View Full Version : Paintings/Drawings Done In a Day Feb 2008

02-01-2008, 09:54 AM
Hi Everyone!

Last month we started a little thread to show paintings or drawings of any size or media done in a day. It was a great success as you filled it up with wonderful drawings and paintings! Thank you for sharing your work here.

Here is a new thread for your February works!

:) Nickel

02-01-2008, 04:21 PM
Here is what I did this morning in an hour and a half. Really it's just a joke, trying to suggest some of the features of a fellow Canucker using as a model Picasso's painting of his son Paul, aged 3, as a harlequin.


02-01-2008, 11:07 PM
Lawrence - that's fun!

Here's my effort from today, around an hour, cross-posted from the current WDE. It's 9x12" Derwent drawing pencils.



02-02-2008, 02:36 PM
eyepaint, that looks good, what's the source? I hope to get into portraits from life soon.

02-02-2008, 02:40 PM
Hi Lawrence, thank you. Here's the source for this piece: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=474561

And here is the current portaits from life thread (formerly portrait-a-day for Jan 2008): http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=469140


02-02-2008, 08:39 PM
I drew this one today. The dog passed away recently so I dug out a photo showing her personality - flirting :)



02-04-2008, 07:42 AM
sketched-my first time with pascals -it's is a magical experience. My first attempt with them- From Bargue drawing course.

02-04-2008, 03:58 PM
Cirrus, what are pascals?

02-05-2008, 11:36 PM
Here's a close crop of a rose, started/finished on Sunday. 9x12", oil pastels



02-06-2008, 12:46 AM
Done this evening while listening to your super Tuesday results (in US). 8x10 graphite SPhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2008/86434-SP-02.05.08X.jpg

02-06-2008, 09:37 AM
Gorgeous abstraction....and I'm no easy sell of 'abstract' art and this isn't because I don't get it or haven't given the whole gamut of 20th century 'modern' art from Picasso and the cubists to the abstract expressionists to POP to the post- post-modernist non-objectivists. Pollack, De Kooning, Motherwell, Warhol....I've seen what is good, what people (critic's and intelligencia) insist is good...I've seen it all and, for the greater part YAWN...
BUt, I write all of that to underscore how fresh your abstracted rose is as presented. I wonder though how does the whole look by comparison? Compositionally, does it suffer by comparison? If so, consider an actual crop because the crop looks complete. BUt, is it 'Cah-lah-si-cal' dahling?? :lol: Okay that's two-and-a-half-cents worth.:) Keron:D :wave:

Lawrence, Bravo! Your 'Piccasso' is, as they say, "a stitch!" Your pal definitely looks Pat Paulson-y as a jester! (Gotta be dating myself to bring up that name from the past:eek: :lol: ) K

02-07-2008, 04:12 PM
Keron, that last one is very soulful, very classical. Love it.

Nickel, is this thread just for stuff painted this month or should I continue to post a few of my copies from the masters, which were painted at least a year ago?

Here's a painting I did yesterday from a photo of a friend.


and today I did a vine charcoal sketch from the same photo.


02-07-2008, 05:17 PM
Keron - great vignette. The wild colours are Classical EP style :)
Lawrence - your friend looks so cheerful and friendly :)

Here's a graphite portrait from Monday:



02-07-2008, 09:40 PM
Hi Everyone,

I'm sorry I haven't gotten to paint like I'd like. I do hope to join in soon.

Lawrence, I think it'd be great to see all your paintings both from the masters and any others you would like to share with us.
It would work best to do an individual thread, like a gallery and put them together since they cover a larger time period. I really love reading the stories you write with your paintings. And I am very interested one day to learn why you paint mothers. The paintings I've seen are very sweet.

EP you look very pretty. I like this self portrait!

Keron your drawing & paintings just keeps getting better and better!
What colors are you leaning toward these days?
I was going to ask if you have a certain place you start at. Do you do
a vertical measure and if you start at the same place each time?

And a small note to Rose. Hurry back

Cirrus0007 your sketch is nice! You've got good lines!

02-07-2008, 11:37 PM
Keron, that last one is very soulful, very classical. Love it.

Nickel, is this thread just for stuff painted this month or should I continue to post a few of my copies from the masters, which were painted at least a year ago?

Here's a painting I did yesterday from a photo of a friend.


and today I did a vine charcoal sketch from the same photo.


Thank you so much for that Lawrence. It seems reminiscent to me of a drawing I have seen so many times - Renaissance period in Chalk or perhaps silver point. I like it a lot too. Funny though, I had only intended to execute a narrowly focussed image - just my eyes, nose and mouth - everything else vignetted out but every stroke seemed to demand another until I reached the state you see. It does have an almost dream-like state to me.
I love your portrait of your friend. It reminds me of something between the monumental effect of Chuck Close and the pop sensibility of an Alex Katz. Very forthright in its engagement of the viewer! Nicely done. Keron

02-08-2008, 12:18 AM
[QUOTE=Nickel]Hi Everyone,
"Keron your drawing & paintings just keeps getting better and better!
What colors are you leaning toward these days?
I was going to ask if you have a certain place you start at. Do you do
a vertical measure and if you start at the same place each time?"

Thank you for the nod Nickel _ I am working hard at making forward strides in my work, so it's rewarding to know others are responding to it.
Colours Hmm, Let see. Well, I've been using a mixed bag of paints from various makers. Standard palette for me is: Naples Yellow deep & light (both genuine - it makes a difference), yellow ochre, lemon ohcre, Venetian red, burnt sienna, raw sienna, Cad yellow dp & lt, Cad red Lt or genuine vermillion, pthalo blue or Prussian, Ultra, burnt umber, raw umber, ivory black, terre verte, sap green, alizarin or genuine rose madder, Flake white.
Some of the colours are Rublevs - very nice old master style colours (i.e. no additives - NONE oil and pigment) I love their blues - smalt, lapis lazuli and blue ochre but they are hard to work with owing to the general nature of blue pigments ground in oil without stabilizers. But they are gorgeous once you bend them to your will. Very different from modern colours - all the Rublevs flow 'long' in the direction of the stroke. I guess I could describe them as enamel -like.
I also have started to use Williamsburg's Italian earth colours - they are gorgeous. Then I've lately added Old Holland yellow, Cennini light yellow to my earths. My flake whites are from Blue Ridge a great new maker trained by Robert Doak. Blue Ridge makes one in walnut and one in linseed..very nice. I also like the Rublev Flake White and Doak's flake white with glass.
Some specific paints by Doak that I am loving more and more are his Galena greys. These come in Rose grey, Bone grey, Green grey and Brown Grey. These colours are extremely short and do not last long on the palette. You have to put out fresh paint each time. But, my God, they are beautifully subtle neutral greys. These are quite apparent in both of my painted SPs done last month. Doak calls them old master colours and I believe he suggests they are useful as underpainting colours. All I know is they add a beautiful muted quality to my palette in mixtures. As an addition to this array I've lately added a colour of my own making. In December I scored a bonus find on eBay of a small amount of powdered lapis from some jeweler guy who saved it up from cutting stones and polishing. There wasn't enough to make up even a small tube of lapis but there was enough to make a lovely genuine King's blue when mixed with Old Holland Cremnitz white.
For both of those SPs my medium was Groves amber gelling medium a lovely Maroger-style medium that utilizes amber instead of mastic. It is less slippery than say Old Master Maroger which I also love. But, I would say it makes laying in Rubenesque striated strokes easier, much easier to do than with any other medium I've used. he bonus with either of these mediums is that your brush strokes stay put where you lay they and remain there until you move them again with your brush. Thixatropic - that's what they call this property.
Both of those are painted direct alla prima. I basically start right in with the brush. 99% of the brushwork is done with hog filberts with a tiny bit done with sables. I think size and placement. My approach to blocking in my paint is influenced by David Leffel's methodology, with some nods to JH Sanden and, especially with drawing - Daniel Greene.
I particularly like Greene's approach to measuring the placement of the features, although, I confess, even in drawing I think in terms of Leffel's approach to painting - that is to say think mass first. I hope this has been helpful in answering your questions Nickel. Keron

02-10-2008, 04:20 PM
Keron, thanks for your appreciation.

Nickel, setting up my own thread seems a bit too presumptuous to me, I'd rather just drop a painting or two in here from time to time.

Painters' mothers, ah......."madre solo hay una" they say in Spanish. Our mother means so much to all of us, and seeing a portrait that an artist has done of his/her mother speaks of filial love and shows us how human the artist was, just like us, and not just some cold historical figure.

Here's a vine charcoal study I did this morning.


02-10-2008, 09:23 PM

Lawrence , impressive work that reminds me Alice Neels.
I think, from all the years I crossed you on WC, it is, I believe the first work I see of you
Very good work

02-10-2008, 09:31 PM
This one was done in around 2 hours or so.




02-11-2008, 01:07 AM
Keron, thanks for sharing those details, lol, your paint box is full of goodies :D

Lawrence, I think of you as family, so naturally I want to see all those daily paintings. I'll look for those jewels you'll share whenever you do post them.

Dhuot your work reminds me of how people can looked in discos with the flashing strobe lights or smoky bars with flickering light. Really, almost can hear music.

02-11-2008, 10:29 AM
Excellent work, as usual Lawrence. The thing about your work, perhaps especially evident in you charcoals, is the fact that it simultaneously displays both visceral power and deft sensitivity.It makes for a heady mix - believe me, no pun intended! Always impressive LG!

Dhout, that's a nice bit of painting for two hours. Interesting comment Nickel made about the 'disco' effect. I don't know about that because I hated disco!! LOL but it reminds me of the effects you can get in photoshop...I think the filter is called 'paint daubs'. I say this because I've played around with it in the past as a tool break down detail and make it secondary to mass. Nice study. Do you study in Montreal? I hope to get myself arranged to the point where I can attend some courses at one of two ateliers in Montreal - one is Atelier de Bresoles - the other I cannot recall the name. Anyway - excellent work. Love the sundrenched effect you captured. Keron.
Nickel - it ain't no paint box... it's a paint arsenal - a veritable armory.LOL. Keron

02-11-2008, 06:01 PM
Daniel, I finally decided to learn how to upload and all that just 6 weeks ago, so here I am.

Love your work, very original, very artistic.

Here's one I did on Saturday of a man who has just figured out his income tax. "Bloody hell, there goes our trip to Florida."


02-11-2008, 07:02 PM
Self Portrait
Charcoal on light grey murano paper
16x12 inches

Had another go at a quick SP with charcoal, wanted a happy pose this time :)
This took about an hour and a half.

C&C as always is welcome


02-11-2008, 10:48 PM
Lawrence, may I ask - do you show your work anywhere? Galleries, that kind of venue? I becomes ever apparent to me that you are the real deal as they say. It's seems quite clear that you know your voice as a painter and it seems to be far stronger a voice than belongs to an amateur, even a gifted one. My sincere opinion, for what it may be worth. Beautiful! K

02-12-2008, 02:33 PM
Ryan, as I scrolled down I somehow knew that was a self portrait even before I reached the bottom. I like the shading you've got on there.

Keron, your praise is far too high for someone like me--no gallery, no website, no blog, no special talent, I'm just a Sunday hobbyist (but when you're retired every day is Sunday.) I come from a family of very creative people, artists, writers, musicians, actors, but they ended up with all the creative talent and there wasn't much left over for me. Doesn't stop me from bashing away at the canvas, though, and I enjoy this newfound activity.

A sincere thanks for your kind words.

02-16-2008, 01:58 PM
Here's an oil sketch from yesterday morning, based on a Roger van der Weyden portrait to which I added the features of a young woman from another Forum. Hope you like it.


02-20-2008, 11:27 AM
Done this morning, a portrait of a fellow WCer, kwg (Karen).


02-22-2008, 02:02 PM
Nickel - thank you
Lawrence - I enjoy your pieces! Great charcoal study
Daniel - yours is in oil, yes? It almost looks digital (post 18) :) I like the dabbed paint strokes effect in post 19
Ryan - you look so much more cheerful in this one :) (post 23)

02-22-2008, 02:03 PM
2b and 4b graphite, 9x12"



02-23-2008, 12:31 PM
Lawrence, Ryan, EP

You all are doing great! It's a pleasure to see your work!

02-23-2008, 06:29 PM
Painted this morning putting another face into "La Belle Angele." Gauguin painted the original as a going away present for his landlady when he was departing Brittany: she said "C'est horrible!" and refused to accept it. Today at auction Gauguin's painting would fetch about 40 million dollars, I reckon.


02-29-2008, 02:29 PM
Nickel - thanks
Lawrence - great Gauguin

Here's an attempt at a Tom Thomson painting. Acrylic, 18x24"

About the artist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Thomson

Here's a portrait done from life in 30 min yesterday:



02-29-2008, 05:40 PM
Nice Tom Thompson, EP.

30 minutes, wow, you're faster than I am.

03-01-2008, 12:17 AM
Hi EP! You are some artists! :clap: :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:
Your 30 minute painting looks good :)
I don't know Thompson but I like the color palette you've used, has a lot of energy in that painting.
I'll must check him out at the link. Thanks!

Lawrence, I like this "La Belle Angele" painting. You caught the aspects of the lady religious and holy. I wonder what these painters would think if they knew what their paintings sold for now?

Lol, I wonder if Keron has painted himself in a corner :lol: :wave:

03-01-2008, 12:38 AM
Lawrence and Nickel - awww - thank you :)