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els
09-10-2005, 11:03 PM
Every year in the Independency week out local Preparatory Militar School promotes an art competition, where artists are invited to draw/paint the school and its surroundings.

This year's competition was held today, and the day was realy nice to paint outdoors. Windy, but extremely hot weather with a wonderful blue sky...

As I documented all the process I thought I would share may day. So, be welcome to leave your comments and critiques... Iīll try to be concise, but I'm already warning you that I have several pics :)

First chalenge was to choose the location. After wandering around for some time I decided to take my seat near to this fountain, with the tower and main entrance located to the right...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-selected_view.jpg

Composition already decided, time to start the hard work...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-drawing.jpg

And after struggling over and over again we now have the drawing to start playing with:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-step1.jpg

And we can lay in the sky without much harm:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-step2.jpg

After this all we have to do is to start "building" (sic :wink2: ) the painting:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-step3.jpg

Continue adding colour:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-step4.jpg

Time to keep things wet:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-step5.jpg

els
09-10-2005, 11:04 PM
Break time to see what others are doing:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-others2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-others3.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-others4.jpg

He was my watercolor teacher till last year, but this year his is competing with pastels:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-others1.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-duduch.jpg

Time to go back to work:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-step6.jpg

Adjusting the last details:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-step7.jpg

els
09-10-2005, 11:05 PM
Stepping back to see whatīs missing:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-stepping_back.jpg

And time to call it ready:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-finished.jpg

If you want to see how it looks framed:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-framed.jpg

Some of paintings produced today:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-side_by_side1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2005/3396-side_by_side2.jpg

Hope you liked. I found it an incredible experience. And better than that, I just received an email from the organization comitee and I got the first prize in Watercolors :) Isnīt it great??? :D

artdreamer1
09-10-2005, 11:14 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Excellent job on this--I admire those who do plein aire(?spelling); I can't even imagine being able to do that (at least not yet anyway). Loved all the pics. Btw...how much time did they give you to paint?
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Michele

laudesan
09-10-2005, 11:25 PM
I just received an email from the organization comitee and I got the first prize in Watercolors :) Isnīt it great??? :D

:clap: CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:clap:

This thread is great, wonderful to see your painting process. Wonderful to see the others painting as well.

Thank you so much for sharing..:) :wave:

els
09-10-2005, 11:35 PM
Thanks Michele and JJ for taking your time...

Michele, the competition started at 8:00 in the morning and finished at 4 pm. I completed mine aroud 3 pm...

Becky-Bob
09-11-2005, 04:29 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!! Well-deserved to be sure! :clap: :clap:

painterbear
09-11-2005, 07:52 AM
Els,

Thanks for inviting us along on this lovely day's painting excursion. I really enjoyed seeing your photos showing your painting progression, as well as the other artists and their works.

Your finished painting deserved the prize! It is really terrific. I like how it is architectural, but you didn't try to make it look like an architect's rendering. It is very artistic in its "look."

Congratulations and thanks. I wanted to give you a Merit point but they seem to be missing from WC today. Who knows what is happening there? You deserve one though. Think I'll rate your thread, I can still do that.

Sylvia

leverettfinn
09-11-2005, 07:55 AM
What fun, and congratulations!!!! Your painting is beautiful!

Lauren

seedy
09-11-2005, 11:10 AM
Way to go.....!
That looked like fun and it sure was a nice day for it......

Good thing you did'nt sit on those tiles too long.
You know what can happen.

FriendCarol
09-11-2005, 05:58 PM
Wonderful idea for a competition, and a fine painting! Congratulations!!! :clap:

els
09-11-2005, 08:27 PM
Thank you so much Becky, Sylvia, Lauren Brian and Carol for looking and commenting...

Sylvia, so kind of you... :) Thank you!

Brian - yes, I know what you mean... I had to move because the sun was burning my brain... Till today i'm feeling the tanning in my neck...

FrindCarol - a nice idea indeed, but believe it or not, this is the only one in a city of 1 million people... Not many oportunities for artists here...

dudleyze
09-12-2005, 06:39 PM
Congratulations on winning 1st place!

And, thank you for taking us along with you in your pictures (I've never been to Brazil)

I love seeing how others paint and everyone looked like they were have a great time.

:cat: cc

jaydiva
09-13-2005, 04:35 AM
Way to go!!!! Congratulations on your 1st prize!!!! how well deserved!!

you must have had a lot of fun doing this!! Thank you so much for showing us all those great photos!! What a delight!

Juttahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2005/32313-51j.gif

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2005/32313-tn.jpg

my new fineart website (http://www.diva-design.de/JBB/index.htm)

els
09-13-2005, 08:08 AM
Thank you for th kind words cc and Jutta :)...

olika
09-13-2005, 01:47 PM
You did a wonderful job of presenting your day, Eamon! Your painting turned out wonderful and it is great that they recognised it with your award! Nicely done! :D :D

murugesan
09-14-2005, 01:20 AM
I have never seen a WIP like this! It was like going to a picnic! your work was also great, your addition of the palm tree on the left was great idea. thank you.

els
09-14-2005, 02:08 PM
Thank you very much Olika and Muru for the kind comments...

Muru, in fact the palm tree was there already, I just "artistically" moved it into the picture ;)