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Nickel
03-01-2007, 02:34 PM
Hi and welcome to the Classical Forum.

Please post your classical style work in any media
that you are currently working on or have just finished!

Everyone is welcome to post in this thread - Newbies and experts.
For the most part, this is a “show and tell” thread.

If you would like more detailed help or critiques,
please start a thread in the main classical forum.

We look forward to seeing your work...:wave:

Sincerely Nickel

PushingPixels
03-02-2007, 01:00 AM
Thought I would share an illustration I did for a brochure I'm working on.

White Sage is a native plant of this area. The tribal Indians revere it for its medicinal properties and use it in their sweat lodge fires. Very strong emolients and smells to me a lot like rosemary. Has lovely light lavendar flower spikes in the late summer months.

enjoy barb
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2007/44004-sagesm.jpg

rosebard
03-02-2007, 08:25 AM
HI barb, that is cool ilustration. It is nice to see your work again!

KeithC
03-03-2007, 09:33 AM
Started this oil on canvas painting (70cm x 100cm) of Bouguereau's 'Nymphs & Satyr' (x-posted in 'Painting from the Masters' Forum as WIP) in February. For those of you who asked for an update this is where I'm at now. Thank you for your comments.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2007/80190-ver4b.jpg

I needed a break from this so I did this last Sunday based upon John Millais's portrait of 'Louise Jopling'. It's oil on canvas board (16" x 20"), I hope you like it.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2007/80190-painting_sml.jpg
Keith

Monikalisa
03-03-2007, 09:21 PM
These are great projects, Keith! Will watch with interest how your Nymphs will progress.


Here I have my "Orchid", a still life painted from life, oil on panel, 9,7" x 12" ,also x-posted in "Still Lilfe, the " and "Artwork from life", where you can see steps of its progress.
Hope you like it!

http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/5320/img03071000x1242600x745qc2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

PushingPixels
03-04-2007, 10:44 AM
Beautiful work Monika and Keith.
Monika I wonder if you brightened up the white a little on the orchid flowers, would that be too distracting? I love the composition.

Mony G
03-05-2007, 07:40 AM
Excuse me but... what's the difference between this thread and the "Classical Art Journey" apart from the fact that this one is monthly and the other weekly? Is this thread taking the place of the other one?
it's a bit confusing for me!
Apart from that matter ... I've seen some good work in this thread , I like the orchids very much but I think they perhaps need a little more light.

I have an effort too to post... A Kingfisher in soft pastels http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Mar-2007/77963-File0688mm.jpg

...this one continues the series of birds I have been drawing lately on brown wrapping paper .
be reading from you soon
Mony

Monikalisa
03-05-2007, 05:33 PM
Thanks, PushingPixels and Mony!
And you both are right, I´ve overworked the whole painting to get more contrast, light and drama. Hope you like it!

Mony,
your Kingfisher is looking good, rich colours. Eventually the bodyshadows of the leaves and twig could be darkened a bit more.

http://img160.imageshack.us/img160/1180/img0342900x1200mu3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

rosebard
03-06-2007, 08:09 AM
Great work guys!

The updated version looks gorgeous Lisa. The strong contrast in the bottom of the painting is super.

The Nymphes are coming along great. Thanks for updating so we can enjoy the process. Nice break with the portrait.

Hi MOny, What a lovely painting. I think the difference between this thread and the Jouney is that in the Journey we worked studying artists from the past while this thread is for our own created artwork aswell as working after past artists. Good to see you posting here! Love to see the other birds you have drawn.

:) Have a great artistic week all of you!

