View Full Version : Photo paint-along Dec 2008-Jan 2009

11-29-2008, 05:10 AM
Here's a seasonal set of photos for the Holidays.

4 photos, from the RIL, with a RED theme.

Use any medium, any style, and post your art here for us to see!! 2 month's to do them.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS:clap: :thumbsup:

1. SANTA (couldn't be Xmas without HIM!)


2. Sunset (for the Southern hemisphere who are still in summertime)



11-29-2008, 05:12 AM
3. Bowl of cherries


4. yummy strawberries


:D See you later!!

12-03-2008, 06:46 PM
I'll accept the challange!! All four pictures look like fun. Just love the reds.

12-04-2008, 02:18 AM
Glad to have you on board, Lori!!:clap:

12-04-2008, 10:04 PM
lovely pictures - I too hope to do some - I think I'll start with the strawberries.

12-05-2008, 04:04 AM
The strawberries are yummy looking. Looking forward to seeing your strawberry-inspired work.

Please note: you can be as inventive as you want with the source photos. No need to make exact copies ...if you want to change things around...please do.

Kassie Mays
12-06-2008, 11:45 PM
Those strawberries do look yummy. Think I'll give them a try.

12-07-2008, 11:03 AM
Nice to have you on board for this Kathy!!

12-11-2008, 01:12 PM
Three strawberries on a plate, Sennelier on 9x12" art paper coated with colourfix primer.



12-12-2008, 04:50 PM
These are lovely juicey-looking strawberries. :clap:
I love your OP treament of this photo, EP. :thumbsup: I think OPs are a great choice of medium for it (maybe I am biassed).

I bought a tub of white colorfix primer a while ago....I must try it out soon.;) I thought I could give the primer a wash of colour. I've used the actual colorfix paper before.

12-12-2008, 05:42 PM
EP - those strawberries look lucious. Love the blue shadow on the stems

12-12-2008, 11:56 PM
eyepaint, way to go, nice big juicy looking strawberries!

12-13-2008, 08:25 AM

Acrylics, 9 by 12 ins. A quick attempt at the sunset this morning. It made a lovely change from our weather...grey and raining. :D

12-13-2008, 12:27 PM
June - thank you. Well done on the warm sunset colours!

Azul - thank you

Lori-T - thank you

12-14-2008, 10:26 AM

Here it is again in OPs on black paper. About 8 by 12 ins. I like the texture in the OP version better.

I'd like to get closer to the original sky colour...but my printed photo is rather darker than the screen...maybe I'll lighten my print and re-do the image ...I say maybe... because I might not.:D ;) Depends on whether I feel enthusiastic about it for another go.:lol:

12-14-2008, 07:51 PM
June, those are lovely, I really like the textured look of the second one.

12-28-2008, 06:54 PM
June - those are beautiful, and the second one is my favorite too.

I've got the strawberries printed out to copy - hope to start it tommorrow.

01-02-2009, 02:25 PM
The strawberries, I really botched the shadow in the middle - Any pointers?

01-02-2009, 11:26 PM
The fruit and dish look great. azul.

The very dark shadow area could be wiped off with clean water and either a tissue to blot it, or a stiff brush if it won't blot off. The alternative might be to make other areas darker to compensate/complement the dark,e.g., darker shadow on the right of the dish.

Or you could use opaque colour to make the dark area lighter, e.g., gouache, egg tempera or acrylic. Maybe even soft pastels over it would do the trick.

01-03-2009, 07:11 PM
Here is my version ,hope you all had a great Xmas.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jan-2009/102668-P1000880.JPG Done in Genesis heat set oils canvas 8x10.

01-03-2009, 09:32 PM
Helenty- very nice painting you have, i'd like to grab those cherries and eat them!

01-04-2009, 04:34 PM
Well, I finally finished my painting. "Bowl Of Cherries"
11"x14" Oil on Masonitehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2009/86875-Bow_of_Cherries.jpg

01-05-2009, 08:05 PM
June - thanks, I'll try one of those and post the results.

Helen - those cherries are so real looking, great job on the shadows of the stems too

Lori- I love the varied foreground and background, the cherries in the foreground look like they are escaping-scampering off. Enjoyable piece.

01-07-2009, 06:52 PM
Man I almost missed this one- really great reference photos on this challenge:thumbsup:

I opted for the cherries- the light in this (and the strawberries photo) really caught my eye


Three cherries
Acrylic on canvas
8x8 inches

Hope everyone had a great holiday, its good to get back to painting again!


01-08-2009, 01:49 AM
Its marvellous to see the different versions of the cherries. They are all scrumptious. Helenty, your bowl is so crisp and white and shows up great against the dark background. Lovely little flower heads too. Lori-t, I love your division of space with the bowl way at the back. It gives a peaceful look to the work, and I like the wishbone shadow created by the front cherries. Ryan, your crop and focus on part of the composition is so good. I love the richness of your cherries.:thumbsup:

We have to the end of the month on this project. I hope I can fit in one of the still life fruit photos by then.

If anyone wants to host the paint-along for Feb/mar, please pm me. It would be a matter of selecting 4 photos, possibly on a theme, from the RIL, or your own photos perhaps. Perhaps someone would like to give it a go?:wave:

01-08-2009, 11:56 PM
June, I just realized I misunderstood the time line for this. I saw Dec08-Jan 09
and thought those numbers were the dates!!! I guess we have a lot of time left on this one yet??? Am I right???

01-09-2009, 12:41 AM
Ryan - second June's comment - those are rich cherries, just beauuuutiful

Lori - yes- till the end of January- :o

01-09-2009, 05:32 PM
I have changed the date in the title...just realised it was misleading. We have till the end of January on this everyone!!:thumbsup:

01-20-2009, 09:28 AM

Alkyd oils, 6 by 8 ins., canvas. Still got glare from the shiney oil paint but you can get the gist of it, I think.:D

01-20-2009, 10:03 AM
June, those cherries look great! The whole thing glows with light. Very nice.

Mette Rörström
01-22-2009, 07:59 PM
Hi all!
I saw your photo...and I just had to paint him....
Oil on canvas. 17 x 22 cm.


01-23-2009, 03:32 AM
A marvellous Santa, Mette. Rosy and happy. I think he is pleased to be painted...maybe he was feeling a little left out of the paint-along. So glad you did him.

Mette Rörström
01-23-2009, 03:38 AM
Thank you, artbyjune!

01-23-2009, 11:49 AM
Very nice portrait of Santa, Mette. It's been such a snowy, icey January here, it is nice to be reminded of the guy in red.

Mette Rörström
01-23-2009, 12:39 PM
Thank you,trafford! :)

02-03-2009, 03:17 PM
well I lightened the shadow on the berries and darkened the background. I like the way the background looks now with a path of light but I'm afraid the strawerry is badly mishappen .....don't think I'll mess with it any more though

02-03-2009, 03:19 PM
Mette - I love your santa - the olive color really brings out the skin tones and his body language is good- really see him squatting down to place a doll or puppy under the tree with it brushing his shoulder....

Mette Rörström
02-03-2009, 03:22 PM
Thank you,azul ! :)

02-03-2009, 03:32 PM
Hi azulparsnip. The contrast of the dark shadow and the path of light on the cloth is very well done. I don't think it matters about the shape of the little strawberry in the middle, as the painting looks fine as it is, you don't have to get it exactly like the photo. It could be a strawberry viewed from the top....

02-11-2009, 12:46 PM
Burnt Umber stage. Just found this thread. I already had they cherry bowl in the works.


02-11-2009, 03:24 PM
Lovely to see you here, griffster. And good work on the underpainting of the cherries.

02-11-2009, 09:20 PM
Thanks ArtbyJune! Thank you all for letting me participate so late.

I have begun the grisaille on the Cherry Bowl. This is a very thin layer of paint. If you look closely, you can seek bits of the imprimatura and umber stage showing through. No problemo, it's got several more layers before it's finished. This dead layer supposed to have the appearance as if it were lit by moonlight.

I think I'm ready for color, but I'll let it dry for a week or more first.


04-16-2009, 09:28 PM

I finally finished it. 8"x10" Oil on Canvas

04-16-2009, 10:23 PM
Just Gorgeous, wowser on the dark upper right and the light lower left- makes a perfect "path" for wandering in amongst the fruit......:thumbsup: Soo glad you posted the finale

04-17-2009, 09:48 AM
Wonderful cherries. Love the reflections too.