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Scarefishcrow
06-02-2011, 03:00 AM
SORRY FOR BEING A DAY LATE, BUT MY DW IS IN CANCUN WITH OUR NEW GRANDCHILD AND I NEED HER AROUND TO KNOW WHAT DAY IT IS!! :eek: :eek:

Anyway, it is good to be back after such a long period of time on and off and missing all my friends. (Hal I apologize for missing your PM about the challenge).

I thought I would bring a number of images from my library of photos taken over the years that provide a variety of levels of "challenge". Hopefully everyone can find something that strikes their fancy, or perhaps several.


So, here goes. All of these are from personal photos or crops of photos. Paint them one or all and interpret them in whatever way they inspire you.

Raleigh tobacco warehouses of old!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/108067-2008-04-24_18-08-36_0060.jpg


Fall view down a neighborhood street.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/108067-Falltreel.jpg
Cranky looking grackel on Isla Mujeres off Cancun.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/108067-Hey,_get_off_my_turf!!!.jpg

I think I would stay away from the spicy food, if I were him!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/108067-Spicy_lunch.jpg


Quiet stream and fall grasses.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/108067-stream.jpg


Watch your step climbing up to the top of the lighthouse!


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/108067-Watch_your_step.jpg


And finally, some welcome winter berries for those Cedar Waxwings!


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/108067-Winterberries.jpg



That's it. Do one, do them all. Change the crop, colors, style and make your own creative interpretation. Look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

Nice to be back.Hope it lasts this time!!!

Bill
:grouphug:

stee71
06-02-2011, 05:50 AM
Nice to see you back Bill, your presence has been missed.
Wow, these refs are super and I have my beady eyes on the chimneys and the berries ....maybe the autumn lane too.
Mr grackel is scary, if saw him I'd be backing away slowly but surely LoL

giraph
06-02-2011, 07:21 AM
Thanks, Bill. These are great refs. Can't wait to get started!

Pat Isaac
06-02-2011, 08:50 AM
Welcome back, Bill and I do hope it lasts......we have all missed you.
Great refs....

Pat

DLT
06-02-2011, 10:04 AM
Thank you for hosting. My month looks much less busy now if I can only decide which one to do!

halthepainter
06-02-2011, 04:06 PM
Bill great to have you active here and great photos.

I've been offline for two days. (114 emails in the Que) I've been back on for about a half hour now. Comcast says that I have a partial wiring failure in the TV cables embeded in my walls. I'm working on a jury rigged system but I'm active again. I was suffering serious withdrawals. I was getting the shakes. :eek:

oldrockchick
06-02-2011, 04:29 PM
MISSED YOU BILL
RG and GOSH stepped in Briefly last month. Always good to see people return - we do worry when people go missing!

I like these but i will be away most of June so I'll try to see what I can do although it isnt' likely to be a detailed masterp[iece. Got a meeting the night before i go on Tuesday am. So between packing and admin and preparing for the meeting and tying up ends I'll have little time before I go. i'll see if I can make a start then finish it when I get back.

Thanks for these refs - I love them all especially the fire-eater and the berries.

Bill - I KNOW you could have been back sooner but you were avoiding having to work on my blue flowers. i put them in especially for you too. :p

gakinme
06-02-2011, 05:33 PM
Thank you, Bill, for the references. I'm sick at home today but got to play a bit.

Portfolio Watersoluable Oil Pastels
Fabriano Artist Journal 7x9 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/86669-op_june_2011a.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/86669-op_june_2011b.jpg

Scarefishcrow
06-02-2011, 06:37 PM
Sandra,

Great i nterpretive sketches! Like the bird and you caught the essence beautifully.

Really like the "sparkly" appearance of the chimneys where the paper shows through the OP. Gives it a cool appearance.



Thank you, Bill, for the references. I'm sick at home today but got to play a bit.

Portfolio Watersoluable Oil Pastels
Fabriano Artist Journal 7x9 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/86669-op_june_2011a.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2011/86669-op_june_2011b.jpg

Scarefishcrow
06-02-2011, 06:48 PM
STEVE, LESLIE, PAT, DONNA, HAL, LIN:

Great to be back! I have certainly missed everyone here. Routines once broken are so hard to get back into and I really need to work on getting back into a routine after the ups and downs of the last year or so.

LIN! Avoid your blue flowerr? MOI? I'm so offended. Particularly that you know me so well.:eek: ). Have a great trip.

Now I'm off to clean the house since the cleaning lady comes tomorrow to clean the house. (This has always been a source of confusion to me, but my DW assures me that this is the way it works????? Particularly since the cleaning lady gets paid to clean the house while I clean the house for free. Something just doesn't seem right!!!!):confused: :confused:

Look forward to everyone's work.

Bill
:grouphug:

tvandeb
06-02-2011, 10:36 PM
Still a newbie to OP's but I'll try 1 or 2. Great photos for challenge, I like that!:clap:

Scarefishcrow
06-03-2011, 02:50 AM
Still a newbie to OP's but I'll try 1 or 2. Great photos for challenge, I like that!:clap:

Don't worrry. No matter how much experience anyone has they are still a "newbie" at some level. When we stop learning is when we stop painting, so Go For It!:thumbsup:

Bill
:grouphug:

oldrockchick
06-03-2011, 12:57 PM
Sandr - a I LOVE your grouchy bird - I wouldn't want to mess with him. :eek:

Bill - I know you avoided my flower! Why do you need to cleaner for the cleaner ?????:confused:

robertsloan2
06-03-2011, 04:22 PM
Sandra, love your mean grackle and cool warehouse. They both came out so well. Good perspective on the building.

giraph
06-03-2011, 05:06 PM
Nice pieces, Sandra. Really like all the color you brought into the brickwork.

Hope you are feeling better!

Scarefishcrow
06-03-2011, 07:06 PM
Bill - I know you avoided my flower! Why do you need to cleaner for the cleaner ?????:confused:

Oh, apparently she can't clean under piles of things spread around the house stacked of on the floor.

I figure you can't see what's under the piles anyway:rolleyes: . However my DW (:angel: ) continues to hold out hope that someday soon (:smug: ) they will be put away in their proper place.

Unfortunately, I and my DW often have very different views of the location of the "proper place" for my "things" . :eek:

Ahem. She has suggested at least one unorthodox solution as to where I could "stick" them! :evil::eek: :eek: :eek: :evil:

I have standing orders for my family to make all due haste in getting here when the time comes for me to go to the great "Art Store In The Sky". Otherwise my DW will begin to take her mind off the heavy burdern of grief that she will bravely bear by occupying herself with the task of filling the dumpster with all the things she has wanted to toss while I was still here! :D :D

Geeeeee! I even conjured up a babble post! Perhaps there is hope for me after all! :thumbsup:

Hmmmmmm. Do I hear the sound of a multitude of sighs and thumps as heads hit the table????:smug: Probably just my sound card acting up.

Ciao.

Bill
:grouphug:

oldrockchick
06-04-2011, 02:17 AM
I have so missed your 'babble' posts and stories Bill.:thumbsup: :heart:
GREAT to have you back:clap:

artbox
06-04-2011, 08:50 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2011/964530-OP_birdwithbad_background_closeup.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2011/964530-OP_birdwithbad_background_uncropped.jpg :( I hate the background.. Like the bird.. I loved the colors of the bird in the reference photo.. but somewhere in the process of the last tail feathers..:lol: I lost interest in the grass detail.. I should have left it blank..the background.. but I've titled this.

