View Full Version : What's on Your Easel Sept 25 - Oct 1st, 2005

09-28-2005, 10:02 PM
This is where we post our WIPs for show and tell, for kudos, crits or for help!
Jump in with your work in progress and show us what is on your easel!
Here is mine - Irish Raider - 8 X 10 canvasboard, ref pic by Kate Green (THANKS KATE).

09-28-2005, 10:25 PM
bjcpaints: Love your painting, it's coming along beautifully!

09-29-2005, 01:56 AM
What a beauty!!!

09-29-2005, 02:19 AM
BCPAINTS, Wonderful work! You have done marvelously!
I've been 'out' for a while with this last hurricane (Rita)...visiting family in Kentucky...so no new posts for me this week. Been photographing lots of things to add to the RIL of antiques and things in my mother's house when I get back home though! Keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing more soon!!!:) Krysta

09-29-2005, 06:44 AM
Bjc...looking gorgeous!
I was just a bout to start a thread when I spotted this already started..
Here's something I just started, with Trade Me (online Auction) sale in mind.
decided on landscape, but not what..
took a random CD from my own photo collection, opened it, selected a random day, then a random photo(twice got close up grasses, not wanted)
then bingo a beautiful ref of an estuary with duck and all going in the right direction!
so come on a journey with me..
I don't know how well it will go.
new palette, Paynes grey, pthalo blue, white, amarylide yellow, magenta, (some green, but didn't really need it, tit. white, and some cobalt blue for the sky.)
Laid down pthalo and magenta and white in patches, then went over in sweeps of both blues mixed in turn with white.
pthalo blue and paynes grey in distant hills.
used the grey to dull down a mixed orange, picked up some green and some mixed greens, lastly some touches of straight pthalo, no impasto gel even.
the focus is the sweep of hill from the right, away from the edge, which I will abstract out.
There are two bands of water as one comes down the pic..
19.5 " x 23.5 ", knife.
leaving the slant in so you can see the perspective better, had to take on angle to avoid flash glare.

09-29-2005, 10:58 AM
Thank you Rosalie, Ann, Krysta and Gill! You are boosting me up! I want that painting to be so nice - it has a lot of tweaking to do yet. The ref pic has the background softly blurred and I am having trouble achieving that effect - I know most people would use an airbrush but I don't have one and don't think its a good idea with my asthma.
Krysta, Hope all is well with you and yours and that you find your home intact!
Gill, Wonderful start! I so appreciate your blow by blow descriptions. What brand of paints do you use? I have never heard of amarylide yellow.

09-29-2005, 11:49 PM
Barbara: You're doing a great job on the background. Just a thought - do you have any acrylic gloss or matte medium? I've read that these mediums, when mixed with paint, can help increase the transparency. Maybe using this technique in the background to various degrees would help you achieve the blurred affect. I tend to use water for mixing to get more transparency, but this could be an issue if you plan on varnishing the piece as it may get clouded, whereas mixing with the gloss or matte medium is more stable with varnish. Don't know if this will help at all, but thought I'd suggest it in case you hadn't thought about it. Keep up the great work!

09-30-2005, 01:07 AM
Nice works Gill and Barbara.

I started this one today. First the plan on scratch paper with sharpie fine points.


Placing the pieces on a 20 x30 gallery wrap.


Roughing in the color scheme. I like perinone orange so will use that with cobalt green deep in the water.


Howard L

09-30-2005, 10:05 AM
Barbara: You're doing a great job on the background. Just a thought - do you have any acrylic gloss or matte medium? I've read that these mediums, when mixed with paint, can help increase the transparency. Maybe using this technique in the background to various degrees would help you achieve the blurred affect. Keep up the great work!

Thank you so much Rosalie! Last night I happened to try some Folkart Float medium. It helped, along with toning down the whites in the BG. I am too new to know what that is equal to in artist quality mediums - I have, I think, a gloss medium that came with my paint set but I have been afraid to use it! Silly, huh?
Howard, An interesting composition! Is this from imagination or do you use a photograph to paint from? More colors that I have not heard of! I have only used orange that I mixed myself. Your figures with surfboards are going to be great!

09-30-2005, 10:11 PM
Barb and Howard, thanks for the comments.
Barb I use Atelier acrylic paints(made by Chroma, an Aussie brand) they have quite a few yellows.
I have a couple of Pebeo tubes (French) and also a couple of Matisse structure as well, (Aussie too, gorgeous colours)
Here's another on my easel, two on the go at present. This one is a PAID commission!! yahoo!
a requested palette and style. 56cm x 51cm, or 22 x 28", mostly knife, some brush in BG.
Palette: all Atelier;
Payne's Gray, Titanium White, Cad Yellow Med, Red Gold, Burnt Umber, Emerald Green. I have used nearly a tube of the red gold, the main colour.!!
Nikau, our native palm, these will all be 'outlined' the focus is the foreground frond near the top and running over into the nearest upright frond.
the arching left hand frond's leaves peak through to form a lattice, the most common, contrasted and striking feature of this baby plant in out forest.

09-30-2005, 10:17 PM
Howard that's a very cool(temperature wise) orange..what is the pigment mix, does it say? I suppose a quin magenta and some sort of yellow?
so far niiice...

09-30-2005, 11:53 PM
Nice and bold Gill. My kind of colors. Red Gold sounds Delicious! I'll look for that one.

Howard L

10-01-2005, 12:02 AM
Gill, that is WN Perinone Orange PO43. You're right a cool orange. Very sexy mixer.

Howard L

10-01-2005, 01:48 AM
Sky colors. Perinone Orange, Burnt Sienna mixed in on the right. CYD mixed in on the left. Perinone in the middle. BTW, you'll notice I switch the light from right to left. It'll make a better story. Make the three mixtures and apply from right to left. At the mixture boundries put some of each on the brush and keep going. I call it the "dirty brush" technique. Wiping brush is OK but I don't wash it. Don't forget edges if using gallery wrap.

The dark headland is Burnt Sienna and Diox laid side by side and just stick that dirty (but wiped) brush into them and here and there some sky mixture. I thought these colors went nice with the sky.

Next I used cobalt green dark and light to beef up the dark water. I really don't like the cobat greens. One Is called dark and the other is called light. The dark looks crappy with just a little white and the light is very weak. (WNs)

Some leftover sky color scrubbed on the sand with a gray.


I added more sky and gray colors to finish roughing in the sand. The gray is the orange plus the cobalt gr light.The water got the greens, ultra blue and orange. Do some work on the figures, boards and the flags. Remember to change the cast shadows.


The sand (below)is various mixtures of the orange and the cobalt green light. I made it darker where it is wet. Over the rest I let the under pntg show thru. More later. Do more on figures and flags/flagstand. Get the cast shadows right.


I didn't like the surfboard color so went from cerulean to thalo blu/gr. Cover it with a finger (below) and you'll see it really makes the piece.The sand needs a design. I used the orange and green again to make some warmer and cooler and slightly darker mixtures.

So now, with the sun to the left I can say this is early AM and that is why nobody else on the beach. Some beach looky loo would have caught that! In case some are wondering----the black ball side is for swimmers only and I guess soft boogie boards, but NO HARDBOARDS!


Howard L

10-01-2005, 10:10 AM
Awesome Howard! Thanks for the details - I love to see how you shift as you paint - this is right brained stuff that I am so much about! How do you feel when you paint? I am getting into it so much.
Gill, Those fronds are terrific! They remind me so much of the forest ferns that I have just outside my door in a flower bed and all over the woods where I live - so interesting your world VS mine and the foilage. I live on a mountain and our yard is surrounded by the woods. Deer, etc. in our yard everynight/morning - they pass through about 5:30 a.m. and the dogs start barking. All of this stuff effects my work and why I paint. Love nature.
OK , Enough of my babble - Here is Irish Raider again and I think it is done except a few touchups. I am afraid to ruin it now - maybe the best I have done so far.
Today marks 9 months that I have been painting on the flat surface (as opposed to rocks) and I feel something of a rebirth. Happy to be where I am and not knowing what lies ahead of me.
Barbara http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2005/49636-irish_raider.jpg

10-01-2005, 12:14 PM
Beautiful Job, Barbara! :clap: I knew you could do it! :wink2:
I've never painted on rocks before, but I'm sure it's quite a bit different, lol. I think you've made the transition superbly. BTW, great job making the background blurry!

10-01-2005, 03:49 PM
Barbara, such a gentle looking horse. :)
Beautiful job. I have fern fronds coming straight at me as I look out the window typing this. So yes these influence me too..

our own 'fernery' where we have a lots of natives) a Karaka tree, with a pohutakawa(NZ Christmas Tree) behind it.

tree ferns, a Titoki tree, GREEN Arum lillies, other ferns.

in our courtyard lots of other natives, here is a lemonwood, right beside it a lancewood, and just out of siight a kowhai tree.

10-01-2005, 04:29 PM
Well, here's my cat painting. I know that there are a lot of mistakes still, but I've pretty much done the best I could. This is my third painting, other than fabric painting, so feedback is much appreciated. Thank you Rosalie and everyone who provided tips and critique, I could not have done this without you!


10-01-2005, 06:16 PM
Rosalie, Gill, and Ann - Thank you for your kind words!
Rosalie, Thank you for your vote of confidence!
Gill, Your world is paradise! Thanks for the pics! I will have to post some before my world is all covered in snow. One year we kept getting so much snow my DH had to keep going out and shoveling it away from the windows as our whole house was being buried! We are in some kind of lake effect snow belt here.
Ann, Your 3rd painting? Wow! Wonderful texture in that fur and your fabric painting shows in the BG - LOL fabric painting experience? Seriously - nice job!
What is next for you? PS You might want to share this in the Animal/Wildlife forum - a very friendly bunch who really like cats!

10-01-2005, 09:15 PM
Gorgeous, Ann! I love the texture of the fur and how you made the tabby pattern stand out so well. And the expression in the eyes is perfect! :D The "happy, cozy cat look" really comes through, lol. I also like what you did with the t-shirt, it looks a lot more realistic since you relaxed the form of it. Great Job! Can't wait to see the next one! :wave:

10-01-2005, 10:49 PM
Thank you ladies, you are boosting my confidence :D.

I don't know what the next one will be, but I'll be sure to post it and I start it. For now, I will look for a frame for it.

Barbara, thank you for reminding me to post it in the animal forum, I looked at a lot of threads there and learned from them too.

Rosalie, you got it: this is a spoiled kitty allright LOL!

10-03-2005, 02:03 AM

I wanted to thank for suggesting that I post this on the Animal forum as well. I did, and got some very nice additional tips.

PS: I told them you said they were nice too LOL!

10-03-2005, 10:30 AM
You are so welcome Ann!