red into the shadows on the green.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2004/9169-apple01.jpg

Now to get some lights going- pure white is a bad habit to me, so I opt to start the apple flesh in a cooler "mocha-y" colour, then lighten and warm it with a light, light ochre. A very little white on the edges of the cut flesh shape- especially at the bottom, finish it off. Into the green apple with a lighter green to give more "round" definition, and then a swoosh of a green-yellow, with a nice "glob" of it right where the secondary light cone hits (remember that? Because it is secondary light cone, it wouldn't be a bright white highlight, but the local colour just very, very light). If I wanted to spend the time, I could now pay attention to the "wood" surface, and the wall behind- but my back hurts, so I'm gonna call it a good exercise and be done. Into that seed center with some pencils and voila`! Two apples, no waiting.

This is just using what you already KNOW- you'll see, it's an adventure!

SweetBabyJ
03-04-2004, 05:59 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=34245

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/19147/tn_Touch_Me_sketch.jpg

Whatsamatter! "Pull my finger" not good enough for you?!?

Excellent sketch- this is going to be good....

SweetBabyJ
03-04-2004, 06:00 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=34246

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/19147/tn_Touch_Me_skin_underpainting.jpg

Ooohhh! Sue's gonna get fancy on us- an underpainting even- this is gonna be really, really good!

SweetBabyJ
03-04-2004, 06:02 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/19147/tn_Touch_Me_skin_done_robe_underpainting.jpg

Now look at it coming along! See? You KNOW all the "rules" about colour and light and tone and value- without something to criticize against, you can just let your mind do its job!

SweetBabyJ
03-04-2004, 06:04 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/19147/tn_Touch_Me_final.jpg

Beautiful ! It glows- it SINGS!!! Look at that!! Oh nice, nice job, Sue. I'm so glad you had fun- that really shows in your colour choices- so lively and vibrant. Hooray!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

SweetBabyJ
03-04-2004, 06:07 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/14941/tn_blue-pitcher-a.JPG

Oh how NICE! GREAT catch! Look at those highlights and that nice "rounded" shape! I dunno what fiddly things you "forgot"- because it looks right to me. Lovely, Kat. Did you have fun?

Dyin
03-04-2004, 06:07 PM
thanky thanky!!! I'm resting on my laurels after this one lol!!! I totally forgot to eat even....time for breakfast now!!! Again...thanks for this project..I NEVER would have tried this on my own and doubted my sanity for trying.

Dyin
03-04-2004, 06:09 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/14941/tn_blue-pitcher-a.JPG

Kat, this is awesome....boy, this is becoming a great project...awesome doesn't really cover this...it's vibrant and alive and the glaze is so glazey!!! I LOVE pots....I love THIS pot and the way you painted it....bravo!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

SweetBabyJ
03-04-2004, 06:30 PM
thanky thanky!!! I'm resting on my laurels after this one lol!!! I totally forgot to eat even....time for breakfast now!!! Again...thanks for this project..I NEVER would have tried this on my own and doubted my sanity for trying.


Most welcome. It isn't that it's "easy", it's more that, once you get your mind in the zone of letting it do its job, it just flows- and you keep trying stuff until you get it right- "watercolour Happy Accidents" for Pastels, I guess.

Bon apetit- glad you had fun.

Kathryn Wilson
03-04-2004, 06:33 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/19147/tn_Touch_Me_final.jpg

LOL - I guessed it - I guessed it!! I just knew it was going to be the "finger" thingee. Great WIP's and the finished is astonishing that it came from your memory.

Now how about the other finger - hmmmmm?? :evil:

Dyin
03-04-2004, 06:36 PM
sorry...all fingered out! :evil: :p We are guessing each other's projects pretty good lately!

Kathryn Wilson
03-04-2004, 06:38 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/14941/tn_blue-pitcher-a.JPG

Oh how NICE! GREAT catch! Look at those highlights and that nice "rounded" shape! I dunno what fiddly things you "forgot"- because it looks right to me. Lovely, Kat. Did you have fun?


Well, this was fun because it was a pitcher that I've been wanting to do for awhile - and it is something that I know. And that may be the clue here for others thinking about this Project - do what you know for the first one, something familiar - I see this pitcher every day and admire the shape and the glaze, so that helped alot. But then, it was funny to see the things I did not get right - the top of the handle comes forward more and the bottom half of the pitcher curves in more. Can we go back and fix??? :)

Dyin
03-04-2004, 06:41 PM
Well, this was fun because it was a pitcher that I've been wanting to do for awhile - and it is something that I know. And that may be the clue here for others thinking about this Project - do what you know for the first one, something familiar - I see this pitcher every day and admire the shape and the glaze, so that helped alot. But then, it was funny to see the things I did not get right - the top of the handle comes forward more and the bottom half of the pitcher curves in more. Can we go back and fix??? :)

what and ruin the whole thing?? Whatareyacrazy???? This is spontaneous and it really shows...I like this shape...who cares if it's the same...you caught ESSENCE of pot!!!!

Kathryn Wilson
03-04-2004, 06:42 PM
Okay, so what are we doing next?? :evil: :angel: :D

SweetBabyJ
03-04-2004, 07:20 PM
The laundry basket. Full. And extra points to those who can finish the painting BEFORE they break down and do laundry.

eileenclaire
03-04-2004, 08:22 PM
Okay, I'm signing up, but it says on the project page to do something you see everyday. Can I do a fantasy theme? I was thinking of doing a dragon.

eileenclaire
03-04-2004, 08:27 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/19147/tn_Touch_Me_final.jpg

That is one impressive arm! It is amazing that you did that robe without a reference, it looks so real! I like the shadowing in that.

eileenclaire
03-04-2004, 08:31 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/14941/tn_blue-pitcher-a.JPG

I think you have a photographic memory Kat! I don't know what the pitcher looks like in real life, but it's incredible that you didn't have it in front of you when you painted this! It's beautiful.

SweetBabyJ
03-04-2004, 08:36 PM
Sure Eileen- I just figured it'd be easier for folks who've never tried painting from their heads to do it if they used something they saw every day. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Dyin
03-04-2004, 08:45 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/19147/tn_Touch_Me_final.jpg

That is one impressive arm! It is amazing that you did that robe without a reference, it looks so real! I like the shadowing in that.

Hey, thanks...just got down with that portrait of Fatima with the robe, so thought I'd chance it...hey, I was born year of the dragon (makes me a dragon lady :evil: ) so going to love whatever you do!! Can't wait!

eileenclaire
03-04-2004, 09:05 PM
Sure Eileen- I just figured it'd be easier for folks who've never tried painting from their heads to do it if they used something they saw every day. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

For me, I think it would be easier to do something that isn't real. Then I won't be saying to myself a dragon's tail isn't that long, or you've got the eye placement wrong, or the color is all off, or some such. I can do it anyway I like and that little voice inside my head that hammers away at me to make sure it looks right will have to get inside someone else's head!

Dyin
03-04-2004, 10:59 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/2529/tn_balletday.jpg

Glad you added this Luvy!!! It's a lovely idea and you got the idea across very well!

weckster
03-05-2004, 05:43 AM
OK - here's one - oil pastel, sketch time about 1 hour. On Sennelier 360g paper, unprepared.

It's an image I've had in my mind for years. God knows where the leaf comes from!

weckster
03-05-2004, 05:51 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/19147/tn_Touch_Me_skin_done_robe_underpainting.jpg

Wow! The underpainting and it's effect after the overpainting on the skin is fantastic (thinking...better learn to do this)

Kathryn Wilson
03-05-2004, 06:55 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/2529/tn_balletday.jpg

You have such great imagination, Luvy - you always seem to pull the loveliest ideas out of your head. :clap:

Dyin
03-05-2004, 09:09 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/37194/tn_Body.JPG

Hey, this is pretty cool...I like the addition of the leaf...gives it a story. You have a nice play of cool and warm tones going on here..

you mentioned the underpainting...I always thought would be too hard with the ops...you know how the next layer can pick up the first...but just thought I'd try it...just used the same color green, but different tones and modeled it....I usually spend lots of time on skin getting it just right...I'd say maybe an hour tops for the underpainting part...then when I added the raw sienna...it went fast...maybe 1/2 hour or so...I think I'll be doing it a lot! And it's exciting in RL...can see all the strokes, most is not blended, so it's an optical mix too...first time I did drapery that way too...also quick...

skintone
03-05-2004, 10:03 AM
Hey great job Dyin.

I'm glad you tried the underpainting!! The green is coming through just right. I wish I could see this in person. I know the optical blends add a nice translucent effect, especially with the Holbein ops.

Dyin
03-05-2004, 10:14 AM
thanks skintone...yeah, always better in RL...it's a cool effect to try for sure...

Stoy Jones
03-05-2004, 10:20 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/19147/tn_Touch_Me_final.jpg

Dyin, :eek: I'm speechless!!.....This is sooo cool! Lol! Was this project timely for you, or what? It is like you reinvented this well known piece in your own signature hand or style or something that is you! It is quite faithful too, saying a lot about your ability for retention. Like a rehersal and now you are finally on-stage acting out a play that was acted out centuries ago.

The colors are vibrant and well suited for this subject IMHO. In such short time..you were seriously moved to do this and I'm still having trouble peeling myself off the floor :D

Stoy

Dyin
03-05-2004, 10:45 AM
Stoy...you better get off the floor before your wife starts vacuuming lol! Timely is such a good word...seems I've been nipping around the edges with experimenting lately but never would have gone here without SBJ's project. Yeah...for years we thought the colors in the Sistine Chapel were dark and moody and to see the real colors was a shock...so I wanted to stay kind of faithful to that...the coolest thing about this was the excitement I felt doing it..Michelangelo didn't really know what he was doing but he jumped in there with pure gusto. He brought a new element to painting with the scultpural aspect and it was really fun exaggerating the muscles like that. Can you imagine doing this as huge as he did??? I'm just awed by the scope of what he did...

SweetBabyJ
03-05-2004, 12:08 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/2529/tn_balletday.jpg

"You just can't find a kid hanging around here anymore." Hahaha! And aren't you the lucky one for that?!??

Nice, nice piece, Luvy- and absolutely perfect for this project. Funny how it's so easy to see these in your mind- all those little details- and so hard sometimes to get them out onto paper. You seemed to manage it easily.

SweetBabyJ
03-05-2004, 12:10 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/37194/tn_Body.JPG

Well well well- Biblical symbolism seems to rule the day here! This is some good work coming along here- I like it. Tell me, was it easy, or difficult, for you to do this with no real reference?

Deborah Secor
03-05-2004, 02:14 PM
Okay--I'm way behind, but getting in on this one. Intersting work here already. I can't in my wildest imaginings paint a person of any kind without looking. I can't even do it when I'm looking! As long as landscapes are okay, maybe I can grab a bit of time at the easel soon, between articles. All writing and no painting makes Deborah...not just dull but grumpy!

Deborah

weckster
03-05-2004, 03:07 PM
Dyin - I must admit - the "picking up of other colours" is why I thought underpainting wouldn'nt work with ops....just goes to show how wrong you can be!! What ops do you use?

Sweet Baby J - Hello ;)
- I found doing the body easy (though the dimensions did not turn out quite the way I expected...she has a very big hip!). I found the leaf hard, and this really didn't turn out the way I expected. However, the colours were what I wanted....
- It was very liberating not having to keep an eye on a subject. I have been practicing trying to look at what I am drawing. With this I could just concentrate on form and colour. The whole project is a great idea.

Dyin
03-05-2004, 03:16 PM
since I got the Holbeins I use those exclusively...but I have Sennelier and Caran d'Ache sets too. The underpainting sat for about an hour before I did the red and yellow over it...of course it picked up some color on the OP but I swipe and wipe as I go. As long as the OP is clean for a few strokes it works. Could also use gouache or watercolor as an underpainting..but this was the exact green I wanted so took my chances.

SweetBabyJ
03-05-2004, 03:28 PM
Yes, Wreckster, that's part off it- being able to concentrate on what you are doing, not just what you are painting. If that makes sense. I think its a lot of "right side of the brain" stuff, perhaps, but then again, SO much thought has to go into each part because you have no reference to check against, it may tap into places on the left side you're not used to reaching. Who knows??

tampster1
03-05-2004, 03:58 PM
I was just playing around with some oil pastels i got for Christmas .. I really like they way they handle. - this piece is just from my head with student OP on cranson watercolor paper.

SweetBabyJ
03-05-2004, 04:18 PM
See? Even landscapes work with this!

Peaceful, pretty little scene, Tampster- will you go on with it? Continue working this piece, or start another like it? BTW- there's some great OP info in the Archives....

meowmeow
03-05-2004, 05:07 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/19147/tn_Touch_Me_skin_done_robe_underpainting.jpg

Wow! THis makes what I am doing look kind of amatuerish...I am impressed. I would find it tough even with the arm there. Good job Sue!

Sandy

meowmeow
03-05-2004, 05:08 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/37194/tn_Body.JPG

Neat! Very interesting view point...you have done a good job I think. I like it!

Sandy

meowmeow
03-05-2004, 05:09 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/18715/tn_falco.jpg

Great start Stoy! This is an interesting way to bring someone to life! I am looking forward to seeing the pastel version.

SAndy

meowmeow
03-05-2004, 05:10 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/2529/tn_balletday.jpg

I commented on this before Luvy but will add here that I think it is a great concept and you have done a super job!

Sandy

meowmeow
03-05-2004, 05:12 PM
You will have to wait for mine. I am just sketching in a still life. Much harder than I thought. I mean I knew it wouldn't be easy but I thought this part would be easier. Oh well...I will keep plugging away and eventually you will get to see something. :D

Sandy

eileenclaire
03-05-2004, 05:43 PM
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Stoy, I am so impressed that you have done this with no reference, except the description in the book! When you finish, I think you ought to send it in to the publisher!

SweetBabyJ
03-05-2004, 06:37 PM
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Oh WOW! I can't wait, Stoy! This is perfect! I agree with Eileen- maybe when finished you should send a pic of it to the Author with an explanation of how and why you did it. Terrific!!

Dyin
03-05-2004, 07:06 PM
I was just playing around with some oil pastels i got for Christmas .. I really like they way they handle. - this piece is just from my head with student OP on cranson watercolor paper.

yep, gotta love those oil pastels....I thought I couldn't do anything out of my head! Nice landscape, hope you keep playing with those OPs!

Dyin
03-05-2004, 07:12 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/18715/tn_falco.jpg

I think this is a WAY COOL way to do this project!!! I read like crazy and always imagine what these people look like...can't wait to see how it turns out...it looks really good so far!!!

Stoy Jones
03-05-2004, 07:47 PM
SBJ, Eileen, Dyin, Sandy, thanks! It will be interesting to go further with this to find out what happens. I have many more sketches to do (and load them to progress images) before I settle on something. I have learned one thing the hard way from the classes I have taken so far, never jump right into color until you know what you are doing!

Stoy

SweetBabyJ
03-05-2004, 07:51 PM
Good tip, Stoy, but tell me, is this easiser to do than you expected? Or more difficult?

Stoy Jones
03-05-2004, 07:55 PM
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Wecster, this is stylistic and beautiful! The form with it's colors and addition of a leaf has many interesting things going on space-wise. I noticed that this is a progress image, will there be more to this or something new similiar in style? Might make a great series.

Stoy

Stoy Jones
03-05-2004, 08:10 PM
Good tip, Stoy, but tell me, is this easiser to do than you expected? Or more difficult?

Well, the preliminary work is always easier. I can allow for mistakes when sketching. Its a way to relax and get a feel and "realize" the potential before going too far, technically.

The challenge for me in this project is using what I have been learning in my portrait and figure classes, but without a model of anykind (that which is my saftey net) and conceive a likeness that is believable off the top of my head! That for me is quite a tall order and we shall see whether I can pull it off or not. This is something I would like to find out whether I can do and I send you my thanks to you for having this project! :clap: Its a very thoughtful and timely idea that many of us will benefit.

Stoy

Stoy Jones
03-05-2004, 10:45 PM
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Kyle, you certainly caught the gist of this! Amazing! Pitchers like these are somewhat familiar to me, so can imagine it quite well. The designs are well done and love the highlights, gives it that glassy effect. I wish I had a memory and skills of observation such as yours! Wonderfully done!

Stoy

meowmeow
03-06-2004, 02:38 PM
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This is great! I really like it...wonderful pottery...no matter what you forgot!

Sandy

Kathryn Wilson
03-06-2004, 02:53 PM
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This is great! I really like it...wonderful pottery...no matter what you forgot!

Sandy

Sandy - I don't think the rest of the group will mind if we talk a little shop - this was thrown by A.R. Cole's great grandson, who is working with Neolia Cole (A.R.'s daughter and his grandmother) - wonderful to think this tradition is going on to the next generation.

weckster
03-06-2004, 03:31 PM
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Wecster, this is stylistic and beautiful! The form with it's colors and addition of a leaf has many interesting things going on space-wise. I noticed that this is a progress image, will there be more to this or something new similiar in style? Might make a great series.

Stoy

Thanks Stoy - in my head it's a triptych - with the two others one above the other to the right. But I don't think I made the dimensions of this quite right (I think in my head it was longer). Maybe I'll try anyway! (BTW - It's in progress images cos I hadn't figured out that where the "final" images are!)
(I have now!)

Dyin
03-06-2004, 08:17 PM
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Sandy...you gotta do this more often...it has a definate light source, the shadows are perfect, and the elipses are great too!!! You should be well pleased, can't wait to see the finish!

SweetBabyJ
03-06-2004, 08:24 PM
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Oh now see what you can do, Sandy?!? Sue's right- you've got the ellipses just right- and those are usually the hardest to do! The marbles look colourful enough, maybe a nice yellow-y white highlight for some with the pencils will do it for you. And look! You're doing FABRIC! All by yourself!!

Congrats, Sandy- this is coming along nicely.

Kathryn Wilson
03-06-2004, 10:12 PM
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But isn't it fun creating your own little world - making it up as you go? Just think of the freedom - you can make it anything you want. :clap:

vanityfaire
03-07-2004, 06:15 AM
Gone for a few days and look what happens an event for March. Yippeee. I am on it. I will be in the studio probably tomorrow and will take a stab at it.Thanks BABy for chairing this one. Dyin what royality you have portrayed. This image is so strong. Vanity

Deborah Secor
03-07-2004, 01:39 PM
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Just thought I'd share this one with you. It was a blast! Thanks for the encouragement to get back to painting this way.

Deborah

Kathryn Wilson
03-07-2004, 01:57 PM
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In 40 minutes! What a gem of a painting - yes, you do need to do more of these - :clap: I love panoramic paintings - I might join you on my next one.

meowmeow
03-07-2004, 02:30 PM
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Gasp! I love it! I really like the format you used...that shape always intruiges me and this is the perfect composition for it. Hmmmm....that sounds dumb but Ithink you know what I mean. It shows the wiiiiiide vista which is what I think you meant. Gorgeous clouds too!

And I am not surprised that is a "Cole" pottery piece Kat. There is a definite family resemblance there.


Sandy

SweetBabyJ
03-07-2004, 04:12 PM
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How nice, Deborah! I LOVE the format- not only economical, it fits the view, and, I dunno- I like pieces this size and shape, they end up fitting somewhere *juuuuust* right.

Good to know I'm not the only one who likes to wing it all the time. Now I'll know I made the big time when you have your students do a "without a net" piece....

Dyin
03-07-2004, 06:31 PM
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Geez, this makes me homesick for New Mexico...so gorgeous there and you always do it justice...lovely job Deborah!

Deborah Secor
03-07-2004, 06:56 PM
Good to know I'm not the only one who likes to wing it all the time. Now I'll know I made the big time when you have your students do a "without a net" piece....

SBJ, we've already done this in my advanced class! Once at our first class we did this exercise--just paint from memory, no resources--and it was very successful. At first they were boggled, moaning and whining, but in a few minutes they got into it. I think it improves confidence, seeing how much you know about painting and about your subject, whatever it is. And their paintings surprised even them...

Thanks all for your votes of confidence. I'll paint a landscape without a net any day--just don't ask me to paint anything else!

Deborah

billiam
03-08-2004, 06:35 AM
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this is great."look i'm a big balerinergirl" wonderfully though-up subject, captured a childhood dream. bill

Alachua Artist
03-08-2004, 01:46 PM
ok.. count me in!! I'm back among the physically capable, so it's time for me to get back to the easel. My cast is off and I'm ready to paint. :D

This is a great project idea. Not sure what the subject will be, but from the look of the already submitted entries, this is serious stuff!

Alachua Artist
03-08-2004, 01:51 PM
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Fabulous vista... great format. The landscape easily lends itself to this painting. Where is this (obviously out West)? We have just bought some property out in Pecos, NM and I am still learning the terrain. Very nicely done.

Alachua Artist
03-08-2004, 01:55 PM
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The Bread of God, eh? haha! Of course, since bread is considered one of the basic mannas, then all the better it be God's arm.

Well done, expecially since you and Michellangelo both "winged" parts of the piece. I like that.. courage to do what you think you can, and then the courage make it really work.

The WIP was interesting to see... the green underpainting really pulled the flesh colors together. Thanks for sharing that.

Alachua Artist
03-08-2004, 02:00 PM
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This painting is truly amazing. The rendering effect of the blue glaze on the pitcher, the highlights and remarkable details bring this painting to life. And all from memory! Very well done, if I may so brag for you. Your "blind" ability is fantastic.

:clap:

SweetBabyJ
03-08-2004, 05:52 PM
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Oh even better- giving your portrait "character" with an imaginary setting! You go, Stoy!

Stoy Jones
03-08-2004, 08:35 PM
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Dee, you know your stuff! Just beautiful! :clap: I like the dimensions too, making this a panoramic view. I feel like I'm there!

Stoy

Stoy Jones
03-08-2004, 08:37 PM
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What a subject to tackle without a reference! I don't think I would have faired all that well with the shadows! :clap:

Stoy

Deborah Secor
03-10-2004, 10:54 AM
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Fabulous vista... great format. The landscape easily lends itself to this painting. Where is this (obviously out West)? We have just bought some property out in Pecos, NM and I am still learning the terrain. Very nicely done.

This one was done totally out of my mind--um, out of my imagination! It's just typical of the area. Pecos is a nice part of the state--you'll be glad to have property there.
Deborah

Saiorse
03-11-2004, 06:35 PM
Hi I am so new here I still squeek! I don't currently own any pastels but I began this piece: http://www.geocities.com/tjflipflop/Pastel_Table.html?1079047641642 at least 12 years ago now............. thought I'd share it, feel free to respond!

cjkelly
03-11-2004, 07:02 PM
Some great work here again! And all with no reference - I'm so impressed.

Hope to make a start on something today. I had a dream a few weeks back that had visions of paintings and the only painting I've been able to remember involves a cupboard, a white woman, and a white crocodile. :confused: I hope none of you out there is a psychiatrist - I think I'd be in trouble.... :D

It will be one of my "here goes nothin' - time to experiment!" jobbies.....

cj

bubblegumangel
03-12-2004, 09:31 AM
:D Hi there guys!! First time poster :)


Am very happy to have joined wetcanvas!

I would like to share my painting, I hope you like it, Im not sure I wasnt supposed to use paints, now Its finished Ive found out. It looks like pastels :D
Hope that enough :D :angel:

Here it is :

http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=34533

I would really appreciate your comments!
Especially since I am now painting from 'inside' (surrealsit?), I dunno, but its been a while since Ive been in education, and although Ive had great complimetns from art teachers inthe past, Im trying to 'break free' from the restraints they caused me. I am exploring my own windows of opportunity- thats why I think this project is great!

Thank you guys!
Lots of Love

bubblegum (IntiMaria)

skintone
03-12-2004, 05:14 PM
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This is a neat piece. Love the colors and shapes.

Mary Robinson
03-14-2004, 04:55 AM
Hi Everyone,

Thought you'd gotten rid of me, didn't you :evil:, haha, you aren't that lucky.
Painting without a net, is something I do all the time. I might be walking around and see a rock or a tree or a leaf that catches my eye, has a pleasing design. Weeks, sometimes years later it becomes a painting, no photographs, no reference pics, just from what I remember seeing. So, I was wandering around the St Louis Botantical gardens about 10 yrs ago and saw some philodren, I remember the way it curved around and up and over, from that memory comes this piece, WIP currently.
Done on Fredrix Canvas, acrylic underpainting with pastel overlay. 16 x 20.


C & C welcome, as always :)



Mary

meowmeow
03-14-2004, 07:17 AM
Very nice! I thought you said you saw some "children" and boy, are these odd children! :D Philodren...yes...that works!
Pastel over acrylic on canvas. Very interesting...I have heard of that but need one.
Good job here!

Sandy

Mary Robinson
03-14-2004, 10:03 AM
Very nice! I thought you said you saw some "children" and boy, are these odd children! :D Philodren...yes...that works!
Pastel over acrylic on canvas. Very interesting...I have heard of that but need one.
Good job here!

Sandy

I don't spell or think so well at 2 am, Sandy, that's a Philodendron, and I thought about it as I dragged the dang puppy back to bed, but there was no way I was gonna come fix it :evil:


Mary

meowmeow
03-14-2004, 10:05 AM
that's a Philodendron :D Funny, I must have been in precoffee mode myself because I knew exactly what you meant!

SweetBabyJ
03-14-2004, 01:13 PM
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Ahh- the neurons are firing with colour here- nice work, good balance and interesting negative spaces, too.

SweetBabyJ
03-14-2004, 01:16 PM
Sairose, that is a really nice piece there- a bit reminiscent, for some reason, of Gauguin, to me. Interesting composition, and some very nice shadows, there. You're right, it does look like pastel, and the medium was pretty much open. Good work!

SweetBabyJ
03-14-2004, 01:18 PM
Go Mary!! I love Phillys- they manage to hang on somehow despite my abuse, sometimes for up to a whole year!! (mumble-mumble-mumble, I'm not the plant-nuturing type....)

Keep posting your progress pics, too. This is gonna be nice!

cjkelly
03-14-2004, 06:17 PM
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Well, I've scrubbed this one back several times trying to achieve the eerie whiteness of her skin without it looking pastey, so rather than struggle with it I had to go with skin that I knew how to do. I studied paintings by Renoir who mastered this, but found none that had really dramatic lighting - the books I have show paintings of girls in soft diffused lighting.
I may try it again sometime on watercolour paper.....hmmmmm....as long as I can hold onto the image in my head that long :D

cj

cjkelly
03-14-2004, 06:25 PM
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I think this is just wonderful. I love it. The use of that passionate red, and the dark clothing has great impact - I also like how you have repeated the face....

cjkelly
03-14-2004, 06:29 PM
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This shows just how well you know your subject, Dee. Love the format, the clouds are beautifully coloured, and yes, I just want to take a deep breath of all that fresh air....

SweetBabyJ
03-14-2004, 06:32 PM
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The things that our minds tell us about ourselves when we are sleeping!! What a cool image- very mysterious- and the "story" behind it even moreso. I wonder what it means- do you think you know?

As to Renoir's skin palette, he went through his fabled "yellow" period, too, (also called his "sour period" and, crudely, "piss period") where all his figures had this yellow-y glow to them. For the paler-skinned figures outside that period, I've always figured he used a very light ochre with a touch of light rose madder- but I've never tried, so I could be wrong.

cjkelly
03-14-2004, 06:41 PM
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I think this, done from memory, is superb. You've captured that lovely drippy glaze effect so well, and I love the background!

cjkelly
03-14-2004, 06:47 PM
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Sandy - hats off to you for trying marbles :eek:
You mentioned that you found it easier and harder than you thought - what did you find easier?

cj

cjkelly
03-14-2004, 06:52 PM
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The things that our minds tell us about ourselves when we are sleeping!! What a cool image- very mysterious- and the "story" behind it even moreso. I wonder what it means- do you think you know?