Bird with bad background..:lol: or Bird Scares Artist. :confused:
11 x 14 hot press watercolor paper, Arches. and .... my new Pastel set from Mungyo.. artist op. and Sennelier transparent blending sticks.. C and C most welcome.. we could set fire to the background..and leave the mad bird alone..

artbox
06-04-2011, 08:56 PM
You're brave Sandra!!! I look at those bricks.. and my left brain goes yeah!!! and my right brain.. shivers!!! Love the glare of the bird..! Reminds me of my pet crow.. had the same expression! (he'd dive bomb the beagle):lol:

I hope I put everything in the right place this time!
The month is yet young!! we can put our oily sticks to more supports!!! :D

PJjr
06-04-2011, 09:16 PM
hey artbox-- I actually love the background- it helps me conjure up a story for your really cool disgruntled bird- LOL!

giraph
06-04-2011, 09:34 PM
Sandra, I love it all, the bird AND the background. That SO works.

Scarefishcrow
06-05-2011, 12:14 AM
Artbox: :lol: Love your comments on the bird. Your rendering is interesting and lively.

If it is any consolation, even though I liike this photo, this is the type of background that drives me batty because I can never figure out how to simplify it to get the impression of the vegetation without becoming bogged down by ending up with foilage going everywhere (and ultimately nowhere:rolleyes: ).

Great effort even if you did tire of tail feathers. As for the background, the bird is scowling because I asked if he could move to another spot that would make a better composition. At that point he got downright nasty. I couldn't understand his Spanish, but the tone left little doubt that it was generously garnished with what I can only imagine were the equivalent of grackelspeak for four letter words I can't type here!:eek: :eek:

Bill
:grouphug:

artbox
06-05-2011, 12:17 AM
Sandra and Paul... Thank you.. sure didn't turn out like I had in my head though. I see trees, leaves... I see way too much detail.. and it never goes the way I want it. What story did you have in mind for the grouch?:D

PJjr
06-05-2011, 12:41 AM
I totally messed up on the reference, apparently the reference photo was too tall for my whole screen and after I was finished I scrolled down and realized the entire flame and much more was in the photo-- so this is a cut off version of the flame-- oh well... I'm still trying to get a hold of these OP when it comes to people and impressions-- haven't quite found that spot in my brain to pick from.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2011/625152-_DSC2730_1.JPG

PJjr
06-05-2011, 12:50 AM
Sandra-
This grouchy little bird has the innate desire to categorize his world, cramming every thought/ event/ experience/ interaction into neat little boxes with specific labels on them... He has come to realize that his black and white approach to life vastly limits the endless and inexplicable variety of possibilities that exist in the world around him.... so.... there he is.... one disgruntled, grouchy bird in need of a psychologist. :D

artbox
06-05-2011, 03:22 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2011/964530-Berry_Buffet1.jpg Title, "Berry Buffet"
11x14 inches Arches Watercolor Hot Press 140 lb.
Mungyo Galley Artist OP.
Sennelier white and transparent blending stick...
a scraper, a blending stump and my index finger.:lol:

C and C welcome..
You can tell I am not into the stick/tree/branches... Some days I have patience, some days I don't.. I started this when I posted the Foul Fowl.

Beautiful_Butterflies_Studio
06-05-2011, 05:55 AM
WOWSER, ALL of these works are sublime!!!!! LOVE each and every one of them!!!!

Hope to see everyone soon, been away due to health and life!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

artbox
06-05-2011, 06:21 AM
Hi Stacey, Welcome back. :clap: Hope your Health is back to Life, and you find Life, in the best of Health...:D Looking forward to seeing your art work!!

giraph
06-05-2011, 07:28 AM
Paul, that is SO great. The fire is so fiery! :) Well done!

Sandra, love the bird peeking over the berries. He does NOT look grumpy.

Bill and Paul, you have some interesting theories about the ill-tempered bird.

artbox
06-05-2011, 01:45 PM
Sandra , the grouchy bird, is an earlier post and painting... that grouchy bird reference picture... he's a Hoot!! :D

artbox
06-05-2011, 03:29 PM
new title, "Foul Fowl" :lol:

RainySea
06-05-2011, 08:32 PM
Sandra, wow you are so fast. . . that is a mean looking bird! Good bricks, and those look hard to tackle!

Artbox, your style if very cool. . .really uniquely you. Love how you use the etching technique in both works and the addition of the little bird.

Paul, that was a difficult one you undertook and nicely done. The rules allow for cropping so no worries on that! I always seem to misjudge and end up running out of page on about half of the ones I attempt! Notice the guy below's shortened tail feathers :o

My attempt at the evil looking birdie :)
Portfolio OP
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2011/132279-grackel-op.jpg

artbox
06-05-2011, 11:51 PM
Rainy Sea!!! I love this... That is what my picture wants to be when it grows up!! I love the bird!!! and the background!!:clap: its great!!! the ground looks like the wind is moving it..and he just doesn't care... Bring it on! :thumbsup:

Paul... you have no idea... :eek: you think we as artists put ourselves in our paintings? We must.. you have surely described me well...:eek: :lol: That bird must be a self portrait!!! You did amazing with the man and the fire... solid composition.. :thumbsup:

Bill, Yep, you can't convince me that every species on this earth.. has some form of cussing, a way of communicating their ire.. and communication seems to be no problem..:lol: I wonder if that bird was a Drill Sargent.. he does seem to have the same look as R. Lee Ermey:lol:

gakinme
06-06-2011, 02:45 AM
Rainy, definitely very devious looking bird.

Sandra, superb background to the bird. Really like your cherry piece. Your background again is very creative.

Paul, the flame is perfect! Love the glow. You did the arm so well too.

Portfolio oil pastel
Pentel 70 lbs sketchbook 5.5 x 8 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2011/86669-op_june_2011c.jpg

giraph
06-06-2011, 07:26 AM
Hi, Rainy, love the colors in your evil birdie. :)

Sandra, I like those berries! Nice cold winter background.

PJjr
06-06-2011, 08:05 AM
Leslie, Sandra (x2), and Rainy, thank you so much! What happened was I only had part of the picture on my screen so the crop was totally accidental- I could have done the whole flame if I had seen that it was there from the beginning--oops!

Sandra (artbox)-- do you need a psychologist? :D just kidding... that is too funny-- I think my life is pretty much always subconsciously connected to my creative productions in some way.

Rainy, that's a beautiful interpretation of the angry avian :)

Sandra the berries are great- how did you get the background to look like aluminum foil?

gakinme
06-06-2011, 09:26 AM
Thak you Paul, Leslie, for your comment.

Paul, the paper itself has enough texture that when I brushed the oil pastel lightly on top, it has the grainy look.

gakinme
06-06-2011, 04:22 PM
Added Mungyo Artist Oil Pastel on to add more color.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2011/86669-op_june_cherries_new.jpg

GhettoDaveyHavok
06-07-2011, 02:12 AM
Whoooooa, a fire breathing guy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XchwE9zVdnw

GOSH
06-07-2011, 02:36 PM
MISSED YOU BILL
RG and GOSH stepped in Briefly last month. Always good to see people return - we do worry when people go missing!

I like these but i will be away most of June so I'll try to see what I can do although it isnt' likely to be a detailed masterp[iece. Got a meeting the night before i go on Tuesday am. So between packing and admin and preparing for the meeting and tying up ends I'll have little time before I go. i'll see if I can make a start then finish it when I get back.

Thanks for these refs - I love them all especially the fire-eater and the berries.

Bill - I KNOW you could have been back sooner but you were avoiding having to work on my blue flowers. i put them in especially for you too. :p


You're right but I didn't want to be any one's demotivational speaker so I stayed away and just enjoyed looking at your art work.

Bill's reference photos are very interesting and I have 3 days off to do something so you can expect something :thumbsup:

GOSH
06-07-2011, 02:38 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2011/964530-OP_birdwithbad_background_closeup.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2011/964530-OP_birdwithbad_background_uncropped.jpg :( I hate the background.. Like the bird.. I loved the colors of the bird in the reference photo.. but somewhere in the process of the last tail feathers..:lol: I lost interest in the grass detail.. I should have left it blank..the background.. but I've titled this.

Bird with bad background..:lol: or Bird Scares Artist. :confused:
11 x 14 hot press watercolor paper, Arches. and .... my new Pastel set from Mungyo.. artist op. and Sennelier transparent blending sticks.. C and C most welcome.. we could set fire to the background..and leave the mad bird alone..


The "caption" should read:

"WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?"

:lol:

GOSH
06-07-2011, 02:44 PM
Artbox: :lol: Love your comments on the bird. Your rendering is interesting and lively.

If it is any consolation, even though I liike this photo, this is the type of background that drives me batty because I can never figure out how to simplify it to get the impression of the vegetation without becoming bogged down by ending up with foilage going everywhere (and ultimately nowhere:rolleyes: ).

Great effort even if you did tire of tail feathers. As for the background, the bird is scowling because I asked if he could move to another spot that would make a better composition. At that point he got downright nasty. I couldn't understand his Spanish, but the tone left little doubt that it was generously garnished with what I can only imagine were the equivalent of grackelspeak for four letter words I can't type here!:eek: :eek:

Bill
:grouphug:


Figures :cool:

tvandeb
06-07-2011, 06:22 PM
Wow, you all are pretty good at OP's! Great interpretations!

I did a couple today the lighthouse stairs and the currants. Both done on watercolor paper with various OP'S. :)

halthepainter
06-07-2011, 08:10 PM
Sorry somehow I lost you subscription to this thread.

Sandra (artbox) Wow fantastic job on everything.

Paul great job on the flame thrower.

Sandra great modelling on the berries.

Rainy your crow is just great as is Sandra's. You both did a fantastic job.

Sandra your berries are just great.

Tammy good job.

CandAlArt
06-08-2011, 12:49 AM
That crazy bird sure generated some GREAT art- bravo to all! Love tose evil eyes!

talinka
06-08-2011, 08:21 AM
Hi everybody,
My name is Tali and I'm new to WetCanvas. Anyway, I thought the monthly challenges were such a great idea, and so I'm posting my version of the angry raven.
Have a good one.

Oil Pastels Artist
06-08-2011, 08:51 AM
Looking really good, Tali! Welcome to the forum :)

halthepainter
06-08-2011, 10:28 AM
Well done Tali. Love your bird. Please join in and do more of the challenges.

talinka
06-08-2011, 01:02 PM
Hi Guys,
Thanks for the comments! Started working on the tree in autumn, so for not looking so great..
-Tali-

scottbaird
06-08-2011, 04:16 PM
Welcome to wetcanvas Tali!

This thread needs yet another ornery bird :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/956865-ornery_bird.JPG
Oil Pastels, 9"x11" on Strathmore pastel paper
(Reference: Cranky looking grackel on Isla Mujeres off Cancun.)

Scott.

halthepainter
06-08-2011, 04:22 PM
The birds, the birds, the birds.........

Great job Scott.

giraph
06-08-2011, 05:12 PM
Wow, two more great birds!

giraph
06-08-2011, 09:28 PM
First the grackle, just a very quick sketch to find his shape and test colors. I want to do a proper job of him later.
Mixed OPs, newsprint, about 4 x 6.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/960809-grackle.jpg

Then the berries. I scanned it before I tried the background, just in case.
Mixed OPs, Fabriano Tiziano (rose grey), about 8 x 8.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/960809-berries.jpg

Too symmetrical, like a wreath or something. Yuck.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/960809-berries2.jpg

halthepainter
06-08-2011, 09:52 PM
Just to be different, I'm not going to do the crow.

This is a work in progress. I was working on my back deck. The temperature gauge was reading 90 degrees and after a bit everytime I tried to lay in some color I wound up picking up color.

Anyway here it is until I have some time to put on another layer. There was no blending. Any attempt to blend merely moved clumps of color around because nothing would adhere to the lower layers.

So here's my berries, WIP, just to let Bill know I'm working on his challenges. I also hope to do the red brick building if I can find the time.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/140488-winter_fruit.jpg

Approximately 8 by 10 inches on canvas.

VladK
06-08-2011, 11:33 PM
Hi everybody, nice to see you all again. Thank you for nice references Bill.
I'll comment on the pictures later.
Hal, I'll start with the crow, then go on:wink2: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/204616-IMG_8008_s.jpg

halthepainter
06-09-2011, 09:17 AM
Great job Vlad. Glad to have you coming by.

scottbaird
06-09-2011, 08:34 PM
Since I've already done the mean bird, here's the "Quiet stream and fall grasses." I cropped the reference image to this:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2011/956865-reference_for_oil_pastel.jpg

And here's how I saw it today:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2011/956865-oil_pastel_river_scene.JPG

It's solely oil pastels, on strathmore watercolor paper, 13.5"x9"

Scott.

halthepainter
06-09-2011, 09:53 PM
Great job Scott.

VladK
06-09-2011, 10:55 PM
Hal, thank you, and I'm glad to see you, too. Just was busy and then had a long vacation:wink2:

Scott, nice work

GOSH
06-09-2011, 11:49 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2011/143278-brik_wetcanvas.jpg

Finally something even if not complete. There are a lot of things yet to do here.
Primed watercolor paper 18x20 or something that size, Senneliers and a couple others. I only brushed the blue sky, the rest is done with fingers and a blender here and there.

giraph
06-10-2011, 06:58 AM
Hal, excellent start on the berries. They have so much form already.

Vlad, yet another great grackle. Those eyes are superb!

Scott, I love your landscape. I'll be studying this for how you accomplished the detail.

GOSH, nice job on a tough reference.

CandAlArt
06-10-2011, 11:35 AM
Hal I love the berries on canvas. I do not recall what everyone does with op on canvas- do you put glass on just like paper works? I reeeely like the texture showing on your rendering. I have been remiss not posting or at least visiting here & trying the ref's.; this is a great inspirational thread.

VladK
06-10-2011, 12:37 PM
Finally I can comment, missed a lot:cat:

Sandra, nice crow and the building
Artbox, the crow and the background are great :) as well as a "Berry buffet", nice and colorful, and a bird addition worked very well
Hi Paul, what a beautiful rendering of a fire, love color harmony there
Rainy, nice crow - looks little upset
Sandra, your berries are very nice
Tammy, great job on these
Talinka, he's really angry - good work, and welcome to our studio
Scott, both crow and "quiet stream" are great
Leslie, good works, and your berries are so juicy
Hal, very good start
Gosh, great work, "even if not complete". I love your colors and texture on the walls

Sorry if I missed anybody.

And thank you all for a feedback.

GhettoDaveyHavok
06-11-2011, 12:36 AM
These are awesome. I especially love how the birds are turning out. That bird is a hella funny and interesting shot.

PJjr
06-11-2011, 01:35 AM
Hey Vlad, I was wondering what happened to you :) nice to see you back with your great work... I always enjoying seeing your posts.

halthepainter
06-11-2011, 10:36 PM
Good gosh Gosh. Great job on the red building.

VladK
06-11-2011, 11:19 PM
Hi Paul, I was having some changes at work, and some other stuff was going on.
Anyway I missed this thread:D

Here is my lighthouse from inside

In fact, I started from this and then realized something's missing:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2011/204616-IMG_8009_s.jpg

so I decided to add another dimension:D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2011/204616-IMG_8011_s.jpg

giraph
06-12-2011, 06:30 AM
Great pieces, Vlad. Love the second. Now you can go up and down, at the same time...