Monikalisa
03-06-2007, 12:59 PM
Hi Rose,
nice to see you here, thanks for looking. Hope you are fine! Ciao

Keron
03-06-2007, 02:41 PM
Hi people, It's been a while but here I am with a new avatar....
I wanted to post an update on a picture I sarted some time ago. I did post this piece in an earlier incarnation in Jannuary or so. I hadn't touched it for a while owing to work on other projects...a portrait commission...and other issues.
After receiving an Grisaille set I ordered I set myself back to work on it a few days ago.This has been for me an ambitious project because of the way I wanted to complete it. I.E. classical layered approach. Once past the bone hair-pipe chest plate with its beadwork and hands, most of the more demanding work has been done on this stage..things ARE sailing along more quickly now. I did add some touch ups to the eye in shadow since first posting it - I find it helps a lot.... Oh joy, once this part's done and dry, I get to start it ALL OVER AGAIN (!!!!!), this time in colour. Ah well, it's not as though anyone twisted my arm to do this.
I've thrown in some detail shots ...these illustrate the relative looseness of the brush strokes (see hands). Nice to be back.

tomhobbes
03-06-2007, 11:43 PM
That's a tough act to follow Keron. Incredible work!

Here are two projects I'm working on this month. The first is a piece for a friend. I intended to apply umber layers and then a grisaille however because my umber paint would not lay nicely on the canvas, I aborted the umber layers and went straight into grisaille - hence no tones on the face torso or hands. At this stage I've done half of the first grisaille. I will go back when it is dry and add details and make corrections.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2007/79822-hvasta_gr4.jpg

The second piece is going to be a painting of one of my favorite song writers- Michael Akerfeldt of the band Opeth. The reference photo (not shown, sorry) has that tonal scale particular to Caravaggio especially the flesh. So with that in mind, I don't think I will go for the grisaille on this one but rather use only the umber layer and then add highlights and so on...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2007/79822-Akerfeldt_inkdrawing.jpg

Keron
03-07-2007, 03:16 AM
Tom...after looking at your drapery I have to say you've done a pretty darn good job of following my 'act'! Fabulous job on the drapery - NO DOUBT!:thumbsup:

rosebard
03-07-2007, 08:13 AM
Incredible work Keron and Tom!!! Thanks for posting and giving us the pleasure of follow along the way too. :)

Anita Murphy
03-07-2007, 08:36 AM
Wonderful work here.

Tom - my breath is taken away looking at your drapery - STUNNING!

LanK
03-07-2007, 09:10 AM
This is my first time venturing into this thread - beautiful work here!

Barb - what a lovely, gentle illustration.

Keith - your paintings are inspiring. The flesh of the figure in the foreground, and strip of fabric glows so beautifully. The second portrait is amazing - especially for one completed in a single day!

Lisa - your orchids seem to breathe. The update just takes this painting to a new level. I very much like your pallette here. And the branch of ivy in the foreground, with the wonderful shadow.

Mony - your Kingfisher is brilliant! The brown wrapping paper ground is very interesting - the texture shows through just perfectly, somehow balancing out the brilliant colours with a material quality.

Keron - good to hear from you! This painting will be gorgeous. The expression in the face and eyes is rivetting. The weathered skin of his hands is so convincing. Looking forward to your progress. How is the landscape painting coming - the one you posted in the January thread?

Tom - as has been said - your drapery is stunning! And the panelling behind the figure - you can almost run your fingers over those hollows! Looking forward to where this is going.

Glad I stopped in here!

Keron
03-08-2007, 03:15 PM
Incredible work Keron and Tom!!! Thanks for posting and giving us the pleasure of follow along the way too. :)

Here's the lastest incarnation of Mr. Ron Hawks. Finished this stage of the grisaille at 4 a.m. last night. Gave myself the deadline. Like Elvis said - It's now or never.

Nickel
03-08-2007, 06:25 PM
Barb, it is so interesting the properties of plants.
I like your illustration.

Keith your Nymphs & Satyr are progressing beautifully.
Also, Your Millais is striking in this crop, lovely colors!

MonikaLisa, your Orchid is lovely.
I especially like the way you do leaves.

Mony your Kingfisher is delightful.
I am so glad you posted here.
I have enjoyed your bird series.


Keron, it’s a pleasure to see your work again.
Your Mr. Ron Hawks is looking good!

Tom, welcome, it’s nice to meet you and see your projects.
I like your drapery and detail in the first painting and
can’t wait to see the next piece with Michael Akerfeldt pop!

Hi Rose, Anita, Laurie

Respectfully Nickel

Keron
03-10-2007, 07:59 PM
Laurie,
Sorry for taking so long to reply to your question about the landscape. I don't think I've touched it since my last posting. I'm kind of letting it sit a while trying to determine how much 'sweetening' I want to do with it.
I will post it again when I do attack it again. In the meantime, I am letting mr. hawks dry for a couple of weeks maybe longer before I begin the colour over-painting. So I will likely start something new and revisit some other pieces for more work.
Did you ever post you self-portrait finished?
Thanks for the compliments Laurie.

tomhobbes
03-11-2007, 03:22 AM
Keith C- It takes a lot of courage to tackle a Bougereau, especially one with such a dificult composition. Looking good, so far.

Monika- such a pleasing arangement. I don't normally like strong visable strokes in a painting, but I think you pulled it off. A warm piece to be proud of. Success.

Keron, Rose, present, Nickel, Lank: thank you for the encouraging words. Especially thanks to Lank who correctly assumed that those hollows were carved out of panelling and not a column (the lack of a shadow following curvature is a give away but I had feared that some might say "nice painting but his column looks a little flat.")

Anyway, here's a quick update. I'm going back over the grisaille and adding in details as well as correcting tonal mistakes. I've done the top third of the drapery in this manner. I can see a major improvement in the areas where I've gone back over the grisaille. If you were curious about the background, I robbed it from a piece which I believe is called la femme et l'enfant by Jan van Bijlert.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2007/79822-hvasta_gr5.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2007/79822-bijlert.jpg
I'll post an update when I begin glazing.
Forgive me but I never introduced myself. My name is Alex. Pleasure to chat with such fine artists and fine people.

Anita Murphy
03-14-2007, 11:07 PM
Alex - this is going to be a masterpiece! I love the blue light coming through the fabric onto the panelling.

Keron - those feathers are amazing. The detail of this piece is fantastic!

Think these are done at last - boy, they took their time! Glad to have them off my easel!

Both are charcoal on Rives paper (full sheet)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Mar-2007/58769-Solitary_Vision2.jpg
Solitary Vision

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Mar-2007/58769-comfort_zone.jpg
Comfort Zone

Keron
03-15-2007, 12:53 AM
Thanks Anita- the encouragement is uplifting. K

Nickel
03-15-2007, 01:07 AM
Nice work Anita, they both are very nice pieces!
The light and shadow works wonders and they both communicate nicely
the meaning of comfort and solitary.

Goff
03-15-2007, 12:39 PM
Hi all, just finished this one, posted in watercolors... I got some good feedback and realize that her middle section is a bit too flat looking. Ah well, live and learn right?;) Overall, I am pleased being my first effort for this type of painting.

Great to see so much talent in this forum!

C&C welcome!

"Abigail, Lady in waiting"
Arches 140# Cold Press
Half Sheet, W&N watercolors


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Mar-2007/77142-waiting_600.jpg

Keron
03-15-2007, 03:32 PM
Think these are done at last - boy, they took their time! Glad to have them off my easel!

Both are charcoal on Rives paper (full sheet)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Mar-2007/58769-Solitary_Vision2.jpg
Solitary Vision

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Mar-2007/58769-comfort_zone.jpg
Comfort Zone[/quote]

Anita,
I've looked, with interest, at your work for some time now. Until now I have opted not to comment - I guess because I wanted to see more and assess the cohesiveness of the drawings as a body.
Looking at these I feel I can comment. There is a certion evocativeness to the images, which is, at the same time unsettling. While there is a surface that presents as calmness, its glassy facade is easily pricked - it's almost surreal.
What comes to my mind are the images of Di Chirico or Paul Delveaux without either's obvious suggestions of human presence. Questions spring to mind -i.e. where is your sitter? Why do they sit in the dark apart from the light - in all cases. Is the light locked out... or is the sitter locked in? Or, is the sitter hiding from the light!? Hmm. Intriguing.
Bet you never got feedback quite like this before.:)
I suppose I could have said nice stuff Anita but your stuff only appears to be that simple. What are your deep dark secrets? Something on your blog site - "among the dunes" - almost hints at work done by some one living abroad and coming to terms with a foreign culture , say, as in the case of the middle east. Nice.

Nickel
03-15-2007, 05:29 PM
Hi Goff, welcome to the classical forum!
I like the action you show in your painting.
Very nice effect. :)

It good to read you have been pleased with your reviews
and are learning.

I read today, if a painter thinks they know it all, they
should stop painting and start knitting. :D

It's nice to see your work! Nickel

PushingPixels
03-18-2007, 12:10 PM
You guys and gals have been busy! And what tallent I am seeing here. I always get inspired stopping by and peeking over your sholders so to speak. Does anyone else have a problem deciding on just WHAT to work on next.

I'm leaning toward a poitrait. My last work was more abstract so I did not feel it was right to post here.

I waffle... sometimes I want to work classical and sometimes I just want the freedom of laying down color and form without having to pull off the illusion of reality.

Great work ALL of tou. Every ones a keeper.

Goff
03-18-2007, 09:34 PM
Barbara, I know the feeling... in fact, I've just decided to push aside my classical work temporarily for a landscape-- just so I can have a little more freedom in letting the paint fly for once. I have a few tubes of Da Vinci watercolors coming in this week, so perhaps I'll try them on the classical next weekend. And yes, there's a lot of great paintings here! Glad I made the visit to the Classical forum!

Anita Murphy
03-19-2007, 06:15 AM
Keron - thank for great review - while I am happy with people just looking and assessing the surface, knowing there are others who really study the pieces and find meaning within the images is such a pleasure! Interesting that you say Di Chirico - I was hoping for Hopperesque! :D Yes, I am in the middle east, and the work is about my experiences living here, the restrictions imposed on westerners and women especially. Thank you again for your thoughtful evaluation!

PushingPixels - yes ALL the time. Especially when trying to produce a series of related works. I have found that thinking about the why I am doing something or why I am drawn to a particular subject does help in then forming other ideas for future work.

THEMERMAID
03-20-2007, 01:41 AM
Great work everyone !Love the Millais portrait, and the Nymphs especially!

The Mermaid.

Keron
03-22-2007, 11:15 AM
Keron - thank for great review - while I am happy with people just looking and assessing the surface, knowing there are others who really study the pieces and find meaning within the images is such a pleasure! Interesting that you say Di Chirico - I was hoping for Hopperesque! :D Yes, I am in the middle east, and the work is about my experiences living here, the restrictions imposed on westerners and women especially. Thank you again for your thoughtful evaluation!

PushingPixels - yes ALL the time. Especially when trying to produce a series of related works. I have found that thinking about the why I am doing something or why I am drawn to a particular subject does help in then forming other ideas for future work.

On the Di Chirico thing - I think what leads me to that comparison is not much to do with any specific similarity between his imagry and yours...yet, to me there is something within my own psyche - a chord if you will - that echoes from yours to his. It's an almost surreal quality in the lighting, which is at the same time stark as it is mysterious.
Why not Hopper to me? Interesting - I would almost have to narrow it down to the following: Hopper, for me, is almost exclusively concerned with the isolation of the American soul...it is as much about the withering effect of the urban landscape. His work has, always, whether overt or not, the presence of humanity. To me Hopper is almost always about the aftermath of what may have come prior...even in the early morning scenes.
Your images, on the other hand, do, in fact, speak honestly enough about the feeling of isolation one must feel coming from America into what may very well, at this juncture of history, be an environment hostile to the west. So where light may often be associated with 'Illumination' of the soul, your light, to my eyes, reads as harsh - judgemental and simultaneously isolating...One wonders what Hopper would have done as an American painting in the 21st century middle east.
hope this isn't too, too, too pretentious! K

KeithC
03-24-2007, 08:06 AM
Thanks to everyone who left feedback on 'Nymphs & Satyr' :thumbsup: - I think this is about done now, time to start something new.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2007/80190-ver8a.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2007/80190-ver8bb.jpg
Keith