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09-30-2007, 07:54 AM
Hi all. I hope its OK for me to start this month's challenge. Nickel you did say you wanted someone else to host -so I thought I'd give it a go.

This month the challenge topic is the colour YELLOW.

I will post a few bits and pieces on the topic...some information, some work by classical and other artists, and some photos of yellow subjects I have taken myself so they can be used for painting subjects if you so desire.

Please jump in with your snippets on the colour yellow in art & culture. And whatever else you want to post.

09-30-2007, 07:59 AM
Snippets from the wikipedia site:-

Yellow is a bright, cheerful color, often associated with happiness and peace.
In the English language, yellow has traditionally been associated with jaundice and cowardice. In American slang, a coward is said to be "yellowbellied" or "yellow".
Then there is the 'yellow rose of Texas'.

In Christianity, yellow represents the deadly sin Greed.
In Buddhism, yellow (actually, the color saffron) is commonly used in conjunction with red, orange , and brown by the monks. The Buddha wore yellow robes after Enlightenment

Pencils are often painted yellow because of the association of this color with China, where the best graphite is found; in the past, only pencils with Chinese graphite used to be painted yellow.

In Chinese culture, yellow is associated with royalty, as it is also in southeast Asia. In China, commoners were not allowed to wear yellow until modern times.

Yellow and golden are the two most popular colors for painting kitchens

09-30-2007, 08:28 AM
This topic could also be an excuse to use gold leaf or gold paint!!

Here are 2 of my photos of yellows.

09-30-2007, 08:30 AM
This giraffe looks drunk...but he was just chewing.

09-30-2007, 08:40 AM
Renaissance and modern.

1. Raphael- Sistine Madonna
2. van Gogh- Yellow house

09-30-2007, 10:01 AM
Hi June this is great! You've got us off to a fantastic start! Yeah!
I was thinking about yellow. You know there is all different ways of
looking at color. It's really true about yellow being the color of royalty
in China. It's the color of warmth, of light, of refreshing lemon aid.
Then people can use it as a slur, "he/she turned yellow, or they are sick and turned yellow. I didn't know about yellow and greed. But it is the color of gold coins. Your giraffe is a little unstable, lol, funny. I had looked at some Van Gogh. I read his fav color was yellow. Well let me quit yacking here's some photos from our library. Thank you for hosting. :heart: Nickel

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2007/39040-4Paws8368hse.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2007/39040-ValorieCox10378yellowwindow.jpg
To find the artist's name, right click on picture and select properties, there is their name.

09-30-2007, 10:04 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2007/39040-missmouse3452ladiesnywc.jpg :wave: Nickel

09-30-2007, 10:13 AM
And you can't tell I like yellow can you? :D :thumbsup:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2007/39040-800px-Vincent_Willem_van_Gogh_129.jpg A Van Gogh

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2007/39040-stillife.jpg A Zurbaran

:wave: Nickel

09-30-2007, 12:00 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2007/65063-luna.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2007/65063-frangipani.jpg :) :clap: :lol: :wink2: :wave: :smug: :cat: here are my yellow pics for october!!! the photos are by me...and you have my permission to draw them!!! the first is by bird 'Luna' a yellow nape parrot whos favorite saying is 'i got food look at me'...the second photo is frangipani, photo taken in pine island.....thanks june bug for the wonderful start to yellow october ...great pics to choose from you and nickel!!!! tyree

09-30-2007, 12:42 PM
Hi everyone,

Wow, October starts early around here. The calendar on my wall still says September... although it said August until about two weeks ago... oh oh

Here are some recent yellow works I did in oil pastel, all 9x12.

fat yellow bird in a rain gutter

"you've got something there... on your left cheek... no, a little higher... oh, here I'll get it."

and a llama


09-30-2007, 02:35 PM
Susan what a riot!

'i got food look at me'...:thumbsup:

I love Luna! :D What a cool parrot!

EP:eek: :lol:

"you've got something there... on your left cheek... no, a little higher... oh, here I'll get it." :thumbsup:

Your yellows ...........lalala beautiful!
Ps never believe any calendar, only friends tell you true :wave:

09-30-2007, 05:39 PM
June - thanks for starting us out

Great photo pieces

EP - fun pieces - the llama is so enjoyable - softness in their eyes - good work:thumbsup:

09-30-2007, 10:35 PM
Yellow and I imediately thought of this delightful poitrait by Jean-Honorť Fragonard

A young girl reading


10-01-2007, 01:20 AM
Here's a poem I got in my email the other day:-

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Poem lyrics of Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost.

