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azulparsnip
09-30-2009, 11:19 PM
Greetings - The weather is cooling off here. Here are some photo I pulled from the Visit the World photo pool on Flickr. I hope there is a thing or two that will peak your interest.

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Hi all,

I removed the flickr photos for now until such time as we get copyright permission.

:wink2:

!!!Please see further down this thread for photos by Brian that we can use this month!!!

Thanks Brian, from artbyjune:D

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gakinme
10-01-2009, 12:32 AM
Robin, you are back!!! Where did you go?

Wow and double wow! I love these photos!!! Everyone of them. Why does this section gets so much good stuff and there's never enough time. There's just too much going on! LOL.

Good thing these are for a month long!

Glad to have you back and with such great treats.

artbyjune
10-01-2009, 05:34 AM
I agree...great photos. I want to do them all. Love those hot colours and those elephants!

Mette Rörström
10-01-2009, 06:55 PM
Great photos! love them. I will try to do them all. thank you Robin. :)

artbyjune
10-02-2009, 12:13 AM
Just checking...are the photos from the creative commons, and are they copyright free?

gakinme
10-02-2009, 01:19 PM
Oops, I did one already. I'll wait until Robin gives the go ahead before posting it.

azulparsnip
10-03-2009, 06:58 PM
No these were not in the creative commons. I think a couple of these had some kind of notations but none of them had a copyright posted. I searched for these just now to check on it but it appears that they have all been removed from the stream-- I went way back past the date I was there.

azulparsnip
10-03-2009, 07:54 PM
wow, I see the copyright thread sticky was posted while I was away....June you probably should just take those photos down. I have somemore from my relatives that we can post instead.

gakinme
10-03-2009, 10:48 PM
So, Robin, that means we could go ahead and copy these photos?

brianvds
10-04-2009, 02:05 AM
Oh, fer heaven's sake, may copyright law be repealed soon. Until then, here are a few photos I took myself; they are thoroughly, entirely, completely, utterly copyright-free, and may be used for any purpose, of any kid whatsoever, without asking for any permission:

House and garden, near Soesterberg, The Netherlands:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/142294-soesterberg-house.jpg

Autumn in the Netherlands:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/142294-114-1484_IMG.jpg

Protea flower head, South Africa:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/142294-protea3.JPG

Swan reflected, South Africa:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/142294-swan1.JPG

I'll look around in my collection to see if I can find any more. Unfortunately all from South Africa, where I live, or the Netherlands, where I spent two years around 2000. So not as much variety, I fear!

azulparsnip
10-04-2009, 06:37 AM
Brian, these are great. Many thanks.

Mette Rörström
10-04-2009, 07:56 AM
Thank you, Brian. I will do at least two of them.:)

gakinme
10-04-2009, 11:30 AM
Thank you, Brian, for these photos. Alright, I won't do those posted by Robin. I'll try the swan definitely.

gakinme
10-04-2009, 12:36 PM
These couple of days, I have been practicing on rendering water and this swan and reflection was perfect to try it on.

Vine charcoal
50lb Canson drawing sketch book
5.5 x 4 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2009/86669-vine_swan.jpg

azulparsnip
10-05-2009, 08:22 AM
Sandra this looks like it is done on sand stone or something. What do you mean by rendering on water? Wetting the page thouroghly first?

gakinme
10-05-2009, 09:48 AM
Oh, no, no. I just used vine charcoal and smudge it lightly. That's what I have been doing the last few days, simulating watercolor and oil waterscapes with just vine charcoal on dry surface. I post them here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=584330&page=5).

artbyjune
10-06-2009, 06:41 AM
Love the swan.

azulparsnip
10-07-2009, 12:03 AM
Sandra, you are crazy pursuing the muse and creative with your art. Lots of great work on that link.

gakinme
10-07-2009, 09:52 AM
Thank you, Robin. Yeah, I have been dabbling in a lot of styles.

azulparsnip
10-14-2009, 12:10 AM
here's one of the blossom

artbyjune
10-14-2009, 02:45 AM
Lovely work. I like the subdued greens of the foliage. Is that watercolour?

Mette Rörström
10-14-2009, 04:32 AM
beautiful flower. Robin.

trafford
10-14-2009, 06:36 AM
Sandra...I like the grainy feel of water and swan very much. Couldn't get into your link to see more, as my PC isn't the greatest. Will try on my son's PC later.

Robin, your blossom is very delicate. Lovely. :heart:

azulparsnip
10-16-2009, 12:38 AM
Yes, June it is watercolor

Mette - thanks

brianvds
10-17-2009, 12:28 PM
I love that flower. I have to say, seeing my photos being turned into paintings is great fun. And the good news is, I took a few more this morning at a place here known as the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary: it has a large pond that attracts water birds, and also some grounds where other birds nest, and where you can even now and then glimpse small antelope. And all of that in the middle of the city; it is one of the few highlights of Pretoria. I also took some pictures of the streets in the area, because Pretoria's famous jacaranda trees are in bloom, and everywhere you see patches of purple.

Here are some street scenes:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2009/142294-183-8314_IMG.JPG

And here's the same street, seen the other way. Rather funny to see a street in Pretoria named after Nixon. Perhaps it wasn't THAT Nixon. We'll never know; the tapes got wiped!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2009/142294-183-8316_IMG.JPG

Here's a view of the bird pond:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2009/142294-183-8321_IMG.JPG

These ducks are known as whistling ducks and are indigenous here:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2009/142294-183-8323_IMG.JPG

And here's a different part of the pond:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2009/142294-183-8327_IMG.JPG

I look forward to seeing more drawings and paintings!

gakinme
10-17-2009, 03:10 PM
OMG, Brian, those purple blossoms are awesome. I have never seen so much purple in trees like that. It's surreal. And pardon me. I've been wondering where you live because I didn't know the name of your city nor the flag of your country. I thought it was some Eastern European country. It's South Africa.

I checked Wikipedia that the closest jacaranda tree near me is around 4 hours from here. Thanks for the lovely photos!!! I thought for a moment you have photoshopped some blossoming tree in purple. LOL....

Up in Washington where I just left, I've seen rows and rows of pink blossoms. It's quite a sight too.

Beautiful ponds. You have a good eye for photos. Your whistling ducks for some reason reminds me of the masks of that guy in the Phantom of Opera. Perhaps I could make some spooky birds for the Halloween thread. haha...

You have to create some too!

Robin, I've been looking at that blossom since Brian posted it and I don't know how to approach it with so many petals. But you have the shortcut to it. Very nice flower. The essence of it is there!

gakinme
10-17-2009, 09:04 PM
Thank you, Brian, for the whistling birds. Here is my second creation to the day, a composite of a few of Bill Peet's work but I changed all the buildings, the foreground and your birds are the main characters.

Chinese brush and Chinese ink
Prismacolor pencils
9 x 12 inch full sheet
Pacon Drawing pad

I really like this drawing paper. It's only $1 for 40 sheets and it has a bit of a weave to it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2009/86669-cp_peetcity.jpg

brianvds
10-17-2009, 11:16 PM
OMG, Brian, those purple blossoms are awesome. I have never seen so much purple in trees like that. It's surreal. And pardon me. I've been wondering where you live because I didn't know the name of your city nor the flag of your country. I thought it was some Eastern European country. It's South Africa.

Pretoria is colloquially known as the "Jacaranda City" (and there is even a local radio station named "Radio Jacaranda") because of the many jacaranda trees lining the streets here.

Now they are lovely, but they always make me tense, because when they are in bloom it is examination time at the local universities! So every time I see their spectacular displays of colour, I get that terrible hollow feeling in the stomach, of not having studied nearly enough. Even a good fifteen years after having completed my studies! At the local university, there is a little superstition that if one of these blossoms drop on your head, you'll have good luck in the exam. ;-)

I checked Wikipedia that the closest jacaranda tree near me is around 4 hours from here.

Yes, they are originally from the Americas, and unfortunately in some areas here they have become a bit invasive, so that it is now actually illegal to plant any new ones. So when these die off, the city will slowly lose its spectacular spring displays of purple blossoms.

Thanks for the lovely photos!!! I thought for a moment you have photoshopped some blossoming tree in purple. LOL....

Yup, they DO look almost unreal, don't they? And they cry out to be painted. My uncle was a locally popular impressionist (sadly, he died earlier this year) and he made some spectacularly purple paintings of street scenes here. Can't find a good example on the web now, but here's one that shows, in the top of the painting, a little bit of jacaranda purple:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2009/142294-Wessel_Marais_street_scene.jpg

Beautiful ponds. You have a good eye for photos.

Thanks! One day when I am rich I'll get myself a better camera than the rather ancient point-and-shoot I have to use at the moment! ;-)

Your whistling ducks for some reason reminds me of the masks of that guy in the Phantom of Opera. Perhaps I could make some spooky birds for the Halloween thread. haha...

Yes, they DO look a bit spooky, don't they? And they get their name from the wheezy whistles they utter, and those are also rather spooky, epecially at night.

Robin, I've been looking at that blossom since Brian posted it and I don't know how to approach it with so many petals. But you have the shortcut to it. Very nice flower.

Yes, that is a lovely painting: I am also always hopelessly confused when confronted by such complexity. Very nice solution!

azulparsnip
10-21-2009, 08:00 PM
Oh Brian, what lovely photos. I think we will continue this thread for another month so we can have a go at a few more of them.

Here is another one from me.

Your Uncle was a marvelous painter.....absolutely.

Sandr and Brian - Thank you for the kind comments.

shells
10-22-2009, 08:17 AM
Thanks for those brilliant pics of the jacaranda trees, brianvds. I lived in Jo'burg for a brief while and visited Pretoria once. I took a drive down that street when it was carpeted purple with the fallen blossoms. It was so beautiful Unfortunately I did'nt have a camera!! Do you mind if I save this pic? I would love to revisit it in more than just my memory!

Shaila

gakinme
10-22-2009, 09:20 AM
Brian, your uncle was such a great artist. That painting is so good. I was intimated after you posted it and wondered,
"Oh, dear, how should I paint my purple trees now?" LOL.

But I will. I just need to think about it.

Robin, wow, very nice tree scene. Very fluid and light to the touch and yet you have pen work in there that merged so well. For a moment, I thought it was just brushstrokes. Very nicely disguised.

Shaila, welcome to this thread. I hope you would paint some too.

Yeah, pls, extend this thread for one more month. I'd love to do a few more on Brian's photos! They are so pretty!!!!

Mette Rörström
10-22-2009, 08:59 PM
Hi.:wave:
Here is one from me...
watercolor on Aquarelle paper.21 x 29,7 cm.
Great work everyone.
Thank you for nice ref. photo :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Oct-2009/130835-001.jpg

azulparsnip
10-22-2009, 09:39 PM
Mette - that is gorgeous!!!

Mette Rörström
10-22-2009, 10:42 PM
thank you, Robin.

brianvds
10-26-2009, 12:46 AM
Thanks for those brilliant pics of the jacaranda trees, brianvds. I lived in Jo'burg for a brief while and visited Pretoria once. I took a drive down that street when it was carpeted purple with the fallen blossoms. It was so beautiful Unfortunately I did'nt have a camera!! Do you mind if I save this pic? I would love to revisit it in more than just my memory!

Shaila

You are welcome. As I mentioned before, everything I put online I consider to be in the public domain and available for free, for whatever use, for whoever wants it. ;-)

brianvds
10-26-2009, 12:50 AM
Great to see more of my photos turned into paintings! I'll be happy if the thread can be extended another month, because I haven't yet had a chance myself to have a go at any of the photos, and I have too much else to do this week. Besides, I might take a few more photos to upload...

azulparsnip
10-26-2009, 01:00 PM
thank you Brian for your photos and magnaminity in permissions regarding their use. much appreciated

brianvds
10-26-2009, 10:11 PM
thank you Brian for your photos and magnaminity in permissions regarding their use. much appreciated

Magnanimity? Oh no, I see it merely as a form of free advertising for my skills as photographer. :D

gakinme
10-27-2009, 02:40 AM
Mette, good vibrant colors. It looks like a storybook piece.

Brian, tomorrow I hope I would have time to do at least one piece!

trafford
10-27-2009, 10:39 AM
Everyone's work is terrific...Uncles too. Glad this is being extended another month...photos are inspiring. :heart:

brianvds
10-27-2009, 01:10 PM
Everyone's work is terrific...Uncles too. Glad this is being extended another month...photos are inspiring. :heart:

My uncle was of the old school - knew nothing about the internet and did not even want to use an automatic teller machine at the bank. I think he would have been glad to know that his art nevertheless still ended up in cyberspace. ;-)

artbyjune
10-27-2009, 02:51 PM
Love the tree avenue Robin and the house Mette!!

Those lavender tree blossoms in Brian's photos are surely spectacular.

Mette Rörström
10-27-2009, 03:07 PM
Sandra...artbyjune...thank you :)

gakinme
10-28-2009, 12:25 AM
Here is my version with gouache, white painter marker, black gel pen, and then photoshopped.

2.5 x 3.5 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Oct-2009/86669-jacarda1.jpg

brianvds
10-29-2009, 10:36 PM
Ah, I like that very free treatment of the trees. All that purple of course lends itself to precisely that sort of treatment, and I'm glad to see that my guess that everyone is going to have great fun with those trees turned out to be correct. ;-)

Here's my attempt for the current project:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2009/142294-183-8343_IMG.JPG

A rather fast and rough sketch, and based on the photo only in a fairly loose sort of way. Part of my new project of trying to get a bit less inhibited. I am in any event utterly incapable of encompassing great complexity; whenever I am confronted with complex things like that Protea flower, I get hopelessly lost in all the detail and soon I can't remember which bit I am working on anymore.

The further "claim to fame" here is that the picture is rather smallish: about 10cm x 7cm (i.e. about 3 x 4 inches). Seeing as I don't have a proper studio and have to do whatever I want to do at a small desk, I prefer working smallish, and these little watercolour sketches I glue to cards to make greeting cards. Even managed to sell a few, can you believe it.

azulparsnip
10-30-2009, 12:44 AM
Yes, Brian I can believe you sell your little sketches, they are nice......Where do you sell them.....craft fairs or to friends? This looks like a botanical book illustration. Love the tactile presence.

brianvds
10-30-2009, 08:01 AM
Yes, Brian I can believe you sell your little sketches, they are nice......Where do you sell them.....craft fairs or to friends? This looks like a botanical book illustration. Love the tactile presence.

Heh, I'm glad you think it looks like a botanical illustration, because I do not consider myself remotely good enough to do botanical illustration art. So one could say you just made my day. ;-)

I do not sell them on a large scale. There is a shop near here where they sell flowers, crystals, incense and other such New Agey stuff. I showed the lady who runs the place some of my cards, and as it happens, she loves handmade things so she took some on consignment. And almost all of them sold; I have since given her some more.

It doesn't earn significant money, but it is very satisfying, and it does pay for the materials at least, so I'm having a lot of fun, and at the same time learning quite a bit.

brianvds
11-11-2009, 08:25 AM
I take it we have extended October's photo paint-along into November? I finally got around to using one of the photos; as i mentioned in another thread, I made something to donate to this charitable project:

http://www.1000drawings.co.za/

All the pieces they get will be sold to benefit some or other charity. Here's my attempt:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2009/142294-183-8346_IMG.JPG

A bit of line work in pen, with watercolour splashed across the thing. I made no attempt to precisely copy the photo because I don't like doing that, and am not able to anyway. ;-)

gakinme
11-11-2009, 09:04 PM
ooh, very nice purples and soft colors. And it has a fullness to the blossom with that approach. Very nice, Brian!

azulparsnip
11-11-2009, 09:53 PM
lovely painting Brian. Just the thing to enliven this chilly, wind blown soul

azulparsnip
11-11-2009, 10:02 PM
yes, yes, yes - WE ARE EXTENDING THIS THREAD THRU NOVEMBER

still lovely photos - I'm glad!!

brianvds
11-11-2009, 11:29 PM
yes, yes, yes - WE ARE EXTENDING THIS THREAD THRU NOVEMBER

still lovely photos - I'm glad!!

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments. My own appraisal is the same as it always is with just about everything I do: I hate it but the next one will be better! ;-)

Here are some more photos then for the continuing paint along; I took them all myself so they are copyright-free:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2009/142294-orchid2.JPG

Taken at Pretoria Zoo; a grey hornbill:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2009/142294-hornbill.jpg.JPG

This one unfortunately came out a bit unfocused, or it would have been much more beautiful. I think I accidentally included part of the foreground, thus confusing the camera's autofocus. But for a painting reference, a slight lack of focus might actually be helpful!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2009/142294-175-7536_IMG.JPG

It was taken in the little farm in the boondocks where I grew up, and which I and friends still regularly go visit for picnics. This one was taken on top of the rocky hill that you can see in the background of the above photo:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2009/142294-173-7341_IMG.JPG

Not sure if it is much good as reference for art, but perhaps some creative soul wants to have a go at it!

A bit more autumn foliage from the Netherlands:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2009/142294-street-in-bilthoven-2001.jpg

And Scheveningen beach:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2009/142294-111-1103_IMG.jpg

Will see if I can get hold of some more later!

gakinme
11-12-2009, 12:32 AM
Beautiful photos, Brian. You have such a great variety of subject. I'd love to try the bird piece!

trafford
11-12-2009, 08:14 AM
So interesting to see what is painted from the photos. Sandra's bold and flowing purple trees and Brians soft and calming same subject. Like that protea flower too...reminds me of an Easter bonnet. :heart:

brianvds
11-12-2009, 08:40 AM
Beautiful photos, Brian. You have such a great variety of subject. I'd love to try the bird piece!

I just might give it a go as well: I just love hornbills. These greay hornbills are sometimes seen around here in gardens, though they are not that common. In the lower-lying, warmer areas of the country there are several species of them, and they are very common. In Kruger National park all the rest camps have a few resident hornbills, usually yellowbilled hornbills, which look much like the grey one but is more whiteish in colour and have yellow bills. If you feed them little rolled pellets of bread, they pick those up in the tips of their bills and then fling them back into their throats like they're swallowing pills. And then they strut around with their calm, wise expressions. Never ceases to amuse me. ;-)

brianvds
11-12-2009, 08:41 AM
Beautiful photos, Brian. You have such a great variety of subject. I'd love to try the bird piece!

I just might give it a go as well: I just love hornbills. These greay hornbills are sometimes seen around here in gardens, though they are not that common. In the lower-lying, warmer areas of the country there are several species of them, and they are very common. In Kruger National park all the rest camps have a few resident hornbills, usually yellowbilled hornbills, which look much like the grey one but is more whiteish in colour and have yellow bills. If you feed them little rolled pellets of bread, they pick those up in the tips of their bills and then fling them back into their throats like they're swallowing pills. And then they strut around with their calm, wise expressions. Never ceases to amuse me. ;-)

gakinme
11-30-2009, 01:26 PM
Brian, thank you for the photos again. I didn't have the time to do all of them but at least here is the horbill.

Col-erase color pencils
Prisma Color pencils
Michael's house brand watercolor paper 90 lbs


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Nov-2009/86669-HORNBILL.jpg

trafford
11-30-2009, 03:04 PM
Lovely Hornbill Sandra. We miss you :( Hope you are not too pooped from your 9 to 5 job. It's hard to get used to the hours again. :heart:

gakinme
11-30-2009, 04:18 PM
I am pooped from my irregular hours job. But I'm happy to be earning pocket money. Thanks for comments, Janet.

artbyjune
12-01-2009, 03:11 PM
I love the hornbill drawing. I haven't been able to do anything for this photo paint-along, except save a few of the photos!!

Mette Rörström
12-02-2009, 01:26 AM
Hi. I am not sure if I have posted this before....I have forgot...but here it is anyway..:)
watercolor on canson paper 21 x 29.7 cm.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Dec-2009/130835-001.jpg

azulparsnip
12-02-2009, 04:58 AM
Sandra - glad you got to do the horned bill.....looks like it would meld nicely into a chinese ink piece.

Brian - thank you so much for posting these great photos.

azulparsnip
12-02-2009, 05:02 AM
Sandra - glad you got to do the horned bill.....looks like it would meld nicely into a chinese ink piece.

Mette - oh, I love your piece - the composition is dynamic, I just keep looking at all the stuff, you have created alot of room for eye roving and pleasing resting spots. ....funny, how a simple piece will just be sooooo pleasing.

Brian - thank you so much for posting these great photos.

Mette Rörström
12-02-2009, 05:54 AM
Thank you, Robin. :)