View Full Version : "Santa Croce Column" WIP

10-17-2005, 06:04 PM
hi Watercolor!! :wave:

here is my latest......

title: Santa Croce Column

size: 22"x16"

paper: Arches 300lb cold pressed

paints: so far dioxazine purple M. Graham but I'm sure I'll be using some Winsor Newton - I'll let you know when I get to the colour.

reference: my own from Florence, Italy. taken outside the Santa Croce Church - this is where Michelangelo, Galileo, Bruni, and Machiavelli's tombs are.

thanks for peeking

comments and critiques welcomed



10-17-2005, 06:38 PM
*pulling out the chox and pulling up a chair*

10-17-2005, 06:51 PM
I'll just sit here beside Pam ( seeing as she has choc :p )

10-17-2005, 07:12 PM
This looks like fun! Tea anyone?

10-17-2005, 08:01 PM
oh my....this is turning into a feast!!

pass the chocolate please:D

hi Pam!

hi Pearl!

hi Andrea!

this is where I am setting down my brushes today.....I am getting quite enthused with this one....

thanks for peeking!!


10-17-2005, 08:23 PM
Oh, there you guys are! :D I'll have a piece of that...thank you! Wow...Em this is looking GREAT!

10-18-2005, 12:36 AM
Did someone mention Chox?? ;)

10-18-2005, 08:14 AM
Oh, another one of Em's WIPs !!!
Glad i caught it in time.

Mmmmmh chocolate, may i join in??



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

10-18-2005, 09:08 AM
Phew!!! Another tough one!
Lookin' good!
Pass me the Celery sticks, I'm a Diabetic. :wave:

10-18-2005, 09:32 AM
Em: Always a treat to watch you work. The way this is developing is almost like watching a sculptor. The column emerges from the paper with each post. Anxiously waiting for more.

10-18-2005, 10:43 AM
Hi Em!!! I'm lovin' it already... great control of the water in your paper...

I brought along a few goodies, leftover from yesterday's meet with Doug, Ruth and Peter... there's a little fruit cocktail cake, dream squares and bread pudding left... The boys pretty much cleaned up the apple crisp and brownies after school... sorry... no choc left... Ooooh! I forgot... there ARE pecan tarts, though... hehehe... I don't think the boys even saw those...

10-18-2005, 01:31 PM
Hi Darla!
Hi Jutta!
Hi Judy!
Hi June!
Hi Tom!
Hi Char!

glad you could all join in the potluck....err....I mean WIP!! :D

I worked a bit on it last night and this morning....here is where it sits now and I am headed out the door for some real food...all this talk of cyber food has me hungry:D

mmmmm sushi!!!!


10-18-2005, 02:39 PM
I'm following this and loving it, I'll pass on the chocs, on a diet ....:)-

Your drawing as in the horse is wonderful, do draw it all by hand or do you use the computer to do a line drawing.


Granny R
10-18-2005, 03:08 PM
Another Em WIP!!!!. always a treat to watch. No dieting today, just enjoying the goodies.

10-18-2005, 03:42 PM
I'm here too! :wave:


10-18-2005, 04:32 PM
Hi em

Woopie, I got here before you finished...and before all the cyber-treats were gone! I'll just squeeze in the back because the front row seats are gone already by the early-birds. ;)

I'm so glad you let us get a glimpse of the photo you are using as a reference because it shows us that those wonderful colors come from your artist's brain and not the photos. It looks like a lovely gray column with dark gray shadows, but when you finish with it, it is going to be a very colorful piece of art, for sure.

Love the purple underpainting. You are a master of blending, that's for sure.


10-18-2005, 09:49 PM
Looking good! I'll check in later.


10-19-2005, 05:39 AM
Hi Em,

I've just given you my Mentor point for today - couldn't work out if it should be Mentor point or Merit point - just wanted to say how much I apprecitate your WIPs and that I have learnt more from your posts than any book I've ever bought. Now I'm sitting here with a big block of Italian nut chocolate watching the wonder unfold.


10-19-2005, 07:25 AM
Hello:p ! Don't mind me - sorry I'm late - can I just squeeze in the back too? This is looking absolutely amazing - can't wait to see the finished masterpiece!

Kate Mc
10-19-2005, 11:10 AM
WAIT! Deb, scoot over a little, ok? I brought grapes. Anybody want any?

Ok, Em, you can paint now..... :D :wave:

Waiting for the next installment...


10-19-2005, 10:15 PM
So where is Em.. I have some of Alan's Boston Choc Birthday cake..;) Want some??

10-19-2005, 11:44 PM
I think em is off doing something or other :) we can just party til she gets back. what we need is some timmies to go with the goodies. Just help yourself everyone. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2005/28847-coffee.JPG

10-20-2005, 02:17 AM
it's my first em WIP, but I will definitely stick around....:D

10-20-2005, 09:30 AM
you guys are a hoot!!

and a hungry lot :eek: I have left over birthday cake from yesterday...no one was hungry for it? :confused: :rolleyes:

JJ - I have been getting ready for my trip to Vegas - I leave this morning but I am hoping to complete or almost complete the underpainting this morning before I go ;) *crossing fingers*

I'll post an update before I go or I will be posting next week when I get back :cool:

Robyn - thank you for the Mentor point:)

Sylvia- I am debating what colour this column is going to be.....I am leaning towards pink !! :D

Aunt P....I'll take a steeped please :D


10-20-2005, 11:09 AM
...patiently waiting...




Can't WAIT to see the PINK!!!!

11-09-2005, 01:42 PM
bet you forgot about me!! ;)

who could blame you?!! lol

I take ages to complete paintings. but I have gotten my brushes wet again...

Char....the column might just be blue instead of pink :eek:

well, I finished up the purple underpainting and adjusted values for the shadowed areas....doesn't show up in the photo as much as it does in real life. and there is no blue cast to the right side....try as I might I couldn't get the blue out without altering the purple....just ignore that blue :D


okay...here goes.....I used for the first time EVER some plastic wrap. I wanted the crinkly cracked texture for the wall. I used WN quin gold and love the effect I got. here it is with the wrap on....it's pink Easter wrap I had left over :p


after it had dried and the wrap taken off....and then a close up so you can see the texture created. I am quite happy with this so far and I think I've changed my mind about the column being pink. with such a warm wall for a background I think I'll cool the column down a bit with maybe a warm blue. still thinking on it though;)


thanks for peeking

11-09-2005, 03:08 PM
Looking good, Em! Glad you feel good enough to paint again! :)


11-09-2005, 04:52 PM
Wow, Em! That plastic wrap effect you achieved is amazing. Great work. Anxiously awaiting further developments.

11-09-2005, 05:29 PM
love the pink wrap


11-09-2005, 05:55 PM
Hey em,

Aren't watercolors great, they sit there patiently waiting for you to feel better and wet them again to wake them up—unlike some mediums that would get too dry and crack. :rolleyes:

Love the effect you achieved from the plastic wrap. Looking good.


11-09-2005, 05:58 PM
Glad you're back em. :wave: We all have jittery nerves from drinking too much coffee and Char has very sore toes from tap , tap , tapping . Kate's grapes didn't last long , neither did JJ's cake plus we have all gained two or three pounds from over eating chocolate . :D :p :)
Oh ! and I do like what the pink wrap did . Looking real good.

Gary B.
11-09-2005, 06:27 PM
Did someone say pecan tarts?

11-09-2005, 06:34 PM
Sorry Gary , They're all gone :)

11-09-2005, 06:44 PM
Wow Em. Love you wrap technique, looks great!!

No food left here......;)

11-10-2005, 04:34 AM
Glad you're back, Em. Love the effect of the wrap on your wall. Settling in now to enjoy the finish.


11-10-2005, 05:19 AM
This is looking excellent EM the detail is superb and these colours terrific------well done----------Alan

11-15-2005, 11:24 PM
:wave: :wave: hi all!! thanks for sticking with me and this long drawn out WIP :wink2:

I am done!! *I think*

here is a progress shot with the Phthalo Blue MG glaze....I really love how smooth the column looks and wanted to really keep that look if possible. I also love how the purple looks so warm under the phthalo blue. ;)


well, after studying the painting for awhile I decided it needed some warmth and very sparingly applied some WN Quin Gold to a few areas. it was at this point I was happy with the very few rainbow spots I got...especially in the lower part of the column. I had been restraining myself to NOT paint this column "rainbow" like most of my paintings turn out...it was a bit of a challenge. even though I got some rainbow effect I still consider this a restrained simplistic colour scheme and I am quite happy with how it turned out.

then I added my black mixture (WN Permanent Alizarin Crimson and MG Phthalo Green) to the deepest darkest areas to solidify everything.

Completed painting......


two cropped details......

thanks for peeking, commenting and especially for bringing FOOD!!!


11-15-2005, 11:31 PM
Em This is beautiful!! And I am the first to see it!! WOOT..... :D :)

I love everything you have done, love your restraint!!!

This is magnificent!!!


11-16-2005, 03:46 AM

This is really lovely. The blending of the rainbow colors is beautifully done and your final dark highlights gorgeous.

One little place you might want to take another look at—just above the bottom acanthus leaf on the left side is a pale, almost white spot. It drew my eye right to it, and I don't think you meant that to be the COI, right? ;)

Other than that, it is terrific.


11-16-2005, 07:50 AM
Alway i see your job, and alway enjoy very well done.

11-16-2005, 09:23 AM
Em , as usual , fantastic finish and well worth waiting for. :wave:

11-16-2005, 10:09 AM
Hi Em,

The finished column is beautiful - well worth the wait.:clap::clap::clap: I am picking up that little white spot Sylvia mentioned - don't know if it's just the photo or not.

I've been reluctant to pass on my other note - as you know I'm a total beginner. I loved the yellow wall effect when you first did it. Now I look at it in the finished work it doesn't sit as well IMHO. I wondered at first if it is because it is such a different techique to the column. Looking at it again I wonder if it is because it lacks the beautiful perspective of your usual walls. If I'm way off the mark please excuse me. I remain a devoted fan.


11-19-2005, 02:19 PM
thank you Christopher, JJ, and Pearl!!

Sylvia and Robyn - I am confused as to the area you are talking about.....could one of you please point it out to me via photoshop? is it possible that you were looking at the first pic (the progress pic?) there was indeed a white spot there that I corrected while I was finishing up the piece.

Robyn I value your opinion and I thank you for pointing that out to me. I was striving for simplicity here and struggled for days wondering if I needed to add more "age" to the wall. one day I propped it up against the wall where I would see it when I came back home from an errand. when I walked in the house my eye went immediately to the piece and it just "felt" right with the background as is. I kind of decided to go with my instinct on this one.

thanks for commenting!!


11-19-2005, 03:48 PM

Wish I could show you via Photoshop, but don't know how to do that little circle thingy in my photo editing program.

The area I am talking about is in the left side, just above the first acanthus leaf in the bottom row above the straight line separating the top of the column from the bottom.

It does look as if you put some blue in that little triangle that once was white, but it still looks like you abruptly stopped the carving coming down into that area, unlike its mate to the right where it comes down and touches the acanthus leaf below it. Does my work description help pinpoint it at all????? Frustration reigns, aaargh.


11-19-2005, 10:21 PM
Emily, your glazings are amazing... Well done...

11-20-2005, 11:16 AM
wow - looks great...

11-27-2005, 04:28 PM
looking fabulous! :clap: :clap:

:eek: How can you keep the painting so "pure" and not perturb the previous glazings.


11-27-2005, 05:52 PM
Just tagged on the end of this thread Em - is this the white spot they are referring to?


11-28-2005, 05:12 AM
Nope, that's not it, Doug.
Look on the left hand edge of the painting, just above the top curve of the acanthus leaf there about a quarter of the way up the side of the painting. That's the area I'm talking about, and it is no longer white, it has a thin wash of blue on it now but no details.

11-30-2005, 12:37 PM
sorry to not respond sooner to this...for some reason I didn't get email notification:confused: must have been the site re-vamp

thanks for all the comments.

as for keeping the colours pure, I try to not disturb the glaze underneath when I am stroking on the current glaze....very soft application and with the least amount of strokes!!

Sylvia I suspect you were looking at the the next to last photo posted....not the completed image. after taking that pic I realized that the number 1 area in my next image was not colourful enough so I glazed a bit of blue on it. but now that the final image is up I see another area....number 2 on my image ;) I will fix that up!!

thanks for your help and your eyes - I do appreciate it!!


11-30-2005, 12:59 PM
Hi Em,

the No2 on your image was the white spot I was referring to! Sorry I couldn't work out how to indicate it in photoshop. Anyway it's a beautiful piece of work.

:) robyn

11-30-2005, 01:17 PM
thanks Robyn!

I am going to fix that up with some shading....not sure how I managed to forget to paint that.:rolleyes:


11-30-2005, 04:39 PM
You found it, em! Your No. 1 circled area is the one that was bugging me. Glad you have "fixed" it. LOL! :D

Takes a "nit-picker" sometimes to notice things like that, I know, but I figure if I see it, so will another "nit-picker" who looks at it. ;)

I agree with Robyn that it is a beautiful painting!



11-30-2005, 04:46 PM
sorry I took so long to get around to doing this up in Photoshop Sylvia

thanks so much for your efforts!!