View Full Version : The Acrylics Open Exhibition: 2007

Charlie's Mum
01-16-2008, 06:06 PM
You are invited to submit ONE piece of your work, shown in this forum last year, to the Acrylics Forum Open Exhibition: 2007.

When posting your work, please give a brief description of the 'vital statistics', why you have chosen that particular piece and include a link to the original thread.

To avoid the thread becoming unmanageable, please do not add comments, or comment on other works, but follow the link to the original thread if you wish to add anything.

01-17-2008, 12:30 AM
Well, I guess I'll get it started. I chose "Sea Grapes". It's 16 x 20" stretched canvas based on photo I took in Naples, Florida in May 2007 and it was part of my "Florida" series painted last summer. I chose it because it was my first attempt at painting various features of back-lighting and I was very satisfied when the painting was finished with its light. Also, for nostalgia, it was my first painting sold at a gallery which made me doubly pleased.


Here's the original WIP thread: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=422787&highlight=Grapes

01-17-2008, 03:50 AM
My entry:


12x12 wood panel. Its initial appearance was here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=463411), just before Christmas, and I chose it because I think it's the strongest overall piece I did in 2007.

Charlie's Mum
01-17-2008, 07:53 AM
My choice is the cream rose I painted for a Golden Anniversary present for friends - it's from a rose in another friend's garden.

It was one of two paintings which gave me a lot of grief! ...... "sweated buckets of blood" over them :lol: - but one of the largest pieces this year. (16x20" on wrapped canvas).


The original thread is here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=405123&highlight=rose)

01-17-2008, 09:03 AM
I chose "Purple Reign". I have a great sense of pride for this one. Not because I think it was best or strongest work I did this year. But because it was sold to a client from China, who took it back there. It is nice to know that my painting is somewhere that, hopefully, oneday, I would like to go visit.

Here is the original linkhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=429747

01-17-2008, 09:37 AM
I didn't post many paintings here last year but I would have to say that this one was my favorite. 16 x 20 stretched canvas.

I was toying with the idea of a B/W portrait of my husband and my instructor said, "Wouldn't it be cool if you did this....". I was already nervous about pulling off a B/W portrait let alone add a heap of color and texture, but I took his challenge anyway and this was the result.

With a nod to John Pacovsky.....thanks for challenging me.

The link to the original post is

01-17-2008, 10:06 AM
Pines on the Lakeshore
Photo from IRL, Larry Seiler
30 x 24 " wrapped canvas
I am blessed to live not far from this beautiful scene. Lake Superior’s shoreline is one of my favorite places on earth. It is very majestic with its lovely pines, and that is what I strove to capture in my painting. The play of sun and shadow on the rock also was a big draw.

WIP thread: HERE (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=448332)


01-17-2008, 10:31 AM
I thought a little on this, and decided to enter Bon...

Bon, the shop dog
Pieced together from multiple photos taken by me
11x14 stretched canvas


She was my biggest focus, my biggest challenge, and my most rewarding piece when I saw my hubby's face.

WIP is here. (http://wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=454936)

01-17-2008, 11:52 AM
From my own reference photo.
16x20" on masonite

I didn't get a lot of painting done in 2007 (unless you count my walls) but I was very happy with the way this one turned out and I think it is one of my best so far.

WIP (http://www.wetcanvas.com./forums/showthread.php?t=419529)


01-17-2008, 11:57 AM

I only showed 4 in this forum last year and I like this one best. D223 chicken 6, It's 40x40", acrylics on canvas.

01-17-2008, 02:35 PM

24" x 30" on stretched canvas
I chose this one because it was so relaxing to do from start to finish, and I like the freshness of it and the sense of light. It is also the one that caught the eye of a an american visitor to my website who is now a regular client of mine. I have completed 3 commissions for him and about to start the fourth.

Click here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=413296&page=6)for a WIP thread.


01-17-2008, 04:39 PM
Bison 18x24 Acrylic on Canvas (gallery wrapped)

Of all the paintings I've done this year, I think this one has the best combination of simple composition and accurate rendering of the subject. I like the emotive impact of wide open wild spaces and the exposure of the viewer to its dangers. The painting is based on my own photo references.

The photo posted reflects some updates since the original posting. The original posting was x-posted in A&W as well: Acrylic Forum thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=408365)& A&W Forum Thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=407403).


01-17-2008, 05:12 PM
Here is one of the hands in my hand series. I posted it in the What's On Your Easel thread in December (post 54 in this thread - http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=464213)

It's 9x12" on stretched canvas and I chose it because I drew my own hand from life, and then created a painting based on that.



01-17-2008, 05:51 PM

Meditation Garden 25
Acrylic on canvas with castings, interference, metallic colors with a base of acrylic paint.

The size and the energy are what makes this one so special to me. It has a presence in person and can brighten up a room, fast.

01-17-2008, 07:16 PM
Seems this is the only painting I posted in Acrylics in 2007.
Mommie of Stars 2
22 by 28 inches on canvas.
Inspired by the woman clothed with the sun in Revelations.12:1
Kind of a spirtual birth image.
What's on your easel 3/4 to3/10/07 thread post 16.


01-17-2008, 07:30 PM
I'm posting this one because with it I learned to be a bit more patient.
22x26 in. on wrapped canvas
Tigers two
sorry, I don't know how to do the link.

Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=449822)

jeff m
01-18-2008, 05:46 AM
I've just discoved I only did 5 paintings in '07 :D
I was playing with clay some of the time.
This was my first painting of the year in October, I wasn't pleased with it at time, but happy with it now (well sort of, I'm never really happy with anything I do)
Canvas 18" x 24"

01-18-2008, 08:58 AM
My Piece:
Title: The Meeting Place
I chose this one because it was my first real attempt at abstract art. This Piece was to be very detailed. I did 3 or 4 prelimary sketches before I even started painting when I dove to paint, I decided. I am just going to see where the paint leads me
and this is the result.
It was fun painting as well

original thread


it is ACRYLIC on paper- bristol i believe

01-18-2008, 05:04 PM
Goddess In The Burial Chamber. 16 x 20 on canvas. I used a combination of Golden Fluid and Heavy Body acrylics. I have a book on Egypt and my reference photo was a pix of King Tut's burial chamber. The original thread:


01-18-2008, 09:23 PM
Heaven Bound. Heavy Body Acrylics on stretched canvas 14X16. No reference material used, only imagination.

Lady Carol
01-20-2008, 09:34 AM
I did not do many acrylics last year but I did start to play around with a marbling technique that I then painted to increase the depth of the colour on the paper. It was fun
24X18 inches approximately.

Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=449512)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2007/11811-IMG_1189-01.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2007/11811-IMG_1190-01.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2007/11811-IMG_1191-02.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2007/11811-IMG_1192-02.jpg

01-20-2008, 05:15 PM
Here's my submission because it was a process as well as a painting having done it in the method of the Masters ... that is, a grisaille method ... and my first attempt with it .... that is ... beginning with sepia tones depicting the forms of the objects with their values ... then painting the *dead layer* in essentially black and white depicting the details as well as the forms ... and then with colour glazed in with thin translucent applications of paint ... this painting also won *Best in Show* at the Niagara District Art Association's 2007 Juried Art Show !! .... :)

Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=432501)


01-20-2008, 05:51 PM
I chose this one, because of the emotions it aroused in my husband. Both his parents have passed on, and this was a labor of love from the beginning to the end. The photo was hard to work with,and it was difficult to get both people to where I was satisfied with them. Not only my husband, but his sister, feel I captured the essence of both parents, only one of which I had ever met; and that made all the struggles worth it. It is 11x14 on stretched canvas. Here is the link http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=462746&page=3

and here is the portrait:

01-20-2008, 06:42 PM
Gaudi Conversations (Sold) :clap:

Hard Panel 16 x 24

Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6444787#post6444787)


Edit: found the original Koji and reloaded the image. :) C's Mum

01-21-2008, 06:10 PM
36 x 12 inches on canvas
original thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=451126)
Probably the piece I'm happiest with from 2007.

Thomas Greaves
01-21-2008, 06:42 PM
Hi Everyone,
This is my submission.
The reason that I chose this is not because i feel it is my best work of the year, but because for me it stands as a landmark.
It signifies for me the point at which, having been a watercolourist for all my previous years, I first felt truly comfortable with this medium, [if one ever feels truly comfortable!]
It was also the point at which I felt brave enough to express myself to such a diverse and knowledgeable audience.


Cathedral Porch 22"x17" on 140lb watercolour paper


The thread is here http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=411092

01-21-2008, 06:58 PM
:wave: Such great work posted here! :clap: I've enjoyed looking through all the entries. This thread has prompted me to dust off the painting I've chosen for my entry-my most challenging painting of 2007 - The Victorian House. I started it in June and gave up on it several weeks later. I finally finished it this weekend (it is drastically edited). I had received a lot of encouragement and great advice originally and appreciated it muchly. Here is the link to the WIP Victorian House WIP. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=429999) I wish I could have gotten a better photo. The colors are brighter in real life.



11" x 15" Acrylic on watercolor paper.

P.S. As I studied this before revising, I realized that the house in the ref reminded me of my childhood home. The bubblegum pink was just not setting well, so in my revision, I chose to paint the color scheme of the house in my memory. I also altered the porch to the right for the same reason. Now that it's finished, I'm going to send the painting to my father. :D :heart:

01-23-2008, 12:09 AM
I selected this painting because of all the wonderful c&c that helped me to create a better painting. It is all of you that helped me to create this!:clap: :clap:
The post is bear

01-23-2008, 10:01 AM
This is my submission. I chose it because it was my first tryptich and I learned a great deal in the process of painting it. The overall size is 36" X 54" comprised of 3 canvases - each one is 18 X 36. When I initially decided to do this, I forgot that you basically have to paint all three canvases at the same time so arranging the workspace was quite a trick.

Anyway, while it wasn't necessarily my best, I was pleased with the results and happy to gain a better understanding of what it means to paint multple canvas works.

It now hangs in a lovely home with light streaming from windows on the left and looks very impressive if I say so myself. I was very surprised at the impact when I finally saw it hung properly

Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=433552)


01-23-2008, 08:45 PM
"At Days End"


I chose this one as I believe it was the only painting I posted last year :|

Took a picture at a local fair as the sun was setting, probably 100 people just standing in lines, etc. She looked to be 'charging her batteries' if you will. I saw her not as much deep in thought but more resting her soul and enjoying the warmth of the evening.


01-26-2008, 02:52 PM
size is 1' x 4', for my kitchen.
I submitted this because it has started my current obsession with abstracts, following a 2-full-day course on abstraction in 2007.
This was the work I completed at the end, especially commissioned by me for my kitchen!


Here is the link to the thread:

01-26-2008, 05:45 PM
12x12, on sealed, primed hardboard
about 1/2 plein air and 1/2 completed in studio

Here's a link to the original thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=461828), which contains a demo and photo of the scene. I can't say I really have one favorite that stands out from the rest, but this was one of my favorites.


01-26-2008, 06:17 PM
16 x 20 canvas. Title: End of Summer

Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=453444)


Selahs art
01-27-2008, 08:06 AM
One of my few in 2007
thought I would break from acrylics... ha ha

Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=431484)



01-27-2008, 08:13 AM
I chose "Longhorn Pal" as it just seemed to happen and was the less stress painting of the year. Our son picked him up in the yard and he was such a happy frog. This is painted in fluid acrylics. And no, we did not eat frog legs for dinner!

Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=451192)

01-27-2008, 04:20 PM
I did a few of these grisailles last year, I learned how to do natural looking folds in fabric on this one. It is 14x18 on canvas.
Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=453947)

01-28-2008, 11:40 PM
24" X 36" Acrylic on masonite. A favorite of mine.

Original Thread:

01-29-2008, 07:37 PM
I chose Resting Geese after a long study of my works from the last year. This one just seemed to paint itself and I felt good about it. I am not sure if anything I painted qualifies to be here, but this one I like the most.

Original thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=459716)

01-29-2008, 10:44 PM
16x20 canvas panel Atelier Interactives

I really enjoyed getting this one done.

Original thread:

02-01-2008, 10:28 AM
From my own photograph.
60 cm x 50 cm (23.5 in x 19.5 in) cotton canvas

This was a discovery for me on the treatment of shadow with light coming from the distance towards the viewer. Red and yellow under coat showing through. The result pleased me immensely.
original thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=447905)


02-03-2008, 05:42 AM
I learn so much from every painting and the last one I painted is always my favorite - however, I'll put this one up because it was such a pleasure to paint.

acrylics on gallery wrap canvas 18 x 24 in
original thread WIP


02-03-2008, 08:33 AM
Hi everyone

This is the only finished painting I posted in 2007, but I'm still pretty pleased with it :) Am currently working on continuing my series of North American animals.

Original post - http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=449964

10x14" Winsor & Newton acrylic canvas board. Painted mainly in WN Galeria acrylics.


02-03-2008, 12:53 PM
I am posting this one because I learned so much from the advice I got from WC. I tried to strengthen the shadows by making them darker, and it didn't work. So I decided to make the other areas lighter. That worked! I was quite amazed.


Here is a link to the original. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=416837

mrs willow
02-07-2008, 04:58 PM
My entry


Soul Expressions
02-08-2008, 07:53 PM
I have chosen First Bloom to submit. This painting is a 24 X 48 on canvas and is currently showing at Providence Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. I took these photos at the home of some great friends of ours. This is the view of Four Peaks they wake up to almost every morning in North East Scottsdale! Can you imagine? Spring in the desert can be so beautiful. As soon as I saw everything in bloom, I knew it had to be painted! I chose this as I feel it captures the beauty of the desert in spring and has been one of my most popular pieces in 2007.

Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=441623)

02-10-2008, 04:14 PM
Hi Everyone,

I was torn between 2 different night scenes I fancied the detail work in 2 nitelocos but wasn't totally convinced about the light pools on the shed doors .So it had to be Tenby @ night. I re-photographed it to get a better colour than the original posting which was lacking the "mauves" of the actual original.
12"x30" on oil board.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2008/[email protected]

02-11-2008, 02:23 AM
Rose Bud
9 x 12 Gallery wrapped Canvas

Only posted a couple paintings here in this forum in 2007.
Was a good year, feel like I grew alot. Every painting teaches you something.
This was painted for a WDE (Weekend Drawing Event)
on WetCanvas and I was pleased with the results. :wave:

Original thread Here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=434439

02-11-2008, 03:03 AM

I liked this one very much as it was a challenge to achieve the colours as shown on the Hubble telescope photo.
75x45cm, canvas.

Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=434400)

chammi kaiser
02-25-2008, 11:15 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2008/39224-72c.jpg This is my favourite work this past year. I felt it displayed my love of animals in a very special way. It was a time-consuming work but a joy to paint. Sorry don't know how to show the 'the thread' thing - just posting an image is the extent of my computer skills.
Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=450356)
(Chammi - hope this is thre correct one - with the images not showing in the threads I can't be sure! ... Maureen)

02-25-2008, 01:03 PM
I hope this is ok, as I first posted this in Oct. of 2007 but set it aside and finally finished it the beginning of this month. Here is the original post.
It is 18x14 on hardboard.


03-04-2008, 12:54 PM
I have chosen this view because this is where I spend a great deal of my time. This happens to be a view I am very familiar with. My home. 36” x 45” Acrylic on cotton canvas.

My link to this post: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=456516 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=456516)

03-09-2008, 02:41 PM
This one was my favorite for 2007. I really like cultural paintings that have that old world feel.

Here is the original post: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=401972&highlight=Egyptian

03-09-2008, 03:40 PM
this is my entry:Princess(acrylics and a bit of pastel on paper 30cmx30cm)
:wave: clem


Original thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=425805)

part time artist
03-16-2008, 02:29 PM

This was one of my favourite acrylics last year which is why I am posting it. It was the first one I had done using a palette knife. It is on board and is 46cm x 36cm.
Although there have been endless numbers of paintings of Gold hill this is a totally different viewpoint to the usual, 'up the hill' or 'down the hill' views!

Original in WOYE thread. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=462746&page=4)

03-31-2008, 06:34 AM
Sorry for the late submission, I didn't realize this thread was active.

Pink Rose
90x70 cm canvas (35x27.3", roughly)
Acrylic paint (various brands) on Gessoed canvas
Original thread: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=422584&page=5
Done by commission of my favorite client (my mom) for the living room wall. To this date, her favorite painting.

04-11-2008, 01:14 PM
Don't know if I got the original link procedure down correctly. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=462057


Iris in Juxtoposition
12 x 6"

I just really like this one.

04-24-2008, 11:27 PM
My entry:

18x24, acrylic on canvas, "Waiting":

Original thread:

05-04-2008, 02:15 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-May-2008/94697-Waterlillies.jpg Hi everyone

I haven't been on WC for months!!! Been really sick and really busy...great to finally get a chance to pop in and see what everyone is up to. Thought I might post my "Waterlillies in the Garden of Enlightenment" here. It was my first post on WC and I was overwhelmed by the positive responses.

Donna:wave: :rolleyes:


05-18-2008, 12:06 AM
Wow, there are some fantastic paintings here, I hope it's ok to post mine. I picked "River rapids" because I like it and enjoyed painting it.
2007 link.

06-10-2008, 08:40 PM
This and a landscape are all I posted here last year. This is my favorite because it was done in response to a challenge from the acrylic forum and I'd never tried to paint myself from life. It wasn't a thread by itself so I don't know how to link to it. I just got it out the other day and added the stripes on the shirt and sealed it.


07-04-2008, 09:14 PM

Acrylic on canvas, 60x45cm. Original post here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=396097).

I like the texture of this painting in particular - I still have it up om my wall.


08-01-2008, 01:08 PM
I posted this late in '07... Got practically no response. Those who did respond wanted an explanation. Not unexpected because few people are into surrealism these days. I've marked it with a nude symbol because there are two really tiny naked people in the background.

Acrylic on canvas panel, 12 x 16.


Explanation? Well... Clockwise from the left. There's an old couple looking in a shop window. And the two tiny naked people on a beach. And a sail boat passing a lighthouse. And a horse race. And a lady, whose hair is on fire, picking out some flowers. And a really big spider... End of explanation!


Charlie's Mum
09-09-2008, 12:20 PM
Hi Everyone!

I do appreciate your need to reply and post feelings/reasons at times, but please refrain!!!! :D

...... this is a 'NO-comment' thread. :)