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02-01-2006, 07:25 PM
Howdy, it’s February 01 2006 and time to think about Valentines. Join us in painting a classical inspired style Valentine. Come discuss classic techniques, share tips, post work and enjoy the fellowship of like minds working in various mediums. Contemporary, traditional and romantic classical styles are all welcome. Below are some examples of a work you may like to paint. It would be cool to see your choice and learn about your classical artist or classical technique you will use. If you would like to know more about the history of Valentines, here is an interesting link to explore: http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/valentine/

See you soon! Nickel, Rose, and Barb :wave:

02-01-2006, 07:31 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2006/39040-rossettiGhirlandata.jpg La Ghirlandata

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Venus Verticordia
Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Venus and Cupid
Evelyn De Morgan
40x20 inches 102x51cm

02-01-2006, 07:35 PM

The Woodman's Daughter
Sir John Everett Millais


Tristan and Isolde
Edmund Blair Leighton


The Lantern-Maker's
William Holman Hunt


Birth of Venus
(La Naissance de Vénus)
Alexandre Cabanel

02-01-2006, 07:39 PM

Venus at the Mirror
Peter Paul Rubens


A Slave to Love and the
Lightof his Eyes
(Abdel Ghourem et Nour el Aïn)
Etienne Dinet


(Les Coquelicots)
Léon Comerre


Boreas and Oreithyia
Evelyn De Morgan


The Love Potion
Evelyn De Morgan

02-01-2006, 07:43 PM

Basket of Flowers

Jan Bosschaert


Brazilian cattleya and humming
bird, 1871

Martin Johnson Heade


Evelyn De Morgan


The Measure for the Wedding
Michael Frederick Halliday

02-01-2006, 07:55 PM
Cool idea, Nickel! I hadn't seen very much of Evelyn De Morgan's work before.

Barb Solomon:cat:

02-01-2006, 07:59 PM
Thanks Barb, I am really excited to paint one of these or more than one of these. There are lots more artist to chose from too! I am ready to have some fun! :D

02-01-2006, 09:28 PM
Such great choices of paintings. I love this one Nickel:
Brazilian cattleya and humming
bird, 1871

Martin Johnson Heade

02-02-2006, 12:13 AM
I found this other painting of a basket with glass! Kind of cool for a Valentine Painting


Basket of Glasses

Sebastian Stoskopff


02-02-2006, 01:06 AM
Oh goody. Baskets. Yum...... Guess which one I am going to paint for a valentine card...Hehehehehehehehehehe.

02-02-2006, 01:37 AM
These are just lovely Nickel - where do you find these jewels of art! And I was just going to cut a folded red heart! My favorite - Poppies
(Les Coquelicots)Léon Comerre

Love the clothing style! very 20's Art Nuveou ( my spelling's off I know) thats why we invented spell check right?

02-02-2006, 07:49 AM
Hi Rose, Midge, and Barbara! Glad you see something you like! It will be cool to work on one of these. Lots more artists to chose from so if anyone didn't like these it would be ok to work another artist. I am romantic at heart, so lets have some fun. Midge I always keep my eye out for a basket for you! I liked the girl with poppies too, she is very beautiful. And I knew Rose would love the Brazilian flower. I kept trying to find some handsome romantic men, not many of them in paint. Got one here, but he's mine :D I hope to post something tonight if I can get into the studio and work. Feel much better. :wave:

02-02-2006, 12:23 PM
wow, great valentines to choose from!!!! tyree:wave:

02-02-2006, 11:20 PM
Tried - classically inspired Valentine but with a modern style...
What do you guys and gals think -- I'll have to try one that is really
close to one of the above paintings




02-03-2006, 01:44 AM
Hey! If we are going to post some fun valentines, here is mine (very classic but not classical).

I bought a box of chocolates, but can't find them?

Here is to all of us who love chocolate and love this holiday!


02-03-2006, 07:57 AM
Welcome to Classical Art Forum Samantha! Is that watercolor? Nice one. Looking forward to see your Classical one. I am glad you feel classical inspired. :)

Midge who is that nice little cute boy? Are you giving a go at one of the Classical choices? Or you going for the basket? Cant wait to see it.

I have started mine. I cropped it, matched to canvas size, etc.... I am going to do draw today hopely. See you guys later. Oh, I am going to do guess which one???

C y!!

02-03-2006, 01:08 PM
Samatha - That is a cute contemporary styled card!

I hope that you do try your hand at a classical card!

Midge - Hmmm, that ‘s a real sweetie! It’s really a great drawing.

I’m thinking that it reminds me of some of the Victorian paintings. Who can’t love a kid with candy?!!! Ah the little things in life!

Great job!:clap: :clap: :clap:

Barb Solomon:cat:

Valri Ary
02-03-2006, 06:06 PM
Count me in for doing or at least trying the Poppies (Les Coquelicots) Léon Comerre.
I think it will be in wc.......kinda my thing these last few days!

02-03-2006, 06:29 PM
Hi there!! :)

There comes my drawing. I was looking for some flowers to paint on medium size canvas I have. Thanks Nickel for the inspiration on this one. I plan to start tomorrow an underpainting with raw umber. I havent had the time to look into this artist a bit further and try to track what method he may have used. Though we seem to have variation of the use of traditional methods there arent many of them to choose from anyway, so looking at the pic a raw umber sees to make sense to use.

size: 17 X 14

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2006/54461-photos.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2006/54461-39040-martinJohnsonHeadeBrazilianCattleyacrop.jpg

02-03-2006, 06:36 PM
Hi Valri, Welcome!!! Nice to have you onboard!! :)

02-03-2006, 07:14 PM
Believe it or not I started. Want to finish by Vday so using a pre-toned 11x14 canvas. I have no clue what color I used to tone it with, just one sitting in the corner. Just a quick outline and time for it to set and dry before I continue. I am not going to have time to do all the detail I know. I'll just give it my best.

Venus Verticordia

Don't you just love the start of a painting. :eek:

02-03-2006, 07:21 PM
Don't you just love the start of a painting. :eek:

Yeah I do, but just wait when we get into the details and etc. etc.. etc... LOLOL

That is interesting painting you have choosen Nickel. I can wait to see what you can do. :) I plan to finish mine until Valentine too. Lets see then!! :)

02-03-2006, 07:29 PM
Hi Susan, which one are you thinking about doing? I can't wait to see!

Hi Samantha, nice to meet you! Thanks for sharing your valentine girl with us!
I hope you will try to do one of the classical paintings. Many of them in this style are either oil or watercolor.

Midge, what a cute little guy, he looks really kissable :)

Hi Valri, welcome, I can't wait to see your start! This lady is really a beautiful person. Watercolor will be lovely!

Hi Rose, good start! I love the crop you selected. Have fun!

Valri Ary
02-03-2006, 08:38 PM
K, here's the poppie girl (no not poopie girl :eek: ) Well, she's not painted yet so we'll see if I get the title of poopie painter girl!!!
Sorry the photo is so crappy but it's getting evening and my flash doesn't seem to be doing it's job. That and the sketch is pretty light. I've adjusted it a bit in ps so you can get the idea.
I bought some new brushes.......so this little baby gets the first crack at the new 'squirrel' brushes. :rolleyes:
Thanks for the warm welcome. :wave:


02-03-2006, 08:57 PM
Sorry, but I think I am going to have to back out of this challenge. I have so much on my plate right now I don't have time to work on the basket. So many portraits and leather commissions that I don't have time for the fun stuff. Catch you next month. Or, if I can get everything done, I'll be a later bloomer. I will watch though. Have fun yu'all!

Valri Ary
02-03-2006, 10:23 PM
"bout an hour and a half into it. I'm liking it so that's always a good thing. I hate it when I hate what I've done. Not a whole lot of inspiration left if that happens!
I'm a bit ticked at myself for not checking on the face shape better but it was a quick 'down and dirty' little sketch and poof I got at it with the paints. My DH told me the face was a bit off but I continued anyhow. I should listen to him. Ah well.
Off to toss a bit more paint around.
HEY, where is everyone??? :cat:


Valri Ary
02-03-2006, 10:25 PM
DUP post..........sorry!

02-03-2006, 10:40 PM
LoL Midge..I like the look in his eyes..like he's saying ..hee hee hee ..this is where the chocolate is .hahaha
Nice valentine samsfleursdelis..love the shades in her dress;-))
Whoo la la valerie~;-)))

02-04-2006, 09:17 AM
Migde quite understandble. :) Thanks for that lovely baby work. It is really sweet. I hope to see that basket by you sometime soon. You do basket pretty well. :)

Valri, great start. Well done!!! :)

02-04-2006, 12:24 PM
Started working on the Venus & Cupid last night - will post what I have soon - don't have a digital camera - so you'll see only what I can scan...

See you back soon


02-04-2006, 02:36 PM
My version of venus and cupid... needs some work - thanks for the comments on the modern/classic valentine I posted earlier -- get me your thoughts - wish I could show the full painting....


02-04-2006, 05:42 PM
sam...your modern day girl is lovely, i cant get my computer to open the attachment on your cupid, so will comment later:D midge, love your green eyed chocolat bambino!!! nickel...we may be doing the same Venus, this will be fun!!! val...love this!! great hair, costume, everything!!!! very exotic!!! rose...stunning flower...cant wait to see more:wink2: tyree

02-04-2006, 06:47 PM
Samantha, watercolors are hard, at least for me. You handle it really well. :)

Thanks Tyree! :)

Here is my underpainting in raw umber and Titanium white. Needs to a bit more of work on details. Apart from that I think I am in the right track. I love underpaintings, they are so much fun to do.


02-04-2006, 08:03 PM
Wow - really beautiful - I would love to work in oil - did so as a kid but don't have a studio and I tend to get a little messy when I paint so I'll have to wait awhile - maybe when I'm a "seasoned citizen"


02-04-2006, 10:18 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2006/65063-venus.jpg graphite, koh i noor woodless coloured pencils (limited colours) on strathmore vellum 500 series..Venus Verticordia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti...will probably do the rose background...but already have a way to colourful scheme going on here...probably why i work now in mostly graphite:evil: tyree

02-04-2006, 10:20 PM
sam...finally able to open your cupid painting...what a wonderful style you have, very clever!!! tyree

02-04-2006, 11:08 PM
Valri, wonderful painting style for your poppie girl!!! I love your softness in the colors. I like her face a lot. You have her expression captured!!! Very Nice!!!

Midge, I know you are a busy lady! Hope you’ll get some free time soon and get a chance to paint a valentine!

Hey Chloe!!!

Hi Samantha, your Venus & Cupid is very colorful! You have a fun and loving paint style!

Rose your underpainting is coming along great! Can’t wait for you to get to the color!

Susan, I am so jealous! Your Venus is Beautiful and very expressive! I am struggling! I know exactly what you mean by the background verse Venus herself. I love how you did her lips!

:wave: Nickel

Valri Ary
02-04-2006, 11:22 PM
Susan, I'm going to do Venus too! Yours is a beauty. I did almost the same crop. Funny.
Rose, what a gorgeous underpainting. I like it as is.....but I can only imagine how wonderful it will be with color.
Off to work on poppie girl and venus.

Valri Ary
02-05-2006, 12:59 AM
Venus crop done in acrylics on 10x10 canvas. I need some work on the chin. She looks like she should be playing at the superbowl tomorrow with a manly chin like that :eek: . I'm pretty happy with the hair and bg. Butterflies need work too.




Valri Ary
02-05-2006, 02:29 AM

I think she's done! I might tweek a bit on her eye edges but I think I like the looseness I've got and leave well alone. I'm not a classical art kinda gal...hate the rules but love the old masters! Gotta be me...so this is it.

Off to work on the poppie girl.

02-06-2006, 11:05 AM
Valri, I love it! She has great expressiveness.(it that a word?) It's perfect just the way it is.

02-06-2006, 11:50 AM
val...she is wonderful, love the colours, the modern look youve given her, great attitude to her...it would be neat to see everyone do this Venus, to see all the different versions we would get:eek: tyree:clap: :wave: :

Valri Ary
02-06-2006, 10:28 PM
My VENUS took a trip to open critique forum and it was suggested that she have her brows waxed and her chin less masculine..........poor thing! She just wasn't the Venus of their dreams. I had a hunch that someone would point out her manliness.......too much football for me this weekend and look what I made her look like! YIKES! She's the girlie version of Shaun Alexander (37 for the Seahawks)
Anywho....I'm going to play with her a bit more and repost here and there!

02-07-2006, 08:40 PM
My favorite is
Venus Verticordia
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

I find this Venus captivating. I wish I had time to try to paint her.

02-07-2006, 10:07 PM
The Venus seeing to be a winner around here. Almost everyone wants to do, did or is doing it.

Valri, like you said it is your interpretation. I can say is that I really like how expressive your version of Venus is and the warm colors. Critiques are very hard thing as the comment can come from other artist who have the oposite ideia from you. I can only say I like it or not. You are the one that can be your best critique. Because you know what you wanted. Sometimes, I dont know if that happens to you. But happens quite a lot with me. I know what I want I can almost envision what each brushwork will look like even, but at the end what I want dont happen sometimes. If you satisfied with her or if you think you can do something else to get where you want, go for it. I am glad you here and gave the time to participate on the forum. YOu are really welcome! :)

Susan, You too went for a Venus!! Nice sketch. :)

Welcome LindaMarie!! :)

My underpainting is still drying. That is the thing with indirect method. We need to wait for layer to dry to go into next step. But I am busy with other things like sketching still life from life, and other painting to attend, plus read here and there. But I hope to be finished before Valentine! :)

:) See you all soon!! :)

02-07-2006, 10:38 PM
Valri Ary - There are a couple of places on your Venus that would look more realistic, if the color could blend more. Also the shading on the chin may be too dark or it needs to be blended more.

But it's well drawn and nicely done (though expressionistic in style).

Barb Solomon:cat:

02-09-2006, 10:43 AM
I hope it's not too late. I chose Boreas and Oreithyia, and it's taking me longer than it should, but I'm enjoying it.:rolleyes: Here's my WIP. 4B pencil freehand(no grid) on 9"x12" Canson sketch paper. LOL, you can tell I didn't use a grid because some things are quite off.:o Oh yeah, and I changed his expression because I didn't think a guy with a girl like that would be frowning (I gotta find out the background story, hehe).:p

02-09-2006, 05:19 PM
Blue Daisy that is a lovely painting you have choosen. I really like the mood of it. I want to try it out someday. But would be a brave shot as I never done figure really. Anyway, you doing great and Welcome to Classical Art Forum!!! :)

Here is the first color layer. Not finished yet. Needs adjustments and more work here and there. :wave:


02-09-2006, 05:54 PM
Nice Valentines All! Your all doing great! Hi and welcome Blue Daisy :wave:

I'm still working on mine, poor thing, she is getting some hard knocks from me:D I just remembered I don't do flowers. :rolleyes: :p :) :crying: :wink2:

:wave: Nickel

02-09-2006, 08:11 PM
blue daisy...very romantic...nicely done...rose...this is going to be stunning!!!...hi hi nickel...waiting for your flowers:wave: :wink2: tyree

02-10-2006, 12:18 AM
hi hi nickel...waiting for your flowers:wave: :wink2: tyree

hehe Susan, they are something else :eek: I really have just done about everything wrong that I can do, so to be perfect I am not. I'll try to finish her soon. :wave:

02-13-2006, 10:46 AM
Rose, I really like your painting:clap: .
I researched this painting and still see no reason for the expression on the original. It's the North wind kidnapping his Grecian princess bride, so I don't feel bad about changing it.;) I got sick, and now I have a project for puppets that I have to do(backdrops), so I won't have time to finish this one - but it was great practice for some of my own projects. I also attached my 5yr old's drawing of the basket of flowers - :) she wanted to join in. I think she did pretty well. Both are colored pencil on sketchbook paper.

02-13-2006, 11:49 AM
blue daisey....a very lovely valentine!!! please tell your child, her drawing is lovely, i like the colours and the composition...well done!!!!:clap: :wink2: :wave: :D tyree

02-13-2006, 12:05 PM
Thanks Bludaisy! :)

That is a lovely start you have there. Very sweet cp drawing. Tell her it is lovely. :) Good luck on your projects and thanks for stopping by and share yours with us. :) And hope you doing ok on your health now. :)