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madmum
01-05-2003, 05:33 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Shells, shells and more shells
Project Leader: madmum
Relative Difficulty: Medium
Type Restrictions: Painting
Medium: Watercolor paints
Subject: Not Applicable
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited

Description:

Seashells come in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures. I've found just a few of them to challenge you to paint a still life in watercolours.

You can choose any of the free-to-use photographs from Mustcreates album of seashells (link below), or one of the photographs I found on Webshots as reference. It's up to you whether you choose to focus on one shell or paint a whole collection - use your imagination!!!

What are you waiting for???? Get painting!!!!!

(Webshots images may be copyrighted)

Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/browse_details.php?proj_id=344)

Remember, in order to help keep the discussions on projects organized, you should post your questions, suggestions, and comments on submitted work here in this thread. By doing this, we allow other non-project efforts to not get "pushed down" by a swarm of project-related threads.

madmum
01-05-2003, 05:47 PM
Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! That was quick! Hope you all join in :D

Ruth

tigre255
01-05-2003, 06:51 PM
Of course I'm in.........lol......:D

madmum
01-05-2003, 07:02 PM
Thanks Barb :D This should be an interesting project ;) Just think of it as an opportunity to expand your skills!!!!!!

Ruth

tigre255
01-05-2003, 07:14 PM
Originally posted by madmum
Thanks Barb :D This should be an interesting project ;) Just think of it as an opportunity to expand your skills!!!!!!

Ruth

Your right there.....I need to do something different for a change of pace anyway.......LOL

It should be a fun and interesting project.......

JamieWG
01-05-2003, 07:29 PM
Hi Ruth. Two questions about your project:
1. Are watercolor pencils, Neocolor II watersoluble crayons, etc. allowed? Or is it just pan or tube watercolors?
2. It says we should choose from the photo references....but is it okay if we paint our own shells from life instead? Sometimes I have no choice but to work from a photo, so when I have the choice I prefer to work from life.

Jamie

madmum
01-05-2003, 07:42 PM
Jamie the watercolour pencils etc. are fine :) Shells from life yes, I just found what I could in the reference, please post the reference image along with the painting though if you can ;) !

Ruth

Rosie
01-05-2003, 08:41 PM
This one looks challenging... I'm going to try it... but no gurantee on the results. (lol) :)

mustcreate
01-05-2003, 09:30 PM
I'm in.....I just don't know when I will be able to paint them. :( but this project certainly gives me the kick in the butt I needed to get down to painting these reference images I took over 2 years ago :eek:

thanks for the project Ruth :)

em

madmum
01-06-2003, 10:28 AM
Great!!!!!! Total of 5 signed up so far.

Jamie I edited the description in the project information to include paintings from life. I know you have a digital camera so it would be lovely if you could photograph your set-up too - might give us some pointers in how to arrange our own still-life.

Em you have so many lovely photographs, I'm amazed you never start your own project!!! As for finding the time, there's no deadline on this, unlike the Christmas project ;)

Rosie, welcome!!! I think the best projects are the ones you can learn something new from :)

Ruth

mchew
01-06-2003, 10:46 AM
Thanks for starting the project, Ruth.

I'm going over to the project forum to sign up later but may not be able to paint one just yet.... definitely not January as Chinese New Year is coming soon (1 Feb)... will probably do it in mid-Feb.

There used to be lots of seashell glued as decor in the bathroom when I moved into my flat in July but I removed all and threw them away.

Well, I guess I'll have to use one of reference photo then. :)

painterbear
01-06-2003, 11:16 AM
Sounds like it will be fun. I'll head over to the Projects forum to sign up as soon as I'm done browsing here in Watercolors.

Not sure when I'll get to it, but if I sign up, I will do one -- eventually! :evil:

Sylvia

P.S. Ruth, thanks for the guidance to the Webshots sitr for mushroom pics--found a couple that are in the pool now. I went from a dirth to an abundance of reference photos, thanks to my friends here at WC! Who knows, maybe I won't stop with just two. I can see my poor daughter's wall papered with them now! Birthdays and Christmases for years to come--

"Uh-h-h, oh, good, Mom, another Mushroom picture, how nice."

Becky-Bob
01-06-2003, 11:22 AM
Count me in. I'll sign up as soon as I am done browsing. Maybe it will be the kick start that I need. Haven't picked up a brush since November, except for some touch-ups on some Christmas presents.

Glad you started it Ruth. :)

JamieWG
01-06-2003, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by madmum
Jamie I edited the description in the project information to include paintings from life. I know you have a digital camera so it would be lovely if you could photograph your set-up too - might give us some pointers in how to arrange our own still-life.
Ruth

Thank you, Ruth. I will try to do the project, but I'm not going to sign up until I'm actually ready to do it. I'm running three projects right now, am signed up for two additional ones, promised myself I'd do 10-12 oil portraits before the end of January (have only finished one...lol...), and am doing a sketching project with a friend too---but hoping I can combine that one with your project by using the Neocolors or watercolor CPs! I will take a pic of a setup to post asap....Can't guarantee I won't move it around though once I start to put pencil to paper!

Jamie

coffee_girl3000
01-06-2003, 03:55 PM
I'm in Ruth; really enjoyed your last still life project, looking forward to this one. Em, the photos are lovely :) Ooh, an oppurtunity to use my fave Pthalo blue is there too! Yay

Lady Carol
01-06-2003, 04:49 PM
Such lovely photos. I've signed up!!!

:clap: :clap: :clap:

Carol

madmum
01-06-2003, 05:36 PM
WOW! 12 signed up now, welcome everyone, let's make this fun AND educational :)

Jamie, thank you very much, I understand your not signing up until you're ready - that's quite a list of work you have to do! :eek:

Sylvia ;) lol I wonder if she might go off mushrooms after that many paintings? Glad I could point you in the right direction :)

Now Sarah, what will you be using Pthalo blue for?? (I really need to buy a tube of that to try ;) )

Becky, Marvin and Carol, great to have you on board too!!!!

Let the painting commence :clap:

Ruth

mustcreate
01-06-2003, 07:04 PM
pssst Ruth.....I got so excited about this project I've started already!!! even though I am way too busy to be painting!! lol

madmum
01-07-2003, 04:27 AM
:o OK Em, your secret's safe with me ;)

magnuscanis
01-07-2003, 12:09 PM
This sounds like fun.

I'm fairly new to watercolours (6 months or so, with little time for practice) and very new to this website (2 days), but I'll give it a go. Must head down to the beach and look for some nice shells. Meanwhile I'll get started with those photos.

BTW presumably it's just seashells allowed, not snail shells, eggshells, or any other sort of shells?

coffee_girl3000
01-07-2003, 12:54 PM
On one of the photos, there is a lovely pearly pthalo bluey reflection on a shell. Do buy it! V staining but great :)

madmum
01-07-2003, 12:55 PM
Welcome magnuscanis! Good to have you on board, I think this project should be fun :)

Hmmm I never thought about snail shells!!!! I'm not against them, they're all molluscs after all!!!!! Why not surprise us?

Ruth

madmum
01-07-2003, 03:55 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16796

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_05shellswip2.jpg

Em this looks awesome already!!!! I love the colours you've used to start. Watching with interest :)

Ruth

tigre255
01-07-2003, 04:08 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16796

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_05shellswip2.jpg

This is going to look lovely, can't wait to see it finished.......

coffee_girl3000
01-07-2003, 04:36 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16796

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_05shellswip2.jpg

Gorgeous so far Em; lovely colours and light!

mustcreate
01-07-2003, 04:46 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16799

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_07shellswip3.jpg

Thanks Ruth, Barb, and Sarah!! This is fun actually:)

I've posted the next progress image. It's going along faster than I anticipated!!

em

coffee_girl3000
01-07-2003, 04:57 PM
I'm finished, but it's drying and taking forever as usual! I'm not so sure about my result, but you will all be able to see it soon.

madmum
01-07-2003, 04:59 PM
Em it looks like you're having FUN! :D Looking great!!!!

Glad I posted this project, tomorrow I start painting :)

Ruth

mustcreate
01-07-2003, 06:38 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16802

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/12307/tn_shell1.jpg

Nice work for 2.5 hours Sarah!! I am enjoying the colours and I especially like your background and how the paint settled.

I would have liked to have seen the brilliant strokes of colour softened just a bit....but that could just be me and my tastes. :)

em

tigre255
01-07-2003, 06:44 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16802

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/12307/tn_shell1.jpg

Very nice Sarah.....I like it......

Crystal Owl
01-07-2003, 07:34 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16810

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_08shellswip4.jpg

This is really great I love the shiny parts you've painted!

Irene

madmum
01-08-2003, 03:07 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16802

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/12307/tn_shell1.jpg

:clap:

Great job Sarah!!!!!

I like the looseness of the foreground, and the blue works surprisingly well!

Maybe the form of the brown shell would be more convincing if you continued the shadow in the spiral across it.

Ruth

madmum
01-08-2003, 03:12 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16815

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_09shellwip5.jpg

:eek: :cool: :cat: :clap:

Em I can't believe you aren't sure about this!!!! It's beautiful! The greeny blue background is fantastic against the warm shell colours. I really can't wait to see your finished painting!!!

Ruth

magnuscanis
01-08-2003, 06:27 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16815

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_09shellwip5.jpg

Wow, I like this!

Those colours are really beautiful and vibrant, and the composition seems to spiral round following that shell in the middle and lead the eye into the big conical shell which is the piece de resistance.

Incidentally, that conical shell looks like the same one I used for my initial attempt at this project. I've put up my first quick sketch and I'm hoping to get a more finished painting out of it soon, but I fear it's not even going to begin to approach this one.

madmum
01-08-2003, 06:33 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16832

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/17276/tn_shellstudy1.jpg

Magnus a lovely, vibrant, loose sketch, well done! I am impressed with your organisational skills, making a note of the colours used :)

Ruth

magnuscanis
01-08-2003, 07:30 AM
Originally posted by madmum

Magnus a lovely, vibrant, loose sketch, well done! I am impressed with your organisational skills, making a note of the colours used :)


:o

Thanks. It didn't go quite as I had planned, as I was a bit too impatient and started painting over it while the underlying washes were still too wet. Still, it is only a sketch after all.

It occurred to me while I was painting it that it might be quite useful to record the colours I'd used. I usually try and follow the advice I've seen in several books on painting, which is to limit the palette as much as possible. In this case I used Yellow Ochre, Prussian Blue and Alizarin Crimson (I think), all Cotman colours. These are probably the most used pans in my paintbox at the moment.

coffee_girl3000
01-08-2003, 11:34 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16832

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/17276/tn_shellstudy1.jpg

Bringing the thread back up! Nice one Magnus, agree with Ruth, you are so organised! I'd love to see what you would do for an abstract but I also want to see your realistic interpretation! Do both :) Know what you mean about impatience, I often can't wait till a wash dries, try to get away with it and mess up :rolleyes:

mustcreate
01-09-2003, 11:02 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16862

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/10535/tn_Ems_shells_1.jpg

This is coming along really nicely Ruth!! good form happening there.

coffee_girl3000
01-09-2003, 11:03 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16862

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/10535/tn_Ems_shells_1.jpg

Wow! Looks fab so far :) :clap:

mustcreate
01-09-2003, 11:04 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16832

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/17276/tn_shellstudy1.jpg

I really like the abstract quality of this Magnus!! soft pleasing colours too!!

em

coffee_girl3000
01-09-2003, 11:04 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16815

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_09shellwip5.jpg

Em, this is brilliant work: your colours have remained fresh and bright and the light is great. Can't wait to see the end result.

mustcreate
01-09-2003, 11:05 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16854

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/5309/tn_Sea_Shell_Project.jpg

lovely!! great sharp shadows on the sand.....VERY sunlit!!

I would like to see some shadows on the shells themselves to show a bit of form. :)

em

mustcreate
01-09-2003, 11:06 AM
Originally posted by coffee_girl3000
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16815

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_09shellwip5.jpg

Em, this is brilliant work: your colours have remained fresh and bright and the light is great. Can't wait to see the end result.

thanks Sarah.....I'm having a heck of a time trying to soften those highlights created by the masking fluid....I need to be more careful applying it:rolleyes: :(

em

mustcreate
01-09-2003, 11:08 AM
Originally posted by Crystal Owl
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16810

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_08shellswip4.jpg

This is really great I love the shiny parts you've painted!

Irene

thanks Irene....I am pleased with those bits :)

em

mustcreate
01-09-2003, 11:09 AM
Originally posted by madmum
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16815

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_09shellwip5.jpg

:eek: :cool: :cat: :clap:

Em I can't believe you aren't sure about this!!!! It's beautiful! The greeny blue background is fantastic against the warm shell colours. I really can't wait to see your finished painting!!!

Ruth

Ruth, I am happier with it now after I've given it a chance to breath. It was looking a bit bright and candy like there for awhile. lol

em

coffee_girl3000
01-09-2003, 11:09 AM
I like the highlights being quite sharp! Don't soften 'em too much or (as I nearly did) you might lose them!

mustcreate
01-09-2003, 11:11 AM
Originally posted by magnuscanis
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16815

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9879/tn_09shellwip5.jpg

Wow, I like this!

Those colours are really beautiful and vibrant, and the composition seems to spiral round following that shell in the middle and lead the eye into the big conical shell which is the piece de resistance.

Incidentally, that conical shell looks like the same one I used for my initial attempt at this project. I've put up my first quick sketch and I'm hoping to get a more finished painting out of it soon, but I fear it's not even going to begin to approach this one.

thanks Magnus. I try not to overthink composition and do most of my composing behind the camera lens.

I am anxious to see your finished results.....we have different styles and that is terrific!! wouldn't it be boring if we all painted the same?!! ;)

em

mustcreate
01-09-2003, 11:12 AM
Originally posted by coffee_girl3000
I like the highlights being quite sharp! Don't soften 'em too much or (as I nearly did) you might lose them!

I am afraid they look better in the photo than they do in real life....but I have let it sit for a day or so and have a whole morning planned painting with my buds so hopefully I'll finish this. thanks for the support :)

em

madmum
01-09-2003, 11:49 AM
Originally posted by mustcreate
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16862

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/10535/tn_Ems_shells_1.jpg

This is coming along really nicely Ruth!! good form happening there.

Thanks Em :)

I wish I had my camera, I'd love to be able to show it as it really is instead of half showing and half not! The shell in the middle (aaaaargh what are they called again???) doesn't show at all on the scan, I painted a base coat of UB and perm. rose on it, then I'll probably mask the surrounding area and wet that one shell before spattering for the speckles.

Anyway, I uploaded my next stage to the project, terrible scan again, and the stitch is awful :rolleyes:

Ruth

madmum
01-09-2003, 11:52 AM
Originally posted by coffee_girl3000
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16862

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/10535/tn_Ems_shells_1.jpg

Wow! Looks fab so far :) :clap:

Thanks Sarah :)

Ruth

Carrie
01-09-2003, 12:05 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16802

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/12307/tn_shell1.jpg

I was just looking through these and think you did such a nice simple statement. I love the way you have lost edgs and just melt away into the shadows. Very sophisticated.:) Don't drink that stuff, it will stunt your growth.:D :D

Carrie

mustcreate
01-09-2003, 02:46 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16866

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/10535/tn_Ems_shells_2.jpg
good progress Ruth!! I am liking the pink shell in the upper right....it's my fave on my painting too. lol :D one morning on vacation in Negril, Jamaica there were thousands of those shells lying on the beach....they are so tiny about 1-1.5 cm across. :)

madmum
01-09-2003, 03:34 PM
Em I like the pink shell too! BUT my favourite at this stage is the chequerboard one, it's so unusual. The spotty one at the front looks so much better in person, it got blurred somehow on the scan. Spent ages painting all those tiny little lines :rolleyes: By the way, this painting is quarter sheet so your tiny pink shell is probably closer to 2.5 inches across! :D

Ruth

madmum
01-09-2003, 03:41 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16871

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/11811/tn_shell3.jpg

This must have taken alot of planning to get the colours in the right places! Very nice indeed.

Ruth

mustcreate
01-09-2003, 04:09 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16871

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/11811/tn_shell3.jpg

what an unusual approach!! I love the colour choices and the swirls!!

mustcreate
01-10-2003, 09:39 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16893

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/10535/tn_Ems_Shells_scan.jpg

this is beautiful Ruth!!! It looks done to me....there's the full value scale....gorgeous variety of colours and nice details. very pretty!!

em

madmum
01-10-2003, 09:48 AM
Thanks Em, so pleased you approve :) Your photographs make decisions alot easier, you compose them so well!!! :clap:

Ruth

painterbear
01-10-2003, 06:01 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16802

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/12307/tn_shell1.jpg

Sarah,

Nice loose rendition of the sea shells. Might add a little of the blue from the shells into the background colors too.

painterbear
01-10-2003, 06:03 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16871

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/11811/tn_shell3.jpg

Love this abstract rendition of the single sea shell. The blocks and changes of color in the pattern works very well. Nice one.

painterbear
01-10-2003, 06:04 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16854

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/5309/tn_Sea_Shell_Project.jpg

Lovely, soft colors and delicate rendition of the shells. The sand texture works well too.

madmum
01-11-2003, 10:37 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16923

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/17276/tn_shellfinal.jpg

Well done Magnus!!! The shell itself is beautiful, lovely textures and highlights.

Maybe it needs a darker shadow underneath it to ground it?

Ruth

madmum
01-11-2003, 10:43 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16927

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/17276/tn_stippleshell.jpg

Interesting idea Magnus! I don't think I'd call this finished, there's still room for more darks to give it form. It is easier to see the shell on the thumbnail than on the full size painting. I'd be fascinated to see more works with this technique :)

Ruth

magnuscanis
01-11-2003, 10:57 AM
Thanks for the comments Ruth.

I agree that the first picture (the straight one) could do with a bit more shadow to define it underneath, and the second one (the stippled one) could probably be developed quite a bit further.
I'm always worried, probably too much so, about
overworking my paintings and ruining them. Still,
since I now have digital photos of these two I should probably develop them a bit further yet.

I think the stippling technique probably works best on a fairly large scale. That picture is done on about A5, so there isn't much space for all the dots of paint. I may see about judiciously applying some black to define it a bit better.

madmum
01-11-2003, 11:06 AM
Originally posted by magnuscanis
I may see about judiciously applying some black to define it a bit better.

:eek: not black!!!! You can mix beautiful darks with the colours you have, prussian blue and alizarin for a purple/black, or prussian blue and burnt sienna or burnt umber for a green/black. I swear by indigo for mixing darks but prussian blue does the job well :)

Ruth

DLGardner
01-11-2003, 11:52 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16923

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/17276/tn_shellfinal.jpg

ooo very lovely. You are inspiring me to pull out my watercolors. Nice work!

Dianne

DLGardner
01-11-2003, 11:57 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16802

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/12307/tn_shell1.jpg

This is really nice...so warm I can feel the sun on the beach here. Very very nice.

Dianne

DLGardner
01-11-2003, 12:02 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/11811/tn_shell3.jpg

Very nice abstract. Well thought out and initiated with thought. I like it!

Dianne

DLGardner
01-11-2003, 12:04 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16909

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/11811/tn_shells.JPG

I love the variations of just one color you have here. This is very nice composition as well.

DLGardner
01-11-2003, 12:07 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16927

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/17276/tn_stippleshell.jpg

This one tells a story! I see the shell turning into the sand here. Very nice. I like it.

DLGardner
01-11-2003, 12:17 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16854

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/5309/tn_Sea_Shell_Project.jpg

I love your contrast here. You really got the sun shining on these shells. Good job!

Dianne

jaytee
01-11-2003, 05:39 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/12307/tn_shell1.jpg

Sarah........... I particularly like the composition and colours in this :clap: :clap:

madmum
01-12-2003, 06:38 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/8609/tn_SeaShells.jpg

Lovely painting Irene, I especially like the spotty shell on the right! Well done.

Ruth

madmum
01-12-2003, 06:42 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/3748/tn_My-shells_4.jpg

Yummy Barb! I love colours and you got great form on those spiral shells! Some darker blues under the shells might help them really pop?

Ruth

magnuscanis
01-12-2003, 10:03 AM
Following Ruth's suggestions about my previous final attempts ;) at paintings for this project, I have done a bit more work to both pictures. The new ones, which are just a little darker and (I think) quite a bit better, are now up as my final entries. The old ones have been moved into my progress entries, so they are still there for comparisons.

I've also started painting a version of the same picture in acrylics, but since this is a watercolour project I won't be submitting the results.

- Magnus

madmum
01-12-2003, 10:29 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/17276/tn_stippleshell2.jpg

A big improvement Magnus, the shell stands out well from the background, but you haven't lost any of the lovely texture. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Ruth

madmum
01-12-2003, 10:32 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/17276/tn_shellpic.jpg

Beautiful finish Magnus - the colours are so clean and fresh. :)

Ruth

magnuscanis
01-12-2003, 10:45 AM
Thanks, Ruth, both for the original suggestions and the kind comments.

I think that I've now reached the point with both of these pictures that further work on them is more likely to do harm than good.

Must go and look for some nice snail shells instead....

- Magnus

Rosie
01-12-2003, 02:38 PM
This is my first entry into the shell project. I found the texture hard to achieve, but I had fun painting it. All comments and critiques welcome.

Rosie

Sorry the picture is a little funny... I'll have to work on my uploading techniques.

Anyways one of the nice details that isn't visible is the iridescent medium I used in the under painting. I thought that part turned out nice.

:)

Thanks for looking!!!

magnuscanis
01-13-2003, 05:55 AM
Originally posted by Rosie
This is my first entry into the shell project. I found the texture hard to achieve, but I had fun painting it. All comments and critiques welcome.


Nice one Rosie :clap:

It was worth the hard work on the texture - it really looks quite three dimensional. Lovely, muted, coherent colour scheme too. It's a pity the iridescent medium doesn't show up very well on the scan, though I think I can make out a bit of a pearly sheen in places, particularly towards the bottom of the rightmost section of the shell.

- Magnus

madmum
01-14-2003, 03:01 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/9734/tn_triton.jpg

WOW!!!!!!! Completely stunning Loki :clap: :clap: :clap:

Ruth

madmum
01-14-2003, 03:05 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/16105/tn_Conch_Shell.jpg

Well done Rosie, I'd love to see the effect the irridescent medium had but I think I see it shining through :)

Ruth

tigre255
01-20-2003, 05:27 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17258

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/3748/tn_groupshells.jpg

Here's another painting for the shells project just did it today......

Critiques welcome.......

madmum
01-20-2003, 05:32 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/3748/tn_groupshells.jpg

Barb, I was beginning to think this had died down now! :eek:

Nice painting, shells where they belong :) :clap:

Ruth

tigre255
01-20-2003, 05:37 PM
Thanks Ruth......yeah I guess it had died down, but I had this picture and thought I would paint it........thanks for looking and commenting......

painterbear
01-21-2003, 05:05 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/3748/tn_groupshells.jpg

Hi Barb,

Very nice mix of shell shapes and colors. It looks like a beach after a storm has passed and piled up the shells on the shore. Very nice.

tigre255
01-21-2003, 05:30 AM
Thanks Sylvia for looking and commenting.......

pampe
01-21-2003, 02:24 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17246

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/7714/tn_shells.jpg

WOW

JoAnn...you snuck this in when I wasn't looking

really nice work


I wonder how it would look with a few REAL DARKS popped in certain places??????

madmum
01-21-2003, 03:23 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/7714/tn_shells.jpg

Your ink work is super JoAnn! Some nice colours in the shells, I wonder whether a little yellow or pink would make it more lively?

Ruth :)

painterbear
01-22-2003, 09:19 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/9833/tn_tansandshell.gif

Hi all,

Trying to follow Rod's request with this progress painting of my seashell. He said we could add a message when we load an image into the project threads.

I think this is a conch shell, but I'm not sure, I was just taken by all the graceful curves and bumps and delicate color changes. I found the image on the Internet.

I'm not happy with the way the sand turned out, so I am probably going to try to change it to black sand. That is what is in the reference photo. I was afraid to give it a go, but now that I see the tan sand, I think I'll take the plunge. It's only paper, right? :(

The painting is 7 3/4" x 10 1/2" (@ 20 x 26.5 cm)

Let me know what you think. Thanks.

painterbear
01-22-2003, 12:27 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17290

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/9833/tn_finishedseashell.gif

Finished this entry for the Shells project this morning. Started out with a standard beige background to look like sand. (See it in the Progress folder.) Didn't do much for me so decided to try a black sand background. Didn't work out, but now the shell stands out against the dark quite well. Cropped it to about 7.5" x 9" in size.

I'm not very happy with it but will let it be a lesson learned. Please let me know what you think--good or bad, it all helps me learn. Thanks.

madmum
01-22-2003, 04:37 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/9833/tn_finishedseashell.gif

Hey Sylvia, it works well, and nobody told you to change it!!! I think the shell is fantastic, and it does stand out from the dark background, great job! :clap:

Ruth

painterbear
01-22-2003, 05:20 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/9734/tn_triton.jpg

This is really striking. I love the way the shell seems to glow against the underwater background. Very nice painting.

painterbear
01-22-2003, 05:23 PM
Hi Ruth,

Thanks for the nice comments. I didn't realize the progress pic would show too. You can see the before and after here.

paintedhorses
01-26-2003, 12:20 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17445

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/15134/tn_ShellsProgressPic.jpg

I finally have had a chance to work on the Shells Project, and this is my progress image, on Strathmore 500 hot press, about 6 x9. I am not very experienced with watercolor, and my greatest difficulty is in getting the darks darks enough! Comments and suggestions welcome.

Jeri

madmum
01-26-2003, 12:54 PM
Originally posted by paintedhorses
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17445

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/progress/15134/tn_ShellsProgressPic.jpg

I finally have had a chance to work on the Shells Project, and this is my progress image, on Strathmore 500 hot press, about 6 x9. I am not very experienced with watercolor, and my greatest difficulty is in getting the darks darks enough! Comments and suggestions welcome.

Jeri

Jeri I can't believe you haven't been painting with watercolour for years!

A beautiful, delicate painting using lovely colours, and so tiny!!! :eek:

Some strong darks could make this an outstanding painting, try some different mixes on a spare sheet of paper. Indigo makes a lovely dark purple with various reds, or a dark green with the earth colours. :)

Ruth

paintedhorses
01-27-2003, 10:12 AM
Thank you, Ruth, for your kind reply. I will try your suggestion for achievig some nice darks in this one! :)

Jeri

gnu
03-02-2003, 02:21 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=18733

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/1887/tn_bwatshell.jpg

Beautiful...tell me more.... I have Corel draw too...:clap: :clap:

mariela
06-16-2003, 07:08 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/3748/tn_My-Shells_finished.jpg

:clap: I just discovered the project and i'm thrilled!!! I adore seashells, i have a lot in my house....
I like your painting very much! The way you painted the background is like the shells are in the water. I also have a feeling of movement....

tigre255
06-16-2003, 07:30 PM
Originally posted by mariela
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=16978

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/3748/tn_My-Shells_finished.jpg

:clap: I just discovered the project and i'm thrilled!!! I adore seashells, i have a lot in my house....
I like your painting very much! The way you painted the background is like the shells are in the water. I also have a feeling of movement....

Thank you Mariela for finding this project......and for commenting on my painting...it was a fun project......

M.A.
06-16-2003, 07:33 PM
Wow! I just checked out this project ... gorgeous work everybody!!! The paintings are beautiful!

Yikes! I'm scared to even attempt seashells!

madmum
12-07-2003, 09:41 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=26534

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/27735/tn_shells.jpg

Penny, I am so sorry I didn't see your entry sooner!

Beautiful painting, watercolours I assume? I really like the forms and the highlights. Thank you for joining the project!

Ruth

madmum
12-07-2003, 09:43 AM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/30538/tn_Picture_72.jpg

I must apologise to you, too, Amee.

A very interesting approach, what medium did you use?

Ruth

pampe
12-18-2003, 09:37 PM
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http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/7714/tn_shells.jpg

very nicely done

pampe
12-18-2003, 09:38 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17056

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/9734/tn_triton.jpg

STUNNING

it's so "Loki";)

pampe
12-18-2003, 09:39 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=17290

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/9833/tn_finishedseashell.gif

I like both and think it works!

pampe
12-18-2003, 09:40 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/image_viewer.php?entry_id=22793

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/10535/tn_Seashells_for_carol_8.jpg

Love the colors in this version, Ruth

Godzoned
04-25-2004, 10:57 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=21871

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/14541/tn_shell.jpg

Love the background and detail of the shells. Hey can I use this pict as a background for my computer?

Godzoned
04-25-2004, 10:59 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=26534

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/Projects/lib/344/completed/27735/tn_shells.jpg

Very awesome!
Love the way you captured the look of the different shells!
Can I use this as a wallpaper for my computer?