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Colorix
10-08-2009, 11:23 AM
Deborah's challenge thread is here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585905). (Has links to all participants.)

My first week is here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=586516).

And below is my uninspired effort of today. I started with 'local colour', in mid-values. (Truly, I did. :) ) Then every major part of a mass got three variations, for example top of bush - blue; 'side' of bush - green; base of bush - violet. The main tree (foliage) got 'boxed', with different colours on top, front, and side. I'm having fun with a new very yellow green, it yields very interesting colours combined with purples.


Oh, yes, same 'lousy' paper, in sort of neutral beige-greenish.

C&C.

5.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2009/117343-5V.jpg

Charlie

Deborah Secor
10-08-2009, 11:52 AM
Charlie, it looks more inspired than you felt, I guess. I like the subtle (for you, that is :heart:) colors... Soothing looking.

Deborah

Tressa
10-08-2009, 03:35 PM
Ok, I am just gonna say week one was a good start, and as this is the beginning of week two, post the paintings I did today.
Challenge Thread:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585905
Tres

First one is matboard with clear gesso 8x10 using a purple/green format.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2009/76189-PICT0100.JPG

2nd is 8x10 on a sanded paper using turquoise and peach.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2009/76189-PICT0095.JPG

Colorix
10-08-2009, 04:24 PM
Tres, great! The first one looks 'normal'... :-) and the second is way more adventurous! Love the sky of that one. The whole of it just glows!

Charlie

Nansketch
10-08-2009, 06:19 PM
Tres,

Good to see these --

my first impression -- first version -- really like the colors and how you worked the trees.

then I studied version two for a few minutes -- not sure I liked it as much as the other -- the longer I studied it -- I really like it -- the sky/clouds are beautiful and I like the reflective feel.

Nancy

Tressa
10-08-2009, 06:33 PM
Thanks Charlie and Nancy!
And lol, I hated nbr two while I was working on it, cuz I hated the paper and the idea I had was not working on this surface. It is a 1200 grit and too smooth for my layering, I was planning on doing a lot of blending of various types on this, but the paper would not take my abuse, and kept gumming up the pastel,but it is ok I guess. I do like the color combination of the turquoise and peaches, but not the application, so thanks, that makes me feel a bit better that you had to do a double.
Tres

SonyaJ
10-08-2009, 08:22 PM
These are both really nice, Tressa!

I like the colors and texture from the paper and sense of depth in the first one (purple and green are always winning combos in my opinion).

The second is a perfect example of an abstracted landscape, and the sanded surface of the paper gives it a nice, soft appearance. The coral/turquoise colors work, and the black in there really adds to it. Is the black the paper or pastel? I would love this on my wall :D .

Tressa
10-08-2009, 08:32 PM
Thanks Sonya, it was interesting (although very frustrating as paper wouldn't cooperate, my son was bugging me to take him to the mall, the puppy was chewing, and the phone kept ringing!!!:eek: )to do the abstract.
The black is the paper.
Tres

creatividee
10-08-2009, 08:33 PM
Tressa, Very nice!!! Love how you used just 2 colors and were able to achieve such contrast and differing moods of the same scene. :thumbsup:

Mary Y
10-08-2009, 09:28 PM
Tressa,
like Nancy I liked the first one best (in fact if it was mine I would frame it) but the second one grows on you the more you look.
This is such an interesting challenge.
Mary

Mary Y
10-08-2009, 09:58 PM
Hi Charlie,
I like these colours and you have a lovely distant atmospheric thing happening behind your trees. It is very interesting for me to hear how you plan your colours.I realise I usually just try and copy the reference colours.
Mary

saramathewson
10-09-2009, 12:00 AM
I think this one really works Charlie.

It seems you are not happy with it?

Sara

saramathewson
10-09-2009, 12:03 AM
These are great Tressa!

I love how different they are!

Sara

marionh
10-09-2009, 02:01 AM
Great Tressa,
Really love the first one, that combo of colours is most appealing. I'm a bit stuck on mine so maybe I will try that combo to get me back into the swing of it.
The third one looks really loose and it looks like you had fun - I wouldn't have guessed it was such a struggle. Another great colour combination to try.

marionh
10-09-2009, 02:08 AM
I like that colour commbination in the mid ground - the green on the turquoise? Another unusual treatment of the trees.
To me the painting looks like morning with the sun peaking through and trying to make up its mind.

Tressa
10-09-2009, 06:16 AM
Charlie, looks like we were in the same mind frame(purple/yellow green):D
I like the softness of this and really like the foliage on the right side.
Tressa

Tressa
10-09-2009, 06:27 AM
Thanks Dee, Mary, Sara, and Marion, needless to say, I don't think I will be using any more of that particular paper. I wanted to use up some old stuff, but not when it drives me nuts! Sooo not worth it, lol.
Tres

marionh
10-09-2009, 09:18 AM
After a bit of a mental block, I used Tressa's suggestion of purple/greens.

This is on a spare piece of mountboard that I had. I had coated it in gesso and acrylic stripey very dark acrylic ground which I did a couple of years back and I had intended to use it to try a portrait in acrylics - the ghostly outline of a sketch was still there. After the first application I sprayed it with fixative - well I thought I had and it was early this morning, but when I looked at the can I found it was acrylic varnish:mad: So I called it an experiment and to my surprise the pastel went quite well on top of it!

I don't know why I didn't think of this combination before. In my early days of acrylics I used to love using a green made from a combination of cereleum, lemon yellow and white and putting it against purple and turqoise. Talk about not remembering what you learnt:lol:

I had trouble photographing this, all my first attempts just came out blue and there was no purple in the photos at all. I eventually photographed this as a night scene but outdoors. I got most of the purple but I don't know where the orange came from. It is yellow on top of white - hoping to get the effect of the sun shining through. A lot of the background comes through as well in the photo, not nearly so dark in real life.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/42113-Challenge_5_Week_2_800x600.JPG

Here's the link to my Week 1 Challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=586326)

And here is the original challenge threadfrom Deborah (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585905)

Mary Y
10-09-2009, 09:24 AM
Marion
Beautiful colours and there are those lovely shapes again.
Mary

marionh
10-09-2009, 03:14 PM
Thanks Mary. I like this colour combo as well and I think I will try it on a different ground.

BetsyPriesing
10-09-2009, 06:26 PM
Tressa two totally different paintings! Love the 1st, great color combo. love the comp you choose too!

Deborah Secor
10-09-2009, 07:00 PM
Since I'm only getting about two done per week, I guess I'll try to be realistic and scale back, but IF I can manage it I'll do more this week!

Here are my next two, again 9x9" done in one half hour or less:

#3
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/23609-variation_3_-pmat.JPG

#4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/23609-variation_4_-uart.JPG

And here are the first four all together:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/23609-week_1.jpg

This is so interesting! I've already noticed my habit of grabbing the same colors or kind of color to do something. For instance, (just to call myself on this) I notice that all the trees are still dark and green, and all the mid-range grasses tend to cooler greenish shades. Now I have to change it out! I guess realizations like this are part of what this experiment is all about.

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-09-2009, 07:20 PM
Good experiment with the paper in #2, but I agree--it's just depressing to work with materials that argue with you too much. Not worth it to me either! However, I agree that the color combo is neat.

I also like the tall trees in the first one... Very elegant!

Deborah

Mary Y
10-09-2009, 07:24 PM
Lovely to see these Deborah.I really like the light running across the tracks. I see what you mean about the same colours but it works.
mary

Nansketch
10-09-2009, 07:25 PM
Deborah,

Great to see these -- I like your choices in colors -- they all work well. Hope you are having fun -- everyone is still very enthusiastic.

Nancy

Deborah Secor
10-09-2009, 07:27 PM
Wowie, this is wonderful, Marion! Great energy and strength. So expressive, and I love the color combo!! Go for it. I think you're really onto something here.

Deborah

Nansketch
10-09-2009, 07:42 PM
Attached are 4 works, I only got two done last week, so now I'll be even. Everyone is doing such interesting work. I'm really new to pastels (a couple of months) -- worked in graphite until recently.
So, I've really gotten out of my comfort zone- gone pretty abstract -- feel like I've learned alot -- but have so much to learn.

so, 9x9 in, three are experiments with basic complementary colors 45 min or less
1. grayscale paper, toned with orange, drawing worked in blue and orange
2. white paper, purple and yellow
3. white watercolor paper, toned with 2 shades of greem, drawing worked in reds and greens
4. beige pastel paper, browns, rusts, blues

C&C welcome and appreciated.

Thanks for lookinghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/141858-comp-bl-or.gif

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/141858-comp-ye-vi.gif
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/141858-comp-re-gr.gif
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2009/141858-DSC01048.JPG
Nancy

Paula Ford
10-09-2009, 07:56 PM
Great job on these Nancy!

Susan Jenkins
10-09-2009, 08:00 PM
Nice....!!! aren't these fun Nancy!!!
You've got some great variety going on.... that's part of the goal!
Let's keep up the challenge!!!
:) susan

Susan Jenkins
10-09-2009, 08:03 PM
oh my goodness.... that turquoise one just blows my mind. I know that you are doing these much faster than I am. I really need to start working more quickly. I think I could learn lots more that way. Mine don't look anything close to as good as yours at 30 minutes or less!!! More to learn... but how fun!
:) susan

Mary Y
10-09-2009, 08:06 PM
Nancy, lovely colours and as Susan said great variety.
Mary.

Deborah Secor
10-09-2009, 08:27 PM
I agree. It's fun to see the variety and playfulness here! The top one is really strong, and the contrast of blues and browns in the last one is very interesting, too.

Keep going!
Deborah

creatividee
10-09-2009, 11:47 PM
I thought the same thing about the purple / green combo but after seeing others use of purples and pinks it really does work! Nice job. I can relate to the frustration of getting an accurate photo and when you think you've got it the uploading seems to affect in a different way. It seems though everyone seems to face the same fate. Look forward to seeing more as the challenge goes on. :)

marionh
10-10-2009, 02:32 AM
Deborah they really look great together. I like the way you've defined the mountain highlights with that turquoise. Not keen on that really pink path though:)
The turquoise combination is great. It has an evening glow to it.

Old habits are hard to break - I'm finding it hard to use different types of strokes and have to really think about that when doing the studies.

Colorix
10-10-2009, 05:16 AM
Hi Deb, ooooh, number 2 is beautiful as an 'ordinary' painting! Love the bits of light in the tracks in 4! You'll run out of the 'usual' options pretty soon, and then you'll be 'forced' to leave 'business as usual' and get adventuresome. You = general you, not specifically you Deborah.

Charlie

Colorix
10-10-2009, 06:03 AM
Beautiful, Marion! This one seems to come from your heart.

Charlie

PS, won't even start to complain about what photo/scanning, PSE noodling, and uploading does to colour. Especially layered colour...

marionh
10-10-2009, 08:59 AM
Thanks Deborah, Dee and Charlie. I've done another purple/green on a different support and will post when I have taken a photo.

BetsyPriesing
10-10-2009, 09:31 AM
Marion this is a great combination. The pop of pink really livens up the painting I think if that wasn't there it would not work as well.

marionh
10-10-2009, 09:41 AM
Nancy great to see all your variations. Learning's the name of the game. I'm already thinking of some future paintings differently and would like to try some of the combos in earnest.

I hope you don't mind but I've done a little gallery of your pics this week. If you would like me to I can do week 1 for you as well and add any future week 2s.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/42113-Challenge_Week_2.jpg

marionh
10-10-2009, 09:44 AM
Thanks Betsy. I wasn't sure about the pink touch glad you feel it worked.

marionh
10-10-2009, 09:59 AM
Another purple green combo, this time on pale cream Ingres 90g. It's a little thin and I used the rough side but meant to use the smooth side and didn't notice at first, but decided to carry on. Used fixative twice and decided to go for really trying to lay the pastel on thickly - intially to try to cover the spots from the support but then to see how it would work.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/42113-Challenge_6_Week_2_800x600.JPG

And the Week 2 gallery so far
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/42113-Gallery_2.jpg

Mary Y
10-10-2009, 10:10 AM
Marion,
These are a lovely colour combination. I hope when I try it it works as well for me . I really like both of these.
Mary

BetsyPriesing
10-10-2009, 11:19 AM
these are really really nice. I like the 1st and 4th ones. I like how the tracks sit down into the orange grass.

marionh
10-10-2009, 12:07 PM
Another one completed - I'm on a roll LOL

This one is on dark grey Ingres paper (smooth side) but a thicker one (150g) than the previous one. Feels quite waxy when putting pastels on top but not a bad effect.

I was inspired by a paintian by David Prentice and wanted to play with the sky.
Used burnt sienna in this one, not a colour I normally use.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/42113-Challenge_7_Week_2_800x600.JPG

Week 2 Gallery so far
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/42113-Gallery_2.jpg

Mary Brigid
10-10-2009, 12:47 PM
Marion you sure are on a roll. These are wonderful. I love the purple and greens together. I love the sky in the first on. Looks like a shower of rain approaching.
Mary Brigid

Mary Brigid
10-10-2009, 12:54 PM
All lovely Deborah. I love the fourth one. It is very nocturnal.
Mary Brigid

Nansketch
10-10-2009, 01:21 PM
Marion,

Great to see the two versions in purple/green -- I really like the sky in number 1 and the foreground in #2 --

Also number 3 --- so different -- great color combo

Nancy

Ruthie57
10-10-2009, 01:25 PM
Well I managed to do another today. The idea is that it's stormy weather and I was going to try and portray rain falling but the tooth of the paper was too full by then and all the colours streaked!! So I'll have to give that a go another time. This one only took 35 mins so I'm speeding up.

Here are the ones I've done so far (no Photoshop so had to take a pic of them together on the floor) and today's by itself.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/189061-IMG_2130.JPGsmall.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/189061-IMG_2126.JPGsmall.JPG

PS. The cloud behind the tree leaves was brilliant!!

Nansketch
10-10-2009, 01:29 PM
Marion-- thank you for you help, was this photoshop -- I promise I will work on the sizing and uploading this weekend. (its a cold and/or dreary weekend in the Chicago area). The gallery is great, you really surprised me and I appreciate it. so much to learn.

Paula, Susan, Deb and Marion -- thank you for your comments on my group -- this really is fun -- since I am pretty new, I'm trying 'whatever'-- I just keep saying -- oh well, another piece of paper, just do something. I hope to continue in a more realistic mode but the abstract is fun.
Nancy (looking forward to week 3).

Ruthie57
10-10-2009, 01:35 PM
These are really colourful. No's 1 and 4 really stand out for me.

Nansketch
10-10-2009, 01:35 PM
Ruthie,
I like your storm clouds -- and the reflection. Too bad the rain didn't work the way you wanted, but try, try again. Glad to see you found a work around PS -- I have mine taped on a wall -- starting to look like a quilt.

Nancy

Ruthie57
10-10-2009, 01:39 PM
It must be hard for a landscape painter to take a completely new viewpoint on colour. Afterall, distant mountains ARE purple/blue and tree foliage is green. I like all of these. The only thing I can't reconcile in my fuddled brain is the pink tyre tracks in the 3rd one. They are also pink (against orange) in the 1st one but that doesn't bother me. Perhaps it is simply that in the first one they have a better form.
Doing mine and looking at others is making me actually think about what I see!

BetsyPriesing
10-10-2009, 01:56 PM
Nancy great going. the 1st does pop out

marionh
10-10-2009, 03:38 PM
Hi Nancy, you're welcome - I think is always a boost when you see them side by side.
Yes it was photoshop elements version 2 - a very old version. I have newer versions but this does most of what I need. I downloaded your pictures and then cut and pasted them into a canvas I created at 930 x 300 pixels 9(this was easier than opening new layers). PM me if you need any help.

You're already doing great, I'm also doing exactly that - grabbing a piece of paper and seeing what comes out of it. It's a great boost to building confidence.

Ruthie57
10-10-2009, 05:21 PM
Wow, you've been busy. I love the first one, it really clicks for me. The second one has a calmer feel to it. The third is a little too abstarct for me but the colours are compelling!

bchlvr
10-10-2009, 05:29 PM
Great job...number 4 and 5 are my favorites.

Susan Jenkins
10-10-2009, 05:31 PM
Nice Ruthie, I love the variety in these. I am finding myself getting quicker at these too.... and I think that's the goal.

:) let's keep it up!!
susan

bchlvr
10-10-2009, 05:39 PM
Very nice job on these.

Ruthie57
10-10-2009, 05:40 PM
I'm really enjoying this! Trouble is I'm gonna be pushed to do 3 this week, unless I can do both the other 2 on Monday.
Bchlvr....4 & 5 are the same one! The colours have come out really different in the two photos but the big one is nearer the actual colour. There's no blue in that painting at all, can't remember the colours but the water and sky are mainly one of the unison greys (such lovely greys) Mauve and purple.

bchlvr
10-10-2009, 05:41 PM
Great job on these.

SonyaJ
10-10-2009, 07:40 PM
These are really fun, Nancy! I like the colors you chose in the 2nd one and the contrast and varied textures in the 4th.

SonyaJ
10-10-2009, 07:47 PM
Deborah, I really like the color combos you chose for these, esp. #2 - green/purple/yellow seem to always look nice together.

And they are so nice and loose!:)

jillstefaniwagner
10-10-2009, 08:25 PM
Absolutely Yummy! Each one is a special treat!

Mary Y
10-10-2009, 09:51 PM
Ruthie,
The rain may not have worked but the picture has a nice feeling of wetness with your stormclouds and reflections.They all look great together.I love how you did your right hand tree.
Mary

Mary Y
10-10-2009, 10:11 PM
Marion,
No3 also has lovely colours and is very different from the first two but I think thats part of what this whole challenge is about.
Mary

Mary Y
10-11-2009, 02:29 AM
Here are my four for week two.
They were all done on colourfix paper 5,6,and7 on Deep Ultra 8 on Rich Beige
8x8 inches around 30minutes
Pastels used Winsor Newton, Art Spectrum Munyo and Schmincke.

When I finished No 5 I realised how bland it looked and almost didn't post it. I have however decided to go with the good the bad and the ugly. I also see I use raw sienna/orange in almost every one.



#5

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/100777-5.JPG





#6
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/100777-6.JPG



I think the landing gear from the mothership will come down any minute
Very Red


#7





#8
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/100777-8.JPG
This made me think of a track to the beach on a winters day.



Two weeks together

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2009/100777-wk12.JPG

Colourist52
10-11-2009, 05:27 AM
These are really great! I like numbers 6 and 7 very much, the colours are very vibrant. the first four look quite controlled but you can see that your style in the last four is becoming looser already.

Mary Y
10-11-2009, 08:07 AM
Thank you Julie.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/100777-7.JPGI see No 7 didn't load so I will try again.
Mary

jackiesimmonds
10-11-2009, 10:05 AM
Hi Deborah

If you live in an area which doesn't see much in the way of season colour changes, it is easy to get stuck into a tree-colour mindset. I am not sure what happens in your area, but perhaps you do not have the colour changes of some areas.

to help yourself change the colours of your trees in your pics, perhaps it might help to think of season changes elsewhere. Springtime acid yellows and sharp yellow-greens; Autumnal reds and oranges; wintry snow covered blackish or dark greenish branches with touches of turquoise. Then what about weather effects.....what would fog/mist do to your scene, or frost?
then there are the different and more unusual natural colours for trees - russets, pinks, blues - there are so many tree leaf colours in nature - and anyway, for this exercise, you can always use outrageous colours so long as the pic works.

But you know that.........

SonyaJ
10-11-2009, 10:06 AM
Mary, these turned out quite well! My favorite is #8 - love the dark, dramatic sky.

And I agree with Julie - when you post the two weeks' worth together, you can definitely see how you're getting bolder w/ color use (I find the exact same thing is happening with me :) ) and the paintings are looser in style.

marionh
10-11-2009, 10:16 AM
Thanks Mary Brigid, Nancy, Ruthie, Linn and Mary.

I've not done much in the way of landscapes with lots of sky - I'm more of a sunny day blue sky sort of person, but no.3 showed me how you can push the colour and get interesting result. This is so much fun playing around with colour and not minding.

BetsyPriesing
10-11-2009, 11:10 AM
Mary these are really interesting! I agree your style is loosening up! I'm drawn the the 3rd and 8th one. Love the 8th sky against the yellow ground.

Nansketch
10-11-2009, 06:00 PM
Sonya and Linn -- thanks for your comments -- definitely fun AND challenging.

In addition to the pastel challenge -- I've addressed my photoshop issues. I'm attaching my 'gallery' of week 1 here (Marion, I figured out, thanks to you for the push and Colorixn for the great instructions in her signature line). I've got a bit more to figure out but making progress. Now I can concentrate on the next version, what will it be???

Nancy

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/141858-challenge_week_1_copy.jpg

Deborah Secor
10-11-2009, 06:45 PM
I like that last one a lot, too! :thumbsup:

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-11-2009, 06:51 PM
Thanks everyone! Wish I had the leisure of time to respond to each one, but I'm reading all your comments and helpful thoughts (thanks, Jackie!) and will continue on my journey... I think for the next few I'm going to turn it UPSIDE DOWN to defuse the safe old, tried and true landscape habits!

Deborah

Deborah Secor
10-11-2009, 06:53 PM
Mmmm, the contrast in #2 appeals to me. It's unusual--I like it!

Deborah

saramathewson
10-11-2009, 07:34 PM
These are great! i love the last one too.
I have only done two so far and have been too sick to even post them. It seems I have bronchitis and need to see the doc. My asthma kicked in (haven't had it in years) and I can hardly breath without coughing up a storm. ugh. Hopefully once I get on some antibiotics I will get better quickly so I can try to catch up with all of you:)

Sara

SonyaJ
10-11-2009, 07:40 PM
Here are three of my five for this week:

#4 - Winter, after storm
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/187416-challenge-004.jpg

Size: 6x8 on MT creme paper, smooth side. Pastels: Unison and Sennelier blues for sky and mtns, Rembrandt and Senn. for rosey-red toned foreground foliage.
Notes: For this, I was going by value vs. "realism", and my goal was to try and capture various shadows of snow. The sky ended up getting re-worked a bit, because the original color (Senn.) I chose for it didn't really harmonize so well with the rest of the cooler blues like I'd envisioned. I also put a bit more emphasis on the foreground foliage than in the previous paintings, although the shapes themselves are too similar and repetative. I kinda like it otherwise, and definitely want to do another "winter" scene.

#5 - High chroma - (get your :cool: on)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/187416-challenge-005.jpg

Paper: 400-grit sandpaper, 5.5x8". Pastels: Sennelier.
Notes: Fun, and crazytime in the studio :eek: . I really enjoyed doing this using insanely loud, saturated colors. I pulled out the brighest pastels I had in my collection, experimented with various palettes on a seperate piece of paper, and settled on blues and reds. No finger blending - just layering. The sandpaper is a really nice surface to work on. The camera didn't want to pick up the two blues used in the sky, and it over-saturated the colors a bit (is that even possible? :lol: ), so I had to do a bit of pp tweaking in PS Elements. I actually ended up running it through a warm filter, which also helped take down the saturation a bit. This may be my new favorite!

#6 - purple and earth-orange palette
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2009/187416-challenge-006.jpg

Paper: MT sienna-color. actual size: 6x8. Pastels: Rembrandts for earth tones; Unison dk. blue and 1 purple; other blues/purples, Sen.
Notes: I chose this palette for two main reasons: 1) I love purple - it's my favorite color; 2) I have this set of "flesh color" Rembrandts that I bought years ago ( :confused: ), and wanted to actually use some of them. I decided to add some of the purples to the left side of the composition. IRL, these areas correspond to small clusters of aspen in the surrounding spruce, which makes for higher contrast of light and dark values. Foreground foliage: anything goes - shapes, colors, sizes. I think this foliage is the best so far - not as contrived and rushed as some of the others were.

It seems like most people here have been working in pastel for many years, and probably have used all the pastels in their collections at one time or another. I have been removing the wrappers on the pastels that have them as I use them so I'll know which I've used, and I'm going to try and not duplicate colors as much as possible for these challenge paintings.

I also have to say how "liberating" it is to work from a b/w photo. It takes a while to break free from the conventional landscape palette and "realism" that is somewhat entrenched in probably many of us. I've always admired artists who can be so free with colors, and this challenge really forces you to take that plunge and experiment. I can't wait to see what #30 looks like...from myself and everyone else!

Thanks for looking - any CC welcome, of course :)

Nansketch
10-11-2009, 08:13 PM
Sonya,

These are terrific -- I love number 2, but then I was using unconventional color in my last group, it is fun. Definitely agree with your concept of the b/w picture freeing the color decisions.

Nancy

Mary Y
10-11-2009, 08:46 PM
Sonya.
These are gorgeous such lovely combinations of colours.I cannot make up my mind which I like best .I keep going back to 1 but then I catch a glimpse of the colours in 2 and they are stunning .No3 Is lovely but I need to view it without 2's distraction.
looking forward to your next two. Mary

SonyaJ
10-11-2009, 09:09 PM
Nancy and Mary - thank you for your comments :). I definitely spent more time selecting the colors for this week's paintings. It was quite helpful, I think. I'm glad you think the color combos worked okay...sometimes, I am not so sure!

Mary - I agree about #5 sort of demanding all the attention on the page :D.

Mary Y
10-11-2009, 09:33 PM
Thank you Deborah,Betsy and Sonya it feels very strange working with these colours and I don't have a natural flair for colour combinations. However I should know a bit more by the time I finish this challenge.

Sarah, Thank you . I hope you get over your Bronchitis and asthma soon look after yourself.
Mary

BetsyPriesing
10-12-2009, 12:02 AM
Sonya I really like #5 the trees really pop off the hill! I'm really drawn to it. Your pastel strokes are very vibrant on this one.

mudfish
10-12-2009, 12:47 AM
All great. The blues are my favs.

Colourist52
10-12-2009, 04:29 AM
Hi sonja, these are all great but I just love the colours in no. 5, very fauvist!

Tressa
10-12-2009, 07:12 AM
Thanks Betsy and Deborah, just getting back to computer as had huge community yard sale this weekend, and yes, I was on the committee:eek: Had to get everything together, post the sale and hang the signs, then up at 5 Sat to get my stuff outside!
But I had a lot left after making a few bucks and took all that to charity yesterday. Two trips!!!
So I will be back in later today to comment on everyone else. Haven't had time to breathe this last two days!
Tressa

Ruthie57
10-12-2009, 07:32 AM
The first one is beautiful. Just how I aspire to be able to do landscape! Like some of the others I wasn't keen on the second one to start with but it grew on me. It has a lot of charm and the colours are zingy!

Ruthie57
10-12-2009, 07:37 AM
Wow, I love all three. The high chroma one is such a wow! I must try and use similar colours myself...........if I dare!

helenh
10-12-2009, 08:08 AM
These are wonderful. What fun. It's great to see such different interpretations.

Scottyarthur
10-12-2009, 08:45 AM
Wonderful I really like the violets and greens

Scottyarthur
10-12-2009, 08:48 AM
Nice Job on these, I like the colors in the first one

Scottyarthur
10-12-2009, 08:51 AM
I love these all, I see you went for that purple and green combination :)

Scottyarthur
10-12-2009, 08:53 AM
Well done, I like the colors in 2 and 3

Scottyarthur
10-12-2009, 08:56 AM
all are very nice, but I think you nailed it with #8 this one is top notched

Scottyarthur
10-12-2009, 09:00 AM
very nice Tressa, I love the colors in the second one

Scottyarthur
10-12-2009, 09:03 AM
oh yea I think all three are very nice that red is so over powering but you off set it with the cool blues, nicely done

SonyaJ
10-12-2009, 09:29 AM
Scotty, Helen, Julie and mudfish - thank you for your comments and sharing which is your favorite :) .

Ruthie - definitely go for it, re similar colors! It was definitely the most fun of all I've done so far to paint, and I would be happy to have inspired even one other person to try the same type of loud palette.

Betsy - I think the surface had much to do with the reason the strokes are more interesting and vibrant, as you said. I see why so many people here use sanded surfaces for their work - the pastel just flows onto it effortlessly. The M-T...well, I can make the pastel go down with some effort, but the strokes aren't as smooth. But, it's what I had, and it's inexpensive and good to practice on. I'll definitely be buying some better papers when I have some $$.

marionh
10-12-2009, 10:43 AM
Thanks Scottyarthur, the green and purple really appeals to me too.

Ruthie57
10-12-2009, 11:21 AM
I love looking at all these different interpretations. Of yours I like no 7 best but they are all very good!

Deborah Secor
10-12-2009, 11:50 AM
Whoa! Very nice stuff! I agree, #2 is a wowser, but these three are all strong for different reasons. Thanks, too, for the information and your thoughts on each one.

Keep going!
Deborah

Mary Y
10-12-2009, 08:33 PM
Scotty thank you for taking the time to look and your comments.
Ruthie Thank you it certainly is an interesting exercise.
Mary

marionh
10-13-2009, 12:05 PM
Well I hope you all have your sunglasses on.

Some of the others were becoming a bit abstract so I decided to take it to the extreme.
I really enjoyed doing this one and could have spent more time layering the colours to get more subtle effects.
Spent a little longer on this - mainly because I had to remove all my finger prints after using the charcoal for the outlines.
On Ingres 90 gm paper. This worked very well on this paper, maybe because I used fixative to fix the charcoal?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2009/42113-Challenge_8_week_2__800x600.JPG

I'd love to hear what you think of this one - good, bad etc.

Ruthie57
10-13-2009, 12:19 PM
Well I tried a high chroma one using 2 of each blue red and yellow. It didn't work IMO and when I convert it to BW the values are mostly the same. It was interesting to do as I got the colours out first and wasn't tempted to add others. Also finished in 35 mins but, if I'd taken 35 hours I don't think I could've rescued it!!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2009/189061-IMG_2143.JPGsmall.JPG

Karen Margulis
10-13-2009, 01:14 PM
Great job so far! I really like the rainy day version!

Karen

Karen Margulis
10-13-2009, 01:22 PM
I love the green and purple color combination. Both of them work for me!

Karen

Ruthie57
10-13-2009, 01:59 PM
You've made a very nice design out of it and the colour combinations are great!

SonyaJ
10-13-2009, 06:06 PM
My final two, plus the "collage" of all 5 for the week:

#007 - Full moon rising after sunset
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2009/187416-challenge-007.jpg

Paper: M-T netural grey with fibers. Pastels: Unison, Sennelier, Rembrandt. I had a white pastel pencil that I used for the moon bottom layer.
Notes: The colors of the sky and the foreground are based off of this photo (http://picasaweb.google.com/sonyaj.dpm/SonyaSDailyArtJournal?authkey=Gv1sRgCNbgsKGYud7UAg#5392201710253977826)I took of a full moon shortly after sunset earlier this summer [location: just north of Flagstaff, AZ]. I wasn't able to match the colors of the mountains as well as I wanted because of limitations in my pastel collection (also, the computer with the photo is in the other room). So, I went with some colors that seemed like they'd work okay, although the lighter turquoise on the right-side mountain doesn't thrill me. My camera did *not* take kindly to matching up values as they should be, with the foreground browns being far too saturated and bright. I was able to selectively de-saturate that area and it's pretty accurate now, at least on my monitor (you can see small areas of what the colors looked like before down along the lower edge). At some point, I'd like to use the full moon photo as the basis for a painting, and this study was helpful for that.