LOL.... I have no idea - but I'm open to interpretations!

cj

Saiorse
03-14-2004, 10:51 PM
Sairose, that is a really nice piece there- a bit reminiscent, for some reason, of Gauguin, to me. Interesting composition, and some very nice shadows, there. You're right, it does look like pastel, and the medium was pretty much open. Good work!

I am sorry if I wasn't clear when I said :
I don't currently own any pastels but I began this piece: URL=http://www.geocities.com/tjflipflop/Pastel_Table.html?1079047641642][/URL at least 12 years ago now.............
This was done in pastels; for some reason ( moving most likely culprit ) my pastels are amongst the lost!

Thank you for taking time to look and comment. I haven't figured out the imaging here yet so I appologize for the off site trip! *
tried to fix link.... too tired I guess!

skintone
03-16-2004, 10:33 AM
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It's the engagement with the subject that really moves me. THe feeling of having her looking at you while your looking at her. SHe's not trying to cover herself. THe bald head adds well to the drama of the painting. I'm curious about the rest of the dream now.

Mary Robinson
03-20-2004, 04:17 AM
Finally finished it :)


I call it A Secret Place



Thanks


Mary

meowmeow
03-20-2004, 08:43 AM
You mentioned that you found it easier and harder than you thought - what did you find easier?

REasonable question! Not sure I can answer coherently! :D But at first I thought it would be just too difficult to drawn and paint something without having an actual reference in front of me. I spent a lot of time thinking about the concept though and finally realized it was not unreasonable at all. IN fact by the time I had decided to do it I tihnk I had convinvced myself it would be "easy"...hehe.
I found it was fun and in a way "easy" to not be tied down to any reference...I didn't have to worry about whether I had marble around or the right color dishes or anything. I could draw whatever I wanted. Which made it easier and harder! :D I could just move things on the paper to make it look good. I didn't have to keep hopping up and moving the pieces in my set up and worry about the lighting. On the other hand, it opens up a lot of possiblity for error. It is easier to get into trouble with the arrangement.
When I got to the shadows I realized I had made a mistake in judgement about what would work so I just "moved" the light source...so that was easier...but I had to realy think hard about what made sense and how it would really be.
Does any of that make sense? Probably not!

Sandy

meowmeow
03-20-2004, 08:48 AM
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Wow! Scary dream I think! But very interesting painting. I think the skin tone works...and the cloth is great. Very creative painting!

Sandy

SweetBabyJ
03-21-2004, 12:19 PM
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You're welcomed, Stoy- and, while you say "yuk", I say "Good for you!" I think, maybe, by the time you got around to putting colour on it, you were conflicted as to which version you wanted to actually do- and maybe you weren't being quite true to your style? If you try it again, try it in that nice, loose, understated style you have- I think you'll be more pleased with the results.

Glad you enjoyed it.

SweetBabyJ
03-21-2004, 12:21 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/30926/tn_fisheswan.jpg

Oh nifty! Those are GREAT fish- and the plant sets in there just right. Glad you had fun- do you think you learned anything, too? (Other than "I really need to look at things to do this the way I want"? lol)

Thanks for entering the project- hope you try more.

SweetBabyJ
03-21-2004, 12:24 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/28353/tn_wheregod.jpg

Look at all the *things* you managed to pull out of your own brain! I think it helps to be familiar with a "thing" to paint it, but sometimes, I find just letting my brain do its job is best.

Hope this helped you with that "intense" place in your life- I wonder a bit about the significance of the alarm clock...?

SweetBabyJ
03-21-2004, 12:25 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/10940/tn_girl2.jpg

Very nice- and on leather?!? Wow! How does that work??

SweetBabyJ
03-21-2004, 12:26 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/38522/tn_apples5.jpg

Can't say I see a lot of anger, but hope it helped you put events into place in your life- sometimes, that may be what painting is best for- allowing us to "file" our emotions without thinking about them too hard.

SweetBabyJ
03-21-2004, 12:28 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/29489/tn_asecretplace.jpg

Nice light!! The leaves have great depth too- this kind of project was just made for your work, Mary. Great job!

SweetBabyJ
03-21-2004, 12:30 PM
REasonable question! Not sure I can answer coherently! :D But at first I thought it would be just too difficult to drawn and paint something without having an actual reference in front of me. I spent a lot of time thinking about the concept though and finally realized it was not unreasonable at all. IN fact by the time I had decided to do it I tihnk I had convinvced myself it would be "easy"...hehe.
I found it was fun and in a way "easy" to not be tied down to any reference...I didn't have to worry about whether I had marble around or the right color dishes or anything. I could draw whatever I wanted. Which made it easier and harder! :D I could just move things on the paper to make it look good. I didn't have to keep hopping up and moving the pieces in my set up and worry about the lighting. On the other hand, it opens up a lot of possiblity for error. It is easier to get into trouble with the arrangement.
When I got to the shadows I realized I had made a mistake in judgement about what would work so I just "moved" the light source...so that was easier...but I had to realy think hard about what made sense and how it would really be.
Does any of that make sense? Probably not!

Sandy



Makes perfect sense. Now ask yourself what you learned about painting from a reference pic....

E-J
03-21-2004, 12:46 PM
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This makes me shudder, cj ... that's a good thing :D It really does have the creepy feeling of a dream.

SweetBabyJ
03-22-2004, 11:13 PM
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What?!? No ice cubes??? No straw???? hahaha- great job- I LOVE the fizzy bubbles!!

stonewhiteclown
03-23-2004, 12:20 AM
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Oh nifty! Those are GREAT fish- and the plant sets in there just right. Glad you had fun- do you think you learned anything, too? (Other than "I really need to look at things to do this the way I want"? lol)

Thanks for entering the project- hope you try more.

And thank you for the project, too. It suited me well because I like to paint
or draw imaginary things just as much as those that I can see. And sure it
helped to understand medium better. Anyway, the more, the better ;)

weckster
03-23-2004, 01:11 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/37194/tn_dejection-2.JPG

Another image that's been in my head for a long time. I've called it "dejection" but more like desolation. I haven't decided whether I'm really finished with it or not. C&C welcome.

weckster
03-23-2004, 01:13 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/29489/tn_asecretplace.jpg

Nice light!! The leaves have great depth too- this kind of project was just made for your work, Mary. Great job!

It is nice this one...very peaceful and cool.

lgol27
03-23-2004, 10:06 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/22617/tn_Coca-Cola.jpg



What?!? No ice cubes??? No straw???? hahaha- great job- I LOVE the fizzy bubbles!!

well I like it straight from the bottle...:)... thanks

pjo
03-29-2004, 02:38 PM
Hi, I finally got around to attempting my project, and uploaded it to the work in progress section. I really liked the freedom of this project and have not painted without reference photos or sketches before. I also decided to work quick, and spent about 45 minutes on this. I like the contrast between the sky colors and the ground colors, but am trying to decide whether to add some of the sky colors into the ground to marry the picture together or not. Also, I'm not sure this really reads as a sunset or not, but sure had fun doing it. C & C appreciated. Thanks.

SweetBabyJ
03-29-2004, 04:31 PM
Hi PJ- I LOVE the clouds! That purple is. perhaps, the only place I really like the hue- in the sky. But I'm weird and starnge and different.

I suppose "marrying" your sky to your land is a good idea, but be careful- at that time of day, detail is indistinct. For further comments on landscapes, I'll let the landscape experts comment- I'm just a wannabe.

Thanks for joining- hope you had fun!

Deborah Secor
03-29-2004, 06:43 PM
Hi pjo... ;)

This is looking good. Isn't it fun to paint with no photo? It's just amazing how much you know... I love the colors in this one!

I think right now the focal point is on the land, especially right in the middle where the road disappears. Now I suggest you 'marry' this by adding some lighter and warmer colors into the sky near that focal point somehow. I like the greenish color in the sky near the road and think you might push it a bit farther. I like the color of the distant hills but I think you might give them a bit more elegant edge and a little more complex shape, which would draw the eye back toward the clouds.

Keep us updated!

Deborah

Stoy Jones
03-30-2004, 01:58 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/10940/tn_girl2.jpg

Goewyn, you did a beautiful job! It has a feel of being freehand and that is the charm, a soft form with plenty of expression. :clap:

Stoy

pjo
03-30-2004, 10:55 AM
Hi, I'm surprised at how much fun I had "painting without a net". Was this as new a concept to anyone else?

Sweet Baby, I like purple, its one of my most frequently used colors and the ones I have to replace most often. But the yellows and oranges are colors I have to stretch myself to use more often. Isn't it great how we all have our preferences and that they are all different. Variety!

Deborah, Hi, I'm so glad to hear from you, thanks for refering me to this site, what a blast! I had a nice wide swath of the light green color low in the sky next to the horizon when I first did this, and I really liked it too. Then I started to think that it may not look true or as a sunset so I painted over it. I think I over thought it though, because I really liked it in there, so I think I'll work on putting it back in. I guess I have to trust my instincts more? Thanks for your comments. Paula

Stoy, thats how I felt when I was painting this, free and calm. I hope to carry those feelings into doing other paintings even while using a reference!

Alachua Artist
03-30-2004, 08:58 PM
ok... I'm officially in (my initial work is posted). Be kind, guys... this is my first painting since my cast has been removed. This is one of the better projects listed... in MY humble opinion!

I can only hope to keep up with all that has already been submitted. :D

Stoy Jones
03-31-2004, 12:35 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/21231/tn_calla1.jpg

No worries here as you are off to a great start. I'm liking the colors and the way they are laid down, thus far. Glad to hear you are on the mend :)

Stoy

Alachua Artist
03-31-2004, 09:01 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/21231/tn_calla2.jpg

ok... the "Net" has better be in place and strong, because I'm starting to fall into it! This project is harder than I initially thought it would be. I'm dropping the pastel sticks, smearing the colors not only on the paper but also on my face, and I have no clue how to pull the bottom area in. Time for a break and asprin!

SweetBabyJ
03-31-2004, 09:24 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/21231/tn_calla2.jpg

You can do this Wendy- you know how it works and what you want- not to mention you have a GREAT start at a marvelous piece! It'll work- trust yourself.

But don't push your arm too hard- this is good therapy for it, but when it starts to hurt, let it rest. We'll wait for you.

Kathryn Wilson
04-01-2004, 07:52 AM
I'd like to thank SweetBabyJ for hosting this Project - it's been a big success, with lots of participation and meaningful discussions. Well done! :clap:

For those of you who are still enjoying this Project, it will remain open and available as long as Julie wants it to be.

bubblegumangel
04-01-2004, 10:20 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/38522/tn_apples5.jpg

Can't say I see a lot of anger, but hope it helped you put events into place in your life- sometimes, that may be what painting is best for- allowing us to "file" our emotions without thinking about them too hard.


thank you swwet baby J, for all of you comments. the anger expressed here is quite an internal 'frustration' feeling of deep anger- of unexpressed fiery emotion. Its very symbolised though. The feeling is that in between the wine and fruits which we enjoy- there is always the unsoken truth of death- quite sombre. In my situation it is particularily poignant as recently, visiting Argentina, we were having many light conversations with a family which had family members 'dissapeared' (this means tortured and taken away under military rule' but no one ever spoke about it- it was 'pushed under the carpet' so to speak. In this painting I started out wit anger at my 'taght' methodology- you know how it is- you go into education with your un-crafted inspiation- and often you end up being told that anything you really love doing is wrong! so I gfot anry by drawing this in a very quick and un-stylised way- and then I realsied that underneath I was angry about otehr things as well. The death is symbolised inthe skeletons in the cut out from a post card- it was a spontanous choice.

Thanks for you c comments again.


Love this project!


xxx
great entries by the way, sorry I havent made any more coments about other's work - Ido look at them and am very impressed- but its hard to think of comments straight away!

Lots of Love

BA

bubblegumangel
04-01-2004, 10:23 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/21231/tn_calla2.jpg

this is a lovely piece! Its so deep, inspiring and perfect compiition and line! my favourite colours and flowers too! excellent ;).

i love the way it moves and the modern perspective..


xxx

BA

Alachua Artist
04-01-2004, 09:53 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/21231/tn_callaFinal.jpg

Finally finished, this painting was well worth the effort. Thanks for hosting this project! I now have time to clean up the floor and myself before starting another. I may adjust a few things in this painting, like the bottom area, before actually saying "Enough!" but I am pleased with the results.

And I must say, all the entries have been fabulous to watch the progression! They have all come out so well... but shhh! we can't let that interfere with the image library!

Thanks again for thinking of this kind of project! :clap:

SweetBabyJ
04-01-2004, 10:01 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/21231/tn_callaFinal.jpg

Oh Wendy- it's lovely! Reminiscent of stained glass, you know? I think it needs a no-mat, pretty gold filagreed frame- just set it off so well.

Funny how much you realize you know when you have to do it "on a wing and a prayer", eh? I think it puts you "in the zone" faster, too.

purplelizard
04-04-2004, 09:38 PM
Ok, I'm glad I posted my work, THEN looked at the work of others. I might have chickened out, otherwise. This is the first work of done in over a year - long story already on another forum - so, it was good just to have this project to make myself overcome the fear, the self-critique, the negative talk - oh, you know how it goes sometimes! I have a thread in the still-life forum that I've been talking to those wonderful folks about getting started again - and YEA! I did it! It's not done - I need to look at it tomorrow, in fresh light, and see the challenges.

But its a baby step!

:) :clap:

SweetBabyJ
04-04-2004, 10:08 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/39623/tn_pear_n_stone2.JPG

Oh- great colours! Look at how bold you are! This is going to be such a nice come-back piece! Congratulations!

purplelizard
04-04-2004, 10:22 PM
(LOL) Yea, I'm quite the color-addicted artist - I tend to use it with wild abandon! I'm worse than a child when I open up my pastels or paints - "Ooohh, look at ALL of the colors" and just like candy that you want to eat, I want to use all the colors. Ok, somebody out there is cringing after that last remark!

I usually can rein it in and use some sense - but today, wild abandon ruled! I gave myself permission to go crazy and just paint - no self critiques!

Thanks for the feedback! :D

Alachua Artist
04-05-2004, 03:26 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/39623/tn_pear_n_stone2.JPG

Ah, so we have a couple of "recoverees" in here! Art is so therapeutic... and so necessary for the soul. I hearby give you permission to use every color pastel in your possession. I did a project once that every 10 seconds you had to grab another pastel and paint with it This left no time for thinking... just pure creativity. It was an amazing process.

This painting has a lot of energy and expression. You go girl! :clap:

Stoy Jones
04-05-2004, 05:36 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/21231/tn_callaFinal.jpg

Who needs a net?! You did it!...and we all are more than pleased...This is beautiful work! :clap:

Stoy

artbyjune
04-09-2004, 01:34 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/22617/tn_Portrait_YL.jpg

I like the abstract approach. I like this work. It is so crisp and inventive!
:cool:

lgol27
04-12-2004, 06:11 AM
Thank you

artbyjune
04-16-2004, 01:36 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/38522/tn_thepoet.jpg

I like this painting very much...although its in acrylics not pastels. I guess that's been pointed out. I'm a bit late getting to this project. Apologies.

I like this work though...very lovely and loose brushwork and a great title too.
June

artbyjune
04-16-2004, 01:38 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/21231/tn_callaFinal.jpg

I love the rich reds and blues of the background..great contrast with the white lillies.

artbyjune
04-16-2004, 01:42 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/11473/tn_withtobytry3.jpg

Progress image. First attempt at pastels without the net. I don't think I will continue with this particular image for my final though. I will be late in getting one here.

This one kind of carries on from the self portrait theme project I was working on previously.


June

artbyjune
04-16-2004, 01:44 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/23609/tn_AugustDay.jpg

I really like this. What fun! I wish I could do it!

June

artbyjune
04-16-2004, 01:49 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/14941/tn_blue-pitcher-a.JPG

Very nice pitcher. I love the shine on the blue. The colours are sumptuous.

June

Alachua Artist
04-16-2004, 03:32 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/11473/tn_withtobytry3.jpg

Nice, easy carefree style on this one. I would like to see some more color definition.

artbyjune
04-16-2004, 05:40 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/39207/tn_4-12-2004-2_008s.JPG

I love the use of colour in this painting. What dreamy cloud formations. I've always meant to study/draw/paint clouds but somehow, I never have. Great picture, I think!!

June

pgunders
04-19-2004, 08:36 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/progress/21231/tn_calla1.jpg

Did you start with red paper? Where is this piece now? This project looks like fun

Alachua Artist
04-19-2004, 11:02 PM
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Did you start with red paper? Where is this piece now?
Hi Dahling!
The paper was more orange than red. I like to use colored paper for the pastels - it makes the colors pop more than on just plain white. The finished painting is posted in here under the final entries, and the actual painting is stashed in my lateral art files here in my studio.

Join in! You can do this!

pampe
05-20-2004, 01:57 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/656/completed/19147/tn_Touch_Me_final.jpg

THIS IS STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOW