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Nickel
01-21-2006, 07:25 PM
Are you ready for a new adventure! Weeks one, two, and three have come to a close! Again we have seen many lovely works of art this past week. If you would like to see where we have been, please view our classical art gallery. If you missed a week you can still post to that week. Or join us now in week #4. The wind calls our names; we are off on a new journey! The engineer is blowing the horn! All aboard! The train is pulling out of the station! Week #4 begins right now!!!

See you soon! :wave:

Nickel, Rose, and Barb

rosebard
01-21-2006, 08:12 PM
This Journey is giving me a good chance to work with other media like watercolors. Not easy media for me though, but still I am enjoying. I will surely try to come up with a new landscape this week.

Thanks everyone for taking up this journey with us and for encoraging one another.

See you!! :)

tyree
01-22-2006, 09:27 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2006/65063-david.jpg Jacques Louis David,,Portrait of a Young Woman in a Turban,, 1748-1825,,,graphite on stonehenge.,, 8x8,,..tyree

mauricar
01-22-2006, 12:59 PM
Tyree, good job. She looks very pensive. You beat me this week. Yeah! I am undecided which one to post. I did a couple of them, but am not particularly pleased with either of them.

Nickel
01-22-2006, 01:01 PM
Tyree!!!! Great job, you really did get her to show emotion! Her eyes speak and you did a really good job with the head dress. I like this alot!!!! You are ROCKING :D :D :D

Nickel:wave:

Nehalenia
01-22-2006, 01:02 PM
Tyree: Wow, you're fast! When looking at your rendering, I'm especially drawn to the eyes. Not only are they very expressive, they are also technically very good. Good job :clap:

Rose: I know what you mean. I'm quite intimidated by water colour and I usually ruin any attempts I make. And at the same time it's one of my favourite media. I love those transparent, delicate colours. Good luck!!

So another stage of the journey begins. It's been very exiting and enjoyable so far and I'm looking forward to this week. I think this week, I'll take ye all to Haarlem and master Frans Hals.....;)

Margie

Nickel
01-22-2006, 01:09 PM
Hey Midge, I have the same problem. Sometimes or a lot of times I am unhappy with what I have done but I try and learn something from what I did. It makes us better the artist the next time. :) Or at least I hope I am better the next time :D

Tyree, Is that a Crocodile or Alligator your sporting these days? Is Tarzan alive and well in Florida? :D My sis use to go out by the lagoon in her backyard and tap it with a stick and feed the babies. To this day I wonder why she did that.


:wave: Nickel

Nickel
01-22-2006, 01:11 PM
Hey Margie, I can't wait for you to get a dig cam! Your so lucky to be close to the action!!!!

Frans is a good one!

I am looking forward to seeing your choice!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:


:wave: Nickel

Nickel
01-22-2006, 01:13 PM
Rose you are doing great with your watercolor studies!!!

I really like the way you do clouds!!!! How many watercolors do you use on your palette?

:wave: Nickel

mauricar
01-22-2006, 03:57 PM
Here is my study of Levi Wells Prentice (1850-1935) Still life of Apples in a hat. He did two of these, but chose this one. I will probably be doing a lot of his work. I really like the way he did his baskets. :wave:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2006/71456-container14.jpg

Now I know this is not a basket, but it is a container :-0

Nickel
01-22-2006, 07:02 PM
Midge you made me grin, first thing I did was look and try to figure out the basket, missed reading it was apples in a hat. Then I scroll down, and there you've answered my querry, it's a container!!!:D :D :D Very good work with the highlights on the apples and love the hat! :wave: Nickel

PushingPixels
01-22-2006, 07:44 PM
wow... Only Sunday and already some yummy looking pieces here. Tyree your poitrait is so clasic!
mauricar I love your composition as well now I have a new artist to look up! I love the subtle textures in the background!

Well for this week I did a little research on women painters (you gotta have a woman with all thes men right!)

I chose Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625) She became the first woman artist of the Renaissance internationally known for her portraits, serving as court painter to Philip II, King of Spain, for over a decade.
Michelangelo even sent her some drawings, which she copied and sent back to him for criticism. She was a prolific painter: more than 30 signed pictures survived from her years in Cremona, with a total of about 50 works that have been securely attributed to her. Late in her life she was visited by a young painter Anthony van Dyck. A drawing of her appears in his sketchbooks, along with excerpts of the advice she gave him about painting.(BET he loved that!) Due to her sex she could not study anatomy, she instead began to paint poitraits, exploring a new type of portraiture with sitters in informal domestic settings. Her international stature inspired many young women to become painters.

http://members.fortunecity.com/illusions99/artists/anguissola/sofonisba.htm

Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625) Self Poitrait
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2006/44004-anguissola_original.jpg

My version - a little difficulty with the eyes and mouth - size 5x7 graphite on paper
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2006/44004-sofonisba-Small.jpg

Nickel
01-22-2006, 08:04 PM
Very Nice Barbara! I think you did a really nice study. You have her very very close to the drawing. Your proportions are really good. Your fabric and jewelry view nicely too! Bravo! I like seeing how each week you have used a different method to show your art. And Thanks for sharing her story! My how I love to read all the information you found out about her. I am sure she was much loved. How wonderful it must have been to have Michelangelo review ones work.
:) Nickel

mauricar
01-22-2006, 08:06 PM
PushingPixels: Beautiful portrait. You did a nice job. I went to the site and just love her painting of three children. It is really hard to get three well. I just did a portrait commission of triplets. The mother said I captured one just perfect, but the others look alittle bit too heavy, so I must redo it. Phew!

Anyway, enough about my work. I just love your piece.

AriadneArts
01-22-2006, 08:51 PM
Hi Everybody! Wow! Week #4 already! Sorry I've been MIA but I've been too, too busy. Just letting you know I'm alive, kickin' and still involved. I'm waaay behind on my commenting and thank you's, but I'll catch up. I'm working on a piece by Jan Asselyn (1610-1652). I'm doing it in acrylics on canvas, so I'll probably be one of the later posters this week.

It's so funny, Margie and Rose. I'm working in oils and acrylics lately--two mediums I'm not used to--and I keep thinking "I should have done this in watercolor." I guess it all depends on what you've the most experience with and, consequently feel most comfortable working with.

I'll be back tomorrow to catch up on comments and thank you's. Meantime, keep up the great work! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2006/6306-32313-c043nodding_head_smilie.gif

Chloe_1
01-22-2006, 09:24 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2006/68155-IMG_0082.JPG
Hi everyone.. Very good work ..Mauricar,PushingPixels,Rose and Tyree.
~ Well in week four I've decided to post this one. It's called The Source by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres .. Neo Classical Painter (1780-1867)~
Watercolor and Ink on 2.5x3.5 ACEO.

Nickel
01-22-2006, 10:26 PM
This is really nice Chloe. I like the colors you have used and the flow of the paint really adds to the effect of a peaceful moment. Really interesting:clap:

Nickel:)

Chloe_1
01-22-2006, 10:44 PM
Tks. Nickel.. ;-)))

tyree
01-22-2006, 11:30 PM
midge, im getting a red x where your painting should be, ill try to get it tomorrow, hopefully a computer glitch:crying: pushingpixels, a very interesting story, she was quite beautiful...youve captured her quizzical look very well, and a very very nice job on her gown...chloe,, a very lovely rendition of this bather, love the soft colour...nickel,,,its a gator:eek: it was near the everglades, but i live in southwest florida.....tyree

Chloe_1
01-23-2006, 01:07 AM
tks tyree;-))

mauricar
01-23-2006, 10:41 AM
Chloe, a nice rendition of this painting.

tyree
01-23-2006, 08:25 PM
midge,, finally got to see your painting, beautiful work, has an oriental touch to it!!!! tyree:clap: :wave:

Nickel
01-23-2006, 10:03 PM
Here is one of my fav artist.

Francisco Jose de Goya
Self-Portrait, 1799
Etching and aquatint.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jan-2006/39040-wcImage060.jpg

4.5x5.5 inches, charcoal sketch, paper.

link
http://www.fotos.org/galeria/data/537/Francisco-de-Goya-Self-Portrait-Frontpiece-to-Caprichos.jpg

Web Museum
http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/goya/

:) Nickel

PushingPixels
01-23-2006, 11:54 PM
Chloe... what a lovely composition you have chosen and I love what you have done with the color framing your lady.

Nikel very nice poitrait :) very dapper top hat don't you agree. It is so interesting to see the fashion changes thru the ages.

Thanks for the kind words on my sharing what I have learned. I love to share especially with such gracious people.

Adriane I'm sure your piece will be worth the wait. Sometimes it is a real challenge to get everything done. I am surprised I have been able to keep up so far... but it is fun and I'm learning so much.

Chloe_1
01-24-2006, 12:49 AM
Midge , those apples look delicious~
Pushingpixels,tks. pushing
You've done a very nice portrait... The history is very interesting considering woman of that time didn't have equal rights. It's wonderful you share this as it is very inspirational~
Nickel, Interesting looking character. I like the shape of his hat.

Nickel
01-24-2006, 09:54 AM
Thanks Barbara, Chloe, yes, I love his hat! The more gruff a man, the more attraction, lol, in my case. It helps a lot to have a dapper top hat too! :D

Nickel:wave:

tyree
01-24-2006, 11:24 AM
nickel...great charcoal sketch, love his haughty look that youve given him...tyree:clap: :wave:

Nickel
01-24-2006, 11:31 AM
nickel...great charcoal sketch, love his haughty look that youve given him...tyree:clap: :wave:

LOL Tyree, he saw that gator! :cat:

Nehalenia
01-25-2006, 01:08 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/67591-babbecomicversion.jpg

Frans Harmenszoon Hals (1582? -1666)
Malle Babbe
Dutch Baroque

Malle Babbe herself didn't think much of the painting.
"An owl on my shoulder? I'm not a witch!"
"The owl is a symbol of wisdom" Frans Hals said.

(From "De Zoon van Malle Babbe" - Frank Herzen 1999)

Frans Hals was the firstborn son of a clothworker from Mechelen who went to Antwerp, where Frans was born somewhere between 1581 - 1586. Later on, his family moved to Haarlem, undoubtely to flee from the "Spanish fury". Haarlem had been sieged in 1572-1573, but by 1582 the city was free and industry boomed as never before. There were 20.000 looms in the city, plenty of work for a good clothworker.

Very litle is known of Frans Hals' education. The city had a painting school (allegedly painted by Michael Sweerts), led by Karel van Mander. Frans Hals never went to Amsterdam or Italy to learn from another master. He cultivated his own style.

He became master of the St. Lucas Guild in 1620 and quickly became a portrait painter in high demand.
His first wife was called Anneke. She didn't live very long and two years later he remarried with Lysbeth. They had 11 children and lived on the Bakenessergracht.

According to city records, Frans Hals was in almost continous debt and he died a poor man in 1666.
He was burried with honour by the St. Lucas Guild and lies in the Great or St. Bavo church, the main church of the city.

It's an evil rumour that Frans Hals was an alcoholic. He was probably mistaken for Frans Corneliszoon Hals, who WAS a drunk. And Malle Babbe wasn't a witch. She was a barmaid with a bad case of Korsakov syndrome. So she was a drunk too. With over 60 breweries in the city, that wasn't hard to do anyway. The water in the river Spaarne was polluted, so you either got the cholera or you got drunk. Haarlem beer tastes MUCH better than Spaarne water.

Frans Hals painted himself into one of the group portraits of the Civic Guard. Maybe you like to find the painting with three St. Lucas Guild members in it.

http://www.franshalsmuseum.nl/index_en.html

AriadneArts
01-25-2006, 01:36 PM
Wow, another week of wonderful studies!

Tyree: Lovely portrait study--very evocative.

Midge: Nice work--love the apples.

Barbara: You really nailed her expression. Good work.

Chloe: Nice study--really like your colors.

Nickel: Nice Goya study! Goya is one of my favorites.

Nehalenia: I'm really enjoying your History Series! Thank you. Keep 'em coming! :clap:
BTW, what is Korsakov syndrome?

Here is my offering this week. It's by Dutch painter Jan Asselyn 1620-1652.
The Threatened Swan - 1652, Oil on Canvas:

Original:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/6306-Asselyn--The_Threatened_Swan.jpg

My Study: Acrylic on canvas - 5-1/2" x 4-1/2"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/6306-Threatened_Swan_Study--Asselyn_wk4_rz.jpg

Nehalenia
01-25-2006, 02:27 PM
BTW, what is Korsakov syndrome?


It's a form of brain damage causing loss of memory and emotional outbursts. It's mostly caused by alcohol abuse, but can also be caused by malnutrition.



Here is my offering this week. It's by Dutch painter Jan Asselyn 1620-1652.
The Threatened Swan - 1652, Oil on Canvas:

Original:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/6306-Asselyn--The_Threatened_Swan.jpg

My Study: Acrylic on canvas - 5-1/2" x 4-1/2"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/6306-Threatened_Swan_Study--Asselyn_wk4_rz.jpg

Terrific! I like this very much! :clap: It's nice to see this in miniature, it's a charming contrast with the original whih is huge. And here's another painting with a story attached to it!

Margie

Nehalenia
01-25-2006, 02:57 PM
Midge: I admire the range of texture and shading you achieve with CP! I would like to try CP myself someday. (There are not enough hours in the day!)

Barbara: Thanks for choosing this master painter! I had not heard of her and I'm especially interested in woman painters, Also in the history of Spain and I collect pictures of paintings from the Spanish court. So now I have another Philips II and Elisabeth of Valois.

You've captured the delicacy of the original very well in your study.

Chloe: Instantly recognized it as Ingres "The Source". Good choice to do it in watercolour, it's very appropriate for the subject.

Nickel: A very dashing looking Mr. de Goya!

Nickel
01-25-2006, 04:56 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/67591-babbecomicversion.jpg

Frans Harmenszoon Hals (1582? -1666)
Malle Babbe
Dutch Baroque

Malle Babbe herself didn't think much of the painting.
"An owl on my shoulder? I'm not a witch!"
"The owl is a symbol of wisdom" Frans Hals said.

(From "De Zoon van Malle Babbe" - Frank Herzen 1999)




Really cute Margie :wave:

Nickel
01-25-2006, 05:00 PM
Here is my offering this week. It's by Dutch painter Jan Asselyn 1620-1652.
The Threatened Swan - 1652, Oil on Canvas:

My Study: Acrylic on canvas - 5-1/2" x 4-1/2"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/6306-Threatened_Swan_Study--Asselyn_wk4_rz.jpg

Eileen, this is a lovely work!!! I like the tenderness you've used and the boldness of expression with the brush. Very fine work indeed!!!! Bravo!
:wave: Nickel

Nickel
01-25-2006, 05:06 PM
Eileen, it is nice to know you like Goya too! Thanks for the comment.

Margie, thank you too! :D

Nickel

weckster
01-25-2006, 05:15 PM
OK. A bit late starting but here are my four offerings. All done in watercolour pencil. Art card (Arches 300g) 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.



1. After JMW Turner's "Moonlight", a study at Millbanck 1797.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/37194-Turner1.jpg

2. After JMW Turner's "Snowstorm", 1842.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/37194-Turner_2.jpg

3. After El Greco's St Francis and Brother Leo (1600 - 1605)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/37194-El_Greco.jpg

weckster
01-25-2006, 05:20 PM
and no. 4 -
after Degas' Dopo il Bagno. 1886http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/37194-Degas-pic.jpg
(again WCP and 2.5 x 3.5 inches)

Nickel
01-25-2006, 05:36 PM
OK. A bit late starting but here are my four offerings. All done in watercolour pencil. Art card (Arches 300g) 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.

Welcome to the journey Erica! :wave:

1. After JMW Turner's "Moonlight", a study at Millbanck 1797.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/37194-Turner1.jpg

I like this one very much! You have a knack for understanding Turner! Very clam and beautiful!

2. After JMW Turner's "Snowstorm", 1842.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/37194-Turner_2.jpg

Yep! This looks like a snowstorm :D Burr cold!

3. After El Greco's St Francis and Brother Leo (1600 - 1605)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/37194-El_Greco.jpg

Very good rendention of a skull! I like your colors alot!

Nickel
01-25-2006, 05:44 PM
and no. 4 -
after Degas' Dopo il Bagno. 1886http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/37194-Degas-pic.jpg
(again WCP and 2.5 x 3.5 inches)

I like this one too! I had not seen this one by Degas.
She may be caught in a spring shower :D Very nice!

Nickel
01-25-2006, 05:47 PM
For those that may wonder about Degas and classical art, he disliked being referred to as an Impressionist and he himself called his work independent or he referred to himself as a realist. :wave: Nickel

rosebard
01-25-2006, 09:00 PM
Wow I have being missing the fun around here!! :)

Tyree, lovely graphite work. :)

Margie, great to hear I am not alone on watercolors. :D Yeah I like the delicate look of it too.

I couldnt help to laugh Margie. Gime that beer!!! LOLOL Great painting though. :) Very Fran Hals indeed. Lovely info too. :)

Nickel, I have a little set of 12 watercolor tubes. I try to use as limited as possible just like oils. Nice charcoal work on Goya! :)

Midge, very nice. I remember this one from ARC site. I loved the ones I saw from him there. I love apples. Thanks for introducing me to Prentice.

Eilleen, awesome work with Acrylics! :)

ERica Welcome!!! Not late at all. And great work! 4 entries at the same time? Well it is just a feast for us!! :)

Nickel Thanks about the info on Degas. Cool, I didnt know that. The great thing about sharing what you find out is that. Because we learn so much from each other and that is a real treasure. :)

Barb, awesome review on the artist. I really liked meeting this lady. She was quite something wasnt she? Very talented. I can imagine how she felt at her time. being a woman and so talented among a society of men! :) You did well on the drawing!! :)

I was just thinking of women painter on older times when I was thinking of my favorite artist self portrait today, Vigee-LeBrun's!

Lovely colors Chloe! :) So much freedom in there! :)

That is the problem of not following up the thread. :( Lots to read and see! But I wouldnt miss it at all. Thanks everybody for showing your works so far. I hope to bring a nice one this week. :)

S.McPherson
01-25-2006, 09:06 PM
Hi All, Didn't post in week #3 as I never found it! I seem to have trouble navigating this forum, I never see where you post a new thread, just "post reply". Anyway, here is Federigo da Montefeltro and his wife Battista Sforza, 1472 tempera on wood. Artist is Piero della Francesca. Montefeltro, a Duke commissioned this portraits after the death of his wife. His nose is this unsual shape because it was shattered during the joust in which his eye was damaged. The artist makes a distinguishing feature of the nose, to help portray a true likeness of the duke, warts and all. when looking closer at the two faces in detail, she is painted with flawless, pale skin and her tightly bound hair and looks ageless. He, on the othe hand, has been painted more realistically, with wrinkled eyes and skin, a double chin, and moles on his cheek. Thanks for looking.:wave: Sandy w/c on 300# waterford paper.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/65215-100_0212.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/65215-100_0213.JPG

rosebard
01-25-2006, 09:22 PM
Nice one Sandy!!! :)

Sorry to hear you missed Week #3! Anytime you need help, just send anyone (or everyone) a pm. We all love helping!

Goodnight folks, you all a great bunch of people. I am glad you all here! :)

Chloe_1
01-25-2006, 09:48 PM
Nehalinia ,Great rendition.. Love the look on the owls face.. hahaha;-)
AriadneArts, Wonder what is threatning the swan.. Effective expression of ill at ease look on his face. Thanks
Weckster, Four to boot!!!Love all fours. Thanks!!
Sandy, I love your version..Very nice
Thanks Rose ,Looking forward to your painting or drawing..;-))

PushingPixels
01-25-2006, 09:55 PM
This post just keeps getting better and better.

What great additions. Nehalenia what a hoot... If owls drink beer do they hang upside down. ;)
Ariadne, LOVELY! It was worth the wait. weckster - nice work :)
S.McPherson - nice likeness - thanks for the info as well.

weckster
01-25-2006, 10:43 PM
I like this one too! I had not seen this one by Degas.
She may be caught in a spring shower :D Very nice!



Thanks Nickel. It's a great idea for an Art Card series.
I learn tons from looking intensely at the pictures. Turner's Snowstorm, for example, I had not realised in the back ground that there was an island city or town.

Nor did I realise how few colours they tend to use. Degas is particularly sparing.
Wonderful concept. I wanted to join from the start, but have just managed to post. Thanks!

tyree
01-26-2006, 01:14 AM
thanks first everyone for the wonderful art history!!! nehalenia, way too funny, what a great job on this!!! eileen..a stunning rendition of this piece on such small a scale, very impressive...erica,,, a good job on all but, the degas is my favorite, its simplicity is very nice...sandy,,,glad you joined, a very interesting pick, and history background, terrific job on both, particularily the woman....tyree:wave:

AriadneArts
01-26-2006, 08:30 AM
Thanks so much for your lovely comments Margie, Nickel, Rose, Chloe Barbara and Tyree.

Margie, now you've made me curious. What story do you have concerning the painting? I'm assuming it was his last or one of his last as it was painted the year he died.

Erica, welcome! Very nice treat--four in one week. I especially like the Turner--just beautifully rendered.

Sandy, lovely study of the della Francesca portraits. Yours has more 'feeling' in it--they seem to be gazing upon one another with affection, and you achieved very nice detail on that cold-pressed (or rough?) paper, no easy feat.

Nehalenia
01-26-2006, 11:18 AM
Margie, now you've made me curious. What story do you have concerning the painting? I'm assuming it was his last or one of his last as it was painted the year he died.

Eileen, if you look closely someone has written "raads pensionaris" (pensionary) under the swan and "de viand van de staat" (enemy of the state) above the dog.
The pensionary alluded to was Johan de Witt, whose family emblem has a swan in it.

http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/images/aria/sk/z/sk-a-4.z

It couldn't have been Jan Asselijn who wrote this. Johan de Witt became state pensionairy of Holland in 1653.

"enemy of the state" is not Spain. The war with Spain was over in 1648.
Most likely candidate is England. During De Witt's administration, England and Holland battled for nothing less than world power and control of sea trading routes. The dog (John Bull) fits as a symbol.

But the "author" could also be alluding to the House of Orange. De Witt had manoeuvred the House of Orange out of power with some sly politics. He had the support of the wealthy Amsterdam traders and merchants, who bought paintings like you and I would buy postcards. During De Witt's administration the volume of goods traded went through the roof and it is because of this period that the 17th century is called "The Golden Age".

Not everyone was happy with Johan de Witt. He and his brother died a gruesome death at the hands of the Orangists and possibly by order of William III of Orange Nassau (King William I of England, Scotland and Ireland).

Margie

Nickel
01-26-2006, 10:39 PM
Hi All, Didn't post in week #3 as I never found it! I seem to have trouble navigating this forum, I never see where you post a new thread, just "post reply".

Sandy, So sorry to read you lost us! But glad you found us:clap: :clap: :clap:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/65215-100_0212.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/65215-100_0213.JPG

I really like this painting Sandy! You show emotion I have never seen in these two. Very sweet and charming, thanks for letting me see them in this way! He is most dashing in his own way and loved truly by the gaze in her eyes! Nice!

:wave: Nickel

rhysyllanfair
01-28-2006, 08:16 AM
I tried to post this yesterday and it seemed to work, but now no posts for 1/27 appear on this thread. Is there a problem? At any rate, I'll try again. Here is a 5"x7" oil on canvas after Diego Valasquez' 'Surrender of Breda'. It's a detail from this large painting, and another in a series of portraits I hope to do weekly through the year. I used the traditional classical technique of grisaille, velatura and glazes, but I think I will go to more direct painting or even another media like colored pencils for a couple of weeks. I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but I find it hard to complete even a small piece in the classical technique in a week because of the drying time.

Robert

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2006/49654-Velasquez.JPG

PushingPixels
01-28-2006, 08:37 AM
Robert
Stunning! I hope to learn oils (next on my list) Yes a week is not long but the accelerated pace has kept me drawing and working on a regular basis. That is why a lot of our items posted look like sketches rather than finished pieces.
I am actually still working the very first project in my spare time, refining it etc. I may only do the first though. My plans are to make a book of my cards (52) by the end of the year. Showing my sketches and the original master artist. It may be a web project (less costly).
Anywho glad to see your work.
Keep those brushes wet :)

AriadneArts
01-28-2006, 10:03 AM
Eileen, if you look closely someone has written "raads pensionaris" (pensionary) under the swan and "de viand van de staat" (enemy of the state) above the dog.

Margie

Thanks Margie! LOL, I never saw the dog. As you can see, I painted it as a rock. Tee hee......:D So much for photos of art--even on the internet.

I remember when I saw my first Van Goghs at the l'Orangerie in Paris. I was stunned, brought to tears and had to sit down to collect myself. The textures were amazing--something that definitely doesn't come through in photos of them.

Robert, very nicely done!

Ingoodcompany
01-28-2006, 10:35 AM
Hi Robert, I like what you've done. What is Velatura?
Cheers,
Ingoodcompany

rosebard
01-28-2006, 12:10 PM
Here is a 5"x7" oil on canvas after Diego Valasquez' 'Surrender of Breda'. It's a detail from this large painting, and another in a series of portraits I hope to do weekly through the year. I used the traditional classical technique of grisaille, velatura and glazes, but I think I will go to more direct painting or even another media like colored pencils for a couple of weeks. I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but I find it hard to complete even a small piece in the classical technique in a week because of the drying time.

Robert

Really nice work Robert. What medium do you use Robert? Have you tried liquin? YOu know classical technique have variations and you can use them for your advantadge. Though I know time is not really a deal when comes to classical. I am not sure about portraits, as the only techniques I have tried in portraits was using the normal and long approach. On the lanscape after John Constable I worked with liquin and painted within a week working with transparent underpainting, glazes and opaque application. And it was a medium size canvas. Would be interesting to see your work in other medias too. :) Good luck looking forward to see you WEEk #5 too. :)

Nehalenia
01-28-2006, 01:11 PM
I remember when I saw my first Van Goghs at the l'Orangerie in Paris. I was stunned, brought to tears and had to sit down to collect myself. The textures were amazing--something that definitely doesn't come through in photos of them.


I know! The photos only capture the scene that is depicted. Everything else is not even close to the real paintings. It's not only the amazing textures. The Van Gogh's in Amsterdam hang in a large hall, together with other impressionist paintings. You can pick out the Van Goghs from a distance by the sheer brilliance of their colors, they literally glow.

The same is true for Rembrandt and Frans Hals. The Jewish Bride is almost a sculpture, that's how thick the impastos are! And there's nothing like the experience of walking down the great hall in the Rijksmuseum with the Nightwatch at the end of it. Its sheer size is impressive, but like the Van Gogh's, it sparkles with light and color.

There's one group portrait of Hals that hangs all by itself in a room. It covers the entire wall and allthough I see it at least 4 times a year, every time I walk in the room I swear I can see the figures move and look at me. I don't know how to explain, it's the same reaction I would have when walking into a room full of people who suddenly stop talking. They are so incredibly real. And they seem to wink when I leave the room!

I wish you could see the Threatened Swan. That's also a painting that shocks you the moment you see it, like there's really this huge bird coming at you. Absolute masterpiece!

I could go on and on and on. It's high time they invent something like the transporter thingies in Startrek, so you could all come over and I could show you around in Amsterdam and Haarlem. That would be great fun!

Margie

mauricar
01-28-2006, 01:15 PM
Really nice work Robert. I am looking forward to seeing your CP art.

rhysyllanfair
01-28-2006, 01:30 PM
Thanks to all for looking.

Ingoodcompany, please don't rely on me for explaining classical terms, but my understanding (and the way I approach it) is that the velatura is the first application of colors to the original monochromatic grisaille. For me, the grisaille establishes the basic values in lights and darks, and the velatura establishes the basic color pattern and the relative values of colors. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

Rose, I'm using just turp for the grisaille, half-and-half turp and linseed oil for the velatura, and just linseed oil for glazes. I'm going to get some liquin and try that for speeding up drying. I've never used it. It's a never-ending learning process.

Robert

Nehalenia
01-28-2006, 01:59 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2006/49654-Velasquez.JPG
This is wonderfull! Well, I guess by now everybody knows I love paintings pertaining to the Dutch Revolt and this is one of them. Also a painting with a story.
The way you've captured the expression of the soldier is amazing. For me as a Dutch person, it's completely believable and it is how I picture in my mind what the battle of Breda was like. :clap::clap::clap:


I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but I find it hard to complete even a small piece in the classical technique in a week because of the drying time.


If I go all the way, using what you call the classical technique (I'm not sure what you mean with that, but it's OK, I get the gist), no, I definitely can't finish a painting in one week and I hardly use any stand oil, just a few drops for the last layer or so. But Velasques didn't use that kind of technique. His paintings are alla prima or nearly so.

The solution I've come up with is one I read Dutch/Flemish painters did. These were, for all practical purposes, production studios. What a painter would do is to work in advance, but leave the painting in "deadpaint" (underpainting). Clients could then choose a painting they liked and the master would finish the painting with lean glazings within a week.
So now I've got about 10 canvasses and canvasboards drying, some just the ground, some with imprimatura, some with underpainting in various stages. We've got 47 weeks left, plenty of time if you plan ahead! Hope this is of some help. :)

Margie

Nehalenia
01-28-2006, 02:11 PM
1. After JMW Turner's "Moonlight", a study at Millbanck 1797.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/37194-Turner1.jpg



Hi Erica! I like all four of your watercolor CP's, but this is my favourite. :)
Wonderfull mysterious mood!

Margie

Nehalenia
01-28-2006, 02:15 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2006/65215-100_0213.JPG

Sweet! Putting them together in one painting has a nice feel, they seemed so lonely each in their own frame. And "the nose" of him is well done. Like it!!!

Margie

Nickel
01-28-2006, 02:47 PM
I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but I find it hard to complete even a small piece in the classical technique in a week because of the drying time.

Robert



It is nearly impossible to do layers, even thin ones in a week unless you use a painting medium to speed the drying. I have looked at buying sketching oils or alkyds but like Margie mentioned, you can plan ahead and do pieces for the later weeks in stages allowing time for proper drying or do an alla prima. Acrylics are an option for the studies to consider. Pencil sketches are good to practice too. Keep up the good work in your studies. Your doing great!

obxladybear
01-28-2006, 03:05 PM
As usual, I am running behind...but the good news is the reason I am running behind is because I am spending a lot more time in the studio actually painting again (except for grandma duty, of course)....now gettiing ready for a show in March...and I think without this exercise to keep me painting and coming up with something each week, I may have just blown the art show off and said "next year"....thanks, everyone for keeping me motivated....and even though I don't comment on everyone's contributions, I am really impressed by what I am seeing.

My Week #4:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2006/30099-week-4.JPG

Nickel
01-28-2006, 05:28 PM
Charlene very nice and one of my favorite paintings!!! I can see you are doing well. So glad you are reaping benefits from the journey. Me too! Good luck with the March show!!!:wave:

Nickel

Nickel
01-28-2006, 05:33 PM
Here is the link to week #5

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4285151#post4285151

Nickel :)

rosebard
01-28-2006, 06:01 PM
Week #5 already????? :eek: Eekkkk I am getting behind again. :(

Charlene well done! It looks cool!! :)

AriadneArts
01-28-2006, 07:15 PM
Excellent, Charlene! Very faithful to the original.

Fish<><
01-28-2006, 09:10 PM
Gosh Guys! You all left me in the restroom at the last stop on this journey. :D

I've had some computer problems, but I'm back up and running. Here are some of the little sketches from da Vinci that I have for this week.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2006/54332-daVinci_wk4.jpg

AriadneArts
01-28-2006, 11:30 PM
Wonderful quartet, Keith! They definitely have the look of the master about them.

Nickel
01-29-2006, 11:38 AM
Keith, lol, I didn't forgot you! Your just gonna have to hurry it up there!!!:D I should have warned you of eating those 12 hotdogs with chili :p

You too Rose! Come on, I don't know is the food too good? I think week 5 we will port at a seaside cafe and have mermaids dancing with seals for entertainment, a jolly old clown serving drinks and shrimp cocktails. Hurry :D
I've heard news that several famous artists will be there to share conversation and goodtimes!

Lovely studies of DaVinci Keith! Glad your comp is ok now!

Nickel

rosebard
01-29-2006, 01:52 PM
Run late on this week but finally made it.

Here it is:
Andreas Achenbach
born Sept. 29, 1815, Kassel, Hesse
died April 1, 1910, Düsseldorf, Ger.
landscape painter, a pioneer of the German realist school. He studied at the Düsseldorf academy under Johann Wilhelm Schirmer, but emancipated himself from the contemporary school of landscapists that delighted in the representation of romantic scenery. He was the first artist of the Düsseldorf school to paint nature for its own sake. His pictures of the stormy North Sea, of Dutch canal scenes, and of Rhineland villages contrasted favourably with the sentimental landscapes of his contemporaries. His brother Oswald was also a painter.

Reference used:
http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/image.asp?id=8484

My rendition in Watercolors. Post card size.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2006/54461-photos_060.jpg

rosebard
01-29-2006, 01:54 PM
Keith awesome drawings. :clap: Glad you made it too!! :) Now we off to Week #5 right?

AriadneArts
01-29-2006, 05:18 PM
Lovely piece, Rose. I like the softness of it.

Another artist I don't know. I looked him up and he has some beautiful landscapes. Thanks.

AriadneArts
01-29-2006, 05:20 PM
I wish you could see the Threatened Swan. That's also a painting that shocks you the moment you see it, like there's really this huge bird coming at you. Absolute masterpiece!

I could go on and on and on. It's high time they invent something like the transporter thingies in Startrek, so you could all come over and I could show you around in Amsterdam and Haarlem. That would be great fun!

Margie

I wish I could see it too. If I ever get out your way, I'll get in touch. It would be great fun to visit the museums and see these marvelous works in person.

Fish<><
01-29-2006, 10:37 PM
Keith awesome drawings. :clap: Glad you made it too!! :) Now we off to Week #5 right?

LOL I'm running to catch up. Don't drive too fast! :D

I promise to be caught back up soon!

Nickel
02-01-2006, 01:05 AM
Run late on this week but finally made it.



My rendition in Watercolors. Post card size.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2006/54461-photos_060.jpg


Very Nice Rose! Your doing really well with watercolor and landscapes!!!! You have a good understanding of clouds and show their mass well!!!

Nickel
02-01-2006, 01:07 AM
Here are some of the little sketches from da Vinci that I have for this week.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2006/54332-daVinci_wk4.jpg

Keith, is it ok if I crop these and post individual for the gallery? Let me know, thanks, Nickel

Fish<><
02-01-2006, 10:33 PM
Keith, is it ok if I crop these and post individual for the gallery? Let me know, thanks, Nickel

Absolutely! They are individual cards anyway so a crop would be great. :)

Nickel
02-01-2006, 10:43 PM
Cool, thanks Keith!