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04-01-2011, 03:18 AM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Women in Hats
Project Leader: artbyjune
Relative Difficulty: Easy
Type Restrictions: Painting
Medium: Any Medium
Subject: Portrait
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited


Portraits of women wearing hats. Figure groups showing women in hats. All manner of females in hats. All art styles and media welcome. Paint a study from a past master or from life. Or perhaps you are inspired by photos, memory, or imagination. Looking forward to YOUR interpretation of the subject.

Additional Information:

For more information on the project: Click here! (http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_details&proj_id=1506)

04-01-2011, 07:23 AM
A good one, June. :thumbsup:

04-01-2011, 04:46 PM
:wave: I love :heart: hats, wear them often. Not fancy, like the ones the Royals wear:lol: , but gardening hats and wide brimmed hats for everyday use. I have tons of hat/cap sketches done at different places I have gone. I'll try and paint a couple of my favs from my sketchbooks. :) Kurlie

04-02-2011, 04:42 AM
Hi Trafford and Kurlie. Looking forward to seeing your ladies in hats. Its a theme I noticed cropping up a lot in my own doodles recently.

There are lots of photos of females in hats online in wikimedia...and many past artists have painted and drawn beautiful studies of hatted females!!


04-02-2011, 04:32 PM
Something like this?


04-02-2011, 08:00 PM
This looks a little different from other projects I've participated in so far. This is not an exchange, is it? We just paint within your "theme" then present it in this thread? This sounds like fun...I noticed "J" signed up...I might give it a try. Hi Jeanne!

04-03-2011, 06:20 AM
lawrence....what a pretty hat....she must think so too by her expression!!!!:lol: great job....tyree:wave: :thumbsup:

04-03-2011, 10:47 PM
Lawrence - she is positively scary!!!

04-04-2011, 11:01 AM
Hey Lawrence, that's a great hat and lady. Definitely expressive. Definitely different...but your style all the same.

You may want to sign up on the main projects page and post it in the completed artwork gallery.

If anyone wants to just post their art here and not sign up for the projects page...that's OK too!!!


04-04-2011, 11:03 AM
Jackie, this project isn't an exchange...you are right. Just post your work on the theme....here or in the galleries...for comments, discussion, and so forth.

Looking forward to seeing your work.;)

04-04-2011, 11:54 AM
Robin, you're right.

That's Dame Eileen Atkins in the fabulous production "Cranford," after Elizabeth Gaskell's novels. Dame Judi Dench is in it too but for me Eileen Atkins steals the show.

Atkins's character has just discovered that they're bringing a railway to Cranford, thus spoiling the peace and quiet and isolation of this charming little backwater. She flies into a tizzy, has a heart attack, and dies. :)

04-05-2011, 07:30 AM
What a beautiful project idea, june. I have a couple of beautiful photographs of my sister in a hat, I will have to go through those and select one for painting!

Faces with hats are not easy to paint because often the eyes are in shadow.


04-05-2011, 11:22 AM
lawrence, I remember this entry as a dalypainting! wonderfulo stuff!
I love this project June

04-05-2011, 11:31 AM
this is one I painted a few months back for the WDE
one on a card, the other on 1/4 sheet WC paper



this is going to be a fun project

04-05-2011, 11:34 AM
Hi Bonnie, what a jolly lady.

04-05-2011, 10:01 PM
These are two I recently completed for the Old Masters Trade. The first is by Mary Cassatt, the second by Vermeer...I want to look around for another to paint though...just for fun! :D


Jackie :wave:

04-06-2011, 09:47 AM
Jackie, I recognize your mini masters! it was a fun trade, and these are perfect for this project

04-06-2011, 12:59 PM
Thanks, Bonnie. I wanted to do a mini-master for myself, and now I think I know which one I want! I'm glad I have time to do one for this project...my list is piling up! ;)

04-06-2011, 08:38 PM
nice one Bonnie - is that you?

04-06-2011, 08:40 PM
Oh Jackie - I didn't see those - Very nice

04-06-2011, 09:10 PM
Thank you, Robin. That project was my first venture in Classical art...hopefully not my last. I learned a lot during that exchange - mainly how much I need to learn about painting! :o

Bonnie - I love your watercolors! The colors and simplicity of the card size make it a sweet piece, and the hat shadow and the lady's laughing eyes on the 1/4 sheet stand out to me...Lovely paintings, both! :D

Lawrence - I got rather a shock the first time I saw your lady in her bonnet! :eek: Her expression is wonderfully scarifying! I loved your explanation behind the painting...a conversation piece for sure - well done! :thumbsup:


04-06-2011, 11:27 PM
This my lady in green hat. The painting is about 4 X 6 inches.
Sandy Watercolor is not my favorite medium.

04-06-2011, 11:32 PM
My second lady in hat. I really should switch to acrylics. I am much more comfortable with them.

04-07-2011, 04:51 AM
Jackie, where do they do the Old Master's Trade? WC is so immense I didn't know it existed. I especially like the Cassatt.

Thanks for the comment.

Hi Sandy, nice to see your work.

This is a study I did a few months ago after Sir George Clausen's "Peasant Woman," 1882.


04-07-2011, 11:36 AM
sandy, wonderful lovely lasdies
lawrence , your portraits are wonderful, I remember this one too

04-07-2011, 11:37 AM
nice one Bonnie - is that you?

no, this old face is not nearly as lovely as she is

04-07-2011, 12:40 PM
I always seem to have this issue of the hat looking like it is about to fly off, as though it isn't really attached to her head. I am wondering if any of you have little tricks for making it look as though it is really going to stay even though it is tipped at such a jaunty angle!

04-07-2011, 01:11 PM
Lawrence - The Old Masters Trade began in January in the miniature forum. Jeanne was the leader for that exchange...it was by far, my favorite trade to present. The research we did of the artists was as enjoyable as the actual painting itself. :thumbsup:

I like your "Peasant Woman" portrait as well...lovely rich, warm colors and such expressive eyes.

Sandy - nice to see you here...I love your two ladies in the red and green. I think you did very well in watercolor! That was my original medium when I started painting mxgtz years ago, but have only used acrylics the last several years. Like a goofball, I jokingly said I should do watercolors for the Water exchange, so now I feel obligated! :eek: Oh well, I'm trying to pick easy subjects and do them 4"x6" instead of ATCs. :crossfingers:

Jackie :wave:

04-08-2011, 10:12 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=89793


I love this, it has such character!

04-08-2011, 04:27 PM
Ta Bonnie, thanks Jackie.

Hi greg, glad Bonnie posted that here.

Here's what I did yesterday, after Modigliani.


04-08-2011, 11:41 PM
Oooh! Absolutely LOVE the Modigliani reproduction...I've become a fan since I participated in the Old Masters trade. Good job!

04-11-2011, 10:08 AM
The mad hatter. :D


04-11-2011, 11:07 AM
Mad hatter strikes again


04-11-2011, 11:53 AM
Hi Jackie, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment.

saintluke, way to go, I especially like that second one.

Something I did from imagination 2 days ago.


greg p
04-13-2011, 08:36 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=89793


thanks Bonnie ,a continuing series on Mom, about #5, having not done a "project" before i was a bit lost but today found the rest of you all, nice work everybody, thanks greg

04-16-2011, 10:48 AM
Hi guys.

Bonnie, I love your watercolour profile. Delgihtful and a happy lady!!

Jackie, your old masters trade studies are lovely. Inspiring. Perhaps we could have a 'trade' project in this forum later.

Sandy, I love your watercolour ladies in green and orange. Such clean fresh colours!

Lawrence, Modigliani has quite a few ladies in hats. I love your elegant study.

St Lukes guild...those are very beautiful works!!

Greg, I love your 'mom' study. Very expressive work.

I've done a few sketches of hats on women from the TV. 'Poirot' is a good programme for hat material!!!...everyone wore hats in the 1940s and 50s, it seems. But I haven't done any paintings of them yet.

04-18-2011, 08:14 AM
Wonderful hats from everyone...all shapes and sizes and styles. :thumbsup:

04-20-2011, 02:37 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=89868


I'm not in this project but saw this on the projects page and just had to comment on how lovely it is. Such talent! :clap:

04-20-2011, 09:28 AM
Thanks for posting that Operarose, otherwise I wouldn't have seen it.

Are there 2 threads going on here simultaneously? One for those who signed up and one for the freebooters.....oops, I mean freelancers? :lol: :lol: So where's the other one? (Shows my iggerance, I ain't never signed up for no "project.")

Here's a copy after Picasso.


04-20-2011, 12:39 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=89868


what a wonderful hat and shadows on her face

incredible mad hatter series StLukesguild.
Lawrence, interesting picassos and Modigliani
greg- love the series of MUMs

04-20-2011, 12:53 PM
Link to the project system page


You can click on the gallery (final and in progress) to see the work posted for this project in the main system.:thumbsup:

04-22-2011, 07:54 PM
fun stuff

04-23-2011, 12:51 AM
This is called "Sun Screen"...18x16 o/c

04-23-2011, 04:59 PM
Very elegant Garland, nice painting.

Here's a lady wearing a cloche hat like the flappers used to wear in the 1920s.


04-23-2011, 06:23 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=89868

This is so etherial and I love it.

04-23-2011, 06:49 PM
Rembrandt's Saskia in a hat. On mat board, six inches from elbow support to top of hat, 7.5 inches elbow to elbow. I have a cheap point and shoot camera and that is my excuse. Looks much better IRL. H, 3b, an mechanical pencils.


04-24-2011, 11:00 PM
very nice St Luke

04-26-2011, 06:16 AM
Beautiful delicate sketch Luke, nicely done.

Now here's a hat for you....well, most of it. This is after a statue of the Queen Mother, Benin, part of Nigeria.


04-26-2011, 11:17 PM
Lawrence - that is far out!

Here's the Greek sultaness of 1749 from NYPL reference

04-27-2011, 05:11 PM
Wow Robin, that's a hat and a half.

Here's a quasi-Modi/quasi-Kahlo I did 2 weeks ago.


04-28-2011, 01:07 PM
interesting hybrid - she looks like she needs a little cheering up

04-28-2011, 01:24 PM
Its very good to see this very inventive work on women in hats.

04-28-2011, 01:31 PM

Here's a copy of the Delacroix watercolour, 'The Jewish bride' which I did a while ago for a classical forum project.

04-29-2011, 03:04 AM
These are all so wonderful. I can look at them for hours!

04-29-2011, 07:13 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=89948


I love the graceful flow of this piece! Very nice!:clap:

04-29-2011, 07:14 AM

Here's a copy of the Delacroix watercolour, 'The Jewish bride' which I did a while ago for a classical forum project.

This is very pretty! Love the color and subject matter! :clap:

04-29-2011, 07:16 AM
[quote=LGHumphrey]Wow Robin, that's a hat and a half.

Here's a quasi-Modi/quasi-Kahlo I did 2 weeks ago.


This is very nice! I like her eyes! :clap:

04-29-2011, 02:53 PM
I just went through a slide show of hats at THE Wedding. Here is the mother lode of hats on women if anyone is still looking for a model. British women have always loved extravegant hats, I think, and nothing like the wedding of the future King of England to bring them out. Ah yes.... a link. Sorry, I think it was on yahoo news head lines.

04-30-2011, 03:16 AM
There were lots of fun hats on the heads of guests at the Royal Wedding!! I wonder if a google search would list them?



04-30-2011, 07:50 AM
The hats are all wonderful everybody. Some of the wedding hats were pretty far out...but that is how you get noticed in a crowd :evil:

05-01-2011, 09:53 AM
Hi Cntrymouse, many thanks for the kind remark.

Princess Beatrice is the daughter of Prince Andrew and of Fergie. She is 5th in line to the British throne. Some of you may have seen her on TV at a certain wedding on Friday. :lol:


(Cross posted on the oils forum.)

05-01-2011, 11:39 AM
Very good Lawrence :lol:

05-02-2011, 12:14 AM
I saw that hat on the news - pretty wacky

05-05-2011, 10:14 PM
I was wondering who Princess Beatrice was...thanks for enlightening me, Lawrence...I agree Robin, that is one wacky hat! Great painting, though Lawrence...I really like your Modi/Kahlo hybrid too...an intriguing combination.

05-08-2011, 03:48 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=90013


this was painted in acrylic over a WC underpainting on gessoed paper, for Kreative K's Jan WDE, of her friend Denette

05-08-2011, 03:49 PM
that is a good painting of the wacky hat Lawrence, the grandaughters sure stood out did they not?

05-08-2011, 04:24 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=90013


had to pop in and comment on this one, gorgeous...:thumbsup:

05-08-2011, 05:12 PM
Ta trafford.

Cheers Robin. Wacky certainly, but I'll bet Beatrice and her hat will be remembered for a long time.

Many thanks, Jackie.

Good work Bonnie, and thanks for commenting on the wacky hat.

Another one from the wedding, this time the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.


05-18-2011, 03:43 AM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=90057


Title="Not a Real Woman" 10/9 inch,on Daler and Rowney WC paper

05-18-2011, 07:14 AM
Agnes - nice one. I like the delicacy of the lace and the hand looks so tentative l- like she is fixin' to touch it.. Interesting pouchy mouth.

Lawrence - this is captivating...the way you have wrapped her up like a lucious something. You always do a good job on the eyes. By the way, how do you get the eyes to look in the direction you want? Is there a formula? I'm just hit and miss with it.....mostly miss.

Bonnie - glad you posted this...infact I'm working on something else to post here...it's a great thread...anyway. the eye area is very strong, carries it well. The mouth expression is well captured and lively looking. The hat is a study in relaxin'!!!

05-19-2011, 10:11 AM
June Love this idea - this is one that I did for a WDE back in March. Lawrence you are too funny - love your ladys' hat with Edvard Munch facial expression and Bonnie I remember yours - Wonderful frou-frou hats!

05-19-2011, 05:41 PM
it downloaded but I could not open...

05-19-2011, 07:22 PM
Regarding this entry --> http://www.wetcanvas.com//Community/Projects/index.php?cmd=view_image&entry_id=90066

Saw this on the project main page and just had to remark on how beautiful it is.

05-20-2011, 02:48 AM
Robin I am trying the above download again - it seems to have worked,

05-20-2011, 02:30 PM
That's nice, Agnes, why the title "Not a Real Woman"?

Robin, thanks for your comments. The direction the eyes are looking depends on getting the shape of the whites of the eyes (and hence the irises too) correct, imho.

Thanks Kate, glad you like these.

Trish, thanks so much for posting luvblue's sweet painting.

Kate, looks like a Texas lady to me. Glad you could download it at last.

This is this morning's quickstudy, crossposted on the Portrait Forum in my thread about Renoir. It's his model and mistress Aline Charigot, who finally made an honest man of him by marrying him. :)


Charlie's Mum
05-21-2011, 10:58 AM
Hello everyone - I'm posting this for Agnes - Agnesdale - because she can't upload to the project herself at the moment.

This is Agnes's description -

Project Title: Woman in Hat
Title: A Real WOman
Description: Watercolour in D&R,I did it for an hour and have so much fun!He comes from a small catholic town like me.Being girly since he was young,he was a subject of bullying,teasing and even his parents would belt him.Using his smart brain,he have counquered them all.Now a successfull entrepreneure and a diplomat in Berlin Germany,a tribute to a dear friend!

...and her image ...


05-23-2011, 05:11 AM
Every paintings here are really great,so beautiful and interesting hat!!

When I did the "Not a Real Woman" for WDE hosted by Lin Goodwin,(its because it is manequin that explains the title) I posted the painting on Facebook and my friend,Maxim,commented injest saying "Is this me?".SO the following day,just for fun diverting my eyes from my present projects,paintings Leaves for my botanical study,I sketch him and wash it with watercolour.Posted it in FB and he is so pleased and honored,LOL!Back to WDE,I read my comments,and someone suggested,I think its Bonnie that I should post it on this project.So I did with the manequin(Not A Real Woman)and then I decided also to post this one and titled it,"A Real Woman"
Two simple paintings,but it is a coincidental good idea of titles!Thanks for this project and Maureen,Thank you for being the fairyprincess all the time!!

From 46 degrees weather,Doha,Good Afternoon everyone!:wave:

ana campos
05-23-2011, 03:37 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-May-2011/959309-Picture5.jpg I posted this on the project with the title "Kind of Modigliani" but it didn't show the title or the size wich is 35cmx45cm. I love this site and it's challenges wich are encouraging me to paint more and try different things. Thank you all.

05-23-2011, 04:02 PM
Well done, Ana, a very beautiful painting.

ana campos
05-25-2011, 06:24 PM
Well done, Ana, a very beautiful painting.
Thank you LG! I saw you made one of this yourself and i love it. I'm trying to let my brushstrokes get loose but i allways end up sofetnig everything. Maybe one day....

05-25-2011, 07:37 PM
Just have looked at all the hats in this project and I love them all.

Here is a small crayon drawing with an unusual chapeau.


Lawrence, I just saw your post about Eileen Atkins. She is one of my favorite actors. Good in everything. :cool:

05-28-2011, 11:28 AM
Hi June,
I can't seem to load my picture to the gallery. Every time I try it says "FORBIDDEN! You do not have permission to access this part of the forum" or some such! I did sign up for the project. What have I not done? or done wrong? Is there some secret trick to participating? Help! :D

06-22-2011, 01:31 AM

this is on Arches 11 x 14 inch.. Hot press, Watercolor, Da Vinci, and done several years back. Maybe I should frame this. :lol: C/C welcome. I didn't have the reference picture on the computer, and I didn't want to dig, again. :D

06-22-2011, 05:51 AM

:wave:I'm on a roll..Title, "checkered past" sorry about the image distortion.. this is done on 11 x 14 mat board, w/ gesso, and it curled at the top and bottom. I'd had to roll it the other way a couple times.. but it is a stubborn piece.

Now, If I've posted this somewhere around here, and this is a duplicate.. Sorry... I was interrupted in working on this.. on the computer, (had to take out a fingerprint... boy this sounds familiar.. but .. I looked, couldn't .. find it anywhere else.. its late.. my brain is duplicating... Night!! :wave:

06-23-2011, 11:25 AM
Hi Gill...June is the expert, but have you just tried to upload the regular way...putting it in reply to thread...Would love to see what you've done. June should be along with better help.:)

Nice work Sandra, and the ladies seem happy beneath their hats. :heart:

06-23-2011, 11:30 PM
I just love all of these paintings of "Women in Hats" - there are so many talented artists contributing here. I have 3 more that I am submitting the first is my friend who is wearing "Harriet's Hat" (which was her mothers and she wore it to her son's wedding 30 years ago and she was 50 then - it is done in Pan Pastels with the eyes in watercolor and is 9x12 - the next two are guests at the Royal Wedding in April 2011 - the beauty in pink is Princess Letizia of Spain and the other in the red hat is Annabel Ballin who is sticking her tongue out at the papparazzi and they are both done in Wc and are 5 x 7.

06-24-2011, 04:15 AM
this is fantastic... all of them.. I think I'll work on another. Love this:heart:

06-25-2011, 03:00 AM
The recent paintings are lovely and inspiring. Sorry I javen't been around...a flu bug.

Afriqueen, please post your art directly into this thread for us to see. Use the picture icon at the top of the bar when you post the advanced reply.

I am not sure why you cannot access the gallery for the project if you signed up for it. I will see if I can find the reason!!

07-18-2011, 10:22 AM
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This is from the Royal Wedding. It is 4x5" acrylic on 90lb w/c paper. Fun project! :)

11-30-2011, 12:27 PM
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This is stunning! Well done. :thumbsup:

02-05-2012, 08:11 PM
phew - finally finished this one......I know a hood is not exactly a hat but it is a type of headgear and I so loved this image....

watercolor and inkhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2012/88676-seeds315.jpg

02-07-2012, 06:08 AM
Beautiful rich red. A wonderful poster design! Or illustration for a children's book.

05-27-2013, 04:54 AM

Hi all,

New to the forum. I had a go at a long study of the George Claussen peasant woman myself. Here is the result using water soluble oils :)


05-27-2013, 05:03 AM
A somewhat longer study... :)

05-28-2013, 06:44 AM
Hi Pablo,

Nice hat, beautiful face.:thumbsup:

05-31-2013, 05:05 AM
Thought I would join in with this portrait of my French artist friend Lyubov and her hat :D


:wave: Dave

05-31-2013, 06:45 AM
Lovely work Pablo and Dave - thanks for sharing

05-31-2013, 08:51 AM
Beautifully realistic work Dave and Pablo. I love the expressiveness in the women's portraits. Makes me keen to get out my oil paints soon.