View Full Version : Show Us Your Best for 2005

02-17-2006, 06:08 PM
In this thread, we are posting the paintings (or drawings) that we feel are our best classical pieces for 2005. You can post work done in any medium, but the style must be classical. Each person has a limit of two paintings.

I'm looking forward to seeing your work!

Barb Solomon:cat:

02-17-2006, 06:11 PM
I think that this is my favorite painting of 2005

It's my copy of Vermeer's Girl with a Red Hat".


Barb Solomon:cat:

02-24-2006, 06:31 PM
Copy of Dürer, hands in prayer



02-24-2006, 08:38 PM
Nickel - Your "Storm on the Sea of Galilee" is magnificent! So is your Vermeer! Wasn't the "Girl in a Red Hat" fun to do!

Margie - You did that! :eek: :clap: :clap: :clap: I'm so impressed! It's absolutely beautiful!

02-25-2006, 11:58 AM
My only one for 2005. Pastel


02-25-2006, 08:37 PM
Wow! Guys I'm very impressed with all your entries! Hope more will follow.

Alllready commented on this one earlier, still am impressed. I think you have the "Dutch" look pinned down in essence by combining low toned, not elaborated background with strong highlights on the figure, the main focus. Contrast is the game in imitating Dutch/Flemish painting.


I am struck by the sweet contrast in color of your rendering of the Sea of Galilea. The pale yellow of the sails against the dark blue of the sky. In your Vermeer copy, I like the color composition, low key set against high key. Do I see little faces in the foreground? Nice!

Proportions are well executed in this portrait as is the chiaroscuro. Is it a self-portrait?

I can have TWO, right? Another one, copy of Waterhouse, study for Hylas and the Nymphs.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2006/67591-waterhouse.jpg

02-26-2006, 12:05 AM
Yes Margie, it is a mirror image portrait.

Your girl is eye catching. What medium? Charcoal? Oil wash?

Anita Murphy
02-26-2006, 01:06 AM
I hope these count as classical.

Both are graphite on Bristol Smooth



Anita Murphy
02-26-2006, 01:10 AM
Barb - I love your Vermeer!

Nickel - Lovely waves there - I feel quite seasick just looking at it!

Marge - Durers hands are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! Waterhouse is fast becoming one of my favourites - lovely drawing.

SaintLukesGuild - I admire anyone who works with pastels! This is a very serious portrait well rendered.

02-26-2006, 03:54 PM
Barb, Nickel, Luke, Anita: Thanks!

@Luke: It's digital (Wacom pentablet and Paintshop Pro). This program has a large number of brushes imitating traditional media and you can also make custom brushes. I'm not sure which ones I used for the Waterhouse, but one of them was chalk. For the Durer I made custom brushes imitating ink and inkwash.

@ Anita. Lovely shading and impressive work on the details! The vase with tulips especially!

02-26-2006, 05:38 PM
Luke - Gorgeous color! It’s a wonderful portrait! Your a handsome fellow!

Margie - Your “study” from “Hylas and the Nymphs” is absolutely fabulous! Wonderful job!

Yup, everyone can post two. So you can post one more!

Anita - Your still life is certainly classical! The tulips are beautifully drawn! I love the way that you handled the light!

Your really did well showing the billows in the petals of the rose! Your pencil work is marvelous!

Barb Solomon:cat:

03-26-2006, 01:52 PM
These are definitely my two favorites (posted inthe main forum). Studies of Leonardo da Vinci's sketches:



03-26-2006, 01:58 PM
Kiki -Those drawings are incredible! The are so well done!

Barb Solomon:cat:

04-01-2006, 11:44 PM
Hi, I hope it is ok to post this here. I did this one in 2005 from a painting by Monent of his wife Camille. this is the first LONG piece that I ever did. It is in colored pencil.

04-02-2006, 12:24 AM
Hi JayD!:wave:

It's great that you posted your drawing here!

I love the gorgeous color and movement in it! :clap: :clap: :clap:

The artist must have been into Japanese things!:thumbsup:

It's great to have you stop by!

Barb Solomon:cat:

04-02-2006, 11:32 AM
Hi, Barb--this is based on the painting "La Japanaise" by Monet. At that time, in France, there was a Japanese craze going on. There are paintings by varying artists who used the same title. He used a lot of vermillion on this painting and in later paintings he drops the use of that color.

04-02-2006, 04:50 PM
Thanks JayD! I've always liked art from that timeframe! Thanks for letting me know more about the source of ideas.

Barb Solomon:cat:

04-23-2006, 11:09 AM
Hiya Barb,

Here is the best classical painting I did in 2005.
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The title is "Home From The Hunt." The inspiration for this painting was the great Russian painters of the 18th century. Ivan Kramskoy, Ilya Repin, Ivan Shishkin, and Feodor Vasilyev are artists that very few people are familiar with on this side of the ocean. I only discovered them myself in 2004 and fell in love with their art. Had they lived in the western hemishpere, I feel they would have had the same recognition as Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian or any of the other greats. instead they were born and raised under the communist curtain which, back in those days, wanted little or nothing to do with the rest of the world.

A lot of their work can be seen here: http://www.abcgallery.com/countrind.html#Russia

As for my painting, "Home From The Hunt," it all started in Chadds Ford when my wife and I were visiting the Brandywine River Museum. I saw this huge oak tree on the edge of the parking lot from our hotel we were staying in and I said, Janice, I have to shoot a picture of that tree. The tree was so huge and beautiful, I knew I had to paint it.

The "Classical Effect" was achieved by removing blue and other cool colors from my palette. Hal

Anita Murphy
04-23-2006, 11:51 AM
Hal - wow - this is has wonderful light! What size is it?

04-23-2006, 11:55 AM
Hiya Anita,

Whoooops, I forgot that part. It is an acrylic painting painted on a 22" x 30" illustration board (Double weight).


04-23-2006, 08:39 PM
Hi Hal,

Your work is really gorgeous! It's nice to see that it is in acrylic.

You mention that you have eliminated the cool colors in your palette. What colors are you using? There are so many people trying to learn to use acrylic in a classical manner. I would love to hear your color recommendations!

Barb Solomon:cat:

04-23-2006, 10:02 PM
Hiya Barb,
For the "Home From The Hunt" painting I limited my palette to Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Mars Black, Green Oxide, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre and of course White. To achieve that old master's feel to it, the main color throughout was Raw Umber. I think Raw Umber and variations of it was the color of choice for the old masters.

Barb, I did this for "Home From The Hunt" but on my other paintings I will use any color I get my hands on. My palette that I use every day consists of Titanium white, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium red light, Alizarine crimson, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Cobalt Blue and Mars Black. This is my normal palette but, depending on what i am painting, I usually have other colors mixed up in cups scattered near my palette.


04-23-2006, 11:01 PM
Thanks, Hal, for the palette suggestions. Of course, most of us, change the colors depending on how we feel or what we are painting. But it is always good to learn more!

I usually work in oil, but I may have to try Raw Umber more often. I use Burnt Umber quite a bit more my classical painting.

Barb Solomon:cat:

06-10-2006, 02:42 PM
Studies . .


06-10-2006, 09:13 PM
Richard- Both of these paintings are really lovely! I love the "goat girl"! And the "Lady of Shallot" is outstanding! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Barb Solomon:cat:

06-10-2006, 09:16 PM
Oh, Richard, now that is just showing off!!! they are great and you should be very proud but then again I dont think I have seen anything of your that I dislike. Wonderful work!

06-26-2006, 12:48 PM
Wow! there is some great work in here. The end of 2005 is when I started working in acrylics and my first pieces were classical, I think.

06-26-2006, 05:54 PM
Greyart - Those are incredible! I love the decorative flourishes!
:clap: :clap: :clap:

Barb Solomon

06-26-2006, 05:57 PM
Thanks Barb!

Anita Murphy
06-26-2006, 10:11 PM
Greyart - just fab! Such stately greyhounds!!!

Oh, Richard, now that is just showing off!!!

Richard - I have to say I think JayD is right! :p I am such a fan of your work!

11-24-2006, 11:17 PM
Thanks JD, Anita, Barb . .

Give me a couple of years.