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09-01-2007, 03:19 PM
Welcome to September's Challenge

Your challenge is to answer this question:

What does Autumn, September, the color red mean to you or how do you portray this theme in art?
All the images I submit are found in the wc library.

Right click on the photo and select properties you will find the members name listed.

Things about September, Autumn, Red, & other stuff.

Labor Day (Labour Day in Canada) is observed on the first Monday in September in the United States.

In Japan, Respect for the Aged Day is a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday of September.
Autumnal Equinox Day is also a national holiday.

In the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15.

In Mexico, Independence Day is celebrated September 16th.

National Grandparents' Day takes place on the first Sunday after Labor Day in the United States and Canada.

In the United States, September 11 is Patriot Day, in remembrance of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.


09-01-2007, 03:21 PM

In the Netherlands the third Tuesday in September is known as prinsjesdag.
The government presents its annual budget.
The queen rides to the parliament in a gilded coach and reads the plans for the coming year to the States-general.

The equinox named the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere and
the vernal or spring equinox in the southern hemisphere occurs on dates varying from 21 September to 24 September (in UTC).

In the pagan wheel of the year the spring equinox is the time of Ostara and
the autumn equinox is that of Mabon.

In KwaZulu-Natal, king Shaka is commemorated on the last Sunday of September.

09-01-2007, 03:24 PM

Counterintuitively, the German Oktoberfest and the Chinese August Moon festival
(more correctly called the Mid-Autumn Festival) both occur in September.

In Australia, Father's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of September.

In Australia, the AFL Grand Final is played on the last Saturday of September.

September 1 is celebrated as the beginning of Eritrea's 30 year armed struggle for independence
from Ethiopia which began in 1961 and ended in 1991.

In Croatian, September is called Rujan, meaning red month (leaves turn red before falling).

In Czech, September is called zř, meaning glow or shine.

In Finnish, September is called syyskuu, meaning autumn month.

In Polish, September is called wrzesień, month when calluna flowers emerge.

In Tigrinya and Amharic, September is called meskerem which is also the month when the yellow flowers of the same name blossom marking the beginning of the New year according to the ancient christian orthodox calendars of Eritrea and Ethiopia as well as the start of the greatest harvest season in most parts of both countries.

In Turkish, September is called Eyll, (arabian - eyll), syriac-arabian 'ayll' means 'Grape'. Thus the meaning might be "Grape Month". Another, more likely, possibility might be from the hebrew month Elul.

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September begins on the same day of the week as December every year.

September's flower is the aster or morning glory.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.

September's birthstone is the sapphire.

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

In 1752, the British Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar. In the British Empire that year, September 2 was immediately followed by September 14.
On Usenet, it is said that September 1993 never ended.

September in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to March in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

World War II started on September 1, 1939 with Adolf Hitler's invasion of Poland. It ended on September 2, 1945 with Japan's formal surrender.

Caligula (Roman Emperor 37-41) attempted to rename September Germanicus after his father.

September is also the name of a female Swedish singer, author of the dance hit song "Satellites".

09-01-2007, 03:29 PM

Symbolism of the color red in antiquity

Red is supposedly the first color percieved by Man.

Brain-injured persons suffering from temporary color-blindness start to perceive red before they are able to discern any other colors.

Neolithic hunter peoples considered red to be the most important color endowed with life-giving powers and thus placed red ochre into graves of their deceased. This explains funds of skeletons embedded in up to 10 kg of red powdered ochre.

Neolithic cave painters ascribed magic powers to the color red.

The word "magic" ("Zauber" in German) translates to "taufr" in Old Norse and is related to the Anglo-Saxon "teafor" meaning "red ochre". It can be stipulated that they painted animals in red ochre or iron oxide to conjure their fertility.

Protective powers of the color red against evil influence were common belief.
Objects, animals and trees were covered in red paint, warriors painted their axes and spear-catapults red to endow the weapons with magic powers.
Some of the Australian aborigines abide by this custom up to the present times.

Neolithic hunters and germanic warriors used to paint their weapons and even themselves in blood of slain animals.

Roman gladiators drank blood of their dying adversaries to take over their strength.

In other cultures, the newly born were bathed in blood of particularly strong and good looking animals.

Red painted amulettes or red gems, such as ruby or garnet, were used as charms against the "evil eye".

Wearing a red ruby was supposed to bring about invincibility.
Red bed-clothes were customary in Germany up to the Middle Ages as protection against the "red illnesses", such as fever, rashes or even miscarriages (famous example is the painting Arnolfini Wedding by Jan Van Eyck, dated 1434).

Red garlands and red scarfs were part of wedding customs in many cultures.

Red wedding gown was en vogue in Nurnberg of the 18th century, but this tradition goes back to roman times:

Roman brides were wrapped in a fiery red veil, the flammeum, which should warrant love and fertility.

Greek, Albanian and Armenian brides wear red veils even today.

Chinese brides are wearing red wedding gowns and are carried to the ceremony in a red litter. The bride walks on a red carpet and is greeted by the groom who lifts her red veil. Neighbours bring red eggs to the couple after a child is born.

Red rose is the symbol of love and fidelity.

According to the Greek legend red roses arised from blood of Adonis who was killed by a wild boar on a hunt.

In Greek mythology red rose was a symbol for the cycle of growth and decay, but also for love and affinity.

Red rose is dedicated to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and daughter of Zeus and also to Roman goddess Venus.

In Christianity the red rose is associated with the Cross and the bloodshed.

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There are also negative connotations of this color.

Israelites in biblical times painted their doorframes in red blood to scare demons.

Red in ancient Egypt was the color of the desert and of the destructive god Seth who inpersonated the Evil.

"Making red" was synonymous with killing someone, evil doings were refered to as "red affairs".

Salvation from Evil is the subject of an ancient Egyptian charm: "Oh, Isis, deliver me from the hands of all bad, evil, red things!" Writers of Egyptian papyri used a special red ink for nasty words.

Good and bad qualities are combined in Phoenix, the firebird.

In Egypt, China and Central America it was associated with cleansing and revival. In China its name was the "Vermilion Bird" or the Substance of Fire" and promised luck and longevity.

Phoenix unifies the destructive symbol of fire associated with war and hate with its rebirth and its life-giving powers. Phoenix surrenders to fire and steps out of it cleansed and endowed with a new life.

The Emperor alone was allowed to wear purple robes during Roman times. Senators had to make do with purple ribbons on their togas. German emperors continued the tradition of wearing purple robes as a symbol of power and they were joined by the cardinals in 1468.

Strict clothing regulations were enforced in Europe up to the times of the French Revolution. Pure colors were reserved exclusively for the rich nobility. Preparation of pure bright colors from natural sources was very tedious.

Development of complex technical processes such as extracting of carmine from the cochineal insects or red dyes from the madder plant made it finally possible to achieve bright red tones.

Wearing red coats was the exclusive right of the nobility in medieval times and the red robes of kings, cardinals, judges and executioners announced their power over life and death.

Advent of modern dyeing procedures and deteriorating power of the nobility led to the demise of red as a symbol of power. Red military uniforms became common up to the 19th century Today’s Judges on the German Supreme Court wear red robes.

09-01-2007, 03:31 PM

Negative connotation of red

Hair of Virgin Mary and the robes of Angels were depicted red in medieval paintings. The definitely positive connotation of the color red which originated with the neolithic hunter peoples and continued with the ancient Germans starts to change around 1500.

The Germanic god Thor (other names include, sa-Thr, Donar, Donner, Thr, Thunder, Tor) had red hair. [More about Thor from Ashliman at University of Pittsburg.] Red animals such as the robin, the fox and the squirel were Thor's sacred creatures. Beard and eyes of Wotan, the Germanic god of hunt, were fiery red too. Advent of Christianity diminished the power of these two Germanic gods.

They were transformed into the devil with his red hair and red beard. Red haired women were reputed to be witches and whores and the poppy became the devil's flower.

Sexuality which was also associated with red was demonized in Christianity. Mary's hair became blonde.

Old sayings discriminated people with red hair or red beard: "Red hair, evil hair" and "Red beard - devil's way". Such prejudices still prevail in some rural areas of Europe.

The effect of the color red used to play an important role in politics. Red is the most frequently used color for national flags, mostly due to its excellent visibility.

Red became the symbol of communism and socialism during the Russian Revolution in 1907. Red color had usually a positive connotation in cold countries like Russia throughout history. Red Army's alternative name was "Glorious Army" and Russian words for red (krassnyj) and beautiful (krassivyj) are very similiar. Western cultures frowned upon red color in its political sense.

"Better dead than red" was popular in cold war days in the US. Black swastika of the National Socialists was painted on red background to suggest association with the working classes

Infrared radiation is used for healing purposes due to its warming and pleasant effect. The general effect of red is stimulating and appetizing. Mere perception of red color enhances the human metabolism by 13,4 % (source: Theroux 1998).
It is the favourite color of children. On the other side aggression and violence can be triggered of by red color. Barnett Newman's huge red canvasses were attacked and damaged by the viewers. Spanish bullfighters bait the bulls with red cloth - unnecessarily though - bulls are color-blind and would react to any color whatsoever. The important factor is the mere movement of the bullfighter.

Red is the color of emotional outbursts: Shame or anger colors our face red. Loosing control lets one to "see red".

Red traffic lights and brake lights announce danger.

Animals use red color to recognize its own kind, to announce the mating season or to issue a warning. Red in advertising is used to evoke erotic feelings (red lips, red cars

Pigments through the ages web exhibit


credit WebExhibits


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Ode to Autumn

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-Trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To well the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’erbrimmed their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep,
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers;
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cider-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,--
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river shallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing, and now with treble soft
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

_John Keats


Smoke hangs like haze over harvested fields,
The gold of stubble, the brown of turned earth
And you walk under the red light of fall
The scent of fallen apples, the dust of threshed grain
The sharp, gentle chill of fall.
Here as we move into the shadows of autumn
The night that brings the morning of spring
Come to us, Lord of Harvest
Teach us to be thankful for the gifts you bring us ...
- Autumn Equinox Ritual

09-02-2007, 08:33 AM
Wonderful pictography and history, looking forward to this month (also my favorite month, and the month I was born)

09-02-2007, 01:21 PM
Wow, Nickel, thanks for all the information! You're either an encyclopedia or you enjoy research as I do :) I know what Sept/autumn means to me but I'll need to think about how to portray it in art.

09-02-2007, 05:22 PM
alot of directions to go with this challenge, I hope to contribute something

09-02-2007, 05:36 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: nickel...september reds...lots of information to delve into...wonderful photos and great tidbits...thanks nickel for your amazing input...tyree :heart:

09-02-2007, 07:59 PM
Where doth thee find the thyme.

Nickel you are absolutely awesome. I will definitely love working with these reds.


09-02-2007, 10:10 PM
It's my pleasure is to be here with a fun &
interesting group of artists.
Happy Labor Day!
I think I'll start with the scarecrow
as a kick-off to fall.
I hope everybody will have a good time.:wave: Nickel

09-05-2007, 12:19 PM
Hi everyone:wave:
I love this months theme- autumn is definitely my favourite month of the year! Thankyou, Nickel, for your wealth of information! I started with a couple of sketches from the references given:
I started this as an ink sketch and then decided to add coloured inks- the colours are not nearly so vibrant as the beautiful reference though.
And this was my rather poor attempt (using coloured pencils) at Bouguereau's Girl Holding Lemons, it's not very accurate, but good practice!
C&c's always appreciated!
Good luck everyone :)

09-05-2007, 06:07 PM
Yenna, thank you! Both are lively pieces. Really!
And I find interesting to look at both pieces the way
you practice. I like them the way they are. I find it far better
to add what you think, feel to a piece than copy like a copy machine.
Your colors are good in the landscape. Your colors add to the feeling of
autumn. Bravo on two new exciting pieces. :)

09-06-2007, 09:43 AM
:clap: yenna...both pieces are lovely, but i really like the delicate landscape..very nice....tyree

09-09-2007, 10:59 AM
Is everyone getting to work on their September piece?
I'm not. I seem to have a flu bug. :( Making my life
very uncomfortable at the present time. But I haven't given up
hope of making a master piece lol in my life time. ;) Peace.

09-09-2007, 12:26 PM
I've had ideas in my head but they haven't even made it to a quick sketch in a notebook yet. I got sidetracked with other projects.

09-09-2007, 01:25 PM
:mad: nickel,,,,how did you get that nasty flu bug in the summer:eek: ...well drink lotsa hot tea and lemon w/splash of whisky:D ...chicky noodle soup....juices and a bottle of aleve...GET WELL!!!! tyree:heart: :heart: :heart:

09-09-2007, 03:04 PM

I love both your pieces, the vibrancy in the reference, well :eek: , scared me, you handled it very well :thumbsup: .


I hope you feel better soon :heart: , had a little cough yesterday and thought I had caught a something too but a Cepacol later I think I nipped it in the bud.

As to the project I have an idea and have been working on the planning and composition, however life has caught up with me, keeping me from the easel. I will probably start tomorrow.

Happy Painting All


09-10-2007, 10:18 PM
Siyenna - the browns and flesh tones are nice, and I like the way you used the color pencils

Nickel - you just gotta get better, lots of rest for you:heart:

09-11-2007, 12:16 AM
Nickel - rest up and get better soon.
Yenna - nice sketches. I like the water scene and how you suggested grasses on the far bank. Well done with the coloured inks on your second sketch. Did you use a brush? Fountain pen? Something else?

I got around to sketching my concept in my sketchbook... but it requires refinement before I dive in to paint it.

09-11-2007, 06:22 PM
Hi guys.......you are all guys right?
What ever I have decided to bring a suitcase and move in for September.
I am ready to work but not.

Ep, good going on doing the sketch!
Azzie I am counting on you.
Susan, your tips are winners. I still have a fever?
It's 94 degrees outside. I wish outside I had a field of hay or something
country. Only city, no harvest. lol.
Anghwar don't let life easy for everyone to say get in the way.
Best wishes for a productive week in your art.
We've had a dry spell here. The leaves are dying and so are some of the trees and anything dependent on water.
But rain is suppose to come this week?
I'll check you guys :) soon.

09-11-2007, 11:52 PM
Hi Nickel,

The sketch/scene/concept that I've dreamed up isn't in a classical style. It's along the lines of the mermaid "cartoon" I did a few months back for the mermaid month. I find myself sketching scenes like single-panel cartoons these days ...

My dilemma is:
(a) proceed with this concept and style?
(b) change the execution of the concept to be a more classical style?
(c) try to dream up a new concept to execute in a classical style?


Mony G
09-12-2007, 04:58 AM
Hi ladies!
Just popping in to say hi... I'm thinking of a pastel autumn still life to post in this month...:thumbsup:

09-12-2007, 03:58 PM
Hi everyone :) Thankyou so much for your comments!
I can't wait to see everyones work, I hope you feel better soon Nickel

09-13-2007, 05:59 PM
Hi Nickel,

The sketch/scene/concept that I've dreamed up isn't in a classical style. It's along the lines of the mermaid "cartoon" I did a few months back for the mermaid month. I find myself sketching scenes like single-panel cartoons these days ...

My dilemma is:
(a) proceed with this concept and style?
(b) change the execution of the concept to be a more classical style?
(c) try to dream up a new concept to execute in a classical style?


EP no dilemma, do a, b, and c. :D

Personally, as everyone seems to say so dearly and with great intent
theses days
(from Miss S. Carolina & those in the Congress, etc., and so forth)

I don't believe in limits.
Haha, I know,
I'm bad! :evil:
Sometimes it is a challenge to find yourself.
I still look sometimes for me.
Sometimes I fight to keep the me I know.
Hugs Nickel

09-16-2007, 05:11 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Sep-2007/65063-scrarecrow_2.jpg :wave: :p hi everyone...i did a mini atc 2.5 x 3.5 this very hot afternoon...i used mech pencils on bristol...im also going to do the tomatoes, and in red,,,for my next fall challenge...tyree :) :)

09-17-2007, 12:01 PM
Susan, this is the cutest scarecrow!! So far, in all these years, this is my favorite! :) entry by you!

I am looking forward to the tomato!!!


The tomato has become deeply entwined with popular culture throughout the world. In Japan a bank is named for it. In America tomato is slang for an attractive woman. Perhaps the most universal activity has been tomato throwing, a tradition that dates from the mid-nineteenth century. This tradition started in rural areas and moved to theaters to express lack of appreciation. Recently politicians have been the favorite target of tomato throwers. During the late 1940s, tomato throwing became an organized event in Bunyol, a town 25 miles west of the Mediterranean city of Valencia, Spain. The Tomatina festival, held on the last Wednesday in August, has been officially sponsored by the city since 1979. More than 30,000 people pelt each other and the city with tomatoes for a hour.

Other tomato festivals are held in other countries, including the United States. The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival in Ohio attracts 35,000 residents who engage in tomato contests and consume tomato cookery. The Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, held just north of Santa Rosa, California, featured tastings from more than 100 heirloom tomato varieties.http://www.answers.com/tomato&r=67

What's funny, a woman referred to as a tomato. My that sounds like it means a woman is hot, red, juicy, sweet in taste but with a slight bite, may have worms, grows on a vine and needs lots of water and retails for about 3.59 a pound if fresh from the garden! :)

I have started to feel better, but,
I have a ton of stuff to do from when I didn't do it. :rolleyes:

I hope to start on my piece today. Hugs from me

Hope everyone has a great week! :cat:

Mony G
09-17-2007, 12:42 PM
I'd like to try the tomatoes too... great job on the scarecrow, Tyree... looking forward to see yours...Nickel


09-17-2007, 05:27 PM
what a cute scarecrow Susan!!
I have a few sketched out for WC, will be tackling them this week (I am on vacation WooHoo)
I had a bunch of photos of scarecrows (from the annual scarecrow festival in Meaford ON, that I took a couple years ago, if I can find them, I will do a scarecrow too.

lovin the fall so far (my fav time of the year)

09-19-2007, 01:56 AM

That scarecrow looks cuddly and sweet. If I were a tomato and he was a scarecrow, I would cuddle up to him, and leave nothing to throw. I just love that little guy.


09-19-2007, 02:05 AM

Bonnie Happy Birthday :clap: :music: :heart: :music: :clap:


09-19-2007, 10:25 AM
thanks anghwar! another year to celebrate Art!!

09-19-2007, 07:07 PM
:music: :music: :heart: :heart: happy happy birthday bonnie!!!!! tyree :clap: :wave: :D

Mony G
09-21-2007, 01:23 PM

Hi everybody and Happy Belated Birthday Bonnie!! Have another year full of creativity!
This is my entry for the challenge : thank you Nickel for the very beautiful reference photographs : this is my soft pastel interpretation of the tomatoes : I hope you don't mind if I called it : September, Autumn , Red! as the title of our challenge!

It seemed to come alive while I was making it . I very good exercise and a nice experience!

Have a nice day


My art Diary

09-22-2007, 06:59 AM
:eek: :eek: mony, that is simply exquisite...so well done...tyree

09-22-2007, 10:53 AM
Mony this is beautiful! Bravo! :)
It really does look alive!!!
You picked a good name. :D

Bonnie happy birthday to you too!:wave:
I hope your day was great. :)


09-22-2007, 11:48 AM
Bonnie - I hope you had a lovely birthday celebration. Were you able to wrangle your week of vacation to coincide with your special day?

Tyree - great scarecrow. I love how his elbows are up so high and his stuffed hands just dangle

Mony - delicious still life. Wow! Such plump shiny tomatoes and all the rich greens. Wow!

Here's my September project, done from my imagination not from any references. 9x12 ink and coloured pencils on Bristol vellum. When I think of fall, autumn, red, I think of going back to school. Some "memorable" teachers gave pop quizzes on the first day to see what you remember.



09-22-2007, 03:06 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap: ep...how creative and wonderfully done...i hated pop quizes,,i always panicked,,especially math...good sept challenge!!!!! tyree:D :heart:

09-22-2007, 04:07 PM
Eyepaint how cute! Nice imagination you have!
I like the cell phone. Dosn't everyone seem to have one today at their ear?

09-22-2007, 06:34 PM
Mony your painting is truly edibly delicious.

Ep thanks for the memory, any kind of quiz scared me and I hated wearing the tie, it was always so hot and uncomfortable (hence my continual unkempt look) but school was kinda fun. Well done!


09-22-2007, 07:26 PM
Tyree, Nickel, and Anghwar - thank you :)

It didn't take me long to figure out what the Sept challenge meant to me but it took some time to mull over how to represent it. It's funny that I end up with these single-pane "cartoon" ideas. It feels odd to use them for projects in the "Classical" forum but they are what my brain cooks up for me :)


09-23-2007, 04:04 PM
Tyree - the scarecrow has a sunny hot feeling to it, great shading and the details draws me right in, the left (his right) hand, the hat over the face brings searching , and the popping cotton?? in the field ,

Mony - lovely pastel piece. the colors are so fallish, and the addition of the blossom slightly wilting celebrates the passing season with a sigh

Eyepaint - thanks for posting this, from your imagination stuff is from the heart...I like all the little details, as she sits on the brick wall feet dangling, growing up but young at heart.....resigned but hopeful with the books and phone....

Here is a brief study of Autumn by Kennington, The head is too upright, I hope to have another got at it soon

09-23-2007, 07:17 PM
:wink2: :clap: azul...what a lovely expressive work...some great values too...nicely done...!!! tyree:heart:

09-23-2007, 09:10 PM
Azulparsnip what a lovely reference and your sketch is really very nice.
I love the curve of her neck in your drawing.
Her hands are nice too!

09-23-2007, 11:59 PM
Azul - thank you for your kind comments. Lovely study. Great tones and line work.

09-24-2007, 03:47 PM
I know some of the ladies here in classical knit, maybe men too, and more fiber art, this is new http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=370 along with botanical http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=361 and southwestern art, both are new forums http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=360

09-25-2007, 02:56 PM
here it is the end of the month, and have been picking away at my sept theme
to me september means autumn leaves: the colors, the smell, the crunch under foot (not the raking of course)
here is my rendition of your mushroom, and a couple abstracts of autumn leaves (from my photos) all in WC on 4x6 WC cardstock


I am also painting a bluebird today so will post it later

09-25-2007, 05:13 PM
Bonnie, Both of these are really pretty.
The mushroom glows.
The leaves sparkle! :D

09-25-2007, 07:44 PM
Azul I just love that reference, would love to see the update.

Bonnie Wonderful vibrant colors, adore it.

I managed to catch up and here is my contribution. I hope you will give me some input as I feel it needs a little more work, but I thought let me get your views before I mess up.

Happy Painting


09-25-2007, 09:15 PM
Anghwar, how adorable!!!! I love the giggles this fairy is having! :)
I don't see anything right out that needs more, sometimes, you just have to
let something sit for a few days not touching it and time will tell.

I've let things sit a few years, no kidding. :) Not much help am I? :wave: Nickel

09-25-2007, 09:26 PM
Bonnie - you have luscious watercolours! Wow! Love the spatter in all. The leaves - hmm - I like the top one a little more than the one below it. It feels like it has more darks in it.

Anghwar - wow - looky who lives under the toadstool! A friendly laughing somebody wearing overalls :) So cute! So imaginative! :)

09-26-2007, 12:26 AM
Anghwar, how creative! love you mushroom and it's in habitant

Mony G
09-26-2007, 07:17 AM
azul , the Kennigton study is better than you think to my opinion ... it is personal and it has good values ... you draw with style ! Your drawings are really your own!!!

artastic... I love the leaves the most ... in particular the second ones ... what shiny colours !

Anghwar... oh ... what a cute giggly guy you made under the toad stool ... how imaginative... I envy you!

I'm so glad to have you two new entries into our journey!!!

Has anyone of you gals thought of something new for October??? Who will give us a hint?


a SmallTown HouseWife's Painting Diary


09-26-2007, 07:50 AM
:thumbsup: I enjoyed the entries for September. Imaginative and colourful too!

I also enjoyed reading the research about how the colour RED switches back & forth between good and evil connotations.

I haven't thought of something for this topic yet...but there are still a few days to go. So hopefully I'll do something to post.

Keep up the good work. I see RED has been inspiring:D Maybe we could do another colour for October? Like yellow.

09-26-2007, 10:37 AM
:wave: I got out the oil paints and attempted a small portrait -10 by 12 ins, canvas- from one of my own photos of a lemur sunbathing at the local zoo.

So for my RED challenge, I did 'lemur portrait with a red background'. I was happy to get something in on time!!:)

I might soften the shadow under his chin later.

here he is:-

09-26-2007, 12:47 PM
Hi June, welcome back! We missed you!

Your lemur's eyes are so beautiful! The red background really sets the eyes off too! It's a nice portrait! :thumbsup:

Yellow would be a good color to investigate for October. Any other ideas?
Would someone like to host next months challenge?

Here is my scarecrow.......:smug: yeah! I made it in the nick of time :wave:
I have a few things to share and will be back a little later.


09-26-2007, 05:35 PM
Yippee!! At last my email notification is running again (however 50 mails to attend to :D ) thought Wet Canvas was never going to fix it.

Since I have been out of the loop I havent visited as much as I would have liked but a reminder must not be ignored. :lol:

Nickel thank you for taking time to peruse my painting, glad it gave you giggles too.

Thank you Ep happy you liked the little tyke.

Thanks to you too Bonnie.

Mony you are so very kind thank you, I merely took 2 of Mz Nickel's references and combined it, the mushroom just begged for a tenant. :lol:

Oh my a lemur, I lived in South Africa and of course Madagascar is just next door, did you know lemurs only live on Madagascar in the wild. Forever wanted a lemur as a pet, there are smaller species to this one, their little hands are just so very gorgeous and soft, and here I am reminiscing about my friends little lemur. Thank you so much Jean he is just too darn handsome.

Nickel lovely little scene, but I see no pumpkins in that patch :D . (just kidding)


09-26-2007, 07:13 PM
:wave: ~~~bonnie...the mushroom is wonderful but those leaves,,,wow,,,those colours are stunning...~~~anghwar...what a lovely creative idea...perfect sept challenge!!! ~~~junebug ...your lemur in red is terrific, love the haunting eyes!!!! ~~~nickel...love your scarecrow!!! perfect fall ambience around him!!!! tyree

09-26-2007, 08:32 PM
Hi Susan, Hi Anghwar, thank you!

Here is part of my idea, on the sky


A Cornfield by Moonlight with Evening Star by Samuel Palmer
I didn't come close yet you know :rolleyes: :lol:
but anyway I looked up the history of the scarecrow, roots (haha)
are in classical Greek. I'll leave it to you to look up
Priapus, the son of the god Dionysus and the goddess Aphrodite, but needless to say, they use to paint his likeness RED! :p :wave:

09-27-2007, 07:55 AM
Hi Nickel, tyree, anghwar. I like your scarecrow, Nickel. He feels protective of the little farmhouse.

Thanks for very nice comments on my lemur. I just love those creatures too. I will make adjustments to the muzzle later and repost. I hope to do a larger one with full body later. The red for background seems an idea I'd like to carry over to the figure composition.

BTW, Samuel Palmer is one of my fav. painters. I was lucky to see some of his original watercolours years ago. They are very rich and deep in colour compared to modern watercolours.

I like Blake's work too.

09-27-2007, 11:31 AM
wonderful Lemur June, the eyes are gorgeous, the scarecrow is certainly standing guard nickel
I never did get a scarecrow done (the scarecrows in my photos of the scarecrow festival were too small) but I did a bluebird, and a quickie loose autumn treescape (testing some new maimrieblu paints, I think I finally found some good autumn colors, (indian yellow, avignon orange, burnt sienna and berlin blue) love those paints)



thanks for the challenge Nickel, looking forward to a yellow october!!

09-27-2007, 01:01 PM
June I would love to see Palmer's painting in person!
I am trying to think of the man who owned this one, his name,
who is it? Name is escapes me at the moment. Anyway I can just
imagine having it in my library. :) but it's nice that we can see it.

Bonnie, I love the watercolours you are using! They show beautiful with
your artistic touch! The bird is so cute!

So are we set for October~yellow is our theme?
If no one is volunteering to host,
I'll start it and you all are my co-hostesses!:evil: :evil: :lol: :wave:

Let me give an assignment ahead of time...:)
find something yellow so you can post a photo of it when we start our
October challenge thread so we can share it and maybe use it in our art.
Deal or no deal? :angel: You can look in the library like I did this month if
you want to. Let's have fun! Bye for now. Nickel

09-27-2007, 03:12 PM

That is such a gorgeous autumn landscape and the little bird is so attentative.

Nickel thank you for sharing the moonlight with us.

Tyree thank you for your kind words.


09-27-2007, 05:05 PM
:wave: :clap: bonnie....those trees are perfect , love the colours,,,and a wonderful job on the bird and his feathers, the wire he is on..was done well too!!! .......:thumbsup: :) :) a mellow yellow october:) :) coolbeans...tyree:p

Selahs art
09-28-2007, 06:36 PM
Hi guys,
Autumn tree,

Anghwar asked me to post this here too.


size is 92 cm x 61 cm I used handmade paper for the frame, and leaf skeletons, and the tree is a tree out of my mind.


09-28-2007, 06:42 PM

Dem leaves are falling :lol: , I really like the dripping earth it is my favorite part. (she will blame me for everything :D )


09-28-2007, 09:17 PM
Lol, Anghwar are you getting blamed for something :D
Thank you for inviting Retha!

Thank you Retha for showing us your autmun leaves.
It is a really beautiful piece. :)
I love the way you combined all the pieces to make a whole.

Selahs art
09-28-2007, 09:22 PM



09-29-2007, 11:25 AM
Artastic, I love your autumn images. Sweet little bird. Delicate autumn trees.
Perel, a lovely imaginative work. The frame is a marvellous touch.

I haven't looked in for a couple of days. I've been busy with sorting out some of my OP work to send to USA. I made the mistake of trying a new acrylic medium over my work (my old one was finished and it had worked well)...the new one dulled the colours. Panic. I had to spend the last few days retouching all the work. Panic over, I think they came up better.

Yellow sounds like a good choice and I'll have a search via google, as well as look for yellow objects to photo, or maybe I have some photos of yellow already in my collection. I know I have a few of giraffes. They could be said to be a sort of yellow. I defintely have yellow black-eyed susan pictures.

See you all in the oct challenge!!

09-29-2007, 12:45 PM
June - great lemur - I wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley at night. I would, however, like to be in the field near your scarecrow.
Nickel - very cool painting. You have a keen interest in art history? :)
Bonnie - great trees but I really likle your little bird on the twisty barbed wire.
Retha - w-o-w. Fantastic! Love the metallic shine on the "frame". Are those actual leaves attached to the piece? With acrylic gel?

Selahs art
09-29-2007, 04:02 PM
artbyjune Thanks.

eyepaint those are leaf skeletons attached while the acrylic was still wet.
And the piece of background behind the tree was done with a pallet knife.



09-29-2007, 11:23 PM
Lots of great work this month! I couldn't resist this challenge as I love the color red. I have been painting these little 6x8 rhinos in acrylics--sort of my way of learning how to use the medium. Anyway, I've done 10 of these now, but this was my first red one. I also started a colored pencil "copy" of one of the paintings that was posted. I left 2 of the girls out and it's not finished, so the red is pretty subtle at this point. I am going to try to participate in more of these challenges as I really think they are great--thank you for them.





09-29-2007, 11:51 PM
Sweet! These are really good Anne! Welcome too!
The girls with the leaves has a romantic feeling, and their faces
are really pretty! What I really like most is the way you used the red.

Lol, I can see you like rhinos! What a neat subject!
The red adds an excitment to the background.
I'm glad you joined in. Nickel

09-30-2007, 12:11 PM
:heart: :wave: retha...that is so lovely, thanks for sharing it with us!!! ~~~ hi anne!!!!! love that rhino, festive red on him...the two girls are beautifully done also....tyree:wink2:

Selahs art
09-30-2007, 02:59 PM
tyree Thanks


09-30-2007, 06:27 PM
June - the lemur in the red - he looks like he's thoroughly baked!!!! When I saw that Samuel Palmer I thought that looked just like your drawings and then I read your comment........you are following him close by.....

Bonnie - great mushroom lovely shadows on the smooth stem, there is an interesting feeling of a moment in the leaves - the red leaves surrounded by the green and white - engergetic- a dear bird

Angwar - like the textures and the idea of an extra large mushroom is fun

Nickel - that scarecow really looks scary in the moonlight - an eerie piece

Retha - very fallish piece - I like all the layers & variety of work

Anne - that rhino is festive looking, the two girls are sweet, faces and bodylanguage is pleasant to behold

Well here are two more renditions of Kennington's Autumn....one is pencil and watercolor and the other gelpen & colored pencil......the gelpen one is not finished but today IS the last day of September....

Yellow for October sounds good

09-30-2007, 07:05 PM

Thank you for your comment, I adore that watercolor and Cp, I do so love your reference photo, will you post your final for the gel pen rendition? I would love to see it finished.


10-01-2007, 02:35 AM
Anne, I love your rhino with red background. It suits his character. And that looks like an interesting series on rhinos.

Azul, your study of 'Autumn' is beautifully loose and colourful. I love the watercolour. Looking forward to the finish on the gel pen.

10-01-2007, 09:37 AM
Updated lemur. :)

Muzzle fixed a little better. I think its OK for a beginning portrait of the lemurs and so I'll leave this one at this stage and go on to new ones of lemurs. Just wanted to show the final image of this first one folks.:p

I would love to advance to a better 3D effect...more roundness of form. Much practice needed.:D

Well that's me for sept.

10-01-2007, 12:06 PM
LOOKie at all this art work sneaking in here WOW!

Azulparsnip.......looking good, and yes, please let us see the finish.
There is a nice romantic softness to these. But best, I still see my friend's
work here. It's unique.
June, lovely update! I do wish I could see in person this one.
I know it rocks in reallife. Just a question, are you using black white and just red? Asking because, I see just a hint of yellow in the fur aside from the eyes which glow. Thanks Nickel

10-01-2007, 04:51 PM
:wave: :clap: azul....very lovely..particularily fond of the w/c..vivid colour!!! !!! junebug...great finish on this guy,,what a stare he has,and hes so striking in red...tyree

10-02-2007, 01:37 AM
Hi nickel and Tyree.
The lemur was painted using ultramarine, alizarin, lemon yellow and white. Alkyds.

I love those alkyds. They have a nice stiff consistency unlike my usual kind of too oily traditional oils. Plus they dry overnight. I haven't tried the alkyds out using underpainting grisaille and glazing but they'd have the advantage of being workable the next day! Good for impatient folk!!

10-02-2007, 11:33 AM
June thank you for sharing the color palette. That's a cool choice!
I tried different brands of alkyds and had mixed results.
I like Graham's alkyd oil painting medium.
No smell. It's only oil and alkyd.
Most other mediums for sale already include
a solvent and this one didn't.

Some folks use a very thin layer of acrylics for imprimaturas and/or the grisaille. Then they follow with traditional oil glazes. I've not tried it, but I have been thinking of trying it this winter when the weather dampens. I saw Helen Van Wyck do it on her PBS tv show. That's not to say it is ok but it does work. There is lots of controversy over compatibility of acrylics and oils.
:) Nickel

10-03-2007, 12:50 AM
Thanks so much Nickel, tyree, azul and June for your comments!

June, I really love your lemur. He has quite the intense gaze and I love the red background.

Azul, I really like your two paintings, especially the watercolor! Very vibrant.

Now I have to start thinking of yellow.


10-03-2007, 01:56 PM

Somehow I missed your post, I love the start on the girls and think you are going to end up with a lovely painting, their faces are really sweet. And the rhino is rather handsome.


10-03-2007, 03:56 PM
azul:thanks for the comments, love your autumn renditions expecially the pencil\WC, love to see the finished gelpen rendition too (never thought of using gelpens!)
june, thanks also , and love the finished lemur, hs is very cute and looks like a cool pet (but they are wild animals, so probably not good as pets)
retha: that is an awesome mixed media piece, I love handmade paper for everything! I use it all the time when making cards, and have done WC on it as well
anne : I just lOVE the rhino in red, hope to see the finished girls too,
yes sept is over and have to think of YELLOW
I ran around taking a bunch of pics, hope to upload them in OCT thread soon..
the time flys when we are having fun on WetCanvas

10-03-2007, 10:26 PM
June thank you for sharing the color palette. That's a cool choice!
I tried different brands of alkyds and had mixed results.
I like Graham's alkyd oil painting medium.
No smell. It's only oil and alkyd.
Most other mediums for sale already include
a solvent and this one didn't.

Some folks use a very thin layer of acrylics for imprimaturas and/or the grisaille. Then they follow with traditional oil glazes. I've not tried it, but I have been thinking of trying it this winter when the weather dampens. I saw Helen Van Wyck do it on her PBS tv show. That's not to say it is ok but it does work. There is lots of controversy over compatibility of acrylics and oils.
:) Nickel

Found this (really helpful info)enjoy :wave:


10-12-2007, 01:11 PM
finished this today - colored pencil & gel pen

10-12-2007, 02:42 PM
Azul thank you for updating this, it is delightful. The two renditions are so different, each has its own individual merit.

10-12-2007, 03:21 PM
Azulparsnip, one word...........powerful !

10-14-2007, 10:04 PM
I did this for the 10 paintings in 30 mins challenge, Only right that I should post it here too. :D http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Oct-2007/109760-Sept_Classical.jpg

10-21-2007, 07:32 PM
Anghwar, I hadn't heard of the 10 paintings in 30 minutes. WOW!
Did you do 10 in 30? That's pretty fast!

You did a nice landscape painting! The reflection in the water is nice.
The yellows and blues look perfect! Nickel

10-22-2007, 12:07 AM
Oh my gosh, you gotto be kidding me (silly me never give all the info) - that should read 10 paintings 30 mins EACH hosted by Deborah in the Pastel forum.

Nickel thank you for your kind comments, as I was posting I realized my water was a little crooked but opted not to cheat and left it as is even though I only used 23 mins, that is where I thought to stop. It was a great fun exercise.