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Deborah Secor
10-01-2009, 07:32 PM
We're going to put the paintings from the first week of the Variations Challenge in this thread, and then post successive weeks for the continuing paintings.

If you wonder what this is all about you can check this thread for all the details: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme

I think it will help us all to maintain our focus and encourage one another to be able to look at one thread with all that week's work in it. We can share the way we're varying things, and maybe glean some ideas from one another that way, too!

Let's keep painting!

Deborah

PS Thanks, Kat!! We appreciate your help reorganizing things...


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In case you haven't checked out the original thread, here it is: ***I CHALLENGE YOU*** Variations on a Theme (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585905)

Okay, here's how I began to draw and plan:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2009/23609-drawings.JPG
The blurry image on the left is a painting I've done, cropped to square, reduced to grayscale, and blurred so all I can see are the shapes and values. After a few drawings I came up with the notan on the right and liked it pretty well. From that I did a shape drawing on a piece of paper about the same size as the paintings I plan to do, then folded it in quarters to check the shapes in each quadrant:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2009/23609-shape_drawing.JPG
I liked it, so I decided to get going in class today and came up with my first two variations. I know we talked about one a day, but since I had the time I thought I'd go on, and I hoped seeing them would help my students, too.

So here is variation #1, on UART 400, right out of the box (no toning.)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2009/23609-variation_1-uart.JPG
I like it a lot. I gave myself a half hour (and one of my friends was sitting there telling me how long I had left the whole time), and ended up using the whole time.

This is variation #2, on buttercup yellow Pastelmat:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2009/23609-variation_2-pmat.JPG
I like it, too, but for different reasons. I wanted to vary the values and colors, so I imagined a sunset. I really like using different papers to see how that effects things. I only had a bout 20 minutes on this one.

I'm curious what you think!

Only 38 more to go... :D
Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-01-2009, 07:38 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2009/23609-week_1.jpg

I think sometimes it's easier to see them like this, too, so I'm making a strip...

Deborah

Kathryn Wilson
10-01-2009, 07:46 PM
Cool Deborah!

hmmmm ... if you took up the whole 30 minutes for a 9 x 9, I wonder with a 9 x 12 if I should go with more time. We'll see.

Deborah Secor
10-01-2009, 07:52 PM
There's no hard-and-fast rule saying you can't go a little longer, if you need to, Kat, but frankly I think that both of these were stronger at 10 minutes!

As I told my class, if you give yourself an hour and you find you're really satisfied at 40 minutes, stop. I think I'll push myself to go faster.

Deborah

saramathewson
10-01-2009, 08:00 PM
These are lovely Deborah!
I'm not sure how long I should make mine either as I'm not as experienced as most of you:)
I really like both of these, and I like seeing them side by side. I just got done looking at Marla's again on her website. It is true that seeing them as a whole is so powerful!

Good job on getting two done today:) I'm still trying to pick ot a pic. Hopefully that will happen tonight.

Sara

Donna T
10-01-2009, 08:06 PM
Lookin' good so far Deborah! I like them both. The first one is bold and strokey and the second seems a little quieter. I'll be very interested to see how you progress. Not that you need another thing to do but it might be cool to see how your mood affects them. Maybe there will be a day when you really don't feel like painting but force yourself ... could be interesting!

PETE K
10-01-2009, 08:16 PM
Deborah, i like both of these. i think it's a good idea and i'm going to heve to give it a try.

Deborah Secor
10-01-2009, 08:39 PM
Thanks, Sara and Donna and Pete!

Pete, I hope you get on board... :D

Deborah

Nansketch
10-01-2009, 09:14 PM
Deborah,
I really like the colors you used here --this should be a great learning experience.

Nancy

Deborah Secor
10-01-2009, 10:19 PM
Thanks, Nancy. I think it will be a good one!

Deborah

Scottyarthur
10-01-2009, 10:28 PM
I like them, but really like the one on the right. the left one seems a little to strong with the orange for me. will be watching to see how it all comes together. :)

Deborah Secor
10-01-2009, 10:53 PM
:D Scott, I couldn't get the dratted orange to relax--it's showing a bit more saturated here than IRL, but that green/orange combo is pretty bright! Glad you like #2--thanks!

Deborah

rue d'oak
10-01-2009, 11:15 PM
:thumbsup: Deborah, this is wonderful. So glad you gave us the link over in Watermedia. I will come back to see your progress!!

Jen

Deborah Secor
10-01-2009, 11:45 PM
Welcome to the dusty side, Jen... Do check back, of course, but as I said, I may do some of these in gouache and post over there, too------->

:wave:
Deborah

marionh
10-02-2009, 03:26 AM
Deborah both good takes on the pic and both so different. Good inspiration for me.

marionh
10-02-2009, 12:59 PM
Well here goes with my first effort. I had several possible photos and decided to go with a mountain scene, just having come back from a trip to the Haut Alpes I suppose I was a bit 'mountain orientated', however, now I wish I had decided on something else, there's no trees but just a bit of water to add interest, but I couldn't make my mind up - Maybe I'll change my mind about the ref (psst is that allowed:evil: )
Here is the reference: Not enough variation in tone now that I look at it again.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2009/42113-challenge_grey_scale_640x480.jpg

I painted a piece of water colour paper with magenta acrylic, coated it with colorfix primer. Decided on a limited palette of oranges/blue/purples.
I'm my worst enemy - I have never liked the look of pastel on watercolour paper and think I still don't - thought the primer would fill the paper somewhat! I've also coated a piece with cereuleum blue so maybe I will try a similar colour scheme to see the difference the ground makes.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2009/42113-Mountain_landscape_1_640x480.JPG

I definitely need to loosen up.

Karen Margulis
10-02-2009, 01:18 PM
Thank you Deborah for offering this challenge. It's just the kind of thing I love. I wish I had nothing else to do but paint because I didn't want to stop. I decided I would try for 100 variations and try to do at least 5 a week. I will only spend about 30 minutes on each. To me these are like playtime...a chance to experiement and try new techniques. They are a nice change of pace to work on in between larger more time consuming paintings. I chose a simple subject...a view of a field and distant trees from my own photo. Here is the photo in greyscale and my notans. I decided to change from my original 6x6 size to 5x7 because I felt like it suited the subject better.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2009/53551-notan.JPG
I have done 4 paintings so far and will post them next.
Karen

Karen Margulis
10-02-2009, 01:22 PM
Here is my first painting. It is 5x7 on Uart using Richard McKinley's Great American set.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2009/53551-sept_art_005.JPG

Susan Jenkins
10-02-2009, 01:29 PM
OH LOVELY! I really want to try that set of pastels.... Your "playtime" with painting is better than my "serious" time!!

so soft and beautiful!
susan

Karen Margulis
10-02-2009, 01:29 PM
Here is painting #2. This one is on UArt using Richeson's soft pastels. My thought was to keep it monochromatic using blue.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2009/53551-sept_art_003.JPG
What I have started to do is keep a log recording each painting and what technique/materials I use. This will help me in case I want to try a certain technique again. I am also making a list of the different ideas I want to try for my variations so I won't be at a loss for sometihing new to try. I also am preparing my paper and supports ahead of time for each week by taping my paper to my foamcore and having at least 5 ready to go. That way when the time allows and I am on a roll....I won't have to stop to cut paper!

Karen

Karen Margulis
10-02-2009, 01:40 PM
Thank you Susan! I appreciate your nice comments.
Here is paintinng #3. This one is on brown LaCarte. I didn't have a plan for this one except to use some pastels I already had out for a recent beach painting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Oct-2009/53551-sept_art_004.JPG

Deborah Secor
10-02-2009, 01:49 PM
Very nice work. I love all three for very different reasons. Each one has a different mood.

And what a great idea to keep a log! These are experiments, a chance to learn and try things, so keeping track makes good sense.

I'm also delighted you're going for 100. I want to see every one of them!!

Be sure to link this thread to the original thread, too, if you don't mind. (The reason is that in time people will come upon that thread and want to see what came of it, so if we link back they can find the paintings easily.)

:thumbsup: Go for it, Karen!

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-02-2009, 01:52 PM
Marion, this photo has great SHAPES in it, so I think you'll have plenty to use. After all, you're going to vary the colors and values a lot, so it's the underlying shapes that are most important.

But there are no *rules* that can't be bent here! Do what works best, of course... :)

Take a look at the experiments that Karen Margulis is trying, too. She's keeping a materials log, which might be a really good idea.

Deborah

PS Be sure to link this thread to the original thread, too, if you don't mind. (The reason is that in time people will come upon that thread and want to see what came of it, so if we link back they can find the paintings easily.)

Donna T
10-02-2009, 02:02 PM
These are so nice Karen! I look forward to seeing all the variations, moods, atmospheres and color combinations.

Donna T
10-02-2009, 02:04 PM
Very nice start Marion! I'll be checking back to see if you discover the secret of loosening up and hopefully you'll share it - I need to work on that very much.

marionh
10-02-2009, 02:07 PM
All are wonderful Karen. You're definitely on a roll here.

Karen Margulis
10-02-2009, 02:28 PM
You are off to a great start! Isn't this fun!!!

Karen

Karen Margulis
10-02-2009, 02:29 PM
Thanks Deborah, Donna and Marion. This is so much fun. I wish I didn't have so many other chores calling my name this weekend!

Karen

Vivien Maloney
10-02-2009, 02:50 PM
Great little paintings! Love the different color schemes. You're obviously on the right track and enjoying it! I'm watching this thread with interest as I don't have time to participate, but I'm enjoying everyone's results.

Colorix
10-02-2009, 04:55 PM
Gorgeous! Inspiring!

Mario V
10-02-2009, 05:49 PM
Wow Karen, this is fantastic :clap:

Susan Jenkins
10-02-2009, 05:51 PM
now #3 is my favorite.... guess it's those delicious fall colors
:)

Karen Margulis
10-02-2009, 06:37 PM
Thank you so much! I am making a list of ideas to try and can't wait to get started on more!

Nansketch
10-02-2009, 07:36 PM
Marion

Great start - I love mountains and will look forward to seeing you progress thru the challenge.

Nancy

Nansketch
10-02-2009, 07:40 PM
Karen,


great start and great suggestions on the materials log and an idea log.
I'll get started this weekend --

looking forward to seeing your progress.
Nancy

Colourist52
10-03-2009, 03:55 AM
These are fantastic - always admired the loose way that you work with pastels.

Colourist52
10-03-2009, 04:01 AM
This is a great start, really like your ref photo.

marionh
10-03-2009, 06:31 AM
Thanks Deborah, Donna, Karen, Nancy and Julie.
It's good fun and a good idea to keep a log.

I think I will keep the ref - Deborah it was the shapes that attracted me to it.

Here's my second. On Fisher sanded paper. I did not underpaint - normally I underpaint with pastel and rub the first layer in. Decided on a purple/pink look this time. I Not sure about the sky though! Believe it or not I was going to use a hatching technique on this - but the painting took over :lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/42113-009_800x600.JPG

marionh
10-03-2009, 09:15 AM
Magaged to get another one in. This is on watercolour paper, with cereleum wash and then coated twice with colorfix primer. I used a blue and cream scheme this time and blended it all apart from the final touch to the cloud.
Mountain View 3
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/42113-Challeng_3_800x600.jpg

Here is my gallery so far
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/42113-Gallery_1.jpg

saramathewson
10-03-2009, 12:15 PM
Love these Karen!
I can't wait to see more:)

How do you like the Richard McKinley GA set? I keep going back and forth between his and Lorenzo's and Richard McDaniel's. (His new one is at Fineartstore.com) I know I will get one of them in the next month or two. Lately I have been leaning towards Richard McKinley's set.
I too love your style:)

Sara

saramathewson
10-03-2009, 12:19 PM
These are looking great Marion! I love to see them all in a row like that!

Sara (who is still working out the notans for hers,hehehe)

saramathewson
10-03-2009, 12:20 PM
Marion,
I forgot to ask what size are these?

Sara

marionh
10-03-2009, 12:31 PM
Hi Sara, thankyou.
They are 20x30cm (8x12").

Deborah Secor
10-03-2009, 12:44 PM
Thank you, Marion! I hope I can get into my studio to do a couple more this weekend.

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-03-2009, 01:03 PM
Wow! I love these variations. I'm particularly taken with #3. the contrast works well...

Keep going!
Deborah

Colorix
10-03-2009, 02:11 PM
Deb, looking great! So good you lead by example!

Charlie

Deborah Secor
10-03-2009, 02:18 PM
Thanks, Charlie...

Deborah

Colorix
10-03-2009, 03:46 PM
Marion, you're getting down to basics, the third one is all about the shapes of the masses!

Charlie

Nansketch
10-03-2009, 03:48 PM
Marion, great job --

looking foward to more.
nancy

Karen Margulis
10-03-2009, 06:00 PM
Thank you very much everyone for such nice comments!
Sara, I LOVE the McKinley set. I love the thoughtful selection of colors that includes neutrals that I tend not to use usually. This is one set that I have kept separate from my other pastels. I just ordered Lorenzo's set so I can't compare but I will be able to soon! :)

Colorix
10-03-2009, 06:01 PM
This is going to be so fruitful an adventure! Thanks Deborah! The article inspired, but I would probably not had started without this Challenge!

OK, I'm going to do something very different from my usual paintings. Here is a picture I've been playing with digitally for a while, and it was perfect for this. There is a bit of road, and roads can be turned into streams...

BW photo:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/117343-BW_Deb_Challenge.jpg

Can't remember where I found the pic, photographer, thank you!

Then we have an outline of the major masses:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/117343-7_mass_drawing.jpg

And some variations:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/117343-Line_drawing.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/117343-Line_drawing_2.jpg

A computer 'noodled' grayscale (fake notan), with 3 values:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/117343-Notan_1.jpg

And a messier one:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/117343-Notan_2.jpg

And, ta-da! Todays experiment, a 45 minute sketch on lousy cheapo brand Ingres paper. (Gonna use up the papers I don't use.) Except for a yellow, it is all in warm and cool variations of pinks, violets, and greens. What looks grey is a whitened violet.

Number 1:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/117343-1V.jpg

It surprised me, a lot. I tried to make misty greens by layering them over purples.

Charlie

Karen Margulis
10-03-2009, 06:04 PM
Here is variation #4. This one is on Canson paper. I plan to make good use of all of my scrap papers!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/53551-sept_art_005.JPG

Karen Margulis
10-03-2009, 06:06 PM
Nice start! I'm looking forward to seeing more! Thanks again for sharing this with us!
Karen

Nansketch
10-03-2009, 09:11 PM
Charlie,

Great start -- like how you worked the sky and road.

Nancy

Nansketch
10-03-2009, 09:22 PM
First a thanks to Deborah for starting this challenge -- I am way out of my comfort zone here--a good thing. I've only tried one landscape with a mediocre result. I admit, however, this was fun -- well, except for the headache. These are from a photo I took just last weekend in a nature trail area.
both are 9x9 in, on strathmore pastel paper (that I do not like) but keep thinking it is me not the paper.
I played with the photo, putting in grayscale, darkening some areas -- then worked on number one. Then I worked on a charcoal image, simplified it a bit more (not shown) working out the darks, dark-med, med, light, etc. Then worked on number 2 - which seems darker and I like better.
C&C welcome
Nancy

number 1 on light yellow paper, 30 min.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/141858-DSC010400001.JPG

number 2 - off white paper, 45 min

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2009/141858-DSC010420001.JPG

Donna T
10-03-2009, 09:23 PM
I like that misty background Charlie and look forward to peeking in and seeing all of your variations on this very interesting composition.

saramathewson
10-04-2009, 12:06 AM
Great start Charlie!

I just realized that my notan is close to yours only flipped. The pic is slightly different however, but the shapes are very similar:) Should be interesting!

Sara

saramathewson
10-04-2009, 12:09 AM
You're off to a good start Nancy!

I hope to do my first one tomorrow:)
This is fun seeing everyones paintings and different interpretations.

Sara

marionh
10-04-2009, 02:35 AM
Lovely Charlie, has an early morning misty feel to it. Did you do an underpainting? What colour was the paper?

marionh
10-04-2009, 02:41 AM
Great start Nancy. It's a good way to think out side of the box.
Good comp to play with.

Colorix
10-04-2009, 07:47 AM
Nancy, Donna, thank you!

Sara, GMTA! Metaphysically speaking, I think there are only a *relatively* few shapes for major masses, and the variations are in edges and other details.

Marion, thanks! The paper is cream (really lousy, the fibers of it gets loosened, it fills up so quickly). Started sky with a creamy yellow slightly more saturated than paper, and all the rest started in blue and red violets. There are very few 'true' warms in it.

Charlie

Tressa
10-04-2009, 07:58 AM
A great send off on your journey, Charlie! Love the mystical feel to this.

Colorix
10-04-2009, 12:09 PM
Thank you, Tressa!

Ah, I forgot to link to Deborah's Challenge, it is here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585905).

Charlie (off to paint another variation)

Deborah Secor
10-04-2009, 01:06 PM
Ah, very nice, Charlie! We're going to be treated to some real color delights, I'm sure. :wink2:

It would help us to have a link to this thread in the original challenge thread, too, if you don't mind. :D

Looking forward to the next one.

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-04-2009, 01:11 PM
Lovely, Nancy! I really enjoy the shapes you're using. That sinuous river is great. I agree that the darker darks are helpful. You'll have ample opportunity to play with variations, which is sure to show you what works well. Keep going.

Would you mind posting a link to this thread in the original Challenge thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585905), so we can all find your work? Thanks! :)

Deborah

Colorix
10-04-2009, 02:33 PM
Deborah, thank you, andyesIwillM'am!

Lots of the colours are really muted, truly. I might do one in only earths, too.

OK, road changed to water, light changed from back to side lit. Greenish sky. Still violet base for shadow parts, with greens on top. A bit more warm warms, more oranges. Colours: Oranges, warm reds, deep pinks, magenta, violets, cool to warm greens. And one yellow as underpainting for sky.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2009/117343-2V-f4.jpg

Charlie

Colorix
10-04-2009, 02:42 PM
Nancy, great! Number two has distinct light, with very nice shadows under the distant trees!

Charlie

saramathewson
10-04-2009, 11:32 PM
Very cool Charlie! It is so fun to see the different interpretations!

Sara

saramathewson
10-04-2009, 11:35 PM
Oh, I love the colors in this one too!

Sara

Colorix
10-05-2009, 08:27 AM
Oooo, yes, the violet/yellow is scrumptious!

Colorix
10-05-2009, 10:55 AM
Sara, thanks! It is fun to do them, but I'm betting on how many I do before getting fed up with this motive. Degas claimed that one should paint the same thing over and over, with variations, though.

Today's effort is "from hell", :evil: all fiery. Cool reds, reds, oranges, yellows, on blue-green paper. Road is road again.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2009/117343-3V-f16.jpg

Charlie

bnoonan
10-05-2009, 11:01 AM
Fantastic!!! Your notan was strong, the pieces are dramatic and I'm sure you are going to find that the paper you choose will be something to ponder. That first piece is just stupendous!!!

Oh - wish I had time to take this ride with all of you.

Each one is a gift - thanks for sharing Charlie! Barb

Ruthie57
10-05-2009, 11:45 AM
I'm beginning to wish I hadn't signed up for this, I'm not good at landscape and not good at working fast. But a contract is a contract and maybe it'll help me improve on both aspects :wink2:
Here's a link to the challenge thread http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585905

This is the photo I chose

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2009/189061-ref.JPGsmall.JPG

I'll come back later and post my sketch and first 2 paintings. At the mo the uploader is so slow and I don't have the time. Hopefully things'll speed up later.

Ruthie57
10-05-2009, 12:14 PM
Lots of variety so far Charlie! I may crib from this and other challenge threads as I don't seem to have much imagination when it comes to colour!

Ruthie57
10-05-2009, 12:19 PM
Another inspiring thread! Love what you've done so far. I think this latest one is my favourite but I like the fall colours one almost as much.

Ruthie57
10-05-2009, 12:22 PM
I like the composition of this. Number 2 looks to have more depth thanks to pushing the darks a bit.

Ruthie57
10-05-2009, 12:29 PM
Thanks for showing how you came to the composition you're using. Shame I rushed ahead with mine before picking up some tips here!
I love both representations but think I prefer the second marginally, a bit more relaxed than the first.

Ruthie57
10-05-2009, 12:34 PM
Great work and, as others have said, lovely shapes! I am really drawn to the second one.

Deborah Secor
10-05-2009, 12:48 PM
Wow, Ruth--this is a gorgeous spot and neat photo. Good shapes.

I think we're all wishing this contract away, in some respects. :rolleyes: But you're right, it will be instructional... Hang in!

Deborah

Ruthie57
10-05-2009, 12:50 PM
Here is my, very rough, sketch.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2009/189061-sketch.JPGsmall.JPG

I was going to do the first one all in blues but it looked too boring so I added some yellow. I have a long way to go in doing winter tree outlines that's for sure!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2009/189061-1.JPGsmall.JPG

so with the second one I belatedly gave the trees leaves. I ran out of time so couldn't put in the tree branches in the foreground right. I think the rest will have leafy trees. I'll never have time to make them look good otherwise. This one was on sanded paper and I used mainly yellow and purple tones. I'll try and get more adventurous with colour in the next one!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2009/189061-2.JPGsmall.JPG

Ruthie57
10-05-2009, 12:53 PM
Glad you like the choice of photo Deborah. We cross posted as it still took a while to upload my pics.

Colorix
10-05-2009, 01:16 PM
Ruthie, they're great!

meowmeow
10-05-2009, 02:53 PM
What fun! I see h=I have been missing a lot around here.

These are all nice, but I really like that last one with the lavender and yellows. They all have that great, soft look your paintings have....very appealing.

Sandy

meowmeow
10-05-2009, 02:54 PM
Super! I like them both but especially number 1....love those vibrant colors!


Sandy

Merethe T
10-05-2009, 04:01 PM
Very inspiring, Karen - they are all so beautiful in their own special way! I'd love to see them side by side, they'd be even more powerful. Great to see you started, I look forward to start mine!

Merethe T
10-05-2009, 04:05 PM
Lovely so far Charlie, very different but all appealing! FUN, I enjoy reading your thoughts about the process as well - looking forward to your thoughts on #70..... :evil: :lol: :angel:
Great job, and beautiful results!

Colorix
10-05-2009, 04:19 PM
Barb, thanks a lot! I'll shock you one day with one in greys! This one got red because of the green-blue paper. Too bad you can't join in the fun, I'd have loved to see yours.

Ruthie, please do snitch ideas, I do that too! Er... 'crib', I mean.

Merethe, thanks! Gah, 70... I fear 19... glad you joined!

Ch

Donna T
10-05-2009, 05:02 PM
I love the second one Charlie! What a difference it makes by changing the road to water. So moody. Maybe one will be a rainy road with puddles, in case you run out of ideas, LOL. I like your fiery hot version too, except now I have that 'Highway to Hell' song stuck in my head. Thanks a lot. Keep going!

PETE K
10-05-2009, 07:51 PM
Karen, they are nice, you have gven me idea's for mine, the different colours express different mods. something to really learn from. thank you.

PETE K
10-05-2009, 07:54 PM
Ruthie, very nicely done.

Karen Margulis
10-05-2009, 08:42 PM
Thanks everyone! This is a lot of fun but I am wondering will it get harder to think of new ideas or maybe easier as I can really loosen up and play! I've done three more but do I save them for week two???
Karen

Karen Margulis
10-05-2009, 08:43 PM
You are off to a great start!

Nansketch
10-05-2009, 09:15 PM
Ruthie,

Love your reference and a great job on your first couple. I really like number 2 -- great colors
Nancy

Nansketch
10-05-2009, 09:17 PM
Karen,

great loose style, I really like these.

Nancy

saramathewson
10-06-2009, 12:39 AM
Ruthie these are great!
I still have to get going on mine too!


Sara

marionh
10-06-2009, 01:50 AM
Ruthie, they're looking good. The first looks like a very wintery scene. The second looks like you've loosened up and really enjoyed it. Love the water in this and good colour scheme.

Lovely photo by the way.

bchlvr
10-06-2009, 06:16 AM
Great work on both...I like the colors in the 2nd one best.

bchlvr
10-06-2009, 06:17 AM
Nice work Charlie. The first remains my favorite.

bchlvr
10-06-2009, 06:18 AM
Very nice.

bchlvr
10-06-2009, 06:20 AM
Great work...one and two are my favorites.

bchlvr
10-06-2009, 06:21 AM
Nice work.

Karen Margulis
10-06-2009, 07:42 AM
Thanks Nancy! :)

Karen Margulis
10-06-2009, 07:47 AM
I love these so far Charlie! You are off to a great start! It is going to be a great learning experience to follow what you do with each of these!

Karen

Colorix
10-06-2009, 08:05 AM
Donna, Linn, Karen, thank you!

This is a very interesting adventure, and I'm so glad Deborah started it! I'm beginning to sense that I can't afford to not take part, it is very developing.

Today's effort, plus an all-in-one.

Only cools (y-G, G, b-G, g-B, B, b-V, and r-V). Paper is the warm factor, being peachy, with hardly visible little threads of other colours. I'm down to 30 minutes. The two first took 45 minutes. :-)

I think the road is a river, today.

4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2009/117343-4V-f12.jpg

1,2,3,4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2009/117343-V1234.jpg

Comments welcome. Critique too, but I won't re-paint, but take into consideration for future ones.

Charlie

Tressa
10-06-2009, 08:49 AM
Ok, getting started here, this is the photo I chose. Maryland Marshlands. I will post more on it later, gotta get ready for class!!!
Challenge thread link:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585905
Tressa
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2009/76189-2987103302_53c81a8f67.jpg

Mary Y
10-06-2009, 08:50 AM
love your colour combinations.
Mary

Mary Y
10-06-2009, 09:05 AM
These are all lovely but I really like your "Hell" colours. great idea to turn the road into a river. Looking forward to seeing more.
Mary

Mary Y
10-06-2009, 09:08 AM
Both lovely but I like the first best.It is good to see them together in the strip.
Mary

Mary Y
10-06-2009, 09:12 AM
I like both . I think the first has a lovely winter feel with the blues and bare trees.
Mary

Mary Y
10-06-2009, 09:16 AM
Both lovely.I like the colours of the first. Mary

Mary Y
10-06-2009, 09:26 AM
These shapes are lovely and the colours look great. Number one is my favorite so far. Looking forward to seeing the rest.
Mary

PETE K
10-06-2009, 09:48 AM
Marion, this is very nive i like the contrasting shapes in 3.

Ruthie57
10-06-2009, 11:18 AM
Thank you all for your interest and kind comments.
I'm really geting into this. Did another today which means I've met my goal for the first week. I may even do another.
This one was on dark grey paper and I used soft (Unison) and harder (FC and Rembrandt) indiscriminately. Blended some and left some bits unblended. Managed to get the tree branch in the RH corner but overran anyway because I'd forgotten to put in the gate!!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2009/189061-3.JPGsmall.JPG

marionh
10-06-2009, 11:47 AM
Wow, lovely colours, very evocative and I like your loose strokes ontop of the blended ones.

marionh
10-06-2009, 11:53 AM
Lovely gallery Charlie, Great to see them together - Really like the hell one.

marionh
10-06-2009, 11:56 AM
Love those violets, it really looks like the trees are springing up from the ground in a joyful spurt - well I know what I mean LOL

marionh
10-06-2009, 11:57 AM
Very Interesting ref Tressa I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

marionh
10-06-2009, 12:04 PM
Thanks for the encouragement folks. Ruthie no. 2 is my favourite as well, and I really enjoyed do that one - just went for it without thinking really.

Ruthie57
10-06-2009, 12:31 PM
Yes, great to see them side by side. Don't have photoshop myself so can't do this.
You're being very creative with your colour combinations Charlie. I like them all and my favourite changes every time I look!!

marionh
10-06-2009, 02:11 PM
Finished my fourth - Not sure about this one at all - I started out wanting a misty morning look - not sure what I ended up with!
Water colour paper with acrylic cereleum ground and coated with colorfix primer ( I know I said I didn't like this surface but I had already prepared a few). Used cross hatching on this one - I'm never sure about hatching but know I should practice this as it is a good tool and I want to use it on one of my existing paintings.

Mountain View 4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2009/42113-Challenge_4_2_640x480.JPG

I am running out of ideas - apart from the fact I've not used greens at all so maybe there is one idea left - Wish I had a tree!

Here is the gallery - Week 1 completed (although I might do another)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2009/42113-Gallery_1.jpg

Colorix
10-06-2009, 02:19 PM
Marion, they're just great! The last one, the misty, I'd say it is a snowy morning!


Ideas? Take a look in Deb's original Challenge thread, there are at least 20 ideas listed by Jan and me.

Nansketch
10-06-2009, 06:15 PM
Tressa,

Looks promising -- look forward to seeing your works.
Nancy

saramathewson
10-06-2009, 06:34 PM
I really love seeing them side by side!
I love them all Charlie. this is going to be so much fun! I did my first one today but haven't posted yet. That will have to wait until tomorrow when chris has some time to help me. I did take the photos of everything though so I just need to get them from the camera to the computer:)

Sara

Tressa
10-07-2009, 07:51 AM
Here are my little thumbnail scribbles (aprox 2X3in)...doing first painting today will post this afternoon. Tressa

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/76189-PICT0087.JPG
This one is a bit blurry, but...u get the gist
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/76189-PICT0088.JPG

Colorix
10-07-2009, 08:08 AM
Looking good! I like how you simplified in thumb 2, and made a more interesting shape there!

Charlie

Karen Margulis
10-07-2009, 10:47 AM
Thank you Mary and Marion!
I was able to paint a few more yesterday and will be going out of town for the weekend, so this will be it for week 1. I put them all together in a collage and I am taping the originals to a large piece of foam core. I will need several pieces but at least they will all be together. I don't have enough wall space to hang them all up!
Karen

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/53551-week_1_wc.jpg

Colorix
10-07-2009, 10:57 AM
Karen, all of the are gorgeous! Seeing them together like this is just fantastic!

Charlie

Karen Margulis
10-07-2009, 11:25 AM
Thanks Charlie. I just made them into a collage using Picasa. I have photoshop but I am PS challenged!

karen

Deborah Secor
10-07-2009, 11:44 AM
That wall space thing is a problem for me, too. That's part of the reason I think making a collage like this is so good...

Karen, I'm really enthused with the changes and experiments you've made. Seeing the last two side by side is really intriguing. I can see the similarities but the contrasts are strong, and each one is valid and pleasing in its own way!

Kewl! :D

Deborah

Susan Jenkins
10-07-2009, 02:18 PM
Well I'm taking the plunge into this. I have wanted to do this for so long and I am confident it is a method to grow dramatically as an artist. I haven't been doing my daily paintings much lately, so this will be a great way to force me to paint something quickly each day.

I love the "experimental" aspect of this.... how we can just get a little crazy and not worry about creating a masterpiece or anything.

Here is my ref...
and painting #1 ... (YUCK! I did this after a night of no sleep, but I had to do this once I made a commitment).
and painting #2 (I played around with an alcohol wash and pushing the pastels around with a brush.... FUN. I got a little crazy with color.) The pic came out a little darker than irl.

Hope to keep this up for a long while! We are all going to get very intimate with our images.

:) Susan

Ruthie57
10-07-2009, 02:32 PM
Hi Susan. Glad you joined in. It is fun isn't it.
I like your ref and the first one is good. I like the way you've depicted the grasses. My only nit is that the water appears to be travelling uphill to the right a bit. Love the second one and the colours don't look crazy to me.
I plan to go really crazy with colour when I can get my head to accept it!
Perhaps you would post a link to this thread in the challenge thread so people can find this one easily.

Susan Jenkins
10-07-2009, 02:41 PM
Thanks Ruthie... and you were right about the water going uphill. I fixed the second one... (pretty easily by just tilting and cropping.... the quickie method). but now perhaps it's going downhill... LOL. I think I like the composition better this way though with the lower grasses off the page.

I'll have to post a link within the challenge like you suggested.
:) thanks!
susan

Ruthie57
10-07-2009, 03:26 PM
Thanks Marion! Well, I didn't get another done and week 2 starts tomorrow. Guess I need to start a new thread although, in some ways, I'd prefer to keep them all in one. But then I'd have to get the title changed.....................Oh well, new thread it is then!

Colorix
10-07-2009, 04:25 PM
Ruthie, how clever to make use of the colour of the paper. That never entered my fuzzy mind. Great light in this, with just a few colours and tones!

Charlie

SonyaJ
10-07-2009, 05:21 PM
Here are my first three for the challenge:

#1 - Monochromatic. I didn't want to use a b/w scale, so I went with this color scheme instead. I used 5 different pastels, one for each value. Unisons, Senneliers and 1 Rembrandt. Despite all the greens I thought I had in my collection, I didn't have 5 of the exact same parent color.

Paper: MT, 6x8, neutral grey with black fibers. I've never used this particular color of MT before, and I like it!

Notes: This flowed, and I had no problem getting it done in 30 min. I didn't fiddle around - just moved quickly through the painting and added a few more details/touch-ups at the end. I have a tendency to get caught up in the details, so I forced myself to make it loose. I like it best of the three, probably because the values are closest to the original:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/187416-challenge-001.jpg

#2 - Summer (early). Surface: 400 grit sandpaper. Pastels: Sennelier and Unison. Completed: 10/6 Actual time: 35 min.
Notes: I didn't spend as much time selecting the colors, and making sure they worked well together. It's okay; I probably won't toss it out. The sandpaper worked really nicely for this. I did a bit of finger blending for the sky and parts of the hill, but otherwise, resisted the urge to blend too much:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/187416-challenge-002.jpg

#3 - fall colors. Paper: MT creme color, smooth surface. Pastels: Unison, Sennelier and Rembrandt.
Notes: Ick. Fail. Hate it. I didn't spend much time selecting the colors - just went from a mental image of colors for the aspen and some warmer greens for the conifers, and it just didn't work. Pastels did NOT want to lay down on the paper or blend worth a darn. Values are totally off and I dinked around with it too much; at 30 min, I hadn't even gotten to the hill section yet (was trying to fix the other ugly parts :lol: ). I was also really tired and had a headach and that didn't help. Lesson learned: pay closer attention to values and harmonious colors and forget about trying to match real colors.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/187416-challenge-003.jpg

Thanks for looking, and of course, any CC is great :thumbsup: .

Tressa
10-07-2009, 05:26 PM
First painting, about 30 mins, give or take a few. 8X10 matboard with clear gesso.
Thanks for looking, Tres
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/76189-PICT0091.JPG

Susan Jenkins
10-07-2009, 05:58 PM
Nice!! I love the season changes you have done.... Isn't this a great learning tool?!!
:) susan

PETE K
10-07-2009, 06:45 PM
Hi Susan, these are very nice. like the second more normal but i know that is going to change. the third has some great sky love the sunset look. I see this will help later in painting.

PETE K
10-07-2009, 06:49 PM
very nice change of seasons. this is a great Challenge.

Nansketch
10-07-2009, 07:03 PM
Sonya, great start, glad you joined us on this challenge. Season changes another good option!
I like all of them but think summer is my favorite
Nancy

Nansketch
10-07-2009, 07:06 PM
Susan,

beautiful reference, I really like the grasses in the first option, and the sky in the second.
Glad you joined in
Nancy

Tressa
10-07-2009, 07:56 PM
A great start Susan, my only notice was the water in the 1st one, and that has already been adressed, so again great!
Tres

Tressa
10-07-2009, 07:58 PM
Sonya, these a great kickoff on this challenge! I think summer is my fav also, but I think that's cuz that is my fav season of all!
Tres

Tressa
10-07-2009, 08:02 PM
Ruthie, I'm glad you are getting into the challenge, because I can see changes just in these 3, I can't wait to see your last!
Tres

Tressa
10-07-2009, 08:30 PM
Karen, these are all just lovely! I see so much in a different way from all of them!

Karen Margulis
10-07-2009, 08:46 PM
Deborah, Thank you!! I think the last two are the most different for me. The one on the left is done only with pearlescent pastels which was fun!

Tressa, Thank you! I am enjoying these as well as seeing everyone's work.

Donna T
10-07-2009, 08:55 PM
Such beautiful work Karen, I can't wait to see the rest as they come along. The last one, bottom right, reminds me very much of Mark Leach's work!

Mary Y
10-07-2009, 09:04 PM
Here are my first three for week 1 challenge. No.4 will be a little late.
#1
Dark blue Canson 8X8inches (the width of the paper squared)
Time 30 mins
Pastels W/ Newton and Art spectrum.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/100777-st1.JPG


#No 2

Also dark blue Canson 8X8ins On the "chicken wire" side of the paper
Time just under 30mins W/N and Art spectrum pastels

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/100777-st2.JPG


#No3
Red Canson 8X8ins 30 minutes
Pastels W/N and AS


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/100777-no4.JPG


I am not fond of Canson paper but someone mentioned using up paper and I thought it was a brilliant idea My AS pastels are rather scratchy on this paper.
Mary

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2009/100777-wk_1.jpg

Scottyarthur
10-07-2009, 09:24 PM
Really nice Tressa, I really like the trees to the left and the reds in the f/g

Scottyarthur
10-07-2009, 09:32 PM
Hi Susan, I like them both but I am really intreged by the 2nd one, I love the soft feel to it

Scottyarthur
10-07-2009, 09:34 PM
very nice Sonya, really love the 2nd one

Scottyarthur
10-07-2009, 09:37 PM
Ruthie I like the differences of the 2nd and 3rd one, really like the yellows and vilots in the 3rd one

Scottyarthur
10-07-2009, 09:41 PM
I really like the first 6 very much. and the last one on the right, now that one is cool :)

Scottyarthur
10-07-2009, 09:43 PM
nice work here, I really like the 2nd one, love that violet sky

marionh
10-08-2009, 12:46 AM
This looks great. Lots of atmosphere in this. Love the way you've handled the foreground, trees, background - well everything really.

