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DAK723
07-31-2011, 09:37 PM
Welcome artists! :wave:

Here is a quick recap of what The Spotlight is all about!

The Spotlight is an activity thread for pastel artists of all experience levels working from photos chosen by a monthly host. Most months, the host will choose photos from only one subject, putting that subject into “the spotlight,” so to speak! For example, one month the subject will be painting water, another month will spotlight flowers, etc.

Some months, rather than spotlight a subject, the focus will be on a challenge of some sort. In those cases, we might have a wider variety of photo references, but “the spotlight” will be on the challenge itself.

Since this is a group activity, we can pool our knowledge and resources, and grow as artists in a fun, “no-pressure” atmosphere. And no critiques unless specifically asked for. The intent is to have fun, try new things, experiment, and perhaps most of all, to see what our friends and colleagues are painting from the same reference material!

Please note: The photos this month are taken by me. You have permission to use the photos as reference to create your artwork and to sell them and/or exhibit them. The actual photos still retain the copyright of the photographer. So you cannot copy the photo to your blog, for example, without the permission of the photographer, or digitally alter or reproduce the photo for any purpose other than for your personal use, with the exception of crops, digital alterations and posts of these photos within "The Spotlight" thread.

This month, “The Spotlight” is on...Don's Adirondack Vacation!

Those that have been following the Spotlight for a while are probably aware that a lot of Spotlight reference photos have featured the Adirondacks over the past few years, but I hope you won't mind taking one more trip there! I was there for the first two weeks of July...and I want to relive those memories! And I hope you will all help me relive them by painting your interpretations of the following scenes!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82335-abanakee-small.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82335-island-small.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82335-moonrise-small.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82335-sunset-small.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82335-cabin-small.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82335-loons-small.jpg

For larger versions of these photos:

Adirondack reflections:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131486&size=big&cat (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131486&size=big&cat)=

Adirondack island:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131487&size=big (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131487&size=big)

Moonrise:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131488&size=big (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131488&size=big)

Sunset:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131489&size=big (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131489&size=big)

Cabin:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131490&size=big&cat=24 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131490&size=big&cat=24)

Loons:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131491&size=big&cat=46 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=131491&size=big&cat=46)

Please post your paintings here in this thread! I hope you enjoy the Adirondacks as much as I do!

Don

tuscanni
08-01-2011, 12:55 AM
don...thanks for the great pics....I just love the pic with the loon with the little baby chick on her..ummm his back. That one is so sweet.
I should be able to tackle at least two this month. I definately like the loon picture.
ANN

gakinme
08-01-2011, 01:00 AM
Lovely photo references, Don. I could see so much possibilities with all of them, except the loon. Next weekend.

Ruthie57
08-01-2011, 03:40 AM
Don, you've got me hooked!! As I scrolled down I was oohing and aahing, must do that one..and that one...and oooh that one!!! The Loon pic gave me a good laugh at the end too!

Judibelle
08-01-2011, 07:41 AM
beautiful photos, Don.... Hope to try at least one of them
So glad you enjoyed your 'vacation' there

tklinda
08-01-2011, 08:47 AM
Ruthie, thankyou for your inspiring pics of Greece, Don these are great shots of one of the most beautiful places in the USA..Thank you..to sketch:), to sketch:) Linda

ncgirl
08-01-2011, 12:02 PM
Oh these are so wonderful! Don, as usual, you've got some great reference photos - of course I'm in! I've been reading Maggie Price's book about light and shadow and using underpaintings, and I'm itching to try them out.

Ruthie57
08-01-2011, 04:20 PM
I've spent about 4 hours today working on one of these. Not finished yet. Should've been gardening or doing household chores.........

tklinda
08-01-2011, 04:22 PM
Don, heres' a 1 hour quick sketch of Moon Rise..I'm still working just getting warmed up..Lindahttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2011/198075-2011-08-01_010_edited-1.jpg

tuscanni
08-01-2011, 08:52 PM
don...just curious...is the pic of the green cabin the place where you stayed or is it just a random cabin? I guess it would be nice to have a small story behind the photo.
ANN

tklinda
08-02-2011, 08:32 AM
Don, about the cabin pic, is that your collie next to the chair or is is stuff left due to photography ?Linda

DAK723
08-02-2011, 08:48 AM
Linda, Thanks for starting us off this month! Very nice painting of the moonrise!

Thanks everybody for the nice comments about my photos!

The photo of the cabin is the cabin I stayed in this year. (Actually, the second week - the first week I was in a different cabin. This particular cabin has the best view and is almost always booked. There was a cancellation this year, so I took advantage). So that is my towel and bathing suit drying on the railing, my sandals on the deck and my kayak paddle out in front. And, oh yes, my dog is sitting out front, too, enjoying the view!

Don

P.S. Here's my dog (he's a Sheltie, often known as a miniature Collie) and his view...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Aug-2011/82335-bobbysview.jpg

Ruthie57
08-02-2011, 10:23 AM
Great sketch Linda. can't wait to see what you do when you are warmed up!

Don, I knew that must be your cabin. Saw the Sheltie in the shot. That was a give away. Afterall, I think I've painted her twice! What a great view!

Sunset one's done. This is about 19x9" on Fisher 400. I've brightened the colours a little and lightened the lower part of the sky...maybe too much?

Oh well, uploader's not working. In fact I can't get rid of the uploader window, even when I close IE!!!! I'll try later. May be a switch off/on job.

Ruthie57
08-02-2011, 10:33 AM
trying again....I just cannot get a good photo of this painting!!!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Aug-2011/189061-Adirondack_Sunset.jpg

SoulBro82
08-02-2011, 04:10 PM
Ruthie57- i love the clouds in yours, something im still struggling with...

Give this one a shot on a piece of scrap colorfix i had lying around...
6 1/2" x 12"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Aug-2011/32557-Adirondack-moonrise.jpg

may add a few tweaks to it, but for the most part pleased....

tuscanni
08-02-2011, 04:50 PM
ahhhhhhh....upon closer inspection of your cabin photo....now I see your little sheltie by your lawn chair....I have 2 golden retrievers and 2 welsh corgis....
thanks for the story behind the cabin photo...makes it a little more enjoyable to paint.
ANN


Linda, Thanks for starting us off this month! Very nice painting of the moonrise!

Thanks everybody for the nice comments about my photos!

The photo of the cabin is the cabin I stayed in this year. (Actually, the second week - the first week I was in a different cabin. This particular cabin has the best view and is almost always booked. There was a cancellation this year, so I took advantage). So that is my towel and bathing suit drying on the railing, my sandals on the deck and my kayak paddle out in front. And, oh yes, my dog is sitting out front, too, enjoying the view!

Don

P.S. Here's my dog (he's a Sheltie, often known as a miniature Collie) and his view...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Aug-2011/82335-bobbysview.jpg

tuscanni
08-02-2011, 04:59 PM
ruthie.....amazing, just amazing....how you get such wonderful color in your pieces. Its another gorgeous piece. I am a fan of your work.

on another note....just thought you might like to know...last months challenge of your photos of greece..one of the pieces I did, I entered it into our local art councils art show. Today, our local paper came out to the art gallery and did an article on the show and they took a picture of me and the pastel I did from your photo to put in the newspaper. Isnt that cool! and on my birthday no less. This is turning out to be one of the best birthdays I have had in years.
Its nice to be treated like you are special every once in awhile :)
ANN

spirothet
08-02-2011, 06:04 PM
Ann, Happy belated Birthday to you. That was a beautiful painting so you deserve the attention. congrats. Cali

Ruthie57
08-03-2011, 03:22 AM
Nice one SoulBro. Thanks. You've really got the moon glowing in yours. This is my next one. I've never done a Moonscape...or nocturne, before.
Ann, That's great news!! And on your Birthday too. Hope the photo looks great in the newspaper. Which painting was it? Thanks for your comments on mine. This one actually took me about 7 or 8 hours and it's the sort of painting I could work on forever if I allowed myself!

Talley
08-03-2011, 01:39 PM
All these references are so tempting but I don't know if I'll find the time. Maybe. Don, you take such lovely photos.


Linda, love your sky especially all the movement in it.

Ruthie, your skies are lovely as well. I see a similar view often from the VT side of Lake Champlain and yours captures that look.

SoulBro, love the moon and its light on the mountains and reflection in the lake. Wonderful glow.

tklinda
08-03-2011, 03:01 PM
Don, Thankyou for sharing your dog pic with us! What a view!,..Ruthie great painting, Soulbro..very nice! I liked how you did your paintings of the Greek ref. photos..I find it difficult to paint from a photo if I haven't been to the place or one very simular..any hints from anyone??Linda

DAK723
08-03-2011, 03:07 PM
Ruth, Very nice painting of the panoramic clouds!

Alvin, You've definitely caught the glow of the Moonrise!

Don

Ruthie57
08-04-2011, 05:25 AM
Thanks everyone!
Linda, it is harder to portray a landscape one has never seen, just from a photo. However, I guess what I do, without even thinking, is use what I have seen, what I have in my experience, to interpret the photo my way. Hope that helps.

Here's my Moonscape. 11x8" approx on re-claimed pastelmat. took about 90 minutes.

Oh well, uploader's playing up again. Later......

Ruthie57
08-05-2011, 04:35 AM
This is the Moon one, finally uploaded. Hmm, looks a little too dark here, though I thought the photo was fairly true.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2011/189061-moon.jpg

sketchZ1ol
08-05-2011, 06:21 AM
hello
very subtle, very lovely .
nice work Ruthie !

Ed :}

spirothet
08-05-2011, 12:26 PM
Hi all,

I finally attempted my first of August Photos. Still haven't finished two of July, but when I do, I'll post those as well. This time someone gave me Cartiera Magnani Pescia paper and I used my new Rembrandt set as well as Carbothello pastel pencil set. I'm not crazy about it. The line of the mountain top is too dark among other things. Hope I have better luck on the next one. Thanks, Cali

spirothet
08-05-2011, 01:36 PM
Hi again,

This is my second one this morning. It too is on the same paper as the last and both are 10X8 in size. This second painting was done with pan pastel and some pastel pencils. Once again, I needed someone looking over my shoulder to tell me when to stop . I think I went too far with the sky! Thanks for any comments.

spirothet
08-05-2011, 01:47 PM
Now that I made my first attempt at this months' photos,I'd like to comment on works by others.

Ruthie, how do you see all those colors in the mountain moon photo. I love how you worked the mountain as well as the water reflections from the sky. Very well done. I'm also very impressed with your sky photo. Your clouds look so smooth (not choppy like mine). Also very well done.

Linda and SoulBro, love the colors you used in the sky for your moon rise. Good work.

Ciao, Cali

DAK723
08-05-2011, 02:14 PM
Ruth, Very nice moonrise! Lot's of subtle colors!

Cali, Nice job on both your moonrise and sunset! Not familiar with the paper you used - how did you like it?

Don

tklinda
08-06-2011, 03:19 PM
Cali, I wasn't very happy with the C.M.Pescia paper either so I do thumb nail sketches with it.I did mine on Pastello Ingres(Cenere) by Fabriano, I wasn't happy with that paper either..I even used the smooth side ..who knows? its' probably just me. Linda

gakinme
08-06-2011, 04:57 PM
Linda, beautiful colors to the sky! Very bold swirls.

Ruth, I love the clouds in the first one. It's exactly how I see some of the clouds at sunset! And I like the moon in the second piece shining on a bit of foliage.

SoulBro, whoa, totally love your rendition! It has a very dimensional effect at that reflective spot. Nice one!

Calli, I like the fuzzy line of trees on the hill tops in your first one but I think your second one is even better with the different values to the hills.

Alright, I'm finally back. I had two very roller coaster months of being laid off, vacation or back to work and intense training in a different dept. Now that I know my new job like the back of my hand, I can finally relax and create.

Here are two pieces.

Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel
Pan Pastels
Pentalic 5.5 x 8 inch sketchbook 70 lb
I have decided to go ahead and use sketchbooks and save this one just for pastels when I know it's just a sketch.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Aug-2011/86669-pastel_challenge_aug_2011_a.jpg

This one is on 65 lb Reflections cardstock kraft color - I didn't put pastel ground on this one to test how far I could go with this paper.

Put final fixative on the piece and put one more layer of white without problem.

Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel
Pan Pastel
Terry Ludwig Intense dark pastels

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Aug-2011/86669-pastel_challenge_aug_2011_b.jpg

The next piece, I've primed it with black pastel ground with black illustration board. Hopefully I will succeed what I have in mind and get to put it on the wall. Waiting for it to dry. Will be back soon.

gakinme
08-06-2011, 07:09 PM
This one came out decent.:lol: It's in my sons' room now.

Pan pastels and Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Aug-2011/86669-pastel_challenge_aug_2011c.jpg

Ruthie57
08-07-2011, 12:51 PM
Sandra, I like the different limited palettes in these three! As usual with your paintings they are full of energy too! I don't really recognise them as refs from the Spotlight thread though? Maybe it's me.....

tklinda
08-07-2011, 01:45 PM
Hi, I've tried a different paper Pastelmat with a water color under painting..I'm not entirely happy with this one but I think if I had taken more time to do it the values would've worked better, lesson learned Do't rush getting it done:thumbsup:

tklinda
08-07-2011, 01:58 PM
sorry I didn't get this right the 1st try Linda

tklinda
08-07-2011, 02:03 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Aug-2011/198075-2011-08-07_004_edited-2.jpg

gakinme
08-07-2011, 04:46 PM
Thaks, Ruthie, for your comments. I've changed them all around but it has the essential elements in them. The first one has the island and the tree, the second one has the house and the third one has the hills and the moon. But I've given them dramatic skies and colors.

Talley
08-07-2011, 04:53 PM
Hi Sandra, I too like the energy in your pieces. I really love the one with the cabin. So mysterious and atmospheric. The limited palette really adds to that effect.

DAK723
08-07-2011, 08:28 PM
Wow, Sandra and Linda - these are filled with drama and excitement! Lots of movement and energy!

Don

Ruthie57
08-08-2011, 08:00 AM
Sorry Sandra! I just didn't look properly. And it's great that you interpret the photos in your special way! I hope I didn't offend.
Linda, what a lovely, lively, colourful painting!

gakinme
08-08-2011, 09:30 AM
No, no, not at all, Ruthie. I do have an active imagination.

Thanks, Don, for your comment.

Linda, what fiery looking sky colors!! Nice one.

tklinda
08-08-2011, 12:21 PM
Sandra what a beautiful collection! Such energy that I enjoy as well. Can't wait to see what others are doing :) Linda

robertsloan2
08-09-2011, 03:11 AM
Linda, gorgeous scene!

Ruthie, wow, your sunrise is so beautiful.

SoulBro, yours rocks too.

Don, thank you for hosting! This is one of the things I missed when I was offline all week - didn't get to see your great new-month photos before I was settled in watching television and petting the cat. So happy you went back to the Andirondacks scene. Love that shot of the loons especially, they're all good but that one's brilliant.

DAK723
08-09-2011, 08:46 AM
Robert,

Thanks for your very nice comments!

Glad to hear that you are back online in your new home! I hope your move went smoothly and that great things await you in San Francisco!

Don

tklinda
08-09-2011, 10:37 AM
Yea!! Robert! it's good to have you back, I can't wait to hear how things are going for you in your healthful environment!
You were missed by many..Linda

tvandeb
08-09-2011, 03:10 PM
tklinda: Beautiful vibrant colors in both of yours! Ruthie: Beautiful richness of colors in yours! Soulbro: beautiful light to dark colors in your painting! Spirothet: Beautiful soft colors in both of your paintings! Sandra; Very nicely done on all, with a different approach, I like it!:clap: :clap: :clap:
managed to do the adirondack island couple days worth of work, not my best. done on pastelmat light grey with various soft pastels, size is 10" x7". :)

tklinda
08-10-2011, 03:19 PM
tvandeb, great job with the colors and the island..yours is more convincing than mine. :) Linda

DAK723
08-10-2011, 03:40 PM
Tammy, Nice job on the island! I like the way you've kept the island light in value, surrounded by darker values for contrast!

Don

robertsloan2
08-11-2011, 01:28 AM
Tammy, that's looking really good!

Ruthie57
08-11-2011, 12:58 PM
Tammy, great use of colour. Love the rocks! As Robert would say....they rock!

I did this scene too today. I spent all morning giving my studio a spring clean. I knew I wouldn't have much time for painting and I have a new pad of Canson mi teintes in various colours to try.

So I treated this as a sketch. Took me less than an hour. In some ways I like canson though I find I have to blend on it....but blending can produce good results, especially with clouds, and I was pleased how the foliage which went into the already blended sky sat quite nicely on top (didn't blend that of course)

This is about 10x8"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2011/189061-island.jpg

tvandeb
08-11-2011, 02:57 PM
Ruthie: Gorgeous painting, really like the color choices!:clap:

Thanks for the comments.. I was not happy with a few areas on the "Adirondack's Island" so I re-worked the clouds water and some of the hiils. I also finished the "sunset"; done on sienna pastelmat 10" x 7" with various soft pastels.:)

Great photo's Dak!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2011/71359-Spotlite-UPDATE-Airdonack_Is.-Aug.-08.11.11.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2011/71359-Spotlite-Aug.2-08.11.11.jpg

tuscanni
08-12-2011, 12:29 AM
ruthie...very nice piece, I cant believe that you did that in only an hour. I did a small aceo of a cat and it took me 2 hours!

tvandeb....I love the clouds on your island scene. Your island looks so peaceful!

robert....so glad to see you are back...we missed ya!! I hope that your move went smoothly

ann

Ruthie57
08-12-2011, 03:42 AM
Tammy, love the colours in the sky and water in the 2nd one. The Bird is a nice touch too!
Ann, It would take me more than 2 hours to do an ACEO of a Cat! Much more detail, much more drawing, much more potential for it to look wrong if one little line is the wrong angle etc. Landscapes lend themselves to quick sketches I feel. It is much less crucial for it to look "right" according to a photo if you get what I mean.

tvandeb
08-12-2011, 01:17 PM
Ruthie: I sure would like to know how you did the sparkling on the top of the water, that's really neat!:)

I was up really early, couldn't sleep, this heat is getting to me.... Did two more, the moonlite scene on sienna pastelmat 8" x 6" various soft pastels. and the duck and her baby on sienna pastel mat 3" x 4 "with carb-othello pencils and various soft and semi-hard pastels...:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2011/71359-adirondock-moonlite-Spotlite-Aug.-08.12.11.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2011/71359-duck_and_baby-Spotlite-aug-08.12.11.jpg

Ruthie57
08-12-2011, 03:32 PM
Tammy, Wow You're busy this Month! I really like the moonlight one. Love the colours you've chosen. The bird one is cute!

I will share my secret of the sparkles on the water. Shh, tell no one (lol). Get a piece of canson mi teintes in a light colour (this was a sort of golden orange), take a soft pastel...Unison or something as soft as that, Drag the pastel gently over the paper on it's side with a horizontal motion. Leave it and do no more to it. Hey presto, sparkles!!

DAK723
08-12-2011, 04:47 PM
Ruth, Very nice "island" painting! The clouds came out wonderfully! (Well, so did everything else, too!) The blended clouds really recede behind the harder edged island. Thanks for demonstrating that blended versus non-blended is just another contrast tool in the artist's tool box!

Tammy, Wow! You have been productive! All are nice! Glad you did the Loons!

Don

adigal
08-13-2011, 08:26 AM
I just found this!!! I live in the Adirondacks, near Lake George and Schroon Lake. I sketch Schroon Lake every time we go out in our boat. What lake/lakes are these, Don?? Your pictures are phenomenal!!
Nancy

DAK723
08-13-2011, 09:57 AM
I just found this!!! I live in the Adirondacks, near Lake George and Schroon Lake. I sketch Schroon Lake every time we go out in our boat. What lake/lakes are these, Don?? Your pictures are phenomenal!!
Nancy

Hi Nancy,

Thanks for the nice comment regarding the pics! The first ref (with cloud reflections) is Lake Abanakee near Indian Lake and the other three are of Indian Lake. The Loons are on Lake Abanakee, too!

Don

tklinda
08-13-2011, 11:10 AM
Ruthie nice Island painting,Don, I would like your permission to use for inspiration one of your pics from "Poudre Canyon River" I love the rock s as they go into the water and reflect the local colors .Tammy you have produced several paintings this month you go girl! you are on a roll! keep up the inspired work! Linda

KarenB
08-13-2011, 12:04 PM
Good Morning,

Just a quick little post to let you all know how much I enjoy seeing what you do with these lovely photos every month! Real life has been in the way so I haven't had (or made!) time to do some myself, but seeing what you have all be doing is such a treat!
Thank you!

The images this month are soooooo relaxing. (Except for that lusciously exciting sunset, of course!)

Your art, through the net, touches people's lives way beyond what you are immediately aware of. And I thank you. :clap:

Jason1616
08-15-2011, 01:55 AM
Hey All!

OK, Here is my contribution. :) Actually this is the first time I've posted to the Spotlight!

I chose the lake/island scene, and cropped it a bit. This is done on 12 x 18 Canson using mostly PanPastels for the sky and underpainting for the water. The trees, mountains, rocks and water detail are sticks...mostly Unison and Terry Ludwig plus a few Mount Visions here and there. I didn't break out my Great Americans or Rembrandts for this one.
Jason

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Aug-2011/817932-adirondacks1.jpg

robertsloan2
08-15-2011, 02:26 AM
Jason, this is very cool. I like your style. It has a certain crispness and a feeling to it, a mood that's fascinating. Love those clouds. They are a little stylized but very interesting in shape and the whole painting flows with dancing clean lines. Well done.

spirothet
08-15-2011, 08:13 AM
Beautiful painting. Lovely soft colors and great clouds! Thanks for sharing. Cali

tklinda
08-15-2011, 10:17 AM
Jason, I love the softness of your clouds contrasting with the "crispness" of your style..great color choices, thankyou for sharing your painting.. :) Linda

Jason1616
08-15-2011, 01:12 PM
Thanks for the compliments and feedback!

I majored in art in college, and then found work in the graphic design field. For many years I got away from actual art until about a year ago, when I decided "I need to start painting again". It's a really nice thing to come home to...and to know I haven't completely lost "it". :D

tuscanni
08-15-2011, 02:15 PM
karen....what a nice thing to say...thanks so much!
I know exactly how you feel. Seeing other artists work online here at wetcanvas makes me feel good about my work and it helps give me more confidense about my own work.
ANN



Good Morning,

Just a quick little post to let you all know how much I enjoy seeing what you do with these lovely photos every month! Real life has been in the way so I haven't had (or made!) time to do some myself, but seeing what you have all be doing is such a treat!
Thank you!

The images this month are soooooo relaxing. (Except for that lusciously exciting sunset, of course!)

Your art, through the net, touches people's lives way beyond what you are immediately aware of. And I thank you. :clap:

spirothet
08-15-2011, 02:27 PM
Karen, I agree with you! When I was told about WC, it took me a while to understand the whole site, but once I did and started contributing to it, I was hooked. I still don't paint as much as I'd like to, but it's because of WC, everyone camaraderie and willingness to help a fellow artist, I am excited when I do. I've reached a point now where I paint at least 3 times a week. This is good from not having worked in Months!! So I too say THANK YOU ALL! I will continue to look for your C & C whenever I post.

Ruthie57
08-15-2011, 04:39 PM
Karen, a thank you from me too for your lovely words!! And Cali, WC is inspiring isn't it. I've learnt so much here and had sooooo much encouragement. I sometimes wonder where I'd be today with my art if not for the pastel forums!

Hi Jason! Welcome to the Spotlight. Please paint and post some more. This is a pleasure to see. Such vibrancy and life to it! Great stuff!

Jason1616
08-15-2011, 06:38 PM
Karen
Hi Jason! Welcome to the Spotlight. Please paint and post some more. This is a pleasure to see. Such vibrancy and life to it! Great stuff!

Thanks! I definitely plan to participate as often as I can! I can already tell having a specific project to do each month will keep me motivated as well as be fun! :)

Jason

DAK723
08-15-2011, 08:00 PM
Jason,

Thanks for joining us here in the Spotlight! Wonderful painting of the island!

Don

robertsloan2
08-16-2011, 01:16 AM
I did a sketch from the cabin reference, but the uploader failed and it failed to upload as an attachment. Arrgh! I'll try posting it later or tomorrow. Seems like there's that old familiar glitch again.

