View Full Version : Andy and Sharons weekly challenge, week 45, strawberries

Sharon Douglas
08-17-2005, 10:52 AM
We are still one week behind, but it looks like it will stay that way until the end now. ;)

I enjoyed painting this one from start to finish.
It was one of those sort of paintings that I`ve been thinking about doing for a long time, but kept putting it off....lol
Mainly due to the fact that I could never get round to setting it all up and photographing it.
Last week I was completely stuck for something to chose for the reference, so I grabbed the strawberries etc and dashed outside, dragged a t shirt off the washing line and clicked away.
If it wasn`t for this challenge, I would have still been thinking about it this time next year, so thankyou Andy for challenging me.

Anyway, it`s half sheet (15x22")
Arches rough, M.grahams paints.

The reference image;

and my painting,....

Andy should be along later, I had to post early so I can get to the hospital to see my dad.

08-17-2005, 11:25 AM
Now then Sharon, I like the strawberries, the dish the knife and spoon. There is something about the knickerbocker glass that doesn't ring right, can't put my finger on it yet!!

But Wow weeee Wow those strawberries!!!!!!!

08-17-2005, 12:03 PM
Sorry Sharon I bottled out on that one, :D I suppose in the Absynse of anything stronger strawberries will do, thats not what made mr Degas famous though :wave: :wink2: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Aug-2005/16392-close.jpg I think thats a bit loose classification!!!


see I took the bottle out :rolleyes:

mr sandbanx
08-18-2005, 12:59 AM
Aye carumbah!

Andy this is wonderful... I really do like this one. Perhaps one of your best. Love the colours and the terrific composition. The two figures are super.

Sharon: WOW again... I think the base of the glass is not directly centred on the glass itself. But other than that, this is brilliant. Those 3 berries on the table are perfect!

Very well done, both of you.

Sharon Douglas
08-18-2005, 03:36 AM
Thanks for looking Kev, and Chris.

The lights and shadows etc don`t show up very well on the photo, so that could be what the problem is.
Perhaps I should either darken the shadows a little or try to get a better photo.

Andy, well done boyo.
I`m amazed, you painted faces that didn`t even need to be painted :eek:
I especially like the man face and beard.
The only thing I don`t like in this painting is the dark lines on the arms.

Sharon Douglas
08-18-2005, 03:38 AM
I forgot to say Andy, wheres next weeks reference?

08-18-2005, 03:45 AM

lets look through the oblong window :eek: :clap:

08-18-2005, 08:33 AM
Fantastic Sharon! Your painting is lovely, much better than the ref IMO!
Andy, love your interpretation! Good one!

Too bad you can't put these in the gallery, more people would see them, eh?


Sue Galos
08-18-2005, 09:54 PM
Again - I am much impressed! Both of you have done a great job on the challenge and definitely have your own personal takes on the reference - Sharon the serious and Andy the comic relief? :evil: .... now I'm outta hear before I get smacked ..... :D


Celeste McCall
08-18-2005, 10:09 PM
I could have sworn that I replied to this thread. Was it cross posted?

Both are really inspirational. I love the crystal and I love the impressionist study also. Both of you have done a great job on your challenges. Congrats and lots of clappies to you both!!!!

08-18-2005, 10:15 PM
Nice work. Andy, your work reminds me of Impressionist work. Actually, it really reminds me of Berthe Morisot's (sp?) work.

Sharon, The reference is lovely in itself, and your painting of it is amazing. I was just reading an article about how to paint strawberries. Serendipity? :D

08-19-2005, 04:54 AM
Sharon, Your set-up is very lovely, glad you decided to give it a go. Your painting is gorgeous. The strawberries make me want to reach through the monitor and pick one out to eat. Love the way you did the glass on the compote. I think the other glass is slightly askew over its base so it looks a little tilted, but it doesn't detract from the overall painting IMHO. Your cast shadows on the table top are beautifully painted. Wish I could do that. ;)

Andy, Brilliant take on a masterpiece. You made me smile with your clever play on words and even more clever changes to the original painting. Love the way the woman is looking at the viewer with distain as her companion stares off at the floor show in the Moulin Rouge. Great interpretation!