Mary Y
10-08-2009, 04:29 AM
Love the sky and your trees, and the colours .Lovely painting.
Mary

Mary Y
10-08-2009, 04:32 AM
There is a lovely soft feeling to the first two and I really like your colours in the third.
Mary

Mary Y
10-08-2009, 04:44 AM
These are both lovely like your grasses and sky in both.
Mary

Ruthie57
10-08-2009, 04:49 AM
I like all the blends of colours. I think you're too hard on yourself about the 3rd one. I think I like the second one best.

Ruthie57
10-08-2009, 04:52 AM
This is great. Love the trees. I like the composition and the general feel of the scene.

Ruthie57
10-08-2009, 04:54 AM
They're all great!

Ruthie57
10-08-2009, 04:56 AM
I like them all but no 2 is my favourite too.

Colorix
10-08-2009, 06:19 AM
Susan, great start! Number 2 is beautiful!

(Not that it matters, but I've painted/sketched that ref a long time ago.) I think you've made a great simplification of the bg.

Charlie

Colorix
10-08-2009, 06:23 AM
Great ones, Mary! And you just taught me a thing about skies with clouds, you got a great perspective in them with very simple means, thank you! Good ref, you can change it in so many ways: put leaves on trees, clear the sky, make road into river, etc.

Charlie

bchlvr
10-08-2009, 06:28 AM
Nice job on these...I like the 2nd one.

bchlvr
10-08-2009, 06:33 AM
Great job on all.

Colorix
10-08-2009, 06:52 AM
Sonya, great job! Loved to read about your thinking and working process too. I'm being contrary, I like one and three best, where you didn't blend parts.

Charlie

Karen Margulis
10-08-2009, 10:13 AM
What a great start! I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Karen

SonyaJ
10-08-2009, 10:41 AM
Thank you everyone for taking the time to look and comment :) .

Susan - it really is a great learning tool; I honestly can't think of much else that would be more beneficial for becoming a more proficient pastel painter.

Nancy - thank you, and it is nice to be a part of this challenge. It's really quite inspiring to see everyone else busy on their challenges and posting them.

Pete - I'm glad you like them. I have my favorite seasons, as everyone does, but there are things I find appealing about the landscape during all the seasons and this is a really great way to try and capture that.

Scottie, Mary, Ruthie, bchlvr, Tressa: I appreciate your thoughts on which you like best. I find it interesting and useful to hear what others like and find appealing in a painting or photo, whether it's mine or not. I thought that if people had one they liked best from this group, it would probably be the 2nd one, even though it's not my personal favorite.

Charlie: I'm glad you found my comments about the process interesting. I type fast, and tend to write a lot, and I sometimes wonder if I'm too "wordy". But, I know I enjoy reading artist's thoughts about the process of their work, so I figured I'd add it in. At least it doesn't take as long to read as it did to write it :lol: .

I don't know if I mentioned this in the stickied (?) thread on this challenge, but the original photo was taken along Hermosa Creek in southwestern Colorado (near Durango). It was taken during peak summer this year.

Deborah Secor
10-08-2009, 11:28 AM
Sonya, I like the way you're approaching this, especially your notes and observations on each painting. That's valuable for you, but it also serves us, which is an added bonus.

It's interesting to observe the variation of the shapes that are occurring. I notice the foreground bushes are minimized (although some of that could be due to the photos, I know), and the shape of the sky varies a bit, too. Very interesting!

Keep going--this is great. :)

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-08-2009, 11:45 AM
Go, Susan, Go! #1 pleases me but I'm a fan of quick, rough strokes and bold color. It has energy and mood to it that speaks of wind and sunlight. The second is rather romantic--very nice!

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-08-2009, 11:46 AM
Whoa--nice one, Tres! Great distillation of the ref.

Have fun!

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-08-2009, 11:50 AM
Looking quite good, Ruth! You should be pleased with these, I think. Love the intensity of the most recent one. Go for it!

We should discuss the threads... maybe one continuous thread would be better. That's up to you. Maybe you could trouble our Mods to change the title, should you decide to do that. :wave:

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-08-2009, 11:55 AM
Looks good, Mary! Love seeing the comparisons of the three. You have a nice tonalist approach to painting, but the color variations are quite effective.

Keep going!
Deborah

marionh
10-08-2009, 01:34 PM
Susan, both these look really good. I like the contrast between the bold strokes in the first and the soft look of No. 2.

marionh
10-08-2009, 01:38 PM
So simply treated but all very effective. Love your different colour schemes, don't have a real favourite but if pushed I would say no.1 appeals more - all are good and each gives a different mood.

marionh
10-08-2009, 01:48 PM
Sonya, all look good I especially like No 2.
Enjoyed reading your notes. You're too hard on yourself, No 3 colour combos look OK to me. It's a great learning curve isn't it, even if something doesn't work out like you want it too.

SonyaJ
10-08-2009, 08:04 PM
Deborah - thanks for your comments :). Re the foreground brushes - they are sort of an afterthought on the last 2 paintings because I was running a bit over the 30 min and was also sort of mentally "done" by then, if you know what I mean...like, I was really wanting the painting to be finished, particularly on the last one :lol: . On the second one, the paper was a bit narrower, so cut those foreground areas out. But, I like how they look in the original photo, so I need to work on keeping them in for future paintings.

I just read in the other thread about your mother not doing so well...sorry to hear that. Ninety-seven years old - wow - bless her heart! :heart:

Marion - yes, you're probably right about being so self-critical of that last piece in particular. We are often our own worst critics, and that piece was just a grind. But, that's okay - it was still very worthwhile.

On to week 2 paintings!

creatividee
10-08-2009, 08:16 PM
I took the reference photo of a field near the edge of woods near my home. Here is my reference photo in color and B/W:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2009/195044-sept_to_nov_2008_078.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2009/195044-sept_to_nov_2008_078_bw_resized.jpg

I am doing my paintings from the B/W version.

The 1st is on yellow 5X7 pastel paper and was done in 45 minutes. Pans used as the "base" and various sticks for the shading / details.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2009/195044-100_challenge_036_resized_no_1.jpg

And Number 2: On same paper but brown and sticks only done in 30 minutes:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2009/195044-100_challenge_033_resized_no_2.jpg

Things I notice: terrible pines :o , need more coverage, probably working too small so that's why I plan on upping the ante to 8X10, and it is a real challenge to do something in such a short period of time! I really don't like the paper either so will likely use Colorfix primer when I use it in the future. I know these are bad but I know as I go through this challenge, I will hopefully improve.:) As always your C & C are more than welcome and appreciated.

Nansketch
10-08-2009, 08:57 PM
Dee, glad you joined us, you are off to a great start.

For me this is a great challenge, I've tried some styles I probably never would've thought about, much less posted. As I've gone along, I've questioned my ref, paper, colors etc -- Have fun!!

Nancy

Mary Y
10-08-2009, 09:40 PM
Thank you everyone. I have never really experimented with pastel colours like this before so it is bound to teach me something. I love looking at everyones work.
Mary

Mary Y
10-08-2009, 09:47 PM
Dee,
I am to new to critique but I know what I like and the glow in the trees and on your midground in your second one is lovely.
Mary

Mary Y
10-08-2009, 10:10 PM
Karen,
These are lovely I love your colour combinations. Really good to see them like this .Interesting to see the iridescents I thought they would look lighter.The red one is my favorite but its a close call as they are have their merits.
Mary

Mary Y
10-08-2009, 10:18 PM
Marion,
I agree with Charlie No 4 brings on thoughts of snow, early in the morning All four look lovely . I really like your reference picture.
Mary

marionh
10-09-2009, 01:56 AM
Dee you're doing well. The second has a mystical look to it and that glow is great.
It's a good way to try different things isn't it with out minding too much about the outcome? It will also be interesting to see how people improve along the way.

Tressa
10-09-2009, 06:12 AM
Thanks Deb, I liked the flow of the water in this pic, but didn't think all the dead trees necessary, :)

Tressa
10-09-2009, 06:22 AM
These are great Marion, a whole different feel to all but a common thread in the abstract of the total.
Another idea you can try is to make the shapes more linear to abstract it even further. And try the purple/yellow green.
Tres

Tressa
10-09-2009, 06:24 AM
Great start Dee, and I like the bright green in the first(reminds me of early summer, and the yellow introduced in the 2nd gives a totally different feel to the time.
Tres

Mary Y
10-09-2009, 07:42 AM
No 4.Canson paper W?Newton and Art spectrum pastels .
30minutes. I don't like trees and think I may delete them in the next few.
I realised I did not post my reference so here it is .


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/100777-cr1.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/100777-4.JPG




All four together.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/100777-ALLWK1.JPG

Tressa
10-09-2009, 07:56 AM
All really nice Mary. I think I like nbr 2 for the color scheme, and the crop of the right tree.
Tres

marionh
10-09-2009, 08:39 AM
Looks like a winters day to me. Love the colours in the sky. Great gallery.

marionh
10-09-2009, 08:43 AM
Thanks Charlie, Mary and Tres.
Thanks for the suggestions Tres, you've got me thinking about abstracting it more.

Mary Y
10-09-2009, 09:21 AM
Thank you Teresa and Marion.
Mary

mudfish
10-09-2009, 12:48 PM
Sorry I haven't been posting them, taking care of elder in-laws but that works as I never get more than 30 minutes. Its hard for me to post these as I haven't been able to pick them to pieces and overwork them to mud as per my usual:p I didn't follow the challenge rules exactly either (some people just cannot be channeled, can they?) but only because I've been trying out Susan Sarback's methods and I wanted to incorporate her light key concept into this. I'll be legal by the time I complete the other 97 LOL. Nothing stunnning came to mind so I did my front yard; it'll be there for another 97 attempts. Have pondered why there are no shadows; its because the dock is so high they don't extend out. Think maybe I should put some even if they are not IRL.

Sunrise
Squall
Sunset

Mary Y
10-09-2009, 06:32 PM
Hello and welcome to this challenge .
These are lovely.Your squall really sets the mood.
Sunrise and sunset have lovely colours. I can't help you on the shadows as I don't have the experience but I think you can do what you feel like in the 30mins you have. I'm looking forward to your next ones.
Mary

creatividee
10-09-2009, 07:07 PM
Thanks Nancy, Mary, Marion, and Tress for the encouraging words. I'm getting ready to prep paper for Week 2. I find it interesting to go off of the B/W photo and while knowing what the color version is to be it seems to free you from worry about what it's supposed to be. I also realize that I have to find the courage to break and unwrap the sticks...I was the kid who loved the new box of crayons and though if one broke I needed a whole new box! :) Thanks again!

Deborah Secor
10-09-2009, 07:10 PM
You're off and running, Dee, so keep at it! I agree with the others, there are nice variations in these two. If working a bit larger and using a little more time will help you settle into things, I say go for it! Whatever works for you. :wave:

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-09-2009, 07:25 PM
What a nice place to live!

I love the perspective and your color experiments are grand. Wonderful contrasts of light in all three, and I really like the reflections and color of the water in #3. I think you're right on track with these, and boy can I relate to caring for elders. Guess we all just have to sneak in what we can do, when we can do it. :D

Deborah

Nansketch
10-09-2009, 07:29 PM
Mudfish,

A beautiful front yard --- great job on these. I particularly like the colors in number 1.

Look forward to seeing more.

Nancy

creatividee
10-09-2009, 11:39 PM
How fortunate to have such a beautiful view. I really like the colors you used in the 1st. All are very nice.

BetsyPriesing
10-10-2009, 11:03 AM
Mudfish nice start! Oh i like what you did with the water in #3

Mary Brigid
10-10-2009, 12:50 PM
great work Mucfish. They look like different seasons. I love the light in the third one.
Mary Brigid

Ruthie57
10-10-2009, 04:26 PM
I love your front yard! These are great paintings. I love the sunset one best. You just know the sun's setting over your shoulder!

BetsyPriesing
10-10-2009, 06:31 PM
Ok I found something to paint. I did a trial of another composition that ended up way to complicated to do.

5x7 poppy field C&C
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/103534-poppy_field_1.JPG

Nansketch
10-10-2009, 06:56 PM
Betsy,

I really like this -- love the bright colors and how you've handled the middle ground.

Nancy

SonyaJ
10-10-2009, 07:34 PM
Love it! The combination of the soft, muted colors and the bright flowers and blues/greens/purples in the tree line looks great. It also has a really spontaneous feel to it.

Look forward to seeing more challenge paintings from you :) .

mudfish
10-10-2009, 08:17 PM
Can't wait to see this change! Its gorgeous in local color.

Susan Jenkins
10-10-2009, 09:14 PM
Betsy... I am also working with a 5 x 7 format for my challenge paintings. I too have found that a simple composition is best. I have actually seen my ref image evolve to be very simplistic in form.

Keep going!!!! I was beating myself up about my first few paintings and then it started coming together. I want to do 100 of these.....

This is really great already!!!! I can't wait to see more!!!

:) susan

Mary Y
10-10-2009, 09:38 PM
Betsy,
Lovely painting and composition gorgeous colours .What kind of paper and how long did it take you. I am also looking forward to seeing more.
Mary

marionh
10-11-2009, 03:32 AM
Great combination of colours Betsy.
Looking forward to see where you go from here.

BetsyPriesing
10-11-2009, 07:55 PM
Nancy thanks! I thought the 1st should be done how I would normally do it so that its out of my system.
Sonya and mudfish thank you
Susan Ha 100?!? think I'll run out of ideas way before then.
Mary thank you. Oh its on matboard covered with colorfix primer and it was 30min.
Marion thank you.

you might not want to see what i did today!!:eek:
on colorfix primed matboard
mostly rembrandts and nupastels
feel free to C&C this one is crazy. I went blue and yellow. My lights picked up alot of the pastel layers on the sky so it looks chunky...its smoother.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/103534-poppyfield2-1.JPG

Mary Y
10-11-2009, 09:00 PM
Betsy,
I love how you have put the light on the mid ground and your trees behind the cottage.I like it. Looking forward to seeing whats next.
Mary

SonyaJ
10-11-2009, 09:12 PM
Love the bright colors here. How did I miss the little cottage in the first painting? :o Definitely can't miss it in the second one!

marionh
10-12-2009, 03:10 AM
Blue and yellow give some interesting effects, don't they. Love the mid ground trees in this.
Sonya - I also missed the cottage in the first one LOL

Ruthie57
10-12-2009, 11:04 AM
I love the first one and did see the cottage although only just. The second is very interesting and the cottage stands out beautifully.

Deborah Secor
10-12-2009, 11:52 AM
Good ones, Betsy. It's so nice to see your fresh and lively work!

Be sure to link this thread in the original one, if you haven't already... (I may have just missed it, as distracted as I am these days.)

Deborah

helenh
10-12-2009, 02:39 PM
I'm a little late joining in the challenge. Had some uploader problems. It seems to be resolved now. Anyway, here is the photo I'm using. I love the lights and shadows in the photo.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2009/114605-photo_1.jpg

I started with a regular painting before I decided to do the challenge. It's on terra cotta Pastelmat - 12"x16".

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2009/114605-online_photo_1.jpg

Here is variation number 1 on 400 grit Uart - 6"x9" about 30 minutes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2009/114605-building_1.jpg

C&C's always welcome.

Ruthie57
10-12-2009, 02:48 PM
I agree about the lights and shadows in the photo. The first is a very good rendition. I really like it. The second I somehow like even more, love that bright salmony pink. It really glows!

Susan Jenkins
10-12-2009, 02:54 PM
Way to go Helen!!! These are both lovely... but I really love the second. This exercise is so great to get us out of our comfort zones and stretch our artistic muscles.

Keep it up!!!
:) susan

SonyaJ
10-12-2009, 03:09 PM
Both look great, Helen. I like that you chose a scene with a building as the main subject; it will be fun to see what you do with that in your challenge paintings :) .

Deborah Secor
10-12-2009, 03:12 PM
Glad you have resolved the uploader problems--there's nothing more frustrating than a computer!! :D

Lovely rendition you did first, Helen, and I really like the blue and orange of your first variation. Keep going--this will be interesting to watch, I'm sure. :thumbsup:


Deborah

marionh
10-12-2009, 03:14 PM
Interesting subject. I like the colour combo on the challenge.
Look forward to seeing more.

BetsyPriesing
10-12-2009, 03:36 PM
Helen nice job on the 1st like the treatment you used on the leaves. I like the colors you used on the 2nd too.

helenh
10-12-2009, 04:32 PM
Thanks Ruthie, Susan, Sonya, Deborah, Marion, and Betsy. I wanted to stray a bit from the strictly landscape painting mode, so I'm pleased that I found a building that works. I'm really getting into these old buildings around here. I think that I'll work on changing the mood/atmosphere. Maybe a haunted house for Halloween. I've never done an evening painting. That'll be fun.

Nansketch
10-12-2009, 05:45 PM
Helen,

this is a nice ref -- lots of possibilities -- your first two look great. Glad you were able to join in.

Nancy

BetsyPriesing
10-12-2009, 06:00 PM
Well this is it for the 1st weeks challenge. Its proving to be a challenge all right I changed the colors to the house several times and settled on blue.

C&C's welcome :)

its on matboard with colorfix primer
nupastel 5x7
blue/purple and orange
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2009/103534-poppy_field_3.JPG

Mary Y
10-12-2009, 08:07 PM
Helen,
Lovely reference and I love your regular painting, beautiful colours in the shadows and great sunlight.
No 2 is also lovely with the combination of warm and cool.
Mary

Mary Y
10-12-2009, 08:21 PM
Betsy,
beautiful colours I love your sky . In fact I really like all of this.Sky,trees and how you did the foreground.looking forward to next week.
Mary

Scottyarthur
10-12-2009, 10:59 PM
Wow I though I had comented on this yesterday, Not sure what happened. so I will again I really like these very nice but I really love the second one that one is great, I love the blues and yellows

marionh
10-13-2009, 02:18 AM
Totally different feel to this one. Love the way you suggest your trees.

Mary Brigid
10-13-2009, 05:46 AM
Wow Betsy you are quick. I love these. I like the splash of light on the ground in the second one. And the third is a huge contrast. Very gentle atmosphere
Mary Brigid

Mary Brigid
10-13-2009, 05:49 AM
I love the first one Helen. And the blue and orange version is amazing. Great colour combination. I look forward to the next one
Mary Brigid

BetsyPriesing
10-13-2009, 10:18 AM
Mary thanks!
Scotty thank you yeah the 2nd one sticks out!
Marion thank you I was wondering if i had enough to suggest those in front and behind the house.
Mary Bridgid just one a day :) trying to catch up with everyone. I have to say I'm at a loss on what to do next.

helenh
10-13-2009, 11:21 AM
I really like these. It's interesting to me how the limited palette in the 2nd one allows your focal point to shift to the house. Hardly saw it in the first one. I think seeing the works of evryone in this challenge sparks new ideas for my challenge. Love it!

helenh
10-13-2009, 11:25 AM
Thanks for your comments Nancy, Mary and Mary B. I think this challenge is terrific. Thanks for presenting it Deborah.

Karen Margulis
10-13-2009, 01:18 PM
Very Nice! I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Karen

Ruthie57
10-13-2009, 02:02 PM
Love the third one! My favourite so far I think.

gingersnap
10-13-2009, 02:10 PM
ok this first one is my favorite of all your paintings yet!!!! more interesting things following . loose and the color!!! gorgeous. ginger

Karen Margulis
10-13-2009, 02:15 PM
Great job Helen. I like that you were able to find a building to work for you. It will be great to see what else you do!
Karen

BetsyPriesing
10-13-2009, 08:15 PM
Helen thanks believer me I'm looking through how others are tackling the challenge too
karen thanks :)
Ruthie thanks I like that one too I don't think I would have done a full orange"ish" hue.
ginger thank you :)

Deborah Secor
10-13-2009, 10:10 PM
Betsy, did you and any of the others here notice that Marla Baggetta , who started this whole thing with the article, came into the original thread and made some comments? Take a look at post #110... I think it's neat that she responded when I sent her a link, and she's really touched!

Deborah

Kathryn Wilson
10-14-2009, 03:50 PM
Well, as usual, I'm behind, but I was on vacation with my 89 yo mother and my expectations were rather high for the first week.

These are the comps I was playing with. I wanted to do something out of the norm for me - and that is not a horizontal format. So, I wound up with the bottom right format (you'll have to turn your head to see it right :evil:

It's a totally horrid day today and can't get a good photo of the first painting I did - but will keep trying.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Oct-2009/14941-comps.jpg

These are all pretty tiny - all on one page of Art Spectrum - ranging from 3x5, 2x4, 5x6. Using pastel pencils, limited range.

Donna T
10-14-2009, 04:07 PM
They all look like good compositions and I would have picked the one on the bottom right. I think it has lots of possibilities with the shapes you have (and it's a nice vertical too!) Good luck with the paintings!

Kathryn Wilson
10-14-2009, 04:19 PM
As you know, Donna, the weather here is pretty bad - dark, rainy and no natural light, but here are the two paintings. After I did the vertical painting with no water, I decided to go with the painting/comp that has the water in it.

One is on Uart board and the other is Wallis - both 9x12

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Oct-2009/14941-1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Oct-2009/14941-large_comp.jpg

Donna T
10-14-2009, 04:32 PM
Yes! Water is the way to go! Nice one, Kat! I like your combination of deciduous trees with pines - lots of color possibilities there for all seasons.

Kathryn Wilson
10-14-2009, 04:41 PM
LOL - I was trying to picture Aspens and came up short.

My goal is to use color combinations I've not used before - this one is very high key for me, so in that respect it's a goal met.

Pat Isaac
10-14-2009, 05:03 PM
I love the one with the water, Kat. Great color and looking forward to the progress.

pat

Kathryn Wilson
10-14-2009, 06:13 PM
Thanks Pat!

Dcam
10-14-2009, 06:22 PM
hey Kath: I think you are on the right track with these...loose free and colorful. Nice job. Derek

bluefish
10-14-2009, 06:34 PM
color, color, love the color one!

the first four are not your best work! :D

have fun - 'blue....' :)