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azulparsnip
05-03-2010, 02:38 PM
Oh, we must have gotten into a time warp or something. ....wonder what an art warp would be like?? Oh, just one of those little wild hair comments....but we are off and running - I hope to start with a few sessions in The Mustard Seed Garden -Manual of Chinese painting. besides all the other fun projects we have .

Brian - I posted a link to photos of the electric event on last page of april's cafe

azulparsnip
05-05-2010, 03:36 PM
humm , pretty quiet here.

Rose had an orchestra concert yesterday....I got some sketching down . The auditorium is a speciallly designed one - 3 of em in the world. The ceiling is supposed to acoustic wonder, looks pretty interesting, ...... like soft serve icecream!

trafford
05-06-2010, 11:46 AM
Robin, what pens do you use (green and pink/red) that give you such nice fine lines? Love sketches like these.

Seems as soon as my birthday was over I started to fall apart. Knees, back, and feet. A little better today. Hoping to get out of the house tomorrow, before I go mad.

Got a big huge cookbook for my birthday...The Lee Brothers Southern Cookbook, which I'm now reading like a novel, also a small set of Caran d'ache crayons (my favorites) Life is good, even with the pains and aches. :heart:

artbyjune
05-06-2010, 02:04 PM
Nice little pen sketches, Robin.

I am looking forward to delving into more illustrators work this month.

We had a taste of summer last week, this week back to winter!!

azulparsnip
05-06-2010, 07:26 PM
Janet - sorry to hear youre achin'....hopefully it is a spring time thing? Andy always has springtime & a fall episodes with his back....but wow Caran d'ache is THE stuff..... thanks for asking ...The pens are just fountain pens. The green and shell pink are in a Lamy safaris and the chocolate is in a pelikan broad tip.

June - yeah we did that type thing too but it's almost 90 today....probably won't need the heater till fall.

azulparsnip
05-09-2010, 12:00 AM
we went backpack camping last night. Here are two I got done before we broke camp.

Happy Mother's day to you mothers:heart:

trafford
05-09-2010, 07:01 AM
Happy Mom's Day to you to. Love your camping drawings, My, you do get around. Please give me a little bit of your energy :angel:

gakinme
05-10-2010, 12:11 AM
Ooh, I totally missed these sketches. Did you all have a nice mother's day today, ladies? I had a very nice one. I spent a bundle buying myself presents. See here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8738943&postcount=352) and here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8739301&postcount=354).

After I have used up my six 11x14 picture frame, which at the moment is restricting my artwork to 8x10 inch because of the matting, I'll start drawing bigger for the 16x20inch frames. I need a bigger surface because I need to put so many people in a piece.

Robin, lovely sketches. They have such liveliness in them at the stadium. So you carry a couple of fountain pens around? Very devoted pen user. Did the crocodile get a bite to eat at all? Very cute.

Janet, hope you will be up and about soon again. You got the Caran D'ache oil pastels or the neocolor I, or II?

I never bought the neocolor. Don't really know if it's a lot of difference from the oil pastels. I'm definitely very well stocked now of all types of pastels and I could focus on painting now.

June, spring weather in my new town is so strange. Windy and more wind. Rain and more wind. :lol:

gakinme
05-10-2010, 01:31 AM
This is in response to Southwest May Challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=620037). I haven't done pen sketches for so long it feels good to be able to pick up a simple pen and just sketch quickly and put the watercolor on. It's you ladies who inspired me not to forget about the simple pleasures of using simple tools.

Daniel Smith watercolor
Non descript ball pen from a hotel
Academie Heavyweight sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch (half page)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2010/86669-pen_deer1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2010/86669-wc_deer1.jpg

azulparsnip
05-14-2010, 12:54 PM
that calf looks a bit lost - fixing to take a nap?

I'm quite under a load of stuff to do.

brianvds
05-17-2010, 01:20 AM
Well, I seem to be shaking off the worst of my infection, but alas, I also have to go back to work this week. Perhaps I'll have time and/or energy for the Durer thread next week. But I have had one of my periodic flare-ups of interest in a far older art form, namely illuminated manuscripts, so I have a feeling I am going to make a little detour past the calligraphy section here on WC. Not that I know a thing about calligraphy, but I do like illumination. I illuminated a quote last night and I think I'm going to post it at the calligraphy section to get it out of my system... ;-)

trafford
05-17-2010, 07:26 AM
I just popped over to Calligraphy to look at your illumination. Very beautiful, and the printing looks good to me. Also, it is laid out very nicely.

Maybe you could cross post it over here.

Have a good (or at least endurable) week at work...see you soon! :angel:

artbyjune
05-17-2010, 08:14 AM
I have always had a soft spot for Medieval book illuminations!

azulparsnip
05-21-2010, 06:07 PM
Brian - Glad you are feeling well enough to pursue the muse:)
I lurk around the calligraphy forum now and then. I'll go take a look/see

Turtles are in the spotlight for me lately. Here are some lined up on a log. (from our photo library).

and Here's a fierce turtle that paid us a visit.

and a little henna design - trying to practice up for summer but the weather is still a tad cool.

brianvds
05-24-2010, 01:52 AM
I just popped over to Calligraphy to look at your illumination. Very beautiful, and the printing looks good to me. Also, it is laid out very nicely.

Maybe you could cross post it over here.

Have a good (or at least endurable) week at work...see you soon! :angel:

Thanks for the comments. Seeing as you asked, here it is, duly cross-posted:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-May-2010/142294-185-8579_IMG.JPG

brianvds
05-24-2010, 01:53 AM
Turtles are in the spotlight for me lately. Here are some lined up on a log. (from our photo library).

and Here's a fierce turtle that paid us a visit.

The fellow doesn't look in the least amused! I'd keep my fingers away from that beak... ;-)

brianvds
05-24-2010, 10:13 PM
Some exercises in Celtic knotwork I did last week during quiet moments at work (the words in the bottom one are from Carmina Burana):

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-May-2010/142294-185-8580_IMG.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-May-2010/142294-185-8581_IMG.JPG

Just the kind of thing that might come in handy for my new enthusiasm for manuscript illumination.

But if truth be told, I'm going through one of my periodic bouts of artistic de-motivation. Thinking of taking a break from art and spending more time on my other hobby, namely music, for which I actually do have at least a modicum of talent.

And speaking of which, I sit here listening to an absolutely divine piece of 15th century music, which I discovered here:

http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/w/weyden/rogier/02stluke/index.html

Just click on that "Suggested listening" link at the above page, and then look at Van der Weyden's masterpiece, while hearing music composed at around the same time as that picture was painted, in the same area too. Van der Weyden himself might well have heard this. It is a rather haunting experience, if you like this sort of music - a bit like Gregorian chant, but later into the piece getting more complex, and expressing the very same sort of intense spirituality that Van der Weyden does in his painting. I would say the proprietors of this site chose their music perfectly!

gakinme
05-25-2010, 12:36 AM
Robin, wow, huge turtle there. Lovely pen piece of multiple turtles!!!

Brian, I like your knotted piece. It must be very meditative as you listen to that piece of music and do repetitive strokes.

Sometimes I like to zone out too.

I now have Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons. I'll try and do some more art with them in the next few days.

Here's something to spice up the thread.:evil:

Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel
Derwent and Carbothello pastel pencils
Recycled Bogus Rough Paper 9x12 inch full page

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-May-2010/86669-janghyuk1.jpg

brianvds
05-25-2010, 09:25 PM
Hmm, just when I thought I was in the middle of artistic stagnation, I have just discovered a new thing to enthuse about, namely Indian miniature painting:

http://www.cartridgesave.co.uk/news/16-unbelievably-elaborate-indian-miniature-paintings/

gakinme
05-25-2010, 10:03 PM
Those are really nice, Brian. If you do some of them, pls post at Non-Western Art thread too. Beautiful pieces.

brianvds
05-25-2010, 11:42 PM
Those are really nice, Brian. If you do some of them, pls post at Non-Western Art thread too. Beautiful pieces.

Ah, Wikipedia has quite a lot of information about this form of art:

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

Perhaps I will try my hand at something similar. Would actually like to create a fusion of Indian and European medieval illumination art. Not sure what such a thing would look like!

azulparsnip
05-26-2010, 03:46 PM
Brian - three good links. The chantsong is beautiful and more than 2 minutes too. Lovely. I like the India stuff too. What instrument do you play?

Sandra - very powerful pastel ...is that youre boyfriend :D

azulparsnip
05-26-2010, 03:52 PM
Here's a link to a couple lino cuts I did recently

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=8777614#post8777614

azulparsnip
05-26-2010, 04:12 PM
just looking thru new photos - this is your's truly on mother's day - :lol:

brianvds
05-26-2010, 08:35 PM
Brian - three good links. The chantsong is beautiful and more than 2 minutes too. Lovely. I like the India stuff too. What instrument do you play?

Been teaching myself classical guitar for several years now. But due to lack of time for practice I am something of a perpetual beginner... :lol:

Still, music is an art form that I understand in a way I have never been able to understand visual art. If I can spend more time on it I might actually make some progress. Tell you what: I should machine gun the blasted TV. That's where all the time goes... :D

brianvds
05-26-2010, 08:37 PM
just looking thru new photos - this is your's truly on mother's day - :lol:

Why do I get this feeling I'd rather not see any of the other Mother's day photos... :lol:

trafford
05-27-2010, 10:44 AM
You make a good looking mom, Robin. I dig the sexy apron. :thumbsup:

artbyjune
05-27-2010, 11:10 AM
Great glass of wine...that was a good day I bet, Robin.

Sandra, pastel pencils are a medium I've never really used. Nice portrait.

Brian, I love Indian miniatures too. I am not 'musical'. Just a bit of crooning when no-one's about!!!

gakinme
05-27-2010, 05:35 PM
Haha...very cute pix there, Robin.

No, no, that's not my boyfriend. I don't exactly go for abs. I like pretty faces more.

I want to show you guys a new imaginative piece I did last night. Tree is reference from oil pastel may challenge and the nagas is the theme for fantasy art may creature feature challenge where we design our own.

Oil Pastel May Challenge
65 lbs green cardstock
Holbein, Sennelier, Cray Pas Specialist oil pastels
Sharpie black china marker
Prismacolor blue china marker
Walnut Hollow burgundy oil pencil

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-May-2010/86669-op_maychallenge_2010_tree.jpg

And here, I added the Nagas.

Sennelier Iridescent oil pastel
Daler Rowney oil pastel, Sennelier, Holbein, Cray Pas Specialist oil pastel
Walnut Hollow blue, brown oil pencil

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-May-2010/86669-op_serpents.jpg

azulparsnip
05-27-2010, 07:53 PM
Sandra - interesting , very interesting....I like the color scheme and the roundedness you got on the eel (?) it flows like a real one.

gakinme
05-28-2010, 12:02 AM
Robin, it's not an eel. It's a naga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C4%81ga). A human torso and a serpent lower body. But that's close enough.

I should do some pen work. I've done so much color stuff these few weeks I'm ready to go back to copying masters in black and white.

trafford
05-29-2010, 01:01 PM
Sandra, I love the colors and the Nada.

Since Robin has shown herself....guess I'll do the same. Here I am in the dining room, which is my make shift studio. Not much dining done here.

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:heart: :heart: :heart:

gakinme
05-29-2010, 01:06 PM
Oh, we are into showing ourselves now? I'll post the most perfect self portrait so far that is me now.

There was once a thread on doing self portrait daily and this was day 18 that I got my own likeness. If you need to see me younger, go here (http://www.wretch.cc/blog/gakinme/3070106).:lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2010/86669-day18.jpg


While I'm here, let me post one piece I did today.

Image based on Gustav Moreau's The Traveling Poet minus the poet.:lol:
Pentalic Nature Sketchbook 9x12 inch 130 lbs paper
First layer - Daniel Smith watercolor
2nd layer - Holbein oil pastel
third layer - Daniel Smith watercolor
Some details with Walnut Hollow Oil Pencils

I don't know why I put so much time on oil pastel and do not get frustrated. If I had used hard pastel and pastel pencils, it would have been finished half the time but at times I get frustrated when it get dusty everywhere. But oil pastel is like the little child that needs coaxing and even if it's not perfect, I still like them more than my watercolor or soft pastel. Strange feeling.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2010/86669-gustavmoreau_travlgpoeta.jpg

trafford
05-29-2010, 07:03 PM
You're looking good, Sandra, and very studious too. :)

I love the way you have layered this painting...think I'll give it a try, see if I can get the same affect you do. :heart: :heart:

brianvds
05-30-2010, 01:34 AM
Robin, it's not an eel. It's a naga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C4%81ga). A human torso and a serpent lower body. But that's close enough.

Now the naga is something I knew nada about. One learns something new every day on WC!

Interestingly, in many medieval and Renaissance paintings of the Fall of Adam and Eve, the serpent is portrayed in the same way, i.e. a human torso on a snake body. E.g. here's Michelangelo's version, from the Sistine chapel frescoes:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2010/142294-Michelangelo_fall_of_man-400.jpg

Typical of the misogyny of the times, the serpent is almost always portrayed as female... :rolleyes:

gakinme
05-30-2010, 11:16 AM
Ooh, Brian, what an interesting comparison. Thank you! Naga are supposed to be extremely good looking. I was planning to make them manga like that exhibit the typical pretty boy and girl look but chose the wrong medium to express it. Pen work would have been better.

Thanks for the pix! I assume this female serpent has all the beauty criteria of that time - muscular and stout. Don't think our anemic looking girls and boys would fit in that painting.

azulparsnip
05-30-2010, 02:00 PM
Sandra - Ohhhhh, a NAGA - of course ..... well I too knew nada about the naga and now those two words are forever wrapped inseparably around my brain. That pegasus mixed media is beautiful. I like your description of your feelings for a medium. Spending time with it appears to have been profitable. Your pastel work is good. I avoid them for some mysterious reason. Not much mystery in my life actually so I'll let that one stay for a bit!! Thanks for the self - portrait. It is good to put a face with a name. Is your hair grey yet? The portrait on your avatar - you also?

Janet - what a nice photo of you......with the art supplies in the background you look very at home and happy in that little nook. Thanks for sharing your face with us. :)

Brian- good reference photo and background. My husband says "so that is where nagahide comes from!" Yes, we learn alot here on WC:D

gakinme
05-30-2010, 09:25 PM
Robin, my hair thankfully is still quite black. My kids do notice a few strands of white here and there but since I've started working, I aged less quickly. My avatar is not me. It's another Korean actor that I like - Joo Jin Moo.

Oil pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes paper

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2010/86669-jujimoo_1.jpg

artbyjune
05-31-2010, 12:34 AM
Janet, this is a lovely photo of you. I like all the paint supplies in the background too.

Sandra, I love the pegasus. Pegasus is one of my favourite mythological creatures.

I have been writing a story about snakes.