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

I love those frangipani's and your parrot Luna, Tyree.

The OPs are wonderfull Eyepaint...cheerful and cheeky, pardon the pun. I love that fat little yellow bird, llama, and the sideways glance of the giraffe.

Hi Nickel, yellow seems a nice bright colour for us in October with the grey days coming!! I love that photo of the 2 women chatting in the street!!

The Fragonard portrait is so beautiful. I'm tempted to do a portrait (girl/women).

10-01-2007, 02:10 AM
I cannot believe this thread is already yeah long!!:eek:
(but then what am I doing looking for it in September.:lol:

Nice references people, great stuff EP.

Here is my reference.


BTW The photo belongs to my neighbor and she gave her permission for all to use it.

10-01-2007, 03:42 AM
The florals/botanicals have a Van Gogh challenge for October, never realized how much he liked yellow. Funny how things synchronize.;)

Here is his Peonies & Roses


10-01-2007, 05:16 AM
I like the photos anghwar. I never knew there was a florals/botanicals forum. So thanks for bringing it to my attention. This WC site is so big!

10-01-2007, 06:10 PM
Sorry I just got to add more pictures, I love the ones we already have too.
And love the poem. I love poems anyway........:D

This is just too adorable...........

and this one


and this one too.........


:wave: Nickel

10-01-2007, 06:33 PM
This is just too adorable...........

:wave: Nickel
Is this little guy in the reference library? I want to meet-sketch-draw-paint him/her :)

Edited to add: found it in the RIL - here's the link http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=65434&size=big&cat=&si=daisy%20mae

10-01-2007, 08:01 PM
June glad I could share it.

Nickel cute photos.

I think this poem is only fitting this month.

"Daffodils" (1804)

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,They stretch'd in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

By William Wordsworth (http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Biographies/Literary/Wordsworth.htm) (1770-1850).Enjoy

10-02-2007, 10:10 AM
EP Looking forward to seeing your puppy. It's a cute little dog. :thumbsup:

Anghwar, one of my fav poems. :thumbsup:

:) Nickel

10-02-2007, 03:51 PM
and some daffodils to go with anghwar's poem.... in tune with the yellow theme uploader doesn't seem to work....

sorry I will try later.


10-05-2007, 07:03 PM
I've started mine and it was going well... and now the project has changed direction so it'll take more time until I can post it :)

10-06-2007, 03:27 AM
Looking forward to viewing your work eyepaint. I haven't started anything yet. I think I will be at the last minute as usual!!

10-07-2007, 07:53 AM
Here is a daffodil for Angwars poem,(I want to see yours too Perel) now the uploader seems to be working, also a few other yellows for you


a Begonia from my garden

my apple tree in fall

welcome gourds

and wheels of time

10-07-2007, 01:32 PM
Uploader seems to be working now againt so here's my daffodills for Angwhars poem




10-07-2007, 02:59 PM
June this month I am with you, I am busy with a project that is so very painstaking and detailed, don't know how I get myself into these things :D .

Here is a yellow lily which was broken off by a squirrel jumping up on it. I enjoyed it in my fountain instead.



Mony G
10-08-2007, 04:48 AM
Hi ! It seems to me that I am losing all the fun!
Thank you June ... for giving a start to this delightful thread .. and thanks to all the ladies for their lovely photos ... it's great to be able to share them!...up to now I only have two of my most recent works to post on this topic...
one is my most recent soft pastel drawing ... I took the reference from "wetcanvas" image lIbrary...it's on brown wrapping paper.


another one could be my most recent oil painting "Como at Sunrise"...


I'll think up something new for this month as soon as I can!



a small town housewife's painting diary

10-08-2007, 07:16 AM
Beautiful daffodils, perel and artastic. Lovely complements to the Wordsworth daffodil poem. I visited his cottage in the Lake's district a few years ago. It was exciting to go into the cottage where he wrote his poetry.

I love those gourds on brown paper Mony. And the oil painting of Como sunrise looks spectacular. Rich and golden. It certainly fits the yellow challenge.

I have found a yellow drawing in my journal for last month so I will try to get it posted this afternoon. Not done for this challenge specifically but it shows willing. I'm still dragging my feet this month.

10-08-2007, 10:21 AM
Pencil and watercolour. Semi-botanical type illustration, from life. This is from my art journal, around 9th of September.

Black-eyed susans/rudbeckias.

I am hoping to do the girl in the yellow dress (photo posted ealrier by Nickel). I hope I find the time.

10-08-2007, 01:06 PM
June - thank you. Very nice black-eyed susans
Bonnie - great daffs - but not the usual time of year for them. I like you huge apple tree!
Retha - great daffs too
Anghwar - where's the mug shot of the silly squirrel?
Mony - lovely gourd painting. Your Como painting is inspired by some place in Europe?

10-08-2007, 01:07 PM
Here's the work-in-progress. There will be more yellow on those leaves. But a progress shot nonetheless to show that I'm working on something. 18x24 acrylics on canvas.



10-08-2007, 08:06 PM
EP. love the leaves, can't wait to see them finished
and mony , the gourds are wonderful (never thought of using brown wrapping paper, but then i guess one can paint on anyt=thing righe? the oil is brilliant too.

I am going to start my autumn painting this week (promise)

10-08-2007, 10:48 PM
Here is my Yellow study for October Aspen in the fall


Mony G
10-09-2007, 03:53 AM
June - thank you. Very nice black-eyed susans
Bonnie - great daffs - but not the usual time of year for them. I like you huge apple tree!
Retha - great daffs too
Anghwar - where's the mug shot of the silly squirrel?
Mony - lovely gourd painting. Your Como painting is inspired by some place in Europe?

Dear eyepaint ,
The Como painting was inspired by... COMO (Italy)...of course!:cool:
The reference photo was taken by a painting session pal of mine : I modified it to give the right cut ... I actually live near Como where I attend some painting sessions on Saturdays ..you may see the WIP regarding this painting in my blog:



there you may find the explanation and the original reference photograph!...by the way , it seems a good job the one you are doing on those leaves !

I love June's blackeyed susans.. and it's a long time I have been thinking of a graphite copy of the exquisite Fragonard painting ... but never really found the right inspiration , I'm afraid! ... I like Barbara's birch study too!

10-09-2007, 08:24 AM
Eyepaint, great start on the study of leaves. Looking forward to seeing the finish.

Pushingpixels, your painting of Aspen in the fall is beautiful. I love that splash of golden light.

10-09-2007, 02:57 PM
Mony - two great pieces, the sunrise reminds me of a Monet I have for a background on the computer but it is pinks ....it is quite different , quite nice

June - the black eyed' susans have alot of personality for flowers!

Eyepaint - working indeed, and respectable sized format too, looks good , captures the feeling of falling & wind...all that with just leaves, you're good

Pushy -the contrasts are a success. ....the depth is a great pondering place

10-11-2007, 05:56 PM
:clap: :clap: :wave: :wave: hi everyone!!! im back from vacation!!! had a great time in my hometown ..louisville..ky...it was great to see family and friends...just peeked at your alls work ..photos ..and poems...all very lovely..the art has an impressionist feel, which i love...i have a seven day work schedule starting tomorrow, but will try to work on mine in the evenings...nice to be back....tyree:heart:

10-15-2007, 12:49 AM
Tyree great to see you back. It feels as if I have been away too but I KNOW I haven't gone anywhere.

Mony I love your gourds and that Como sunset - begs for clinking ice in deep rosso Cinzano :lol: .

June Love the Rudbeckias (can't get myself to call them blackeyed Susan :D )

EP Gorgeous leaves, love the colors, you must be in your element in Autumn.:D

Pushy Lovely Aspens, hmmm I have a pastel of aspens on the drawing board since last month. I think you inspired me to finish it.:clap:

I have not had too much time but I did use 2 of these references to do the fast and loose challenge.

I know it needs more darks and highlights - I may get to post an update.

After 19 mins

It was fun.


10-15-2007, 01:00 AM
Bonnie - thanks
PushingPixels - great texture on your yellow leafy tree branchces
Mony - how lovely :) and thank you
June - thank you
Azul - thank you
Tyree - good to have you back
Anghwar - thank you - looky at your fast-n-loose paintings :) I like the gourds :)

Well, the leaves painting took a turn towards ugly so it's being redone. Please stay tuned... :)


10-15-2007, 02:09 PM
Anghwar - the gourd fast and loose has some pleasant feeling

EP - that would be an interesting thread - "post your ugliest work" wonder what it would feel like to sit down and endeavor to do "ugly"......look out journal here I cooommme

10-15-2007, 07:29 PM
EP and Azul thank you for the comments, hey I can use these two for the ugly thread :lol: .

10-16-2007, 10:10 AM
Hi Tyree, nice to have you back.

Anghwar, I like how the dark background contrasts with the yellow daffodil. Quick studies are a great idea for the next month's challenge maybe!! Under 20 mins, like yours...

10-16-2007, 02:11 PM
Thank you June, uhmmm under 20 you say (it was hard enough having under 30mins :lol: :lol: ) I'll be in I think.

10-16-2007, 06:20 PM
Okay, phew, so far we're recovering. I'm going slower this time around but using all my experience from last time.

Still some work to do, but wanted to post an update (which will look like a backslide from my previous post, lol).

18x24 acrylics


10-16-2007, 08:12 PM
EP this looks wonderful

10-16-2007, 11:36 PM
EP - allllright - the background has interesting patterns and the light/shadows passing over the middle ground leaves gives a warm autumn feel,
work some more of that magic....

10-19-2007, 04:53 PM
I have a confession:
Yellow and I are not getting along. Humbug.
It may be the season. Maybe it's just me. No I'll blame the season. hehe.
I could tell you more, but you may not want to read it. ;)
Will try again tomorrow.
Just wanted you all to know I've not given up yet. Hugs Nickel

10-19-2007, 08:47 PM
I have a confession:
Yellow and I are not getting along. Humbug.
It may be the season. Maybe it's just me. No I'll blame the season. hehe.
I could tell you more, but you may not want to read it. ;)
Will try again tomorrow.
Just wanted you all to know I've not given up yet. Hugs Nickel ...i havent begun mine yet:eek: i just finished a 7 day work week and my nephew is getting married next week and weve got family coming in...will try to squeeze in some art this weekend...beautiful fall pieces by anghwar and ep...well done!!! tyree:wave:

10-21-2007, 11:57 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Oct-2007/65063-sunflowers_ops.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Oct-2007/65063-green_apples.jpg :) some sad yellows...i think i should have stuck with a number 2 yellow pencil instead:wink2: sunflowers and apples in oil pastels:lol: tyree:wave:

10-21-2007, 07:16 PM
Hi everyone! Youíve all found and posted such lovely yellow in photos for our challenge!
I did a quick study of Peonies & Roses, by Van Gogh, but I should have looked to see it was called peonies & roses. I donít think you can tell what I did cause I didnít know what kind of flowers I was doing. I think Iíll try again.
For the Van Gogh, I used these yellows: van dyke brown, raw umber, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, naples yellow, and then white, prussian blue and alizarin crimson. Today I got brave and added winsor green and started a new painting.

Mony your vegetables look so nice and ripe. You have a knack with pastels.
Your Como Sunrise is awesome. I think very Rembrandt. The light sparkles!

June, you are a great hostess! I admire the art work from your journal. The Back=eyed Susan is nice.
You have a strong eye when drawing! BE Susans are a nice and strong flower. Do you find many bees around them where you are? Have you started the girl in the yellow dress/gown?

EP, your leaves look so vivid! Fresh from the tree! I think they shimmer!

Bonnie did you get to start on your yellow challenge? I hope so.

Barbara! Hey! Good to see you! Look at your October Aspen! Did you see this view when out birding or hiking? The yellow vibrates with energy! Itís so nice to see your work again! Weíve missed you!
What is the green tree on the end called? Lol, I am only thinking fern. You know I know itís not a fern. J

Azulparsnip, hey, what are you working on? I know you are up to something!

Tyree, welcome back from vacation a week late from me! Nice to hear you get to work seven days in a row! Ouch! You need another vacation! You are a go-getter! Congrats on your nephewís wedding! Hope they live happily ever after. Your sunflowers look very autmunie and vibrant!
The apples, I like how they are lined-up! They both rock! Not sad, happy!

Anghwar your daffodil and autumn squashes & gourds look so fun! Did you do these in the 10 paintings in 30 minutes too? They both have energy! They are happy too!

Hugs Nickel

Oh ps, did you want to do quick studies next month?

Quick in oh I got one done, or quick in like one a day or quick in like a 20 minute one?
I was thinking about men. Letís do some men, in art.

I see women all the time, not many or much men. Or how about a turkey too for Thanksgiving? A man and a turkey! Now, Iím just trying to be funny.

10-21-2007, 09:46 PM
Such lovely pieces all! Nichol that is a pine sorry thats all I know. I took mt picture from last years trip to the Siera Mountains. Here is a link to this years excursion... Lots of yellow!



10-22-2007, 02:20 AM
I like the update on your leaves, EP. I'm impressed at the size of the painting too. (18 by 24ins, I think!)

I haven't started my girl in the yellow dress yet Nickel. I have hopes though...hopes to get at least started on her before the end of the month.

Men in imagery sounds a good idea too. It does seem to be women all the time!! Personally I think women are much easier to do. Actually, I don't think i've done any paintings of men.

10-22-2007, 02:23 AM
And I really love your OPs Tyree. Those are lovely sunflowers and also nice little lime green apples.

10-22-2007, 02:02 PM
Tyree I love your sunflowers, they are a happy picture and those apples sem to wait for the right pie. And thank you for commenting on mine.

Nickel thank you for your comments too, now I have to set the record straight, the exercise I did was 10 paintings in 30 mins EACH - I renamed it to make sure I don't cheat. Deborah hosted the FAST AND LOOSE challenge in the pastel forum. It was fun and amazed me how much can be done in a short time.

I think I would like to do men too.

10-22-2007, 03:25 PM

for such fast painting they are ok.


Nice leaves.


10-22-2007, 08:09 PM
Tyree - bright sunflowers, the yellow petals texture comes accross nicely. The apples are fun, I like the long narrow format too.

Yep , Nickel - I have been working on the VanGogh of the yellow buildings - not quite done - gotta go walk the dog in the dark!!!! before it rains....later

And I think painting men is a great idea for next month's challenge......

10-23-2007, 01:22 AM
Anghwar, Azul, Nickel, June, Retha - thank you
Tyree - I like the crop of sunflowers and I really like green veggies all lined up like a class of schoolkids
Nickel - your suggestion for the Nov project is good. Quick studies is good :) I hope to squeeze it in among my other projects next month.

I just got back from a fun but tiring visit with family - three generations of folks; dogs and puppies; a new Nintendo Wii with assorted new games arriving each day; and giving the new watercolour crayons a test drive. I'm wiped :)


10-23-2007, 08:15 AM
:) I will just squeeze this one in because...the background is yellow. :D

A quick still-life study of a pink orchid plant. In oils, about 12 by 15 ins., on canvas. Just finished. I won't work on it any more. It was for learning purposes.

10-23-2007, 08:17 AM
Actually I think I made every mistake I could have with it!!

That's how we learn, I'm told.

10-23-2007, 08:17 PM
:wave: :wave: :clap: junebug...very pretty...has an oriental flavor to it!!! ~~~~and thanks to all for nice comments...im not always very positive about doing colour and never seem to like my results..:( tyree

Mony G
10-25-2007, 06:24 AM
June's orchids are so pretty ... they are my favourite flowers! I 'm not a yellow lover , but I have a couple of watercolour things that could suit the challenge ...a butterfly ..and a study for a birthday card : I have also used a gold pen in this one , taking the subject from a clip-art in my computer .http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2007/77963-File0828.jpg


hope you'll have a great "yellow" time 'til next week... I think the idea of men is a great idea for the next challenge .. they are a challenge themselves!:angel:

:wave: :cat: :wave: Mony

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10-25-2007, 09:22 AM
june, love your orchid
nickel yes I did start my yellow challenge, have one finished and will finish the other tonight and post
Mony nice bright colors, love the light of your candles!
tyree also love your OP, have not tried them yet, looks like fun

and YES men are quite a challenge, but nice to have around sometimes to lift heavy things and reach tall places ;)

10-25-2007, 03:51 PM
:clap: :clap: mony...lovely butterfly...so well done!!! and great yellowy surprize packages!!!! ....tyree:wave:

10-25-2007, 05:10 PM
Hi Barbara, I enjoyed your photos of the Sierra Mountains. How are you doing? Are you in a safe place in CA?

Hi June, I love the way you did your orchid. I donít think I see any mistakes.
I want an orchid, but way to $$$$ in my mind. Even a fake one is like 30 bucks at Kmart Discount.
I never thought of painting one.
I think the girl would be lovely painted by you. Maybe soon.

Hi Anghwar, thanks for clearing me up on the how many paintings in how long a time. Still nice work J

Hi Retha! How are you?

Hi Azulparsnip, Itís finally raining here. So happy. Looking forward to seeing your Van Gogh House!

Hi EP how do you like the Wii? I want one, it looks fun, but Iíd most likely fall down on the tv.
Like a bull in a china shop if I donít pay attention.
Howís the watercolour crayons working?

Hi Susan, your colors are good. Maybe you just like values of black and white better? Tones make just as much a statement as color.

Hi Mony, your yellows are warm and inviting. The butterflyís wings looks like a precious jewel.

The packages have a very sweet tender touch, just like they are waiting for me to open.
Wonder what is inside? Cookies!

Hi Bonnie, Iím looking forward to your posting your yellow challenge!

My update, This afternoon, I stole the lemons I bought for ice tea and have them in the room painting them
a little basket I bought at a yard sale Saturday and a faux Michael's Craft store sunflower.
I had a real pineapple, someone ate it before I painted it.

Well my challenge is to see if I can paint (Shake head) Itís always a challenge.

I'll see if I can get a progress shot with the camera. :wave: Nickel

10-25-2007, 06:38 PM
ok managed to get a few photo's .........hope you will enjoy.

this is the in progress & next is the set up with lemons
then the Van Gogh Peonie & Roses........




10-25-2007, 11:25 PM
wow nickel, love the roses!
the setup is going to be awesome (love the pink)

well here are my submissions for yellow, sorry couldn't spend alot of time, but did them both in front of the tv (gotta watch my CSI shows)
the first in derwent CPs in my 4x5 sketchbook
Tyrees' fragipani

and finally on a strathmore WC Card in WC pencils (and a bit of berlin blue)
anghwars sunflower
it scanned in a bit dark

thanks for hosting again nickle

10-25-2007, 11:34 PM

I love the soft tones of your lemons and the texture in the flowers.


10-25-2007, 11:37 PM

You did my neighbors sunflower proud, I have not had time to even think about doing more here. Frangipani is my favorite flower (well one of them lol) and I love what you did with it.


10-25-2007, 11:38 PM
Mony the warmth in the candle and packages are delightful made me get hot chocolate and wishing for a fire.

10-26-2007, 06:04 AM
:clap: :thumbsup: nickel..beautiful start...love the setup!!!!.....bonnie..thank you so much for painting my photo...it turned out wonderfully..like anghwar..it is one of my favorite flowers..gorgeous yellows!!!! tyree:) :) :)

10-26-2007, 01:22 PM
Okay I'm calling this one done. We've gone through some struggles, this painting and I, and now it's time for it to "graduate" to being done.

18x24 acrylic on canvas. My contribution for this month's project.



10-26-2007, 01:34 PM
June - great orchid. I haven't seen one with leaves that reach that tall. Any orchid I've had and killed had three or so giant shiny dark leaves that collapse over the edges of the pot.
Mony - a delicate butterfly and I see you are already ready for Christmas! I like the twisty candle and the stars on the wrapping paper.
Nickel - the Wii is fun! We played bowling, golf, and tennis. I can't get into games on the other consoles. I'll post my first attempt at the watercolour crayons. It's, um, er, experimental :) Your still life is nice but I LOVE the Van Gogh one - love the texture and the globby paint and the strokes and oooh I love it all.
Bonnie - yours are so cheerful. I particularly like the sunflower with the orangey bits on the petals and the blue on the, um, non petal part. Your fragipani look beautiful.

Here's the first try with the watercolour crayons. Remember, this is an experiment. :)
9x12 watercolour paper.


10-26-2007, 03:31 PM
Hi Bonnie, thank you for the review! Your yellow challenge, oh my, even without a lot of time, both of your flowers are very happy and vibrant. One a little cooler and the other warmer. I like the way you did both. Lol, I've just been hanging out this month while our hostess this month is June. :) or as Susan calls her so sweetly Junebug :) It's been nice to have her. Which brings to mind does anyone want to volunteer for November? I found some men pictures. Maybe I'll start a thread and we can have a curious closet of men photos. :wink2: (Edit to add link to the Mail Closet Thread http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6169051#post6169051 )

Anghwar and Susan thanks for the nice review, I've got an update.:wave:

EP I like your leaves, they remind me of a poem. I'll post it later.
Check back. Thanks to for the review and the wii info. We got a 'Deal or No Deal' dvd for tv. Ha, played it once, not as funny as a real Howie.
Thanks too for showing your first experiment with watercolor crayons. Are they waxy? I'm sorry I don't know what they are. They look vibrant. Do you wet them too like a watercolor wood pencil?

k, here is my update with a close-up shot but there is glare in the 2nd one.
it's still raining..........:clap:



:wave: Nickel

10-26-2007, 03:58 PM
Well this is funny.

Think they wanted to be part of the yellow challenge ;0)

A "going away" party was had recently at a Little Rock claim office.
One of the supervisors called a Wal-art and ordered the cake.
He told them to write:

"Best Wishes Suzanne" and underneath that write "We will miss you".


10-26-2007, 03:59 PM
Here's the little poem:

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Natureís first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafís a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

-Robert Frost

:wave: Nickel

10-26-2007, 04:14 PM
Nickel - thank you. And thanks for the poem :)

"... not as funny as a real Howie..." - LOL!
Your sunflower and lemon painitng is coming along well. I like the closeup to show the knife handle and the cutting board.

That cake is too funny!! The person taking the order was taking the message literally :)

Here's a photo of the watercolour crayons. They're kind of waxy like crayons. You can use them dry, or you can draw/colour with them then add water on top like wc pencils, or (the salesperson told me this cool part) you can dip them into the water and then paint with them. This give a rich vibrant colour.

Here's my next yellow contribution. I couldn't let the month go by without painting Daisy :) Oil pastels, 9x12, around an hour.


10-26-2007, 07:45 PM
EP never saw watercolor crayons, thank you. I'll have to lookout for them and give them a try. Sounds like fun! Speaking of fun, I love the puppie, you did the puppie good! Really Cute :)

10-27-2007, 03:21 AM
:wave: Hi everyone. Lots of work posted since I last looked in!!

Hi Mony, I like the way you use your watercolours- very tactile and rich in colour. My favourite is the butterfly- being biassed towards any animals.

Nickel, I love I love the study of the roses and peonies- especially the tactile/textural effects. I like the colours in your lemon still life and this one has good textures too. Maybe texture would be a good challenge idea for the future,(ie., after MEN) or have we covered textures?

Artastic, I love your frangipani- those are one of my fave flowers too. They always remind me of the south Pacific islands. And your sunflower is so dramatic.

Eyepaint, your leaves turned out well. You really captured the feeling of them falling.

I can't get onto page 6 of this thread somehow. I hope this reply posts OK.:wink2:

10-27-2007, 03:23 AM
Hi eyepaint, I love your puppy. Very contemporary!!

10-27-2007, 04:19 PM
Nickel - thank you :)
June - thank you :) Twice :)

10-27-2007, 05:47 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: under neat that....way too funny nickel...!!!! your basket ms nickel is coming along quite gorgeous....~~~~~ep...great yellow works!!! the fall foilage and your new experiment with wax crayons are lovely but daisy is my fav...too cute!!! tyree

10-28-2007, 12:16 PM
June - the orchids are airy and cool feeling - my screen doesn't show much yellow

Mony - good to see your posts, the butterfly tickles, and the packages look bronzed

Nickel- the lemons with pink - that is an unusual combination, the van gogh roses are wonderful

Bonnie - doing art while watching tv is a great combo - I discovered that a while back - but I don't watch tv much at all really..... I like the light bouncing off the yellow petals. it has a warm, mid summery feel to it. I am not aquainted with the other flower......I like the play of blue & green going on the right side, espec the blue topped leaf in the lower right corner

EP - the painting looks good, nice depth and movement but the puppy is the bestest - lots of personality and love the colors - the facial expression and body posture is so sweet

Here's my Van Gogh - it is a little washed out looking.....I am not used to the way watercolor dries sooo much lighter......

10-29-2007, 12:28 AM
EP you did great, I love the little pup.

Azul There is nice vibrancy in your piece.

I entered a digidrawing for the plant parade in florals/botanic and it happened to be yellow so I thought I will share it here. My wrist was so sore after doing this, all those tiny strokes not sure if my future lies in digiart :lol:.


10-29-2007, 12:51 AM

Good Job.


10-29-2007, 01:25 AM
Tyree - thank you
Azul - thank you. Great Van Gogh painting. I recognize the scene. (I'm hosting the scav hunt 61 on right now... please pop by)
Anghwar - thank you. Your digi art is wonderful but I agree that it's hard on the wrists.


10-29-2007, 02:24 AM
this was all I had time for, and late, hope not too late.

Digital art.


10-29-2007, 11:15 AM
Perel, that's a lovely digi painting. I have never tried digi work! It looks rather time-comsuming. Maybe I just like to get covered in paint. LOL.

10-29-2007, 11:21 AM
Anghwar, your digi flower looks as if embossed. very rich in colour.

Azul, yours is a very cheerful impression of van gogh's yellow house. It must have been enjoyable to do.

As for my orchid painting, I was trying a technique (from a book), where you step back 5 to 10 steps and view the arrangement/stiil life and then walk forward to paint it. The canvas being placed beside the object. Also, you had to squint or close your eyes to see the thing out of focus. Not sure if I liked the technique or not. The yellow is a very pale tint of lemon yellow in the background.

I think I've a long way to go with this method...

10-29-2007, 09:15 PM
Hi Everyone! :wave:

June I think texture is a great theme for a challenge! :thumbsup:

Is the technique you are using part sight-size? In other words you are dependent on the model you have set up. I like to allow myself the freedom of just using my eyes. I find sight-size too restrictive for a creative spirit. :evil: :thumbsup: Am I perfect, thank God, no, and feel very wonderful with my blessed uniquely mine flaws. Now for example, my lemon still life, the lemons are gone, squeezed into ice tea. Now I am free to do what I think. :eek: :lol:

Ok too, Iíve got to wonder about this pink color you all keep seeing in which painting? I didnít use pink so ÖÖÖÖhelp me out. What is showing up pink? This is why I am never sure about what I exactly see when I am looking at a computer image.

Azulparsnip, it is always good to see you do something new. Your Van Gogh Rocks!

Anghwar you did a lot of tiny strokes but the lily is very textural. I like the colors.

Retha, glad you joined us, your lilies are textural too! I like how you used your yellows!

EP thanks for telling us about your scavenger hunt 61. ! Iíve always wanted to do one of those.

Well a little update, if you havenít noticed, the mail room, itís filling up just with images Iíve
Found for our studies in November. Please you all add to it. I tried to find older images and a mixture.

Most are from Wikipedia . Do you all want to try to do them all? :evil:
Of course that most likely is not possible. You all add to the file ok! :thumbsup:
:wave: Nickel

10-29-2007, 09:38 PM
Retha, EP, June, and Nickel thank you so much for the comments. Retha your lily are nice.

10-29-2007, 10:08 PM
Retha - very pretty digi art - also could be posted in the Floral forum's project this month?
Nickel - you're welcome. BTW I added to your Mail Room thread :) I studied Chemistry so these are all familiar names :)

10-30-2007, 08:37 AM
:thumbsup: :clap: :wink2: anghwar....i really liked your digi, such great textures....~~~perel...very exquisite..love the dark patterned bg!!! tyree

10-30-2007, 02:31 PM
Thank you Tyree

10-31-2007, 08:59 AM
Anghwar- I like the rumpled look of the tigerlily

Perel - Love that background - the angular works so well with the curves of the lilly

EP - I'll try and stop in for a few quick- like- a- bunny scavenger sketches. I am planning on doing the sketchcrawl coming up this sunday

Nickel - you didn't have pink in there with the lemons? The basket is pink and the cutting board is a pale lavender/pinkish.........hey , maybe you ought to go for it!!! It doesn't look like that on your computer screen????? interesting

Thanks everyone for the encouragement and fellowship - you are an important part of my life.....

10-31-2007, 02:15 PM
Azul, thank you very much, I doubt if I would do this a lot as my wrist was killing me after this painting. Only got the tablet a few months ago and perhaps I am just not used to it, all those tiny strokes :eek:

I second your last statement, what would we do without each other. :heart:

10-31-2007, 04:02 PM
Hey I guess it looks kind of pink after you explained it to me :p but nope no pink, must be the purple leaning toward red.........hmmmmmmmmm. I'll have to think about that.

Well I hope to see everyone in November. :wave: Nickel

10-31-2007, 04:54 PM
June thank you so much for hosting this month.

10-31-2007, 05:20 PM
thank you June :0) :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: hugs Nickel

11-01-2007, 06:24 AM
:wave: You are welcome. We have a lovely show of yellow posts for this month!!

Only thing I am sorry about is running out of time... I didn't get around to starting on the girl in the yellow dress...:cat:

See you later.:D

11-01-2007, 03:14 PM
Thanks June

thanks everyone for the nice comments.