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03-31-2005, 09:15 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Pastel Piece by Piece - Apr05
Project Leader: khourianya
Relative Difficulty: Easy
Type Restrictions: Painting
Medium: Pastels
Subject: Not Applicable
Days open for signups: 30
Maximum participants allowed: 35


Note to Participants from March 2005:
Please allow 5 days before you sign up for a second consecutive month of this project. Because the number of participants is limited, we want to be fair to everyone who weren't able to join us last month. Thank you in advance.

In the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards, she describes a drawing technique called "squaring up". In this technique, you take a square of a picture and capture every detail within that square. Though it may not look like much of anything, if you do this to an entire picture (capturing it all square by square), you will have all of the detail of the complete image.

In this Project, we will split a well known painting into 35 pieces. Each person will be given a piece of the painting and asked to complete it by the end of the month. As the pieces are submitted, both participants in this project and others in the forum are encouraged to try to guess what the actual painting is of. By signing up for the project and accepting a piece, you are making a commitment to finish your piece and contribute to the puzzle we are creating.

I will number all of the pieces, but it will be somewhat randomized so as to not make it too easy to guess. Please submit your finished piece in the "Final Images" section and use the assigned piece number as the title for the piece. I will upload progress images of the painting in progress as pieces are finished. It is not required that you upload progress images as you go.

The piece you will receive is going to seem really small. That is part of the challenge of the project. The goal is to exactly copy what you see.

Once all of the pieces are submitted, I will "stitch" them together in Photoshop to reveal the finished painting to us all...as well as the famous artist and painting that was used as inspiration.

This project will last for exactly one month and is open to both soft and oil pastels. The paintings should be completed in a square format only (you can choose whichever size you want - just make sure it is square) and I will PM the individual pieces to each participant as they sign up.

Let's have a bit of fun...and get down to painting.

Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_details&proj_id=847)

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.

03-31-2005, 09:58 PM
Here we are again - new month = new painting. I've hunted around and found a painting that may not be as easy to guess (I think so, anyway). I am going to kick the month off with a hint....

Hint: While the artist worked in pastel from time to time, this painting is not a pastel painting.

We have 35 pieces this month and all of them are square (last month we had a row of rectangles). I have signed up and am looking forward to seeing some new faces for this month's project! for those of you who participated last month, I ask that you wait 5 days before signing up again. I will post a note on April 5 to give you the go-ahead.

One last thing - when you are saving your image can you please name it as the piece number...I would be most appreciative.

So let's put this puzzle together!

03-31-2005, 10:31 PM
Thanks for leading the project,, Cori...I was too late for the last one! :)

03-31-2005, 10:49 PM
:wink2: Good thing we have lots of spots this month, then! I hope I'll see your name on the list, Preston...

Anda G
04-01-2005, 08:34 PM
I think I signed up for this project. I've never done anything like this.
I wonder what the picture is? hahaha. :D It sounds like an exciting project. Are we supposed to put in everything we see "as is"? Like cracks, etc.
:wave: Andagail

04-01-2005, 10:00 PM
Hello and welcome! :wave:

You just have to paint the piece as you see it. Try to replicate the colours and shapes you see. Don't worry so much about picking out distinct items...line placement is far more important. But not as important as having fun with it! :D


04-02-2005, 11:41 PM
well I have now submitted my piece. It isn't very exciting, but it is a start to the puzzle. :D

And here is our first In Progress for April...


Handy Tip: Because the pieces don't amount to very much art-wise, I found that since I used a paper that could be washed I just brushed off the pastel and rinsed it down and, once dry, I could reuse it for this month's piece. Just a thought for future months...

04-03-2005, 10:19 AM
emagineer: you have signed up for the project, but I have no way to send you your piece. Can you please go into your account settings and set it up so i can PM you the piece...either that or email me at [email protected] and I will email it to you. :confused:

04-03-2005, 10:24 AM
I am SO lurking ready to pounce on April 5th!! :D

04-03-2005, 10:28 AM
Glad to hear it, E-J! :D Only 2 more days. You guys can start signing up as soon as the calendar hits April 5!

04-03-2005, 08:42 PM
I get up at 5 am every day - hubby and dogs will have to wait for their walk until I try to sign up! :evil: :D :wave:

04-03-2005, 09:04 PM
I'll be sure to brace myself for the stampede of March participants come April 5! :D

Ron Biggs
04-04-2005, 07:18 AM
You guys can start signing up as soon as the calendar hits April 5!

Hi Cori, April the 5th when, aussie time uk time or canadian time. LOL
All the places could be gone by the time its the 5th your side of the pond. :D

04-04-2005, 10:16 AM
Hi Cori, April the 5th when, aussie time uk time or canadian time. LOL
All the places could be gone by the time its the 5th your side of the pond. :D

lol - I hadn't thought of that...oh well - whenever it's the 5th where you are!

04-04-2005, 03:14 PM
Newbie here. Looking forward to my first wetcanvas project...woohooo! :clap:

04-04-2005, 03:22 PM
:wave: Hi Em!!!

Welcome aboard - you're lucky you signed up before the stampede of last month's participants starts! :D Now dig those pastels out and get ready to paint - I'll send you your piece as soon as I get home!

Karen Margulis
04-04-2005, 09:16 PM
Thanks Cori!
I got my piece and I'm looking foward to my first WC project! Can't wait to see the puzzle unfold...I love puzzles! :D

Anda G
04-04-2005, 10:48 PM
This is so much fun. I am trying my best to copy my portion. I don't know if I can trust the colors on my printer. I will compare it tomorrow to my monitor. I'll upload my progress then, too. It's on the tip of my tongue who this artist is. I kinda sorta know... :wink2: It's going to bother me for a while.
Has the last project like this been completed? If so, I'd like to see it.

04-04-2005, 11:09 PM
Yep - it was completed just in the nick of time. the thread was moved over to the Pastel Library, but the link is in the project description if you want to take a look.

As for the colours...keep in mind that all of our monitors will read colour differently so what looks perfect on your monitor, might look wonky on mine .

Natalie NZ
04-05-2005, 12:28 AM
Hello Cori,

It's 4.40p.m., 5th April here; :D :D so please may I enter now? The last one was so much fun.............I am really looking forward to this one. It was very interesting seeing everyone's interpretation of their piece, and how it all came together.

04-05-2005, 12:33 AM
Of course you may - I was just coming in to give everyone the go ahead! :D

Let's fill this project up and get painting!!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

CM Neidhofer
04-05-2005, 04:50 AM
I'm in again....yeaaaa!! lol

Ron Biggs
04-05-2005, 05:09 AM
Thank's Cori, I'm in.

04-05-2005, 07:09 AM

I sent you a PM. Had been lurking for so long that I forgot my profile was not updated with correct contact info. You most likely were not able to send the pic to me...all taken care of now. Apologies if this was a problem for you.


04-05-2005, 10:01 AM
Ready and waiting :) .

04-05-2005, 10:15 AM
Hooray! We are now filling up fast! :D I am at work all day, but will start sending out your pieces the moment I get home this afterrnoon.

Thanks to all of you who are signing up for the second time! I'm happy to see your faces here again!

04-05-2005, 11:25 AM
I want in!!! Please, oh please, let there be a piece left for me???
I am so embarassed- I couldn't follow the instructions on how to get to this sign-up thread!
Do we get instructions re: size, etc.???

04-05-2005, 11:47 AM
I want in!!! Please, oh please, let there be a piece left for me???
I am so embarassed- I couldn't follow the instructions on how to get to this sign-up thread!
Do we get instructions re: size, etc.???

In the very firrst post in the thread, there is a link that you click on to go to teh project details page. Once you are in there, you can read all about the project and there is a link near the bottom that you click on to sign up for the project.

For this project, you can work any size you want (I prefer a larger digital image, but that usually isn't an issue). My only requirement is that you make sure it is in square format and that you submit it before the end of April.

04-05-2005, 12:08 PM
Thanks, Cori! I found the sign-up! I have great navigational skills, except in the ether-world!!!
I'm excited about your return from work, so I can find out what I get!!!

04-05-2005, 12:25 PM
I'll try to not disappoint! :D

04-05-2005, 07:33 PM
Ok, well, piece number 5 is in. I sat here at the computer to do it, so I hope it is okay.

04-05-2005, 08:15 PM
It looks great, talimah! I'll be in with an update to the puzzle a little bit later.

I just wanted to let everyone who has signed up so far, that I have just PM'd out your pieces to you! Have fun!

04-05-2005, 10:01 PM

here is the update with our 2 completed pieces. Talimah - your piece is much closer to the actual painting than mine was. You did very well and it is a perfect fit...you'll see.

If you have recieved a piece that is dark and seems kind of fuzzy - it is not the pixelation doing it. Some of the pieces, in one area of the painting, are really dark and only have some slight colour running through them. They may not seem like much of a challenge to do, but they are integral to this painting. I promise. :clap:

Anda G
04-05-2005, 10:15 PM
Hi everybody.
I uploaded my progress so far. I didn't mean to, but I uploaded the same picture twice. I went back to add something and resent it. Maybe somebody in charge can remove the extra one?
I can't wait to hear suggestions on who did the painting and which one it is. :confused: :wink2:
Have fun,
Andagail :wave:

04-05-2005, 10:27 PM
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This looks good so far! Keep in mind that the things you think are a bit off, will end up fitting perfectly with the surrounding pieces in the end. Keep going..I am looking forard to adding this one to the puzzle! :clap:

04-05-2005, 11:48 PM
thanks, cori, for takling another piece-by-piece project for us, and i did receive my piece, it's one of the dark almost featureless ones, might be more of a challenge than we think, and the not knowing is what's so fun! glad i got in again. :wave:

04-06-2005, 11:13 PM
I'm happy you got in again too, Serra! Thios month should be really interesting!

There are still 12 more pieces left! Anyone else who wants to join in is welcome! The more the merrier! :D

Natalie NZ
04-07-2005, 12:17 AM
Hi there Cori,

Just checking to see if you have sent my piece as I haven't received one yet. :cat: :cat:

04-07-2005, 11:13 AM
Hi Natalie!

I need you to sign up for the april project. Then I will send you a piece later today.

04-07-2005, 05:17 PM
I'm in. I have my piece to do but I haven't started on it. :wave:

04-07-2005, 05:27 PM
You still have tons of time! I'm looking forward to seeing it! :)

04-08-2005, 01:43 AM
If there are any pieces left, I'll take another shot at it. Let me know!

Natalie NZ
04-08-2005, 04:51 AM
Thanks Cori.............have received No.24..........looks very interesting :( :confused: :D

04-08-2005, 08:30 AM
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This is great! And a super good fit! :clap:

The update...

04-08-2005, 08:31 AM
If there are any pieces left, I'll take another shot at it. Let me know!

You bet - there are still 11 pieces out there waiting for artists to adopt them! :D


Anda G
04-08-2005, 12:05 PM
I have made more progress, I think. Should I scan it in instead of taking a picture? The last progress shot is not square. I didn't hold the camera straight. Do you think it is ready?

04-08-2005, 12:10 PM
I was just in looking at all of the progress you have made with it and it looks quite fabulous. Scanning it will get the colours truer than a photo will, you'll just have to clean your scanner bed once you are done. Go for it and submit it! I am looking forward to adding it to the puzzle in progress...

Anda G
04-08-2005, 04:49 PM
Okay! Thanks! I sanned it. Now I'm sending it in. There are still some things...but I don't know how to fix them. :D I am still very new to pastels and art in general. I'm lovin' it, though. :clap: :clap: :clap:

04-08-2005, 05:06 PM
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Yep - it's square and it fits great! You did a really nice job on it. (and it borders on my piece so I am now seeing exactly how bad my picture was :p)

and here is the update...

Piper Ballou
04-08-2005, 07:16 PM
Cori-I did not sign up for a piece this month but wanted to let you know I would be lurking here and watching this month's painting grow. I had a great time last month and never truly thanked you for starting this.

Anda G
04-08-2005, 10:05 PM
Wow! :clap: :clap: :clap: I love it. This is such a great idea to get a group to chip in their efforts for one project. I have never done anything like it. I'll be checking in to see how it goes.
Thanks a bunch. If I could, I'd like to do another peice. ;)
I'm thinking of copying an artist to get a feel for it. This project was inspirational.
Have fun!

04-09-2005, 03:08 AM
Thanks a bunch. If I could, I'd like to do another peice. ;)

I'm glad you found the project to be so helpful, Andagail. It is really a neat exercise to do. If you do decide to copy one of the masters (or another artists that you are inspired by), you can replicate this by drawing a grid on both the paper and the photo and replicating this experiment.

We are still fairly early in the month, so i don't know if I will have extra pieces to complete. With less than 10 spots left, they could all be taken. Tell you what - when we are getting close to the end of the month (say the last week), if there is anyone who doesn't feel they can complete their piece, we will see about getting you a second piece then if you are still interested.

04-09-2005, 11:49 AM
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This looks great! And as you can see in the update - it's practically a perfect fit with the piece next to it! :cool:


04-10-2005, 07:52 PM
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ohhh..you ended up with one of the dark pieces, but wow I think you caught everything within it. Great job!

and now the update...

04-10-2005, 09:51 PM
Ok, so here's the story. My husband and I were chillin' today and I was like...hey, I should attempt that pastel piece. So, he was bored and was like...maybe I'll try too. So, here's what we came up with :) Mine is the first one, his the second. Keep in mind I've only touched pastels once and he had never tried them. So, if they look like they were done by amatures, it's cuz they were ;) It was kinda fun though....hard to compare the printout to the screen etc.

04-10-2005, 10:58 PM
Now that's what i call functional family time ! :p Did Ethan have fun with the pastels? Did you? Have I made you into an addict yet or do I have to give you something more colourful?

These both look awesome, Em. Not like they were done by amateurs at all.

Here - I've added yours into the puzzle now. (Remind me to show you how to submit to the project on Tuesday when I am back at work)


04-11-2005, 12:27 AM
Where do I find these unadopted pieces? (Peering around, prodding the shadows with me mahl stick...)

04-11-2005, 12:33 AM
Where do I find these unadopted pieces? (Peering around, prodding the shadows with me mahl stick...)

Silly girl - you have to sign up for the project and I will send you one right away!!! Better hurry - there's only 5 left :)

04-11-2005, 11:30 PM
cori... since i couldnt 'square off', i extended it somewhat, on the edges, so you could square it off, hopefully to fit.... thanx for doing this.... hope to do many more.... how about something with a ton of flowers in it?? bright, cheerful.... ( :wink2: these darks are driving me mad, mad, i say!!)

i see your light is still on, so i'm tapping at your window..... ..... :wave:
EDIT: bummer... you went off as i posted... i was hoping you were still putting these pieces together.... ......

04-12-2005, 12:28 AM
Kory - it looks great to me...fits perfect too. I have now added it to the puzzle. can you do me a quick favour and upload the piece into your final images? thanks.


04-12-2005, 11:20 PM
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Both of these are perfect fits! Great job! You both have a knack for recreating what you see! :)

Here's the update:

04-12-2005, 11:54 PM

This was a most interesting process. I have never worked small and must admit it was a tad disconcerting....along with this being the first in 2 years for actually doing something constructive with my pastels.

I am also intrigued with the scanning and enlarging of my piece with graphics software. Normally identify detail in my photos, but never considered this with a painting. I could see my strokes, color, etc. This told me a great deal about how I use my hand/eye in creating something. Almost like an athlete connected to a computer. Must be a lesson somewhere in this process.

Gads, am I glad you didn't send me the last piece posted......people/faces are the last thing you would have gotten from me. I am really impressed Dee....

Thanks Cori...for the time and effort and a fun learning experience.

Sandy in Colorado

04-13-2005, 12:38 AM
It intriguing. I've no idea what the picture is.

I hope to get around to my piece of the puzzle soon, but that may not be before next week. Still, I am checking the progress......

04-13-2005, 11:06 PM
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Yep...I think you caught it all :D Great job, Wendy!

and another update! Slowly but surely, we're getting there...


04-19-2005, 01:01 AM
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I was beginning to wonder where everyone went! :D This is fabulous...a perfect fit!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

And now for the update!

Now - about the rest of you...we have a puzzle to get done here :) So far there are 12 pieces submitted out of a total of 35! Today is the 18th - meaning you only have 12 more days to finish your piece! Let's get crackin'! :D

Oh and there are still two pieces left to be given out. If anyone is still interested in joining in on the fun...feel free!

04-19-2005, 02:14 PM
Interesting to see how the piece fits in. So that's what the rest of the girl/woman looks like! And the boats make sense now too!! :clap:

Anda G
04-20-2005, 03:25 PM
It's lookin good! I'm thinking it is a famous artist painted by another famous artist in the Impressionist period. The one with a studio boat. What's his name...

04-21-2005, 05:13 PM

I think I uploaded my piece (#20) but the preview didn't show the image. I'll wait till tonight or tomorrow to repost so it can be added to the puzzle if it uploaded ok.

Hope it fits!


04-21-2005, 11:15 PM
Cori and everyone,

I just uploaded my piece (32).
I know where it goes, but I don't have a clue about the painting.
It's getting pretty close now!

04-22-2005, 12:03 AM
Looks great everyone! Timidithy, your piece shows up fine.

I will post real comments and the update tomorrow. Maybe we'll have a couple more submissions by then (hint, hint) :wink2:

04-22-2005, 10:46 PM
Sorry for the delay - I'll upload mine tomorrow. I was on vacation! I have one of the very dark pieces, but when you look at it closely you can see all of the different colors that the artist used - the ones my printer captured anyway.

04-23-2005, 12:14 AM
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Looks awesome...very nice indeed

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Ohhh..a perfect fit, Terry!

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Natalie - I think you nailed it!

and now for our update..we're getting closer...and there is only one week left!!! I hope you guys are planning to work on your pieces this weekend!


04-24-2005, 01:19 AM
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Wow, Deirdre! Beautiful job on your second piece (thank you for signing on for another, btw :)) and fast too! Great work!

04-24-2005, 01:21 AM
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Great job on making the most of what would seem to be a rather plain piece. You uncovered some gorgeous colours in it!

04-24-2005, 01:33 AM
And yet another update...we're getting closer by the day!


I still have one more piece left, if anyone is interested. Both Deirdre (deepat) and Andagail (Anda G) have taken on additional pieces...anyone else? Just PM me! :D

I am thinking that next month I may arrange for fewer pieces in the puzzle. This month we had trouble filling the project right up and I'm thinking that maybe 25 is our lucky number. I am also thinking of reducing the number of days before this month's participants can sign up, to 3 days. Let me know if any of you have suggestions for changes to next month's project! I will be submitting it tomorrow evening, likely.

Oh - and one last thing - there hasn't been any guesses on the artists or the painting for this month....any ideas?

We already know that while this painter was known to have worked in pastel, this painting is not a pastel painting.

and I will give you one more hint:
He flunked out of the military academy at West point in 1854 for his cluelessness about chemistry. "Had silicon been a gas," he would say later, "I would have been a major general."

04-24-2005, 01:37 AM
thanks, cori,

had a crazy month, and just didn't get a chance to do this sooner. i have no idea who the artist is this time...

04-24-2005, 09:23 AM
Cori: Finally found the master and this painting. What a great choice. If nothing else happens with these projects, it makes one expose themselves to the works of many, many Masters in search of the answer. Thanks much for all the work you put in on these. Will hold the answer until later in the month.

John :clap: :clap:

04-24-2005, 01:16 PM
I know where my piece of the puzzle goes!!! Thanks for hosting this project, Cori. It has been fun to watch it come together.

04-24-2005, 04:33 PM
I love the artists quote you put up!
thanks Cory!

04-24-2005, 08:51 PM
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Ohh, this one looks really nice in there! Great job!

04-24-2005, 08:52 PM
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Excellent! A perfect fit, Preston! :clap:

04-24-2005, 08:53 PM
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I darkened it up a bit, but the sheen is still there. No worries, though, because it fits in great!

04-24-2005, 08:55 PM
And now for another update:


It's coming together great! Thank you to John for taking the last orphan piece. Hopefully we will be able to complete the puzzle before the next project starts May 1!!! :)

Anda G
04-25-2005, 12:42 PM
Hi all! I just uploaded my progress for number 33. I didn't specify the number though. When I got it, I said to myself, "I can't do this!" Ha ha :D
Will we find out about the picture when it is complete? I can't wait until the next project. :clap:

04-25-2005, 11:53 PM
This is looking awesome, Andagail. I'm looking forward to watching your progress on this piece as well!

What drew me to this painting was the very busy intricate detail. I thought it would be a great challenge for those who believed that they couldn't do something like this! That is one of the nice things about tis particular project - you aren't copying an entire painting...just a piece. And piece by piece, you can see how the painting will come together! I would love to do another project one month, where I release a piece of a photograph a day and we copy it square by square onto a gridded paper. Maybe down the road a bit when my schedule frees up slightly (aren't I the optimist :p).

Just like last month, i will reveal the original painting side-by-side with the completed piece by piece painting. Last month it was really cool to see them side by side. of course, we still have a ways to go on this one - there are still 15 of the 35 pieces unfinished and only 5 more days til the project officially ends! So let's get painting and submitting!!!

Anda G
04-27-2005, 10:24 AM
I added more detail. I need to work on colors some more. I forgot again to label my piece number 33 in the progress area. I guess you would know. :o

04-27-2005, 10:45 PM
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Yep - you got it (both the painting and the piece). Good job, John!

04-27-2005, 10:46 PM
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Ohhh, very nice. No worries about the square - I did a quick crop of the whitespace and it was gone. this piece is a perfect fit!!! :clap:

04-27-2005, 10:48 PM
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It's a tough painting so I expected people to be challenged. You overcame that challenge beautifully! This is lovely!

And now for an update (we're really getting there now!!! Keep those pieces coming in!!)


04-27-2005, 10:50 PM
Andagail - your piece is coming along just great! It's going to be a wonderful fit!

04-28-2005, 05:40 AM
Family birthday parties and a horrid cold have kept me away from my pastels for a while, but I promise to submit my entry tonight!!

04-28-2005, 01:18 PM
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Phew! Cutting it fine this month.

I'm SURE this is the same piece I got in March ... LOL

04-28-2005, 11:13 PM
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Ohhh...this looks great! You did a wonderful job!!!

04-28-2005, 11:15 PM
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very nice, E-J. Gouache is my favourite underpainintg medium! You have used it beautifully to your advantage!

04-28-2005, 11:16 PM
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Great job!!!

04-28-2005, 11:20 PM
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You did a great job on this Valri! I know ALOT of people who do their best work while pushing the deadline!!! I'm glad you made it over for the project. Hope you'll join again next month (After May 3 of course :) )

04-28-2005, 11:29 PM
Only 8 more pieces to go and we are done! oh, and only 2 more days!!!!!

Here is the update to the minute!!!


Please PM me if, for any reason you can't complete your piece. I may have people willing to take on a second piece or I may be able to do it myself...but I would rather know ahead of time so we don't end up with big blank spots!!! I would love to finish up this puzzle before we start the next one! Thanks!

04-29-2005, 09:49 AM
whoa, cori, what a fabulous job you're doing of this!!!! i've got a suggestion tho, for next time: why dont you try something HARD, like water, for instance.....!!! :evil: .... these pieces are just incredible!!!! mine was the one with the girl's extended hand on a rail; i could recognize that, but thought the round thing behind was a barstool.... still waiting to see what that thing is!!! this is such fun!!!.... see you May 3rd.... dont forget now that there are more of us to wait, there are more of us waiting to pounce on you on the 3rd... be prepared, madam!!!! see ya Kory :wave:

04-29-2005, 12:43 PM
:eek: Omigosh (*cowering under chair*) I'd almost forgotten about the pouncing!!!! lol..I think I'll be ready for y'all. Next month will be interesting, if I can find a decent sized picture of the painting I have chosen (so the pieces won't end up being smaller than the March pieces). I am aiming for 25 pieces so the project will actually fillup. This month there were too many pieces, I think. I will know the exact number of pieces either by late tonight or sometime tomorrow!

Anda G
04-29-2005, 09:00 PM
Hi all. :wave: Almost done. :clap: :clap: I will mess around with it later and scan it. I can't wait til the next project.
What is the rule for projects? Wait 5 days? Where did I read that? I can't remember. :confused:
Love these little smiley things. :D

04-29-2005, 09:03 PM
For April, it was 5 days. For May, I am shortening it to 3 days. So, if you participated thi month, you can sign up again on May 3 (whenever it hits May 3 where you live!)

:D I love the smilies too....

04-30-2005, 05:56 AM
Anda, your square makes an excellent abstract piece on its own!

Guess what, guys - I went to the Turner-Whistler-Monet exhibition at Tate Britain in London yesterday and saw the original of this painting! It was fun hunting around to see where my piece fit into the puzzle before I'd even seen Cori stitch it into the virtual version :) What surprised me in real was the soft indistinctness of the faces compared to all the sharp intricate detail of the background rigging. It is a fantastic exhibition and only on for another couple of weeks - I'd recommend it to anyone who's near enough to pay a visit. The works are mostly oils and watercolours, of course, but I was delighted to see a number of pastel sketches included.

Anda G
04-30-2005, 11:17 AM
Thank you, E J! I went there online and found it. I wasn't that close in my guess. :) Still, it's been bothering me all month. :D

Anda G
04-30-2005, 12:15 PM
It's in! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Cori, if you have that fancy photo imaging software (that you understand), could you square up my picture? You can see the lines. I haven't learned that much about turning pictures or whatever you have to do. :confused:
Thanks for this great project. I learned so much about art, seeing, and about myself. :D

04-30-2005, 12:59 PM
Great - I'll go take a look. I overslept today (probably needed it) and haven't had a chance to chack into the project yet! I'll add all of the new submissions at the same time and will probably have several updates today for you all!

Wow - E-J. Talk about timing. What are the chances that the actual painting we are working on would be exhibited so near to where a participant lives! You are very lucky indeed!

04-30-2005, 01:02 PM
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Bravo! :clap: Very nice. I agree with E-J that it would make a wonderful abstract piece on it's own!

04-30-2005, 01:04 PM
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Excellent work.

04-30-2005, 01:14 PM

Here's the update! There is only a few more hours in the project so I hope the last 6 pieces are being painted as we speak! TODAY is the deadline!!!!!!

Let's finish this one so I can reveal the painting to you all!!!

04-30-2005, 06:15 PM
Tis' great seeing all the interpretations, amazing how each has evolved and so well done.

When doing my piece I was positive that I could see certain items....mini boats in the fog with water being rushed around each. This may or may not be true now, need to see the original. Also, thought there was a bridge....and this isn't the case. Obivously our artist minds can create many semblances of the unknown.

Applauds to all for the many "ropes", those things were not easy and some of you had tons. Also the draping...think this would be difficult. And then there are the faces.....am always impressed with those who do animals and faces/figures...cause I can't!

I am going to admit that I cheated slightly, just slightly, but was a needed effort.....keep telling myself. Curious how each of you interpreted, created close dimensions/perspective and what if anything you saw/imagined (if not obvious) in your piece.

Sandy in Colorado
Thanks Cory

04-30-2005, 09:54 PM
Well - I see that the may project has just gone up! Anyone who wasn't in the April project can sign up for it now. There are 25 pieces and it should be a fun painting to do (rest assured, there is no rigging :D I suspect that is one of the reasons we have so many people who haven't submitted yet).

I did have one person drop out of the project today. I am going to try to complete that piece myself either tonight or tomorrow. Hopefully the rest will start to appear shortly...

04-30-2005, 11:22 PM
I think my brain's going to mush from lack of sunshine and warmth! This last hanging-on crappy weather seems to be getting everybody down...me, for sure! And I usually LIKE dismal! Oh, well... I finally posted my paltry effort, piece 35.

05-01-2005, 02:15 AM
Okay - I am going to call this a wrap for the April project. I had 2 people withdraw today and another 2 who didn't submit at all. Rather than fight with the rigging on the abandoned pieces, I have just left pieces of the actual painting showing through. Call me lazy, I guess.

Here is what the puzzle looks like with the 4 missing pieces:

Here is the finished puzzle:

And here is the Original painting (Some of you have already guessed it):


Details on the painting:

Artist: James Whistler
Title: Wapping
Date: 1860-4
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 71.1 x 101.6 cm (28 x 40 in)
National Gallery of Art, Washington


:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

great job, everyone! I hope to see alot of you again in the May project! feel free to sign up when it hits May 3 in your neck of the woods!

05-01-2005, 04:57 AM
Call YOU lazy? I hardly think so, Cori! Thanks for your hard work in hosting the project again. Terrifically detailed work by those having to paint the rigging. Whistler's squares aren't a bad fit either :D ;)

The blurb beside this painting at the exhibition tells us that it depicts a prostitute, her pimp (in the middle) and a client. Wapping was a seedy area in those days - I can't comment on modern Wapping!

05-01-2005, 08:45 AM
Wow, the finish is great.

"You are not lazy Cori" Doubt if the word lazy is ever in your vocabulary.

Thanks for your time involved and a fun mystery.

Sandy in Colorado

05-01-2005, 09:21 AM
Thanks for the hard work, Cori, that was fun (I thought mine was tough - glad I didn't get the rigging :) )

05-01-2005, 09:31 AM
Cori: what did you do with all the time between midnight and 6 a.m. That was plenty of time to do the 4 missing pieces. :evil: :) . On the serious side, thanks very much for all time put in on this and the other projects. We all appreciate your time and effort very much. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:


05-01-2005, 10:27 AM
lol, you guys crack me up! I suppose I could have photoshopped the missing pieces so they looked like pastel paintings...nah...still couldn't be bothered! :p

I enjoy hosting this project...it is alot of fun to put everything together! Many thanks to all of you for signing up and participating each month! :clap: :clap: :clap:

05-01-2005, 10:45 AM
Very interesting to see the final. the original painting is incredibly busy. I suppose just right for a picture jigsaw puzzle. I rather liked working on such a small piece. :wave:

05-01-2005, 12:27 PM
bravo to all who completed their pieces! cori, i think letting the orig show thru on the ones people didn't submit was a brilliant idea, thanks for hosting this! :clap: :clap: :clap:

05-01-2005, 02:36 PM
"my, what a nice painting you did, little girl... what's it depict"
"oh, just a prostitute, her pimp and a john"

ARGGGGGHHHHHH what a subject matter!!!! and frankly, i like our version better.... more lively.... i thought it was a water battle going on behind them and she was waiting to be 'rescued'.... some rescue!!! That's my friend, Cor, she sure knows how to pick 'em!!.... wait'll 3rd... i'm pouncing!!! :wave:

05-01-2005, 09:47 PM
That's my friend, Cor, she sure knows how to pick 'em!!.... wait'll 3rd... i'm pouncing!!! :wave:

lol...I didn't know...honest! I have now thoroughly checked over the one I chose for May and I can pretty much guarantee that there are no ladies of the night in it...well, Maybe there is. Just not quite as out in the open as in this one! :D

Anda G
05-01-2005, 10:20 PM
Thanks Cori, for puttin this together. Literally. :D I had a blast. I can now say I painted a prostitute's neck and chest. Ha ha! I feel good about the rigging part I did, too. Not bad for a beginner.
Thanks, too for the underpainting tip. I do that in my next piece. On purpose, I mean. :wink2: I'm putting it in portraits.
Can't wait til the third!

05-02-2005, 11:39 PM
Wow, Cori!!! What a load of work you did creating, hosting and assembling this collage! :clap: :music: :cool: :music: :clap:
I am impressed! But I think I may sit the next one out! Not permanently, but this next one for now.

Valri Ary
05-03-2005, 11:28 PM

I'm such a ditz.......it wasn't until today the '3rd of May' I thought GEE, I should look around for the results of the puzzle..........DUH!
It was so much fun (and now I know where to look for the progress and end piece) I wanna do it again! Are you going to do it again or is someone else going to host it? I will if you don't. Let me know!

OH FUN FUN it was!!!!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Thank you for doing this project. :cat:

Valri :wave:

05-04-2005, 02:04 PM
lol...hardly a ditz! Yep - the project is up and going again this month in the Pastel Talk forum. Half of the pieces have been assigned, but there is still room for more people! Feel free to join us again!

05-06-2005, 09:51 AM
Cori...I can't believe you had me painting a pimp! :eek: :eek: :eek: :p :D

05-06-2005, 10:22 PM
It appears that the hardest part is getting the colors and values right.

Part of it may be color-mixing skills. But a very large part is probably the translation from the posted reference square, to an individual monitor and/or printer, and from the participant's easel to their camera or scanner and then to their computer for upload.

I have noticed that if I photograph a painting in daylight vs. incandescent light, it looks like two different photos.

05-09-2005, 07:52 AM
My Modem got hit by lightning three weeks ago, so I am just getting in here (on daughter's computer) to see the final results. It turned out great! It was such fun. Thanks for putting it together for us to share.