View Full Version : The WDE HALL of FAME 2008

01-01-2009, 02:09 AM
This is a read-only file - if you still need to add work from 2008, please go here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=538331)

We would like each participant to post ONE of your own images selected from all the WDEs you have done in 2008, in this thread!

Pick your favorite, your best, your worst, your breakthrough, your experiment, whatever you want, but just one. You can tell something about it if you like, or just mention which WDE it was (if you still know).

We'd like to keep the thread to our image postings, without commenting on each other's work this time, so the thread won't get too unwieldy.

Hall of Fame 2007 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=467096)

Hall of Fame: 2006 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=390594)

Hall of Fame:2005 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=318157)

Hall of Fame: 2004 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=239701)

01-01-2009, 05:05 AM
Lately I started painting portraits again after about 13 years. Not all realistic though. This was one of the first. Acrylics on canvas, 8x8".


01-01-2009, 11:21 AM
Have been participating in the wdes for a while now and enjoy them as well learn from them each week. One of my favorites is this scene done in the fall of 2008. Getting the perspective right was something that I needed to learn from this scene. Lil

01-01-2009, 11:36 AM
I did this painting from Chery T's WDE I believe. It was the first feather painting I did and I still like it.

01-01-2009, 11:43 AM
I'm shocked to find that I have 3 or 4 that are difficult to choose from. 2008 was my first year of really focusing on developing watercolor skills and I am soooooo grateful for the WDE's and all the great people here for giving me so much joy and opportunity for improvement.

This was from the 7/18 WDE. Don't remember who the host was, but thank you to ALL the hosts from 2008!



01-01-2009, 12:25 PM
This is probably my favorite from this year's WDE's. Watercolor and a little ink. It's hanging in my living room and always gets comments from visitors. I should put a price tag on it....:lol:.



01-01-2009, 03:59 PM
This one was done for WDE on 10 Jan 2008. It was my first attempt at still life in acrylic. My primary foci have been (and still are) figure and portrait. But since this, I have done several still life pics and have a couple more planned. Thanks to all 2008 WDE hosts! It's been a hoot! Jim

01-01-2009, 05:48 PM
I joined WDE quite late in December eventhen I learn a lot and have lots of fun and hope to do more WDE in 2009. This is my first WDE weekend of Dec 5 hosted by Dewi. I pick this one because it was a breakthrough piece in the WDE for me and it came alive from my true love of garden spirit.


01-03-2009, 07:36 AM
I joined WDEs in late October. It has been a great experience and a source of inspiration. My choice is from a December photo submitted by Connie. What started as a routine experiment turned out to be a very interesting chain of insights.

Watercolour 11x15" on Strathmore NOT

01-03-2009, 12:40 PM
This was from August 2008. The host might have been Firehorse Australia? Acrylics on 8x8" stretched linen.



01-04-2009, 12:19 AM
EP, that was my event.:)
Looking over my entries from the past year, I wouldn't call it a banner WDE year for me. I was busy, missed a few events, and didn't get all that many what I would call keepers. They were fun, though.
I picked this one because the first version was an answer to Chloe_1's challenge to do a painting with only two colours, and I had no idea that my apples looked totally rotten because of the colours I used. The funny part was everyone trying to tell me in a tactful way that they were terrible! :lol: I couldn't believe I hadn't noticed.
So I went over them with transparent acrylic inks, and they looked much better.

01-04-2009, 11:08 AM
:wave: After being a steadfast regular in the WDE's for years, I am embarrassed to say I only participated in... 4... last year, and 2 of those I hosted. I graduated from my school program in Dec. so hopefully I will be able to play with you more this year. ( Happy New Year everyone!)

Of the feeble choices I had, I picked this one from Roger's hosting in July because it was so different than anything I'd done. I tried using a posterized effect on his lovely Italian girls, to questionable results:o . It's acrylic 24 X 18 ( I think,) on paper.

Li ( Back in the Bahamas for a few months! Yeah!)


01-04-2009, 11:59 AM
I also fell off the WDE bandwagon when my consulting work got out of hand the last half of '08, but hope to get back into it more regularly in '09 (along w/ my weekly life drawing open studio sessions). Thank you everyone who hosts! I chose this from Jan 19 because I loved drawing their hair. :) Mechanical pencil on sketch paper, about 12x18.


01-05-2009, 09:56 PM
Very difficult decision. I am going to pick this flower pot as it is something of an awakening for me regarding the use of color and styles.

Acrylics on Canvas Panel


WDE Nov 21, 2008
Jakesgram hosted.
Thanks Jean. :)

01-06-2009, 10:35 AM
Wonderful work everyone :clap:
I had a feeling of freedom, fun and fast too when painting this.


Acrylic on streched canvas 25 X 30cm
WDE Dec.12-2008
Hosted by Signchicks/Beth :wave:

01-07-2009, 09:01 AM
Fantastic Pieces everyone. :wave:
Hard decision but, I really enjoyed doing this one, and have had a lot of feed back on it. Valri that seaweed has put forth many paintings these past few years!!! :D Acrylic on Box Canvas 12x12 inches.


Shari Erickson
01-07-2009, 03:13 PM
This one is my favorite of the three I did in 2008 because it's raining outside right now and I want to be there! Seriously though, I had a blast painting this one and actually finished it in two hours. The other two took three hours each. It's 2.5 x 3.5 inches in Golden Open Acrylics.


Charlie's Mum
01-07-2009, 05:35 PM
I did these Venetian Masks from Connie's Christmas hosting.
I chose it because it got me back to painting larger scale - it's Acrylic on canvas board, 20x16 inches, and I so very much enjoyed creating it!
Thank you Connie for inspiring me with the ref.!


It's so nice to see all these entries - one or two I missed first time round :)

01-12-2009, 05:14 AM
After March I pretty much disapeared due to family and health issues, BUT before then I did a few that I reaflly like, but this has to be my favourite


These are from a page from my journal, and although I didn't take it further, they are firm favourites, especially Dot.... as her health continues to fail, this is becoming more precious with time.
(oh, it's from my hosting, as can be told by the portrait of self and hubby too(yikes:eek: :lol: )

EVERYONES IS AMAZING!!!!!!:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

01-16-2009, 04:27 PM
This was a tough choice, since I think I participated in every single WDE in 2008. But I look back fondly on this 4" x 6" watercolor postcard from April 25th, because that was the week that EP & I started painting turkeys. Most of you know how that went. :D Well, it went on for months and gave birth to Thelma the wonder turkey, Bert the lizard and of course Bud, Weis and Er, the frogs. And we can't forget that Teddy Evil was also in quite a few. :lol:

Thanks for cheering us on for so long! We had a great run! :clap:


01-18-2009, 12:39 AM
I have really improved in skill and confidence in the past year and it all down to participating in the WDE. I have chosen this one because I like the confidence I had on that day to slap down the colour, let it do its thing and then worked around it. I haven"t quite achieved it since.

01-18-2009, 03:20 AM
i had trouble picking because i've tried a lot of new media last year, and none were particularly good. i'm going with a painting though, for the first time. maybe there's hope...lol...


01-19-2009, 12:55 PM

I picked this one because I was trying to work with shapes of colour and it seemed to work out reasonably well.

01-19-2009, 03:07 PM
From Polygons' WDE of May 30th. Acrylic 10 by 14 inches.


My first (and so far only) attempt at an abstract, which was one of the challenges polygon set. I had enormous fun:), and without that challenge I would never have tried something like this!

01-23-2009, 08:59 AM
Could not get this to upload except to put it on photobucket. and now there's two...... which to delete..... :confused:

This is from February of 2008...one of my first WDE and that's why I chose it. I've done so many during this past year....and enjoyed them so much and learned at the same time. One of the things I've discovered this year is that I love doing animals. I've seen from others work that when you paint what you love, it comes through and makes a beautiful painting, regardless of the subject matter.

One of my goals for myself for the past year was to get enough paintings for a 4 person show at the watercolor society I belong to and now I have the opposite problem....too many to chose from. :eek: This is one that will be in the show.

I loved looking through this post at the work --- beautfully done.

02-01-2009, 11:34 AM
I've fallen off the WDE bandwagon lately - but vow to get back on! Here is one I loved of a dog named "Mattie" - don't remember whose posting it was.


02-01-2009, 01:12 PM
although my Working Man Blues (from Jan 4) was the best thing I painted last year, this remains my favorite of all, from May30 by Polygon: Maxi the cat

02-27-2009, 10:13 PM
This is one of my favorite from last year.

03-15-2009, 04:21 PM
Samurai Seaweed is my choice; thanks to a picture from a hosting by Valri

I chose it because of the reward- what seemed to me , rave reviews!!:D :clap: - of something I'd put an enormous amount of my free-at-home time trying to master...learning how to manipulate photos/drawings/scans in a basic Photoshop Program..

...not just for the sake of learning "how-to'; but trying to finally acheive my own individual "look' or style while doing it...

Because of the overwhelming response here, I felt then I was well on the way to acheiving it; and those generous remarks have helped spur me on to continue improving my work in this area/medium I really :heart: working with!:D

04-03-2009, 05:59 PM
Ooo, great stuff!

It was really hard to choose. I've been in about 25 WDEs, and several of the sketches and paintings have sold. I've kind of fallen off the track lately, but am looking forward to hop on the waggon again. Most memorable of those are Strawberries, and the image from Venice by Joel. But a Change happened to me around October. I started to paint more loosely, but, most important, I started to make references much more my own by changing, rearranging, combining, and tried to make conscious choices. One of the very first ones was Spirit Island, from September 5m where I made small changes to move the eye around more freely:


This sketch is important to me also because I gave it to a dying man, who used to go foot-wandering (is that a word in English? hiking?) up north in Sweden, and he was convinced the picture was from a special place of his. So my sketch helped him think of the great outdoors he loved so much.

Thank you so much to all hosts of all WDEs,


04-24-2009, 04:13 PM
Looking back I guess I only posted a few times in 2008 -- this one was early on, in January. I like it because I changed the background totally from the reference in an attempt to unify the painting . . . and I was happy with the result. 9 x 12 acrylic on canvas.

07-21-2009, 12:03 PM
"By the Sea" 16x12 watercolor, Italia Acquerello 140 lb cold press, Daniel Smith paints.
I chose this image for the 4 July '08 WDE because it represents freedom to me. Freedom to sit in a wicker chair and gaze at the water, freedom to paint what I want and to participate in the fun weekend drawing events, etc. Although I could've made a few corrections to this I do like it as is done with my direct paint application style. :cat:

11-01-2009, 06:35 PM
"Breakfast in Shimla" 8 X 10" in pastels
I was bad and did not record the host's name - if anyone can tell me, it would be much appreciated!