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giddy up
12-10-2007, 10:30 PM
well.......here is the next in line.......Sells Floto Train circa 1931...not sure of the town, but it could be anywhere...... 16X22.....CP 300lb
kilimanjaro.....not a full sheet for a change, needed a break for a bit.;)
I will paint the elephant and the BOYS in color:thumbsup: .......such a cute image of the baby elephant.......the younger brother in the back appears
a bit apprehensive:lol: ........his back is arched and his arm is out as far as
it can go......what a cute image......I loved this photo....had a Norman
Rockwell kind of feel to it, only he would have painted faces!!:lol:

I am NO Rockwell........I aspire to be 1/2 as good.....

SO.....enough of that
here is the drawing:I darkened it so you could see the pencil better


and thus far on the sepia...yes,.... CHAR.....more sepia :smug: :D ..hehe

all comments and suggestions are most welcome and appreciated


Laura D
12-10-2007, 10:37 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap:

Comment: Yipppeeeeee, we are in for another treat!!!!!

Suggestions: Don't stop!!!!!! :D

12-10-2007, 10:42 PM
I'm here too Greg!! This one is so cute! LOVE the interaction between the boys and the elephant.

12-10-2007, 10:43 PM
Well how cute is THAT?!! Another beauty in the making...it's like a double Saturday Matinee!!!!

giddy up
12-11-2007, 01:32 AM
here is tonight's progress....sometimes the camera plays tricks....
it is very sepia looking IRL....but sometimes the dark areas look black,
I only have sepia on the palette


the best way to create the ground texture is to dry brush with a light
value and let it skip across the page....pigment to water ratio needs to be just right....when dry you can add shadows to the white areas that
the brush missed, and they will look like hard dirt or rocks jutting out of the ground.....then I painted in the grassy weeds....in a few stages,
adding some shadows when dry....

for the wood slats....brush on a good even wash, then lift out some areas
with a liner brush, just damp......then when dry darken around those areas with a thin liner and add a few knots, and it's wood :cool: ...of course
this is much easier in one color!!!!:lol: ....but that is how I handle it in
color as well......

here is the overall image.......


thanks everyone


12-11-2007, 01:56 AM
More fun for us! Keep working, and we'll keep cheering.

12-11-2007, 05:17 AM
You handle the tones in sepia very well Greg. Love the contrast on the underside of the railway truck.


12-11-2007, 06:58 AM
From a large crowd and a dozen elephants to two little boys and one little elephant. Love the change of pace.

I kind of like the continuity of using the sepia as a background in your paintings, saving the color for the main subjects. It reminds me of The Wizard of Oz movie that begins in black and white and then WHAM! color when Dorothy opens the door after the house lands in Oz. :D

Looking forward to watching this progress.


12-11-2007, 08:03 AM
Oh woot!!!!! I love Elephants, pulling up a chair next to Sylvia!!


12-11-2007, 09:59 AM
I'm sitting next to JJ and excitedly watching every stroke!!!!! Thank you Greg!!!!

12-11-2007, 11:31 AM
Wow! And we even learned how to paint dirt!! :lol: :lol: Something new every day!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

12-11-2007, 11:42 AM
:clap: Wowser Greg, this has the makings of a fabulous and fun painting. I am staying tuned. :thumbsup: :cool:

Fireman's kid
12-11-2007, 11:43 AM
Signing on for this one too!! :clap:

It's great so far. Those boys look ready to run if that trunk gets too aggressive. :D

Ms. Gee
12-11-2007, 01:44 PM
Cute -- and of course -- boys!!

You make painting wood sound easy! You make painting a crowd look easy!

I'll be watching, too!

12-11-2007, 01:52 PM
Move over, everyone, short person coming through!! I'll take a seat up front so I can see! :angel: :D


12-11-2007, 02:07 PM
Mind everyone big person coming through to sit just where he wants:lol:

Keep going Greg, fascinating:clap:

giddy up
12-11-2007, 02:11 PM
yep.....dirt and wood sounds fun doesn't it!......hehe...:)

you can make it fun.....:)......I worked on it a bit more this morning.....
I will post again soon......deepening and sculpting forms.......
sepia is very easy to work with.....I am using the M Graham version.....
it layers wonderful and does not pull itself up....just covers wonderfully...
I CAN however.....scrub and cut highlights easily.....but rewetting alone
does not affect it........

thanks everyone......Sylvia......I loved that part of the OZ movie......and yes
it was magical in COLOR......very visual impact.....

the boys are going to be fun to do.........and what's ONE MORE elephant!!


Rose Queen
12-11-2007, 02:35 PM
This is a real treat to watch take shape! :thumbsup:

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12-11-2007, 05:56 PM
Don't you just LOVE M.Graham's sepia Greg???? I did a portrait with it a few years ago in one of my college painting classes and I LOVED it. HMM.....makes me want to have a go at something else in it.

12-11-2007, 11:54 PM
and thus far on the sepia...yes,.... CHAR.....more sepia :smug: :D ..hehe
Did you... like... get a keg of the stuff on sale??? :lol:

Just kidding...

This looks fantastic... I used DaVinci's sepia for a painting and every wash lifted the layer below... it was nigh unto impossible to get a smooth surface with it...

I love the composition...

giddy up
12-12-2007, 10:32 AM
thanks Diana...Darla and Char....
and yes the M GRAHAM version of sepia does not lift itself off....on 300LB
paper anyway....140 may be a different story...as are a lot of pigments

300lb just lets so much color soak in......it does not sit on the paper like
with 140 lb......with the way I like to paint 300 suits me better......
Linda loves 140 and gets great fusions and things to happen......
not as apparent or as easy on 300lb......

thanks everyone...:)

Greg :)

12-12-2007, 09:57 PM
Hey all!:wave: :wave: Just checking in to see what my fella has been up to while I am away....WOW!!..I am loving this one so far Greg!! Can't wait to get home to see it in person!!:) :heart:

giddy up
12-13-2007, 10:20 AM
I can't wait either dear :).......glad you like it.......


12-13-2007, 01:23 PM
Well, Yorky, so you won't be the only gent here, I'll pull up a chair myself. Let the painting continue.

12-13-2007, 04:08 PM
I've been away for a while and just got back. this wonderful can't wait for more post,loralee

12-13-2007, 05:02 PM
This is awesome can't wait to see an up date!

giddy up
12-13-2007, 09:04 PM
here is another update.....the sepia is mostly finished........may work a
few spots after the color is applied...


started color.......the triad :)......ult blue, gamboge, napthol, copper kettle


the boys hair was kind of fun........copper kettle, yel ochre, gamboge,
ult blue.....


thanks everyone..........I just barely touched the elephant....
light wash of quin gold, little antwerp blue......still working the flesh tones as well.....napthol red, ult blue and gamboge....only so far...

I will continue on him....

Greg :wave:

12-13-2007, 10:08 PM
Love those pants on the boys, Greg. It really helps to set the time of the scene as the early 30s! Love the sepia as a backdrop for the color!

Hate to say it, but the boys left leg seems a little too straight, needs a curve in his calf as in the right leg. Maybe you just weren't finished with him yet. ;)


12-13-2007, 10:10 PM
OMG! This is looking FABULOUS!! :D :thumbsup: :clap:

Ms. Gee
12-13-2007, 11:03 PM
Now this is getting exciting! Your colors are vibrant against the sepia background.

Lookin' very good!!!! :clap: :clap:

12-14-2007, 12:20 AM
Color!!! More fun!!! So far, so good. Keep painting!!!

12-14-2007, 04:50 AM
Looking good!!!! :clap:


12-14-2007, 08:41 AM
Wowsers!!!!!!!! Loving this already!!!


giddy up
12-14-2007, 11:17 AM
Thanks everyone.........
Sylvia you were CORRECT!......he now has a calf muscle......thanks ;)

extra cracker jacks for Sylvia :)

I worked the elephant more last night........more color washes and temp
changes........also the boys skin tones and pants.....they are starting
to read better.........

this one has been fun to work on.......:)

Hi Ruth....:)....glad you could join us.....!! :)

thanks everyone for stopping by.....


12-14-2007, 01:41 PM
extra cracker jacks for Sylvia

I LOVE Cracker Jacks! :clap: :D


12-15-2007, 12:59 AM
Just popped in and I'm sitting down, and gonna stay in the room, too. It was so exciting when you started to add the colors. I can't wait to see more!!


giddy up
12-15-2007, 02:18 AM
:) Here is where I am at tonight...


here is a close up of the boys.....still working on shadows and flesh


and the elephant......working colors still and layering to create depth and
interesting neutral tones......and there are a few areas starting to create
some nice granulating textures that I can enhance with details...


thanks everyone for stopping by :wave:


12-15-2007, 02:21 AM
Greg you are an amazing artist!

This painting is looking awesome.


12-15-2007, 08:17 AM

Joan T
12-15-2007, 11:49 AM
Super to watch this develop!!!!

12-15-2007, 02:19 PM
:eek: :clap: :clap: Super so far Greg!!

wonderful shadows on the boys clothes and that elephant....what personality!:thumbsup:

Laura D
12-16-2007, 09:01 PM
You are amazing, dear sir. What a pleasure to watch this fab painting come together!

12-17-2007, 12:47 AM
That elephant is a cutie - she makes me smile.

I can't write too much because I am just sitting here in awe with my mouth hanging open. Wow!


Peggy SCx
12-17-2007, 02:08 AM
The composition has a nice feeling of anticipation about it. I'm enjoying watching you build the painting.

12-17-2007, 04:30 AM
Maybe too late now Greg but I would have coloured the circus poster too.


giddy up
12-17-2007, 10:11 AM
Thanks everyone......I worked on this more and will post very soon the
completed painting......the elephant is very colorful, but still very blue.....
Doug....there is no poster, those letters are painted on the side of the
train car......I thought about it, but they are bright red...and I thought that
may detract from the strong triangular comp between the boys and elephant..

thanks everyone for your kind words.........

Greg :)

12-17-2007, 08:18 PM
really wonderful!!!! super job, as usual!!

giddy up
12-19-2007, 10:19 AM
Thanks Linda......I will be posting the finished version very soon........
I think it's done :)


giddy up
12-23-2007, 05:08 PM
Here is the finished piece.........

thanks everyone for following along with this :D :wave:


12-23-2007, 07:17 PM
Love it! You do amazingly beautiful work.

12-23-2007, 07:36 PM
Greg this is wonderful.

I love the detail.

Absolutely love the palette.

Of course Elephants are my fav wild animal in the whole word..:D

You sure are painting beautifully, show you are painting what you love my friend..:)


12-23-2007, 08:14 PM

Wonderful finish. Love the colors on the elephant and the boys' clothing.

:thumbsup: Looking forward to your next WIP. :D


Ms. Gee
12-23-2007, 10:07 PM
This came out perfect! Love it! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Laura D
12-24-2007, 01:57 AM
Another notch for the belt! Marvelous painting Greg. I do so enjoy your work and your processes.

12-24-2007, 05:22 AM
Masterful application of washes Greg, terrific result.

If you don't mind me saying, whilst the sepia/colour theme is excellent for these historic scenes I think a little more colour would make them more attractive, like the first one. I would perhaps have coloured the Circus lettering on the car for example. As it is it looks like a hand coloured photograph.


Brian Barnes
12-29-2007, 03:50 PM
Interesting concept and composition, Greg! Nicely executed too! :thumbsup:

Seems to have two COIs (boys and elephant).......... but I think it works here because of their "cautious" compositional connection uniting them in a way that fits nicely with the feeding concept.:) Lines, rails, lettering, clothing, boys, elephant all tell a story. I like the enthusiasm in the elephant's face. Great stuff!


01-03-2008, 02:37 PM
i love wips- what fun!!!

01-06-2008, 03:08 AM
Wonderful!!! Love it!!!

01-11-2008, 07:42 PM
Bravo, I love it!