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12-01-2008, 07:45 AM
Hi everyone,

Show us 2 of your best artworks in a realistic style. Post them in this thread to celebrate the end of the art year 2008!!

Make them:

1. your own best art piece for 2008 and/or

2. your favourite from amongst your work of 2008.

(These are not always the same thing!).

Tell us a bit about them. :D

12-01-2008, 12:36 PM
oh, this will be a good way for us all to end the year. Thanks June.

12-29-2008, 06:00 AM
Here are 2 of mines that I like from this year, 2008.

1. Zoo figures: 'Its hard work walking around the zoo'


This was a study from a photo I took of kids stopping for a bit of a rest after clambering around the hilly local zoo. I like it because it reminds me of that very sunny day and I had just come out of the lemur enclosure, which I love to visit. I also think it worked well as a watercolour study. About 5 by 7 ins.

2. Seascape: 'Birds landing'


I like this one because I found by doing it that I like doing seascapes and I'd like to do more. This one was from a photo in the WDE for a week in December 08. Its acrylics, around 8 by 12 ins.

Looking forward to seeing your work!!:clap:

12-29-2008, 01:45 PM
Those are both lovely June. I liked hearing why you picked'em too. I remember seeing the zoo one in classical. I recall a couple other watercolors of people in public that you did this year that I liked alot too.

Here are two I did for classical and one sketch.
The one After Millais-Vale of Rest was done in January . I recall not really liking the painting and after copying it really loving it! Since then I have made it a point at times this year past to select things to draw and/or copy that I'm not much liking initially. It has had the same result every time!
The one after Palmer - Ruth Gleaning I like because I like Palmer alot and I like the subdued color scheme and I really like to use ink pens.

The sketch I like because it has a good solid range of values. I especially like the shadows.

This has been a real lift for me. I'm entering the new year with accomplishment and hope. And you my friends at wetcanvas have helped to give this to me.....sincerely ....thankyou for giving of yourself.

12-29-2008, 05:23 PM
Hi there, :wave:
i haven't posted in a while, but thought i would pop in to close the year & wish you all a Happy New One.:)

this first one is "hiromi"
oil on canvas
78cm x 127cm

I love the emotion in this one.


the apples i like because of it's simplicity, and mystery.

oil on fresco panel 22cm x 30cm

12-30-2008, 03:42 AM
Hi azul and Biki. Happy new year!!

Azul, I remember those copies/studies. I like them both for their boldness and expressiveness. Also, I love your sketch...your sketches are so good. I think they are very uniquely you.

Biki, your paintings are very beautiful. The piano player shows the emotion of the girl wonderfully well and the apple study is quiet and mysterious with darkness in the background.

12-30-2008, 04:00 AM
June. Lovely, lovely, light in the first image. I applaud your loose but precise way of painting. I thank you for your comments on my fav 2008 efforts.

12-30-2008, 07:41 PM
Biki - both lovely

12-31-2008, 01:49 AM
thanks Azul - are we 3 the only ones? I thought this forum would be busier.

Your work is also very impressive. I can determine that you are a good student & enjoying what you do. I like it that you are trying different styles.
I especially like the ink sketch..

12-31-2008, 08:37 AM
Thanks Biki - classical is a quite corner right now. There are a few more regulars.

12-31-2008, 11:20 AM
I'll mention this thread in the cafe for January .

01-02-2009, 03:01 AM
what a shame, I guess this is why i do not click in here much these days.

I would LOVE to see what all the classical inclined folk were up to in 2008.

June, your thread caught my eye. I hope it does some others also.

01-02-2009, 07:24 AM
Hi, is it ok to post now, since its already 2009?

01-02-2009, 09:48 AM
Hi Roy, please DO post your work here. Now that it is 2009, its a good time to look back over 2008 and pick your favourites. We'd like to see them.

Representational art: any medium, any 'traditional' styles....includes old and modern.

01-02-2009, 11:27 AM
Thank you June! These are from my 2008 'folder'...

Gash 2 - Oil on canvas, 4 ft x 3 ft

Gash 1 - Oil on canvas, 18" x 24"

Thanks for looking :wave:

01-03-2009, 12:22 AM
I came across this thread and was admiring everyones work. I decided to post pictures of my two best works for the 2008 season.
Cherries Oil on Canvas 16x20
Peach oil on canvas 8x10

01-03-2009, 11:16 AM
Roy, beautiful work. Very thought-provoking. The second reminds me of Caravaggio.

