View Full Version : Photo Paint-a-Long - December & January- 2010/11

11-30-2010, 08:15 PM
Greetings Friends and art lovers...... I hope to bring in a new year here with you.
We are expecting our art buddy in South Africa , Brian to post some photos in a while. At present he is located in a computer no man's land but when he can he has promised us some original photos from thehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Nov-2010/88676-3211506416_a261fffb16_o.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Nov-2010/88676-3611946110_23bfea1148_z.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Nov-2010/88676-4026231410_324461137b_z.jpg sunny southern hemisphere..

Meanwhile, here are 3 black and whites to while away the time. (resourced from the flickr commons)

Boys looking at an Airplane. The Netherlands 1957 National Archives-flickr

Far West boy feeds a swan, Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney January 1936 by Ted Hood - State Library of New South Wales - Flickr

Venice. Southern Facade of St. Mark's Cathedral and the Doge's Place, Carlo Naya-1876 - Cornell University Library - Flickr Commons

Black and whites leave alot of room for imagination. I have never done anything in the color pointisism method....think I might try that.....or maybe a one color approach for an exercise.

Got any ideas? Looking forward to seeing your work.:wave:

11-30-2010, 09:16 PM
Ah yes, Brian promised us some photos this month. I can't wait. I love the airplane one, Robin. Good choice! And yeah, while I'm at it, I'm going to try the building. This weekend.

11-30-2010, 09:42 PM
alrightie then, Sandra......hope you get a solid lift off then!

12-02-2010, 07:12 PM
I love your selection of old photos. I can never seem to find any so interesting and inspiring myself. THanks so much for taking the time to hunt for them. As with Sandra, it is going to be hard to pick which to try, but I am not as adventurous and willing as you Sandra, but do look forward to seeing your efforts.

12-03-2010, 08:29 AM
Well, here I am, finally back online. I have this idea that it can be useful to have several different photos of the same or similar subjects, so my selection is perhaps not as diverse as it might have been, and of course it sort of reflects my own interests and aesthetic. But then, the photos are free, and you get what you paid for... :D

First, a few views of my cat (or rather, the cat that allows me to live in her house and serve her):




12-03-2010, 08:33 AM
Some feathered friends:






12-03-2010, 08:36 AM
A botanical subject or two. Mulberries with leaves:


Ludwig van Beetroot, photographed in the supermarket some time ago:


12-03-2010, 08:40 AM
Last but not least, bits and pieces of engines, which might make for an interesting blend of architectural drawing and still life:



Perhaps I'll upload some more in due course; if there are any requests for specific subjects, let me know and I'll see if I have any on hand. I took all of the photos myself, and I am happy to place them in the public domain with no strings attached, so feel free to use them for whatever purpose.

Let's see some art! ;-)

12-03-2010, 09:39 AM
Brian, you're back on! Yes. Do you have any of African villages and villagers?

12-04-2010, 12:10 AM
Brian, you're back on! Yes. Do you have any of African villages and villagers?

Ain't no such things around here, I fear - I'd have to go on safari to quite remote areas to find anything resembling a traditional African village. ;-)

12-04-2010, 07:07 PM
whoopeee, these are jammin' !!!!! THANKS, Brian

12-06-2010, 01:52 AM
Engines will work, Brian. Thank you. I thought you might have some villages there. :lol:

Carbothello stabilo pastel pencil Sepia color


12-10-2010, 03:20 PM
nice sepia piece, Sandra. I'm working on one of that photo but it'll have to wait to finish a couple of days.
here's one of the ducks. used it for a birthcard for my best buddie's 98th birthday yesterday!:clap:

12-11-2010, 06:27 AM
Sandra nice sepia work. I like the way you cropped the image. well done.
Robin your ducks are awesome. Love the effect you have created there.
I am still to start anything but do want to give at least one a go. The first one of the boy and swan keep grabbing my attention. Maybe tomorrow..... :)

12-12-2010, 06:02 AM
Nice angle to your sepia piece Sandra and mad for your ducks Robin.

I'm really liking the boss cat Brian....it's true, once they choose you, there is no escape. :) Hope I can get something going after Christmas.


12-12-2010, 10:22 AM
Well, finally got around to getting myself a new point-and-shoot camera, after the one I borrowed from a friend also started to malfunction. Perhaps I make cameras depressed and then they commit suicide? The new one seems to work; just tested it out on a simple still life setup, which came out decently. Thought I might as well post it here as reference, but alas, now WC's software won't let me upload anything. Will try again later...

12-12-2010, 11:29 AM
Here is another take on the ducks and one on the buildings.

12-13-2010, 01:35 AM
Nice work so far. But how do you manage to upload anything? I simply get the same error message, and WC will not let me upload any pictures anymore.

12-13-2010, 03:39 AM

Aha, there it's working now. Well, there you have it: another reference to work from, and perhaps a fairly challenging one.

12-17-2010, 08:44 AM
nice photo Brian.......

12-17-2010, 10:34 AM
Robin love your new pieces. Great style.

Brian that is a challenging photo, but a goodie.

12-18-2010, 08:25 AM
Love the photos. I may not get around to anything til after Christmas. I like your building Sandra. And Robin, I love your lively pen studies.

12-31-2010, 09:37 AM
Robin, love your sketches as always, especially the yellow background.

The orange, wine opener photo is a challenge. Maybe put two photos together.:)

Here is a starter for me, in magic markers:


01-07-2011, 03:50 PM
Interesting interpretations thus far!

Thought I'd do a crosspost from the scavenger hunt. This sketch wasn't done from the photo I posted, but I took two of the objects in the photo and drew them from direct observation, in accordance with my solemn vow never to work from photos again. The orange thing, by the way, is neither a lemon nor an orange, but a type of peach - I am told they are somewhat rarely seen in other parts of the world, though this surprises me because it is the variety used to make tinned peaches, which surely are ubiquitous?

Anyway, here's my sketch - HB pencil, 18cm x 12cm:


01-12-2011, 10:57 AM
Very nice Brian. Like the reflection of the glass.

Heres a collage of the leaves and fruit. Colored and painted paper with pen and ink:


01-12-2011, 08:32 PM
janet - that mechanical sketch looks like a carnival - neat collage rendition of the berries - I would have never thought of doing that.

01-12-2011, 10:03 PM
I am taking two days off work and now have some time to look at this thread.

Robin, I like your ducks. The pen strokes describe them so well. Absolutely look the yellow buildings! I love yellow. It looks so classic an illustration. Are the colors watercolor or just markers?

Janet, a very good convoluted use of the corkscrew. I also like the simple primary colors. And very creative collage. I wouldn't even have thought of it.

Brian, the peach is outstanding. Furry in feel already from your graphite piece.

Here are my takes on the photos. A more manga feel to the second one but with color.

Derwent pastel pencils
Aquabee Bogus Brown Recycled Paper

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01-13-2011, 02:42 PM
Sweet goose girl, Sandra....the scooter guy better becareful with the gas pedal. He could be launched for the moon!.
On the yellow and black....the yellow is various strenth solutions of acrylic ink. I just discovered that stuff and am crazy about it. Also think of you everytime I use the manga ink and zebra nib. Those are two of my main tools these days.
Hope you enjoy you time off.

01-25-2011, 09:22 AM
Sandra, love your goose and the abstract background in scooter guy.

Here's another collage, using torn up painting scraps and pen and ink. Unintentional water look in background...surfaced after I scanned it...but I rather like it. I love collage. :heart:


01-25-2011, 10:41 AM
I love your collages Janet!!

01-25-2011, 08:22 PM
yeah, I love'em too

01-27-2011, 12:04 PM

I managed to do the ducks today. This is 7 by 9 ins., acrylics on paper. I did the textures using sand mixed into the gesso layer before painting.

01-28-2011, 01:13 PM
lovely - cool and watery
Rose has the texture piece she did for your thread up on her bathroom door.

01-28-2011, 04:04 PM
Janet, beautiful collages. They just mix so well together. Creative eye there.

June, what colorful ducks. Really like the sand texure to the surface.

01-31-2011, 10:40 AM
Love the sand mixed with gesso and the wonderful color, June. I'd like to try this texture...I'm off to the beach for sand...ooops!, I forgot, everything is covered in snow.:(

01-31-2011, 09:00 PM
Here are a few more- egg tempera and ink airplane....goose is watercolor and ink.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/88676-airdone048_copy.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/88676-plane2041_copy.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/88676-goose042_copy.jpg

02-01-2011, 03:15 AM
These are just wonderful Robin. You have a great knack with pen and watercolour. I especially love the goose drawing.

Hey Janet, I got my sand from the local garden centre!! I wish it had been from the beach...

02-01-2011, 07:28 AM
Robin, I just love your drawing style.

June, never thought of a garden center. Great idea. Saw an artist on TV throw sand all over a large piece of paper and then spray it with paint. She removed the sand and it was really interesting.

I do like paint-a-long. All the different interpretations. :heart:

02-01-2011, 06:47 PM
Robin, these should be published in a classic children's book. Superb color mix of the olden days and style!!