View Full Version : What's on Your Easel 12/6 to 12/12

12-06-2009, 08:42 AM
Good Morning Everyone,

Coffee on, some donuts and juice and it's time once again to share those masterpieces.....Hugs :heart: Elaine

12-06-2009, 11:09 AM
Hello all,
almost done this little guy, your probably tired of looking at it!
anxious to finish it too!!

just have some tweeking to do and not happy with the clouds yet, too busy I think... what do you think??

mommas ears not that pale, think its the lighting last nite.

12-06-2009, 11:49 AM
Started these:

Charlie's Mum
12-06-2009, 12:25 PM
Wow Kathie! thought it was the ref!! :eek:

Nice tartans EP - where will you go with them? .... artistically speaking :D

12-06-2009, 12:34 PM
Wonderful Kathie - very realistic/photo-like - great work.

Looking real good eyepaint

12-06-2009, 12:39 PM

"October Road" - Llano d' San Juan NM. From plein air studies done this past fall. 12 x 16 Linen Panel - Palette knife application Atelier Interactive Acrylics

12-06-2009, 12:54 PM

experimental work with a goldfish stencil. Using standard acrylics and spray acrylics.

12-06-2009, 01:03 PM
Thanks Maureen!
Dick, Thanks so much! Great start on this one. love the sky already!
EP, great colors,looks kinda like warm woven plaid blanket!
Howard.. Love the fishie!! Fabulous!!

12-06-2009, 02:21 PM
Kathie, love the furrows on the inquisitive cow's forehead. Looks great! Hey you could call it The Inquisition. lolol Who are you, what are you, what are you doing here.....

Dick, great start! Can;t wait to see more.

Howard, interesting to say the least.

EP, will have to wait to see it develop. I'm not one for abstracts so no comments unless it really grabs me.

12-06-2009, 02:40 PM

a bit further along it seems it still isn't quite there yet.

Kathrin G.
12-06-2009, 02:44 PM
Kathie, wow :clap: :clap: :clap: Its just stunning :clap: :clap:
EP, love your colours :)
Dick, love your sky :thumbsup:
Howard, your fish is cool :D

still working on my pony :cool:


12-06-2009, 03:13 PM
Kathrin - this Pony ROCKS!!!!!!!

12-06-2009, 03:19 PM
WIP Another abandoned/forgotten home in Llano d' San Juan NM. Acrylic palette knife application wet into wet done very quickly with single swipes of the knife.
Impressionism with a touch of abstract and lots of Rusticity.

Highlights and some tweaking left to do once dry.

12-06-2009, 11:38 PM
Thanks Sue great title too!!
Kathrin, thanks!,your Little pony is beautiful!! love it!
Dick, great update.. I'm amazed how you can do little lines and fill in small areas with the knife! coming along great!

12-07-2009, 12:08 AM
Thanks Kathie - as with the corner of a flat brush, you just put paint on one of the points on the corner of the palette knife. Can't wait to get back up to Llano again late this coming spring, summer & fall - too much mud in the dirt roads in early spring!

12-07-2009, 02:35 AM
Nice work Kathie!!

EP...really like these!!

Richard....I like this one alot...I don't always like everything impressionistic, or abstract (I'm too picky or finicky in my brain...:lol:) But somehow this one draws me in...to look around.

Howard...love the fish! The other looks very rich with the reds and golds.

Kathrin...he/she is absolutely adorable...wowowow!!

I have a small one started....but have been too busy with show to scan it...maybe tomorrow....gonna get some rest now. Show is over....ahhhhhhh!!

Irish Emerald
12-07-2009, 06:58 AM
Hello All,

Here is what I am doing at the moment...it is just one of many paintings that I have started ....it is very big 100 x 100 cm and I am working on it since a few month now ...always with kinda long breaks in-between .
There is alot more to be done with it and Reckon I will not get it finished this year ....anyway , here it is

" The green Man "


12-07-2009, 07:22 AM
Emerald your green man is sooo interesting.

Kathie, your cows look wonderful, I feel I could reach out and touch them

EP, love the colors and design in your abstract

Richard, the sky looking wonderful, The touches of red and the bold texture done so well.

Idylbrush, love your fish , kind of abstracty look also your mixed media, I hope I'm right ???

Kathryn, beautiful pony, fur looks good
Hope I haven't missed anyone. :thumbsup:

12-07-2009, 09:52 AM
Hi all,
Been a bit remiss lately:o, been working in oils a lot :eek:.

This is a recent start under-painting in burnt umber. I started in acrylics, and have not decided yet if I will finish in oils or acrylic but for the time being its allowed in this forum:D.


Based on my own photograph:


12-07-2009, 09:57 AM
Thank you Purple & Susan. Susan - I think the starkness of the sense of autumn makes you want to look around to see what is going on. Orange being the brightest color, all other colors are pretty muted. I'm glad you did get drawn in, as it was my hope that my choosen palette would accomplish that to some degree. Thanks.

12-07-2009, 04:16 PM
Autumn Road 12 x 16 palette knife application on archival Belgian linen panel. This is off my easel now as I think I'm happy with it although I may still add a coyote fence. The name Autumn Road was taken from an album title & song by one of my favorite singers - James Taylor. To me this scene is a representation of that piece and in fact was painted to that music.

12-07-2009, 05:20 PM
Another one started. From a repurposed canvas.

36X36" on canvas

12-07-2009, 09:38 PM
Thanks Susan!
Emerald, Love your green man, makes me think of Mother nature, maybe its her brother??
Shrl, thank you!
I was going to have client pick it up today but I saw I missed doing the grass around the cow on the left's hooves. so back to the drawing board, just fixed it and now varnishing it again! phew..worked ok!! need to put one more coat on and finaly done.. need to get a new photo though!

Peter, Hi glad to see you painting again! Looks like your off to a great start! the guy on the right looks like he has a face on the back of his head! hehe.
Howard.. what a shame to go over a masterpiece! but you always do such good work, will turn out even better I'm sure!... fabulous already!

Started these two last night.
had some trouble doing the back leg of the horse. thanks Sue for your help.
client wanted it straight not like he's leaning on it.
16x20.. horse lived to be 34!

coworkers husbands dads company truck
this is only 5x7.

12-07-2009, 11:41 PM
Can't wait to see these done, Kathie. You are on a roll!!

12-08-2009, 12:06 AM
Ooops for got to mention to Dick.. Love the autumn trees!

Thanks Sue!
here are the underpaintings to both I'm working on.. never did two at once.. but working on one while the other dries a bit.. hopefully can get them done quicker!

not sure if I'm going to stay with the lighter background on the horse or not yet.



12-08-2009, 12:59 AM
Hi everyone. :wave:
Here's one that I started yesterday afternoon.
I spent a couple of hours blocking it in yesterday, and then about 30 minutes this afternoon doing a bit of line work.
It's from a photo in the RIL, and is 20X16".



12-08-2009, 09:58 AM
Very nice beginning - I like your style

12-08-2009, 10:44 AM
12 x 16 palette knife on Archival Belgian Linen Panel -

12-08-2009, 03:59 PM
"Winter Takes Hold" Off my Easel. 12 x 16 Palette knife & brush on Archival Belgian Linen Panel painted quickly wet into wet. This was going to be an autumn scene, but over night Mother Nature decided to drop some snow! So I decided that I would do this as a winter scene - STARK, COLD, and ABANDONED. Not a big fan of winter!!

12-08-2009, 05:56 PM
20 x 16 Study Native American "Attitude" big brush application wet into wet painted quickly - the eyes & lips have been tweaked a bit compared to the first one. The study was squinting as part of the facial attitude, so I need to look at it for a couple of days to see if I want to open the eyes anymore. I think perhaps his right one - but we'll see. I think it's good to look at a painting for a couple of days B4 making too many tweaks. I set it off in a corner so I can see it as I roam through the house.
Photo is darker than the actual painting.

Thanks for the feed back Noodle!

Charlie's Mum
12-08-2009, 06:37 PM
You're on a roll Dick!
I like the freedom of the knife paintings but love the bottom half of the face(mouth + +) above - and the brush strokes.

Emerald - lovely work.

Howard - like that last one particularly :)

Kathrin - amazing!

Steve - like this new addition to your style - the bold black line work :thumbsup:.

Kathie - do you stop to eat and sleep? :lol:

12-08-2009, 06:56 PM
Thanks Charlie's Mum - appreciate your feedback..

12-08-2009, 08:06 PM
Steve, seems like cows are contagious, great so far, interesting style!
Dick, love this winter scene already! Beautiful sky and snow!!
The NAIndian is WONDERFUL!! Love it! But HIS right eye is looking to his left so too close to the nose.. whee HIS left eye is looking more straight ahead.. which ever direction you wish him to look, adjust the other!

Maureen!! THANK YOU, ohh yes, I eat and sleep..unfortunately I dont sleep enough right now. Eating dinner while on here now! LOL!

12-08-2009, 09:01 PM
Thanks Kathie - but it's not nice to make fun of cross-eyed people!! Hahahahaha I think that has been fixed in the tweaked version. Thanks for the find.

12-09-2009, 08:10 AM
made a start last night roughed out a bae hawk " red arrows " airfield beat up painting only small to get rid of canvasses and practice
for larger planned paintings http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Dec-2009/208070-red_arrow.jpg

12-09-2009, 10:55 AM

12-09-2009, 03:47 PM
Off my Easel. 14 x 18 palette knife application with a small touch of brush work on "Repurposed" stretched canvas. Atelier Interactive Acrylics. Painted quickly wet into wet with a touch of rusticity and lots of texture.

12-09-2009, 04:47 PM

coming along but seems slow.

12-09-2009, 05:58 PM
Here is my new start. This will be titled Last Victory. It is of Blue Bells, number 458, as she was bucking off her last cowboy just before she fell and broke her neck (I watched her die 2 weeks ago). I talked with the owner today (she is at the NFR finals) and found out the mare was 15 years old by Cheers out of Silver Bells, who is/was an NFR saddle bronc.

Poor girl, ^RIP^. This is my tribute to a pretty horse.


12-09-2009, 11:21 PM
Shadwell, great start!
Dick, loving this one too!!
Howard,Interesting look there... anxious to see where you go with this one!
Sue, Looking good so far!
hope to post a photo later this eve! still working on the background!

12-09-2009, 11:25 PM
A quick update .......
I started painting over some of the line work today (sorry).
The lines were put in just to help me see and adjust things as I paint.
I can see that there are still a lot of things that needs adjusting, though!
In particular, the right hand cow either has VERY short legs, or she's standing in a hole! :lol:
Gonna have to do something about that.


Shirl Parker
12-10-2009, 12:04 PM
A quick update .......
I started painting over some of the line work today (sorry)....

?Why are you sorry?

12-10-2009, 12:16 PM

Acrylics, sprayed, cast and interference colors. Acrylic inks as well.

12-10-2009, 01:06 PM
To Okeekat- wonderful subject! Very good darks and lights . Area under tummy of mommy seems a little confusing. Is it the udder or area pasture!

Okeekat, your cows are great. A little confusing in the middle area where Momma cows tummy meets background. Not enough definition. Push and pull a little. grey up the background a tweak. :wave:

12-10-2009, 03:01 PM
It's always so inspiring to look at this thread and see all the different projects underway! Here's what I am working on....36" X 48"


12-10-2009, 07:14 PM
I got to paint today! whoot! not a painting, BUT an order, so this is a good thing!

12-10-2009, 07:33 PM
Steve, Love the cows!! Looking great, wasn't so sure of all those lines.. seems to work great for you!!
Howard, love this update, much brighter yellow looks great.. almost like the sun glowing with the whitish center!
Hi Unfinished.. Thanks. the area under mommy's tummy is just that... the deflated belly, as she JUST gave birth to this little one.. if you notice the original.. the sack is still in the grass.. so its a Brand spanking new little one!!! Thanks for the suggestions.. but I gave it to the client already, he loved it!
Hi Gayle, love to see you here too.. great start on this one, I know its going to be great!!
Mary, Love the christmas balls! great work!

Here is the update on my horse portrait.. "BUCK",
client wanted it marbled background rather then a landscape scene!

Still have to so ALOT of him yet. and the Shadow thats going to be on the ground to anchor him.
His coat is a dark rusty red.. so will be in contrast to the background, I hope. there is little of his color mixed in the background

whatcha think??


12-10-2009, 07:57 PM
Whew! This will be a long project but here's an update...

12-10-2009, 08:34 PM
Another quickie post from me. Texture from one of my new pieces:



And while I won't bore you with details, one of the new pieces (my mom's intended Christmas present, yet) can only be described as a catastrophic failure. Fortunately I've got a backup...

12-10-2009, 09:33 PM
Lookin GOOD Kathy

12-11-2009, 12:47 AM
Thanks Dick!
Gayle, great colors in this already!
Howard, awesome textures!

Here is an update.. started working on the body, and trying to fix the body shape right.. still not sure about the ankles and hooves yet.


12-11-2009, 06:40 AM
a little further on with the red arrows hawk some further tidying to do


12-11-2009, 10:23 AM
Gaykir - coming alng very nicely - nice hat!

12-11-2009, 10:56 AM
Shadwell, very nice background so far! Its gona be great!

12-11-2009, 11:14 AM
biddlebeach - these are really COOL!!!

12-11-2009, 01:27 PM
worked on the legs/hooves mostly, hope it looks better!


12-11-2009, 04:48 PM
nice horse painting !! i usualy do horse commisions here's my last in acrylics

hopefully i'm gradualy improving !!


12-11-2009, 05:16 PM
Got the Christmas balls done, finished up a plaque I had not gotten done in time for the shows, and got started on something new.
Thanks, for liking my,,, um,, balls,, LOL

12-11-2009, 05:46 PM
Yeah Mary, glad you got the christmas balls all done!
do you seal them too with varnish afterwards? Just curious. Great looking plaque!
Shadwell, thank you, Great painting too! You do horses well
I still have alot of work on him yet.

12-11-2009, 06:10 PM
Kathie, I did on some and the next year they had all yellowed, can't remember what I had used, but didn't want to take that chance again, so I have not done these. Do you think I should?
I messed up all my mirrors when trying to seal them, all you could see was the brush marks,, Made me VERY angry.. and quite bummed out.

12-11-2009, 06:24 PM
Oh Mary, I am so sorry, those mirrors were great too. Bummer. Love that you got the commission of those bulbs, good job!

Here is more on my underpainting. This will be a slow-goer as my cat (should say ONE of my cats)keeps resting her head on my hands while I type and paint. It is trying to snow outside again and it is only 62 in here by the computer where I paint too. Frostyfingers. I wish they would stop telling us to conserve. I can't set my thermostat any lower as it gets 54 in the house overnight as it is. brrrrr. Anyway, I digress......


Kathie, getting there!

Shadwell, definitely looking good. Love the plane too.

12-11-2009, 07:10 PM
Sue - This is really starting to come into focus - this is looking great!

54 overnight!!!!!!!! I hope you leave the lower cabinet doors open at night so some heat can circulate around your water pipes. 54!!! That's almost cruel and abusive treatment!!!!

12-12-2009, 12:11 AM
Mary, sorry to hear about the mirrors, I'd have been ticked too!! I guess its better not to, unless the varnish specificly states non yellowing. what about a spray. I dont know what to suggest about the mirrors, was there anyway to remove the varnish and save your work? bummer is right!
Thanks again.

Sue, your making progress, sorry its so dang cold up there.. agree with Dick, thats realy cold and cruel to ask folks to be that cold especialy at night. I get cold when it gets down to 74 in the house!! guess I'm spoiled!
come on down here for a visit.. nice and cozy warm!
Thanks, he's coming along slowly!

12-12-2009, 01:54 PM
update on the horse.. still have alot to do on him yet.


12-12-2009, 02:52 PM
Oh, Kathie, this is looking so good. Your client will be very happy when she gets to see it finished!

12-12-2009, 03:17 PM

A bit further. Added some red interference color and then textured it a bit. Very subtle but certainly visible.

12-12-2009, 03:24 PM
These are on top of experiments. The chickens are 7x10". The dog is 5x7".


12-12-2009, 04:32 PM
nuttin on the easel today.. guess I am gonna have to figure out a dog portrait for my sister, she lost her other dog yesterday. so, within a month she lost both her dogs.. sighs,, may try to do em both in one painting..

12-12-2009, 07:10 PM
How sad, Mary. (((hugs)))) to your sister.

Here is some more on Blue Bells. I have started the actual painting now. Sorry for the out of focus pic, it is snowing and raining right now so not much natural light.

12-12-2009, 07:31 PM
Thanks Sue,, look at you go!!! looking awesome!

12-13-2009, 01:43 AM
Howard, love it!!
EP, fabulous, love the contrast of the background and the subjects!
Thanks Sue, your realy coming along with this one! Looking great!
Mary, so sorry for your Sister ((HUGS)) from me too!