View Full Version : What's on your easel 4/26/09 through 5/2/09

04-25-2009, 09:35 PM
Well, my last post isn't where it stopped. I am waiting for it to dry before photographing it again. Think it was a good addition.

Maybe in the morning since it is now so dark.

04-26-2009, 12:02 PM
Good Morning Howard!!
Posted this in my WIP thread but thought I'd put it here too!
Have a lot to do yet. not happy with her mouth yet and need hair highlights on her too. Also his flower. Gota get it done by May.. so trying for this week sometime.
Reference again:
This photo makes them look too pale.
Closups more true to their coloring:

04-26-2009, 01:00 PM


Added some gold beads and some metallic threads to finish it off. Signed it, so guess it is done.

04-26-2009, 01:20 PM
Wonderful Finish Howard!!

04-26-2009, 02:13 PM
My best friend was visiting this week and we did three matching paintings...this first one was an 'exercise' in glazing and was done from life.

04-26-2009, 02:31 PM
Definitely like it!!

04-26-2009, 02:52 PM
Beautiful Suma!

04-26-2009, 03:18 PM
Kathie! beautiful job on her lace!! wow! they are coming along nicely! They look like a very happy couple on their wedding day.. great job, so far!
Howard,, looking great! as usual..
Suma,, nice idea,, they look great! exactly alike, only different!
I got my paintings delivered today.. will see how that goes.

04-26-2009, 06:19 PM
Thank you Mary!!

04-26-2009, 08:39 PM
Wow Kathie!!! It looks wonderful!
Another beauty Howard.
Beautifully done Suma.

04-26-2009, 08:41 PM
Here's a stormy beach scene from Myrtle beach I'm working on. The reference photo was taken long before the recent wildfire did so much damage to the town. That news story reminded me of our last vacation there. The weather was lousy for swimming and sunbathing, but dramatic for painting. I have more work to do on everything, and the "No Swimming" red flag needs to be added adjacent to the life guard's chair. This is making progress from a very uneven start. I've shifted from wanting to trash it to thinking I might be able to turn this into something worth keeping! C&C appreciated!


04-26-2009, 08:53 PM
Howard: I didn't follow the progression of this piece - is the token (or coin) a real object that you affixed to the canvas, or are you just great at trompe l’oeil along with everything else?

04-26-2009, 09:02 PM
Thank you very much Billy, thats quite a compliment from such a wonderful artist as yourself. Greatly appreciated.
Gary, this is fantastic, great storm clouds and seas!!

04-26-2009, 10:12 PM
Kathie - You've done such a greta job on this and looking at it just now I noticed the wonderful detail in her gown!

Howard - You are such an inspiration to be innovative!

Susan M - The tea pots are great. A nice exercise.

Gary - I really tremendous piece - love that angry sky!

I am planning a large (54" X 48") and wanted to do a practioce run. This all stems from a book Howard recommended (Acrylic Revolution) I've had this idea in my head and wasn't sure how to go about achieving the results I pictured so duh! I got the book out & decided how I want to go about it.

Here' step 2 or something of my experiment .....I've lain down a layer of smooth black and then built up an area of gloss gel above that- now just waiting for the gel to dry before I start the next step. Stay tuned!


04-27-2009, 12:00 AM
Ok, Gayle...now this is looking VERY interesting!!

Suma, I think we crossed....pretty tea pots!!! Neat idea to do it together!

04-27-2009, 12:23 AM
Gayle, I can hardly wait to see what happens next with your painting!

04-27-2009, 03:04 AM
Playing around a bit. New shape for me. Smaller size @ 4X6" on artboard with acrylics, gold metallic acrylic, liquid mirror acrylic, real gold leaf, oriental coin.

04-27-2009, 09:15 AM
Hi Gayle.

The suspence!!! What are you going to do next on your painting???
Will pop in every day to take a peek and see how it is progressing.

How about a few more details please? What size is the painting... is that all white gesso and then you painted a part of it black? Is that canvas you are working on or gessoed hardboard... just cant make it out.

Go for it!

04-27-2009, 09:49 AM
Thanks for your interest guys! TZ - this little experiment is 12" X 12" on canvas board - Because it's my first try I didn't want to use any of my good canvases. The whole idea is that gesso is very porous and we all know paint adheres well to a gessoed surface while paint adheres less easily to a non-absorbant surface like gloss gel medium. When you mix your paint with water (2-1) it will cover well in areas gessoed while it will create pools of color and stick less evenly where the gloss gel is thereby creating interesting textural effects. In my head, the wash I plan to use will be very softly colored although the effect might be more dramatic with a stronger color. I was hoping to be able to wash it today but parts of the gel are very thick and we are experiencing a very humid rainly day here so it isn't completely dry yet....if you have the book Arcylic Revolution you can look at techniques 19 & 20

04-27-2009, 11:52 AM
Gayle - can't wait to see the next step! I looove texture :) :) :)

04-27-2009, 01:41 PM
Gayle, Thank you very much!! Wow this already looks very interesting, and can imagine alot of things. anxiously waiting for the update.
Howard, I like this little one!! great colors!!

04-27-2009, 01:48 PM
Started this one last week. Here is the wip for today:



04-27-2009, 02:51 PM
Oh, I like this Peter!!

04-27-2009, 06:12 PM
Well here's the next step. I painted the entire top with what was a very watery wash. At first I thought it was just going to cover the whole thing but as it starts to dry, the pigment pulls away from the gel area.

It might be more dramtic is I had used a darker wash but my choice was intentional. I let it dry flat.


Here's a close up....


04-27-2009, 10:17 PM
Gayle...now to see where you go from here???

04-27-2009, 10:31 PM
Wonderful Peter!! Love your loose style!!
Gayle, intersting.. anxious to see this evolve!

I think I finished my wedding portrait.. posted it in the WIP thread.. Remembrance. Let me know what you all think. before I varnish it!!

04-28-2009, 01:59 PM


04-28-2009, 06:54 PM
I got back to my experiment and gave up my original thought, instead going in another direction altogether. I first added a red wash to the gel area and then painted the entire thing in Iridescence Pearl. Then I added a layer of Interference Gold to what was the black area. Finally I repainted just that small strip of black. It is impossible to photograph because of the pearl and interference colors. But it was great fun and I certainly learned a few things.

Here's the end result (maybe) - now I have to figure out my next attempt at my original vision.


04-28-2009, 09:43 PM
Peter looks great!!
Gayle. OHHH I love the iridescent pearl!!! Wonderful look to this. almost looks like the beginning of a waterlilly!! hmmm.. could this be??:lol:

04-28-2009, 11:42 PM
Gayle I have to admit it does look a bit like a flower or a plant! It also is giving me lots of ideas...:D!!

Really like what everyone is working on...doing so great!! Am tempted to lay the portrait down and work on something else for a bit.

At the moment, I am still stuck on the portrait. It seems to be a few steps forward...then backward, then forward again. I am somewhat satisfied with my daughter...but still need to work a bit on my grandson, and alot on my SIL. Especially their noses and mouths. But I feel like I am a bit closer. Everytime I scan it and put it together, I see more either not done, or done wrong. So I am beginning to think that taking time to scan it, is a GOOD thing! It helps me see where I'm off. I'm trying to think of this as 3 separate portraits rather than one...it helps.



All C&C is welcome!! Very welcome!!

04-29-2009, 08:39 AM
WOW Susan, this is realy looking great!! Can't think of anything except the grandsons pupils are a tad bit large, you see more of the whites of his eyes then what you have!! Great job on it!!
Maybe blur the background some more from the halo around the heads to blend in some mostly around the men.

04-29-2009, 09:20 AM
Hey Susan,
I agree with Kathie on the grandsons eyes. In your painting they look larger than your daughters eyes but in the picture they are smaller. You do take on some difficult projects, don't you? It is coming along great... take a breather for awhile.

04-29-2009, 12:14 PM
Goodness sakes, y'all are busy here aren't ya?

Susan and Kathie, y'all go so good with portraits... someday I'll try them... maybe... :P

Peter, another beautiful piece!

Gayle, wow! That's cool... can't wait to see where you go with it!

Suma, that had to be fun to do, too! I love the colors!

Gary, he looks so lonely! Beautiful work, I love that dramatic sky and the waves... nicely done!

Howard, I quite like the smaller one! You usually do squares (at least the ones I've seen), and this elongated shape goes well with your style, too. I love that bright green against the red. The first one looks real firey, and makes me think of a volcano, actually... I don't know why.

Been slow going with my drumhead, but I've got a little more progress at least (I'll likely put up a WIP thread on this when I'm almost done so it's all in one place for everyone to see). Not the greatest picture, even outside I'm having a hard time getting a good picture of this... not to mention my camera is giving me fits so I'm having to use the hubby's camera (which isn't as good).


04-29-2009, 12:23 PM
Kat! that is looking great!!
nice job..

04-29-2009, 01:39 PM
Thanks, Kathy...I had started to work on that when my son interrupted me...funny that he would want supper at 7 pm....sheesh (joke). I need to do alot withthe bg...keep changing the hair...:lol: figured I would just wait till it was done. No sense fixing it and refixing it so many times.

Patti...been breathing alot between bouts on this one...did alot of trees to break things up...:lol: I swear I will never do 3 together again!!

Thanks Kat!! Love the drumhead!!

04-29-2009, 05:17 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Apr-2009/56079-Chinese_girl_1.jpg Peter - I always love your work!

Susan - trying to put three folks on one portrait is a nightmare waiting to happen! Ha! I always get two right and one never works! Fortunately I know you can do it.

Katlee - What an amzing drumhead!

Howard's inspiration only took me so far so I've put the abstract away for now and started on something else for today. Besides I already had a portrait palette ready after my Eve painting.

04-29-2009, 05:27 PM
Gayle! she is looking fabulous!

04-29-2009, 06:54 PM
Very nice, Gayle!

04-29-2009, 07:23 PM
Kat, the Drumhead is realy looking wonderful!!!!!
Gayle, wow this is aleady looking fabulous, amazing how you did the skintones already in just the right spots! I realy need to take some lessons from ya!!

04-30-2009, 05:15 AM
Well....here is where I am....gonna try REALLY hard to let it just sit for a bit....and do something else!! I almost like it...and I cannot figure out what it is I don't like...so I am going to just mull it over. C&C is very very welcome!! Sorry about the lousy pic...it looks much better in person (to me).


Thanks for looking!

04-30-2009, 09:36 PM
Hey everyone!
I posted a couple of times about a year ago...I think.

I easily get distracted with all sorts of hobbies, games, or work and therefore go in cycles of them all.

I really enjoy seeing everyone's work and personal progress...it is inspiring. Great job, everyone! I hope I continue to paint more this year.

Here is what I am currently working on. It is some sort of plant that is very alien-looking. I have more to do, but I am pleased with it so far.


05-01-2009, 01:10 AM
I've been working a little here and there lately. I'm not too proud of this so far. I've been having alot of unexpected trouble painting the green camo on the main aircraft. I've gone over it a half dozen times so far and am probably good for a few more passes. I'm getting much of the areas blocked in. I need to re-evaluate the shape of the canopy and windscreen too.

Here's a close-up of the area I've been concentrating on.


05-01-2009, 07:43 AM
This actually just came off my easel so not officially on it. :lol: Homework for the MTM classroom. Much fun over there.

Old Oak Tree
5"x7" on Canvas Paper

C&C is always welcome.

05-01-2009, 08:39 AM
Great stuff here!!!!

Here's my latest, started last night on 11x14 wrapped canvas.


The reference pic is one that I took of my daughter's azaleas.

05-01-2009, 10:59 AM
Susan your doing great on the portrait!! Love it.
Wyett, that is quite alien looking plant, very unusual. great colors though
Andy, I think the green camo realy looks great!!
Patti, wow that tree is gorgeous, love the detail and the spanish moss!!
Dee, love the crop, its gona be gorgeous I can see it now!

05-01-2009, 07:48 PM
I think I've just got a little more work left on the foliage...then its done.


What do y'all think?

05-01-2009, 08:46 PM
looks nice Dee!!

05-01-2009, 09:54 PM
Beautiful Dee!!

05-01-2009, 11:17 PM
Oh Dee, this is Beeeeeuuuuuuuutiful!!
I love it!

Hi guys! I am behind on this thread so will go back to read up.

In the meantime, here is what I'm doing for my next project. My dear bestest friend from little days is remodeling her house and I will be doing a painting for their LR wall. (in return for all the work her hubby did to help us when we built our house!) They would like a Tuscany theme and marked many picture refs in a couple books they picked up for me to work from. So, this is the first piece of maybe 3 that I will do for them. A field/castle, an ocean front, and this. Rialto Bridge in Venice. I've been looking at pictures and trying to study since of course I've never been. And trying to use refs, but not copy. So this is what I have come up with so far.
I started with a sketch (free hand, no measuring yet) this time, and would like feedback before I start. How does the comp look? There are going to be lots of perspective problems which I will have to work on as I go. But as a first draft, how does that look?
I am going to try to NOT get bogged down in detail and try to be more painterly---I will need help with that!
So ANY help will be GREATLY appreciated!!!!!! I can't do this without you!!! (I think this may be my biggest challenge---what was I thinking??)
Can't really show a ref as I'm using many....and I hope you can see it.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-May-2009/117502-Paintings_079.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#)

05-02-2009, 12:14 AM
Does anyone have one of those programs that could put in perspective lines for me? Have seen that before, but don't know how to do it....

05-02-2009, 09:22 AM
Dee that is Gorgeous, LOVE IT!!!!
Ruthie, my you have a job on your hands, I give you credit, buildings are not my forte, GOOD LUCK, Looks good so far! I dont know how to do those lines sorry.

Here is Michaels Portrait underpainting so far.
Tried to use one color for the underpainting.


05-02-2009, 09:47 AM
WOW! Kathie! looks great so far,, very good likeness!
Ruthie,, oh my,, that is going to be a huge challenge,, what I can see, so far looks good, I am clueless on the line thingy you are talking about.. how big is the wall? are you doing the whole wall? maybe they can help you over in the mural forum?

05-02-2009, 10:03 AM
Wow everyone has been so busy.
Kathie, you've captured him already with just the underpainting. I had always just painted without even much of a sketch underneath, but used an umber under painting on the coyote and really found it worked well and helped as I went. Definitely worth the extra time and effort early on.
I'm unfortunately not using it so far on this one, but I may yet before I tackle the person. This is on heavy body water colour paper from my own sailing references. The lower body and shoes are the boat owner's dad's and the hands holding the sail are my husbands, from a second photo shot the same night. They will laugh when they see it.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2009/151124-waiting_resize.jpg

05-02-2009, 11:59 AM
Wow, Kathie...that is great!

Sharon...looking good!!

Mary love the sketch...good luck!!

05-02-2009, 03:36 PM
THANK YOU Mary, Sharon and Susan!!
Sharon, your painting is looking great already, anxious to see the legs and hands!!

05-02-2009, 08:03 PM
Ruthie....you always doubt yourself waaaaay too much! (And you always manage to "pull the rabbit out of the hat".) From what I can see you are off to a great start!