PJjr
06-12-2011, 07:46 AM
Vlad HAHA! that's exactly what it was missing--- but .... I can't seem to figure out if I should be walking up or down :)

I had a bit of time today to crank this out-- I'm really liking the Lyra pastels, they rub in, blend, and push around just as well as the sennelliers and the pigment seems equally vibrant, but less exotic, the only other difference I see is the sennelliers seem to apply with a much nicer thickness that is easier to work with. The Lyra white covers almost anything just like the senneliers... pretty good for a cheap set, in my opinion.
this is on A4 off white sketch paper- Lyra and sennelier OP. The edge of the trees in the middle look too contrived but I'm trying to learn how to do fairly fast OP paintings without overly working things, so I'll count this a lesson learned.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jun-2011/625152-12062011010_1.JPG

giraph
06-12-2011, 08:17 AM
Great work, Paul. I see what you mean about the middle trees, but the rest looks quite fresh. Especially love the clouds, you got those swirls just right.

PJjr
06-12-2011, 09:55 AM
Thank you Leslie, the clouds were the easiest part haha!

Tali- your angry raven looks great... Welcome to the forum.

Scott-- very cool texture on your bird -

Leslie- your berries look pretty good- the wreath effectvisn't that bad but yeah you could try to make it more random-- kinda like my middle trees lol!

Hal your start for the berries is awesome. I'm looking forward to seeing the final, that's a real solid background.

Vlad your angry raven looks more like a goofy birdy Haha !!!
I like it.

Gosh - brick heaven. That looks HARD. Awesome job.

VladK
06-12-2011, 08:51 PM
Leslie - thank you, but the problem is I don't know now where is up or down :)
Paul, thanks it's a fourth dimension, you never know where you go :wink2:

Paul, nicely done, I like the sunlit yellow tree against the clear blue sky:thumbsup:

CandAlArt
06-13-2011, 12:24 AM
The Angry Bird was too good to resist, so I'm working on it. Don't know if I can wrangle the dh into a pic & prepare to post when I finish it but I will try. What a great pic.

halthepainter
06-13-2011, 09:16 AM
Oh no! Candace is going to give us the bird too.

PJ your light filled piece looks great.

Vlad, great job but I was expecting an Escher treatment:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2011/140488-escher.jpg

VladK
06-13-2011, 10:01 AM
Thanks Hal, yes, :wink2: it would be nice, I like that painting

halthepainter
06-15-2011, 08:05 PM
I did a bit more work on my "Winter Berries."

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2011/140488-Winter_berries_update.jpg

There are a number is issues with this but I'm not going to do any more on this one. If I were going to frame this the right hand berry would be probably under the frame. The blues are darker in real life than in the photo.

Bill, I'm still trying to find some time to work on the red brick building.

Suggestions for improvement on my next effort appreciated.

GOSH
06-16-2011, 01:37 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2011/143278-S7301323.JPG

A "little" out of focus but I had to have at least one of the challenges finished.

:wave:

GhettoDaveyHavok
06-16-2011, 01:47 AM
Hal, your winter berries are really nice and the dak blue background pops them out more. :)


GOSH! (I like typing that out actually haha). Yeah, blurry, but not blurry enough to not know that you did a job well done. :) Just imagine that evil bird staring at you and screaming at you for some reason.

giraph
06-16-2011, 06:47 AM
Hal, the berries are great. Are they big? The picture makes it look like they are. The background really does set them off.

GOSH, I love the way you combined those references. Very cool piece.

halthepainter
06-16-2011, 07:35 AM
Well done Gosh.

Leslie the image size of the berries is 8 by 10 inches.

Pat Isaac
06-16-2011, 09:10 AM
Nice piece, despite the blur, Gosh.
Good modeling on the winter berries, Hal and the dark background is a plus.

Pat

halthepainter
06-16-2011, 09:15 AM
Thank you Pat. Good to have you operational again.

VladK
06-16-2011, 09:42 PM
Hal, your berries look great
Gosh, nice two-in-one:wink2:, crow and the bricks

giraph
06-17-2011, 06:54 AM
Here's a few more goes at this month's challenge. Mixed OPs on Canson Universal sketch.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jun-2011/960809-20110603.jpg

VladK
06-17-2011, 09:29 AM
Hi Leslie, good job, nice colors

GOSH
06-17-2011, 10:01 AM
Hi Leslie, what mistakes? I don't see any. Now that you are done with blocking you can start adding the details.

halthepainter
06-17-2011, 11:30 AM
Leslie, great having you join. What size are your images???

Gosh, by the way I forgot to mention the fantastic job getting the aged look on your bricks. Great job.

giraph
06-17-2011, 04:04 PM
Thanks, Vlad.

GOSH, that *is* the details, LOL.

Hal, these are ~ 5.5 X 8.5.

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 06:18 PM
I have to apologize for being AWOL for a while. As some of the regulars know I have a problem with periodic falls and a bit over a week ago I lost my balance outside and fell with my full weight on my right shoulder.

Nothing broken but severely bruised and extremely painful to move my arm. Being right handed it has slowed me down a bit.

Wanted to assure you all it was not lack of enthusiasm but frustration with another painful fall!

Just wanted to let you know what happened before I commented on all your marvelous contributions.

What a diverse and great effort everyone has made.

Bill
:grouphug:

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 06:21 PM
Paul, far from "messing up" I think your misreading of the photo simply was an inadvertent crop that resulted in a nice composition. I like the fire disappearing off the edge of the paper.

You really did an excellent job on capturing the essence of the fire in color and intensity.

Bill
:grouphug:

I totally messed up on the reference, apparently the reference photo was too tall for my whole screen and after I was finished I scrolled down and realized the entire flame and much more was in the photo-- so this is a cut off version of the flame-- oh well... I'm still trying to get a hold of these OP when it comes to people and impressions-- haven't quite found that spot in my brain to pick from.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2011/625152-_DSC2730_1.JPG

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 06:26 PM
Artbox,
I think you did a gread job capturing the essence of the berry clump and the work on the background and addition of the bird are nice compositional features.

If I had to nit pick I would say that there seems to be a "halo" effect around the berries rather than a smooth blend to their margin.

Bill
:grouphug:



[


quote=artbox]http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2011/964530-Berry_Buffet1.jpg Title, "Berry Buffet"
11x14 inches Arches Watercolor Hot Press 140 lb.
Mungyo Galley Artist OP.
Sennelier white and transparent blending stick...
a scraper, a blending stump and my index finger.:lol:

C and C welcome..
You can tell I am not into the stick/tree/branches... Some days I have patience, some days I don't.. I started this when I posted the Foul Fowl.[/quote]

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 06:30 PM
WOWSER, ALL of these works are sublime!!!!! LOVE each and every one of them!!!!

Hope to see everyone soon, been away due to health and life!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

I can identify with that and hope you improve rapidly! Good to see you back!

Bill
:grouphug:

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 06:34 PM
Nice job, Rainy. The exaggerated color contrasts on the bird keep it from medlding into a dark mass.

I really like your work on the background, especially the wonderfully subtle feathering of various colors woven throughout and and changing direction of the strokes.

Bill
:grouphug:



My attempt at the evil looking birdie :)
Portfolio OP
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2011/132279-grackel-op.jpg

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 06:38 PM
Sandra, Nice sketch of the berry cluster. I think some greater variation in the values of the individual berries would improve the work.

Also, tendency to leave a light halo around each berry.

Good sketch, though.

Bill
:grouphug:

Portfolio oil pastel
Pentel 70 lbs sketchbook 5.5 x 8 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2011/86669-op_june_2011c.jpg

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 06:40 PM
Sandra,

I think this is an improvement.

Bill
:grouphug:

Added Mungyo Artist Oil Pastel on to add more color.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jun-2011/86669-op_june_cherries_new.jpg

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 06:47 PM
Wow, you all are pretty good at OP's! Great interpretations!

I did a couple today the lighthouse stairs and the currants. Both done on watercolor paper with various OP'S. :)


Tammy, both are great jobs for someone still new to OP as you mentioned previously.

The form on the berries is very nice. Some variation in the values (lightness and darkness) of both the berries and background might add some interest.

The lighthouse steps are nicely done. The perspective may be a tiny bit off, but having taken a couple of tries at this previously I can tell you that this is a real perspective challenge with the changing curves and angles.

You did a great job on it.

Bill
:grouphug:

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 06:54 PM
Hi everybody,
My name is Tali and I'm new to WetCanvas. Anyway, I thought the monthly challenges were such a great idea, and so I'm posting my version of the angry raven.
Have a good one.

Talinka, welcome to both WetCanvas and particularly to the OP Channel and its forums.

Your bird pic is great and nice treatment of the background. Have you worked with OP or other media in the past?

Below in some general info that newcomers often find helpful. Hope you find it useful, too:

Just to help you get oriented to this place, click on the link in my signature line called <GO FIRST> (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7172380&postcount=1) and it will take you to a thread that contains links and overviews of all the subforums in this Channel and what is in each one. There are also links to basic OP info and guidelines about posting, critiques, etc.

The following link contains an annotated list of links by topic discussed for recent threads that deal with issues commonly asked by people starting out in OP. Looking through those with give you some additional insight into materials, techniques and various issues dealing with OP:

<FAQs LINKS> (http://wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7494753&postcount=1)

That should save you some time searching around.

This place is great because there are people of all experience levels and we try to have everyone help everyone else. So if there is any way we can help, we will do our best to assist you.

If you have any questions, just start a thread in the OP Talk (http://wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=432)forum and ask away. In the OP Talk forum is a weekly thread called the Oil Gusher which is a thread started each Monday that is a"no topic" thread. People can just say hi, let others know what's going on in their life, catch up on what going on with others, or just meet folks.

Hope you share the fun of working in OP with us! Lots of
Look forward to seeing your work around the forum!!

Welcome to the OP Family!

Bill:thumbsup:
:grouphug:

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 06:59 PM
Scott, we can never have enough ornery looking birds. It might offset the abundance of ornery users we sometimes have!!:lol: :lol: (Just joking!)

Nice sketch. Like the loose work and background treatment. Nice use of dark blues to prevent the bird from melting into one dark, black mass.

Bill
:grouphug:

Welcome to wetcanvas Tali!

This thread needs yet another ornery bird :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/956865-ornery_bird.JPG
Oil Pastels, 9"x11" on Strathmore pastel paper
(Reference: Cranky looking grackel on Isla Mujeres off Cancun.)

Scott.

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 07:00 PM
The birds, the birds, the birds.........

Great job Scott.

Hal, you didn't happen to see Alfred Hitchcock skulking around, did you??:eek: :eek:

Better keep an eye on those birds.

Bill
:rolleyes: :smug: :rolleyes:

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 07:05 PM
Leslie,

Good for a quick, small sketch of the bird. Look forward to your next effort.

Nice job on the berry cluster. The bottom berry in back might need a bit more shadow.

I agree with you about the background. The white gives the impression of halos around everything.

Bill
:grouphug:

First the grackle, just a very quick sketch to find his shape and test colors. I want to do a proper job of him later.
Mixed OPs, newsprint, about 4 x 6.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/960809-grackle.jpg

Then the berries. I scanned it before I tried the background, just in case.
Mixed OPs, Fabriano Tiziano (rose grey), about 8 x 8.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/960809-berries.jpg

Too symmetrical, like a wreath or something. Yuck.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/960809-berries2.jpg

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 07:07 PM
Great job so far, Hal. I really like the contribution the canvas makes to the textural feel of the painting.

Looking forward to the next installment.
\
Bill
:grouphug:


Just to be different, I'm not going to do the crow.

This is a work in progress. I was working on my back deck. The temperature gauge was reading 90 degrees and after a bit everytime I tried to lay in some color I wound up picking up color.

Anyway here it is until I have some time to put on another layer. There was no blending. Any attempt to blend merely moved clumps of color around because nothing would adhere to the lower layers.

So here's my berries, WIP, just to let Bill know I'm working on his challenges. I also hope to do the red brick building if I can find the time.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/140488-winter_fruit.jpg

Approximately 8 by 10 inches on canvas.

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 07:10 PM
You know, I can't figure out what it is about a mean looking grackel that makes everyone want to paint it, but I always felt that way about the photo, too. :lol:

Vlad,

Nice work. I like your somewhat "stylized" form you have rendered the bird with.


Bill
:grouphug:

Hi everybody, nice to see you all again. Thank you for nice references Bill.
I'll comment on the pictures later.
Hal, I'll start with the crow, then go on:wink2: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jun-2011/204616-IMG_8008_s.jpg

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 07:13 PM
Scott,

Really nice job. Glad someone attempted this one as I really like the photo!

Great use of color. Perhaps a bit more aerial perspective to increase the feel of depth to the work.

Overall, nice job .

Bill
:grouphug:

Since I've already done the mean bird, here's the "Quiet stream and fall grasses." I cropped the reference image to this:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2011/956865-reference_for_oil_pastel.jpg

And here's how I saw it today:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2011/956865-oil_pastel_river_scene.JPG

It's solely oil pastels, on strathmore watercolor paper, 13.5"x9"

Scott.

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 07:17 PM
GOSH
It may not be complete, but this is a wonderful treatment of a very complicated architechtural reference. The many lines, levels and angles make for difficult work.

You have already captured the spirit and feel of the buildings and done great work with the the color and texture.

Bill
:grouphug:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jun-2011/143278-brik_wetcanvas.jpg

Finally something even if not complete. There are a lot of things yet to do here.
Primed watercolor paper 18x20 or something that size, Senneliers and a couple others. I only brushed the blue sky, the rest is done with fingers and a blender here and there.

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 08:46 PM
Vlad, Great job. However that second made me a bit dizzy!!!:o :o

Bill
:grouphug:


Hi Paul, I was having some changes at work, and some other stuff was going on.
Anyway I missed this thread:D

Here is my lighthouse from inside

In fact, I started from this and then realized something's missing:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2011/204616-IMG_8009_s.jpg

so I decided to add another dimension:D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jun-2011/204616-IMG_8011_s.jpg

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 08:50 PM
Paul,

I think this looks great. Perhaps bringing the blue of the sky down a bit more and adding some neutral color/texture to the light areas of the pavement would help some, but just suggestions.

I absolutely LOVE the way you captured the light in the yellow tree. That is what drew me to photograph this scene in the first place, the great range of contrasts in color and light.

Good job.

Bill
:grouphug:

Vlad HAHA! that's exactly what it was missing--- but .... I can't seem to figure out if I should be walking up or down :)

I had a bit of time today to crank this out-- I'm really liking the Lyra pastels, they rub in, blend, and push around just as well as the sennelliers and the pigment seems equally vibrant, but less exotic, the only other difference I see is the sennelliers seem to apply with a much nicer thickness that is easier to work with. The Lyra white covers almost anything just like the senneliers... pretty good for a cheap set, in my opinion.
this is on A4 off white sketch paper- Lyra and sennelier OP. The edge of the trees in the middle look too contrived but I'm trying to learn how to do fairly fast OP paintings without overly working things, so I'll count this a lesson learned.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jun-2011/625152-12062011010_1.JPG

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 08:52 PM
:grouphug: .Hal, there is always more work that can be done on any painting!!! When is a painting finished?? When the artist no long works on it.

Your work looks very good. I think you did a great job of rendering the berries. The dark background works well with the berries.

Bill




.I did a bit more work on my "Winter Berries."

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2011/140488-Winter_berries_update.jpg

There are a number is issues with this but I'm not going to do any more on this one. If I were going to frame this the right hand berry would be probably under the frame. The blues are darker in real life than in the photo.

Bill, I'm still trying to find some time to work on the red brick building.

Suggestions for improvement on my next effort appreciated.

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 08:54 PM
GOSH, is this "two for the price of one"????:lol:

What a gread addition to the building. Gread job.

Bill
:grouphug:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jun-2011/143278-S7301323.JPG

A "little" out of focus but I had to have at least one of the challenges finished.

:wave:

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 08:55 PM
Nice job on the sketches, Leslie. And nice use of the bird photo in a completely different composition. Good job.

Bill
:grouphug:

Here's a few more goes at this month's challenge. Mixed OPs on Canson Universal sketch.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jun-2011/960809-20110603.jpg

Scarefishcrow
06-17-2011, 08:58 PM
HOORAY!

My arm held out (in spite of a break for some yardwork with my DW) until I THINK I caught everyone's attempts so far. Please forgive me if I overlooked anyoine.

Keep those crazy bird zombies comming! I love 'em.

Bill
:grouphug:

Mikenoss
06-18-2011, 03:43 AM
Don't have a crazy zombie bird yet, but I would appreciate any C & C on this 'watch your step'. I haven't done much of anything for a while but starting to get going again mainly through WDE s. This is 8 1/2" x 6" on brown colourfix using Mont Marte Oil Pastels. Looking at the work of GOSH, Hal & everyone else I know I have a long way to go. Usually work with pencils & I keep looking for the sharp point (and failing).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2011/92127-WC_OP_Chall_June11_Watch_Your_Step__Scarefishcrow_72.jpg

Thanks for looking. :wave:

giraph
06-18-2011, 08:40 AM
Graham, lovely piece. I don't know how you get that level of detail without a sharp point. Nice job with the light, too.

halthepainter
06-18-2011, 12:10 PM
Graham, great job on handling the OPs. Great textures and blending.

Scarefishcrow
06-18-2011, 07:35 PM
Graham:

I wish I had as long way to go as you! This is a great piece of work on the shading, texturing and color transitions.

You have really captured the sense of depth and shadow detail!

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Bill
:grouphug:

Don't have a crazy zombie bird yet, but I would appreciate any C & C on this 'watch your step'. I haven't done much of anything for a while but starting to get going again mainly through WDE s. This is 8 1/2" x 6" on brown colourfix using Mont Marte Oil Pastels. Looking at the work of GOSH, Hal & everyone else I know I have a long way to go. Usually work with pencils & I keep looking for the sharp point (and failing).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jun-2011/92127-WC_OP_Chall_June11_Watch_Your_Step__Scarefishcrow_72.jpg

Thanks for looking. :wave:

PJjr
06-18-2011, 09:14 PM
Bill, I really appreciate how you commented and offered suggestions on how to improve each piece, I read everyone, it shows that you care not just about your month of challenges but for this form of art and the artists who come in here and interact. Thank you!

Hal, I like your berries- the background is really interesting, and the lighting is very well done (except for where you said you would crop off, I agree with that) :)

Graham, nice form - you did a great job - I'm also coming to OP's as a pencil artist, not having that point feels so limiting sometimes but it teaches you how to achieve edges and other details through other means, doesn't it? :)

PJjr
06-19-2011, 05:57 AM
A4 sketch pad (offwhite) - started off with Lyra, finished it off with Sennelier- I think the actual drawing is softer and a bit warmer, but it's close in color tone at least... I find it difficult to get accurate representations with photos.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2011/625152-_DSC2766-1.JPG

halthepainter
06-19-2011, 09:30 AM
Paul, great job on the berries. You've rendered them beautifully.

I agree on the difficulty of photographing oil pastels. The surface sheen gives me problems. I don't use flash but I still tend to get a lot of glare and the blues want to glow or photograph at a lighter value.

Mikenoss
06-19-2011, 09:53 AM
Leslie - Thank you (Love your line re 1st 500 mistakes :lol: )

Hal - Thanks a lot.

Bill - Thank you for your encouragement.

Paul - I miss the points and trying to blend with a blunt finger is "interesting". I like your berries.

Hope to get something else done this month.

PJjr
06-19-2011, 10:07 AM
Thanks Hal and Graham. Hal I'm thinking of posting 2 from now on, one that is as close to the color as possible and then another that is digitally enhanced specifically for computer screen viewing since it's probably the only way to get a similar viewing response as seeing the original. I don't know.

Graham, you should try the derwent (or similar) shapers , you can get rubber shapers and ball point tools to get all kinds of detail. Hard brushes work well too.

giraph
06-19-2011, 11:29 AM
Paul, I really like the berries. Very well modeled, and the background is very nice.

Scarefishcrow
06-19-2011, 02:51 PM
Bill, I really appreciate how you commented and offered suggestions on how to improve each piece, I read everyone, it shows that you care not just about your month of challenges but for this form of art and the artists who come in here and interact. Thank you!



Paul,
thank you so much. Normally it is not just when I host the challenge, but until a series of health issues and family events took me away I tried to do so with every post.

I'm glad to meet you as I don't recall you from when I was posting daily. (Hopefully life will settle down and I can get back to that.)

Bill
:grouphug:

giraph
06-19-2011, 02:55 PM
Bill, I completely agree with Paul and also appreciate your comments, both on my work and on others. Your criticism is very thoughtful and constructive!

Scarefishcrow
06-19-2011, 02:59 PM
Paul,
Very nice job with the berry cluster. I like the way you worked the "blurred" tree into the background and suffused the snow in the bkg with touches of blue (everyone knows snow is not white, right!).

Hal is correct about the photography issue. Lighting should be from each side at approximately 45 degree angle to the picture plane. If your camera has a custom white balance adjustment, by all means use that on a white sheet of paper under the illumination for better color rendition.

Also, one of the most critical factors in eliminating glare is to (ideally) have the lights on the painting as the sole light source. A dark corner of the basement is excellent. Set up and turn off all extraneous lights. This are a prime culprit in producing glare.

Also use the "timer" to reduce "jitter" from pressing the shutter and if at all possible use a tripod, not hand held.

Hope these are useful tips.

Bill
:grouphug:

A4 sketch pad (offwhite) - started off with Lyra, finished it off with Sennelier- I think the actual drawing is softer and a bit warmer, but it's close in color tone at least... I find it difficult to get accurate representations with photos.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jun-2011/625152-_DSC2766-1.JPG

VladK
06-20-2011, 10:10 AM
Bill, thank you for comments
Paul, love the berries. Very good job on modeling and I like the way you did a background. Excellent work
Graham, great work, nice color gradations

GOSH
06-22-2011, 04:02 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jun-2011/143278-jun22brik_110_800.jpg

I'm having some trouble with the architectural features and some of that perspective - I should have used a ruler to begin with but nooooo....had to do it free hand and then spend most of the time fixing mistakes....
As far as light is concerned, any suggestions? Thanks.

Pat Isaac
06-22-2011, 04:12 PM
I would think the walls facing us would ve a little darker. Can't imagine doing all those bricks...great job.

Pat

halthepainter
06-22-2011, 06:16 PM
Gosh great job. Beautiful colors and yes that is a very complex prespective piece. I've started sketching in an image and the prespective issues are giving me fits. I may never forgive Bill for making this piece a part of the challenge.

I think I would have my light source coming from the right and have the front face of the building considerably darker.

giraph
06-22-2011, 07:04 PM
GOSH, that is wicked cool. I don't think you are that far off the reference with the light, maybe a bit darker on the face like Pat and Hal mentioned.

GOSH
06-23-2011, 02:01 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, Pat, Hal and gyraph!

What I'm trying to do is to increase the contrast between the lit areas and the ones closer in the shade by using brighter but cooler colors for the brick and warmer yellows in the forshortened area right above it. The area around the window is done with a dark Sennelier red and will eventually add it to the wall.
My fear is that it will be an overkill of bricks.

The architectural cubes everywhere are driving me nuts!!:lol:

This is worse than a Pink Floyd song.

rickop
06-23-2011, 05:30 PM
That is really good with the building and the brick detail. I like how you modified the picture to get the cranky grackle into this as well. Nice touch for the challenge. :)

Rick

Scarefishcrow
06-24-2011, 02:29 AM
Perhaps some tweaking here and there, BOSH, but what an excellent job done FREEHAND! I think it looks good.

Bill
:grouphug:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jun-2011/143278-jun22brik_110_800.jpg

I'm having some trouble with the architectural features and some of that perspective - I should have used a ruler to begin with but nooooo....had to do it free hand and then spend most of the time fixing mistakes....
As far as light is concerned, any suggestions? Thanks.

Scarefishcrow
06-24-2011, 02:30 AM
:evil: :evil: And I expect to see everyone of those bricks!!! Go For It!

:lol: :lol:

Bill
:grouphug:

Gosh great job. Beautiful colors and yes that is a very complex prespective piece. I've started sketching in an image and the prespective issues are giving me fits. I may never forgive Bill for making this piece a part of the challenge.

I think I would have my light source coming from the right and have the front face of the building considerably darker.

Meieira
06-24-2011, 04:29 AM
Hi all,
Here's my first ever entry to wetcanvas!! Comments are welcome:) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2011/856052-photo.JPG

giraph
06-24-2011, 06:25 AM
Hi, Meera. This is lovely, great color! What kind of OPs do you use and what kind of support? How big is it? We're nosy here, well, at least I am. :)

halthepainter
06-24-2011, 09:05 AM
Yes Meieira, Leslie is quite right. We always like to share the info behind our paintings. What's the size of the image, brands of OPs, type of painting surface and are any special techniques used in creating the painting.

Your colors are lovely. It's great to have you join us here.

halthepainter
06-24-2011, 09:08 AM
Perhaps some tweaking here and there, BOSH, but what an excellent job done FREEHAND! I think it looks good.

Bill
:grouphug:

Bill how did you know that Gosh was using an alias and is actually German????:evil: :D I'm afraid you compromised her true identity; she's been outted. :wink2:

Pat Isaac
06-24-2011, 09:27 AM
Nice to have you join in Meiera and welcome.....:wave: This certainly is reminiscent of the fall colors around here....blazing in the sunlight.

Pat

VladK
06-24-2011, 12:40 PM
Hi Meieira, welcome to the forum. Nice work and beautiful colors, and I'm in line with Leslie and Hal for more detail :wink2:

GOSH
06-24-2011, 05:11 PM
Hi all,
Here's my first ever entry to wetcanvas!! Comments are welcome:) [/IMG]


Welcome Meieira, nice to have you around! Your landscape is beautiful.

GOSH
06-24-2011, 05:13 PM
Bill how did you know that Gosh was using an alias and is actually German????:evil: :D I'm afraid you compromised her true identity; she's been outted. :wink2:

Ja Ja.

:evil:

Meieira
06-24-2011, 08:08 PM
Hey everyone! Thanks for the warm welcomes!

Here are the details of the work which I just forgot to add in my hurry to upload!!

This is a 17' by 12' work, done on sky blue oil pastel paper with not much tooth. The sky blue background was not a great choice after all, had to work hard to cover it up.Thought it took away some of the depth of the scene.

I use a brand of oil pastels called 'Saintograph'- it has some very bright
shades which are perfect for the fall colours.
No special techniques really, just changed the colour of the mid tree to red to show fall colours.didnt do much of blending too, most of the colours are fresh.
Hope to actively contribute to this forum, thanks everyone for doing an absolutely fantastic job here!
I have reworked the pic a bit, will upload it soon.

Meieira
06-25-2011, 12:50 AM
Hi Gosh,
Love your work on the brick structure: )

halthepainter
06-26-2011, 03:52 PM
OK: I have to start with my list of excuses before showing my image. I started off with a grid to try to get my prespective lines close, then drew the image in with a pen. Since this wasn't to be a keeper I used Soho art board (non archival). There wasn't a lot of tooth and I couldn't get my oil pastels to cover the grid lines and prespective lines. My correction was to result to fall back to my oil sticks which covered everything beautifully. There are several prespective issues but I'm done with this one.
I'll leave the beautiful brick work to Gosh. Here is my impressionistic Red Building. Shiva Oilstiks, Soho artboard, 8 by 10 inches.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2011/140488-red_building.jpg
Suggestions appreciated.

Pat Isaac
06-26-2011, 05:03 PM
I understand the problems, Hal......hate it when that happens. My only suggestion would be the values. The right facing wall need to be the lightest. You do get nice textures with these sticks.

pat

VladK
06-26-2011, 09:33 PM
Hi Hal, nice colors, but I agree with Pat on values plus I would say the closer windows on the towers should be darker, the farther ones - lighter.

halthepainter
06-26-2011, 10:48 PM
Pat, Vlad agree on the values. Everything was so slick, I was having trouble pressing on but chose to go with what I had. I may go back and try to make some corrections.

PJjr
06-27-2011, 07:23 AM
Hal I like it except it could have a bit more contrast (I guess that means value huh?) I think the left side is the ticket but the right side started to kinda lose it's color definition-- if you divide it into 3rds vertically, I like the left 2/3rds but the right 3rd throws the whole thing out of balance in my opinion... :)

halthepainter
06-27-2011, 08:55 AM
Thank you PJ. The painting has dried now and perhaps I can find time to add another layer today. Yes it definately needs a lot of tweaking.

GOSH
06-27-2011, 04:07 PM
OK: I have to start with my list of excuses before showing my image. I started off with a grid to try to get my prespective lines close, then drew the image in with a pen. Since this wasn't to be a keeper I used Soho art board (non archival). There wasn't a lot of tooth and I couldn't get my oil pastels to cover the grid lines and prespective lines. My correction was to result to fall back to my oil sticks which covered everything beautifully. There are several prespective issues but I'm done with this one.
I'll leave the beautiful brick work to Gosh. Here is my impressionistic Red Building. Shiva Oilstiks, Soho artboard, 8 by 10 inches.


Suggestions appreciated.

Beautiful brick work - pff LOL
Nah, there is far better done and not by me.

halthepainter
06-27-2011, 04:47 PM
Beautiful brick work - pff LOL
Nah, there is far better done and not by me.

It must be Sandra's version. Pat, Vlad and PJ all said that my version sucks. :wink2: :D

Scarefishcrow
06-27-2011, 06:22 PM
Meieira, Let me add my welcome to the others for joining us here. I will leave some info below you may find useful in navigating the site and finding topic threads of interest.

First let me congratulate you on the lovely job you did with the autumn street scene. You really captured the light and contrast of colors that stimulated the original photo.

Where did you get that brand of OP. I am not familiar with it.

Just to help you get oriented to this place, click on the link in my signature line called <GO FIRST> (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7172380&postcount=1) and it will take you to a thread that contains links and overviews of all the subforums in this Channel and what is in each one. There are also links to basic OP info and guidelines about posting, critiques, etc.

The following link contains an annotated list of links by topic discussed for recent threads that deal with issues commonly asked by people starting out in OP. Looking through those with give you some additional insight into materials, techniques and various issues dealing with OP:

<FAQs LINKS> (http://wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7494753&postcount=1)

That should save you some time searching around.

This place is great because there are people of all experience levels and we try to have everyone help everyone else. So if there is any way we can help, we will do our best to assist you.

If you have any questions, just start a thread in the OP Talk (http://wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=432)forum and ask away. In the OP Talk forum is a weekly thread called the Oil Gusher which is a thread started each Monday that is a"no topic" thread. People can just say hi, let others know what's going on in their life, catch up on what going on with others, or just meet folks.

Hope you share the fun of working in OP with us! Lots of
Look forward to seeing your work around the forum!!

Welcome to the OP Family!

Bill:thumbsup:
:grouphug:


Hey everyone! Thanks for the warm welcomes!