01-03-2009, 11:17 AM
Lovely work Lori. I love those cherries against the copper pot. Great colours!

01-03-2009, 03:25 PM
Thank you June. I hope more people will contribute to this wonderful thread.

01-05-2009, 08:10 PM
Roy-P - great paintings - great imagination too

Lori-T - those are both great

01-06-2009, 08:22 AM
hey Azul,

I think this is my favorite painting from 2008 ... and I think, speaking for myself, it will be difficult to top in 2009. it was my first painting done in egg tempera and it seems to be the perfect medium for me.

a happy new year to all of you!




01-06-2009, 10:12 AM
That is a lovely one, Andy.

01-06-2009, 05:43 PM
Roy - very good & delightfully edgy work.

Lori - well done.

Andy - i don't see an image.!:confused:

01-07-2009, 03:46 PM
hey there Biki,

you should be able to see it now! the provider had major problems with my website and didn't even apoligize - guess the new year also brings a provider change ... LOL



Roy - very good & delightfully edgy work.

Lori - well done.

Andy - i don't see an image.!:confused:

01-10-2009, 02:37 AM
Azulparsnip, Biki, thank you so much! :)

01-14-2009, 06:32 PM
Hey there is some really good work here so far:clap:

Roy I love that gash painting particularly really engages the viewer

Anyway I've opted for Achilles which I completed right back at the start of 2008. I was inspired by classical greek sculpture with its clean bold lines and classical beauty. I wanted to use this as a starting point and see it I could marry this with bold colour and abstraction to create a modern contemporary take on it.

Oil and gold leaf on canvas
24x18 inches


01-15-2009, 02:42 AM
Hi Ryan, I love your use of colour in this one.:thumbsup:

01-15-2009, 12:49 PM
June-lovely watercolors.

Azul-Don't you just love sketch books?

Biki-Very passionate. Piano does that to you.

roy-p-Wonderfully surreal.

LoriT-great still lifes.

Andy from Vienna-I'm speechless...absolutely beautiful. Egg tempera? Must learn more about this.

ryster007-very strong and I love the colors.

Well here are my two favorites. I was just having fun with ink and crayolas in my sketch book and came up with Miriam and Sara. I had to scan, so they lost some color......Janet



01-15-2009, 01:02 PM
Adorable work, Trafford. Miriam is my favourite of them.

I find that sometimes the scanner works best for my images and sometimes my camera is better. If you resize your image down, it can help with sharpening the scanned image I find.

01-15-2009, 01:48 PM
My photographer/son went to work today. He has already stolen my printer/scanner for his beautiful new imac, so I had to scan on one computer and send the pictures to myself on the other computer. Such fun. They do look muddy...I'll have to work on getting a new printer....Janet

01-15-2009, 10:37 PM
Breadwinner, 24X48, I threw a piece of bread to a duckling and took a photo of him with all his sibs,and mom, looking at him. It was a dark, poorly focused photo, so I researched ducks to get detail and added the front duckling for compositional interest.
Dasha at 2, 14 X20, This is from a photo of my wife when she was 2. It was also not a great photo so I had to change it and the background somewhat.








01-17-2009, 02:35 PM
JWT53, welcome to the thread. What medium did you use? The child portrait is very becoming...captures innocence of childhood very effectively. The ducks are beautiful ... I like the composition very much! Especially the movement of the foreground duckling rushing to catch the bread.:thumbsup:

01-19-2009, 11:32 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jan-2009/44004-hummingbird-copy.jpg So many lovely works here!! Enjoyed every one. This year I've been into pastels, Photography, and computer generated art (not much in the classical vein) but I still stop by to see what my friends are up to. I am inspired.
This is as close to classical as I have got this year..

01-19-2009, 11:41 AM
Hi pushingpixels, great to see you back. I like your humming birds at the flowers. A lovely delicate study. Are those buddlea flowers? Buddlea attracts lots of butterfly species here. The nectar must be good!!:clap:

01-19-2009, 10:53 PM
Called butterfly bush I believe you are correct June. I have one over my fence and yes the hummers and the butterflies love it. Reminds me of lilacs.