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artbyjune
02-01-2010, 02:25 AM
:clap: :lol: Hi all.

Welcome to February chat 2010.

Some new projects this month so please check them out and join in where you are inspired, have time, etc. We look forward to seeing your work.

What else is going on in your part of the world?:thumbsup:

See you later!

ryster007
02-01-2010, 05:09 AM
Hi

I'm moving house at the end of the month so think painting time will be really limited as there's loads to get organised.
Its going to be worth it though as the new house has lots more space and I've already earmarked a room for painting (and my guitars!)

Ryan

gakinme
02-01-2010, 10:05 AM
Ryan, good luck with your move. I know what a pain moving is since I just moved 4 months ago too. Don't hurt your hand while moving boxes, like I did.:lol:

I will get to paint this morning and tomorrow morning finally. Man, I've been working back to back nonstop for the last few weeks probably with only 2 days off for the entire period at most I could even hardly tell which day I was in. Yesterday, I thought it was Monday when it was still Sunday. My head was swimming with fatigue.
But I have been drawing on and off too - at work - haha.
Hopefully, I could do more this week as the boss has finally hired a new girl and that would give me at least 2-3 days off. I'm more hopeful again.

Couldn't wait to try my hand at Expressionism.

A couple of things I was really pleased having done during my posting absence.

Pan Pastel - burnt sienna tint, titanium white, permanent red, hansa yellow, violet, red iron oxide
General's Pastel chalk - violet for details
Academie Heavyweight sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch 3/4 page

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2010/86669-pan_pete1_orig.jpg

This is a quick half hour sketch on the back page of the oil pastel muddy man that I was doing. Image based on the Wall Street Journal ad.

Pan Pastels
Strathmore Gray Scale Paper - White 9x 12 inch
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2010/86669-pan_snow.jpg

This one I did just now when the power went out for 2 hours.

Image based on a rather blanched out black and white photo of Rubens work: Leda and the Swan originally in oil paint 1601. I didn't have a color version and didn't know what it looks like since the net was down so I improvised. I also didn't draw her exactly as to girth and designed my own. I'll post mine first.

Colorfix paper - Storm Blue color - 9 x 12 inch
Pan Pastel
SMi soft pastel sticks
General's Pastel Chalk pencils

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2010/86669-pan_ledaandswan_reubens.jpg

And here's the original (http://images.google.com/images?gbv=2&hl=en&sa=1&q=leda+and+the+swan%2C+reubens&aq=f&oq=&aqi=&start=0).

Here's a vine charcoal horse based on Rubens, after Polidoro da Caravaggio: Youth leading a Horse 1605-08.

Gray Paper 12 x 18.25 inch
Vine charcoal

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2010/86669-reuben_horse.jpg

This is based on Juan Conchillos Falco's work in 1700's from Spain. The references are all in black and white and I'm colorizing them.

All are on Academie Heavyweight Sketchbook full page 8.5 x 11 inch.

Derwent Graphitint Pencils


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2010/86669-pract11.jpg

This one is Wolff Carbon 2B pencil based on a very very old anatomy book that has superb poses like these.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2010/86669-pract10.jpg


I'm still diddling around with this one. In the book it was penwork with shading. I used a 9mm pencil lead and couldn't decide to give it shading or not. Then I wanted to do it in brush art line work and so prepared the curvatures meticulously for one and a half hours at work. :lol: I should have just traced it, LOL, but then, that's not real art.

But once I put in the background in, now I'm hesitating to do line work and perhaps I should go back to shading.

I might spray it and put pan pastels on of my own color scheme since it's black and white to begin with.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2010/86669-nude_upsidedown.jpg

trafford
02-01-2010, 10:40 AM
Wow! Sandra. For someone who hasn't got any time you get a lot of art work done, and pretty nice too. Glad to see you back.

Ryan...How exciting, a new place and more space for ART I hope. See you back here when you get settled.

I got up at five this morning and posted the Art Movement and thought I'd move on to the Dabbling in Printing, but started to fall asleep, so it will have to wait until later today or tomorrow morning. Tried to start my tax return too, and it looks like I'm getting most of it back Art Supplies:clap: Will have to go over it again when I'm not so tired.

I also know that some day it will get warmer. :heart: :heart:

brianvds
02-01-2010, 08:39 PM
Nice to see everyone is already very busy this month; good work thus far, and I look forward to seeing more. As promised in the January thread, here are some sketches made with coloured ballpoint pens. They are all quite small, to be used as greeting cards. It remains to be seen whether they'll sell as well as the watercolour ones, because they are still a bit awkward and I have much to learn about this medium:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2010/142294-184-8420_IMG.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2010/142294-184-8421_IMGb.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2010/142294-184-8422_IMG.JPG

A fun medium, and not being messy it means I can sit at work and in quiet moments produce art work. If I have time to participate in the expressionist thread, perhaps I should use coloured ballpoints for it; their rich colour might well lend itself to that sort of style.

azulparsnip
02-01-2010, 09:14 PM
Ryan - that sounds like a good move - you're own room for art pursuits is wonderful!!

Sandra - it looks like you're "pent up" art is gushing out!!! I especially love the rubens nude - the skin is luminous and life like., amazing work. The wall street journal ad face is wonderful formed too. The eyes are soooo realistic. That doesn't look like a particularly easy expression to draw. Good to see you are still in the groove !!!

Janet - yes!! I noticed on one of your posts timed at 6:45. You must have risen refreshed and rested. Bet you'll sleep good tonight. Can't wait to slide over and take a peak at our featured art movement for February.

Brian - those are wonderful ball point sketches. Ball point pens are so dependable. and quite affordable and non leaking usually too. Nice cross hatching. The bird looks delicate like they do. The squirrel is looking perky but I especially like the butterfly. The background hatching lend so much to he mysterious butterfly.....all very spring like.

This is the funnest cartoon book/diary by a guy who later drew for Sesamee street.....got it at Big Lots for a whole $3. I'm going back tommorrow and get another copy for a hostess present for my daughter. She is hosting a baby shower for our daughter in law expecting our first grandchild!!

ta ta - ya'll

brianvds
02-01-2010, 10:11 PM
Brian - those are wonderful ball point sketches. Ball point pens are so dependable. and quite affordable and non leaking usually too. Nice cross hatching. The bird looks delicate like they do. The squirrel is looking perky but I especially like the butterfly. The background hatching lend so much to he mysterious butterfly.....all very spring like.

Thanks for the kind comments. I'm glad you liked the butterfly, because I am in two minds about it. But there you have now once again inflated my ego a bit.

The squirrel actually originally looked like this:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2010/142294-184-8421_IMG.JPG

The lady that sells my greeting cards wanted some Valentine-themed ones, and thus far this was all I could think of. When I initially posted it here, I posted a version in which the words were Photoshopped out so that we could focus on the art... ;-)

gakinme
02-01-2010, 11:31 PM
Wow, Robin, congratulations. You are going to be grandma soon. You don't look like a grandma in the photo. I thought you are only 40 ish.

Brian, thanks for posting those colored pen pieces. The first one has a very nice softness to it and I like the hatching of the background of the butterfly piece.

Thanks, Janet, Robin, for your comments. I did a piece of the expressionist already. Just need to go home and scan it after work.

artbyjune
02-02-2010, 05:37 PM
I just typed a message..and it vanished. How frustrating.

Sandra I love that last nude of yours!

Brian, I like that little red squirrel . Do you get red squirrels in S. Africa? In England we have mainly greys,except for red in zoos. Reds are wild, mainly in Wales and Scotland.

Robin, congrats on almost grandma status!

Ryan, so good to have a room for your artwork!

gakinme
02-02-2010, 06:52 PM
Oh, Ryan, I missed that last part of your comment. You will actually have a room to paint in. Neat. I used to have my own space too but after we moved, I do it now on the dining room table. A lot of shuffling of art materials onto the floor at dinner time.

I did 3 pieces of Expressionist total already but I didn't have time to scan before work. Tomorrow afternoon. Really like that period now that I am introduced to it.

brianvds
02-03-2010, 10:52 PM
Brian, I like that little red squirrel . Do you get red squirrels in S. Africa? In England we have mainly greys,except for red in zoos. Reds are wild, mainly in Wales and Scotland.

If memory serves, we have grey squirrels in Cape Town and some nearby towns, which were imported at some point in the last century or two. But we do have several indigenous species of squirrel, including ground squirrels.

In some rest camps in Kruger Park squirrels are quite common, and so tame they eat from one's hand. In fact, in an outdoor restaurant I once had one of the little fellows hop onto my table, grab the bread part of a hamburger from my plate, jerk it out from under the meat patty and run off with it! Of course, it was way too cute for me to get angry over it. ;-)

One often see them running across roads there. Here's a picture of one; as you can see this species is perhaps slightly scrawny looking compared to European squirrels, and with a less bushy tail:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2010/142294-squirrel.jpg

I'm getting all nostalgic here. Would love to visit Kruger park again, but can't afford it at the moment. I remember the first time I was there (in my teens), how blown away I was with the bird life, never mind the glamorous things like elephants (at the time I had recently taken up bird watching). Especially the glossy starlings. Here in Pretoria they are not all that common; in Kruger Park there are several different species of them and they are absolutely everywhere:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2010/142294-glossy_starling.jpg

In the rest camps, if you drop a piece of bread, glittering clouds of them descend upon you. How very exotic. ;-)

gakinme
02-04-2010, 12:07 AM
Brian, I've never known what starlings look like. This one is so pretty. Love the shine definitely.

brianvds
02-04-2010, 07:21 PM
Brian, I've never known what starlings look like. This one is so pretty. Love the shine definitely.

You have introduced European starlings in some cities in North America; they are also attractive with quite a bit of shine:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Starling

And then of course there is Agent Clarice Starling:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2010/142294-agent_starling.jpg

:D

gakinme
02-05-2010, 09:50 AM
ooh, Jodie Foster in her younger self. Yes.

I have good news. My boss finally has hired new help and now I could finally choose my days and number of days to work instead of working six or seven days a week. I chose 3 days a week for now and I get President's Week off.

I actually have 2 offers at the moment from law enforcement agencies but waiting for my background check and polygraph test to pass. I did one and I believe I passed it already unless they change their minds suddenly but I'm more inclined to want to work for the second agency which hasn't started the process yet. But until I change jobs, I have time on my hand to draw!! Either way, I'm happy with a 3 days week if those 2 offers do not finally materialize.

azulparsnip
02-05-2010, 10:30 AM
Brian - the writting really adds to the composition.....cute, perky card - who wouldn't enjoy receiving that!! Yes that squirrel is not as plump as ours. But they are such spirited, cheeky little animals. My daughter sit and watch them while waiting for her school to begin. They really brighten a somber, cloudy day .

Sandra - I would be feelin' pretty good at having so many job prospects. What is your line of work, can you say? Having to shuffle you materials to the kitchen has not hampered you . Your work is real good.

I had a little 24 hr bug yesterday. I'm gonna go see if I can get Rose to sit for me for a few minutes so I can do a little something Munterish. Inclement weather and she is home from school today. Probably have to bribe her with a $1.00. :lol:

gakinme
02-05-2010, 12:00 PM
Robin, it's just office jobs. There are not many who dare apply for these jobs here because they needed background check and polygraph tests and many people find it too strenous. I finished the polygraph test on Wednesday for the first offer and it's a harrowing experience if I may say so. The stress involved knowing that you would be declared a liar in a few minutes when all your life, you've been truthful, it's very scary. I won't recommend it to my kids unless they are as spotlessly clean as I am. Mine took 2 hours.

gakinme
02-05-2010, 03:37 PM
I was browsing through some sites and chanced by this artist. I like so much her style. It's a bit similar to Chagall and Modigliani that we worked on before and it has lovers. I might try my hand at creating something along those lines too.

http://stephanieclair.com/paintings/romance/

gakinme
02-07-2010, 09:07 AM
This is something I'm developing last night.

The autumn scene is based on a photo from the February Landscape Challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=605737) and the roots of the tree is based on this week's WDE here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=606578).

I'm illustrating for the first time my own idea of Echo and Narcissus. Echo is the tree fairy who fell in love with Narcissus and Narcissus was admiring himself over the water. I'm going to do closeups of the two in another media. Watercolor is too difficult for me. But the scenery was irresistible.

Fabriano Aquarello Watercolor Studio 140 lbs 5 1/3 x 8x 1/4 inch bumpy surface:(
Sakura Koi watercolor set of 18
Prismacolor pencils for details

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2010/86669-narcissus1.jpg

azulparsnip
02-10-2010, 02:09 PM
Sandra - om, I didn't realize a polygraph test was so important - guess I never had to think about it. I see what you mean about be called a liar based on some electronic gadget. Little things like tea and chocolate really mess with my metabolism and what could the wrong cookie do to your lying test!!!!
That artist Stephanieclaire has some nice stuff. I think it would translate well to lino cuts. She seems to have fun with rearranging the people. Good play.
Looks like you are getting a good start with the myth. Those roots look a little like snakes. He might be getting more than he bargained for!!

brianvds
02-14-2010, 06:54 AM
Robin, it's just office jobs. There are not many who dare apply for these jobs here because they needed background check and polygraph tests and many people find it too strenous. I finished the polygraph test on Wednesday for the first offer and it's a harrowing experience if I may say so. The stress involved knowing that you would be declared a liar in a few minutes when all your life, you've been truthful, it's very scary. I won't recommend it to my kids unless they are as spotlessly clean as I am. Mine took 2 hours.

I get irritated when I even hear the word 'polygraph.' It's absolute junk science and of no use in catching out anyone or deciding which candidate is best for a job:

http://www.skepdic.com/polygrap.html

azulparsnip
02-14-2010, 10:31 AM
Happy Valentine's Day, Ya'll:heart::heart::heart:

gakinme
02-14-2010, 12:07 PM
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. And for me today, it's Chinese New Year too.

Brian, I agree. I'm not sure why they stick to archaic tests like these.

Robin, you could not imagine how tense I was those two weeks. I have one real polygraph test coming this Wednesday for the second job. I've passed the voice analyzer test for the first job and now it's in the last stage of medical check. But this time, I'm not as tense. I now realize these tests don't really tell you anything about a person. Spies and murderers have known to pass these tests. I bet politicians would pass them with flying colors too. Right, I'm not going to eat cocoa puffs that morning.:lol:

Brian, have you started your job search yet?

trafford
02-14-2010, 01:20 PM
Thank you all for the wonderful images here. Sandra your enthusiasm always shows through...love the mountain picture and the nudes. Brian, your little cards are great and the starling photo looks like he should be in movies.

Grandma Robin...I don't believe it. WOW!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all and good Art.
472322

brianvds
02-15-2010, 10:06 AM
Brian, have you started your job search yet?

At present, I have no intention of ever working for anyone else ever again. We'll have to see if my nerve holds though. ;-)

gakinme
02-15-2010, 06:46 PM
Brian, if I have a choice, I want to travel instead of working.

Janet, that's a very nice piece of Valentine art. It's almost like a CD cover to new age music!

brianvds
02-15-2010, 09:54 PM
Brian, if I have a choice, I want to travel instead of working.

An artist can of course combine the two. I once a book by an artist who traveled through India, making lovely pen and watercolour sketches all the way; the book basically consisted of those with bits of explanatory text. I regret that I didn't buy the thing when I had the chance.

Personally I am not all that fond of traveling, but I do like the idea of this sort of working holiday. Winslow Homer used to do this, and today a good part of his legacy consists of the watercolours he did in the process. Works like this, for example:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2010/142294-Winslow_Homer_canoeintherapids.jpg

I just love his work!

brianvds
02-15-2010, 09:59 PM
Thank you all for the wonderful images here. Sandra your enthusiasm always shows through...love the mountain picture and the nudes. Brian, your little cards are great and the starling photo looks like he should be in movies.

Grandma Robin...I don't believe it. WOW!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all and good Art.
472322

Nice little painting! Somewhere between the post-impressionists and Greek vase painters. ;-)

brianvds
02-15-2010, 10:03 PM
A quick sketch I did at work a day or two ago, after an original by the French academic painter Alexandre Cabanel:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2010/142294-184-8445_IMG.JPG

As usual with these little sketches, HB pencil on an A5-sized scrap of computer printer paper. One might or might not like those French academics like Cabanel and Bouguereau, but their technical mastery is beyond dispute and one can learn a lot from them.

gakinme
02-16-2010, 12:24 AM
Good one there, Brian. I'm doing a few of the Spanish artists too.

You know, actually, the reason why I took up drawing two years ago again was because I saw this pen and watercolor travel journal of a couple who went to China. I thought at that moment, "I want to do that!"

And of course, this is a long process where I learn how to draw buildings and people and sceneries. There are so many things to consider when one draw places with people in it. One day, when I travel, I'll do one of those journals too. When I was working in my first job, I had to travel 50% of the time and it was so busy I would not have downtime to draw. The thought never crossed my mind thus. If I had that skill and inclination back then, it would have been many travel journals then. But I've got lots of photos to tap from.

gakinme
02-17-2010, 06:20 PM
OMG, I just came back from the real polygraph test from the second job offer. It was so scary!!!

It was even more nerve wrecking than the voice analyzer test because they strapped two spring like cord above your chest and below your chest tightly to measure your breathing, hooked two detector on your right hand on second and fourth finger and the left arm, they apply pressure with a blood pressure gauge. At one point towards the end of the first session, I could feel my heart thumping so hard because the blood circulation was constricted. I thought I was going to flunk it because I just could not keep calm at all today. He did the test 3 times over and finally...phew...I passed. This one was only one and a half hours compared to my last test two hours plus. So now I am waiting for the last step - medical.

The boss at my present job called me to work tomorrow and Friday too so now I have to cut short my vacation. Hopefully, next week, I really only need to work 3 days and have time in between to draw.

I have to draw a lot today!!!! I'm free of worries finally of these scary tests.

Want to show you all my favorite piece from yesterday.

I'm copying the style of neo-expressionism from Germany but these guys are based on an anatomy book and I put them together.

More here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=597130&page=22).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2010/86669-jamjuni14.jpg

azulparsnip
02-17-2010, 06:55 PM
sandra - those tests sounds awful. Looks like you had a good day drawing wise though.

Brian - yes, studying the classical artists is very instructive. I learn alot every time I do a copy. Good job on the monk. The head particularly.

I haven't done much art for a couple of days. Just had too much other things that needed tending. Hope to get a sketch or two done tonight.

artbyjune
02-18-2010, 05:02 AM
Sandra, those tests do sound scary. I certainly wouldn't like to do them.

gakinme
02-19-2010, 09:35 PM
Just got home not so long ago. I have finally finished my job search. On March 8, I'd be working for the District Attorney of my nearby district in office support and it's only 10 mins commute and no shifts, no weekends. Just straight 5 days like all normal people. 8 - 4.30 pm. I'm very excited about the new change. And I get paid more! I was offered a similar job at the jail on the same day too but that one was shift and I chose the former. For a moment, I thought the District Attorney job was four days but no, it's regular 5 days. That's alright. As long as I get to sleep in on weekends, I don't mind.


Haven't drawn anything today yet. My head was in the clouds all day. Just got my two Heinrich Kley books of drawings. Fantastic illustrator.

I'm also looking at getting some Boris Vallejo books to learn how to do color and fantasy pieces.

artbyjune
02-21-2010, 02:55 AM
http://www.multimediaarts.com/watercolors/colrhist.htm

An article on colour and pigments. Found the link on my twitter page. Looks interesting info.:thumbsup:

trafford
02-21-2010, 05:31 AM
Just gave it a glance and it does look very interesting. Will read the whole article today. Thanks June!

brianvds
02-21-2010, 04:47 PM
Well, I'm off to one of my hectic work weeks again, but here is something in the meantime that might be of interest to some here; some photos and a sketch from my visit today to a local nature reserve:

http://brianvds.livejournal.com/17048.html

See you again next week!

gakinme
02-21-2010, 07:49 PM
Brian, good wildbeeste skull there and good oil painting too!

I'm going to try my hand at watercolor portraits with my 2 days off tomorrow.

azulparsnip
02-23-2010, 03:46 PM
YES!!!! Congrats Sandra
June - that looks like some good reading
Brian - looks like you had a refreshing time with the wildlife. Thanks for sharing the great photos.

We got another dog!!!! a cute pup --of course, they always get me. but this makes 3 dogs and thats as many people as live here!!! photo coming soon.

gakinme
02-23-2010, 11:28 PM
Thank you, Robin.

I finally did a portrait that I am proud of. Please tell me what kind of style is this?

Pan Pastel
SMi Soft Pastel sticks
General's Pastel Chalk Pencils for details
Strathmore Gray Scale Paper

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2010/86669-juni_16.jpg

azulparsnip
02-25-2010, 02:43 PM
Hi ya'll. No time to post much but wanted to let you know that Wetcanvas is changing servers and will be down Feb 26 and back up on March 1. Hope you can share you latest offerings with us when it's back up.