#008 - Split complementary palette: purple, yellow-green and yellow-orange:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2009/187416-challenge-008.jpg

Paper: M-T sienna color (paper is visible in several areas of the painting :rolleyes: ). Pastels: Unison, Sennelier and Rembrandt.
Notes: I love the palette, but am not particuarly thrilled with the painting. Things I'd change: 1) limit the sky to purples and maybe a light yellow-creme; there is too much of the yellow-orange pastel in there. 2) use the various yellow-greens in both sides of the mountain. Since I was attempting to keep with the original values, I kept the lightest greens over on the right side. It looks odd, and isn't helped by the fact that the green on the left side forest isn't really a true yellow-green...it was the closest I had to that value, though. If I was doing this as a serious, keeper painting, I'd use different colored paper...or better yet, a different surface than M-T. Whereas sometimes I don't mind the paper showing through, I find it to be an unpleasant distraction here. Also, the pastels didn't want to layer here, so I was left with some muddy colors when I tried to layer the lighter greens over the trees on the left, so that's one reason it looks sloppy. I did use short strokes of finger blending on this painting; it would have looked worse than it does if I hadn't! And, I couldn't get the color balance correct for the purple on the right side - it is *not* maroon colored, but a bluer, darker purple (Unison). Filters and other pp efforts didn't help that much.

Finally, here's the composite for this weeks' paintings to compare them side-by-side. I tried setting the background to black, but I couldn't figure out how to do that!:confused:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2009/187416-challenge-week-2.jpg

Thanks for looking, and please feel free to suggest any other things I could fix if I were going to re-do any of these :D .

Cheers,

Deborah Secor
10-13-2009, 10:26 PM
Yep, I did, Scott! :wink2: Thanks!

By the way, did you all notice that Marla Baggetta, who started this whole thing with her article in the PJ, came into our original thread and left a comment? (post #110) I had sent her an email thanking her for the inspiration and linking her to us. It was really nice of her to take the time to become a member and leave the message there. I think she was really touched! Just thought I'd share.... :D

Deborah

creatividee
10-13-2009, 11:06 PM
Sonya, Love what you have done with the different color combinations ~~~ amazing how each depicts a different mood and feel. I'm impressed---5 in a week. I'm struggling to get my 2nd one done for the week! :o

SonyaJ
10-14-2009, 08:25 AM
Thanks for your comments, Dee. Re the paintings, I usually end up doing 2 at a time. Since the size is pretty small and I am doing them in 30-40 min, it is a bit easier to get 5 done. Plus, I really need the practice of painting regularly! The fact that I only work part-time helps as well :).

marionh
10-14-2009, 01:26 PM
Here is my gallery of Variations for week 1 and 2. It's great to see them all together.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Oct-2009/42113-Gallery_week_1_and_2.jpg

BetsyPriesing
10-14-2009, 03:07 PM
Oh Marion these are beautiful! love them all together! 5 and 6 are great combos of green/purples. Really like what you did with the last one!

Ruthie57
10-14-2009, 03:09 PM
Did another one today and have realised that I have completed week 2 as I've done 3 paintings :clap:
The idea with this was that I would use 2 primarys and their complements. So I used Yellow/purple and Red/green. I was s'posed to keep the 2 sets of colour separate which I did in the sky, it's all yellow and purple (with some white) but I ended up putting all 4 colours in the hedge and grass.
I used 1 red, 2 greens, 1 yellow and 2 purples plus some white.
I started at 17.45 and was losing the light by the time I finished at 1800 so this is taken under electric light. I'll take another tomorrow and if it is significantly different will post it too.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Oct-2009/189061-IMG_2161.JPGsmall.JPG

marionh
10-14-2009, 03:16 PM
thanks Betsy. I like that purple green combination and tried it on this months landscape challenge, It worked well - even my husband liked it!

Here is the link if you'd like to see it Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=587884)

The abstract also caught my attention - I'm planning to do a mosaic in the wall surrounding the pool - my husband has left a large space in the rendering - I am contemplating using that one as a basis.

Mary Y
10-14-2009, 08:24 PM
Marion,
Your paintings look lovely together. I really like your abstract(which is unusual as I don't usually like abstract) It reminds me of a stained glass window and the colours in it work really well . I find it hard to pick one I like best as I like them all.
Mary

Mary Y
10-14-2009, 08:32 PM
Ruthie,
I really like this one the clouds and grass reflections in the foreground look great. My favorites are 4 & 6 but then I also like 2 & 3 .
Mary

Paula Ford
10-14-2009, 10:45 PM
Very nice!!

Tressa
10-15-2009, 02:45 PM
Thanks Ruthie and Scott.
I am going to be challenged to get two done a week:eek:
I thought I would get another done before today, but yikes!!!

Tressa
10-15-2009, 02:48 PM
WOW! Sonja these are fantastic, love nbr 2 but they are all very good combos

Tressa
10-15-2009, 03:03 PM
Very nice Ruthie, and even tho it didn't work as you planned the one says rain to me,... like it!

Tressa
10-15-2009, 03:07 PM
Wow! Marion! The last one is a blast!! Love what you did! I still see the original in the shapes, but boy, what a change!!
And the purple/green worked well for you also!!! Love that one also!!
Tressa

Tressa
10-15-2009, 03:09 PM
These are great Deborah; I always enjoy seeing your strong strokework, and isn't it funny how you place them all together, and you see things you do almost automatically, and subconcious(the dark green trees).

Tressa
10-15-2009, 03:22 PM
Love the look of these all side by side. Really like the purple and the blue one ;nbr 8 I think it is!!!

SonyaJ
10-15-2009, 04:58 PM
Tressa, thank you for your comments :) , and also thank you to Deborah for your earlier post that I spaced out on replying to...:o .

Ruthie57
10-15-2009, 05:13 PM
I think they're all great and can't decide between them. They look so colourful in your gallery display!

SonyaJ
10-15-2009, 05:14 PM
Marion - really great seeing them all side-by-side like that! Nice bright colors you used on these (love the purples and greens together).

Like Mary, my first thought when I saw the last abstracted one is that it reminded me of stained glass. Very neat and "outside the box" idea. It might be my favorite just because I really dig abstracted landscapes :) .

SonyaJ
10-15-2009, 05:19 PM
Thanks, Ruthie! It's really great to see all the images of everyone's paintings put together in a single composite, isn't it? I'm going to figure out how to make the background black on mine for next time, and keep the crop size consistent as well.

Nansketch
10-15-2009, 05:27 PM
Sonya,

I like all of these -- I especially like your technique, the angle, size of the strokes.

Love seeing them all together.
Nancy

Susan Jenkins
10-15-2009, 05:37 PM
Oh woops... I just posted the beginning of my second week's paintings as a new thread. This must be a better way to do this since there would be lots of new threads because so many are participating.

I'll repost here and perhaps a moderator can delete my other thread.

This is one I did today of a night painting. I'm also including one I already posted which was the beginning of my second week.

C&C most welcome!!!
susan

creatividee
10-15-2009, 05:49 PM
Susan, These are great!

Deborah Secor
10-15-2009, 06:04 PM
BEEEautiful! This is really working for you, Susan.

Deborah

SonyaJ
10-15-2009, 06:12 PM
Susan, the new night painting is just awesome! Love the colors you used and the reflection in the water. I did a full moon version this week as well, but I like your version better :D .

I have been babbling to my friends (and anyone else who will listen :lol: ) how great this challenge painting has been for me. As someone who is really pretty new to pastels (the challenge paintings I've done are more than I've done, all told, in the past), it is probably the single best thing I could do to improve my skills.

So, I totally agree with you about how this challenge really helps with exploring new techniques and colors, etc.

BetsyPriesing
10-15-2009, 09:28 PM
Wow Susan I just love both of them. They dance!

Susan Jenkins
10-15-2009, 09:35 PM
Oh Betsy.... just love the way you put that..... "they dance". What a beautiful analogy for a painting! I'm going to try to remember that next time I'm in the process..... Make it dance!!! I believe the reward is part of the experience of painting... and not what we may earn afterwards.
I think I'm obessesed with this journey...... and oh what a beautiful obsession!

Mary Y
10-15-2009, 11:16 PM
Susan,
Both beautiful but the I can't stop looking at your night painting It's gorgeous
Mary

Colourist52
10-16-2009, 04:46 AM
Susan, both of these are beautiful! Like the way the reflections sparkle in both of these but I think my favourite is the 2nd one.

helenh
10-16-2009, 12:00 PM
Deborah - Gotta love that red. Hot mama!
Susan - Gorgeous colors. I love the nighttime one. I tried to do a nighttime variation, tried being the operative word here.

Kathryn Wilson
10-16-2009, 03:48 PM
I'm behinder and behinder - I may have to drop back to 2 a week for the rest of the month.

Here's #1 for Challenge Week 2. Art Spectrum grey - haven't used this paper in a long time and forgot that you really need to push the color into the paper to avoid a mottled appearance - using colors I don't normally pick up. Just under 1/2 hour.

hmmmm ... first my photos looked darker on WC, now they look brighter. This one is darker in reality and the reds not that red!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Oct-2009/14941-2.jpg

Tressa
10-16-2009, 04:27 PM
Susan, these are both gorgeous, love the strokes on the water, and the night one is great!

Kat, don't know how it looks on your monitor, but on mine, it looks fabulous!

Kathryn Wilson
10-16-2009, 04:50 PM
Thanks Tressa - I agree on Susan's, they are gorgeous! I might try a night-time one next.

Deborah Secor
10-16-2009, 06:59 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Oct-2009/14941-2.jpg

Kat, I love this one! The colors are so strong, and the texture in the sky appeals to me.

Deborah

Kathryn Wilson
10-16-2009, 07:13 PM
That water could be ice or a road - take your pick! :)

Kathryn Wilson
10-16-2009, 08:58 PM
Painted this very quickly tonight - under 30 min. Cream Art Spectrum, lots of blending to fill in that sky and mountains.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Oct-2009/14941-3.jpg

Susan Jenkins
10-17-2009, 09:48 AM
Kat,
Love your last two. I also like the texture of the sky in the first one you posted. I like seeing the subtle changes in the composition.
You are working quickly which is part of the goal.... I'm still taking too long on mine.
Nice work... can't wait to see more!!!
susan

Kathryn Wilson
10-17-2009, 10:12 AM
One thing I did to speed things up - I took all my paper and I did my basic comp over and over and over, so that when I am ready to paint, I can just slap on the color.

I really am getting tired of doing those tall trees over and over - so the next challenge I will pick something with less trees!

creatividee
10-17-2009, 11:54 AM
Once again I'm late posting! I had these done but just had a chance to photograph them.

#3 White Canson Watercolor paper 9X12, watercolor underpainting, clear colorfix primer, various sticks (DB, MV, & Rembrandt)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2009/195044-sept_to_nov_2008_002_Week_2_no_3.jpg

And #4: Peach Cardstock paper with clear Colorfix primer; various sticks

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Oct-2009/195044-100_challenge_002_week_2_no-4_resized.jpg

I see some improvements, but still a way too go. I think I'm officially hooked on the Colorfix Primer! Your C&C's are very much appreciated!!! Thanks!

Paula Ford
10-17-2009, 11:59 AM
One thing I did to speed things up - I took all my paper and I did my basic comp over and over and over, so that when I am ready to paint, I can just slap on the color.

I really am getting tired of doing those tall trees over and over - so the next challenge I will pick something with less trees!

What a great idea!

Susan Jenkins
10-17-2009, 04:06 PM
That is a great idea Kat... and I thought I was speeding things up by pre-cutting all my paper to the size I chose.

Nice color variations Dee. I love how this exercise gets us to paint what is not "typical". Keep 'em coming!!

:) susan

Mary Y
10-17-2009, 09:37 PM
Kathryn,
The moonlight on the foreground is lovely and I also like the sky in the previous one . Both very nice.

Dee, lovely colours I like the green purple combination in the first one. Does it matter what weight of w/c paper you put the primer on?
Mary

creatividee
10-18-2009, 12:13 AM
Thanks Susan and Mary! I think the best thing about this challenge is playing around with colors and workiing from a bw reference really helps that.

The watercolor paper I'm using is 120 lb. I have yet used it on lighter weight paper. I tape it down on masonite board. When it's first apply the paper does "buckle" a bit but it dries quickly and straightens out. I have down 1 coat but lately I have been doing 2 applying in 1 direction for the first and the opposite direction for the second which gives a nice coverage. I'm not one to pre-stretch my paper so even when I do the watercolor underpainting it buckles then goes back when dry and then I apply the primer with the same results. The card stock didn't buckle at all. I have read in different threads that many use the primer on cheap paper so looking at the costs of the more expensive papers I figured that while I am still learning and experimenting that the clear Colorfix primer was the most cost effective way to go.

Thanks again for the input!

Kathryn Wilson
10-18-2009, 06:48 PM
Third for this week - love this color palette - so exploring color combinations works as I will use this one in another painting.

I may have to re-take this photo - the light is bad tonight:

Week Two

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2009/14941-4.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2009/14941-2.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2009/14941-3.jpg

Week One

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2009/14941-large_comp.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2009/14941-1.jpg

marionh
10-19-2009, 02:22 AM
Sorry I've got a bit behind on commenting on these since they have been put into one thread.

Wow! Marion! The last one is a blast!! Love what you did! I still see the original in the shapes, but boy, what a change!!
And the purple/green worked well for you also!!! Love that one also!!
Tressa

Thanks Tressa,

Marion - really great seeing them all side-by-side like that! Nice bright colors you used on these (love the purples and greens together).

Thanks Sonya, I love that purple and green combination. I'm finding that I am running out of ideas individually but when you see them all together, you realise the differences and the potential in each one.

Susan, two good ones. Love your sunset one, those colours really go well together.

Dee these are looking great. Love your loose foregrounds. In the last one your pinks contrast nicely with those trees.

Kathryn - Fantastic gallery seeing them all together really shows the variations you've achieved.

Apologies if I've missed anyone.

Mary Y
10-19-2009, 05:17 AM
Kathryn
Your latest painting is lovely and it looks so different from the previous ones.I see I need to become much more adventurous. It is very interesting to see them all together.
How do you do your skys? I tried to imitate your samon/ torquoise sky and it looked nothing like it,I really like that effect.
Mary

Kathryn Wilson
10-19-2009, 06:38 AM
Thanks Marion and Mary - I'm liking that latest one too.

Mary, I took the salmon/pink color and covered the whole sky with it, then rubbed it lightly with a Viva paper towel to get good coverage, then I applied the turquoise over it (actually I think it's a very bright, light blue).

Mary Y
10-19-2009, 08:21 AM
Kathryn,
Thank you I will try it .Do you always blend with a paper towel or only for certain effects?
Mary

Kathryn Wilson
10-19-2009, 08:25 AM
Not always - if it's Wallis and I don't want to bleed all over my paper, I use a Viva towel - for some reason, it doesn't tear up the towel if you use it lightly.

BetsyPriesing
10-19-2009, 03:17 PM
I think Im lost in figuring out who I have posted to also...sorry if i missed you.
Dee lovely, like the puples in the first and wow pink grass!
Kathryn love to yours all together I'll have to figure that out. This weeks 3 are darker in colors. the last two are great, very interesting color combos. love the suggested trees.

Kathryn Wilson
10-19-2009, 03:39 PM
Funny you should mention the darker tone this last week - the weather was dark and dreary, maybe I picked up on that.

This week, for me, I think I want to do 3 variations on snow - whether that gets done or not, we'll have to see.

creatividee
10-19-2009, 07:16 PM
Thanks Marion and Betsy!

Colourist52
10-23-2009, 06:17 AM
I've just finished week two. It's chaos here, I've over committed by going to two classes a week and I'm trying to finish three paintings at once.
Picture one was supposed to be an experiment using only high key colours-don't think it was very successful. It's on dark pink canson paper- assorted pastels including rembrandts and shminckes. Photo not very good-too dark. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Oct-2009/106652-P1000258.JPG
Picture two on black colourfix-assorted pastels. I like the colourfix paper much more than the canson, it takes so many more layers and has a lovely texture.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Oct-2009/106652-P1000262.JPG

Mary Y
10-23-2009, 09:48 PM
Julie
These are both very nice I find myself going back to the second one as the colours just glow on my screen It is lovely.
mary

Colourist52
10-23-2009, 11:23 PM
Thanks Mary, number two is my favourite as well. I tried not to put in any detail just shapes and I used softer pastels on this one, schminckes I think and they spread like butter on the colourfix paper.

Tressa
10-24-2009, 08:39 AM
Julie, both good, but as a personal preference I love nbr two! Love the way the pastel is applied to the paper, and I just don't particularly like Canson, so this is the reason I prefer nbr 2! The color just pop!
Tres

SonyaJ
10-24-2009, 11:16 AM
Catching up on some viewing and comments here...

Kathryn - I love the rich colors you used in your paintings, and it's amazing how totally different they look because of things like texture and stroke changes. I particularly love the first one in week 2 with the dark blue-orange and yellow. It is so dramatic!

Julie - I have to agree with everyone else - the second painting is really nice; I love fuschias and oranges together. It is so vibrant and the way you've placed the colors gives it lots of depth. I have been doing many of my challenge paintings on Canson paper as well (good way to use it up :lol: ), and it's just not as fun to work on as the sanded surfaces.

Colorix
10-24-2009, 06:51 PM
Such gorgeous and wonderful work! This is so exciting!

Pains me, but I cannot comment indivudually, for time reasons (but you did get tutorials and templates :) )

Here is my number 6, which would conclude week 2 for me... :lol: Glad I did four the first week instead of three.

All Unison greys: greeny, bluey and violety greys, almost all I have. Sky is not white, it is actually the third lightest grey, and tree is black. Almost flat colours, barely any modelling, and it is on lousy paper of khaki colour (still got a few more bits of Lousy Paper, soon finished them up).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Oct-2009/117343-6V.jpg

Charlie

Nansketch
10-25-2009, 05:18 PM
Julie, Nice work on both of these -- I like them both - thanks for the comment on the colourfix paper -- I hope to try it soon.

Charlie -- very cool look to this -- love the dreamy quality

Nancy
(my apologies to anyone that I didn't comment on -- a bit lost)

Mary Y
10-26-2009, 05:19 AM
Charlie,
I like the glow of light you have behind the tree its got lots of atmosphere.
Mary

BetsyPriesing
10-26-2009, 12:54 PM
Julie yep bright colors! Love #2 its very successful, the strokes feel more confident too!

Charlie I agree hard to keep up with everyone. I like this one it has the feeling of a dreamy misty day.

I did finish my 3 last week but haven't found time to post them. Now just to get on with week 3 :)

2nd weeks

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Oct-2009/103534-week_2-1.jpg

week 1 and 2

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Oct-2009/103534-week_1_and_2-1.jpg

Ruthie57
10-26-2009, 04:36 PM
I'm a bit too behind to comment on each one too. However, I haven't seen anything which offends me! In fact there's some great stuff on here. As it's visible on my screen I have to just say I love the Art noveau look of your last one Betsy. Very Clarice Cliff (hope I haven't made a fool of myself here, that's just what it reminds me of)

Colourist52
10-29-2009, 06:18 AM
Thanks everyone for your positive comments. I've just finished week 3, will post them soon.
Betsy, love the vibrant colours you are using and I agree with Ruthie, the last one looks very Clarice Cliff inspired!

Mary Y
10-29-2009, 09:47 PM
Betsy,
Your last three have beautiful colours .I love the last one.
Mary