View Full Version : Wake-up Call WIP

06-09-2006, 03:55 PM
This is a painting I'm working on that will be donated (one of those things that artists seem to do on a regular basis) to the Denim and Diamonds ...a charitable organization that raises money for new equipment for the local hospital....
Wake-up Call will be a early morning rooster on LaCarte paper with NuPastels, Rembrandt's. Terry Ludwigs and Unsions. The size is 11" x 14" !
C&C welcomed!
My first step is nothing more than blocking in a pattern of warm and cool colors with my softer sticks. This approach will be a little different that my past WIP's because I'll be using a little bit more of a linear approach to get this thing going.
I will be working from a small thumbnail done earlier!


Mikki Petersen
06-09-2006, 03:58 PM
I like the background. Great teaser for things to come!


M Douglas
06-09-2006, 04:09 PM
I agree with Mikki ....what a tease:mad: , I can't wait for the update.:) Hurry please!!:D


06-09-2006, 04:22 PM
I blocked in some warm and cool swatches in the body and tail. I used a charcoal pencil to block in the general outline. For me, the drawing needs to be very basic and will probably will change as I start to block in major mid-tones.


Mikki Petersen
06-09-2006, 04:36 PM
This is going to be an exciting painting that will benefit your charity well. Keep going...


06-09-2006, 05:26 PM
Fascinating proces Mike. Curious to see the finish.

06-09-2006, 05:45 PM
Starting with the head, I block in the beak, eyes, and the other features. I also want to start thinking about some of the major darks in the background.


06-09-2006, 05:48 PM
He is gonna look really cool, and sell for many charity dollars!!! :)

06-09-2006, 05:52 PM
1mpete ...The background will probably change, The colors that are there now are just providing a foundation for me to build on.

Shecat...Don't you think the beginning of any painting is somewhat of a tease??

applebee...I'm also quite curious to see the finish....I never know whats going to happen!

06-09-2006, 06:27 PM
this is interesting ... to see your approach and it's development ... can't wait to see it's finish and the steps yet to get it there ... i'll bet it'll be fabulous ... as well as informative and instructional ... many thx for taking the time to provide the steps you're taking !!!

06-09-2006, 07:14 PM
Blocked in more of the background, details in the head and working my way down the body!


06-09-2006, 07:47 PM
Continuing to move down the body, starting the tail and adjusting the values in the background!


Susan Borgas
06-09-2006, 08:01 PM
Gosh Mike you sure you are not being sneaky and using oil paints :evil:
I think I would end up with mud :rolleyes:
You are the master of pastels :thumbsup:

06-09-2006, 09:07 PM
I'm liking him a lot...it's great fun watching you paint!


M Douglas
06-09-2006, 09:24 PM
He's looking good Mike!!


06-09-2006, 09:38 PM
Sorry this is taking so long...I've had to stop and take care of a few errands (mow the yard, some shopping, etc)...Darkened the background and suggested the rising sun, blocked in more of the body! I'm going to have to make him fatter at some point...may wait untill I get everything else blocked in.


Piper Ballou
06-10-2006, 12:41 AM
this is magnificent...thanks for sharing the process with us

06-10-2006, 01:45 AM
I have the background blocked in...tomorrow I'll go in and fatten him up on the belly side, fix his neck, foot and the feathers coming off his head and lose several edges. I'll post the final version some time tomorrow evening or Monday morning.
I appreciate everybody looking and your comments!


Nancy Leone
06-10-2006, 08:18 AM
Enjoyed getting up this morning to your Wake-up Call. Thanks so much for showing us your work in progress. I'll be back!

06-10-2006, 08:57 AM
Magic, as always.


06-11-2006, 08:17 AM
Awesome WIP. I just love your work *sigh*

I'm going to have to try this manner of working--it's so very different from what I do!

Merethe T
06-11-2006, 08:23 AM
Fabulous!! Love your painterly style, looks gooood!!! I'm enjoying your WIP, thanks! Will be back...

06-11-2006, 04:42 PM
Finally got in and made the revisions....I also changed the tail a bit by adding a few more feathers to the top part.
Appreciated all your kind comments!!


06-11-2006, 05:09 PM
Mike: He is wonderful. I love your soft edges.


06-11-2006, 05:25 PM
That is incredible! makes me think of fireworks somehow...

06-11-2006, 05:36 PM
These WIPs are the most fascinating threads for me. I always get excited when I see those magic 3 letters! I believe I learn more from seeing how others approach their work than any other method. Thank you for sharing your process with this forum. I look forward to many more. This is beautiful work.

Merethe T
06-11-2006, 07:24 PM
Brilliant work!!! Kim, I can see what you mean, this is so sparkling and vibrant, assosiates to firework...
Mike, thank you for the WIP, inspiring.....gonna have to face my fears and try to do some pieces in a more loose, painterly style, your work is fantastic...

Mikki Petersen
06-11-2006, 08:30 PM
Outstanding! There is festive air to this painting...like Kim says, fireworks!


06-11-2006, 08:44 PM
BOY!! Does he ever look like he is the PRINCE of the coop:D
Looks great Mike, and again, bet you collect lots of charitable dollars!!:thumbsup:

M Douglas
06-11-2006, 08:59 PM
Fantastic !! and for a good cause. Thanks for the WIP.


06-12-2006, 12:26 AM
Shecat, leirrem2, 1mpete, Tressa, needtopaint Thanks for the kind comments, hopefully it will raise a few dollars for the cause!

Cravia, Orchidacea Sometimes just taking a chance on something different is worth the shot....I often feel if I don't get opportunities to experiment with doing different things I don't grow....you have to remember that without failures there is no success!!! at least I keep telling myself that...sometimes it works and many times it doesn't...but the one time it clicks ..it sure makes it worthwhile!

I appreciate all the great comments and kind remarks!! Mike

06-12-2006, 01:14 AM
love it !! ... many thx for the demo ... it was a great learning experience ...

06-12-2006, 09:18 AM
Thank you Mike! He is one fancy rooster! Great job!

Rose Baggs
06-12-2006, 12:55 PM
Hi Mike...what a great WIP!!! Thank you!!!! It's a wonderful work. Love the looseness and the colors used!!!
I'm saving this thread for later use...I told you I wanna try your method...but I still don't have the guts to do it...I'm afraid of ..the pain of the failure... Lol..

Karen Margulis
06-12-2006, 01:09 PM
I love him! So vibrant! I appreciate you taking the time to share as a WIP too.


06-12-2006, 06:17 PM
It always amazes me how much like traditional oil painting your pastels often look. Painterly really CAN come from a stick! :D

06-13-2006, 01:19 AM
Khadres, kmar, Rose Baggs, bjcpaints, *Violet*, ...The WIP's are fun to do and share....appreciate everybody looking!

06-13-2006, 08:11 AM
Wow! Fantastic! Thanks for posting this as a wip.