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09-30-2010, 11:43 PM
Hello and welcome to the photo paint - along for October and November.

I got these photos from morguefile photos website. Very user/artist friendly free photos and photos for sale website. Thank you http://www.morguefile.com/archive/browse/#/?display_type=1&sort=date_added&page=1&lmt=24

Please feel free to use whatever medium you like and whatever style you like.
Try doing some different styles.

I hope to see your creative spark shine.




09-30-2010, 11:44 PM
a few morehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2010/88676-CIMG0007_copy.JPG



09-30-2010, 11:46 PM
a few more again




09-30-2010, 11:48 PM
can't do without these...



10-01-2010, 04:02 PM
OMG, what a handsome frog! I have to draw that. Thank you Robin. And I see a few others that I won't miss at all.

10-01-2010, 09:47 PM
Robin a wonderful selection. Awesome moon on purple sky and classic beach scene. Love the old photo of the monks too. Very inspiring, now to put that into action.

10-02-2010, 06:26 PM
These are my first tries. I'll do a couple in color later on. I definitely will practice on the cobras some more for they lend themselves very well to Chinese brush art.

Chinese brush and ink.







10-02-2010, 08:06 PM
Sandra - these are fun! The monk closes to us - his head is formed nicely and the body language is good. The combination of the wet and dry brushing is good. The strokes and markes on the lemurs are a good fortress for those peeking eyes. You got the humor there. The frog is well stated with minium of line. He has a nice living tension. The cobras are too cool.
how do you prepare the brush for the dry brushing? I can't seem to find comments on that technique in my books.........

10-03-2010, 03:19 PM
Hi, wonderful references. Looking forward to diving right in asap :-D

Sandra: Like your choice of medium and the eastern style you've painted in.

EDIT: Ok, did the first one.

12 min speed-drawing, chalk tool in ArtRage3:

10-04-2010, 07:18 AM
Hi Mindbender - that is an interesting approach....the blurryness makes my busy little mind shut off and just check out the colors and relationships. Nice quickie

10-04-2010, 09:25 AM
Thanks. :-) Yes, colors and an overall composition can be interesting at an almost abstract level as well.

Took a little more time for the second one though. :-D

30 min, ArtRage3 (chalk tool):


10-04-2010, 04:11 PM
Sandra, like your nice loose sketches and Magnus...such and odd look, like distorted glass, very beautiful.:heart:

10-05-2010, 12:25 PM
I don't know what will come of it, but I'm going to try the man on the orange chair.

10-06-2010, 02:47 PM
Skipping the monochromes for now, I decided to try the landscape. Using ArtRage3, but returning to oil brush tool and palette knife, here's todays speedpaint (28 min):


10-06-2010, 09:43 PM
Mindbender - I like the froggie - it has a warty texture, and he really merges nicely with the vegetation. Love the landscape, spacious. I like how the distant mountains merge with the sky and the little fence lines in the foreground seem to prance.

Melisa - welcome - I'm looking forward to seeing you go at the man in the orange chair.....I think .not knowing is one of the exciting things about art. I hope you enjoy the trip!

Hi ya Janet:)

I've started sketching up the orange robed monk (HareKrishna?) and am looking forward to painting it tommorrow.

10-07-2010, 09:34 AM
Thanks Robin, glad you enjoy my drawing and painting.

I truly enjoy using the suggested references, I think it's great that they are so varied when it comes to subjects - trying to paint them is a wonderful way to practice. Thanks a lot for running the PP project. :clap:

This morning I tried the cobras. 22 min speedpainting: (ArtRage3, oil brush tool)


10-07-2010, 01:49 PM
Mindbender - aaaah, that is so powerful. They look like a hybrid between tanks and a snakes......all the anamosity is fully evident. ....a force to be reckoned with......and you are whipping them out ....I will try and not to belabor mine so I can do more with more enjoyment.....off I go:) oh and thank you for your comments about the thread. It a lift to know you're enjoying it.

10-07-2010, 02:01 PM
Sandra - Love your chinese brush sketches. It is amazing how much you can suggest with just a few strokes. Of course, they have to be the right few strokes and I can never get the hang of that.

Mindbender - I'm enjoying your digis!

I've got the man in the chair blocked in but now everything is wet and no more paint will go on so he has to dry a while. I'm using water soluble oils, so that may take a while. I've only used them once before so I'm learning about them as I go.

10-08-2010, 06:57 AM
water soluble oils, sounds like an adventure.

10-08-2010, 12:51 PM
here are two - both ink and inktense pencils. On the smoker I used a bamboo pen and manga ink.

I'll be back sunday - have important business to attend to tommorrow.

Happy Painting.......always.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2010/88676-orangemonk_copy.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Oct-2010/88676-smoke_copy.JPG

10-08-2010, 03:53 PM
Robin - I like both of these, but especially the one with the orange robed guy. There's no doubt who is the center of interest in that scene. :)

10-09-2010, 08:00 PM
Some great work here. Mindbender I really llike the cobras, what a powerful image. I am saving up to buy a tablet for my pc to try some drawing/painting. Seeing your work is making me keen to start. Thanks for sharing.

Robin great painting, esp the monk in orange.

Melissa look forward to seeing your oils once done.

10-11-2010, 12:46 AM
Wow, mindbender, you are really speeding along well. Really impressive cobras. They are so full of energy. Your other pieces are also very energetic even behind frosted glass. Is Artrage expensive?

I lost my photoshop disc and program and now am wondering what I should buy. Have you used Zbrush before? Is it any good? Is Artrage like Photoshop and Gimp?

OMG, Robin, I didn't even see the last two photos you posted of the sunset and the man smoking. You did a great job on your pen pieces on both. The first one is full of activity and the second one, just love how you turn him purple. Totally exotic tale materials. I have to try that one. The lime green plant in the front is really good too.

I changed the color of a normal frog to a prince frog and thought that I could do it with only colored pencils but it didn't work. In the end, had to use some Daniel Smith watercolor.

Artist Loft 90 lbs watercolor paper half page 9x12 inch



10-11-2010, 09:17 AM
Robin: Thanks, glad you like the snakes. Yes, sometimes there's a certain freshness and energy in these speedy ones that the longer, more deliberately painted works of mine seem to lack. Beautiful, colorful images, especially like the palette in the 2nd one - for some reason that one makes me think of Picasso.

mmdm: Thank you, looking forward to seeing your oil color work :)

jacquip: Thanks, I'm glad you find my posts inspiring. Do get a tablet if you enjoy painting digitally. Makes such a difference. You can always start with a cheap one - that's what I use for now. :)

gakinme: Thank you, encouragement means so much to keep up the daily practicing. ArtRage is a low-budget digital art program that I think is closer to Painter than Photoshop, since it emulates traditional medias. It's much more user-friendly than PS though (only have Elements myself). You can download a trial version at the ArtRage homepage and give it a try.

Haven't tried ZBrush, but have read some about it. Seems like a great program if you're interested in sculpting and/or creating 3D models. A program for 3D digital art.

Beautiful frog, really like the palette you've chosen.

And here's todays paint-along. Thins time it's more of a speed-drawing than painting. Gave the monochrome monks a go.

48 minutes in ArtRage3 (pencil, eraser and palette knife tools):

10-11-2010, 12:34 PM
Sandra - Love the frog's new colors! Darkening the shadow under him with watercolor really made him pop.

Mindbender - Another nice digi! These are making me miss my old art programs.

Who was it wanting a tablet? I highly recommend Wacom. I've used an Intuos that I bought as a refurb straight from Wacom for years. It finally got a short in the cord from being moved around so much and I couldn't afford another at the time so I got a cheap Wacom Bamboo to use until I can get my cord fixed. It doesn't have as many features or the same feel as the Intuos but it still works great and beats the heck out of using a mouse.

I haven't had any time to myself to work on my guy in the orange chair the last few days, but I'm hoping to work on it in the morning. I think I'm going to have to give him a name.

10-11-2010, 09:30 PM
Sandra - thanks, cool color scheme, the watercolor did help it out alot. The color makes me think of those colored poisonous frogs. He kinda has an "I dare you to touch me" expression.

Jacqui - thanks, are you working on one yet?

Melisa - thanks, I know how that is.......often I hope to get to the piece but other things come first......

Mindbender...I like what you've done with their faces & body parts showing - how they look realistic and everything else looks like a vapor......I guess they are feeling expecially spiritual? !!!

10-12-2010, 01:09 AM
Mindbender, very accurate expression there.

I downloaded the demo of ArtRage 2. Not sure if I could figure out the functions. I managed to put a pix in to trace but the strokes, still trying to get a feel for it.

Jacqui, Melissa, looking forward to seeing your piece.

10-12-2010, 11:47 AM
Everyone is really zipping along here.

Magnus: So interested in your process...thought the two monks(?) talking would be hard to make interesting, but you did it. The info you gave Sandra on Art Rage3 I'm passing on to my son, who is dying to give one of those programs a try.

Sandra: Your frog is certainly worthy of a princess' kiss.

Robin: Every time I see your sketches, I remind myself that I should be doing a sketch a day for practice. I have a set of Ink Tense pencils that I haven't even used yet. Always love the vitality you get in your sketches...even if it is only a drawing of a milk bottle.:)

Jacqui and Melissa, will be interested to see what you do with these photos. I haven't even begun yet. :heart:

10-12-2010, 01:46 PM
trafford - It's not too late to start. Unless you are as slow as I am, LOL. I did work on mine this morning. It's been so long since I painted, I think I've forgotten how.

10-13-2010, 09:34 PM
Hi Janet and Melisa - don't feel too rushed......we have the rest of Oct and November to do something more.;)

10-14-2010, 09:20 AM
There was so much general interest in this month's paint-along, and such a wondrous variety of various interpretations, that I suppose I just had to also do something, even if only a somewhat unimaginative quick sketch:


10-14-2010, 11:47 AM
Love the work posted for this paint-along. Those quick digis really capture the essence, and I love that cobra one! I also love the yellow robed monk painting, Robin. Sandra, the brush paintings are wonderful. I love the sketch Brian. I haven't managed to do anything yet ....but have my eye on the photo of the monk because of the saffron robes. Is he Buddhist? I saw monks like that in Thailand.

10-14-2010, 01:48 PM
June - You may be on to something there. Don't know about the affiliation of the monks - no details were given.

Brian - nice sketch , right on!

Janet - already a couple times today you got me thinkin'........."when did I draw a milk bottle????hahaha....thanks for the encouragement:heart:

10-14-2010, 02:57 PM
I really like your sketch, Brian. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this guy was interesting.

10-14-2010, 02:59 PM
Hi Janet and Melisa - don't feel too rushed......we have the rest of Oct and November to do something more.;)

Oh, I hadn't noticed that it went though November! I see that now. Good. I know I'll be finished by then. I think I'm close to finished, but I can't paint on it everyday, so who knows. I'm enjoying it, though.

10-15-2010, 08:12 PM
Melisa - it is nice to have this to look forward to seeing.......and you are getting alot of enjoyment from it this way too.

10-16-2010, 06:41 PM
Oh, now I see him. I almost forgotten about this photo. Good one, Brian. You have his relaxed pose.

10-19-2010, 08:41 AM
mmdm: Thanks a lot, yep digi art is convenient when short on time (or paint ;-))

Robin: Glad you like it - trying out some different techniques for these.

Gakinme: Thanks - figurative drawing is viciously hard (but so fascinating!)

Trafford: Glad you like my monk version. Happy if you find my AR info useful. Don't hesitate to ask if you (or your son) have any questions :-)

Brian: Like your drawing, especially the rendering of the left (his right) leg.

I also had to give the reading man a go. Returning to chalk, here's a 28 min speed-drawing: (ArtRage3, Chalk tool 10%)


10-19-2010, 06:21 PM
Mindbender - nice one, your drawing skills show up here- it looks simple but you did a great job or did you trace it?

10-20-2010, 01:20 PM
Finally called my guy finished and signed it this morning. Thanks for the ref photo. I really enjoyed doing this one. Water soluble oils on 12x12 canvas.

10-21-2010, 01:40 AM
Melisa: Nice work! You have quite outdone yourself. I have played around a bit with oils in the past, but my substandard drawing has tended to frustrate my attempts, so I decided to focus on that for a bit before taking up paints again.

10-21-2010, 02:58 AM
Such different interpretations of the guy reading the newspaper. Mindbender, a very abstract look to yours, and Melissa, very rich colors. Now I'm inspired to take out my water mixable oil too.

10-21-2010, 09:24 AM
Thank you Brian and Sandra. The square format was a little odd to work with. I wasn't used to it, but I think it worked in the end.

Brian - I've been working on my drawing and sketching, too. I am very slow! And I erase a lot. But I've noticed an improvement. I've been participating in the scavenger hunts in the Artwork for Life forum and it has really increased my speed.

Sandra - I really loved that orange chair and knew I wanted to try this with the oils. I only have a few colors and had an awful time trying to mix a suitable orange! I must but a few more colors. I really like the lack of odor involved in these water soluble ones.

10-21-2010, 11:50 AM
Brian - I've been working on my drawing and sketching, too. I am very slow! And I erase a lot. But I've noticed an improvement. I've been participating in the scavenger hunts in the Artwork for Life forum and it has really increased my speed.

Scavenger hunt? It sounds vaguely familiar. Where do I see them?

10-21-2010, 01:22 PM
The current Scavenger Hunt is here - Scavenger Hunt #196 (14 Oct to 22 Oct) (http://wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=734371). A new one starts every 9 days I think.

10-22-2010, 01:10 AM
I took out my Water Mixable W&N oil paint and painted these two on Canson Canva Paper 9 x 12 inch.

The next 3 images based on Classical Forum's Photo Paint-a-Long - Oct & Nov. 2010.


Oil has so much more texture than watercolor or gouache. I also really enjoy the texture of the canva paper. I think this was my need to have rich colors and texture in lieu of wax.


Then took out my gel medium and Bombay India Ink and experimented. Bombay india ink dries so fast that at times for large surfaces, it could be patchy in color but the medium solved the problem totally. Added a bit of Neopastel for detailing.

Pentalic 130 lbs sketchbook 9x12 inch full page


10-22-2010, 02:21 AM
The current Scavenger Hunt is here - Scavenger Hunt #196 (14 Oct to 22 Oct) (http://wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=734371). A new one starts every 9 days I think.

Thanks. Drawing from life is of course always better. I just have a terrible shortage of space - basically everything I want to do I have to do at a small desk, which of course creates a great temptation to use reference photos.

10-22-2010, 07:56 AM
These are wonderful, Sandra. I especially like the one done in the oils. Love that deep sky and that bit of foliage peeking in from the top. I don't know anything about using ink but I find these interesting and would never have thought to use gel medium with ink.

10-22-2010, 08:00 AM
Brian - I have very limited space, too. I've been mostly choosing small objects that I can move around from the hunt list. I put them on the end table next to the couch, use my reading lamp for lighting, and sketch in my lap on the couch. Or I put them on my computer desk while I'm sitting there. Not great light there, but it's still practice. There is a sense of accomplishment in marking items off the list. :)

10-22-2010, 09:47 AM
Thank you, Melissa. Thanks for inspiring me to pick up oil again. I've only used it twice so far. This week, my mind had been on a richer and more solid medium. I've dappled with gouache, ink, watercolor, melted crayons, and oil pastel comes closest to oil followed by soft pastel. But I might now do more with oil afterall. It is so easy compared to all the above. Why didn't I think of it earlier?

Brian, I like to draw from life the most too. But for sweeping landscapes with dramatic lighting and figure work, why not. I still can't grapple with drawing flower vases and flowers LOL.

10-22-2010, 07:43 PM
Melisa - that is a wonderful painting of the paperreader- amazing job on the newspaper and the shoes!!! It was worth the wait. Glad you had a good time.

Sandra - how is the anatomy class going? I'm lovin' that sky on the beach scene. The cobra looks like he's reading the newspaper too! Nice dry brushing on that. Lovely sky on the mountain valley sceen too.

10-22-2010, 08:01 PM
Thanks! I thought the newspaper was going to be hard, but it wasn't. The shoes were harder, but I always have trouble drawing shoes for some reason.

10-29-2010, 12:50 PM
Melisa, your painting reminds me of Ben Shahn's work. only softer...very nice.

Sandra, you just go on and on experimenting and turning up some great stuff and thanks again for letting us know how and with what tools.

The man reading the newspaper seems to be popular this month. I love it when more than one person does the same subject and how different each one is.

Loving it all...janet:cool:

10-29-2010, 04:57 PM
Melisa, your painting reminds me of Ben Shahn's work. only softer...very nice.

Sandra, you just go on and on experimenting and turning up some great stuff and thanks again for letting us know how and with what tools.

The man reading the newspaper seems to be popular this month. I love it when more than one person does the same subject and how different each one is.

Loving it all...janet:cool:

I'd never heard of Ben Shahn so I tried to look him up. I found lots of articles about him and his political views but almost no images of his paintings. You'd think an article about an artist would show at least one of his works, because people would be curious about them, but apparently not. It's odd that he was well known but there aren't pictures of his paintings on the internet. I thought EVERYTHING was on the internet, LOL.

10-29-2010, 08:22 PM
Here is one Melisa:


Try http://search.aol.com/aol/image?q=ben+shahn&v_t=keyword_rollover
Google Images.

There was something about your figure reading , his hands, even the background that reminded me of Shahn. :)

10-29-2010, 08:58 PM
These are very interesting. Thanks for the link!