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Lady Carol
07-15-2007, 08:57 AM
Another new week for adventures in colour...

gaykir
07-15-2007, 04:15 PM
Here's an update for me. Still plugging away at this one........little by little I will get it done! I've taken the color in a whole other direcion but I knew I would do that going into this.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jul-2007/56079-Triptych_6.jpg

idcrisis55
07-15-2007, 04:49 PM
This is already turning into a beauty, Gayle. Have you decided how you will paint the sides, solid or with the flowers and leaves?

gaykir
07-15-2007, 05:04 PM
Thanks Ann - Yes I am painting around the edges (black would have been soooo much easier). If you really try, I think you can tell on the left edge of the canvas on the right. I think I want to warm it up a bit but I'll wait until I am closer to having that last canvas completely underway and I can see it all a whole (if that makes any sense).
Gayle

phobden
07-15-2007, 06:25 PM
Still struggling with this one

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jul-2007/100883-Fountains_2.jpg

Bob Rooney
07-17-2007, 06:57 AM
Gayle - That is really beautiful.

Peter - Looks like you are making good progress.

I am foolishly going to try to paint a portrait and I'm going to try and do it without a pencil underdrawing. Just painting direct in raw and burnt umber. Took me about 3 hrs. to get this far. I'm soooo slow.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2007/76304-enos-2.jpg

Bob Rooney
07-17-2007, 10:02 AM
16 x 20 canvas

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2007/76304-enos-3.jpg

Linee
07-17-2007, 10:59 AM
These are all looking good! I have one that I want to start, but may not get to it this week. It's from the RIL, photo contributed by Larry Seiler.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2007/101851-wetmore_18x24.jpg
I love the colors in the foreground rocks. I'm planning to paint an 18x24 inch canvas.

howyadoin
07-17-2007, 12:23 PM
Here's an update for me. Still plugging away at this one........little by little I will get it done! I've taken the color in a whole other direcion but I knew I would do that going into this.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jul-2007/56079-Triptych_6.jpgWow, that's just mind-boggling.

Artista:)
07-17-2007, 01:01 PM
I'm a first timer with acrylics, and found it quite challenging because it dries soooo fast. I started it last night, only an hour worked. :p Would you guys help me with some advices?, I want softer look, How do I accomplish that? :confused:

Linee
07-17-2007, 09:07 PM
I got a layer of gesso and cobalt down. I'm wondering: is the focal point too centered? Yes or no. Please vote. I need to know early. :wink2: I'm thinking I need to move the largest tree to the right?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2007/101851-Pines_on_Lake_Shore.jpg

Bob Rooney
07-17-2007, 09:33 PM
Linda, it looks good to me, but keep in mind that my own composition skills are not great. It does seem though that if you moved the tree to the right it would add more weight to that side. It looks balanced to me the way it is now. Just one opinion. Get more.

howyadoin
07-17-2007, 10:00 PM
I got a layer of gesso and cobalt down. I'm wondering: is the focal point too centered? Yes or no. Please vote. I need to know early. :wink2: I'm thinking I need to move the largest tree to the right?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2007/101851-Pines_on_Lake_Shore.jpgI think it looks good, but if you moved the tree, it would look better.

howyadoin
07-18-2007, 05:25 AM
Another one barely off the ground:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1102/843424773_b34c4faa1c.jpg

Bob Rooney
07-18-2007, 05:55 AM
Here's an update along with the reference picture.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jul-2007/76304-enos-4.jpg

Linee
07-18-2007, 09:26 AM
I like that composition, Bret.

Bob, this is looking good. You might want to check the length of his eyes.

Sikiu, I waiting to hear advice for you, as well. I struggled with the softness of the sky in mine. I just keep brushing and brushing...and brushing and brushing. :confused: I'm o.k. with it, but I think it looks better on the computer monitor. I know some people use air-brushes (I never have...don't know a thing about them) for a smooth look. You might want to try thin layers of paint with a glaze medium mixed in.

Here's my wip with a slight compositional change.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jul-2007/101851-Pines_on_Lake_Shore.jpg

Paulafv
07-18-2007, 01:26 PM
Looks much better with the tree moved. Looking good.

Linee
07-18-2007, 01:59 PM
Thanks, Paula. I appreciate your input!

Galloping Carrot
07-18-2007, 02:06 PM
There's some lovely work on here! :) Here's my latest, its suppose to be in a duck egg blue colour, but Im struggling to match it...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jul-2007/93532-000_1841.JPG

Linee
07-18-2007, 02:45 PM
There's some lovely work on here! :) Here's my latest, its suppose to be in a duck egg blue colour, but Im struggling to match it...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jul-2007/93532-000_1841.JPG

I can't wait to see this done! It's beautiful already. I take it you use a glazing technique for your petals?

It took me awhile to figure out the blue for my sky. I ended up using cobalt, phthalo, and white.

Galloping Carrot
07-18-2007, 02:52 PM
Thanks Linda :) I am using a glazing technique, in my own, "make it up as I go along" kinda way.. :lol:

Artista:)
07-18-2007, 03:03 PM
Linee

I love your sky. I don't know why you are waiting for an advice for me if I think you got the thecnique I need :wave: Tell me how did you do the sky?

Galloping Carrot

I visited your web, good job you are amazing! :thumbsup:

Linee
07-18-2007, 05:00 PM
Not much of a technique really. Like I said I struggled. I simpled brushed on the color I wanted and then took a dry brush to smooth it. I did it over and over until I felt it was the best I could do. I kept thinking, "there must be an easier way!" ;)

I think for flower petals a popular technique is to lay down thin layers of color mixed with glazing medium. It makes the paint transparent and glossy. There's several threads on the subject. Here's a couple:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=376292
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=301712

Check out the "Information Kiosk" above for more information on all kinds of subjects regarding painting with acrylics. :)

Galloping Carrot
07-19-2007, 06:03 AM
Hi Linee, I think your sky is fine too :) thanks for those links, maverick is such a star, I love his threads :heart:

Bob, your portrait is great! I find them such a challenge, they always take me ages! and to be honest Im never happy with the results, so avoid like the plague! :eek:

Sikiu, I love your rose, was hoping to do a rose myself soon too, thanks for looking at my work :)

Gayle, your painting is amazing, such detail and great colours :)

Howdy, your car is going to look impressive when finished!

Have a good day on the canvas guys :grouphug:

idylbrush
07-19-2007, 06:55 AM
I'm a first timer with acrylics, and found it quite challenging because it dries soooo fast. I started it last night, only an hour worked. :p Would you guys help me with some advices?, I want softer look, How do I accomplish that? :confused:


Welcome to the acrylics forum.

Drying is what makes acrylics so wonderful and so difficult at the same time.

there are additives that can help slow down the drying time but it is only a small addition of time.

Slo-dri medium is one. Retarder liquid is yet another.

A dry brush technique or a scumbling technique can produce softer looking paintings. With dry brush a very small amount of paint is used and the brush is lightly, ever so lightly dragged over the surface to deposit just a bit of color on the high points of the canvas or paper.

Scumbling is a small amount of paint scrubbed into the surface in thin and translucent layers. Layer after layer with slight color shifts as needed. You are literally building the surface.

Either may be of some assistance.

Be patient and give yourself time to adjust to this wonderful medium. It is not an overnight success thing for sure.


Gayle, WOW! Coming along nicely and the changes in the color are dramatic and exciting.

Linee, the change in the tree position has made an incredible difference and much improved in my humble opinion.

Bob, coming along. Self portraits are such a tricky thing in m mind.

Peter, coming along and the struggle is part of the process it seems. At least in my world it is.

Bob Rooney
07-19-2007, 07:44 AM
I"ve made a lot of revisions and refinements.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2007/76304-enos-easel2.jpg

eyepaint
07-19-2007, 02:40 PM
I've popped in here several times to check out the fabulous work. I've been sketching and playing in pastels so apart from the Different Strokes project I've been away from my acrylics.

Gayle - quite the big project! Love how it's coming together.
Peter - water and all the colours in it are not easy.
Bob - this portrait is coming along well. He has a friendly and warm face.
Linda - I like the change you made to the placement of the tree.
Sikiu - Only an hour and on something that size? It looks like 36" square. Wow.
Howya - I didn't know old cars like that could get airborne :) Great start.
Laura - love the blues in your petals.

Cheers,

Nomad_Ca
07-19-2007, 05:17 PM
workin' workin'

paulhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2007/110920-100_0540_reducedjpeg.jpg

Bob Rooney
07-20-2007, 07:59 AM
Laura - It's like magic when the glazes go on. Lookin good.

I made a little more progress on this portrait. I painted the eyes and glasses at least half a dozen times but this is going to have to do. I am ready to move on to another part of this painting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2007/76304-enos-5.jpg

Artista:)
07-20-2007, 10:19 AM
Thank you Idylbrush, you are right this is not a overnight learning. I'm practicing the layering however I can't quite undestand how the second thecnique works. There is any tutorial for it in WC?.

Eyepaint, yes It's about that size. I don't have patience so I work fast. I used to do art for bussiness, not painting though but I got used to do everything quick enough to see the whole idea. Sometimes is good, others is not.

Linee, the info was very helpful for me, I can sleep now :) Thank very much!

jan409
07-20-2007, 10:37 AM
These are all wonderful. Everyone seems to be very busy. I enjoyed looking. Jan

phobden
07-20-2007, 02:01 PM
Slooowly making progress on this, its getting a bit of depth, a bit more contrast...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2007/100883-fountains4.jpg

eyepaint
07-20-2007, 02:50 PM
This has been on my easel this week - the Different Strokes project here in the Acrylics forum. I'm not happy with this, and I'm evicting this from my easel promptly, but I thought I'd post it here to remind any lurkers to feel free to post their work.

Get out your super-dark sunglasses.

18x24 canvas

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2007/96240-IMGP9703.JPG

Cheers,

phobden
07-20-2007, 06:47 PM
..and here is an update on my self-portrait

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2007/100883-SelHood_2.jpg

Linee
07-20-2007, 07:39 PM
Peter, your city scape is looking super.
Interesting self-portrait with the hood and the straight-on pose. Intense and painterly.

eyepaint
07-20-2007, 11:03 PM
I painted this for the WDE today. I chose to do a monochrome colour scheme, partly inspired by Chloe_1's challenge from last weekend's WDE, and partly inspired by Linda's Different Strokes project this month.

18x24 acrylics on canvas

around the 4 hour mark:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2007/96240-IMGP9726.JPG

Suggestions for his right shoulder/sleeve/forearm/hand welcome!

Cheers,

Linee
07-21-2007, 02:05 AM
I like that composition, EP. And the monochrome works well. I'm not up on figure drawing so I can't help there. It looks to me as if he is holding his left arm steady as he lights the lantern. What kind of reference did you use...photo, imagination, or?

I'm having a bit of brain fog...what's WDE?

eyepaint
07-21-2007, 02:12 AM
Linda - thank you :)

WDE is the Weekend Drawing Event on the All Media Art Events forum (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=133). People take turns supplying reference photos and we create work and photo/scan it at two hours. We can use any media. The ref photo for this weekend is in this thread: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=433703

Cheers,

Bob Rooney
07-21-2007, 08:56 AM
An update on the portrait. :rolleyes:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jul-2007/76304-Enos-8.jpg

Linee
07-21-2007, 09:03 AM
Looking good, Bob! I noticed that his photo shows more dark in the corner areas of his mouth and between the teeth in a couple of places. A very little tweek that may make his teeth look more natural.

acrofford
07-21-2007, 06:14 PM
I actually have a couple of things I am putting paint on. One is the huge canvas I showed in the "What's on your easel" thread a week or two ago. The other is a cabinet door that I took off an old cabinet that we took out of our kitchen for a remodel. I have no idea how it will turn out but the first part of it was started July 4th. I think I will run into a couple of obstacles but as my new signature says...

Quicktiming
07-21-2007, 08:11 PM
Just finished these guys. started them last week at an outdoor art event we have in Kalamazoo every year. Since I didn't have bears in my surroundings, I don't really consider it plein air. More painting with an audience. Didn't finish it that day, but finished it today after quite a wrestling match. Tired me out so, I had to take a nap after.:D Called "Waitin' for Momma".

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jul-2007/107603-cubs_final.jpg