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Roger Evans
11-19-2006, 11:31 AM
The WIP for this painting can be found here:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=378970

All done. I added a bit of greenery in the corner, did some touch ups and added a tiny bit of warm wash to some of the highlights.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2006/89662-waitin_wp_30.jpg

Larger versions can be found here:

http://www.rogerevans.tv/waitin_wp_30_large.jpg

http://www.rogerevans.tv/waitin_wp_31_large.jpg

Thanks for sticking around, folks. Hope you like it. :)

Sonia
11-19-2006, 11:43 AM
Amazing!! Superb!! It was really interesting to see how you worked from idea to finish. Thank you for showing us.

Yorky
11-19-2006, 11:59 AM
Fabulous finish!

I am researching acrylic painting at the moment and your WIP has been most inspiring. Thanks.

Doug

Roger Evans
11-19-2006, 12:56 PM
Thanks guys!

I think the images look better here:

http://www.rogerevans.tv/coffee_big.html

http://www.rogerevans.tv/coffee_close.html

I dunno why.

RobertGarland
11-19-2006, 01:04 PM
WOW! I've been thinking about switching to oil because of it's greater blendability. Now I see it's just my own lack of technique that's holding me back. Thanks for the dose of humility! hahaha. Cheers

connievanwinssen
11-19-2006, 01:15 PM
Well done!:)

Firehorse
11-19-2006, 01:23 PM
This is a truly beautiful painting. The colour scheme is wonderful and the overall mood you've created is bang on. You can feel yourself there, feel the silence, the heat from the fire, the cool night air . . . Great painting!

Carole

Margaret 59
11-19-2006, 03:45 PM
Ditto all of the above, Roger.

Roger Evans
11-19-2006, 03:49 PM
Thanks, everyone! There are always a few things I would have done differently but, in all, I'm pretty pleased with the results. Gonna use this guy again on a more paintings in the future. He's got a great look for cowpoke pieces.

Charlie's Mum
11-19-2006, 04:23 PM
Thank goodness I can have that coffee now it's hot! :lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2006/30494--smiley_bow.gif .........http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2006/30494--smiley_bow.gif ..........http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2006/30494--smiley_bow.gif

Bravo!

Marge Wms
11-19-2006, 04:40 PM
Astonishing. Awesome. Fantastic. You are a GREAT artist, Roger. Gigi

Lady Carol
11-19-2006, 05:37 PM
FAB-U-LOUS!!!!! :clap: :clap:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2006/37258-61349-worthy.gifhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2006/37258-61349-worthy.gifhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2006/37258-61349-worthy.gifhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2006/37258-61349-worthy.gifhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2006/37258-61349-worthy.gif

wintersrose
11-19-2006, 06:07 PM
Absolutely Incredible!!! From start to finish! I can't wait to see more of your paintings. Hope you post more WIP's like this. This has been truly enlightening! :thumbsup:

Roger Evans
11-19-2006, 06:30 PM
Thanks again, everyone. But I have a question: These links are directly to JPEGs on my server.

http://www.rogerevans.tv/waitin_wp_30_large.jpg

http://www.rogerevans.tv/waitin_wp_31_large.jpg

These links are to the very same photos but appear on HTML pages of my gallery.

http://www.rogerevans.tv/coffee_big.html

http://www.rogerevans.tv/coffee_close.html

I find the first set to be a bit rough because they are scaled using my web browser but the ones in the gallery are a set size, which makes them look smoother. Which look better to you? Also, the colors in this painting are not that intense but a friend said his monitor made them look almost neon. I know my monitor is calibrated correctly but it does make me wonder about how my paintings look on other people's computer screens!

Lulu
11-19-2006, 06:33 PM
Ditto to all of the above, and thanks for providing the step by step process.
Just amazing.

idcrisis55
11-19-2006, 06:38 PM
Excellent work! I really like the way you painted the fire and coffee pot in particular.

Ann

NDee
11-19-2006, 06:46 PM
Thanks for letting us come along for the ride on this one. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this emerge and hearing you tell the story of its creation. Superb and bravo!
I checked out your links with the neon comment in mind and I don't see anything but what appear to be natural colors. The fire is very bright but it's supposed to be! And a masterful effort to make it appear to be so. Maybe your friend's monitor needs to be adjusted?

Roger Evans
11-19-2006, 06:49 PM
Thanks for letting us come along for the ride on this one. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this emerge and hearing you tell the story of its creation. Superb and bravo!

Many thanks.

I checked out your links with the neon comment in mind and I don't see anything but what appear to be natural colors. The fire is very bright but it's supposed to be! And a masterful effort to make it appear to be so. Maybe your friend's monitor needs to be adjusted?

I have no doubt. Most monitors have color that is okay but generally need a gamma adjustment of some kind. CRTs (which my friend has) are particularly known to drift over time as the tube wears. But you never know how things will look somewhere else in the world. :eek:

Thanks again for the feedback.

Phantelope
11-19-2006, 08:03 PM
Stunning! I love everything about it, I can just hear the crickets and the horse somewhere in the dark, this is gorgeous!

Would you mind telling which colors you use for the jeans? I have the hardest time with jeans to get them right, they came out astonishing in your painting! Mine tend to look like slacks or oily rags....

Oliver

Roger Evans
11-19-2006, 08:16 PM
Stunning! I love everything about it, I can just hear the crickets and the horse somewhere in the dark, this is gorgeous!

Thanks so much. We live out in this type of country so it means a lot to me.

Would you mind telling which colors you use for the jeans? I have the hardest time with jeans to get them right, they came out astonishing in your painting! Mine tend to look like slacks or oily rags....


I use Cerulean Blue, right out of the tube. I lay it in as a very light wash with brush stokes diagonal to the canvas. After that dries, I lay in another wash but with opposite strokes. I continue this until I build up the intensity that I want. This creates a random density throughout the denim weave. It also creates a small, random cross-hatch that will provide tooth when I start drybrushing white highlites onto the canvas. I then follow up with black drybrushed in the same way for both the dark areas as well as to bring down intensity of the blue, which would otherwise be too vibrant.

This sounds rather arcane but, otherwise, blending the Cerulean Blue with white to achieve the intensity you need makes it opaque right off the bat and too smooth. It also goes on too thick and you lose interesting texture offered by the canvas or by crossed brush strokes. Actually, I use this technique for a lot of things because it creates a random texture that I could never purposely achieve.

Rosebudlr
11-19-2006, 11:05 PM
Your are truely an inspiration to all of us here. What talent and skill you possess. If I could only paint a quarter as well as you, I would be happy. The painting is a treasure to behold. I would also love to follow you on any other project you would share here. I am in awe.

*Marina*
11-20-2006, 10:15 AM
A fabulous painting, Roger. I followed your wip with interest. Well done.

Phantelope
11-20-2006, 12:36 PM
when you say diagonal, you mean diagonal to the weave, right? Do you dilute the paint with just water, or with some kind of medium? I'll have to give that a try on a small canvas later, I've been trying to get this right for a while...

Thanks!

Oliver

screechin
11-20-2006, 01:32 PM
WOW!!! amazing!! fantastic!! fabulous!!! wonderful!! beautiful!!! gorgeous!! far out!! cool!! i'm running out of words!!! i'm totally amazed at your talent. not only with a brush and canvas, but with photoshop too! dude!!! you are the man!!!!!!!!!!:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

dragonshade
11-20-2006, 06:38 PM
Beautiful, beautiful work Roger..... many thanks for sharing it so!!!

Roger Evans
11-20-2006, 06:51 PM
So many great artists with nice things to say about me! I am humbled to no end. Thanks for the encouragement, everyone.

Phantelope: Diagonal to the canvas and alternate directions for each layer. This creates a subtle criss-cross effect that becomes more apparent when you drybrush over it. The layers are pretty watered down, almost like water color, and then I build them up a bit at a time.

screechin
11-20-2006, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, everyone.

No! Thank YOU Roger for being such an encouragement to people like me!!!:thumbsup: (Lord knows, I need all the encouragement I can get too!:D)

Phantelope
11-20-2006, 07:14 PM
thanks Roger! I just pulled out a ref picture I wanted to paint for years....

Oliver

Roger Evans
11-20-2006, 10:31 PM
Yikes! I was replacing a monitor on my computer and suddenly realize that my monitor was out of calibration. I dunno how it happened but something on it went kaput. As a result, the photo of the painting was horribly oversaturated and dark. I have readjusted the color and brightness levels on my website samples, which makes the painting brighter and less saturated than before. I think you'll see a difference:

http://www.rogerevans.tv/coffee_big.html

http://www.rogerevans.tv/coffee_close.html

Man, no wonder my friend was telling me the previous pics looked dark. They were! Feeling a bit peckish. Time for some crow, I guess....

YY?
11-21-2006, 01:11 AM
Wow!!!

Jim

Roger Evans
11-23-2006, 08:23 AM
thanks Roger! I just pulled out a ref picture I wanted to paint for years....

Oliver
I hope I was helpful. One other thing- I keep a small canvas on a stand next to my easel to work off excess paint or to test the saturation of the brush before application to the main canvas. I do no wet mixing of colors on my canvas. Everything is pretty much layed in as a wash or drybrush but, because you are trying to preserve the texture underneath it is important to be sure of the effect your wash or drybrush is going to have so I always have areas on my test canvas that mimic what I am doing on the main canvas. It helps me to work more confidently, though I often still screw up. On the WIP I mentioned that I messed up the canvas area where the face is because I was laying in the streaks of the sky and I got distracted by a phone call from a client. By the time I returned, the paint had dried into a rough area not ideal for painting fine detail on. I worked around it and it came out okay but made a difficult job harder than it needed to be.

Good luck!

gurleygirl
11-23-2006, 08:37 AM
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!
Tracey

Charlie's Mum
11-26-2006, 12:31 PM
Just checked all of your links on my monitor Roger - all good, all the same!

The fire intensity is exactly what I'm trying to achieve in a painting - not of a fire, but the brightness of the pale yellows - now, if I could just lift them out and stick them to my canvas .............. :evil: :D

objectivistartist
11-26-2006, 01:05 PM
[it's called "cribbing" Maureen] :lol: :evil:

Charlie's Mum
11-27-2006, 11:48 AM
[it's called "cribbing" Maureen] :lol: :evil:

Haha! Only if I use it for a fire; otherwise, it'd be a collage :D :lol: :lol: :wink2: