View Full Version : Sharons week 2 challenge wip...............

Sharon Douglas
10-14-2004, 07:26 AM
I plan to take photos of all my challenge paintings, for my future reference, because there will definately be pictures that I would never normally attempt. :D

I decided on the reference, simply because Andy had said he has problems with trees. My belief is practice makes perfect, and if you look closely there are no actual trees, it's just blobs of green that look like trees.

The reference picture.......


I decided to stick with the full image,with the intention of cropping later if things didn`t go to plan. :evil:

Stage 1
Once I had drawn out the picture, I masked out the girls, so that I could splosh the paint about without worrying.

Once this had dried I by wetting the whole sheet, the I put an underwash of lemon yellow over the whole tree area.

While this was still wet I added touches of FUB here and there for the beginnings of my greens.

For the path, with paper still wet I washed on raw sienna and bits of paynes grey.


This was then left to dry over night.


It`s official I`m obsessed with this painting......I fell asleep thinking about it and woke up thinking about it :rolleyes:

First thing I did when I got up was to go into the studio to see what it looks like now it`s dry.

The next step is to put in somebright yellowy greens where the sun is shining through, for this I use lots of lemon yel and a bit if that blue Kate gave me I can`t think of the name lol.


More to follow.........

Sharon Douglas
10-14-2004, 07:41 AM
I forgot to mention, I dabbed out some areas with a tissue.

Next step was to paint in the overhanging branches, I used my rigger brush for this, with a mix of burnt sienna and ultra bl.

Once my branches were dry I dabbed masking fluid here and there so that I could start building up the colour, but still reserve some lights.


I then used the same colours, with touches of gamboge, and light red added, for the darker areas.

I used my brush flat to the paper, so the texture if the paper would get just enough paint .
At various stages of wet and dry I continued to biuld up my colours, until I got the darkness I wanted.

I also wet the path and started building up the colours on that too.


After all that was dry, I removed the masking fluid from the girls and the trees.

I then proceeded to add some more colour wherever it was needed.

I then painted in the girls.

Once the girls were painted, btw, the way I tried to do the girls' heads light against dark/ dark against light etc so that they would stand out from the trees; I think I achieved that, I`ve never consciously set out to do it before.

Once the girls were painted in, I did some dry brush work on the path, then finally added the shadows.


It`s not perfect by a long shot but I`m quite happy with it and I plan to get it mounted and framed.

I think the reason I`m pleased with it is because I`ve never done a painting like this at all, and I never thought I`d pull it off.

10-14-2004, 10:21 AM
Sharon, I still love that photo of your girls, it is sort of idyllic and shows a happy time. I'm so glad you posted this WIP. I was wondering what steps you took to achieve that great background.


10-14-2004, 10:38 AM
It`s not perfect by a long shot but I`m quite happy with it and I plan to get it mounted and framed.

I totally agree!

Just one nit....I would change the neckline on the last (RHS) figure.....Right now it looks to me like her head & legs are facing one way and her chest the other!

Fireman's kid
10-14-2004, 10:41 AM
Thanks for sharing this as a WIP. It was interesting to see how you captured the bright light. By the way, the planning for the girls heads (light against dark/dark against light) worked out great! I'm not sure I would have thought of that, but I'm glad you did. :)

10-14-2004, 11:35 AM
Sharon AWE-SOME................

Gosh girl you are getting sooooooooooooo good !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

10-14-2004, 11:46 AM
And my lady, pull it off you did !!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

10-14-2004, 11:50 AM
Excellent Sharon, what a wonderful demonstration on how to simplify a scene.

I'm sure the girls will be proud of their Mum.

10-14-2004, 12:24 PM
Sharon....... so glad youve decided to take Wip pics and post them too....... its great seeing others venture into unknown territory too !! Must say Id like to see tham as you post the orginal challenge - but seperately from Andys( see my comments in 'the lads' thread :D)

Your trees are amazing..........but like me....... you become so absorbed in the crucial bit between 'not there' and 'whoopee...... there !!!' you stop taking pics :D ..... never mind......... its great to see the pic building ......... If I could do foliage like you Id paint landscapes not still life :D Just gla Im not being challenged to do that !!!!!!!

next weeks Wip will be FASCINATING :evil: