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TheBaron
09-30-2009, 07:02 PM
Hi all,this the start of a new monthly "Oils" sub-forum MIO(Masters In Oil),based around not so well known "Old Masters".

A little bit of info first on what its all about...
Basically its to do with head&shoulders and figure,one month it will be head&shoulders the next it will be a figure or two in a setting ie a sort of landscape with a figure or two in the landscape,room,city,village,beach ect.

This by no means is supposed to reflect on a portrait scenario which is why WC has a sole forum for portraits,it is generally to reflect on "Old Masters" that you probably would not know or heard of and its to give some "Oils" artist a kick start to relieve them of that blank canvas syndrome :-) each and everyone of us are welcome to take part,novice or experienced oil painters.

What size and ground you paint on is to your own requirements and would be appreciated with some WIP steps and info on what paint brands and mediums you used to achieve the paintings outcome.

You're not committed to do the whole painting when it comes to the figure/s subject ie you can isolate a part of it so long as one figures is present and either paint it tit for tat or in the style you're accustomed to.

Don't be shy to show your work because you will not get anywhere keeping your work hidden :-)

All are welcome to pass comment and helping out those who submit their work if you would care to do so as it would be appreciated.

Have fun/enjoy and above all its a learning curve and I do hope to please with the subjects I submit each month :-) and one final comment...get that drawing down on the canvas as good as you can muster as its the backbone for the grand finale. :-)


I had a good think and decided to add a William Bouguereau composition and one not so well known artist each month for a few months,since there's quite a number of Bouguereau paintings it will give us a choice.

Here are this Months 3 studies...with an extra Bougy thrown in just in case you don't like "The Prayer" one.?

Bouguereau's...

Irčne
http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/image.asp?id=4857&hires=1

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2009/107353-7912.jpg


The Prayer
http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/image.asp?id=4854&hires=1
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2009/107353-8026.jpg


And....

David Simonson (1831-1896)
Portrait of a Man
http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/image.asp?id=11237
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2009/107353-Simonson_David_Portrait_Of_A_Man.jpg

TheBaron
09-30-2009, 09:04 PM
I cheated here a bit...I started this five days ago trying to get back into the painting swing :o and I'll get me brushes out agin at the weekend.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2009/107353-Picture_281.jpg

stapeliad
09-30-2009, 11:08 PM
George- lovely. I'm doing the first one. NOT doing a grisaille this month.

TheBaron
09-30-2009, 11:16 PM
George- lovely. I'm doing the first one. NOT doing a grisaille this month.

:lol: hard work doing a grisaille innit.

Thanks for calling me lovely :D

lovin art
10-01-2009, 01:09 AM
Hi George, thanks for hosting you do a great job, and its good to see you painting again, your prayer girl is looking good, I'm with Stapes i would like to have a go at the first one she's gorgous, but will be doing a small study this time round.

Sandra.

kadon
10-01-2009, 02:44 AM
Great choices as usual George.....(lovely George::))......I like the first one also as there is good resolution in the link you provided.

Kathy

trevors
10-01-2009, 04:27 AM
Thanks for putting these up George I intend to do "Irene" and the "man"! and for the first I am going to re use a canvas so I intend to put a ground colour on the canvas any suggestions what colour I should use? Dark Light ?

TheBaron
10-01-2009, 10:14 AM
ground colour on the canvas any suggestions what colour I should use? Dark Light ?

Is that a ground for the canvas overall Trevor? if so I prefer a slightly dark grey as this way I can still see the drawings outline.

TheBaron
10-01-2009, 10:19 AM
You have all suprised me, didn't intend to include "Irene" this month with the other two but for some unknown reason? I opted to putting it in and you have all opted for that one...weird.

Get that drawing first:)

trevors
10-01-2009, 01:11 PM
Is that a ground for the canvas overall Trevor? if so I prefer a slightly dark grey as this way I can still see the drawings outline.

That's what I meant George thank you :wave: we will have to have a discussion later on about the colouring of Irene as the print and the image on screen is somewhat magenta in colour more so than what I would have painted !

TheBaron
10-01-2009, 01:20 PM
Well even on here(Sids Link)its the same and if you're not happy with the colour you should alter it in whatever paint program you use to suit your needs?
http://www.museumsyndicate.com/artist.php?artist=19&start=50

I've altered it here...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2009/107353-7912a.jpg

trevors
10-01-2009, 02:03 PM
Well we can do anything in photoshop but what would be the correct colour is the question, your altered version still has that magenta tinge and I am thinking maybe the original was better?
I will do some more messing about before we have to commit to the final colour!
I wonder where this picture is? I will do a search!

TheBaron
10-01-2009, 03:32 PM
How about this one Trevor?

http://www.opaintings.com/artists/bouguereau/reproduction/3419/irene.html

trevors
10-01-2009, 03:58 PM
Thanks George I think that is nearer the truth although its a little small its a better colour!:thumbsup:

lovin art
10-01-2009, 05:18 PM
How about this one Trevor?

http://www.opaintings.com/artists/bouguereau/reproduction/3419/irene.html

Yes i agree guys, thats a much better colour pic to go by, thanks for that George:) .

Sandra.

TheBaron
10-01-2009, 05:25 PM
Yes i agree guys, thats a much better colour pic to go by, thanks for that George:) .

Sandra.

You're welcome,there just no pleasing Trevor,Sandra. :rolleyes::)

bettythecat
10-01-2009, 06:23 PM
I started tonight with a couple of hours of blocking in , need to get a likeness next :D

Good choice George:thumbsup:

Sorry about the picture as its only done on my cameraphone:mad:

lovin art
10-01-2009, 06:24 PM
Well here's my drawing on canvas 24cm x 33cm so far, any comments most welcome, thanks:)

Sandra.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2009/186639-DSCN3331.JPG

lovin art
10-01-2009, 06:29 PM
Sorry Leigh, must of posted just after you, this is looking great, what size is she?....

Sandra.

trevors
10-01-2009, 06:47 PM
Yes thats me difficult to please:eek: At least that is what her indoors says!
I do appreciate your efforts George:D
Looking good Sandra and Leigh you are all away to a good start looks like being a lively month:thumbsup:

TheBaron
10-01-2009, 06:53 PM
Can we have some of your colours on your pallete and some info as you progess in posting your WIP stages Leigh, for the Bougy fraternity out there.

:thumbsup:

TheBaron
10-01-2009, 09:15 PM
Well here's my drawing on canvas 24cm x 33cm so far, any comments most welcome, thanks:)

Sandra.

[Defence mode on]
No comment...:p

Simple drawing Sandra, as the face on the chosen source is not overly complicated so detail can be applied with the paint. :thumbsup:

Might do it myself now? along with the "Prayer" I started.

stapeliad
10-01-2009, 09:52 PM
I'm so looking forward to starting this month's project but feel GUILTY as I only got three glaze layers done on Lady M so far. And she is staring at me. Literally.

Also I am so tired I feel like my eyeballs are going to fall out. I wish I had more energy tonight.

lovin art
10-02-2009, 03:40 AM
Same here Stapes, my eyes are shocking also, i'v had a bad past month:eek: , so i'm hoping this month will be better, i guess thats why i'm pushing myself abit more this month, just go'nna pull out the paint brushes and everything else around me can go to candy land.:D

Sandra

bettythecat
10-02-2009, 07:28 AM
George , Sandra , all seems on track with these , good stuff , Trevor it does seem to be the one to do.

George , you want some info on pallette used , well straight off i use titanium white for the whole face , i had a bit of a lesson with the last one and it turned into a bit of a battle covering different shades, so this time i am doing white first (not thinned just enough to drag about) then a tiny variation of deep yellow and rose madder and white , then a whole coat of white again , same again with the yellow /red and white again its a slow process but done wet on wet gives a clean and varied look without looking placed. i hope that makes sense
I always do the neck and shoulders first as i always leave to last and get it really wrong which annoys me after spending a lifetime on the face , bourgy had strong brushmarks for neck and shoulders which is a saving grace easy to pick your colours and match (well thats the plan)
Well i had another go today , neck started , eye and nose started, mouth not started, few hair highlight to form the face better , i also think the darker version is nice as it will set her delicate features off . :D

kadon
10-02-2009, 07:50 AM
Great explanation Leigh.....thanks. Kathy

trevors
10-02-2009, 08:09 AM
Yes thanks for the info Leigh it will be a big help to me, you're off to a flying start here :thumbsup:

bettythecat
10-02-2009, 09:10 AM
No probs , i will shut up now , but this one is another coat as explained above so you can see the difference starting to smooth up but at the same time adding darker tones:D

TheBaron
10-02-2009, 11:02 AM
Thanks Leigh,have to keep the mob happy otherwise they'll be up in arms. :D

As a test everyone on your pallete mix a white a purple and a touch of red and see if that gives you that pale skin look? I'll do the mix later if I can remember the colours I used when experimenting with Bourgy's skintone and will let you know later.

Didn't put enough turps in the ground mix last night as my canvas is not dry to start the drawing...oh hum.:(

TheBaron
10-02-2009, 11:29 AM
My mistake,it was Crimson Lake with more Flake white added to this till it became light pinkish and then I added hints of Yellow Ochre(not too much) till it looked the right colour.


If you look at the link here you'll see that the skintone in places look bluish in appearence particulary in her cheek and shoulder blades,I think to achieve that you will have to scrumble very small hints of Ultra Marine in those areas?

http://www.opaintings.com/artists/bouguereau/reproduction/3419/irene.html

bettythecat
10-02-2009, 11:48 AM
Spot on with that blue george , that is what i apply second from last coat as its a strong colour and needs to be judged pretty near , it could also be fan brushed in with the yellow/green ochre to balance out:D

trevors
10-02-2009, 12:29 PM
Well I got the canvas primed and drawn out on wet primer:eek: Impatient as ever but won't get too these now till Monday so here is proof such as it is you can just about see the outline in the man!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2009/105971-mio1.jpg

At least the forced time out tomorrow will give me time to digest Leigh's advice thanks again!

TheBaron
10-02-2009, 01:06 PM
Well you have chosen the right ground colour for the blokey,Trevor...and its just as well you're taking time out...gives the ground time to dry off. :thumbsup:

bettythecat
10-02-2009, 01:47 PM
Trevor , two , your keen , well done for taking on two , one's enough to swear about:lol:

I'm at the national gallery in london tomorrow but just looked on the website and no bourgy there:mad: would love to have a look at one in the flesh ( no pun intended)

trevors
10-02-2009, 03:20 PM
Well Leigh I am retired so I do what I like when I like as long as the wife says its alright.:D

Non at the National that does surprise me I wonder where they all are in the UK?

Georg J.P. Wowk
10-03-2009, 01:13 PM
Good Morning..!!

Though that I would give this a try.
This is a 24 x 36"
Started this this morning and now I shall give it a rest as I do not like to paint wet on wet.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/152088-Jaro-Oct_3_2009-1.jpg

stapeliad
10-03-2009, 01:15 PM
A great start! you paint very quickly. :)

TheBaron
10-03-2009, 01:22 PM
How do Jaro,welcome to the MIO.
Fine start and as Stapes said...you work fast.

Whats your normal procedure?

Georg J.P. Wowk
10-03-2009, 04:15 PM
Good Afternoon..!!

Thank you Stapelian and George.

I do use a grid on the 24 x 36 and blocked it in with yellow ochre then Burnt sienna and Vandyke brown, I did use some black as well.

TheBaron
10-04-2009, 01:13 AM
She's looking a bit rough at the moment and mismatched:D

I've obliterated the drawing as I want to learn to paint without a complex drawing,obviously I need an outline to start somewhere so that was what I had to begin with but I'm now gonna work from sight source to canvas.

Its 10"x8" oil on canvas/Alla Prima.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/107353-Picture_293.jpg

kadon
10-04-2009, 01:57 AM
WIP Can't do anything about the blotches....they are not on the painting itself.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/118422-WIP.jpg

Kathy

lovin art
10-04-2009, 04:32 AM
Wow, Kath, i love this, its looking great already, George, I love to watch your paintings and i love how you do your skin tones they always look so nice.:).
Well heres my start with just blocking in the colours, i know these colours arent the best and she needs a less yellow skin tone but just wanted to see were im going with this for a base, lots more work i know but your most welcome to comment.:D

Sandra.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2009/186639-DSCN3335.JPG
my pallete so far.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2009/186639-DSCN3337.JPG

stapeliad
10-04-2009, 09:17 AM
Sandra you are off to a great start!
Kathy I like how your skin tones are coming along.
George she is already very expressive!

I toned my canvas yesterday and need to print the image tomorrow...then I'll get started!

bettythecat
10-04-2009, 11:13 AM
Georg J.P. Wowk , very good start:thumbsup:
George , its looks good , mine is rough yours is balanced , good start to the skin tone:D
Kathy , i like this , its gonna be good after that start:thumbsup:
Sandra , progressing nicely:thumbsup:

Heres my update for today , might move away from the face for a while and start the hair , ref does not give to much detail so i might have to make some up:eek:

bettythecat
10-04-2009, 01:52 PM
Last update today , fan brushed some slightly blue toned white over the face again ready for tomorow's highlight , altered the hairline a bit :D

Georg J.P. Wowk
10-04-2009, 03:16 PM
Good Afternoon..!!

Leigh: I love the tone of this painting Wow..!!

I did not think that I would paint on this project as it is still wet, but I could not resist.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2009/152088-Jaro-Oct_4_2009-1.jpg

lovin art
10-04-2009, 04:46 PM
Leigh, this has turned out beautifully, i can't wait to see your completed painting, makes me want to scrap mine and start again.:D.

Georg J.P. Wowk, lovely work, his face is comming alive now....

Sandra.

TheBaron
10-05-2009, 01:56 AM
Thanks for the compliments folks. :thumbsup:

Am I the only one that wants to paint "The Prayer"? :( must be too hard for you folk:D

I'm concentrating on the hair at the mo as this more complicated than the rest of the child,I'm using Van Dyke brown with Naples yellow...these two colours are just right for her hair colour as they blend well together for the highlights.
Waiting for it to become tacky to apply Naples Yellow as the stronger highlight wisp.

Kath,looking good at the final hurdle pay very close to detail and do so on every painting you do with portraits as its the detail that brings it to life.

Sandra,at the mo this is reminiscent of the a roman godesses ie this was their appearence. :D

Leigh,she's glowing and is certainly looking like her.

Jaro, he's looking good and I'm still suprised how you think you cannot paint him while he's still wet? is your normal way of painting in layers/glazing?

bettythecat
10-05-2009, 03:20 AM
George i think your doing a good job but i find this painting to be a bit sickley sweet ,no offence but i would rather paint a beautiful lady anyday;)

TheBaron
10-05-2009, 04:12 AM
I was only jesting Leigh,I just started it just before this months MIO and gave up shortly before the MIO as I just lost interest last month full stop.

I'll look for a nice lady you can paint in another month. :wink2:

Take a look at this....
http://www.museumsyndicate.com/item.php?item=7888
I think this is a terrible piece by Bourgy in respect to it looks like a childs body but the face is giving me the impression of a young woman.

bettythecat
10-05-2009, 04:52 AM
no i agree she is not the best overall head size and eyes look to big

lovin art
10-05-2009, 04:58 AM
Take a look at this....
http://www.museumsyndicate.com/item.php?item=7888
I think this is a terrible piece by Bourgy in respect to it looks like a childs body but the face is giving me the impression of a young woman.

pardon my french, .,/./@###%%, thats if i really was french:D, i totaly agree with you George, this is dam ugly, guess it goes to show that everyone has their bad days where painting is concerned:lol:

Sandra.

bettythecat
10-05-2009, 05:27 AM
Have you done any more to irene sandra ?, and thankyou for you comment on my other bourgy it does not look a great deal like the ref but it just get by:D

trevors
10-05-2009, 07:29 AM
Wow you guys don't mess about and all looking good! Here is my first coat of paint on Irene, I did some photoshop colour samples and was amazed how dark they were, I have put the samples here that I am using ,I put the print under my glass pallet and matched the colours through the glass and she still looks pasty!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2009/105971-irenefacecolours.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2009/105971-irene2.jpg

trevors
10-05-2009, 07:30 AM
Lovely job especially the colouring :thumbsup:

Good Afternoon..!!

Leigh: I love the tone of this painting Wow..!!

I did not think that I would paint on this project as it is still wet, but I could not resist.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2009/152088-Jaro-Oct_4_2009-1.jpg

trevors
10-05-2009, 07:32 AM
You are very close with the skin tones looking good :thumbsup:
Last update today , fan brushed some slightly blue toned white over the face again ready for tomorow's highlight , altered the hairline a bit :D

trevors
10-05-2009, 07:34 AM
She's looking a bit rough at the moment and mismatched:D

I've obliterated the drawing as I want to learn to paint without a complex drawing,obviously I need an outline to start somewhere so that was what I had to begin with but I'm now gonna work from sight source to canvas.

Its 10"x8" oil on canvas/Alla Prima.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/107353-Picture_293.jpg

She is coming together nicely George:wave:

trevors
10-05-2009, 07:35 AM
WIP Can't do anything about the blotches....they are not on the painting itself.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/118422-WIP.jpg

Kathy

I like your brushwork Kathy you are working well :)

trevors
10-05-2009, 07:37 AM
Wow, Kath, i love this, its looking great already, George, I love to watch your paintings and i love how you do your skin tones they always look so nice.:).
Well heres my start with just blocking in the colours, i know these colours arent the best and she needs a less yellow skin tone but just wanted to see were im going with this for a base, lots more work i know but your most welcome to comment.:D

Sandra.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2009/186639-DSCN3335.JPG
my pallete so far.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2009/186639-DSCN3337.JPG

Keep at it Sandra I don't think you have to worry too much about the first coat its just to cover the canvas and you can correct from there :thumbsup:

TheBaron
10-05-2009, 08:18 AM
Trebor,Bourgy's Gabriella has the same skintones that you can try and copy for Irene.

http://www.museumsyndicate.com/images/1/7950.jpg

trevors
10-05-2009, 08:30 AM
Thanks for that George she must be the sister!

stapeliad
10-05-2009, 10:33 AM
Wow you guys don't mess about and all looking good! Here is my first coat of paint on Irene, I did some photoshop colour samples and was amazed how dark they were, I have put the samples here that I am using ,I put the print under my glass pallet and matched the colours through the glass and she still looks pasty!

Trev perhaps add a warm color to balance your palette- something with a bit of orange---some sienna perhaps? Might warm her skin up a bit, get her circulation going. :thumbsup: I think she is looking good!


pardon my french, .,/./@###%%, thats if i really was french, i totaly agree with you George, this is dam ugly, guess it goes to show that everyone has their bad days where painting is concerned

Sandra- LOL :lol:
JPW- looking fabulous!
Kathy- great brushwork!
Leigh- I like the addition of the blue tones. Nice mood. Check out the shape of the eye though- it looks more squinted and narrow than the original.

I am starting tonight! :D

stapeliad
10-05-2009, 11:20 PM
I started Irene tonight.
This painting is flowing well and I am pleased. It's also going quickly, which is a plus. Tonight's effort was just over 2 hours. I hope this trend continues until the end.

I'd love any feedback.

16 x 20
Oil on canvas

Burnt Umber
Pthalo Blue
Cadmium red deep
Yellow ochre
Mars black
Titanium white


The underdrawing:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2009/53789-irene_drawing.jpg

First layer:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2009/53789-Irene_layer1.jpg

TheBaron
10-06-2009, 12:43 AM
Sorry for the glare on the background added another layer of Van Dyke Brown with another to come,but you can see the hair nearly finished. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2009/107353-Picture_304.jpg

lovin art
10-06-2009, 02:08 AM
Wow Stapes, i really like what you've got going on here, your underdrawing is very good:thumbsup: , i wish i had the guts to have a go at that, meaning find the shape with just my brush and i do for other stuff, but with people i think i would just end up making a mess of it all:lol: . George your hair is looking great:p ops, i mean prayer girls hair, but when are we gonna get to see her peeper's:)

Sandra.

TheBaron
10-06-2009, 02:24 AM
George your hair is looking great:p ops, i mean prayer girls hair, but when are we gonna get to see her peeper's:)

Sandra.

I made the mistake of doing the eyes first when I got back into painting portraits and so I started laying in the fleshtones to see how thing would progress any better...it did and I found I can manipulate the paint better around the sockets until I was satisfied the shadows and highlights were true to form,I could then concentrate on the inner parts of the eyes not worrying about the skintone mass drying out should I have to leave the painting alone for a while.

So in short when the real skintones get laid in,prolly about another day or so? as I need to finish the hair and at the same time another layer of background colour to emphasize the lost and found areas of her hair.

Heavens Madam,we're only 6 days into the month :p:)

lovin art
10-06-2009, 02:37 AM
Heavens Madam,we're only 6 days into the month

:D arhhhh yes George, ok i'll leave you alone then and wont pester you, but its just that you are so good at painting, and dont forget after all i am learning from you, my fine english Gent,:D ...ok i'll shut-up now and go do some painting;)

Sandra.

TheBaron
10-06-2009, 02:56 AM
You're not pestering me Sandra:) and fire away if you have anything to ask as thats what it says in the opening post of the MIO. :thumbsup:

I'm gonna have to master this camera as these photos I'm posting are not true as the actual painting looks quite good even though I say so myself.

kadon
10-06-2009, 03:54 AM
Know how you feel about the photos George....I often do'nt want to post my efforts 'cos of the way the photo turns out.

Kathy

TheBaron
10-06-2009, 04:07 AM
Thing is Kath,I know it can take excellant photies outside but I'm too lazy to experiment with it inside,its price is low compared to those you can buy that just use a point and shoot system.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001SN6XQS/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_3/275-9971193-6964338?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_r=0SF0R65FSZMN58HT5E9N&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=471057153&pf_rd_i=B000PH5IWI

kadon
10-06-2009, 04:11 AM
Is that your camera George? The one you give a link to? I have a much cheaper digital. I would get a better camera if I knew which one to get. (As long as it is not complicated to use.) Kathy

TheBaron
10-06-2009, 04:26 AM
Yes,thats mine Kath.

Its 10 Megapixels anything lower than 4 is decent but not as good as one with higher specs,its also Optical zoom as opposed to digital zoom,digital zoom is terrible on on digi cameras.
The camera can be manually adjusted or set for the less knowledgable,on automatic ie switch to fully auto and point and click.

bettythecat
10-06-2009, 06:58 AM
Everyone seems to be jogging along very well :thumbsup:

If i have to redraw this woman one more time i cant be responsible for my actions , god how annoying .

Anyway rant over this is where i am , time to let it dry before i attack it again.

TheBaron
10-06-2009, 07:12 AM
Yes Leigh you definatly need to attack it again, otherwise she'll look as if she would need a blood transfusion.:D


Go easy on the blue.:thumbsup:

stapeliad
10-06-2009, 07:37 AM
Leigh I don't think it's a drawing issue- most of her face Iis in shadow and you are missing the shadow. Look again at the values.

stapeliad
10-06-2009, 07:37 AM
George she is coming along nicely! :)

bettythecat
10-06-2009, 08:02 AM
I understand what you are saying but there are a lot of colours in them shadows to create first:D

dcorc
10-06-2009, 08:04 AM
Just following along, here - if I may offer a few suggestions on various points in the hope of being helpful?

On the issue of cameras and taking good photos of paintings - if you use a camera on "auto", most are set up to assume that the scene is a typical snapshot, and would average out to an 18% grey if totally blurred, as this is typical of most scenes. However, paintings often don't obey this, and the result is that the white balance and exposure can then be markedly "off" - so, one approach is to use the most appropriate white-balance preset for the lighting you are using - such as daylight, or tungsten-incandescent - and you should then find your colour rendition is more accurate. If you have a subject such as a portrait head in a dark background, spot-meter for the head if your camera will do that, or check out "exposure compensation" settings with the knowledge that a general metering of such an image would be likely to lead to an overexposed image (since a large proportion of the area is dark)

when are we gonna get to see her peeper's

I'm with George on this - there's a lot to be said for getting the general structures right, details come later - Sargent was said to have put the eyes into the prepared sockets "like a poached egg dropped on a plate" :)


Yes Leigh you definatly need to attack it again, otherwise she'll look as if she would need a blood transfusion.

Go easy on the blue.

:D If you are doing thin velaturas including white for fleshtones, err on the side of making them orange rather than blue - as light-scatter effects will tend to swing things towards blue. Making them orange and a step or two higher in chroma (not like tangerines, though! :) ) than your intended final colour, will be helpful, I think you'll find. (Like using a velatura at Munsell chroma 6, rather than 3 or 4, for example - where straight cadmium orange would be chroma 16, by comparison - and where the aim is to end up with an overall result at chroma 3 or 4).


Dave

kadon
10-06-2009, 06:08 PM
Dave...thanks for your comments on camera techniques...I'll try to work it out, but I do have difficulty in understanding the language...will see if I can find the 'daylight' thing...however it is described in the user manual.

Kathy

stapeliad
10-06-2009, 08:43 PM
Kathy,
Setting the white balance on a camera means you are telling the camera what color pure white is. Pure white is different depending on the lighting conditions, and it will affect how the colors come out in your photo.

Marigold
10-07-2009, 04:30 AM
Hello everyone,

wonderful work! What a privilege to watch you copy the masters, I have never seen anyone do that in real life and it is such an inspiration. Keep it up! Maybe I'll join in one of the coming months.

May I interseect a question as all of you seem to have experience painting in layers: What do you use for the first layer (blocking in shadows) if the standard burnt umber is too dark? I have this problem in a painting that am working on: burnt umber only works for blocking in the very darkest shadows and is too dark for some of the lighter shadow areas (even thinned). What is a good alternative if I do not want to lighten with white in the first layer?

Susanne

kadon
10-07-2009, 04:43 AM
Kathy,
Setting the white balance on a camera means you are telling the camera what color pure white is. Pure white is different depending on the lighting conditions, and it will affect how the colors come out in your photo.

Thanks Stapes. I had a look at the user manual and checked 'colour' which has been set at 'natural'. For the rest there is only black and white, sepia and standard. I'll give the 'standard' a go and see what happens.

Kathy

TheBaron
10-07-2009, 05:20 AM
How do Susanne,welcome to the MIO.

I don't work in layers so can post a pic of what you're working on so to get a general idea of what colour needs balancing out with the burnt umber.


Kath what camera do you have?

kadon
10-07-2009, 05:33 AM
Kath what camera do you have?

George, it is a Lumix Panasonic DMC-FX12

Kathy

trevors
10-07-2009, 01:08 PM
Not good photos they were taken outside and it was a little too bright but here is where I am at the moment! :wave:



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/105971-irene3.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/105971-man1.jpg

stapeliad
10-07-2009, 02:03 PM
Trevor you are very ambitious to do both! Looking good. :thumbsup:

trevors
10-07-2009, 02:39 PM
I am retired Stapliad so I have more time than working people Thanks :D

LGHumphrey
10-07-2009, 03:11 PM
Kathy, black and white, sepia, standard, has nothing to do with colour balance.

I bet your Lumix has the same controls as my Lumix FZ7 has. On the knob that has P, A, S, M, etc. I choose P. Turn on the camera and press "Set," (the little button in the middle that has buttons above, below, to the right, and to the left of it.) You'll see "W. BALANCE" at the top of the display. Press the button to the right of "Set" and now you can go up and down between "AUTO," Sunny, Cloudy, etc. But the best thing to do is to go right down to the bottom and you'll see a line that says "Set." That's to set the White Balance. So hit the "Set" button in the middle, then photograph a piece of white cardboard or something by hitting the "Set" button again (not the usual button you press for taking photographs.) Then hit the "Set" button again. Now the camera knows what white is supposed to look like. Don't turn off your camera......and take your picture. Sounds complicated but one soon learns it--it's thanks to Dave that I finally decided to learn how to do it.

Hope this helps.

kadon
10-07-2009, 09:55 PM
Leigh, thank you very much for taking the trouble. I couldn't find P,A,S,M..but the dial at the top right rotates to various things...I chose 'Normal' (It has 'Intelligent ISO, Macro, Scene, Motion Picture, Print Mode,Scene Mode, Simple Mode and Normal')

So in Normal Mode I got the menus up and did all that you said...ending by photographing a white sheet of paper and 'set' it. I took a picture indoors and it wasn't much different to the others.....but I will experiment inside and outside when I have something more to post.

In the meantime, if there's anything wrong in any of the above, please let me know Leigh. What you have said already explains something to me about colour balance and the 'white' thing.

teabug
10-08-2009, 01:16 AM
hi guys i am new to here.
just learnt about this monthly MIO practice - i think it is interesting. n you guys are working so fast!

i'll see if i can squeeze some time n work on these master pieces:)

TheBaron
10-08-2009, 01:38 AM
Leigh, thank you very much for taking the trouble.

That'll be Lawrence Kath. :D

Welcome to the MIO and WC Teabug,we do hope you'll take part as its good to see the many ranges of how artist accomplish their paintings. :)

TheBaron
10-08-2009, 01:54 AM
So in Normal Mode I got the menus up and did all that you said...ending by photographing a white sheet of paper and 'set' it. I took a picture indoors and it wasn't much different to the others.....but I will experiment inside and outside when I have something more to post.

In the meantime, if there's anything wrong in any of the above, please let me know Leigh. What you have said already explains something to me about colour balance and the 'white' thing.

Kath are you taking the photos with normal tungsten lighting inside? this poor lighting for indoors and thats why pro's use reflected halogen? lamps.

All my paintings are taken on the easel as it has an halogen light pointed downwards when I paint,I put the vamera on a tripod for stability and use my setting of "n"(normal light) on the dial and take a shot.
The results are not bad but they could be better.

Bright Daylight is the best source for getting good result but most of the time here its grey and overcast.

kadon
10-08-2009, 04:35 AM
Hi Teabag...welcome aboard. Kathy

kadon
10-08-2009, 04:38 AM
George - What is tungsten lighting?

TheBaron
10-08-2009, 04:53 AM
George - What is tungsten lighting?
The normal household bulb :)
http://blogs.physicstoday.org/newspicks/light_bulb.jpg

kadon
10-08-2009, 05:06 AM
Wel, I have the ordinary household bulb AND a fluorescent one. Kathy

TheBaron
10-08-2009, 05:58 AM
Wel, I have the ordinary household bulb AND a fluorescent one. Kathy

Then you're better taking your pics in the garden:D in sunny Oz.

Seriously outside light is far better than internal. :thumbsup:

lovin art
10-08-2009, 06:48 AM
Then you're better taking your pics in the garden:D in sunny Oz.

Seriously outside light is far better than internal. :thumbsup:

I see alot of people refer to this, but i just can't understand how being in the bright sun would be a better way, not that i'm doubting it, i just thought it would overexpose the painting, but i have never given it a go myself:confused:

Trevor, your painting are comming along nicely i like the likness of Irene:thumbsup:

Sandra.

TheBaron
10-08-2009, 07:30 AM
Here's one taken outside in the sun at the time I used this portrait in July's MIO.
As you can see its a lot brighter than those I took inside.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2009/107353-Picture_209.jpg

Georg J.P. Wowk
10-08-2009, 10:57 AM
Good Morning..!!

I have decided to make a try at painting Irene. This is my first layer so it look a bit raw hope do fix it up on the weekend as well as finnishing The Man.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2009/152088-Jaro-Oct_7_2009-1.jpg

Dana Design
10-09-2009, 11:47 AM
I see alot of people refer to this, but i just can't understand how being in the bright sun would be a better way, not that i'm doubting it, i just thought it would overexpose the painting, but i have never given it a go myself:confused:

Trevor, your painting are comming along nicely i like the likness of Irene:thumbsup:

Sandra.

Sandra, don't take your photo in the bright sun. Place the painting in the shaded area of your house on a sunny day and then take the photo. Don't tilt the painting but place it as upright and as directly toward your camera lens as possible. Bracket your photos, ie., take at several different light settings then choose the closest one that is closest to the actual painting.

lovin art
10-09-2009, 05:23 PM
Sandra, don't take your photo in the bright sun. Place the painting in the shaded area of your house on a sunny day and then take the photo. Don't tilt the painting but place it as upright and as directly toward your camera lens as possible. Bracket your photos, ie., take at several different light settings then choose the closest one that is closest to the actual painting.

Thanks Dana & George, i will certainly give this a go as most of the time my stuff comes off looking quite crappy:D , thanks you guys are great....

Sandra.

lovin art
10-10-2009, 05:51 AM
Gees, I'm posting again, I guess its the weekend and everybody is off doing everything else but painting:D , I have finally sat down today and been able to have a go at this, i must admitt i'm very happy with what i have been able to acheive and get to where i'm am with this at the moment, because i didn't like the look of what i had started out with and if you look back you'll see what i mean:D i have mainly worked on the face and hair. Im sorry about the pics its still wet, hence the shine. please let me know what you think as i know it still needs more work and any comments are fine with me.:wave:

Sandra.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/186639-DSCN3354.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/186639-RSCN3358.JPG

kadon
10-10-2009, 07:34 AM
And so you should be pleased with it Sandra. :thumbsup:

Kathy

trevors
10-10-2009, 03:08 PM
Its good Sandra much better than mine to date , the features are really very good!

Georg J.P. Wowk
10-10-2009, 04:01 PM
Good Afternoon..!!

I have had another day on Irene, messed up the chin and the eye but.....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/152088-Jaro-Oct_10_2009-2.jpg

bettythecat
10-10-2009, 04:29 PM
Jaro, trevor, sandra , all coming on very well , :thumbsup:

Heres my update , she starting to look like a bloke:lol:

lovin art
10-10-2009, 06:48 PM
Thanks Kath, Trevor & Leigh,:) I'm glad you think this is a good likeness, but I'm not wanting to attack it again, but I will,

Trevor, yours is comming along nicely i like your skintone:thumbsup: .

Leigh, nice work she has more colour now, and no she doesn't look like a bloke she's lovely:thumbsup:

Jaro, lovely work.

Sandra.

DarMC
10-11-2009, 06:40 AM
Hi everyone.

Couldn't wait to get started on this, your all blasting ahead. Very impressed with all the works so far. I'm painting on wood panel (MDF, 5mm), 31 x 25.5cm. Was going to try and paint this in one day but think that was a little unrealistic now.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/200393-Image2.jpg



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/200393-Image4.jpg

To begin the painting I've used Venetian Red, Raw Umber, Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue, Rennaissance Gold and Transparent Yellow. Not sure why just winging it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/200393-Image5.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/200393-Image6.jpg



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/200393-Image7.jpg

Think I've rushed the hair. Will have some breakfast and contemplate.


Darren.

lovin art
10-11-2009, 04:28 PM
Hi Darren:) , and welcome to MIOs we are a pleased to have you!, this is about the same size i'm working on, she looking good already, how do you find it painting on MDF?...

Sandra.

DarMC
10-11-2009, 07:08 PM
Hi Darren:) , and welcome to MIOs we are a pleased to have you!, this is about the same size i'm working on, she looking good already, how do you find it painting on MDF?...

Sandra.Hi Sandra, thanks for the welcome.

Painting on MDF is great, it doesn't give like canvas so you retain complete control over the paint. It's also cheaper, although you have to prepare it yourself. :(

Darren.

TheBaron
10-12-2009, 02:02 AM
everyones WIP is coming along nicely :clap:


Welcome to the MIO Darren and a good start.

MDF/Good points

Advantage...
Its already a smooth surface and a couple of gesso coverings and sanding makes it smoother.
Great for painting on.

Disadvantage...
Has to be sealed all over otherwise if it gets wet/damp? it expands.
Heavy to hang,particulry when it used on larger scale.
Can warp in hot climate.

dollardays
10-12-2009, 08:38 AM
Awesome work, everyone--- this lady is just irresistible, isn't she? I had to give her a try too. I didn't want to waste a canvas so I am using a piece of loose canvas that I had originally coated with umber Art Spectrum pastel primer but I can see I am not going to be getting the pastels out any time soon. That is why it's a bit wrinkly. I used asphaltum to block in the figure and a little cad red med and cad yellow plus tit white for the flesh so far. The hair is all asphaltum and cobalt violet hue. I'll probably keep it a pretty limited palette. The goal was to use up the paint left on my palette from the last piece.

I have about an hour in her and I can see the features are off but it is fun anyway.

Nora

mawdwyn
10-12-2009, 01:13 PM
Well, I wanted to try one of the MIO paintings this month, but haven't found time to get going yet :( , so I'm enjoying watching what the rest of you do with these!
Jaro - your portrait of the man came out very well, nice work on the shirt and his expression :thumbsup:
Nora - I think your experience painting from life/models shows through here, she has a lot of personality (rather than a copied from photo look), an hour well spent :clap:
The Baron - your little girl is looking very good, love how you've done her hair :thumbsup:

Lots of good painting going on in here, it's so interesting to see all the different approaches to the same subject.

Callie :wave:

dollardays
10-13-2009, 11:01 AM
Callie- Thank you very much for your response. I spent a little more time on it last night and finished it. I know her chin is too small but it's just not worth messing with anymore to fix it. I think I learned a little more about how important the shadows are and that it's good to get them placed correctly in the beginning.

Nora

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2009/3589-irene-small.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2009/3589-irene-detail.jpg

stapeliad
10-13-2009, 11:02 AM
Everyone is progressing nicely! I also did some painting over the weekend but have to take a picture still.

nora you did a lot with just leftover paint! :)

Dana Design
10-13-2009, 11:08 AM
Well done, Nora~! I love your style and wish I could paint as freely and daringly!

trevors
10-13-2009, 02:37 PM
I like your style Nora lovely :)

TheBaron
10-13-2009, 05:38 PM
How do all.
Someone has just prompted me to post this link for you,I forgot all about this link which I came across awhile ago,its for those interested in the Layering process to get the best out of the layering technique.

Enjoy...:D
http://www.ribakova.com/lessons

kadon
10-13-2009, 09:05 PM
Welcome to all the newcomers...such good work to contemplate. Kathy

kadon
10-13-2009, 10:47 PM
Still getting blotchy look on photo that is not on painting....so please make allowances. Even when I photographed it outside had problems. The yellow ochre photographs too strong in the shoulder whereas in the painting it is more subdued.

Probably won't post Irene again....will work on robes a bit more at leisure.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2009/118422-wip2.jpg

Kathy

lovin art
10-14-2009, 05:59 AM
Kath, she's lovely, i would be happy if my skin tone turned out half as good as this has, you've done a splended job on her, and dont worry about the camera thing its turned out fine.:thumbsup:

Sandra.

stapeliad
10-14-2009, 10:19 AM
Kathy you've done a wonderful job!

trevors
10-14-2009, 01:08 PM
Very nice work Kathy :thumbsup:

kadon
10-14-2009, 05:20 PM
Thank you Sandra, Stapes and Trevor. You are most kind. Kathy

TheBaron
10-14-2009, 06:43 PM
This is gonna sound odd but its true.it would seem that Naples Yellow stands out more so on Flake White than Flake White on Naples Yellow.

Tryin by best here to accomplish "The Prayer" girls skintone and found the above to work better,the skin covered in Flake White and and left to become tacky then apply NY where the skiin has whiter highlights.

Most odd.

stapeliad
10-15-2009, 01:06 AM
Irene is coming along...lots of stuff to do/fix but 3 more good sessions ought to finish her. Really I could keep going tonight but it's 1am and I have to go to work in the morning.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Oct-2009/53789-irene_3.jpg

trevors
10-15-2009, 06:03 AM
I am calling this finished as the more I do the worse it gets so on to the man face now!
:eek:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2009/105971-irenefin.jpg

TheBaron
10-15-2009, 10:23 AM
Not happy at all :( think my biggest mistake was to paint it on a 10"x8*

I'll have to Persevere now though.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2009/107353-Picture_295.jpg

stapeliad
10-15-2009, 10:27 AM
Trev, I don't think she looks like a man. Good job!

George, 10x8 is a very small size for this subject matter- I also would find that very challenging as well.

DarMC
10-15-2009, 12:42 PM
Very impressed with the enegy of all the artists on here, also that so many have aready finished! Here's my update. Still a long way to go. I've redrawn the eye several times and it still doesn't look right. Not happy with the bridge of the nose either. Looking back, I can see that it pays to be well organized from the beginning and to follow the processes of the Old Masters in terms of painting in layers.

The eye appears to be looking 'into' the head rather than outwards. Any ideas?


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2009/200393-Picture_065Filter.jpg

TheBaron
10-15-2009, 12:55 PM
The eye appears to be looking 'into' the head rather than outwards. Any ideas?


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2009/200393-Picture_065Filter.jpg

The Iris is not right and too dark,also the lower lid needs closing a bit more.

As the photo is a bit small,we can't really define areas to see.

stapeliad
10-15-2009, 01:10 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2009/53789-eye.jpg

DarMC, The eye on the left is yours, the one on the right is Bougie's.

The shadow below the eye starts in the wrong place, distorting the spherical shape of the eye. Also pay attention to the shape of the lower eyelid and the iris, as George said.

Take a break from the eye and work on another part of the painting. Sometimes distance is the best thing. If it helps, do a few drawing studies of the eye to study its shape.
:)

DarMC
10-15-2009, 01:12 PM
Hi George, thanks for the crit. Here's a bigger image. I can see what your saying about the eye. I fiddled around with it so much I gave up today.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2009/200393-Picture_065resized.jpg

DarMC
10-15-2009, 01:14 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2009/53789-eye.jpg

DarMC, The eye on the left is yours, the one on the right is Bougie's.

The shadow below the eye starts in the wrong place, distorting the spherical shape of the eye. Also pay attention to the shape of the lower eyelid and the iris, as George said.

Take a break from the eye and work on another part of the painting. Sometimes distance is the best thing. If it helps, do a few drawing studies of the eye to study its shape.
:)
Thanks stapeliad. That's some good advice.

stapeliad
10-15-2009, 01:14 PM
Glad it helped...I need to follow it myself, my eye is wrong too. :(

LGHumphrey
10-15-2009, 03:33 PM
Did this as a quick studies oil portrait this morning.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2009/60616-DSC_00011.JPG

kadon
10-15-2009, 06:21 PM
Good work Trev.

DarMC Thanks for your WIP's ...Going to be lovely. Kathy

trevors
10-16-2009, 11:21 AM
This is gonna sound odd but its true.it would seem that Naples Yellow stands out more so on Flake White than Flake White on Naples Yellow.

Tryin by best here to accomplish "The Prayer" girls skintone and found the above to work better,the skin covered in Flake White and and left to become tacky then apply NY where the skiin has whiter highlights.

Most odd.

This is the only way we find these things George:wave:

trevors
10-16-2009, 11:24 AM
Trev, I don't think she looks like a man. Good job!

George, 10x8 is a very small size for this subject matter- I also would find that very challenging as well.
Thanks I agree George maybe a little small to get all the information in?

trevors
10-16-2009, 11:26 AM
DarMC It sounds like everybody struggles with that eye I know I did! stick at it though you will succeed :wave:

trevors
10-16-2009, 11:30 AM
Did this as a quick studies oil portrait this morning.



Lawrence that is an impressive take on the subject really bright and lively background!:thumbsup:

LGHumphrey
10-16-2009, 05:08 PM
Thanks, Trevor.

lovin art
10-17-2009, 07:33 AM
hi everyone, i havent been able to access the web last few days as my pc crapped out on me, dam dell, i'd had it for 5 years so i guess its done its duty but my friend lent me her spare lappie so i can at least post now till i get my new one, LGHumphrey nice work on yours, Trevor, she turned out beautiful, always love your painting, Kath and Stapes you both did a beautiful job on yours too. DarMC, you made quick progress with yours, very lovely work everyone:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: , hope to get some more done on mine this week comming.

Sandra.

stapeliad
10-17-2009, 08:56 AM
Sandra welcome back, sorry about your puter woes. :(

Georg J.P. Wowk
10-17-2009, 12:34 PM
Good Morning..!!

Have been working on Irene a bit more, Have to fix the chin a bit and the right eye and I shall call it quits.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2009/152088-Jaro-Oct_17_2009-1.jpg

LGHumphrey
10-17-2009, 04:19 PM
Thanks, Sandra.

I guess after 5 years it's better to get a new pc rather than have the old one fixed.

Lovely colour there, Jaro.

lovin art
10-17-2009, 05:47 PM
Stapes, Lawrence, you wont believie how bad it has been not being able to access the web or just having a pc, my hubby thinks i love it more than him:D

Jaro nice work on your skintones....lovely.:thumbsup:

Sandra.

Georg J.P. Wowk
10-18-2009, 03:01 PM
Good Afternoon..!!

I am going to call this complete. It was a good experience painting this portrait, I had a lot of fun with it.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2009/152088-Jaro-Oct_18_2009-2.jpg

mawdwyn
10-18-2009, 05:03 PM
Jaro - very nice, both of them, I like his intense expression :clap:
DarMC - you're off to a great start :thumbsup:

I'm going to give Irene a try - sketched her on a 12" x 12" panel:

455249

Callie

TheBaron
10-18-2009, 06:00 PM
Giving up on this one,the mistake was in its size and not enough sanding of the canvas as its too rough to get any sort of detail in the correct place.

Oh well another bites the dust,maybe leave it to dry and sand down afterwards for a new painting?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2009/107353-Picture_312.jpg

mawdwyn
10-18-2009, 08:32 PM
Too bad you're finding the small canvas so frustrating, because what you've done looks wonderful.

Callie

TheBaron
10-18-2009, 09:39 PM
How do Callie

There's a saying this side of the pond,that a workman blames his tools when he's made a bodge of the job.

In this case its partially true,but my heart is not and has not been keen in wanting to paint for quite a few weeks now :(

trevors
10-19-2009, 06:16 AM
I agree with Callie what you have done looks good but if you aren't happy its best to put it away and do something else that you do want to do :wave:

lovin art
10-19-2009, 06:45 AM
George, you have done a good job on this and yep it is hard to paint when your heart and soul isn't in it, leave her for awhile and give yourself a break from painting you mite just need a rest from it, and it helps to go back to somthing with fresh eyes:) , but i hope whatever's making you feel down goes away, as you are a great painter:angel:

Sandra.

stapeliad
10-19-2009, 11:17 AM
George thats how I felt about Lady M and I still can't stand her.
You did a great study here but I can completely understand how the panel size would frustrate to no end.

trevors
10-24-2009, 04:56 AM
I think I will call this one finished as all I am doing is fiddling now, I have tried to alter the colours in photoshop as there is no light in the UK for photography today and he came out subdued! This looks something like the real thing now!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Oct-2009/105971-manfinished.jpg

lovin art
10-24-2009, 07:15 AM
Lovely take on him Trevor, this has a nice warm feel to it, not good for you not having the light over your way, it sunny and getting dam hot over in this neck of the woods...

Sandra.

trevors
10-24-2009, 08:06 AM
Lovely take on him Trevor, this has a nice warm feel to it, not good for you not having the light over your way, it sunny and getting dam hot over in this neck of the woods...

Sandra.

Thanks Sandra the British winters can be very depressing if you let them get you down but I can't put up with real hot summers either so its a no win situation:rolleyes:

mawdwyn
10-24-2009, 07:55 PM
Nice work Trevor :thumbsup: I like the colors in this, especially the flesh - very well done!

I've gotten a little more done on mine. Worked on trying to shape the eye and mouth, and start putting some color on her.

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Callie

DarMC
10-25-2009, 12:03 PM
Well done to everyone's who finished, they all look great. Mine's taking forever. Here's an update, hopefully I'll get this done by Friday.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2009/200393-Picture_095b.jpg

Georg J.P. Wowk
10-25-2009, 12:22 PM
Good Morning..!!

I am going to call this work (Irene) complete. It has been fun doing this two painting of MIO.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Oct-2009/152088-Jaro-Oct_25_2009-1.jpg

trevors
10-25-2009, 02:17 PM
Looking good Callie :wave:

darMC very nice I love how you treated the hair :thumbsup:

Georg very nice lovely colouring :wave:

TheBaron
10-27-2009, 07:47 PM
I have to congratulate all who have successfully submitted and finished their paintings of Irene,well done. :clap:

I have noticed a few improvements in some members submissions so don't think I don't notice as my eye is like an hawk's:p:D

Have still not managed to pick up the brush and this something like 6/7 weeks now:( but what I have been doing is preparing half a dozen canvases just in case I get the urge? have not even prepared Nov's MIO yet:eek:

Anyway good to see all submissions.:)

stapeliad
10-30-2009, 08:37 PM
i'm still not done with Irene. Maybe I'll work later tonight, when my daughter is sleeping.

George there is still time for the November MIO.