But here's a link to it on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2343243464097&set=a.2341896710429.2133823.1340283783&type=1&theater (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2343243464097&set=a.2341896710429.2133823.1340283783&type=1&theater)

8" x 10" in Cretacolor Pastels Carre on orange Canson Mi-Tientes. Photo reference DAK723.

I like how the autumn foliage came out but I know I can do better on the building. Guess I'll tackle it again.

Jason1616
08-16-2011, 01:32 AM
Robert...

Great colors! Nicely done...It has a real energy and flow to it.

Jason :)

robertsloan2
08-16-2011, 01:49 AM
Thank you! Someone on Facebook mistook my autumn foliage for a forest fire. That's given me the idea to do one sometime, it's going to be fun.

Ruthie57
08-16-2011, 06:32 AM
Robert. That was my first thought too! It looks as if it's on fire and the fire is just starting to take a hold! It's a spectacular attention grabber!!

robertsloan2
08-16-2011, 06:17 PM
Thank you! The cabin never caught fire in the book but I might just rework this, put some smoke billowing across the foreground and a couple more sparks hitting the roof and retitle it "Wildfire."

It could be pretty cool if I do that even if I doubt anyone would actually buy it. There have been so many bad wildfires and forest fires in the past few years that it'd be a cool theme.

DAK723
08-16-2011, 08:53 PM
Robert,

Autumn is beautiful in the Adirondacks, so I vote for an autumn cabin scene rather than a fire! Lot's of energy in your painting!

Don

robertsloan2
08-16-2011, 09:19 PM
Thank you, Don!! Is that a vote for "don't change it" or should I make changes to make it more clearly an autumn scene rather than a wildfire?

tklinda
08-17-2011, 10:55 AM
Hi Robert, the painting is great no changes..the fire you might see is your desire to create more and more either written or painting! :) Linda

spirothet
08-17-2011, 12:14 PM
Linda, how perceptive of you. Your emotions are running high now, so it is possible that the painting as is reflective of your desires. I agree, the painting lends itself to a forest fire. So I would leave it as is and try again for more of a scene (minus the flames) representative of the house that Don stayed in. Nice work! Cali

DAK723
08-17-2011, 06:48 PM
Thank you, Don!! Is that a vote for "don't change it" or should I make changes to make it more clearly an autumn scene rather than a wildfire?

I guess this is totally your call! Personally, if it were my painting and the meaning or scenario wasn't clear, I would would probably make a few adjustments! To me, it is only those bright yellow highlights in the tree immediately in front of the cabin that seem like they are flames shooting out of the cabin's roof! They have a very linear, flamelike shape - rather than the more individual, spotty nature of foliage. But that's just my view!

Don

robertsloan2
08-17-2011, 09:34 PM
I see what you mean - I'd need to adjust it one way or the other to make it clear. I'm tempted to do another one and make one of them clearly the fire and the other one clearly an autumn scene. I like both concepts.

robertsloan2
08-18-2011, 02:28 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2011/70184-8-15-2011-Cabin-Sketch-River-Girl-Preliminary.jpg

Here's the "autumn cabin" or "wildfire" painting. 8" x 10" in Cretacolor Pastels Carre on Canson Mi-Tientes. I posted it by request because a friend messaged me to tell me she's not a Facebook member and couldn't use the link.

ncgirl
08-21-2011, 10:10 PM
Here's my version and in spite of a few hitches I'm satisfied with it. I tried Maggie Price's underpainting technique with pastel and rubbing alcohol, it worked quite nicely, but I remembered a bit too late that one must tape the paper securely or it might buckle (it did), and be sure to check whether one is working with the rough side or smooth side (I didn't). :D Well, as I was told as a young girl, you dance with what brung you, and I went ahead with the painting. C & C most welcome and appreciated.

691706

DAK723
08-22-2011, 08:10 AM
ncgirl, Very nice job on the island painting! I like the way you have done the clouds!

Don

spirothet
08-22-2011, 08:34 AM
Nicely done! Love the water and clouds. My only critique might be to vary the rocks a bit. Perhaps flatter and varied in shape. Overall, it looks great! Cali

ncgirl
08-22-2011, 08:48 AM
Thank you Don and Cali!

Dougwas
08-22-2011, 06:15 PM
The big move is over and done and now it is time to start painting. It has been about three months since I last painted and boy did it feel good. I have been inspired by all the paintings here and hope to see more.

This is done on 800n grit Uart paper and I just used Pan Pastels. It is only 5 x 7. Thanks for looking. I always welcome any and all comments.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Aug-2011/102199-Spotlight_Pan_Moon_Rise.jpg

Doug

ncgirl
08-22-2011, 06:48 PM
Wonderful lighting in this painting Doug! Great work!

DAK723
08-22-2011, 09:50 PM
Doug, Very nice! Thanks for joining us! I hope the move went well and now you can relax!

Don

Dougwas
08-22-2011, 10:22 PM
Thanks for the comments, ncgirl. I am happy you noticed the lighting. You did a great job on your painting. I use that method often. It works great on sanded paper because it doesn't use up much tooth. Have fun!

Thanks for the welcome, Don. Between selling the old house, buying the new house and moving about 700 miles to the new town, there was no time for painting. We are pretty well settled in now and I have my studio area set up for painting. It felt so good to paint again. I will take a stab at another of your photos. Thanks for hosting.


Doug

tklinda
08-23-2011, 09:19 AM
Welcome back Doug, very nice painting love the moon light on the lake::cool: I hope that now you are in your new home/studio, we'll see more of you as well..Congratulations on your new home..!!:clap: :music: :clap: Linda

spirothet
08-23-2011, 09:45 AM
Doug, I love the colors you used for your moon light painting. I have tried night painting and found it extremely difficult. My only critique is it could be a touch lighter or a hint of a bit more moon light shining down) to really enjoy the colors better. Ciao, Cali

Dougwas
08-23-2011, 10:54 AM
Thanks, Linda. It took a while to recuperate from the move, but I am back now so you will be seeing more of me. It felt good to get lost in a painting for a couple of hours.

Hi, Cali. I guess I went darker than the photo and I figured the reflection of moon should be lighter than the actual moon. Maybe if I made the moon brighter the reflection would then be more noticeable. Thanks for you input.

Doug

robertsloan2
08-23-2011, 08:38 PM
Nicely done, ncgirl - it's beautiful.

Doug, wow, love that nocturne. Gorgeous.

Judibelle
08-24-2011, 01:21 PM
Doug...so good to see you painting again! Great colors there...
ncgirl...good job on yours...

i'm still tempted to try one, the photos are so beautiful...just have to find the time...

tuscanni
08-30-2011, 04:16 PM
I am sorry everyone, but I will not be able to participate this month.
I started the loon picture, but I dont think that I will have time to complete it.
This month, August, I have been steadily working on my 15 acrylic paintings for my upcoming Welsh Corgi National Dog Show in september where I have a booth and will be selling my pieces. So far, I have 4 of the 15 completed. Sadly, the buying public does not see much value in pastel paintings, so I have to work on acrylic paintings. Even though pastel takes as much time to complete a piece as it does for acrylic, customers will not pay the same price. It could possibly be because the pastels are on flat paper and when framed look similar to prints. Maybe stretched canvases look more valued because of their bulk in size.
Anyways, I wanted to do several of this months challenge pics, the loon and the cabin, but I am running out of time. Hopefully next month I will have a little more time.
ANN

DAK723
08-30-2011, 04:19 PM
I am sorry everyone, but I will not be able to participate this month.
I started the loon picture, but I dont think that I will have time to complete it.
ANN
Don't forget that any paintings that are finished after the month is over can be posted in our "Studio and Gallery" thread! So, hopefully, we'll be able to see it in the future!

Good luck with your show!

Don

Ruthie57
08-30-2011, 04:32 PM
I also owe an apology. I've been distracted with a lot going on in my life. I've been painting but, well, no more for the spotlight I'm afraid. I just hope next Month will be better, for painting and for life.............

Mij
08-31-2011, 05:12 PM
Well done all those able to pick up sticks this month.

I can only say 'me too' to having a month off so to speak. It's not that I haven't been art oriented, quite the opposite, but not in the direction of soft pastel challenges, well trees apart that is.

My goals next month will include at least one from soft pastels and hopefully one from the spotlight.
jim