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02-01-2011, 02:58 AM
Hi everyone. Valentine's day coming soon. How are you all.

Please post your recent work here...sketches, WIP and any little (or big) artpieces you are currently doing. We'd love to see them.

I am reading some art books and watching some DVDs on art....Samuel Palmer book, modern art DVD.

Apart from that, I posted this watercolour cat (Dave) in the WDE at the weekend.


See you all later!!:clap:

02-01-2011, 07:53 AM
I'm living in a snow and ice palace with more coming down as I write. We have given up all normal life :lol: I managed to sqeeze in a run to the super market,,,so we have plenty of food. If we can keep the lights on, it will be fine.

I'm cutting lots and lots of cards to do collages on, and will try to sell them on Etsy to be used as a picture or with envelope (included) as a card.

Here is one that I posted before. I have a template for all the body parts, so I can make a lot of them with different clothes and scenes. Fun!


A portrait of Dave. Wonderful! I wish I could adopt him.:(

Will check in later...janet :heart:

02-01-2011, 07:39 PM
Janet, good collages design. Hope you could sell lots.

Anyone in the storm belt, please keep safe. It's 20 states now for this monster ice storm. Wow, the weather is really wreaking havoc!

June, the cat is so elegant and the watercolor is daintily done. Very nice.

I have to say, I am more and more drawn to watercolor these days not that I do many. The only reason I say this is because I have been layering heavy handed bold colors for the last few weeks in soft and hard pastels and I'm nearing Boris Vallejo's fantasy colors. I wonder who would buy my stuff one day. It's so garish. :lol: :lol: But I want to show them off nevertheless.

The Spotlight - January 2011 - Free-for-all!! (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=835112).

Pan Pastels
Daler Rowney Soft Pastels
Conte Crayons
65 lbs terracotta cardstock with clear Colorfix pastel ground 8.5 x 11 inch


This one is based on Admiral Richard Brydges Beechey's work HMS Erebus passing through the chain of bergs 1842.

Soft pastels
65 lbs lime green cardstock primed with colorfix clear pastel ground


The Spotlight - February 2011 - Zoom in? Zoom out? (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=875962)

Daler Rowney soft pastel
Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel
65 lb terracotta cardstock with Colorfix clear pastel ground 8.5 x 11 inch


But in between, I did do cute little drawings of monsters here and there.

My best works for the last two weeks are in the southwest challenge. Ever since I followed all these illustrators challenges, it has broadened my mind how to make things whimsical. I want to show you the original photos (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12107672&postcount=1), and then my take on them.

I'll use the gallery (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12876642&postcount=134) that Lenore put up.

First piece


My head started working a bit more in the second piece. The third piece is President Obama meeting the Chinese President recently.


This one is called America in Decline. The Americans eat and buy so much Chinese products that they suffer in the end and looking more like Chinese. No more cowboys.

After I finished this, I realize it's so Don Quixote or Daumier!! Learnt it all from this section, girls!!!

The 3 horses piece is watercolor.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2011/114956-86669-portfolio_donkey2_600___Gakinme_Sandra_SM.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2011/114956-86669-sw_challenge_jan_2011_02_Gakinme_Sandra_SM.jpg

And still on a roll. This piece is called Time for some Bed Action.

I wish I could sell these one day.


This is oil pastel.


This is soft pastel.


My eyes need a break soon. Too much strong colors. :lol:

Anyway, this weekend, the green wave piece above and the dragonfly big eye piece are going to be exhibited at the Turquoise show locally. It's not a judge panel awards thing. We submit $5 entry fee to exhibit our stuff but I wasn't sure if my work was up to par and so I sent it to the organizers and they actually liked it and welcome them as submissions. So it's really my first time to have my work hung up for a month locally.


I'm excited about it.

Thanks for having this section, ladies. I learnt a lot.

02-02-2011, 07:41 AM
I love your big-eyed bug Sandra!! The seascapes are spectacular too.

Janet, I love those collage cards and I hope they sell well. Have you tried a local shop as an outlet?

02-02-2011, 08:47 AM
i can't believe it is Feb already. went and enrolled in my course yesterday and start on 14th. Getting pretty excited about it all. Need to find some money to get the last of the materials I'll need. i've been drawing and sketching heaps to keep in practice.

Sandra great sketches there. Love the seascapes and all the horses. June great painting of Dave the cat.

02-02-2011, 09:16 PM
Janet - love your cards, You manage to make the fun with detail but the detail is never crowded.

June - Dave the cat is very calm and focused with that feline finesse

Sandra - congratulations on the exhibition opportunity. I hope you sell something. The bug is neat.

Jacqui - hi ya...what cha up to??

here is something I did outta the box. This piece of tissue was on a christmas gift and I could not turn loose of it.......I'm gonna shope around for odd tissue now......this is fun!!!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2011/88676-book_of_life054_copy.jpg

02-02-2011, 10:40 PM
Jacqui, you have to show us some of your sketches when you have downtime.

Robin, how did you put the tissue on the paper and draw on it. Gluestick or acrylic medium. This is like the wrapping paper that comes with stuff? It's so neat!! I want to try it too. I need to hunt for some over here too. I wouldn't be able to do designs like that but what a great idea!! And superb potted plant that seems to sprout strange looking roots. Love the abstract man too sitting on a lemon? Very good. Very inspirational.

Oh, btw, I want to tell you girls what happened with my anatomy course. They kept delaying the upload of the videos and a course that was supposed to end in mid November is still ongoing and I still have 2 chapters out of 10 that's not done. I complained and asked for a half refund. They did immediately and so I don't learn the last part how to draw a leg but I was so pissed off with the slow progress. Anyway, I'm glad I get $450 back and now I could spend on supplies.

The two pieces of art for exhibition are tagged for sale. So if I do manage, then it'll pay for all my the soft and hard pastels I've bought so far.

I did this last night. Finally, I'm using Arches paper to test out my best watercolors.

The work is based on Homer Ransford Watson 1879 work : A coming Storm in the Adirondacks.

Arches watercolor paper 140 lbs cold press 9x12 inch
Daniel Smith Watercolor


02-03-2011, 06:37 AM
sandra...love the seascapes and your little pictures. Some of the seascapes remind me of Turner's work. Another cute bug-eyed creature.
Sorry the anatomy videos weren't completed...but they were good enough to give you some money back. There are so many good anatomy books out there and some of the art associations have groups where you contribute to the pay for the model and that's the only cost. I'm sure you know all this already. Keep drawing!

Jaqui...Please let us know how your course goes. It sounds exciting and you are starting on Valentine's Day's :heart: :heart: :heart:

Robin...another wonderful drawing, and the use of tissue makes it special.

A good start for our February Cafe,,,now if we could just all sit at a corner table...order tea or coffee and discuss art and other things. Of course the cafe would have bookshelves full of art books and magazines and the walls would be full of pictures...some of them ours, of course. Maybe a gallery and a small movie theater upstairs showing avant-garde movies. Just dreaming...going a little stir crazy. :cool:

02-03-2011, 09:37 AM
Wow lots of good stuff going on and its only 3rd of Feb!

June- love that cat! looks like my cat Murray (but he's fatter and doesn't look as regal! :rolleyes: )

Gakinne love the handling of the sky in that first pastel really loose and expressive:thumbsup:

I've been working away at a mixed media approach recently. Here's the latest one I did in January- June you might have seen it already on Loving mixed media!


Forbidden fruit
Mixed media
16x16 inches


02-03-2011, 12:09 PM
Love the new mixed media work Ryan. I haven't been over there for a while. Its a great site. And I also was toying with the idea of doing illustrations from biblical stories...but I'm only at the 'now that might be a good idea' stage.

And Janet, I was just thinking how great it would be if we could all meet at a real cafe with lots to eat and party. And talk about art too.

Sandra, you have a really good touch with watercolour landscapes. That's something I'd like to get around to trying!

Robin, I love your drawing of the tendrilly plant!! I want to do plants too.

But I am doing NOTHING at the moment. Just a bit of a break this week.

02-07-2011, 05:37 AM
Robin love your mixed media. Great effect.

Sandra awesome painting love the sky and water, very atmospheric.

Ryan another great mixed media piece too.

I went and got all the materials on my "booklist" to start my course. Getting very exciting. Orientation day on Monday and classes on Wed. I am doing all drawing courses this year, plus art history. It will be a big adventure. i hope I can keep up.

Hope everyone else is doing well.

02-09-2011, 01:47 AM
Ryan, good colors and good to see texture in a piece a work. Eve's hand and the apple is very real!

Did this a couple of nights ago.

Derwent Graphitint
Daniel Smith watercolor
Photo scrapbook 9 x 11 inch


02-09-2011, 06:33 PM
Sandra - too bad the class didn't go well but you learned alot about form and mostly just practice and draw, draw draw....and the added bonus of money freed up for art goodies.....you came outta that on top I'd say. Interesting serpent. I just glued the tissue down with elmers white glue.

Ryan - I like your new approach. That has alot going for it. I love the shapes and the hair and the texture....well just about all of it is pleasant and enjoyable to behold.

Janet - I like how you take us on these little cafe trips......it would be great fun I'm sure.

June - recharging you creative cells, eh.........very important activity, that

02-13-2011, 03:56 PM
Thank you, Robin, for comments. Indeed, the money freed up got spent last night on a set of Terry Ludwig Intense Darks I & II soft pastels and a set of 76 Caran D'Ache Luminance colored pencils, and the Art of Tim Burton book. I just about spent everything. :lol:

In the meantime, I got a bunch of colored pencils in a swap. I got a Derwent Inktense set back after I sold it last year. Now I also have 120 Derwent Colorsoft and 24 Derwent watercolor pencils.

Academie Heavyweight sketchbook 80 lbs 8.5 x 11 inch
Derwent Coloursoft
Derwent Inktense with wash and dry


Oh, and I want to show off this one. I did a portrait of my favorite actor, Jang Dong Gun.

Started out with Cretacolor Nero hard pencil for drafting. Then looking at how bare it looked, I went ahead and used my new Shinhan Blue/Green Gray set. Then I took the Shinhan blender and blended the whole piece. It's actually a lot more work than watercolor in a way but only if I am as skilled as some of you who could do a couple of strokes and be able to come up with a nice piece. I'm not so I kept at it and equipped also with my battery eraser, it worked. It worked better than I expected. OMG....I'm so tickled.


Jacqui, how's your first week of class?? Exciting?

02-14-2011, 06:10 AM
Ryan...like the simplicity of your Eve and Sandra, more interesting creatures and a winsome portrait.

Hey Sandra...Do you have a special room for all your art supplies? :envy: :envy: I know , I know...you can never have enough. Thanks for letting us know what you are using and how, it gives us an idea of what we'd like to buy next and how it will look. :heart:

02-14-2011, 06:13 AM


02-14-2011, 07:25 AM
Traffie - I like the new avatar. Cutsie Valentine.....the little black lines make the hearts pop out. I like her loose clothing too....she looks so content.

Here's my Valentine. I'm still learning silk screen. My layers printed off good but the registration got very schewed for a couple of reasone I won't bore you with .......suffice it to say I hope to do better next time.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/88676-valentine063_copy.jpg

02-14-2011, 07:27 AM
Sandra - wow that portrait is wonderful. Lots of personality and reality too. Congrats..... Well you do have quite an impressive array of art tools and you do use them...........that is the perfect combination....you go girl.

02-14-2011, 10:15 AM
Nice print Robin...The slightly off register makes it look very abstract :thumbsup:

We are supposed to have a warmer week and that yellow thing will be up in the sky. :clap: It's been a most depressing winter.

02-15-2011, 01:21 PM
Janet, I do like your avatar too. And the little girl is just like the type of paper dolls little girls would go for. Is paper dolls still in fashion?

Robin, I do like this abstract piece of the tea cup. And great color mix. I think accidents usually come out well.

I don't have a special room for my supplies. Just three book shelves worth and a few boxes in the garage. As long as they are organized, it's actually very compact and neatly stacked.

I want to show off these few soft pastels I did this weekend.

These were in response to the February Landscape Challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=875952).

Pan Pastels
Daler Rowney soft pastels
Derwent pastel pencils
65 lb cardstock with Clear Colorfix pastel ground 8.5 x 11 inch
Dark blue for the top and terracotta for the second one
10 mins for each one for the pastels portion. The migrating flower was done the night before with colored pencils.



This one is in response to Southwest forum February Monthly Challenge - Everyone Welcome!! (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=868942).

I'm finally using my green colors after all these years of drawing.:smug:

Pan Pastels
Daler Rowney soft pastels
Derwent pastel pencils
65 lb cardstock with Clear Colorfix pastel ground 8.5 x 11 inch Dark Brown
10 mins


And this one last night from the virtual class in figure forum. Initially prismacolor pencil on memo pad, then on lightbox, I traced back my piece and used ink and then photoshopped.


02-16-2011, 07:33 AM
Sandra - thanks - interesting pieces you've posted. Your work always has alot of energy.

Trafford - the avatar looks really retro...like 50's type garb....I like the slant to the view too, draws me right in. It is a good likeness too.

I've been sick. My husband was sick for 3 days. Today is my 3rd day and I'm feeling well enought to do a few things. I can't remember the last time I was sick for longer than 36 hrs. It seemed to go on and on. Hope you don't get it.

02-18-2011, 11:14 AM
I'm back again. It has been up and down but it's down to a persistent nasal drip. maybe I'll get back to some art soon.

02-18-2011, 11:46 AM
Robin, I hope you are on the mend and are doing ART again. What a rotten winter its been.

Sandra, I really like your pastels. The Migrating Flower is a wonderful title. Ten minutes each! Very nice.

My son got money back from the IRS and went to Blicks and bought all sorts of goodies. Small canvases and boards with places to hang on the back, acrylics and gesso. I looked very sad, but he didn't offer me anything and today he whisked everything off to his studio, so now I can't even steal.

I need some black gesso to cover wax and crayon and then scraped off, so I have some collage sheets. Weather beautiful today. It's given me some energy. March will be here soon. :heart: :heart:

02-18-2011, 06:56 PM
Hey everyone. You have all been so busy and doing great stuff and being creative.

Trafford love the paper doll. Pity your son didn't share some supplies with you. Robin the silk printing, awesome colours. Also like the way the registration is off. Sandra how can anyone keep up with you girl.... so busy always. You have such a vast array of materials and you use them all so well. Great portrait and the best thing is that you are so happy with it.

It has been a very hectic and exhausting week starting school. I am only there 2 days and still wrecked. Just so much stress I put on myself. Have my first assigt due on Monday, yes 2 days away, and I'm only half finished. Had to make a mini mag about yourself and first week. I think I over planned and am trying to put too much into it. Typical me striving for more and more. But it has been fun. Also went to gallery in the city to see exhibition of self portraits, so yes doing some of them too... :)

02-19-2011, 07:43 PM
Jacqui = good to hear from you. It will probably take some initial adjusting but hang in there....give it an honest effort, don't obsess and you'll be on solid ground. Share with us when you can...mmmmmkay.....

02-19-2011, 07:47 PM
I'm hosting the current scavenger hunt. Part of my new year's goals was to do scavenger hunts.... and I've only missed this last one cause I was sick. Here are some of my goofy sketches....I love doing this stuff...the repetition feels sooo good I have to make myself stop

Janet thanks for the well wishing. LOL - I can see you just hovering around his little hoard..........ahh, shucks.......

Hi Sandra and June....:heart::heart:

02-20-2011, 02:50 PM
Here's one more from the coffeehouse. This guy watched me drawing for about 20 minutes and then I decided to draw him.....I looked at him and readjusted my journal and attention and he obliged by holding this pose for about 15 minutes......he was kind and a good model.....wish he had come over to take a peek at the result, but he got up and left without a word....http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2011/88676-guy075_copy.jpg

02-22-2011, 02:57 PM
Good practices for shoes, Robin. And how neat that the guy posed for you. Too cute!!!! The drawing is so lively too. Love the toned surface.

Janet, your son is in an art career? I guess I shouldn't expect my son to buy me anything when they go shopping with me when they start working. Ha...kids.

I've finished reading The Art of Tim Burton with my daughter from cover to cover yesterday. Very inspirational. It showed me that I could loosen up my style. Some of mine last night as a result.

The first one is done in Academie Heavyweight 80 lbs paper.


This one is done on Classic Cachet black sketchbook.


This one is on 65 lbs cardstock with Colourfix pastel ground on it.

All from imagination. I love the last two pieces, especially the last piece.


My daughter painted her first watercolor portrait as opposed to pan pastel. Imaginary.

Daniel Smith watercolor
Artist Marker Pad 110 lbs smooth surface 9x12 inch


And here are some of my bold pieces.

oil pastel


Soft pastels



02-23-2011, 02:51 AM
Great to see everyone's doodles and sketches.

I haven't done much as I've been having trouble with one of my websites. Another site has taken over my domain name without a byyourleave and also there's been lots of other problems. I solved some eventually by switching my pet site back to the old site address on webs.com!! Phew it takes up so much time to do these things.

I did do a few ink doodles and I'll post them when I get them scanned in.

02-23-2011, 03:06 AM
Here are a couple of doodles. More later.


1. Woman with pet monkey.


2. Thinking about it.

Both around 4 by 6 ins., on paper. Pen/ ink.

02-23-2011, 07:51 PM
These are so good, June. Your pen flows and your ideas flow so well with the scribblies. Which came first? The idea or the scribbly and the scribbly materialized?

Jacqui, sounds like you are already getting quite busy with school.

02-23-2011, 10:07 PM
Sandra - I too love your whimsical, stylish sketches - I really like the landscape with fanciful cloud shapes too

June - Oh, my yes.....that is just the type of stuff that suck up alllll the time...but those sketches are so solid!!!! very nice.......

02-24-2011, 01:58 AM
Hi Sandra...The scribbles came first and the images materialise from there. If I do idea first, I generally don't like the result as much. But they are nice to do at night watching TV!!

02-24-2011, 02:07 AM
Robin can you put a link to your scavenger hunt for us to visit, some people would love to join in this month...

02-24-2011, 01:06 PM
sure thing - here is the link to the current scavenger hunt - (I'm hosting) It runs till Feb. 27. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=901782

02-24-2011, 01:18 PM
This is a definitely a classic - http://www.brianstuckeyart.com/thelastbreakfast.html

02-25-2011, 11:14 AM
This is a definitely a classic - http://www.brianstuckeyart.com/thelastbreakfast.html

Hehehe, I like it! I'm sure ole Leonardo would have too. ;-)

02-25-2011, 01:19 PM
That is a funny one. I love it.

Those scavenger hunts look rather interesting Robin. A very good idea for subject matter-finding for our drawings. I don't think I'll have time to do anything by 27 Feb!!! (You never know)....But I will pop in and look at the next one, March.:thumbsup:

02-25-2011, 05:05 PM
This morning ---just hangin' out, sipping coffee and munchin' down a sausage biscuit aaaaand SKETCHING!!!! yipeeehttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2011/88676-a086_copy.jpg

02-26-2011, 07:06 AM

Winter blues and blahs! Cheered up by Sandra's neat little characters and colorful landscapes. June's doodles giving me ideas.

Hey, Robin...like the coffee and sketching idea. I think I'll do that right now. Your drawing looks like a corner of our cafe.

On to March...after February it's got to be a good month. Love to you all. :heart:

02-26-2011, 02:13 PM
Love your just hanging out piece, Robin. is that what you feel like in the morning? Very illustrative.

Janet, great great idea to do it on newsprint. Wow, 2007 publication! You collect paper! The character do look like she's looking into the mirror and feeling drab about the winter too!

Here's a piece that I did during lunch. All imaginary.

First layer - Derwent Coloursoft
Academie Heavyweight Sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch half page


I wasn't sure about the background but I scanned it first before I might destroy it.

At home, I added Daniel Smith watercolor and Faber Castell Albrecht Durer black watercolor pencil and wash.

Added a bit of photoshop enhancement. I think I should tone down the white spots on the strange fruit on the left. I'll let it rest a couple of days before I'll decide. It's very scary to do things imaginatively and so ad hoc with non-rewettable watercolor. But of course, I could always retrace it on top of a lightbox if I do want to reproduce it.

"The Novice Flyer"


03-01-2011, 12:49 AM
Sandra the colourful butterfly would be interesting for a poem or story illustration. Have you heard of the ground that you can paint over watercolour 'mistakes' to re-white the paper or other surface so you can paint on it again with your watercolours? I think one version is called Golden absorbent ground and another is Damiel Smith watercolour ground. Never used them myself.

03-01-2011, 08:10 PM
Sandra - your imaginary piece is very powerful and I love all the texture . Interesting exchange taking place.......Looks sad, are you writting a little story to go with it? Don't destroy it. Often pieces that seem like nothing to me later are filled with good springboard ideas ......many a time I frantically search back thru my pile and am soooo relieved to get another look at something.