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01-27-2007, 06:21 AM
Welcome to week 57 Classical Art Journey


Burne-Jones, Edward
The Beguiling of Merlin
Oil on canvas
186 x 111 cm (73 x 43 3/4 in)
National Museums and Galleries on Merseysi

Next poster picks the challenge #2 for February.
We had a great first one picked by Susan.
Keep up the great picking......:thumbsup:

Sincerely Nickel

01-27-2007, 02:47 PM
You mentioned a chat room where discussions of food were likely to be had. Is this it? I cant seem to find it.

I happen to have a very strong interest in fruit cakes. The old fashioned kind that came in round tins with holly leaves and berries painted on. Oh yes, I know all about how those fruitcakes became the stuff of urban ledgend, one recieved as a Christmas gift, stored in a closet, and passed on as a Christmas gift to someone else for years to come. But it so happens I really like those things and haven't come across one in years.

Does American ingenuity still create those things, in any state? I sure would like to find a source.

01-27-2007, 03:22 PM
Does this mean that we are painting fruitcakes for this month's challenge? :D

01-27-2007, 04:36 PM
Oh no! No challenges from me. Unless the challenge to locate tined fruitcakes be considered one. Where IS that chat thread I'm looking for!!!!

01-27-2007, 04:59 PM
Too late you are the first poster Luke..........:eek: :lol:
No excuse you are only looking for the chat............:p

Hi Laurie :wave:

Now on with the show......


LAER, Pieter van
(b. 1592/95, Haarlem, d. 1642, Haarlem)
The Cake Seller
Oil on canvas
Galleria Nazionale, Rome


CHARDIN, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon
(b. 1699, Paris, d. 1779, Paris)
'La Brioche' (Cake)
Oil on canvas, 47 x 56 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


Raphaelle Peale (1774–1825)

Title/Object Name
Still Life with Cake


Oil on wood

10 3/4 x 15 1/4 in. (27.3 x 38.7 cm)


Still Life with Raisin Cake
Raphaelle Peale
Oil on panel
Private collection
7.8x11.13in or 20cm x 28.26cm


Still Life with Raisin Cake, Fruit and Wine
William Michael Harnett 1876
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 or 50.8x40.64cm
Private collection

And a link to more than you want to know about your sought after


So what's it going to be Luke????????????????You get to pick

There is a list if you need some suggestions, week 53 I think.

Don't keep us waiting.........:wave:

01-27-2007, 05:15 PM
I dug like a mole and dug out that chat thread of yours I was looking for. Why doesn't it have its own title plastered here?

Anyway, I am the second poster. Lanny was before me. Moreover, I have no idea except my head on David, wearing an apron for politeness, whipping up fruit cake dough in a concrete mixer.

That link you sent me to absolutely infuriated me. That is exactly the sort of fruit cake mockery that makes those culinary treasures so difficult to find.

01-27-2007, 05:22 PM
Wait a minute. I AM the first. Does this mean I have to post an example with the challenge? Or just toss one off and sit back and smile and watch the offerings pour in...

01-27-2007, 05:28 PM
hi nickel..wonderful pics to start the week out...and is fruitcake tins the challenge...hmmm?? tyree:p

01-27-2007, 05:44 PM
I am still working on my January challenge. :eek:

01-28-2007, 11:43 AM
St Luke - halfway down the link that Nickel posted, there was a link to "The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Fruitcake"


Did you follow that one? I did. Think you would like it there. Now, after all the fruitcake reaing I'm hungry! So, I am off to hunt through my mothers dining room cabinet - I am sure there are some bricks of fruitcake still hiding out there from the 80s.

01-28-2007, 12:01 PM
Yes, I read it Lauie, and steamed with anger.

Ok. Here is the challange. PORK. Pork alive on the hoof, on a great platter with an apple in its mouth, pork chops,bacon, any thing portraying heartfelf celebration of the pig. :clap: :clap: :clap:

01-28-2007, 12:22 PM
Pork....hhmm...since I'm vegetarian, I'm gonng go with on the hoof (thanks for that option!)

From your response St Luke, I don't think you followed the same link....the one I follow is truly pro fruitcake!

01-28-2007, 12:45 PM
I was surfing, looking at pigs and came across this very odd site...haven't drawn my pig for it yet, but will.


01-28-2007, 05:43 PM
I was surfing, looking at pigs and came across this very odd site...haven't drawn my pig for it yet, but will.


How cute! Thanks for that link Laurie :wave:

On the fruitcake link, did you see the one about the monkey
making fruitcake???
It is so sweet. :D

01-28-2007, 09:12 PM
Laurie, I took the bait and drew my pig, lol, it's got to be a trick about the short tail :)

01-28-2007, 11:31 PM
Well? Where is it? Don't be shy. Or did you eat it....

01-29-2007, 12:45 AM
Here piggy piggy....

Yeah Nickel, I think the tail thing is a trick. My pig had a big tail, and here I am hanging out all alone in a basement...so much for that! :(
I didn't see the monkey making fruitcake. I went back to look and couldn't find him. But I'm getting tired, so maybe my eyes just weren't up to the task.

I can't show you my pig St Luke...you draw it on screen at the website, and there your pig must stay.

It is a cute site - I can't believe how many people have drawn pigs! Or how nice some of the drawings are. (and I thought you were being a bit weird St Luke, with your pork painting challenge! lol)

Off to bed now, to dream of fruitcakes and pigs (with big tails maybe?!)

01-29-2007, 01:10 AM
Sleep well my chickadees. Your National Guard will be awake and vigilent. Patroling cyber space, checking in throughout the night. To make sure Laurie is in the arms of Morpheus and not some intruder with a scraggly beard and tattoos. To see that Nickel has eaten her fill and listen to her snores in contrapuntal rhythm to the soft gurggles of digestion. Sleep well. :heart:

01-29-2007, 10:26 PM
ah St Luke, you are so valiant!

Doesn't seem anyone is around today...must be off hunting pork.

I started 3 little portraits of my older son today...along with a few stops to the draw a pig website - I have everyone drawing pigs now! I have a few cold rolled steel supports that I have left over from a weird painting phase a few years ago. Wasn't sure what to do with them. Yesterday, I started a laneway landscape on a smaller one - and it is coming out really nicely, thin layers of oil over the steel has quite a nice effect. Thought I might use one for my pig painting. Maybe I can unload the painting on a pig fan. They are big (32"x60") and about 70 lbs. I am very very tired of moving these around!

Have to find a pig though. The only ones I see around here are the ones in the ?? not sure what type of trailers they are - but with horizontal steel straps with gaps in them so you can see the pigs inside - on the way to the last abbattoir in the city. Might just follow one of those trucks and take pictures at a red light somewhere. Then I would be making good use of the steel support. Not sure if it would be considered classical, but I would be using a glazing technique...

Guess I should be posting this in the Feb Challenge thread....

01-29-2007, 10:36 PM
Nickel is still snoring. She will emerge a little later, all puffy and sandy eyed.

Laurie, I could not grasp your steel story. What exactly are you talking about? :confused:

01-29-2007, 11:12 PM
I am not communicating clearly because Morpheus filled my dreams so well that it was almost like not sleeping at all!

Okay... I will start the steel story at the beginning (but will leave lots out or I would need a book here!) A few years ago, I was living in a house with an old barn. In the loft I found some tray like things that I believe were used to transport eggs to market when it was a working farm. They were made of galvanized steel, folded over a wooden frame. I adopted these to do a multipart painting and liked the material so much I made some supports based on these materials. I used a heavy gauge cold rolled steel over a 2"x3" frame. About 1" of the steel folds over the side of the frame. They are very rough looking supports - but suited well what I was painting.

I have 3 big ones of these left and until yesterday, one small one. I started painting on the small one and really like the effect. After almost 7 years the steel has weathered nicely. The weathering and the sheen of the steel shows through the transparent paint.

So, I thought, how could I use this support in a way that would make sense for a pig painting? And, then I thought of the little piggies in the truck. And voila - material and subject may just come together!

Was this explanation any better?

01-30-2007, 12:52 AM
Of course. Supports. The proper term for anything upon which paintings are made. For some wild reason I immediately associated cold roll steel supports with some unknown cast off industrial fabrications. And round ones at that. Something found in a scrap metal junk yard. Now I with you.

Nickel is still snoring, but the soft sounds of digestion have long since turned to racous rumbles. Soon she will make an appearence, foraging for food, fruit, chocolate, cookies packed with macadamia nuts. Bet on it.

01-30-2007, 10:37 AM
I usually call them my steel canvases...had to think for a bit to come up with the proper term. I should have stuck with canvas!

01-30-2007, 10:58 AM
This is an unusually long nap for Nickel. Should we be making inquiries, Laurie?

01-30-2007, 01:20 PM
Perhaps Morpheus brought her such nicely people dreams that she prefers it there?

01-31-2007, 02:09 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2007/65063-grapes_n_pears.jpgthis is from a photo i got from the d/s challenge.xpost..staedlter pencils and graphite on smooth bristol..irl its a lot clearer...tyree

01-31-2007, 02:18 PM
That's nice Susan! Very good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

02-01-2007, 10:31 PM
She's awake! Up and about. Thank goodness.

02-02-2007, 09:12 AM
Okay Susan, I'm liking the shading on the pears and the texture of the surrounding dark areas