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Charlie's Mum
08-31-2007, 07:07 AM
Plant Parade: a forum project.

We’re introducing a monthly project to the forum and we’re hoping many of you will join in and have fun.

The idea this month is to take plant references and interpret them in a particular manner.

Below are links to definitions and works from the Art Nouveau period, which also links to the Art and Crafts movement in Britain, glass and ironwork in France and was embraced by Tiffany in the States.

The links below will give you some idea of the period and style.

Artchive. (http://www.artchive.com/artchive/art_nouveau.html)

Mucha: the Fuchsia Necklace. (http://www.artchive.com/artchive/M/mucha/mucha_fuchsia_necklace.jpg.html)

Mucha: Gismonda. (http://www.artchive.com/artchive/M/mucha/mucha_gismonda.jpg.html)

Mucha's poster of Sarah Bernhardt. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=1870&cat=183)

Yet more posters by Mucha, from our RIL. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showgallery.php?cat=188)

Aubrey Beardsley ..... Morte d’Arthur

Various examples of the style here -

William Moris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. (http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/a/artsandcraftsmovement.html)

Katherine Newberry - a bookplate. (http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/b/images/bookpla_kath.n.manierre_lg.jpg)

The challenge is for you to interpret the references in a manner which links to Art Nouveau and its companions.
Select the ideas which interest you and see how you can put them into your painting.

Absolutely any medium may be used!

We will have one ‘reveal’ date, 25th of the month - please, no uploading before then, we’d like to see your work uninfluenced by anyone else’s!

On the 25th, please upload your work to this thread so that all will be together.

The object is to have fun and perhaps create a piece of art you may not have thought of doing before!

Think 'lyrical, decorative, line' and see where it takes you!

This month’s references are:

tessp - irises (purple) (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=27213&size=big&cat=560)

marionh - Irises in sunlight. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=72365&cat=560)

Madmum - Lilac/purple irises, (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=48647&cat=560)

Thank you to the ladies above for supplying the refs to the RIL :D .

Enjoy yourselves! :lol:

Charlie's Mum
08-31-2007, 07:12 AM
Well, you have this extra day! :D

I shall be away this coming week, but any of the rest of the team will answer questions you may have - just post them here!

By all means, chat about your progress here, share your angst!

Have fun - see you in a week's time :wave:

Andi Rebirth
08-31-2007, 08:42 AM
It looks like fun! I will be working on mine, I love art nouveau. This is a great challenge. Andi

08-31-2007, 11:53 AM
this is a wonderful challenge! i've been a fan of Aubrey Beardsley since my college days. just hope i can pull something like this off!

08-31-2007, 01:00 PM
This is fabulous..... you have really pushed my buttons!! Arts & Crafts and purple to boot....... (it don't get any better'n that!!!:D )

No questions, ....... yet...


p.s. Art Nouveau...... not Arts & Crafts.......:o please forgive!!

Charlie's Mum
08-31-2007, 04:03 PM
Glad you're reacting positively Peeps :D

Emilie - they're all connected - no pologies necessary :D

I'm really looking forward to 25th ..... wishing my life away! :lol:

08-31-2007, 04:41 PM
Pick just one reference?


08-31-2007, 07:34 PM
The challenge is for you to interpret the references in a manner which links to Art Nouveau and its companions.
Select the ideas which interest you and see how you can put them into your painting.


I'm only using one reference... I can only handle one reference! :lol: LOL

However, if you want to use more than one, please feel free. This project is about using your creativity to meet the challenge, so use the reference(s) in any way that suits you. :)


08-31-2007, 09:33 PM
Fun! I'll get started this weekend.

08-31-2007, 10:53 PM
Don't get much spare time but I'm off work for the next week ( holidays :D) so will have to give this a go!

08-31-2007, 11:10 PM
This is going to be SO much fun!

09-01-2007, 02:22 AM

I'm only using one reference... I can only handle one reference! LOL

However, if you want to use more than one, please feel free. This project is about using your creativity to meet the challenge, so use the reference(s) in any way that suits you.


Thanks neighbor Angela. Looks like Mexico is getting our hurricanes this year. Sorry for them, but we need a rest, don't we?


Charlie's Mum
09-01-2007, 04:22 AM
Just popping in before we go ........ yes Jeannette, any or all ....... there are three so you have plenty of material! :lol:
Do hope you enjoy yourselves ....... have fun, as I will :D

Bye for now :wave:

09-01-2007, 03:14 PM
I did some Art Nouveau art works some years ago, so it will be fun to try again :)

09-01-2007, 05:24 PM
Fun challenge, I'll have to try and find time in the next few hectic weeks to join in!

I'm thrilled that one of my ref. pics was chosen :D Makes it all worthwhile!


lani noa
09-02-2007, 12:25 AM
I have always been interested in Art Nouveou ...was even playing around with it and the influence just last month. Never found a real focus, but now I do. Count me in ...this will be fun!

09-02-2007, 11:27 AM
I happened to come across this challenge while browsing this forum. What a great idea for a project! It is the first in a long time to really excite me! :clap: I've already started working on mine; I can't wait to see all the Nouveau inspired pieces on or after the 25th! :D


09-02-2007, 12:51 PM
I'm also thrilled to see one of my RIL photos being used for this project! I'll see if I can come up with something too, maybe in pen and ink... Sounds fun.


Selahs art
09-02-2007, 04:40 PM
Always loved art Nouveau Lets see what I can do.
Nice Idea, something different.


09-04-2007, 11:52 AM
what a great project and thank you for choosing one of my photos. This project is really up my street but I don't think I'll be able to join in though, as it is my husbands 60 birthday this month and we will be having guests here constantly from next Monday onwards until the 30th :crying: :crying:
I'll have to see if I can sneak in some time between now and Monday between the cleaning and baking:D

09-06-2007, 02:38 PM
Count me in!!!
I'm soooo glad I scrolled down to look at other forums, and found you!!! :D :D :D
I'm in the cp forum. Funny thing, their challenge this month one of the refs is a black calla and I decided to do it art nouveau! coinsidence? I think not, just inspired, like you! :cool:
I'm going to post some of my stuff here in this forum also. Thanks.


Charlie's Mum
09-08-2007, 05:07 PM
Welcome Kathy! So glad you found us :D

I'm really pleased at the positive response to this project - looking forward so much to the results!

Now I'm back from holiday, I'll have to get cracking too :D

09-16-2007, 09:05 PM
Wellll... I think I've done it all wrong, but I don't have time to start over. I'll post what I've done and see what happens.

Are we suposed to reference our reference?

Selahs art
09-17-2007, 02:14 AM
Ok mine is finished.....



09-17-2007, 02:40 AM
I have also finished my mine :)

09-21-2007, 01:49 PM
I'm finished also. I had trouble with the comp this time. Grrr :mad: . May have to turn this one into a twosome or foursome to get the balance back. :p

Charlie's Mum
09-21-2007, 03:22 PM
Gosh! I've yet to start ... but I been thinking about it! :lol:

I picked up the pen to jot some ideas in the sketch book - dog came on my knee - drawing stopped!

Isn't it strange how you have ideas in your head but actually putting them down changes them? Hmmmm!

Linda - do you mean say which of the three pics you chose? Doesn't matter I think - could combine any of them really, so as long as it's irises - no prob! :D

Tomorow - I'll start tomorrow ... promise! :eek:

09-22-2007, 10:12 PM
oh dear.:( all i've got done is my drawing so far. i'm still undecided how to go about painting this. guess i'll have to hurry or be late. *sigh*

Charlie's Mum
09-23-2007, 08:41 AM
I know that feeling well Billie - I'm right with you! :lol:

09-23-2007, 12:14 PM
where did the month go, Maureen?!:eek: i did manage to transfer my drawing to my working paper last night. i got some paint on it at 2am this morning. we'll see if i work best under pressure. glad i'm not the only 'last minute Lucy'!:lol:

Charlie's Mum
09-23-2007, 05:53 PM
Ha! I've got my working drawing done - now to transfer it to the canvas!
that'll be tomorrow ...... and I always work best under pressure - I'm such a procrastinator!
Maybe we're two of a kind Billie! :D

09-23-2007, 06:40 PM
I'm such a procrastinator!
Maybe we're two of a kind Billie! :D

oh...me too! we're most certainly a pair!

09-23-2007, 11:03 PM
Gulp! Make that three in the procrastinators-race-to-the-deadline. Mine is in progress but oh my...

09-24-2007, 12:07 PM
I wont be home the next week so I have to upload my painting for this project to day.

My Art Nouveau painting was inspired from my grandmothers cookie jars.
The jars were lost after my grandmother died, but I still remember that the design on them were a lot like the paintings by Alfons Mucha.

Some years ago I went to Prague and saw the window he did for the St. Vitus Cathedral in the early 1930s. It is an amazing art work.

I used a photo posted by Tessp. Thank for sharing it!
I picked this photo because the flower had the same colours as my grandmother cookie jars and.

I put a lot of design into my painting because I think the most interesting part of the Art Nouveau painting movement is the way it combines organic shapes with strictly geometric shapes.

Size: 31cm. * 21cm.
Paper: Aqvarelle Arches, cold pressed fin grain
Mixed media: watercolor, ink, water soluble crayon

I worked on the painting for all most a week. It is my first painting of an Iris, so I had to do some try outs before I started the painting. I had a hard time making sense of the petals in the left back side of the flower.
The leaves are not real leaves they are more a part of the design than the painting of the flower. The dragonflies are a bit dark. I used a limited ranged of colors.

I am looking forward to see what all of you have come up with!

Happy flower painting


Lady Carol
09-24-2007, 12:57 PM
Wow! That is a fabulous interpretation of the project Marianne. A beautiful composition. This is a delight to view.

09-24-2007, 12:57 PM

Your Iris is truly beautiful! Love the ruffles and veins. Also a nice way to remember your grandmother.


09-24-2007, 03:57 PM
Holy Toledo! that's wonderful, Ranunkel!:thumbsup: it's got mine beat all to heck.:rolleyes:

09-24-2007, 10:05 PM
Indeed this is simply gorgeous.

09-24-2007, 11:25 PM
Wow, what a great job you did with this, Ranunkel! :)

(Not my photo though... it looks like you used one in the RIL by jediknl2: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=62828&cat=560 )


09-25-2007, 12:23 AM
I glad to hear there are a lot of us out there who procrastinate, other than me. I'm almost through with project, but have to finish in the morning. I already have my clock set for 5:00 AM to get up and work right after a cup of coffee.

Marianne,:clap: :clap: yours turned out really beautiful. If you were planning on selling it, you would not have any trouble at all. I love everything about it. When I first saw someone had posted, I thought I had gotten the date wrong and had missed the whole thing.:lol:


Selahs art
09-25-2007, 12:28 AM
My Try

Not as beautifull as the posted one seeing it is the 25 here now.



09-25-2007, 12:40 AM
Marianne- Very beautiful, love the designs.

Retha- Very pretty.

I wished I had time for this project, it looked like so much fun. I'm late with the one in the Decorative Arts Forum... I still need to finish it.

09-25-2007, 01:05 AM
Nice one Retha


09-25-2007, 01:49 AM
I only had time for a quick study (35x26cm) but I really enjoyed this. I learnt about painters I had not heard about before, how to use a paint brush with ink, and the fact that I don't really like much art nouveau :wink2: although I may use the ideas I came up with. So thank you Maureen for this interesting project.

Selahs art
09-25-2007, 01:55 AM

Nice work


09-25-2007, 03:17 AM
Well done Marion


Charlie's Mum
09-25-2007, 05:48 AM
Holy Moly!
Incredible work Ladies .......... I'm in awe Marianne of the work and the application/dedication to produce this lovely piece!
Retha - that lovely - totally different - and gorgeous!
Marion - even though you found you don't like the type of art, you've been super in producing this! Lovely character to the irises and good style of AN .... thank you ! :D

I'm still painting - eek! - after starting one, knowing it wouldn't be finished in time - and doing another to show later ........ back to work! :D

09-25-2007, 06:40 AM
Very nice work, Retha and Marion!

I ended up making two attempts. The first one was intended as a study. It was done with Staedtler Mars Professional and Copic brush markers and is about 5 x 10".


I wanted to simplify the image for the next one. I used a black Pentel Color Brush and then added some watercolor. I was going for a somewhat flat, woodcut-type look. This one is about 8 x 16" on Fabriano HP watercolor paper.


09-25-2007, 07:21 AM
Marianne - awesome work. I can't believe this is your first iris it looks perfect.
Retha - I like the stylised look of yours and the backgroun colour really sets off the iris.
Tess - I like both of them but I think the second is my favourite. 'Simplyfying' things is hard isn't it, but you have succeeded.

Thank you all for your comments. I wish I had had more time this month.

09-25-2007, 09:22 AM
For some reason, I've had a mental block with this project. I did a quick little painting, it was hideous and will not see the light of day. So, since I promised I'd participate, I just did a very quick little motif study w/Sharpy.


I must say these pieces you've all done are simply splendid. Very impressive.

I'll try harder on the next project.

Charlie's Mum
09-25-2007, 10:25 AM
Tess - that's/they're beautiful! I love the design of the first and the colour of the second ... both beautifully simplifies!

Celeste - that's a lovely 'woodcut' - reaally like that!

OK - managed to finish this one - got far more complicated than it should have but had to just accept that! I still have #1 on the go - but can take my time.
I too spent the majority of my time simplifying the shapes and aiming for the Rennie Makintosh idea of his rose translated to iris! It's better in my sketches! :lol: Then I wanted the jewel-like colours of the acrylic inks, so here's my nod at any part of that period of AN / Arts and Crafts :lol: .. on paper, approx16"x12".
Used Tess's pic with ideas from Ruth's and Marion's!


09-25-2007, 10:40 AM
I'm so disappointed not to have had time to join in this time :( We've had several busy weeks getting Amy ready for University, culminating in moving her and all her possessions to North Wales on Saturday!

I'm in awe of the amazing work posted so far, beautiful work everyone!!!! :clap:


09-25-2007, 10:59 AM
I just saw the project so probably won't have time to work on it. I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with though.

Wow, what people have entered so far have all been terrific. Love seeing the variations you came up with using the same references and examples.

Thanks for the links to Art Nouveau sites also. It is such a pleasure to read about the movement. It has always been one of my favorites.


09-25-2007, 11:25 AM
Hi everyone,

Here is my interpretation of the project. ink and coloured pencils on 9x12 Bristol vellum.


This is not the first version. I sketched a few designs, I experimented with acrylic inks, gel pens, watercolour pencils, and even an oil pastel-resist with acrylic ink. Sadly they are in no state to be shown in public - but still fun to play around with.


09-25-2007, 11:30 AM
Marianne - simply beautiful. I'll admit after seeing yours I wasn't feeling confident about posting mine.
Retha - gorgeous. What size is it, and is it one flat surface with an illusion of 3D-ness?
Marion - I like the shapes of your ruffly petals and the seashell-like design in the lower left border
tessp - ah a brush marker - why didn't I think of that? Very nice reverse silhouette. Beautiful simplification.
Celeste - aww man you can do great things with a Sharpy. (Sharpy... why didn't I think of that?)
Maureen - lovely purples in the petals (kind of tulip shaped?). I like the dark bg between the leaves at the bottom to contrast the light bg at the top.

09-25-2007, 11:50 AM
I haven't looked at anyone's yet (wanted to post mine before I lost my nerve :) ) So here goes...


9"x12". Acrylic on watercolor paper. Going for the look of the posters from the art nouveau period, but I had a really hard time sticking to "authentic" colors from the period, because they are the opposite of what I usually use!

09-25-2007, 12:02 PM
Wow! Everyone's pieces look so good and so different - cool project. :)

I told "Mum" that I'd join in if I could manage to get 1 of my 3 ideas anywhere close to being done....:rolleyes:

So here's 1 that is done. I'm not sure they really look like irises. I sort of took a little from tessp's photo and a little from madmum's photo.

I went for the very stylized look of Art Nouveau....probably do this over and add color (might resemble irises if I did that, eh? :D )

8 3/4 ins. x 4 3/4 ins.
Winsor & Newton India ink with dip pens & brushes.
Arches hp fine grain watercolor paper.


C & C welcomed.


09-25-2007, 12:13 PM
Judy, I love the stems! They DO look like irises, no doubt about it.

So many wonderful interpretations- this is almost as exciting as the project itself!

09-25-2007, 12:18 PM
Thanks Shari.
I love that you added the lettering in yours - looks great and all that purple! Come overhere and do some lettering on mine! I couldn't get the hang of that at all! Yours is terrific. :)

09-25-2007, 12:28 PM
Wow! These are all just wonderful takes on the subject.

09-25-2007, 12:28 PM
Come over here and do some lettering on mine!

Ugh, no thanks! To tell you the truth, whenever I do lettering on anything, after I trace it onto my support I paint the letters upside down, so I can pretend they are just more shapes, and not letters. That's the only way I can get them to look halfway decent!!:lol:


09-25-2007, 12:39 PM
Maureen thank you so much for this project, it was a whole load of fun. This is my 6 x 10 mock up which will be reproduced to go in a 3' x 5' window in my garage to keep out the peeping toms :lol: .

Maureen I have not used Acrylic inks yet, could you tell me if they are opaque or transparent, or do they have the same characteristics as paint. I would like the window to be somewhat transparent and have not come up with the medium for the final work yet.

Tess Hmmm I love them both.
Celeste that is super I like the square format.
Maureen I do believe the jewellike quality is coming through.
EP I love your choice of color it reminds me of something I knitted when I was 10
Shari I love the ghosty iris.
Judy they look like little angels and that is exactly what Iris are (in my opinion) what an absolute joy to see the different interpretations.



09-25-2007, 12:42 PM
everyone's is SO gorgeous!!!

this will teach me to wait until the last minute to do a project. i've found i don't do good work under pressure but i do take a lot of chances. some worked, some didn't.

i wanted to give a nod to Beardsley but just had to get some color in there. the rainbow dots in the upper right corner came about because Iris, a Greek goddess is said to live in a rainbow.

this is my result done on Arches 140# HP(didn't like working with brush or ink on it). i used watercolor, colored pencil, Micron pen and a laundry marker and anything else i found to throw at it. sorry for the dark image. grey day here. also my camera decided to poop out on me so i couldn't take but this one photo. i know...excuses, excuses........:rolleyes:

is this one better? i got my camera working again.:)

09-25-2007, 12:43 PM
OK, here is mine. (I was trying not to peek until I posted).

12"x12" on scrapbook vellum with prismacolor pencils. This is the third...no fourth layout. Still not happy. Maybe if I did a reverse one for a pair look?????? Maybe with a different flower?? Any suggestions?


NOW I can go back and enjoy this whole thread. :)

OH YES- Thank you tessp for the photo!!!

Charlie's Mum
09-25-2007, 01:13 PM
Oh WOW everyone!
I'll be back later to comment on the additions since I posted ........ double WOW! (WOW) :D

09-25-2007, 01:23 PM
Wow, what a neat trip through time!!!

Marianne-Love your iris. And the layout is perfect!
Retha- love your style- an asian influence I think.
Marion- I Like how you captured the nouveau feel- lovely irises!
Tess- I think your study one's comp says art nouveau very well- maybe japanese nouveau. Love the colors in the second one.
Celeste- OH MY!- that is VERY nouveau! I can see this as corner pieces to a larger piece. Love it!
Maureen- Love the colors! And the shapes! This looks like Stained Glass!
EP_ Very graffic! Love the color combo!
Shari- Love your flowers- and the arch in french- What a wonderful touch!
Judy- I love this stylized look!
Anghwar- yours really looks like it IS stained glass- lovely- can see the light coming through!
Billie- I Like that you gave a 'bow' to the goddess of the iris- cute bugs add a great touch. Love your style and the lettering!

Capt Elaine
09-25-2007, 03:17 PM
Can I play?

How about a couple of glass beads.


09-25-2007, 03:21 PM
i'll be back to comment later also. i'm SO impressed with what i'm seeing!

oohh...beads! love them, Capt. Elaine!

Charlie's Mum
09-25-2007, 05:18 PM
Elaine, thank you for those lovely beads - I'm so pleased to see an entry which is other than painting/drawing! these are super!

Kathy - that is so pretty - a rainbow of colours - intricate and well drawn. Lovely!

Billie - that's so beautifully painted - clean, clear and lovely - so Art Nouveau! I like it!

Anghwar - this is glorious - so bright and jewel-like ..... truly like stained glass. Love the thought of this on a large scale window! Wow!
(Acrylic inks - some are transparent, other opaque .... The FW inks by Daler/Rowney tend to be more opaque than the Magic Color ....... I must say I prefer the latter because of their transpaency: they're both permanent once dry.)

Judy - I do like this! Love the way those irises are laughing! It's a happy painting - not showing any frustration at all!!!! :D

Shari - welcome to the forum and the project! This is very pretty - and clever!

EP - love the simplicity, the boldness of colour and the clean lines here ... nice! :D

I'm so thrilled at all the paintings - it's a joy to see them - thank you!

Hope you're getting ready for the next challenge ........ just next week! :eek:

09-25-2007, 06:00 PM
Wow, I LOVE the beads Elaine. Just wonderful.

09-25-2007, 06:14 PM
Marianne, your art nouveau piece is absolutely stunning! your work on the iris, the dragonfly border(which i love, btw) and all the detail unique to Art Nouveau is excellent. it's made all the better by the story of your grandmother's cookie jar.:)

Retha, your colors just blow me away and that's meant in a good way! the way the blues of the irises pop against your bg colors is very dramatic.

Marion, love the yellows and blue together! the fan-like detail in the bottom left corner is inspired!

Tess, i like both but i have to say i love the blk/wht. it's got that Beardsley feel i so enjoy!

Celeste, your circular format is so unique and your piece is so graphic. LOVE it!!

Maureen, WOW! you sure do work well under pressure. i especially love the brilliant colors and that stained glass look you've created.

Eyepaint, this has the poster quality of Art Nouveau down pat. i also like the wild colors. i struggled the most with the surface i chose and had to resort to drastic means(laundry markers) to even have something to post! LOL

Shari, i like the words, the ghost iris and also your color choices. how the heck did you guys come up with those fantastic borders??!! your's is wonderful!

Judy, this has Beardsley written all over it. love it! how did you get the India ink so dark on the HP? i tried but it just wouldn't soak in and all i got was a pale nasty grey film. did you use a lot of washes?

ANGHWAR, this looks just like a church window with the sun streaming thru!

Kathy, great border detail! so creative.

09-25-2007, 06:39 PM
Judy, this has Beardsley written all over it. love it! how did you get the India ink so dark on the HP? i tried but it just wouldn't soak in and all i got was a pale nasty grey film. did you use a lot of washes?

Hi Foz or Billie..but I think I like Foz :D,

I removed the sizing from the Arches before I began (soaked the paper, then stretched it). I noticed you also used Arches hp & with CP's. I think soaking the paper first might also help getting more layers of cp on this paper, if you want really saturated cp color - though your piece is really outstanding!

Plus, I've discoverd not all brands of India ink work the same! IMO, the Winsor & Newton brand does give a very nice dark at the get-go and it's very permanent - doesn't smudge after it's dry. On the other hand, the Talens brand I have (but didn't use) works as you described and it's not as permanent as they say it is...smudgy-wudgy .. but I have another use for it, so guess my money was well spent anyway. :rolleyes: :D

09-25-2007, 06:46 PM
Hi Foz or Billie..but I think I like Foz :D,

Foz it is! :lol: i was working on a HP block so i didn't stretch it. must have been my downfall..huh?:rolleyes: i've never taken the time to stretch my paper, even CP. maybe it's time to start. sounds like sooo much work.:(

09-25-2007, 07:23 PM
Foz it is! :lol: i was working on a HP block so i didn't stretch it. must have been my downfall..huh?:rolleyes: i've never taken the time to stretch my paper, even CP. maybe it's time to start. sounds like sooo much work.:(Some papers really need it (imo), and depending on what you want to do with them or the look you want. I also used the Arches in the block. Other papers don't have so much sizing in them, so you don't have to so the soaking, etc. Uhmm, it's not a lot of work once you get used to doing it - of course, I don't work huge! LOL

09-25-2007, 08:15 PM
Not sure if I had the right idea for Nouveau art, but here's my effort for the September project. Mixed media of mostly watercolor, watercolor pencils and black acrylic. Used Arches 140 lb. block, 12" x 16". I'm not pleased with some of it, and it still needs some work, but will post anyway. I'm just pleased that I didn't give up. The lattice is actually white, but somehow couldn't get that to photo properly. This is the first Iris I have painted and I have to imagine that there are other petals behind. I need to study an Iris and do a better job on the beard and all the rest.

I think this project was a great idea and thanks to those who challenged us.


09-25-2007, 08:38 PM
Shari - I like the scrollwork mirrored on each vertical edge and the shapes of the letters
Judy - you must have a very steady hand to make those crisp lines. I like how the stems twirl around each other.
Anghwar - wow - you have created such a beautiful stained-glass mockup. Wow! I'm loving all the firey colours in the petals and then the greens and blues around them. Wow! You will have a beautiful garage!
Foz - thank you. As soon as I saw the posters in the reference links I knew I had to do one in that style. Fantastic lettering, and I like the coloured "buttons" in the top right corner. Now I'm seeing a frog in the bottom right and a butterfly in the top right? So cool!
Kathy - thank you. So glad to see another person using the purples and yellows. Your composition reminds me of part of a placemat on a purple tablecloth. I think that's because the placemats in my house growing up were rounded rectangles and ovals. I really like the stylized vines up the right side.
Capt Elaine - bravo for doing 3D art! So cool!
Maureen - thank you.
Jeanette - yours has lovely contrasts between stylized at the top and bottom edges and corners contrasting with the soft watercolour-looking flower in the centre.


09-25-2007, 08:55 PM
After posting mine, I went back and looked at all the others. This has been a very exciting project, waiting to see all the different interpretations. I am usually such a realist, it was hard for me to try to be otherwise. As a matter of fact, I probably didn't quite make it. :lol:

Of all the postings, I did not find even one that I did not like. So much originality here. Wet Canvas is like participating in art workshops, except better. It's there anytime I want it. So much can be learned here. I am basically self-taught, so have to do a lot of research. Haven't been able to find any workshops here since Hurricane Katrina washed away so many business and homes along this Gulf Coast.

Thanks to all for providing me with such good work to view.

Happy painting.


09-26-2007, 01:51 AM

09-26-2007, 06:51 AM
Great Linda! Very Nouveau.

Charlie's Mum
09-26-2007, 07:37 AM
Jeanette - your iris is beautifully soft and delicate - another lovely interpretation of the challenge, thanks for joining in! I'm so pleased you feel it has been worthwhile! :D

Linda - that too is unique - it's lovely simple, bold and very effective design. Did you use acrylics?

09-26-2007, 08:47 AM
Wow, amazing work here! I'll have to come back at the end of the month to comment, I'm away from home for a couple of weeks and at work so I'm just logging on quickly to post mine...

Hope the orange background doesn't blind anyone! It wasn't quiiiite what I was going for, but once it was done I liked the texture of it and decided to live with the colour!


09-26-2007, 02:00 PM
Jeanette, your iris is fantastic! really! i love the colors you used.

Linda, you took the more graphic route and it worked out extremely well. i love the dry brush at the bottom suggesting grass.

Polygon, i'm not put off by that bg at all! did you use cellophane to get that texture?

i found by browsing thru a lot of original Art Nouveau paintings that there were so many interpretations during this period...some very stark and graphic, some very painterly and some in betweeners. it made for tons of wiggle room when it came to possibilities. i'm definitely seeing it here. good work, artists!:thumbsup:

09-26-2007, 04:01 PM
Kathy & Billie Thank you for your comments.

Maureen thank you for the info on the inks, glad you liked my effort.

EP Thank you so much for the 3 wows.

Billie I really like this the creaturesand specially the winding road at back pulls everything together. Btw my husband voted for yours :D .

Kathy love the pastelly colors and the iris is rendered so well.

Jeanette beautiful Iris.

Linda reminds me of the Dutch Iris always first to bloom.

Polygon love the bold colors and the soothing flow of the stems really nice.

Hope I didnt miss anyone, at last I got my email notification back so dont have to rely on weakened memory :lol:


Charlie's Mum
09-26-2007, 04:33 PM
Nancy - love that textured orange!
The blue/purple is perfect against it!

Foz - wiggle room - I definitely used that! .. tho' I'm working rather more seriously on my original idea :D

09-26-2007, 04:38 PM
thank you to all who commented on work.:) and special thanks to ANGHWAR's husband! bet it was the laundry marker that won him over. LOL

09-26-2007, 04:52 PM
Wow there are some beautiful works from this project, and so many different interpretations, it's wonderful to see. :thumbsup:

I didn't have enough time to complete mine, all I have is a quick ACEO size drawing on drafting film, this was my practice run before attempting a bigger image. I thought the translucent quality of the film would lend itself to an imitation stained glass picture. I was experimenting with getting the swirly colours like the glass Tiffany used, don't think I was exactly successful. Maybe next time I'll get something done past the planning stages. This was done with a micron pen and coloured pencil on Duralar Matte film.


09-26-2007, 05:42 PM
thank you to all who commented on work.:) and special thanks to ANGHWAR's husband! bet it was the laundry marker that won him over. LOL

p.s. that was supposed to read "my work". sorry:(

09-26-2007, 05:43 PM
Sue, looks like stained glass to me! well done!:thumbsup:

09-26-2007, 07:12 PM
:wave: Well, this is a day late because I had given up on it, but decided two days ago to go forth. I enjoyed so much trying to work out the design, and being my first Nouveau, I'm trying not to be too hard on myself. I'm still tweaking here and there (outlines, etc.) Wish I could get the girl's flesh tones better, sigh. But, for now, here it is! Thanks so much for hosting this challenge! :D


Acrylic on 11" x 15" watercolor paper.
By the way, "Belle Fleur" means "Beautiful Flower" :D

09-26-2007, 08:13 PM
Hi Marianne! That’s got to be one of the most realistic iris paintings I’ve ever seen…and I love your design too! WoW!

Hi Retha! This is such a striking design! I love the elegant simplicity and the way the you’ve showcased the irises. Nice!

Hi Marion! For not liking Nouveau, you did a terrific job on both the flowers and the design. I really like your ink/brush work and that fan design in the left corner. It’s so Nouveau. Great job!

Hi Tess! These are both great! It would be difficult to choose which one I like best. Each are very well done and very fitting to the Art Nouveau style. Beautiful entries!

Hi Celeste! I almost pitched mine too but decided to press forward if only for experience. I hope you too will decide to dust off your original and give it a go. In the meantime, this is a really good motif, and what’s equally impressive is that you did it with a sharpie! That takes both confidence and talent! Your entry is adorable!

Hi Marueen! This looks just like stained glass! What a great effect. Definitely jewel like tones too – spectacular display. I’m looking forward to seeing your other piece too; I’m sure it’s going to WoW us!

Hi EP! Such a great design, and the lettering at the bottom is excellent - very Nouveau-y, lol! These colors really pop – wonderful choices all around! I love this!

Hi Shari! I can’t imagine why you’d be nervous to post yours! It is wonderful! Very nice design and painting of the different elements. The shadowed flowers are a really nice touch as is the lettering across the top. So very, very good! You should be very pleased!

Hi Judy! I love the white on black! The irises really stand out well, and the designs you have placed in the corners add that extra special touch. Love the curling leaves too. This definitely has a Nouveau flavor! Good Job!

Hi Anghwar! This is an outstanding entry! You’ve painted it so well and the design and composition are excellent. Too, those colors are brilliant! I’d love to see this as a window too. WoW!

Hi Billie! I seem to go from one outstanding entry to another, and in such different ways! This is wonderful! Love the way you’ve laid this out, not to mention the excellent usage of different media and the perfect lettering. Nice piece!

Hi Kathy! Oh my gosh, the detail on the left side flowers is SO perfect! Right down to the tiny veins! I also really, really love the more stylized version to the right. Both are very different, but wonderful in their own ways. No need to be worried about this; it’s great!!!!!

Hi Elaine! One of the things I love about Wet Canvas is the way different artists use different reference material and ideas. The beads are adorable. You’ve done such a good job on them!

Hi Jeanette! Oh my….your iris is gorgeous! These are such difficult flowers and yours is perfect! Love the colors, love the leaves, and the design too. The swirls and lattice really gives this a Nouveau feel – excellent entry!

Hi Linda! I really like way this displays. Very confident line work and color choices make this a really sweet piece. Great job!

Hi Polygon! I’m so glad you joined in this challenge too! Lovely curved, Art Nouveau style leaves and lovely flowers to go with them. I think the orange background works with this, and it’s so YOU! Lol!

Hi Sue! WoW! Such a successful painting on such a small support! I do think this has a stained glass look to it. You did good! I’d love to see the full-sized version if you decide to do it. Wonderful entry!

09-26-2007, 09:39 PM
Hi Elizabeth! I'm originally from Southern Michigan too. Love your entry, glad you didn't give up on it. You did give yourself a real challenge with all those different elements! That swirling hair is great and very Nouveau I think! :)

Frangipani, yours really glows... Wonderful!

Polygon, great job. I like the orange background!

LadyLMK, your outlining is wonderful.

Jeanette, beautiful work on the iris!

Elaine, I love your beads! Just amazing!

Kathy, gorgeous colors and fantastic job on the irises! (I see you used my photo. :thumbsup:)

Billie, I love your design... Wonderful Nouveau feel!

Anghwar, absolutely gorgeous.

Judy, such original and fun flowers... great design too.

Shari, excellent job on the irises and the lettering!

Eyepaint, really fun and playful piece!

Maureen, I enjoy yours so much, it has such an exuberant feel. Love the stylized irises!

Celeste, lovely Nouveau motif.

Hope I didn't miss anyone... And thanks so much to everyone who commented on my entries.


09-27-2007, 01:13 AM
Elaine! Elaine! That is who I forgot, I specially singled you out and then just dropped you, I do apologize, I wanted to say that you have the fortune to practice AN on a daily basis, I adore your beads wished we could see a REAL close up.

Sue your entry is so vibrant.

Elizabeth :clap: I just love this, there is a little story going on there, secrets whispered to angel Iris by moonlight, whises whished and dreams dreamed. Thank you so much for the nice things you said about my entry.

Tess thank you, you are so very kind.

Another apology people I have no idea where that measurement came from - the window is only 2 by 2 foot not as stated before.:o The design of course will be stretched and have more than one iris, AND I just got 25 bottles of watercolor ink FREE (not sure if that is how one describes it) Dr PH Martins concentrated watercolor ink, have no idea if it will work but I will give it a try tomorrow.

Happy painting

Charlie's Mum
09-27-2007, 09:08 AM
Sue - beautiful colour - and the size looks the same as any other on a monitor! :D
It's a beauty, so I'm pleased you did enter! :D

Elizabeth - what a testimony to study! this is lovely and you really caught the idea - so glad you did this - and not late - still another few days!
I love the lady's hairespecially ...... very nice!

09-27-2007, 12:03 PM
Thank you all for the kind and wonderful comments. I was hesitant that it wasn't really going to fit. Thank goodness it did.

This was fun. I can't wait for another.

09-27-2007, 12:04 PM
PS... So many beautiful pieces by so many talented people. I write more after I get on my own computer.

09-27-2007, 04:58 PM
:wave: Thanks for the positive feedback on this, Tess, Anghwar and Maureen!

Tess... I forgot to mention that I used your iris reference photo for my flower. I did change the color though; I hope you recognize it at least a little bit, hehehehe. Happy to meet a fellow Michigander (even if you have migrated) in the vast world of Wet Canvas!!!! :clap:

Anghwar... I'm happy to know that you saw possible stories in my painting. Such a nice compliment! Thanks again! :D

Maureen....I spent days looking at Nouveau Art; I absolutely fell in love with Mucho's work. I'd like to do more of these but I think I'll detour into portraits first, lol. Thanks again! :D


09-27-2007, 08:26 PM
Hello, Elizabeth and a fellow Michiganian!:wave: Bravo on your figure work! this is very detailed and well thought out. great color choices, too.:)

09-27-2007, 09:42 PM
Linda (LadyLMK) - I like the composition and I like the suggestion of grasses at the bottom.
Polygon - I LOVE the blue and orange in yours.
Sue frangipani - yours has a stained glass look
Elizabeth - thank you. Yours is fantastic! So inventive! Love all that flowy hair. Smart of you to include that moon so that you wouldn't need to paint other body parts that would require the butt icon on this thread, lol
Tess - thank you

Lady Carol
09-28-2007, 08:35 AM

Charlie's Mum
09-28-2007, 10:04 AM
Carol, that's gorgeous!
Love the design and the simplicity of the flower - so different for you!

09-28-2007, 12:00 PM
Carol this is superb, all the elements of AN.


09-28-2007, 01:53 PM
Just lovely Carol!

Selahs art
09-28-2007, 01:56 PM
Everyone has done such nice work,
had some bad weather here so I couldn't check earlier.
Anghwar... nice stained glass effect.


09-28-2007, 02:19 PM
Capt. Elaine- Just love the beads, very wonderful! So lampwork-like.
Jeanette- such a soft feel to the iris yet a good atr nouveau graffic feel overall.
Linda- VERY graffic! I love the iris!
WOW Polygon- very bright! but not in a bad way! Love the movement you gave the irises.
Sue- such detials for so small a piece. Looks like a large stain glass panel!
edtree- Love how you worked in a lady- very brave of you- I didn't dare try! I really like the feel of this one, love the hair- very 'Mucha'-like.
Lady Carol- WOW- love the flow of the leave in this one. This could be an art nouveau pendant, even!

Hope I didn't miss anyone. Everyone did a GREAT job!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Selahs art
09-28-2007, 02:41 PM
Retha - gorgeous. What size is it, and is it one flat surface with an illusion of 3D-ness?

Thanks. sorry I didn't answer earlier, it is an A3 size and yes its one flat surface.


Selahs art
09-28-2007, 02:43 PM
Tess - that's/they're beautiful! I love the design of the first and the colour of the second ... both beautifully simplifies!

Celeste - that's a lovely 'woodcut' - reaally like that!

OK - managed to finish this one - got far more complicated than it should have but had to just accept that! I still have #1 on the go - but can take my time.
I too spent the majority of my time simplifying the shapes and aiming for the Rennie Makintosh idea of his rose translated to iris! It's better in my sketches! :lol: Then I wanted the jewel-like colours of the acrylic inks, so here's my nod at any part of that period of AN / Arts and Crafts :lol: .. on paper, approx16"x12".
Used Tess's pic with ideas from Ruth's and Marion's!


Just had to complement you on your beautifull work,


09-28-2007, 03:25 PM
Maureen, i have to agree w/Retha on this. your's is spectacular and to think...you did it last minute, too!

09-28-2007, 04:23 PM
Hi, all, just stumbled upon this channel and then this thread by accident, but what a great accident! Love the work I've seen - such great creativity and efforts (especially if you didn't even like AN)! Would have loved to have found the challenge early enough to play too!

Again, hats off to the fabulous work and I'll be peeking in again!


Charlie's Mum
09-28-2007, 04:54 PM
Retha and Foz - you're far too generous! - but thank you! I wasn't too happy with this at all .... not AN enough!

Emme - you still have 2 days in which to add a piece - it doesn't have to be large! You'll be very welcome!

Meanwhile - Oct 1st - our next Plant Parade challenge! :D

09-28-2007, 06:08 PM
I wish I had the time to comment on each one because these are all so beautiful in there own way!

I really enjoyed seeing the glass beads, I love seeing so many different kinds of art all in this one forum! Capt. Elaine those beads are sooo beautiful :)

Lady Carol
09-28-2007, 09:18 PM
Finally an opportunity to comment on the submissions.

Perel: that is lovely. I like the boarder that you have. The background colours work well with the flowers.

Marion: nice also. I always think that ink is hard to work with and you have done a stellar job.

Tess: fabulous ink work.

Celeste: for a mental block, you pulled this off.

Maureen: fab inking. I really like how you handled the background.

EP: a unique approach. The colours are terrific.

Shari: lovely. I like the hint of the iris in the background.

Judy: a wonderfully organic approach that certainly embraces AN.

Anghwar: wow. Terrific colour.

Billie: what a classic AN. Love it.

Kathy: very pretty. Great use of delicate colours.

Elaine: Ooh Beads. What a great addition to the project.

Jeanette: how pretty. You have used some of my favourite colours.

Linda: great work. Very AN.

Poly: I like it a lot, particularly the background.

Sue: looks like stained glass. What a fabulous approach.

Elizabeth: how pretty. I like the composition.

Thanks for the lovely comments on my submission :D

Laura D
09-29-2007, 02:31 AM
All of these are fantastic! I wish I could reply to every one singly, you all deserve that. Danged arms are just too sore.

09-29-2007, 03:46 AM
Thank you Carol

Selahs art
09-29-2007, 04:46 AM
thanks Carol


09-29-2007, 06:30 AM
Hi all

I can see you have been busy while I have been away :)

Retha: Lovely, and I like your background very much it makes you flowers pop!

Marion: You did a good job!
It's always nice to learn some thing new isn't it?

Tessp: Your woodcut-type look is working nicely . My favourite is the b/w.

Celeste: I think you have a nice design there.

Maureen: Absolutely beautiful colours and very Art Nouveau.

EP: Interesting lay out and eye catching colours.

Shari: No reason for you to loose your nerves, it's just beautiful.

Judy: Lovely woodcut look, and I love your flowers!

Anghwar: lovely colours it will look beautiful in your window!

Kathy: I love how you played with colours and composition !

Capt Elaine: Nice glass beads and very Art Nouveau!

Jeanette: lovely soft painting and also very romantic!

Linda: Very lovely and also a bit like the old woodcuts.

Polygon: your painting has a very pleasing composition.

Sue: Your imitation of stained glass works very well, and I love your bright colours.

Edtree: This is very lovely and Art Nouveau.
Love the "mermaid" I thought about sneaking in a fairy in my painting LOL

Carol: Lovely and very, very Art Nouveau.

I hope I didn't miss any one out. It has been great fun to see what you all came up with. I think Art Nouveau is very difficult to do, because the art from this period has become icons on posters, and in advertisements, so it's hard to make your own interpretation.

I am looking forward to see what the next challenged is about!

09-29-2007, 07:46 AM
:wave: Carol...your entry is gorgeous! What a wonderful composition/design, and painted so well too! :D


09-29-2007, 07:53 AM
:wave: Thank you Kathy, Carol and Marianne for the positive comments on my entry. Very much appreciated! :D

:wave: EP - Your comment about the close call with the butt icon gave me a chuckle. I did think about that while planning the placement of the moon, hehehehe. Thanks for the encouraging feedback! :D


09-29-2007, 11:53 AM
Lady Carol - thank you. Yours is great - it has a nautical feel to me, probably the "life-ring" shape :)
Retha - cool - thanks.
Ranunkel - thank you
Elizabeth - hehe :)

09-29-2007, 12:43 PM

Thank you very much, I had to change the design slightly and decided to use a little more muted colors.


09-29-2007, 01:34 PM
Elizabeth: Yes, I did think that looked like the iris from my photo! :)

Lady Carol: Beautiful job, love how you made the design echo the shape of the iris. And thanks to you and Ranunkel for the comments.


09-30-2007, 08:59 AM
While I have not commented on each individual painting, I would like to say that I have enjoyed this project very much. All of the entries are very different and original and I have not seen one that I did not like. Having had no professional art training, this has been my first experience with Nouveau art and I must say that it is quite fascinating. I am a bit of a realist and that holds me back I am sure. I am not satisfied with my entry, but art is in my opinion, always a learning experience and that is why I am obsessed with it (my husband's words).

BTW, this is a great new forum, and I like that we can use any medium. I always have my morning coffee checking to see what is new at Wet Canvas. As a senior citizen, college classes are free and I had considered participating in that, but I've about decided that there is more to learn at WC (and no homework unless you want it).


Charlie's Mum
09-30-2007, 09:11 AM
Thank you for your positive response to this project Jeanette, I'm so glad you enjoyed it and feel it was worthwhile.

Meanwhile, before posting October's project tomorrow, here's a small Gallery of this month's entries - I hope I haven't missed out anyone!

Below are thumbnails of the reference images used.

09-30-2007, 09:17 AM
My goodness, how very beautiful one and all are...thanks for the collage Maureen!

09-30-2007, 10:42 AM
:wave: Thanks for posting a gallery, Maureen! I really enjoyed seeing each piece as the thread evolved, and it helps to see them tiny too to see what compositions and color combinations work best (for future reference). I loved this challenge. Can't wait to see the next one! :clap:


09-30-2007, 10:53 AM
They look great all together. Nice show, Maureen!

09-30-2007, 10:53 AM
Thanks for posting the collage!
I can't wait to see what the next project will be!

09-30-2007, 03:10 PM
Maureen, you did a great job of putting them all together. Would it be possible to place thumbnails of the 3 references?

Selahs art
09-30-2007, 03:16 PM
Nice gallery, good work everyone.....

Watching to see what's next.


Charlie's Mum
09-30-2007, 04:29 PM
Lol Jeanette!
I don't usually use thumnails, but I eventually managed to upload them:D

09-30-2007, 06:02 PM
Great gallery! it's so fun to see them all together so you can appreciate all the individual styles. thank you!

09-30-2007, 06:07 PM
Maureen, wonderful to see all of them together. They are all so very beautiful.


09-30-2007, 06:33 PM
Thanks, Maureen- How great it is to see everyone's work all at once! I love comparing the reference photos to the works, too.

I'm so excited for this month's project! (Actually, I was kind of hoping you'd post it early--ha, ha! -- but since you didn't, I started another painting today.)

Charlie's Mum
10-01-2007, 12:18 PM
Lol shari - I posted the new project last night (my time!) becauase I knew today would be difficult!

Sorry the Gallery is small - hadn't time to do a number of them - which is the onlky way I can make tham larger!

maybe this month! :D

10-01-2007, 08:06 PM
I have been so busy the last few days that I haven't had a chance to get to my computer to comment on all these lovely works of art. What I find the most interesting about these projects is the differences in interpretation, all drawing on the same references yet we don't have any that are really similar. I'm really looking forward to seeing the results from the next challenge. :wave:

10-01-2007, 11:26 PM
OHHH MYYY GOOODNESS, what a wonderful array of Art Nouveau there is in this Thread -- I just love it to bits. I was away most of September and missed out on it, which I was really disappointed about, as I just love Art Nouveau. Congratulations to each and every one of you for such beautiful work. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'll post a Porcelain Plate I've painted in the Art Nouveau style in another Thread, as it doesn't pertain to this one.

Val. :wave:

Terry Wynn
10-02-2007, 05:48 PM
Maureen, thanks so much for the collage.

I have looked at the posts as I could grab a minute and they are exquisite. Each a little gem in its own right. What a wonderful kick off project for the new forum!

Now, I'm putting my heel down and declaring I will participate in the next.

Looks like way too much fun!


Charlie's Mum
10-03-2007, 03:50 PM
Thanks Terry! Now, I insist you get your name down in the new project thread - then there'll be no excuse for missing it! :lol: