View Full Version : What's on your easel 5/24/09 through 5/30/09

05-24-2009, 07:21 AM
New work almost finished. Still under consideration at the moment.

05-24-2009, 02:02 PM
This is one of the paintings on my easels( I have the attention span of a 5 year old so I have a few going on at the same time) and I'm going to darken the background a little. I should be done soon.

Shirl Parker
05-24-2009, 02:08 PM
I love the eyes. You could paint some great Lady Bugs I'll bet.

05-24-2009, 04:44 PM

Not mounted in the frame yet but I think it is done.

05-24-2009, 05:07 PM
I love the contrast of the orange and blue - the orange almost seems to hover.

The frog is amazing as well. That tree bark is incredibly well done. Great work.

Alas, I have nothing on my easel yet. Still trying to sort out what I want to do next.

05-24-2009, 09:30 PM
Frogs seem to be a bit of a theme right now... love the stance. I, on the other hand have to just settle for listening to them (as I have for the past month) chirping, peeping, ribbiting all night long...

Howard, definately one piece that would be my happy colour.

05-25-2009, 01:34 AM
Well...no painting here...since we have been riding and driving since Thursday afternoon....but did do a couple of sketches. Not too easy to do in the truck...but I tried.

Hope it is ok to post these here...they just might become paintings if I ever get the time.




They are not that great....but between bounces and such...I tried....:D

Howard, I like this one!!

Love the frog!!

Such a talented group!!

05-25-2009, 08:33 AM
Susan, those are great! hope you do get to paint some of them!
Howard, love how this has turned out! really like that blue, it really pops!
that is the cutest tree frog! nice job! those colors are great!!
still nothing from me right now. still h ave fisherman Santa on my easel, hoep to get him done really soon!

05-25-2009, 02:41 PM
Thanks, Mary!! The tiger's nose is sooooo off....but at least sketching makes me feel a little better when I am separated from my paints!!

05-25-2009, 05:25 PM
Sorry, I posted here a while back but didn't realize it was primarily for artists who worked throughout the week at their trade. I'm a hobbyist. As a result, I only have a few hours a week to paint. Therefore my paintings are never finished in a week. So I'm really not sure if I should post my less-than-professional efforts here. But, unless advised otherwise, I've decided to post my effort anywy.
Here is a work that I began last week. It is acrylic, 16 x 20, canvas panel. And it is part of my on-going surrealistic realism efforts. The pic is just blocked in. Just over an hour. Testing composition against color balance, so to speak.
Although there is a nude in the pic, she is just blocked in and so I have not provided the thread with the buttock symbol. These pics usually take me 10-20 h to complete, including lots of do-overs.
In each of my pics, I try to include part of a masterpiece, landscape, nude(s), an animal (not shown yet), a boat, water, and something on fire (also not shown yet). Why? Beats me. Jim

05-25-2009, 07:17 PM
Good Heavens Jim,, I , for one, only get a, now and then, chance to get to my easel,, I personally welcome anything, on anyone's, easel!
and, by the way, yours is looking great!!!
as long as it is in acrylics, I say post away,, how about it gang?
Hope everyone has had a very wonderful and productive day, ( I know, It is supposed to be a day off, but that is the only time I get anything done around here!)

05-26-2009, 08:01 AM
Susan, keep up on the sketching, it helps hone the skills and keeps the eye active. Good going.

Jim, this is a place to share what you are doing and what stages you are going through. I find this to be helpful and quite exciting. Keep those coming. Ask questions if need be. I think you will find most folks here are more than willing to give you their 2 cents worth.

baltar, the frog is coming along very nicely. Great eyes.

05-26-2009, 12:03 PM
Thanks, Howard!!

Jim....come on in the water is fine!! :)

05-26-2009, 12:44 PM
Here's what's on my easle this week.

I'm on session 3 and think I may have 3 more to go.
First time painting a floral with acrylics and finding them to be very transparent, so have to do much glazing.

I've used black gesso on my canvas and leaving that as the background. Don't know if that acceptable, but I'm sure someone here can tell me if so.

Size is 11 x 14


05-26-2009, 01:11 PM
Maria, looks nice so far, almost has a pastel look to it!

05-26-2009, 07:42 PM
This seems to be a never ending painting. It has gone through many different colors, themes, and pattern but always pertaining to water. WIP 48 x 48 on canvas. C&C welcome.

05-26-2009, 07:53 PM
Love the colors in this Ray, almost reminds me of an underwater ocean scene! Frame goes well with it!
Baltar, Great froggie, Love those eyes!!
Susan, great sketches!!
Maria, love the dramatic look of the black background with the bright colors. You might want to lay down a layer of white under the flowers then the color on top if your painting over the black background!
Mary is right they do have a pastell look to them! very painterly.
Eric, great looking wave, looks like its just hit a big rock!! Love the array of colors there!!

05-26-2009, 08:01 PM

I think this is my favorite work of yours.

Purdy dang nice. :thumbsup:

05-26-2009, 08:34 PM
Nice florals, Maria!

Eric...I love this one...alot!!!!

Thanks, Kathie!

Thanks, Ray (tho' it is just a pencil sketch)! Maybe I should try to paint it?

05-26-2009, 09:28 PM
Thanks Susan and Kathie. Too late now to use white underpaint, but I will keep that in mind for the next one.

Howard I forgot to comment on your painting. I like it very much. I can see that you repeated those circles again. They seem to be a theme in many of your works. Nice card you did also.

Love the wave Eric. Perhaps show what the wave is crashing against.

Here's an update on mine for today.

Time to start adding some white to paint for highlights.

05-26-2009, 09:44 PM
Maria! That is really going to POP off the canvas with that black background! looks great!

Howard, I am also sorry, I am loving your new piece of art! and the frame is nice !
Eric, VERY powerful !

05-26-2009, 10:43 PM
Thanks, Ray (tho' it is just a pencil sketch)! Maybe I should try to paint it?

Sounds good to me and then you can send me the sketch, hehe.

05-27-2009, 04:48 PM
Hey all! New here and thought I would post what I am currently working on. Other than some practice stuff this is only my 3rd painting so please keep that in mind. Definitely still learning!!! Anyway, this is a WIP painted on a 12x18 piece of hardboard. At this point, only the upper sky portion has been painted. Please feel free to offer any suggestions. Also...I think the photo is a bit on the dark side...not the best lighting in the world where the pic was taken.


05-28-2009, 07:30 AM
Good start Jim!

I am taking my easel project to work with me today, can't seem to get to it at home. so will work on it in between clients.

05-28-2009, 12:46 PM
Jim, Welcome to Acrylics! :wave:

You're off to a good start, keep us posted on your progress!

05-28-2009, 01:00 PM
Here's the start of my latest portrait...

Sketched, sealed in the graphite with diluted gray, sponged in the background color, and sealed with a coat of gloss medium....


Next will come the grayscale underpainting.

05-28-2009, 01:51 PM
Looking good Dee!!

05-28-2009, 05:34 PM
I am going to be working from this ref. photo:

05-28-2009, 08:00 PM
Mary and Dee...thanks a bunch!!! I will post updates as I get more done. Unfortunately don't get to paint every day :(

05-28-2009, 10:36 PM
Took this fellow to work today to work on, and got him finished!! I had a really long day today,, was there from 8AM till almost 7 this evening. and not a whole lot of hair to do, Mostly tanners, so I had tons of time to work on him,, I delivered him this evening and she is thrilled with him! ( I am VERY happy with how he turned out)

05-28-2009, 11:28 PM
Mary...very impressive!!!

05-28-2009, 11:47 PM
Thanks Jim!

05-29-2009, 12:19 AM
Well, I had every intention of painting something totally different than the portrait that is driving me crazy...and the trees...so I thought about what Ray said...and even tho' there is a tree in it, and more to come...:eek:

Anyway, there is a long way to go...but here is the start....I used modling paste for the tree, the bridge and the rocks. ( It is purple...and harder to paint over than I thought!! )


But at least there is something on my easel!!

05-29-2009, 09:02 AM
Susan, great start!

05-29-2009, 09:56 AM
Mary, your Santa came out GREAT! Anyone who enjoys fishing would love displaying him for the the holidays.

Susan, you do texture so wonderfully! I've only tried it on rocks and it just came out "okay". Those curved bridges are my favorites they just seem to make a spot look serene. Can't wait to see the finish.

Here's an update on my portrait....


I've got a little more work on him...the top of his head isn't shaped quite right, and I've got his cheek (on the side facing her) a little too full, or at least not shaped like it should be (I haven't exactly decided). I'm going to leave him alone though until I get her done.

Teeth are nearly as scary as I had feared...these are coming along pretty good I think (not done, but getting there).

And I've only barely begun on their clothing.

Here's a grayscale of the photo for comparision....


Any other issues with his face/head that y'all see?

05-29-2009, 10:05 AM
here is what is on my easel......

30 x 40 inch


05-29-2009, 10:22 AM
bigcatpawprints, welcome to WC & Acrylics! :wave:

That looks awesome...but a more straight-on photo would make it a lot easier to see. If glare is a problem try taking your canvas outside to a well-lit spot...but out of direct sunlight. You want enough indirect light to prevent the need for a flash.

I put "grow lights" (full-spectrum) in my kitchen's fluorescent fixture...and sometimes take pics of my paintings in there. The full-spectrum keeps my colors pretty true, and by propping my canvas almost perpendicular I can get a decent photo with very little glare....and still take a straight-on shot.

05-29-2009, 11:40 AM
Jim...welcome to acrylics....sorry for being slow to welcome you...it gets very hectic at my house! Nice sky!!

Mary....he turned out great!!

Kati...Nice ref...cannot wait to see what you do with it!!

Thanks, Mary!!

Dee, thank you...I am really enjoying it...tho' it is messy...:lol: Wonderful update!!

Welcome bigcat...that tiger seems appropriate...:) What I can see looks good!! I'm not much of a photographer...I tend to scan everything I do, and then stitch it together. Whatever works for you, I say!

05-29-2009, 04:10 PM
Well...here's an update. I added color to the bottom that will eventually become 2 areas of water and put in some distant background trees. Also, put in a path and some tree trunks. I should have underpainted the grassy (or snowy can't decide) areas that will be under and behind the trees first but I will go back and touch everything up and hopefully it will be ok. I am still learning after all!!! :)


05-29-2009, 07:33 PM
Looking good Jim!!!
looking forward to watching this!
Dee, as usual, your portrait is looking good, I have no words to help you, it looks great!
I worked on some trees today,, woohoo, back to the trees,,,

Theo Art
05-29-2009, 08:41 PM
Under construction 20x30 inch acrylic.
I am out of my element with this one. I usually paint in abstract. The approach is scrubbed in layers other than the tree line. Which I know shows no brush stroke technique. The painting is a donation for habitat for humanity auction next month held at a local golf course.
Thanks for viewing I'll keep scrubbing away.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2009/179289-golf_fc_unfinished.jpg


05-29-2009, 09:29 PM
Theo, this is looking wonderful! love your treeline!

05-29-2009, 11:16 PM
Wow...these are all great!!!

05-30-2009, 03:54 PM
I had two kind of cartoonish owls, in my owl collection...they are kind of hard to find...so I buy whatever I can find...:lol:

I got tired of their weird colors...so I painted them! It was a good way to use up my old student acrylics! They are not that great...but better than green and pink and blue...:D



05-30-2009, 09:15 PM
nice job on those owls Susan!

05-30-2009, 11:48 PM
Thanks, Mary...I know they are not perfect....but they sure blend in alot better than the other colors!