View Full Version : What's on your easel Sep 18 - 24

Lady Carol
09-18-2005, 02:44 PM
Finally managed to push this past the ugly stage with a 4 hour session yesterday. Decided that I needed to paint this outside. Really enjoyed the experience. I should do that more often.

It just requires a few minor adjustments and a couple more hours work.....


also started this:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2005/11811-gull1-small.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Sep-2005/11811-gull_on_pole-small.jpg

09-19-2005, 05:30 AM
Carol, at last! the end is in sight, he's pretty awesome! wonderful sense of movement with the BG stroke dorections.. :clap: :)
These 3 are rotating on my easel, this is is just getting touch ups and I've re-done the foreground hill. both these first two, for a local competition.(it's in structured critique) forum right now.
this is nearly done too, just some adjustments of perspective lines and tones here and there.
lastly a pressie(wedding) its from the beach in the first pic, has dramatic cliffs and reflections, a rock barrier with some sea spilling over a section, lots of surf in the background(with the island of course), and reflected sky tones in most of the foregorund, AND I don't have to submit it to any judges, so free reign..it's fun..

It's already Mon night here, and cold, we have a cold snap in the middle of our 3 week early spring!
PS, all knife except a few finger smears and some very minor glazing touch ups with brush.

Lady Carol
09-19-2005, 08:47 AM
Gill you have been productive. I really like the Venice one. The water is awesome.

Regarding the bird, seeTHIS (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=295786)

09-19-2005, 10:14 AM
Lady Carol: We need a "pat-yourself-on-the-back" smilie! You did great on this one!
Glad to see you were able to roll up your sleeves and bring it to a beautiful finish! (The last post I read on your progress, you didn't sound like you were up to the task of tackling it.) Sometimes I get that way, when I'm almost finished but have a major area to work..I think it's fear of "messing up after all that work" so I procrastinate.
It's beautiful and will look awesome framed.
gnu: Wow...you have been busy! Your sea-side is looking good and I love the venice scene...nice brush/knife (?) work.
I have a small 8 x 10 that is coming off my easel (probably to be left unfinished) because the composition on the 8 x 10 is too cramped etc. I think I'm going to start all over on a larger canvas...if I have time, I'll post it later.

Lady Carol
09-19-2005, 11:05 AM
damar: thank you. It has been a real struggle right from the start. Not only the size of it, but I really wasn't that enthusiastic about the subject. But my husband wanted it for the stair well.....

09-19-2005, 12:02 PM
Hi All! Finally finished the Legs Series this weekend - pretty happy with it - (better be - they're already varnished...)


Here are the individual pictures...





Let me know what you think -

09-19-2005, 12:06 PM
And here's a new one I'm working on...


Lady Carol
09-19-2005, 03:58 PM
durnel: love the legs series. You know once you have finished you can move the images into a separate thread of their own for more specific comments if you want. ;)

mrs willow
09-19-2005, 05:59 PM
Carol: Looking good...not far to go now! Great movement in this painting. :clap:
Gill: You are so industrious...all are looking good. I particularly like how you have handled the water in the Venice one. :clap:
duranel: Great idea. Very modern and they look great. :clap:

09-19-2005, 10:30 PM
Hello Everyone!

Just thought I'd check in.

Carol: Your painting looks great! Love the movement and the color in the water...beautiful!

Gill: Wow! You're quite the busy bee. They're all looking great! I love how you use different techniques/styles on every painting. I hope someday I have more time to paint so I have more opportunity to explore different options.

Duranel: Very cute legs paintings! You must have had a lot of fun with them. I think the new one that you're working on will be great as well. Very nice job on the facial expression.

Well, I just thought I'd post my latest WIP on here. It's going to be a portrait of my lovely kitty Abby whom I had to put to sleep this spring after a long bout with cancer and chemo treatments. Just wanted to make something nice to remember her by to hang on my wall at home. This probably won't be the last painting I do of her because I'll want to make more as I improve and really do her justice. Anyway, this is just a very rough start as I've had to spend too much time on my "real" job lately and I decided I better clean my house yesterday because it's been neglected for far too long.

This is an 8x10 canvas. The blue in the background will eventually be curtains and the cat's fur is also tan and white as well as gray, but so far I only have most of it roughed in with pencil and there is no detail yet in the parts I have painted. There really isn't as much space on the top of the picture IRL in comparison to the sides, but I must have cropped the sides off when I took the picture. I'll have to take a better one as I get further along.

C&C welcome. Thanks for looking! :cat: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Sep-2005/67627-Abby_ptg_sml.jpg

09-20-2005, 01:41 AM
First time I upload a pic, hope it works. I'm not talented or anything, but since many of you were very supportive in the "Inspiration?" thread, I thought I'd show what I have done so far. Between the coming hurricane Rita, and the fact that I am a very slow painter, don't wait for a finished picture soon :D .

This will eventually, hopefully look like my cat :cat: He loves to get on the bed, and "wears" my husband's jeans :rolleyes: I'm doing this on unprimed duck canvas.


lani noa
09-20-2005, 02:03 AM
Thought I would just drop in and see what everyone is up to. I must ditto most of what has already been said. You are all doing great. I have nothing to show at this time since I am actually painting my easel at the moment ...so nothing is on it. My husband made me a beautiful easel with all sorts of attachments and storage for my birthday and left the finishing up to me. So... after using it for a while, cause I just couldn't wait, I am now finally finishing it. As soon as I get something up on it again I'll get on again with sharing ...but I'll keep abreast of what is going on here and put in my two cents from time to time.

09-20-2005, 12:42 PM
Hello Ann! Welcome! I'm a fairly new face here as well and I'm loving it. Your picture's looking great so far, I love the texture of the wood in the background and your detail of the clothing is very nice. I'm glad to see another cat lover on here. My cats are like my kids and I brag so much about every little thing that they do that people probably think I'm nuts, lol. :cat:

Best of luck to you getting through the hurricane. :eek: I hope to see some more of the cat painting when everything settles down.

09-20-2005, 01:34 PM
Hi everyone :wave:
Congrats on finishing your painting Carol - I commented in your seperate thread (fantastic!!).
Gill, Yours are all looking great!!
duranel, Nice clean style!
Good to see new faces here and some cat paintings and asmith38 - I'm not talented or anything either - LOL!
The horse (Irish Raider) is still on my easel and I peck away at it every night after work (along with a couple of other paintings) . I think I am at the scary part of ruining/improving it. Doing layers and the detail got offtrack a bit but I will post my WIP tonite or tomorrow night just to join in the spirit of things.

09-20-2005, 03:24 PM
Hi Barbara!

I'm a horse lover too, so I look forward to seeing your painting. :)

09-20-2005, 03:31 PM
I always like checking out this thread... some nice work going on here!

Heres the latest stage of my still-life, posted as a WIP over in the Still_Life forum. I think I'm 2 sessions away from finishing... not soon enough! :)



09-21-2005, 08:04 AM
Here is Irish Raider still on my easel. Its taken a bad turn lately and looks a bit like a horse from the front of a romance novel or a sad paint by number. I will post the ref pic next time and hope mine looks more like it by then!

09-22-2005, 12:27 AM
Hi Rosalie :wave: !

That cat is my "baby". I guess now that my kids are teenagers, he's the one who still loves without questioning :D . He's old, and has lost a lot of weight lately, so this will be something to remember him. I tried to work on it, and have renewed respect for all the famous painters who did not have electricity: painting by candle light is horrible :eek: !

I can't wait to see your cat painting when finished, looks like he/she is a beautiful kitty, no wonder you brag :D !

Well... let's just say that many of us would love to be able to come this close. I think it's great!

Saw the still life on the other forum, very nice! Never could do those :envy: :)

09-22-2005, 01:17 AM
This plane was my Dad's (when we were kids), so it will be a gift for him.
I have since started a re-do on a fresh canvas and am using this one as a color+technique test. This version has obvious compositional quirks that have been corrected on the new version. The field grass isn't finished, and the registration numbers had to be re-done.
The biggest challenge here was the shadow area's in the Cad Yel. Deep . I ended up using D. Purple to darken the yellow.
I'll post the 2nd edition when its done. I do plan to finish this one, even though it's over worked now.

1947 Aeronca Champ AC-7
8 x 10 Canvas Board

09-22-2005, 02:09 AM
Duranel, I love your leg series. The dotted shoes are the perfect touch, with those red bows. I wish I had legs like that...hehehe

09-22-2005, 02:40 AM
damar, that plane is so cool! Dad will love your gift!

09-22-2005, 08:13 AM
Thanks Ann....by the way, did you weather the storm ok?

09-22-2005, 10:24 AM
Damar, Great subject! I learned to fly in the same vintage Aircoup (sp?) looked like an Airstream camper you know, all shiny aluminum. Got a 92 on my written test but never logged enough hours for my license before splitting with the BF that owned it.
Ann, Thank you for your nice words on my painting. I did not work on it last night - was in a very strange mood. I think its all the hurricane talk. Hope everyone here is well and safe. I will not complain about our big snowstorms in this area anymore.

09-22-2005, 01:21 PM
did you weather the storm ok?

We were fortunate, once again :) . Thank you for asking. Hope the Texans are all evacuating to safety.

09-23-2005, 11:07 PM
Hello Everyone!

Finally got a chance to work a little on my painting last night. Didn't get too far, but I thought I'd post the results. The background (curtains) look pretty good but the rest of it looks dorky because I've basically just filled in blocks of color and there's no detail/highlights/shadow yet. Don't think I'm gonna get a chance to work on it tonight but hopefully tomorrow.... :confused: Take Care! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2005/67627-abbyptg2.jpg

09-24-2005, 01:25 AM
Love the drapery!!! I've worked some on mine too, will post a picture tomorrow.

Signed: Also owned by cats LOL!

09-24-2005, 02:16 AM
fabulous work everyone, love the drapery and the kitty's going well too...
another one almost off the easel..
15 x 30" acrylic knife.
a wedding present... :)
a nice moody painting. :D
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Sep-2005/7242-IMG_9026_jens-1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Sep-2005/7242-jen_sized.jpg
first time in ages I had trouble upoading, not sure why, other same dimension ones did fine!

