View Full Version : The Love Affair --- WIP incl. PS planning.

Brian Barnes
12-31-2007, 08:00 PM
The way I planned this one was to use bits of reference photos, layered into PhotoShop to create a story around a restored '32 Ford coupe. The antique used to belong to my sister-in-law and she kindly sent me the photo to use in my paintings.

I prefer to paint scenes with a story .... so just painting the car sitting there would never do for me.

In my collection I found a photo of a period house I took nearby . Loved the porch idea. :) Since that car would have been the love of some guy's life I decided to make that the theme of the story. The whole story comes out in the composition and painting. :D

Next I sketched a young guy to fit the scene.

Here are the pieces:




Next post shows how I fit the bits and pieces together.:)


Brian Barnes
12-31-2007, 09:11 PM
Since the car would be the main object I had to eliminate much of the scenery around the house. I wanted the car to occupy at least a quarter of the painting area. And because the lighting on the car was the opposite of the sun's direction in the house scene, I flipped the scene horizontally, zoomed in and cropped it, keeping the main porch area and stairs to the front door.

I erased the original BG around the car. Then dragged it into the new BG. Next I dragged the sketch into the scene as another layer and painted the colour into it digitally.

Here are the bits and pieces before the final composing stages. The car, person, and BG are separate layers.......


Then came the resizing, rotating, and moving of layers. A few changes had to be done in the BG to make everything fit nicely. For example the bushes were right where I wanted the guy to stand. He also covered the stairs which I wanted to show. Solution: copy and paste the bushes and stairs as another layer and shove them to the right.

Here is the scene before changes .....


In the next post I'll show my final composition. :)

Brian Barnes
12-31-2007, 09:34 PM
After considerable fiddling I came up with this composition .....


That's a bouquet he's holding BTW.

And because I tend to paint too closely to the ref photo,:( I used the PS watercolour filter to unify the layers and blend their different layer qualities.
(Must merge the layers first before applying filter.)


Unfortunately the difference in these two images doesn't show up at this small resolution. :( Much more dramatic on the big screen.

If you use this technique for planning be sure to backup as a tiff file to preserve the layers. You might want to make changes later.:D

I plan on doing this as a half-sheet (15x22) watercolour.

The hard part begins here. Wish me luck. :)


01-01-2008, 02:28 AM
Happy New Year Brian!

You've done the hard part... the planning is the hardest and sometimes the most tedious... Now you can begin the fun part! :)

The tight crop of the house loses the brilliant sunlight... everything is pretty much in shadow and I miss the light... You might be able to get away with lightening up the right side of the pillars...

I knew that was a bouquet... he's never going to get the girl if he doesn't smarten up... :lol:

Looking forward to what you do next... paint with abandon... :)

Ms. Gee
01-01-2008, 02:48 AM

Can't wait to see this come to life!


01-01-2008, 06:13 AM
I think if you pull the sun around a litle more you willbe able to lighten the porch.

Nice manip Brian, was worrying about the scale of the figure before.


01-01-2008, 07:04 AM
This is already terrific. I really like what you've done with the various elements for your painting. You have become a master of manipulation....of photos, that is. ;)

Are you going to dress the young man up in clothing to fit the period as well? Can't tell from your sketch.

Glad you decided not to tilt the car. I like it the way you have it now.

Agree with Char about the light missing from the house. As Doug said, maybe you can move the sun a little more and hit those pillars with light. ;)

Think I'll give you a rating and a Mentor Point just on what you've got going so far.


Scene Chaser
01-01-2008, 10:00 AM
This is great. Learning to use photo shop like this could help us all a great deal. Bill

01-01-2008, 10:54 AM
Wow, really neat! I'll stick around to see how this goes!


01-01-2008, 11:45 AM
I'm tuned in for the duration!! I was mesmerized reading your WIP so far. Can't wait to see it unfold now.

Thank you soooo much for this. I'd received a Wacom for Christmas and after much deliberation, as you probably know, I did decide to keep it. Seeing here how to use such technology is very exciting!

Happy painting!


Brian Barnes
01-01-2008, 07:04 PM
Char -- Thank-you for the observation. I was worried that sunlight on the house would detract from any COI but after playing with it I think you're right. It may just work. :)

Grace -- I hope I don't disappoint. ;)

Doug -- Thanks. I tried the sunlight idea. What do you think now? BTW the figure was deliberately scaled up to illustrate its layer separation from the rest of the layers. Sorry if it causd you worry. :lol:

Sylvia -- :lol: You're right. Photos are the only things I can manipulate successfully ..... but my wife may disagree.
The tilted car was just to show that the layer could be manipulated. Thanks for the mentor point. Hope I can earn it with the painting part.

Bill -- Only happy to help in any way I can. :)

Patty -- Bringing leftover goodies from New Years? :D

Judi -- Have fun with the Wacom tablet. :thumbsup: I have one too although I must admit I keep going back to the mouse for switching tools and tool sizes .... and then forget to switch back to the stylus. I need more practice. My son-in-law says the pros at work use it all the time and hate the mouse now.

Here is the updated ref. I moved the direction of the sun and opened up more sky. (Makes me feel all powerful!:lol: ) ......



01-01-2008, 07:27 PM
I like the change Brian. As you know when doing photo montages, it's essential to have a consistent sun/shadow direction and the sun does appear to be on the front of the car.


01-01-2008, 09:59 PM
:thumbsup: Brian. I like that touch of light on the porch.


01-01-2008, 10:03 PM
Brian is back in action cool!!!!!

Move over you lot..:D


01-02-2008, 05:24 AM
Brian , I always adore hearing you fool around with layers and Manips and all that !!
I only wish I really understood what you are doing ?? Okay , Never Mind !
I wpuld rather see your painting . HMN ! Talk about planning , this is the Ultimate .!
You are One of a Kind Brian, always Creative ,bringing your intelligence to whatever you Plan !
GO , BRIAN !!!!
june:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :clap: :clap: :clap: Yeah !!!! Whoopeeeeeee !! Go GO GO!!! :) :) :) :)

01-06-2008, 03:11 AM
Really neat to see your process!! Great so far!

Brian Barnes
01-06-2008, 07:49 PM
Thanks for taking an interest in what I'm doing. Hope I don't disappoint in the end. :D

My next step involves transferring the composition onto the halfsheet. My concern is with the complicated oval shapes of the wheels, whitewalls, rims, etc. Also the size relationships have to be near perfect if the painting is to appeal to any car buffs. So for this one I felt I couldn't get away with my usual "eyeballing" treatment. It would involve too much erasing ..... and besides .... I ain't that good :D .

My plan was to use a grid. I previously made a grid to overlay on images in PhotoShop but this time I thought I'd seek even more help from the computer. I proceeded to experiment and figured out a way to get a dark outline sketch in PS............ (Let me know if you know of a better way.;) )

With the image in PS I went to Filter > stylize > glowing edges to get this .....


Then I clicked Image > adjustments > invert (on top of which I dragged my grid layer) for this result ....


This in combination with the original photo formed the outline elements I needed.

The pencil sketch still took a while ..... but I'm happy that it's accurate. :) Next I'll do some masking of some fine details that are in danger of getting lost.

Stay tuned.:wave:


Ms. Gee
01-06-2008, 08:10 PM
Hi Brian,

This is looking great so far! I think I can save you a step in PhotoShop. In that same menu - just one about "Glowing Edges" is "Find Edges." It will give you what you're getting after inversing. :thumbsup:

I take the "Find Edges," make it a grayscale and print it out, place it under my paper on my light table. It sure makes drawing fast and easy! :p (Thank you to whoever I stole that idea from on this site!)

Can't wait to see your progress!

Brian Barnes
01-06-2008, 08:29 PM
Thanks, Grace. In my experimenting I had been going in through filter gallery and find edges doesn't show up there in the pop-down list for some reason. As you say though, it shows up in the filters menu . Thanks for the tip.:thumbsup:


01-06-2008, 10:01 PM
I wondered where you went, Brian!!! :rolleyes: Happy New Year to you! :clap:

Ok... to both you and Grace... Corel Photopaint has similar options in creating line drawings... for some things, the computerized drawing is sufficient... i.e. a flower where the exactness of a petal or the placement of a stamen is not critical to the overall composition.

However, I find that there's some amount of distortion with this method of transferring the drawing...

I prefer to place a printed 8 1/2 x 11 onto my lightbox... I trace the outlines onto a clean piece of paper... then, I scan that line drawing and enlarge it to the size I need... I can print that out, tiled, and assemble the pieces to fit my paper...

It sounds like a lot of work, but the finished drawing is much more reliable...

Just a thought... :)

01-06-2008, 10:10 PM
Interesting as always, but way beyond my computer capabilities at the moment. I still haven't loaded the PhotoShop Elements we bought when I got my new computer because I just KNOW it is going to give me a headache til I learn how to use it. :rolleyes:

One little thing that has been niggling at me when I look at this. Please redraw the bouguet the young man is carrying. It looks like something a bridesmaid would carry draping down as you have it now. :eek: Wouldn't a bouguet a young man would carry be more circular and upright????? ;)


Ms. Gee
01-06-2008, 11:09 PM
With the image in PS I went to Filter > stylize > glowing edges to get this .....


In that same menu - just one about "Glowing Edges" is "Find Edges." It will give you what you're getting after inversing. :thumbsup:


Sheesh! I meant "one ABOVE glowing edges" not ABOUT :(

Brian, my PhotoShop is a few years old so the menu may have changed but I find it in the same place you find "glowing edges."

No big deal. Waiting patiently for you to get your brushes wet!

Peggy SCx
01-07-2008, 01:24 AM

Interesting thread and I like your composition. Would you clarify something for me please. How did you get your Photoshop composition to print half sheet size. Will it automatically grid and print it out for you on separate sheets? I have both Photoshop and Corel Painter. But, I end up dividing up the composition myself to make separate images. It's time consuming and I can get distortions. Thanks.

Brian Barnes
01-07-2008, 04:43 AM
Char -- Happy New Year to you too! :clap: My method isn't as high tech as what you describe. What I do still involves taking pencil to paper. My gridded printout is only 5x7 and there is no opportunity for distortion other than that created by my own hand.:eek: :D My pencil drawing is still based upon the original ref pic, the PS composition, and the computerized line drawing. (Still holding on to some old-fashioned ways.:D ) I don't think the "find edges" is something I'll be using much but wanted to show my complete procedure in case any of the ideas are useful to someone.

Sylvia -- Regarding the computer, on some days I think your stance is very wise.:lol: ;) Re the bouquet ..... you're probably right ..... although what would he know about choosing the right type of bouquet? Maybe it should be wilted and droopy.:lol: Anyways I'm saving him for last and have time to consider your suggestion. Glad you suggested it at this stage.:D

Grace -- Lol. I never noticed the typo. Just read it as you intended. My PS is a few years old too. The only place I can find "find edges" is in the drop down menu under Filter > stylize >. I just knew I had seen something like it somewhere before. I was actually going through Filter > filter galleries > stylize >. The "find edges" just doesn't show up there. So now I know where to look. Thanks for pointing the way there.
Brushes won't be touching this until the masking I apply tomorrow dries thoroughly overnight. In the meantime I should wet the brushes for some colour studies. I'm getting out of practice already.

Peggy -- As I indicated to Char (above) I enlarged the image by pencil drawing using the grid system. I know what you mean about time consuming because I've tried tiling smaller printouts together in the past. The result still required my having to transfer graphite from the back of the enlargements by tracing the fronts. For that reason I don't bother with the printout steps anymore.

You've given me an idea though. :) Why print out the whole scene? Just do the parts that need precision. For something like that front wheel with all of its complicated ovals I could print out its exact size, line it up the grid lines on the half sheet and and then do a trace/transfer. Most of the rest of the composition is pretty straight-forward drawing and doesn't need the precision.

In other words, I could crop this 3 square by 3 square area, change its image size to the exact measurements of the same 3x3 section on the watercolour paper (which happens to be 6" x 6") and print it off. Tracing that will give me nicer ovals than my hand drawn ones, I'm sure.:)


Hmmm. May try that tomorrow. Getting late now.


Peggy SCx
01-07-2008, 03:04 PM
Great description of your procedures for enlarging. Thanks.

Ms. Gee
01-07-2008, 05:29 PM

That's a great idea! You could even make your grid smaller so you have more guides to go from. I did that once on a face and it really helped.


01-07-2008, 05:39 PM
:clap: :clap: :thumbsup: Thanks BRIAN!! This is going to be really nice. Such work to get your reference just right but will certainly be worth it. I really like the way you changed up the angle of the sun!:thumbsup:

Brian Barnes
01-11-2008, 01:55 AM
Thanks for the encouragement everyone. :)

Finally had a chance to wet the brushes today. Did the drawing a couple of days ago and let the bit of masking dry for not just one night but two. :eek: Also redid the front wheel using the trace/transfer method. The job I had done freehand was OK but not perfect. Used that method for the man as well.

Flash didn't like competing with my desk lamp :( ....


You can see the masked parts along with the MF drops I splashed on for good measure. I like to keep as many of those as I can .... but will eliminate unneeded ones as I go. Just my way of preserving a bit of sunlight. :D

Decided to use Ultramarine Turquoise and Marine Blue (both Holbein I believe) for the paint job. Done in sections. Dampened with clear water and then dropped in the paint. Some of the reflection work is showing up already but there is lots more to do. Here is how it is evolving ...



Car will not be as blue when finished. More green to go on.

That's as far as I managed to get today. Hoping to get a bunch more done tomorrow. ;)


01-11-2008, 05:38 AM
Ohhhhhhh, color! Love this blue. Glad you didn't adhere to Mr. Ford's dictum about "You can have any color car you like, as long as it's black." :eek:

Great idea on fixing the front wheel, Brian, it really worked well.


01-11-2008, 07:33 AM
Brian, Thanks so much for sharing this. Its really helpful...and beautiful!

Brian Barnes
01-11-2008, 07:22 PM
Thanks, Sylvia. Won't be keeping much of the blue though. That's an undercoat. The car was a deep green with black fenders as far as I can tell from the photo. I want the paint to reflect the blue of the sky and other objects around. Avoiding tube black by layering in a mix of indigo, turq ultramarine, and alizarin crimson.:)

Thanks, wishfulthinking.:)

Delved right into doing the wheels today. Used vermilion and quin burnt orange for the paint. Indigo for the tires.


Spokes were fun .....


Removed a bit of masking .........


Cleaned up some previously masked edges and started adding more depth to the paint job.......


:eek: I see I've got a bit of correcting ahead of me for the rear wheel (too small because I confused some lines when masking).

Enough for today I guess. :)


01-12-2008, 08:04 AM
So glad I found this :)

watching attentively :)

Ms. Gee
01-12-2008, 03:04 PM
Your reflections and spokes look great so far. That rich paint color is wonderful.

Can't wait to see more!

Brian Barnes
01-12-2008, 09:17 PM
OK. Here's some more. :D

Thought it would be helpful to document the wheel correction process I used.

One thing I've found with this painting is that car wheels are very "touchy". If you don't get the ovals perfect it shows! :eek:

In PS I overlaid the outline on top of the painting. The problem area became readily apparent.


Printed off that section of my gridded PS outline (scaled to match the painting of course). I had planned it with each square being 2"x2" and, with the faint grid lines still showing in the painting, positioning was easy... just line up the grid lines.:)


Cont'd in next post ....

Brian Barnes
01-12-2008, 09:24 PM
Next I traced the ovals of the white-walls, rims and tires. The graphite I had rubbed onto the back of the printout transferred to the painting. The mis-alligned areas clearly showed and this was going to be an easy fix. :D

Then I put masking tape over the offending areas and retraced the printout to get the correct lines to show on the masking tape for when I do the cutouts.






Then I painted the missing rim detail ......... which I'll show later.:D


WC Gipsy
01-12-2008, 09:43 PM
Fascinating! I've enjoyed the whole thread, but am particularly amazed at the lengths you went through to fix the tyres :) This may be a silly n00b question, but doesn't the masking tape lift paint/tears paper when removed?

Brian Barnes
01-12-2008, 10:11 PM
This is Arches 140 lb CP paper. I've never had a problem with the tape lifting or tearing this paper or lifting the paint. :) I even remove it before the scrubbed area has dried. Never had a problem .......... and (I hate to admit it :o) ..... I have used this process many many times! Of course I only put tape on dry surfaces ........ otherwise lifting will occur for sure.

I did have the problem with a cheaper paper once though. Can't remember the make.


01-13-2008, 12:57 PM
Enjoyin this. Thanks Brian.

Brian Barnes
01-13-2008, 06:53 PM
So far so good. Should get insurance on this baby though. Already had one accident. :eek: Paint from my hand smeared onto a white-wall. Non-staining so I managed to scrub it off. :D

Here's how it looks today. A lot of detailing to do yet. May wait on that and start the BG next.



01-13-2008, 07:02 PM
It's looking wonderful Brian, a real tour de force!


Ms. Gee
01-13-2008, 09:24 PM
OMGosh! :eek: The color of the car is stunning! The glass is so believable. You seem like a loose painter to me but you get such incredible detail it blows me away. I'm really enjoying your painting coming together!


01-13-2008, 09:57 PM
Lookin' good, Brian.

I'm giving your thread a rating because of all the important info you are giving us as well as pleasure in watching you work. Hope those who are checking in will remember to give it a rating as well. :cool:

I already gave you a Mentor Point. ;)


01-13-2008, 10:23 PM
I found this thread last night and got up to speed. I love it that your working in "real time" and we can watch as it happens! I love it that your showing how to effectively handle 'challenges' that arise too! This is just gonna be gorgeous!

01-14-2008, 07:33 AM
Love how you suggest the glass in the windshield!


Brian Barnes
01-14-2008, 09:05 PM
Thanks for the rating, Sylvia. :) Thanks too to all others watching and commenting. Hope you're comfortable. This is going to take a while. ;)

Dampened part of the BG with clear water and then dropped in areas of gamboge, cobalt blue, and alizarin crimson. Dried thoroughly.


Removed some masking, wet a few spots throughout, dabbed in more colour including cobalt bl., burnt umber, and cad yellow. Softened some edges before it dried by dropping in more water and dragging into dry areas. Managed to get quite a variety of greens.


House next I guess.



01-14-2008, 10:00 PM
I really like how you suggest something in the background that looks realistic but is totally impressionistic. Well done.

Ditto to what Patty said about the windshield glass. :cool:


01-14-2008, 10:33 PM
Your background effects are amazing........and your description of your proess just perfect so another mentor point from me :)

but WHAT are you using as masking tape ??It looks translucent to the point of transparency... ours is opaque, light brown and crinkly !!!!!

Are you by any chance using that matt sellotape stuff that you can write on as a mask ? Ive thought of using it but been scared it wont come off cleanly as it's meant to hold stuff together :D

01-15-2008, 12:00 AM
Brian I am really enjoying watching you work on this painting........... I have been sitting quietly in the background..:)


Brian Barnes
01-15-2008, 03:58 AM
Glad you approve, Sylvia. Thanks for popping in as often as you do. :)

Jaytee -- Thanks for the mentor point. Feels good. :) The masking tape is just the cheapest I can find in the paint dept. of the home improvement store. Yes it is somewhat transparent ......... which really helps when it comes to my correction work. I think it is put out by 3M brand. The only time it has given me any trouble was once when I left it on the paper for a couple of years. :lol:

JJ -- You should have warned me sooner about being in the background. I may have painted right over you .......... yup ....... sure enough ...... :eek:


Now where's my ProxaBrush? :lol:


01-15-2008, 07:20 PM
Brian you are just too funny.

What a shock to see my face in your painting. :lol:

Brian Barnes
01-15-2008, 09:14 PM
:lol: OK JJ. Got you scrubbed out. Anyone ever tell you you were stubborn? :D

I had left the posts on the house unmasked thinking I might be moving them. Worked around them today and was wishing I had gone ahead and masked them.:( Won't make that mistake again. Cost me a couple of hours because I didn't want to lose a day watching masking dry.


I see the line at the bottom of the stairs is too horizontal. Other house lines not right either. Hmmm. A few more darks needed in the BG too but they can wait.

Hoping finish the house tomorrow ........ windows and shading. :wave:


01-16-2008, 01:00 AM
Sure am enjoying this! It's...
de - licious, it's...
de - lightful, it's...
de - lovely... :music: :music: :music:
...well, that's what's running through my mind while I watch... :wave:

01-16-2008, 04:59 AM
:lol: OK JJ. Got you scrubbed out. Anyone ever tell you you were stubborn? :D Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuum, yes, frequently.. :cat:

01-16-2008, 10:30 AM
I haven't stopped by for a little while and it's so much fun to *catch up* on your progress... The background (sans JJ) looks fantastic... the windshield glass is masterful!!!

I wouldn't have masked out the pillars, either... :) I hate masking and find that I spend way too much time fixing the hard edges... pay me now, pay me later... six of one, half dozen of the other... :)

Brian Barnes
01-17-2008, 03:11 AM
Thanks Char.

Well ......... It seems I have some more lifting and scrubbing to do. :eek:


OK ........... All I had to do was set out some chocolates and other goodies and they took off like a flock of birds. :D

Here's today's accomplishment ...........


House not quite finished.


01-17-2008, 03:47 AM
Brian you are too funny! :lol:

Seriously tho' this painting is looking fabulous. Man you are good!!


01-17-2008, 04:35 AM
Ain't He the MOST Incredible , Guys !
I don't know why I always forget to give ANYTHING he does a Mentorand Merit Point , but I think it is because I am so excited by what I see him do!!!

What an Amazing piece of Art this is and he does it for all of us to enjoy , even more amazing ! A Fanatstic artist and ONE of a KIND !!
Thankyou Brian ! and BRAVO
june:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: !

01-17-2008, 04:52 AM
Guess we're all keeping a close eye on this Brian :lol:


01-17-2008, 01:19 PM
:lol: so dod we win an entry in teh Guiness Book of Records for the most Wcers to stuff chocs while balancing on a vintage car ?? :D :lol:

Best laugh of today ... thanks

We dont get masking like that here.....more's the pity !

Ms. Gee
01-17-2008, 04:51 PM
Ouch! Someone sat on my foot but I'm so full of chocolate that I couldn't care less! :thumbsup:

This is looking good, Brian!

01-17-2008, 07:30 PM
Thanks for the chocolate Brian!!! Looking GOOD!!!!

01-18-2008, 12:26 AM
I haven't been to the studio for a while and almost missed all this fun. This really is amazing Brian. You get my mentor point too. Thank you so much for taking the time to treat us to this.

01-19-2008, 08:50 PM
...ummmm... you guys happen to notice who the beautiful woman was at the wheel??? *clearing throat*... thank you... thank you... yes, it's me... *smirk*

This is looking fantastic... honestly, the pillars are good... June's right about the Mentor Point... I hope that people are rating your thread.

Brian Barnes
01-20-2008, 04:52 PM
Char -- They let you have the driver's seat to keep you happy :lol: .... but it looks like Jaytee was eager to have her turn too. All beautiful women of course :) . Guys had to take whatever space they could get ......... including being a hood ornament (right Doug?)

Didn't get much done yesterday. Finished off the house, added some bushes, and removed more masking. There are still splashes of MF I've left throughout the BG. I'll remove them later and decide then whether they add or detract from the scene. I'll have the choice of obliterating them completely, colouring them, or leaving them white. I like the surprise element that sits waiting.


I've decided the wonky roofline angle in this image is the fault of the camera lens.:(

Next I'll go back and finish the car. The guy and his bouquet will be last. :)

In the meantime you guys stay out of trouble. :evil: :D


01-20-2008, 05:00 PM
Can't wait to see the expression on this guy's face, Brian. :D

The shadows and the car and the background are really looking GOOD!


Brian Barnes
01-20-2008, 05:10 PM
Thanks Sylvia.

I'm going to have to practice the guy before putting him in. The amount of facial detail, shadowing, contrasts, etc has to be worked out. I don't want him to be recognizable by the viewer and yet he has to stay realistic within the style I've been using here. After all he is a total invention of my mind at this point. Does that make sense?

The other issue is the bouquet. I haven't yet decided what kind of flowers and therefore their colours. Lately I was thinking white peonies but the blooms I've created with MF may be too small. Any thoughts? :)

Hmmm. Maybe I can use the splashes in the bushes behind him as flowers (peonies or daisies or whatever). Then it could look as if he just finished yanking his bouquet out of the garden. :lol:


01-20-2008, 06:23 PM
I was thinking of a lovestruck look on his face. :D Think of some of your froggies. ;)

The bouguet looks like a mixed group of daisies and roses and mums or something like that rather than larger blossoms like peonies IMHO.


Brian Barnes
01-20-2008, 07:42 PM
Oh .... You mean like this? :D



01-20-2008, 07:55 PM
Hey yes!!! Now that IS COOL!!!!

You know i LOVE your frogs!!


01-20-2008, 07:56 PM
Perfect! :lol: :lol: :lol:


01-20-2008, 09:19 PM
Wow! That frog sure is handsome!:)

Ms. Gee
01-20-2008, 09:19 PM
OK, now that I'm back up on my chair! Brian! That's hysterical! :clap: I think you should keep the frog!! :lol:

You are toooooo funny!

P.S. Your paintings is looking great so far! I vote for red roses! :thumbsup:

01-20-2008, 10:03 PM
Wellll, I was just thinking of the expression on the young guy's face, but now that you've added the suit and tie and fedora with a feather in the band, I think you are onto something BIG! Ribbit! ;)


Brian Barnes
01-22-2008, 02:53 PM
Now you won't know what to believe .........




Selahs art
01-22-2008, 03:45 PM
Stunning demo.

Love your froggies in the last I suppose manip.


01-22-2008, 04:07 PM
:lol: :lol: Just caught up again with this thread!!! Brian you are too funny:D

Seriously though this is looking very nice. I LOVE the windows on the house and your background and the care is superb!:clap:

01-22-2008, 05:23 PM
Now you won't know what to believe .........



BrianBI believe it! Perfect! :clap:

01-22-2008, 05:54 PM
Ooooooo baby!

Brian Barnes
01-22-2008, 05:58 PM
Little did they know .......... but her husband left work early and was on his way home. :eek:


He'll be extremely jealous when he sees the car.



01-22-2008, 10:14 PM
Brian, so glad I stepped into the Studio. And here you are creating this wonderful painting/story.

I kind of liked it before the frogs though.....though I do love the frogs.

WOW!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Brian Barnes
01-22-2008, 11:25 PM
Sshhhh! Keep this under your hat.... but there are no frogs in the painting. ;) Sshhh!


01-22-2008, 11:51 PM
Sshhhh! Keep this under your hat.... but there are no frogs in the painting. ;) Sshhh!


SHAME !! I didnt like to say so before......but when I originally read the title I found myself hoping.......that perhaps Our hero had kissed a beautiful princess and she had turned into a frog.......:heart:x:heart:x:heart:

Ah well...............................

Im sure the perfectly ordinary non-green human will be ALMOST as good :D

01-22-2008, 11:52 PM
All hope is lost... :(

01-23-2008, 12:38 AM
Brian Barnes

He'll be extremely jealous when he sees the car.


BrianB :lol: :lol: :wink2:

Brian Barnes
01-23-2008, 01:18 AM
:thumbsup: JJ "gets it".


01-23-2008, 10:59 AM
Hehehehe:lol: :p :D

01-23-2008, 08:16 PM
:wave: HI! Brian, What a comical respite! Good to see the frogs are not lolling about idly. I've been following along and stopped into Gail's sail boat as well. You got a good eye and quick imagination, but having the principles down and ability to explain them is much appreciated, I find my self using the visual tool of line site, easy to remember. Glad the gang's all here. I'll just follow along to hone up on editing a pix. thanks, Regards, Marianne

Brian Barnes
01-24-2008, 12:36 AM
Thanks for the comments. Glad you're willing to join in and contribute to the humour. I don't like it when things get too serious in here. :D

Managed to pick up the brushes for a bit today. Tweaked the house some more. Worked on the foreground, a bit of the BG, and the car's grill.

Preparation for spattering the road. Used nearest scraps at hand to protect the rest of the painting .....


Removed all MF to reveal all the surprises I left for myself. :D
The car is not finished yet.
White spatters are everywhere in the BG. Some will stay white, some will get colour, some will be eliminated.
Of course I still have the guy to do. He'll be last.
Then there will be lots of tweaks still to do.


When I finish eventually I'll be doing a scan to show much more of the detail.


01-24-2008, 02:44 AM
Wonderful Update Brian!! Still anxiously watching!

Brian Barnes
01-24-2008, 07:58 PM
"Couldn’t resist. Made a good trade! She was gettin’ kinda old and decrepit and unreliable and stinky and ... well ......

........So now I’ve got two cars."


Brian Barnes
01-24-2008, 08:00 PM
Concentrated on finishing the car today.




01-24-2008, 10:02 PM
Now it's got headlights! Brian, love the way you painted the windows, the radiator grill, the beautiful blue paint, and snazzy orange tire rims. :D


01-24-2008, 10:17 PM
Brian the car is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want one just like that!!!!!


01-25-2008, 12:33 AM
Just stumbled on this thread. As my daughter would say OMG Brian! You crack me up. Looove the frogs. The painting is great, too!!!

01-25-2008, 07:49 AM
Brilliant work Brian :clap:


lyn lynch
01-25-2008, 08:04 AM
You are such a pro. Enjoyed the precision of the process, and of the correction. This outa be a full-sheet with a junk yard out back.

01-25-2008, 10:25 AM
WOWZERS that care is "to die for!" GRAND job on this auto Brian!!:clap: :clap:

01-25-2008, 02:55 PM
So, I can't add anything here that will further comment on how this has become such an exciting thread, except to say, "I'm glad I'm better late than never!" Tremendous work, Brian.

01-25-2008, 03:07 PM
Brian- this is wonderful- but sure looks like a lot of work.... I do something similar- I just copy what I want of each image onto my watercolor paper using a light table....

Brian Barnes
01-26-2008, 08:49 PM
Thanks for hanging on. Welcome to all the late-comers. :wave:

Decided to make the car more green (with black fenders) as it is IRL. Thin glaze of pthalo green and hookers green. I like it better. :)


Painted the guy and his flowers. Decided on a shirt colour similar to the wheels .... just to have that colour repeated in the right half of the painting. Maybe you can tell me if that was wise or not (or even necessary).

Sorry the image is a bit blurry. Hand shook. Will do a decent scan when I'm done with all the tweaking.



Now I'll stare at it for a bit and let the bugs appear. There's always something that pops out and bugs me. ;)

Already I see maybe I should have a few loose stems hanging down below the flowers to give them a messier appearance.

Please let me know if you see something that needs a tweak. :)


01-26-2008, 10:29 PM
DOUBLE WOOT Brian this painting is absolutely beautiful.

Love it, did you guess!


01-26-2008, 10:40 PM

01-27-2008, 04:58 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap:


01-27-2008, 01:23 PM
Wonderful Job!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:
I cant see anything at all to "tweak", But we are always harder on ourselves- arent we! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Brian Barnes
01-27-2008, 06:35 PM
Thank you for your support everyone! It really helped a lot as this was a long haul. :D

I think it's done ....... but ya never know. ;)

This is the scan. (Much better than my camera. :) )


... and some closeups....






Now this one is off to the Watercolour Gallery. :wave:

Click here to see The Love Affair. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6467392#post6467392)


01-27-2008, 06:40 PM
Brilliant Brian, absolutely brilliant! :clap: :clap: :clap:


Ms. Gee
01-27-2008, 08:30 PM

You told your story beautifully! This painting turned out superb! :clap: :clap:

I like that you brought the orange into the right side with his shirt. You have a wonderful painting style!


01-27-2008, 09:43 PM
Brian thanks for the super informative thread!!! Great photoshop lesson s as well as the painting!!!