View Full Version : What's on your easel 5/10/09 through 5/16/09

05-09-2009, 10:40 PM
Time to start fresh and go wild with paint splatters everywhere.

Kathrin G.
05-10-2009, 07:48 AM
that's a good thought Howard :)
no update from my horse portrait, not sure if there will be either :( Huge trouble getting the colours to come up right :crying:

05-10-2009, 10:16 AM
Moving along and changing as I watch.

05-10-2009, 11:02 AM
OHHHH Howard I Love this.. Love the way the greens fade into the center almost like a sunlight thru the trees!!

05-10-2009, 01:12 PM
Kathrin...colors on pc? or on canvas?

Howard...that is gorgeous!!!! Wow!!

Put this up in last weeks late last night...not that I was tired or anything...:lol: so I am redoing it in this weeks. Just nice to have something on my easel! Started it yesterday with my interactives, while we all sat and waited on the rain...:lol: at least it was dry from 9:30 till 4...not a really big turnout, but it was a first...lots of fun, and I met alot of really nice people!


Shirl Parker
05-10-2009, 01:14 PM
Susan, this is terrific. Great clouds, good perspective. So pleasant to look at.

05-10-2009, 01:55 PM
Thank, Shirl!! It was one of the ATC's I did for the cafe...and I wanted to try it again a bit larger. It was so cloudy yesterday, I had to put clouds...:)

Kathrin G.
05-10-2009, 02:26 PM
Howard, wow, what a change. It is looking gorgeous.
Susan, love the feel of your painting. Really inviting.

It is the colours on the canvas :o Cant mix them :(
The horse on my easel is a lovely horse, just not the stallion it is meant to be :crying:

05-10-2009, 03:44 PM
Love it Susan!! Great job, realy like the grass bank!:clap:

Well here is Michael, I think he's done.. well at least I'm calling it done, unless someone sees something I need to fix!!
8x10.. enjoy!
Dont know why its blurred when reduced.here is a better link to larger photo:


Shirl Parker
05-10-2009, 03:45 PM
You did a really great job on this, Kathie. Great depth to his features, very natural looking.

05-10-2009, 03:52 PM
Thank you very much Shrl!! :D I Think she will be pleased.
I added a link to the page for a better photo.

05-10-2009, 04:05 PM
Susme, very nice piece. I like everything about it.

Kathie, the portrait finished very nicely, I had some concerns about the eyes but you got it and made it work. Good for you.

Finished this one off and think it is beginning to work okay.

05-10-2009, 07:45 PM
Thank you Kathrin!! Have you been over to the color-mixing forum for help? They are good at color problems for sure! I have a hard time geting some colors when it comes to hair...or fur!

Thanks Kathie!! Michael is soooo well done! Wow!

Howard, thank you!! Love this piece of yours, has a sort of underwater feel too it, amazing what each on can see in it!!

Kathrin G.
05-10-2009, 08:30 PM
Kathie, wow, wow, wow :clap: :clap: :clap:
Howard, a winner for sure :thumbsup: :clap:
Susan, thanks for the tip, might just have to call over there for help indeed :o

05-10-2009, 08:43 PM
Howard, Love this.. was thinking of a swarm of ladybugs in the bush with dew and morning sun, but like Susan's idea too.. she's right.. can see all sortsa things in this one.. LOVE IT!! hmmm maybe there is a big ole bass hiding in the underwater grass!! :lol:
Thank you Howard, I'm glad it worked out too. very pleased with this one!!

Susan, Thank you so much!!
Kathrin, wow thank you very much also!!:D
geez guys ya all making me blush!!:o

Now I'm excited to send it out.. going to wait a day or two before varnishing it. have had too many times where I picked up a tint of color on my varnish brush and smeared it in lighter area, what a mess to fix.

05-10-2009, 09:49 PM
Hi Frend!!
Susan, I really like your light house!! Howard, looking good!

I've been painting all day and not really getting very far. Don't laugh at my process! :lol: I suppose I am doing it the hardest way. Usually I start from back, but ended up starting on the side and will work my way across the canvas. I am working on my Rialto Bridge painting that I am doing for a friend. It's been pretty slow--sitting idle most of the time. Been thinking about how I am going to tackle all the lines and perspective on this one. So today I worked and worked. Can't believe this is all I got done. sigh. Oh well. So really asking for input and how you all think it's going. The buildings look slanted, but I have measured and measured, and they are straight. Most be something about the camera.
Thanks for any comments or help!

05-10-2009, 11:54 PM
WOW Ruthie, the buildings are Great!! Love the tones and shading in them. All the windows and all look straight to me.
I dont do perspective so I'm no help there but looks great to me!!!:clap:

05-11-2009, 12:41 AM
Ruthie....I absolutely love it so far!!! If that is off perspectively, it is in a great way!! If the rest turns out like this...wowser!!

05-11-2009, 08:39 AM
Ruthie, I added grid lines in a graphic program and you can see what is happening so if you have a graphics program try it with your picture.

A wide angle lens on a camera will distort the scene like this and you have to correct it when processing if you want it straight. Happens all the time when I take pictures and is an easy fix when working with digital.

05-11-2009, 10:30 AM
Howard - Another winner on its way!!

Susan - Coming along nicely

Kathie - Wow!!!! Super job! I can't see how they will not be pleased.

Ruthie - What a great start. I can't wait to see the next intallment!

I will post an update of 'Minneapolis' soon. I am setting the same break-neck pace as the 'Forum'. :)

05-11-2009, 10:54 AM
Billy,Thank you very much, it means alot from such a wonderful artist like yourself. Thanks again,:D

05-11-2009, 11:31 AM
Just about finished this.


Kathrin G.
05-11-2009, 12:29 PM
Ruthie, wow on the buildings :clap: looks promising. no help with perspective here either, sorry.
Steve, nice work :)

A bit more on the horse portrait. The colours are off everywhere. They are off on the canvas :o and even more so on the screen. And I cant fix either :confused:
Ah well, I keep putting paint on all the blank spots and than I go back and worry about the colours :lol:


05-11-2009, 03:20 PM
I have to admit, perspecive is not my best subject!

Steve, I really like this!

Kathrin...I know you are frustrated, but he/she? looks so alive...amazing!

05-11-2009, 03:30 PM
Kathrin--Wow! That is wonderful!
Steve, like yours too! The lighting is cool and I like the cobblestone road. And am studying your building!!

05-11-2009, 03:47 PM
Ruthie, - I have tried to do some perspective lines.
Hope you don't mind and that this will help a little.


Kathrin G.
05-11-2009, 04:05 PM
Thank you Ruthie :wave:

Kathrin...I know you are frustrated, but he/she? looks so alive...amazing!

Thank you Susan :) It is a he.... well..... at least my reference is a he :rolleyes:
I am frustrated with the colours, not with the painting. Do you understand what I mean ?
I think the painting could turn out to be a pretty horse in its own right, once I get him finished. But I am not sure that it will ever be him :(

I think I need all the help I can get, so I removed his name tag and stuck a copyright across his head. [Sorry about that, but I have to :o ] If anyone got any ideas how to fix my colour issue, I gladly listen :) Or should I rather start a new thread on that altogether :confused:


05-11-2009, 05:30 PM
Steve, very nice, almost a watercolor look to it.

Kathrin, Gorgeous Horse!! Love the photo.. what shade of black to you use??
different ones have different tints.. paynes gray has a bluish tint, I think the Ivory black is the most natural black and makes a nice gray where Mars black has a brownish tint so making grays and dark browns make a big difference. I mostly use Ivory black mixed with Burnt umber for the darkest browns.. Looks to me like he has alot of dark grays, almost a bluish tint to it. have you tried mixing ultramarine blue with the black for a Deep navy blue for the darkest black o nhis rump and lip?
Probably be best just to use a Darkest gray.
not sure what browns you use, I use them all.. burnt sienna- like a rusty brown/brick color, burnt umber, raw umber and raw sienna.
I would suggest trying a mix of burnt umber with some raw sienna with a touch of either cad red or the burnt sienna. for the browns.
hard to tell without testing them out.
there is also a transparent mixing white that works great in lightening the color without making it pale if that makes sense. much different then adding the tit. white.
not sure if I made any sense or is any help. without doing it myself and having the ref side by side its hard to tell. mostly trial and error.

05-11-2009, 05:34 PM
Oh ARNT! THANK YOU!! You are my bestest friend!! That is what I've been looking for and don't currently have on my computer~! With a few adjustments, it looks like maybe I'm okay with most of it so far!?!

05-11-2009, 05:48 PM
Kathryn....I put the ref and painting side by side in one of my programs. Now, I know you are seeing not only the ref photos (which is gorgeous BTW), but also your mind's eye picture of him, so you will have to think about this. And maybe make some decisions.

In the photo, I see lots of blue-gray/gray on his face and rump? also alot of gray in his main and mouth. From a potentially wrong assumption, I would say you have been using mostly umbers and siennas, both raw and burnt? and black and white? If you have a neutral gray, you might try mixing a bit of that...or maybe paynes gray with the browns and red browns, just to dull them down a bit. or you could just use a dab of the compliment to dull down the colors you are using if I am wrong about the choices of your pallete.

As I said this is based only on the photo. I know that the horses at the end of the road that I take pics of, constantly change colors in the different light..and direction of light. So I know I would have a heck of a time painting them...because I would seen not only the ref photos, but also the way they look different from day to day...standing in the shade, in the sun...etc. Don't know if this of any help at all, but I hope so...I know how frustrating it can be to get hair and fur the "right color".

As for getting the colors right on your pc...I battle with that every day!! What pboto proggie are you using?

Good luck!!

Kathrin G.
05-11-2009, 06:29 PM
thanks ladies, you are sooooo helpful :clap:
He is a pretty boy with a massive attitude :evil:
as for colours used, basically nothing but burnt umber, burnt sienna, paynes gray and mixing white. Add to that some tiny touches of yellow ochre, raw sienna and ultramarine blue and you got my complete colours for this.
The darkest browns are a paynes gray/ burnt umber mix. Everything else variations of burnt umber / burnt sienna mixes.
He is an odd colour in every light. A medium bay with near black and very light parts :confused: The light bay bits and the dark around the white star has me in the most bother.
Tried darkening the bit around the white star with paynes gray and couldn't handle it at all.
When I try mixing the lightest bay, it ends up way too red from the burnt sienna :eek:
But he is a plain bay with not even a touch of red to his coat :eek: :confused:
But burnt umber is too dark........
I am hopeless at this.

I am using Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 by the way. Adobe doesn't go with Vista :rolleyes:

Kathie, you made a lot of sense. I think I need to open the Mars Black tube for the first time.
Susan, you are spot on too with everything you said. You seriously know your colours.

Himself was not impressed when I roughly placed his mane with the gray tones already :lol: Kept him quiet by making him see that it is far from done.
Okay, I think I go making colour tests for the night. Got to try out what mars black can do to my paint mixes.
Thank you sooooooo much, you got me some new ideas to work with :clap:

05-11-2009, 06:30 PM
Howard, I love your latest project. Those colors just do something for me!

I am starting on another in what seems to be a new "series" of mine... I'll call it the Round Lake Series (heir to the infamous Cat and Pansy Series... which I am long over)... still working my way through the trove of impressions from a single afternoon at Green Lakes State Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Lakes_State_Park) in NY last October. (The others in the "series" are here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=532264) and here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=559833).)

This is 12x16 (and is not finished) and I am treating it as a study for a larger work, which is going to require a custom sized canvas - very hard to find the 16x24" I will need... 2/3 ratio. (This represents the right half of the proposed larger painting)

And yeah, one of the wheels is wonky and needs to be redone...

05-11-2009, 08:59 PM
Great works going on here.
I'm continuing where I left off from last weeks start.

05-11-2009, 10:45 PM
Here's one that I started this afternoon.
The reference is a copyright-free photo that I found on morguefile.com.
It's 12X16" acrylic on board.

05-12-2009, 12:42 AM
Steven, love the people!!
Raizes, I like the colors in this!
Flopka, very interesting! I love the bike rider, reflections, textures.....
Great work here!!!!

Here's my update--not much more, but blocked in the bridge before I quit. Not sure I like the windows of the white background building, but I did follow a line from my vanishing point. I will be glazing over all to soften things so maybe that will help "hide" some mistakes.
Maybe the bridge is tooooo big for the scene??
The buildings are not crooked IRL!

05-12-2009, 01:09 AM
Ruthie, I am enjoying watching this progress!!!

05-12-2009, 03:56 AM
Ruthie, I am enjoying watching this progress!!!

Me too. Interesting watching other peoples approach! :)

Finished this last evening. Watercolour 10" x 7"


05-12-2009, 05:10 PM
Ruth, glad to see the perspectives are working out for you. Check your bottom of the buildings on the left... they look a little off the VP. Love the buildings in the forefront.

I looking forward to seeing your paintings finished, Steve, Raizes and Flopka.

Well, here's my ugly work.. I did a wash in yellow oxide and burnt sienna, now I'm onto the grisaille stage.


next stage:


and where I left off today:


I have to fiddle with his nose and chin - but C&C are welcome. But that will be later, I have to head out to pick up my OHProjector that is being delivered. Yay!

Kathrin G.
05-13-2009, 08:39 PM
Flopka, love the colours.
Rich, just gorgeous.
Steve, great start.
Ruthie, you are doing great.
Steve, good job.
Dances, great start an the portrait.

Still practicing away on the horse portrait. Changed the colours in his upper face some more and feel better about it now. Still a lot of work in it. Finally started on the head collar too :D guess I better do something about that forelock now as well......help :o Tons of work left around the muzzle, but tomorrow is another day and I am in no rush to finish it.
Sorry about the white specks [dirt on the scanner] and viewers right side is blurry because it is too big for the scanner :rolleyes:


05-13-2009, 09:58 PM
finally got to work on my table a bit tonight! here is what I am currently working on.

05-13-2009, 10:21 PM
Hi All,

Well, here is the latest on the 'Minneapolis Fantasy'. Still have a long way to go, but it's been a lot of fun.......so far :lol:

05-13-2009, 11:46 PM
Awesome stuff here!!!! :clap:

Here's what I'm working on 5"x7" gallery-wrapped canvas.....


I've got the underpainting done....next will come the colors! :clap:

05-14-2009, 12:43 AM
Flopka, This is very interesting!
Rich, wow love these colors, realy looking great.
Steve, looks great so far.
Ruthie, realy coming along!
Steve(Songsparrow) great watercolor!!
Dances, realy looking great!!
Kathrin, wow the grays are looking great, I think you are realy finding the colors now!!
Mary, Santa Slate is looking great!!
Billy, wow, love your trees!! I wish I could do one area at a time like you, might just try that some time!!
Dee, wow love those water droplets.. closeup...my favorite crop!!

Dont have any photos of my work yet, playing with my new oils.

05-14-2009, 12:58 AM
Hi Everyone!
Song, is that Stonehenge? I was there once! Waaaaaaay back.
Dances, the portrait is coming along wonderfully!
Dee, can't wait to see color!!!
Kathrin, I am so impressed with your horse. Wow.

I am still struggling along......

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-May-2009/117502-Paintings_081.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Uploader/upload_image_save2.php#)

05-14-2009, 10:56 AM
Mary love your little Santa Fisherman! Billy, waiting for the next installment!

05-14-2009, 07:03 PM
I applied a little more paint to this one today.
Didn't have much time to work on it though, so I didn't get a lot done.

05-14-2009, 07:14 PM
looking good Steve. As I waited around most of the day for people, I got a pencil and paper out and did this.

05-14-2009, 07:56 PM
Mary that is gorgeous. Are you going to paint it, huh?

05-14-2009, 10:02 PM
Thanks Patti! It does look better now that I have looked away from it for a while!
I HAD thought of painting this, but as I was trying to draw it, I was thinking NOT.. not sure now,
will see what I can do with the rest of the dead space tomorrow at work.

05-15-2009, 12:09 PM
Ruthie, the sky is gorgeous and the bridge looks great!! coming along!!
Steven, ohh the grays are looking great!
Mary, wow what a gorgous sketch!! how long did it take to do that?? was it from a photo?

05-15-2009, 02:17 PM
Thanks Kathie
it is from a photo, of my apple blossoms,
umm I kinda worked on it most of the day at work,in between hair clients, of which there were not many.LOL

05-15-2009, 03:25 PM
Sorry taht I haven't had much time for art or for posting lately. I did squeeze in a few hours of work on this yesterday. I entirely repainted the plane's fuselage again because I was not satisfied with the greens I had previously. I think now it is looking more like it should. There is still more glazing to do.



05-15-2009, 08:39 PM
It's been so long since I've had the pleasure of seeing all the creative genius that's here. Everyone is doing such fabulous paintings.

Kathie, I posted in it's thread, wow was the jist of it..haha

Sue I really like this one, very calm, quite beautiful and love the clouds..teehee.

Howard another amazing beginning. I too love the way it goes from dark to light,
dreamy actually.

Rich, wonderful colors!

Flopka, that's charming, I love the way your background going..wheels can be fixed but she look perfect!

Steve your figures are amazing, you can feel the movement of the crowd.

Ruthie that's fabulous, buildings just perfect and your sky, can't wait to follow to the finish. Bridge looking really good too.

Steve (songsparrow) Lovely feel to this, simple and stately, love it.

Dances this is looking very good, did you post your reference and I missed it.
Will be watching how this progresses, great start!

Oh Kathrin now why did I "know" this would be stunning..lol You have a way with the brush as you do with the pencil. His eye is so well done, every inch of it, it's wonderful!!! Not practice my little one, it's mastery in the works.

Mary he's great! How's the table working out for you? And who said you can't sketch, pish tosh, that's gorgeous!!!

Wow Billy this is beautiful, love your palette.

Dee I'm a bit late here, but I did comment on it's own thread, beautiful!

Andy this is so wonderfully painted, you're amazing truly.

I actually have something to post this time. See ya shortly.

Kathrin G.
05-15-2009, 08:57 PM
Mary, cute Santa and great drawing :thumbsup:
Billy, love it. Great trees and colour.
Dee, the under painting was already gorgeous :clap:
Kathie, thank you :D
Ruthie, doesn't look like your struggling to me :wink2:
Steve, coming together nicely already :)
Andy, looking good :thumbsup:
Elaine, thank you, you are making me blush :o

Got more done then what is to see here, but I took a photo at daytime earlier today instead of the scanner image. In this photo I had mainly worked out were the lower strap of the head collar had to go and fiddled a bit with the front of his muzzle. Need to work on the patch between the nose-band and muzzle next tho, looks pretty odd right now. And the mane and the 1000 other parts of him :lol:
once again, colour are off :rolleyes: sorry :o


05-15-2009, 09:11 PM
I've had this on my easel for a few months, took it out today for a little break from trees...LOL which is kind of funny. But one day I got this name in my head. And from that moment on couldn't stop thinking about it, so I figured I'd try to paint what was in my head. Looked at a lot of trees and shrubs, couldn't find any that were public domain but got some ideas. The Pomegranate is kind of a composite of several viewed..haha Anyway at the moment it looks a bit messy, but I'm hoping I can pull it off. Long way to go and I'm kind of filling it in as I go which means have no real plan..lol Called Eden's Breath and on 11x14 Ambersand Pastelbord.
C&C's always welcomed.



Kathrin G.
05-15-2009, 09:16 PM
It is gorgeous Elaine :clap: :clap: :clap: .......goes and picks up her jaw from the ground
Is there anything you cant do ? Oh cant wait to see this finished, so much promise in it and fab title too :thumbsup:

05-15-2009, 10:29 PM
Andy, Plane looks Wonderful!!
Kathrin, his coloring is realy fabulous, I think you have it now. anxious to see the update on the straps and mane.
Elaine, wow this is gorgeous, you always do such wonderful folage and skies!!!

I know this realy doesnt fit here but I wanted to share my playing with oils first time and just starting on this bunny!! long way to go yet.. sorry its slightly blurry and glare on right from lamp.

05-16-2009, 04:38 AM
Thanks Elaine, no I didn't post a picture of the subject - he wasn't too comfortable with that. My normal practice for a portrait sitting is to do some sketches and take a zillion photos of details like clothing, facial features and hair patterns. In this particular subject I asked him to use a different beret as the one he normally wears has a grosgrain band which picked up little light and was quite flat overall - he exchanged it for a leather bound band which picked up a nice reflection of the the lights and broke it up a bit.

Everyone's work is just fabulous. Tulips and florals, horses, landscapes, cityscapes, mothers, Santa, aircraft, soldiers and of course Thumper are all exciting to see develop.

05-16-2009, 09:18 AM
Elaine! love that,, of course, I knew I would!
Kathie,, he is looking great! are you having fun with it?
Kathrin, that horse looks fabulous! you are doing a super job on him.
Andy, WOW! this is looking amazing!
That is all I can see on this page, so that is all I can comment on,, LOL,,
keep on painting guys!

05-16-2009, 12:26 PM
thanks Kathrin and Mary, yes I'm enjoying it, but its taking alot to get used to, much different then acrylics.:confused:

05-16-2009, 09:44 PM
Kathy that's looking really good, now if I were doing it I'd have mud, oils and I did not mix..:lol: you're really doing well with oils, I am so impressed with you! :heart: