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trafford
06-01-2010, 09:25 AM
Since I'm already here, I might as well start the cafe for this month.

It is going to be hot and muggy here today...so I will have to sit in front of the fan most of the day. Even though I hate the air conditioner, I guess I'll have to use it soon. A day for mindless TV.

Did finish three witch tiles for the Etsy shop...an accomplishment, since I've been putting them off forever.

...and what is everybody else up to. :heart: :heart:

artbyjune
06-01-2010, 02:25 PM
Hi Janet. We are on a bank holiday...so I've been sleeping!

As usual for a bank holiday, we've had rain. Its supposed to be sunny tomorrow.

Before my 'hibernation', I was doing some modern art acrylic paintings.

azulparsnip
06-02-2010, 10:09 PM
sounds like you two slackards are at least getting some art done!

trafford
06-03-2010, 08:16 AM
Hey, we are really swinging with the Bee's Knees and The Bouguereau Boogie. Colored pencils and hot new photos plus a place for Pooh lovers. Should be having fun and plenty to do this summer.

The Mugs are on us today..so I must stay very still. I'm reading a wonderful book called "A Guide to the Birds of East Africa" by Nicholas Drayson. Bird watchers and love. Seems to fit our threads for the next two months.

Off to have breakfast.....:heart:

azulparsnip
06-04-2010, 08:49 AM
just spent 30 minutes on this - one of my favorite art sites - you can set it to show a different pose every 30, 60, 90 seconds etc. way cool

http://www.posemaniacs.com/

now on to dishes and garden before the afternoon thunderstorm

trafford
06-04-2010, 10:05 AM
Robin, what a great site...I'll be using it a lot. Might help me with my fore shortening. :heart:

gakinme
06-04-2010, 09:49 PM
That is a great site to practice on. I used it a couple of times, June. Thanks for reminding me to look at what I could come up with this weekend.

Janet, I wish I have hot weather here. It's June and it's been raining since Spring. I hardly go to work without an umbrella. Strange weather here.

June, show us your acrylic painting. And what is this story about the snake? Are you illustrating it too? Is it for children or adults?

After two weeks of uncertainty, my department wouldn't be cut back and I don't have to lose a job, or 20% of my job due to state funding. So now, I could shop again for art materials. :lol: My next purchase is Daniel Smith Prima Tek watercolors and Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils. I'm waiting for sales or ebay.

Here are a couple of pieces I did a week ago.

Image based on Fernand Khnopff's The Secret 1902
Derwent Graphitint - Aubergine
Derwent Drawing pencil - white
Fabriano Artist Journal

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2010/86669-fernandkhnopf_girls1.jpg

Stabilo Schwan Aquarelle black all surface pencil
Derwent Graphitint white
Derwent Drawing Pencil white
Image based on Fernand Khnoppf but I slimmed her down and now she looks a bit like Julia Roberts
Fabriano Artist Journal 7 x 9 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2010/86669-fernandkhnopf_girls2a.jpg

azulparsnip
06-09-2010, 02:24 PM
Sandra - you are really good at doing lots of art, I'd like to be like that.

Here is a few things I've been about. The dogs laid this on the door step.
Don't know if it is a vole or a mole.

And here is a drawing done in will scobie one continous line style.
Here's a link to his images. http://www.reveriecreate.co.uk/

brianvds
06-09-2010, 10:04 PM
Looks like it might be some species of shrew. Says the resident biologist. ;-)

Nice sketches. I'm glad to see your pets are also enthusiastic collectors of unwilling models... ;-)

artbyjune
06-10-2010, 01:54 AM
I am hosting the WDE this weekend. Mainly animal photos I took a while ago.

The snake story is a children's natural history story. I've sent it off to a kids magazine to see if it will be published. I used to write stories for kids magazines years ago and now I feel like getting back into the writing game. It was one I had written before so it just needed tweaking...a good way to get the writing habit back. You never know with kids magazines...will they want a 'snake' story? Snakes aren't exactly 'cuddly'!!

Just remembered I have had a snake stry published in the past...but then the snake was the 'baddy'. In this new one, the snakes are the 'heros' or at least the main subject.:D

I haven't illustrated it...illustrations are a big time investment. Maybe I'll illustrate the next one.

Good to see the sketches Robin and Sandra.:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I'll post my recent 'modern art' acrylics here if you'd like me too. I think they are on my blog and website.

I'm working on my oil paintings this week. I don't do much of those...so good to practise my skills, or at least try to upgrade my skills.:p

azulparsnip
06-11-2010, 01:17 AM
Oh, a shrew eh....thanks Brian.

Thanks for stopping in June - sounds like you are a busy bee!!!! phew....I love you're acrylics and am sure if you put out a book with that as illustration it would sell ......your art is healing and powerful.......

gakinme
06-11-2010, 01:53 AM
June, your acrylics at your blog are really good. I didn't know you do acrylics. Such cheerful primary colors and I love the abstract feel to them.

Robin, love your shrew/mole/vole. So dead! haha...poor guy but you did the subject very well even when dead. I don't think I could face a dead something and draw it. I'm too skittish.

Here's one that I'm happy with. My lovebirds. Totally imaginary. No manikins or references. I think this is the first time I fleshed out muscles on my own without aid.

Derwent pastel pencils to start
Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel for filling in and smudging
Academie Heavyweight Sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch full page

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2010/86669-hp_lovers1.jpg

azulparsnip
06-11-2010, 04:04 PM
Sandra - youre a rascally sort.......Happy weekend

brianvds
06-11-2010, 09:44 PM
Oh, a shrew eh....thanks Brian.

Well, possibly. With these small mammals it can be hard to tell if you're not holding the corpse in your hand. ;-)

artbyjune
06-15-2010, 07:24 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2010/106623-meerkatpair1a6kfx.JPG

Hi guys. I've been busy this weekend over in the WDE. I did this traditional watercolour of one of my meerkat photos (in the WDE) and I am posting it again here to prove I am still alive and kicking (well, painting, anyway).

I haven't done any of the classical projects and I must pop in and look at everyone's work.

There are lots of projects that I want to do...luckily we're running them over 2 months.

:)

gakinme
06-15-2010, 09:45 AM
June, those two critters look so human like. You always manage to make them so lively. I saw the photos over there. They are superb!!

I want to show off this one.

This is in response to Creature feature- June2010 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=624159).

Daniel Smith watercolors - Used a couple of Primatek colors for background.

Academie Heavyweight Sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch

First version

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2010/86669-wc_feilian1.jpg


I photoshopped it to make it much darker.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2010/86669-wc_feilian1_dark.jpg

It is so much fun to create this one as I've been learning how to use watercolor and dramatic backgrounds and this was the perfect subject to test my painting and imagination skills.

azulparsnip
06-15-2010, 08:22 PM
June - those two are sooo sweet...you got the gleem in their eyes !!
I'm gonna slip over and look at the photos if they're still posted.

Sandra - that is really nice - the background really does spice it up.

azulparsnip
06-18-2010, 07:25 AM
wowie zowie, great big kapowie....it's another day!!!! Hope you get to make some art!

gakinme
06-18-2010, 09:56 AM
Thank goodness it's Friday. I couldn't wait until five tonight and I could paint non-stop.

I just splurged on another 40 tubes of Daniel Smith watercolor at dirt cheap price and would get them by Wednesday or so. Lots of iridiscent colors that I want to try out for the kimonos of Japanese ladies!

This is a made up one. The G-nib with Kuretake manga ink.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jun-2010/86669-pen_catontree.jpg

brianvds
06-21-2010, 02:15 AM
June, those two critters look so human like. You always manage to make them so lively. I saw the photos over there. They are superb!!

I want to show off this one.

I photoshopped it to make it much darker.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2010/86669-wc_feilian1_dark.jpg

It is so much fun to create this one as I've been learning how to use watercolor and dramatic backgrounds and this was the perfect subject to test my painting and imagination skills.

I just love this thing. William Blake on acid! :lol:

gakinme
06-23-2010, 01:14 AM
Thank you, Brian. You know, I always know William Blake only as a poet but recently realize he was an artist. Some of his stuff is really colorful and dramatic. I've chosen a few pieces to copy too.

azulparsnip
06-23-2010, 10:14 PM
I like to look at Blakes stuff because you can see him progress as an artist - his first pieces are simple but he is putting it down and moving on.