Lady Carol
09-24-2005, 10:14 AM
Can I get married (again) to receive one of these :D Wonderful Gill.

09-24-2005, 12:03 PM
Ugh, this is taking me forever to complete or stay on task in my Painting III class. Tried something new, and a new style for me. Started with a quin. magenta toned canvas, then an underpainting in complementary colors and gradually starting in with an expressionistic style. The painting is from my own reference photo of our downtown coffee shop called "Urban Stampede".





I have a long ways to go on this yet, and I'm always open for suggestions. If I ever finish this, I am giving some thought to doing it again only smaller and in goauche.


09-24-2005, 03:15 PM
Gill, this wedding present is wonderful. I don't find it moody at all, peaceful, sereine (sp?), wonderful :)

Lady Carol, well... this might be a problem :wink2: . How about anniversaries? Birthdays? Just 'cause? :cat:

Deb, this is great! Wow a magenta base! That's brave! :D

09-24-2005, 03:30 PM
Thought I'd post an update on my painting. Lots of things I'm not happy with such as the burgundy t-shirt (under his paw), the jeans are driving me crazy (re-did them 3 times now :( ), but other than that, everything's fine :rolleyes: :D

C&C much needed :D


09-24-2005, 06:27 PM
Ann, how about making it an annonymous shape, (sort of rounded triangular lump) coming from under the trous. as is now, it's not a part of the pic enough. Make up a couple of folds, same as with trous so ppl can see it's material. they don't have to know it's t shirt, then it will also blend into the wohle pic and not grab all the attention. It's such a neat painting.!!
CAROL,thanks for the wonderful compliment :D:D
The colours are more intense having looked again than here, the rocks are nice and JUICY, only word I can use to describe them :D:D have to blue down the cliff trees on top so the focus is on the lower rocks.

09-24-2005, 09:11 PM
annonymous shape, (sort of rounded triangular lump) coming from under the trous.

Gill, that's a great idea! You are a life saver :D .

09-24-2005, 09:22 PM
Ann: Thanks for the compliment, I'm pretty happy with the draperies, myself. Hope the rest of the painting goes as well, if I ever have time to get to it, lol.

Your painting is really starting to take shape. I really like the detail you've put into the kitty. The tabby pattern is wonderful! I tend to agree with Gill: I think if you relax the shape of the t-shirt and make it flow more into the rest of the material, that would make it blend in better and actually look more realistic. I'm no professional, but my suggestion for the jeans would be to try a little more depth to the jeans by adding some even darker blues for shadows and to make the folds of the cloth stand out more. Maybe a little more highlights for the t-shirt would help too. :)

Hope that helps a little! :D Can't wait to see the next installment. Have fun!

09-24-2005, 09:36 PM
That's funny, Rosalie, I can't wait to see YOUR kitty finished :D ! Hurry up now :D !

Yes, I think you are correct, I'm always afraid of that 3rd dimension :rolleyes: . I really appreciate your insight. After a while of staring at it, I can't figure out what's wrong, so it's good to get others to look at it.

PS: Will this thread close tonight, since it's labeled with this week's dates? Gosh, I hope not :( !

09-24-2005, 11:04 PM
Hi Ann!

I'm glad I could help a little. I actually got to work a bit on my painting tonight. It's starting to look like a cat! :clap: Maybe I'll post my progress tomorrow after I work on it a little more. :cat:

As to the thread closing, I really don't know for sure. However, I do believe another WIP thread is usually opened on Sundays, so we should be able to keep posting on that one. I love this thread because it's so much fun to see what everyone else is doing! Take Care! :wave:

09-25-2005, 08:21 PM
Hello Everyone! I'm just taking a break from my painting and thought I'd post my progress. So far, so good. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, lol! :wink2:


09-26-2005, 12:23 AM
Wow, you've made some really good progress!!! Love the eyes :) ! What kind of brush are you using to do his hair :) ? Really nicely done! I have a long hair cat too, but was afraid to tackle that long hair :o .

09-26-2005, 02:36 AM
my real life cat is just like this one only all black. wow, it really is like him..
he's looking really awesome!!

09-26-2005, 01:01 PM
Thanks for the compliments, Ann & Gill! She's really coming along much better than I'd ever dared to hope! As for the brushes, the ones I've been using the most are synthetic sable sizes/styles: 8 bright, 2 & 8 round. I'm really not too picky, I just keep picking brushes up and experiment until I find one I like, lol! Hope that helps a little. Can't wait to finish it so I can frame it and hang it on my wall. I wish I had time to work on it today, but unfortunately, duty calls! Oh well...maybe tonight :confused:
Take Care!

09-27-2005, 12:28 AM
LOL Rosalie! I do that too, pick a brush, try it and then try another. I seem to find myself going back to a few, I don't know if it's just that I'm afraid to try new ones, or they're just the "better" ones.

I hear you! We want to paint, not to "work" ;)