Here are the details of the work which I just forgot to add in my hurry to upload!!

This is a 17' by 12' work, done on sky blue oil pastel paper with not much tooth. The sky blue background was not a great choice after all, had to work hard to cover it up.Thought it took away some of the depth of the scene.

I use a brand of oil pastels called 'Saintograph'- it has some very bright
shades which are perfect for the fall colours.
No special techniques really, just changed the colour of the mid tree to red to show fall colours.didnt do much of blending too, most of the colours are fresh.
Hope to actively contribute to this forum, thanks everyone for doing an absolutely fantastic job here!
I have reworked the pic a bit, will upload it soon.

Scarefishcrow
06-27-2011, 06:36 PM
It must be Sandra's version. Pat, Vlad and PJ all said that my version sucks. :wink2: :D

First, Hal, I think you were more critical of your work than those you mentioned. If anyone came close to saying someone's work sucked you, Pat and I would be all over them like a duck on a june bug!

You did a very good preliminary oil sketch of the building and indicated it was not a completed work. You are always so hard on yourself. If all we did was stick to doing things we did well and never ventured into the realm of the untried we would quickly grow stale and static in our work and the feeling of accomplishment of something fresh and different would be felt no more!

As Micaelangelo said: "The greater danger is not in setting our mark too high and missing it, but setting our mark too low and achieving it!"


Nothing wrong with being a perfectionist as long as we realize that we here on earth are not going to attain it. It is a goal, not a benchmark.

Bill

:grouphug:

halthepainter
06-27-2011, 06:48 PM
Hi Bill, my wink and big simlly face was supposed to indicate that I was joking. Just engaging in a little banter with Gosh. :thumbsup:

PJjr
06-27-2011, 07:49 PM
Haha!! Hal you are funny.. I said I liked it. :) :). It's a nicely captured impression.

Scarefishcrow
06-28-2011, 12:07 AM
Hi Bill, my wink and big simlly face was supposed to indicate that I was joking. Just engaging in a little banter with Gosh. :thumbsup:

:o
Gee I missed the wink and smiley face. Probably due to having to hold the keyboard and mouse in awkward positions since my right arm (of course) is in a sling till July 11 since I found out I separated my shoulder when I fell two weeks ago!!:eek: :crying:

The worst part was having to tell my DW she was right when she said I should go in earlier!!:( :(

Still, it was a good sermon anyway and it has been a while since I have taken to the pulpit! I couldn't resist!:angel:

Bill
:grouphug:

halthepainter
06-28-2011, 09:29 AM
:o
Gee I missed the wink and smiley face. Probably due to having to hold the keyboard and mouse in awkward positions since my right arm (of course) is in a sling till July 11 since I found out I separated my shoulder when I fell two weeks ago!!:eek: :crying:
Bill
:grouphug:

Bill we'll celebrate that day together. I'll be 73 and you'll get your right wing back.

Pat Isaac
06-28-2011, 09:33 AM
Nice to have you around, Bill.
Hal.....I did see the wink and smiley.....

Pat

oldrockchick
06-28-2011, 10:39 AM
Apologies for not having time to participate this month - still time I guess.

Missed all your work too. sorry.

Scarefishcrow
06-28-2011, 08:51 PM
Trying to get my "separated shoulder" to work things out and "reconcile":rolleyes:



Thanks for your presence and wit and hard work for the forum. It has been a great relief to me to know that someone dedicated like you has been around and help Pat. Hopefully I will be getting better and be around more to help both of you!

I miss my OP family!:grouphug:

Bill
:music: :heart: :heart: :music:

Scarefishcrow
06-28-2011, 09:05 PM
Apologies for not having time to participate this month - still time I guess.

Missed all your work too. sorry.

Lin, no need for apologies. You deserved your holiday and you contribute so much to the forum. I look at it as taking time to recharge your creative batteries so you can do even more spectacular things.

It is regulars like you and so many others that make this forum, IMHO, one of the friendliest, best and creative on the site. We know when to be serious, but not to take ourselves to seriously. We know that if you can't have fun and still be serious about your art then something's missing.

When it stops being fun, I think you are going to stop growing creatively.


Uh Oh....Babble alert and I am also an hour late to meet my wife!

Gotta go.

Bill
:grouphug:

halthepainter
06-28-2011, 09:46 PM
:o
Gee I missed the wink and smiley face. Probably due to having to hold the keyboard and mouse in awkward positions since my right arm (of course) is in a sling till July 11 since I found out I separated my shoulder when I fell two weeks ago!!:eek: :crying:

Still, it was a good sermon anyway and it has been a while since I have taken to the pulpit! I couldn't resist!:angel:

Bill
:grouphug:

Quite alright Bill, my sense of humor gets me into trouble everyonce in awhile.

halthepainter
06-29-2011, 08:02 PM
OK, I decided to put a little more effort in my last endeavor here. See if I can improve the values a bit. I'm in the process of rearranging everything and the only oil pastels I could find were my Erengis. They don't have a good, light, warm, red. The only light reds were pinks so I tried to lighten the sunlit side using warm yellows and oranges and I went back in and darkened the shadowed areas.

Also I wanted to see how my oilstik underpainting would work with oil pastels.

Same stats as previously posted just added Erengi oil pastels.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jun-2011/140488-red_building2.jpg
anyway suggestions for future improvement welcome.

Meieira
06-30-2011, 06:50 AM
Hi Bill, Thank you so much for that warm welcome and all those easy links you provided! This place is really a treasure trove of information and encouragement for the hobbyist!! I still havent got around to uploading the reworked landscape. The brand 'Saintograph' is widely available in art stores here in Singapore. It does a good job, but I really have no basis for comparision as I havent tried any other brand. I am off to Langkawi for a short holiday, but will log on while there for the July challenge pictures. Take care all.


Meera.

GhettoDaveyHavok
06-30-2011, 01:19 PM
I just drew the bird with graphite (I seemed to misplaced my Pentels), and has a bit too much vulgarity for the site to handle...

halthepainter
07-01-2011, 08:30 PM
Bill, thank you for hosting. I hope you don't fade back into the background but keep posting here.

Scarefishcrow
07-05-2011, 05:12 PM
:smug: Bill, thank you for hosting. I hope you don't fade back into the background but keep posting here.


Hal, the thanks goes to all the participants that took time to share their creations with us. Hosting is always a pleasure and I hop I can keep from fading away like an old soldier.:crossfingers:

I had a wonderful weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at a "cottage" (I shall only say it was well appointed and sat right on the North Shore of Lake Superior with a trail down to the flat, enormous boulders that line the shore where you could sit and enjoy the wave moving in and out.) north of Deluth (where the view is Superior). :smug:

Will share some pic later, but saw tons of Lupine, some wonderful art in gallery/stores (see OP Talk for an interesting note on that), and enormouse boats and lift/draw bridges that harken back to the famed Edmund Fitzgerald!


With that, I want to thank all those that took time to participate in the challenge and hope you will compe back form new challenges.


If you didn't finish your work, feel free to dig up this thread and post it whenenver you do so we can all see it! It is never too late!

Ciao and thanks.:thumbsup:

Bill
:grouphug:

halthepainter
07-05-2011, 05:30 PM
Bill, that North Shore Cottage sounds like a wonderful location. I expect to see some photos that we can use as references for future OPs.....:D

Shirl Parker
07-06-2011, 10:10 AM
Check your spelling, Bill, or they may not let you back in town. We went through Duluth when I was a child, on our way to International Falls, where my uncle lived. I don't remember it at all. But we lived in Minnesota for 10 years, and I liked it there.

PJjr
07-09-2011, 06:49 AM
Wow Hal--- Finally saw your final of the bricks-- it's brilliant! (in more ways than one) :)

halthepainter
07-09-2011, 08:42 AM
Thank you Paul, you are most kind.