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Charlie's Mum
02-01-2012, 12:06 PM
Here's last month's thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=960745&page=2)

Time to show the updates of your January work Peeps - and also anything new:)
Nice to see some newcomers dropping in too.
Just looked through the previous works - coming along fine - amazing to see some of the developments over a period.

Keep painting!:lol:

02-01-2012, 06:36 PM
I saw this sunset on the way home from visiting Bubba on Sat. I watched it, and tried to 'memorize' the play of light, and positioning of the clouds. Then became convinced I could paint it...:lol: :lol:
This has become a battle of wills....lol...each time I fix something, I see something else, problem being that sometimes it screws up what I just had fixed...sigh. I actually feel like I might finish this tho'...I just might beat it.; scrubbed the whole left bottom corner off yesterday. In case anyone cares...I hate the contrail....lolol I should have left it off until nearly done...shrug...but such is life. It looks much better outside, but since most paintings hang inside, I am not sure that does me much good.
I am only including a few starts...you don't want to know how many metamorphoses it has had so far...:eek:
The start....
The first mistakes I tried to fix...
Other than the blue being toooo bright, here is where I am now...
C&C quite welcome...tho' I know I am nowhere near done...lol...so far away...

02-02-2012, 12:01 AM
I saw this sunset on the way home from visiting Bubba on Sat. I watched it, and tried to 'memorize' the play of light, and positioning of the clouds. Then became convinced I could paint it...:lol: :lol:
This has become a battle of wills....lol...each time I fix something, I see something else, problem being that sometimes it screws up what I just had fixed...sigh. I actually feel like I might finish this tho'...I just might beat it.; scrubbed the whole left bottom corner off yesterday. In case anyone cares...I hate the contrail....lolol I should have left it off until nearly done...shrug...but such is life. It looks much better outside, but since most paintings hang inside, I am not sure that does me much good.
I am only including a few starts...you don't want to know how many metamorphoses it has had so far...:eek:
The start....
The first mistakes I tried to fix...
Other than the blue being toooo bright, here is where I am now...
C&C quite welcome...tho' I know I am nowhere near done...lol...so far away...

Susan, this is fabulous! Keep up the good work. I'm seeing some serious detail here. Elaborate! I've just scribbled yet another project although my "road" is nowhere finished....I've been distracted and decided to relax with some abstract...tell me what you think so far... thanks. P.S. Her name is VOLUPTUA

02-02-2012, 01:20 AM
Hi Yvie :wave: She looks comfortable...:D :thumbsup: , tho' not totally abstract, since I can at least see she is a lady. I have lots of trouble with abstracts, I nend up making them unabstract before I am done...:o

I did do this one not too long ago...and tho' it might not look like it, there are lots of meanings in it to me...to others....who knows. I called it Light at the End of the Tunnel...
not sure if it is done yet or not....how do you tell with abstract?? :lol:

02-02-2012, 11:51 AM
Hi Susan, I appreciate your feedback. The one yellow dot in the ring is interesting...I think that abstract allows our imagination to look for some form of reality in the image. For example, I thought that the yellow dot inside one of the rings could be someone or something peering out from behind this barrier. You're absolutely right about the lady, she's too obvious. I will try again!

02-02-2012, 02:06 PM
Yvie,, did not mean for you to redo her...she's cute. The circles are to represent how hard it is sometimes to find the "real" light at the end of the tunnel sometimes....the larger rings with the black centers represent the false...the small duller one, the way out. The other colors are just emotions...

02-03-2012, 04:20 AM
Still working on a memorial painting of my sister's lab-chow pup who passed away after Thanksgiving. 16x20" acrylic on stretched canvas


I've also started a self-portrait (sort-of!) from a past ski trip in June Mountain. 14x18" acrylic on stretched canvas.


It's a revisit of an early painting I did from the same photo reference last year when I was just "playing" :-) -- here's that version, 9x12" acrylic on canvas paper.


02-03-2012, 11:02 AM
Interesting work mlou :thumbsup: ...I wish I could paint loose....sigh. Just really does not work for me. :o

Here's where I have gotten too....I think I have spent more time going backward, than forward...but oh well. I have quite a few layers of this painting on my rags. First this corner, then that one...:lol: Starting to think I see an end coming...either it gets finished or put in the trash :eek: :crossfingers:


02-03-2012, 05:21 PM
Susan, love your pond and birds, the trees are great too.. not sure about the sky, I dont do clouds good so hard to really give suggestions. Great depth in it though.
Yvie, Looking forward to where your little lady goes from here.. Hope you finish her!
mlou, great start on your paintings! Love the dog.. I'm sure it will be cherished!

Working on my portrait still, hard to get good photo,
quite a challenge for me to get a way from details.. and be impressionistic..

did more on his hair and face.. still alot to do on the face, mouth and eyes!

02-03-2012, 05:55 PM
Thanks, Kathy! your redo is coming along.

Here's where today has led me...actually it is right before some adjustments...lol...I am trying to wait until the paint is dry to work on my friend the sky again. A friend mentioned that some of the strokes on the basic sky were going the wrong direction :o ...which the correction of has helped, but put me a bit backwards from where I thought I was going...:lol:

Oh well...mistakes are how we learn!! :crossfingers:

Looks like a meteor is about to end life as we know it huh? (Actually almost considered that, after about the 20th redo...if it would take the painting with it...:lol: :evil: :lol: ) Just noticed the clouds look like fish swimming towards the meteor...:eek: maybe they are minnow missiles? :wink2:

02-03-2012, 07:01 PM
Hoorah :clap: Just finished my picture of Valentino Rossi on canvas 40x30cm, just have to varnish it tomorrow! Next picture will be Spain's Carlos Checa World Champion Superbikes!!

02-03-2012, 09:40 PM
Thanks, Kathy! your redo is coming along.

Here's where today has led me...actually it is right before some adjustments...lol...I am trying to wait until the paint is dry to work on my friend the sky again. A friend mentioned that some of the strokes on the basic sky were going the wrong direction :o ...which the correction of has helped, but put me a bit backwards from where I thought I was going...:lol:

Oh well...mistakes are how we learn!! :crossfingers:

Looks like a meteor is about to end life as we know it huh? (Actually almost considered that, after about the 20th redo...if it would take the painting with it...:lol: :evil: :lol: ) Just noticed the clouds look like fish swimming towards the meteor...:eek: maybe they are minnow missiles? :wink2:


02-03-2012, 09:40 PM
Thanks, Kathy! your redo is coming along.

Here's where today has led me...actually it is right before some adjustments...lol...I am trying to wait until the paint is dry to work on my friend the sky again. A friend mentioned that some of the strokes on the basic sky were going the wrong direction :o ...which the correction of has helped, but put me a bit backwards from where I thought I was going...:lol:

Oh well...mistakes are how we learn!! :crossfingers:

Looks like a meteor is about to end life as we know it huh? (Actually almost considered that, after about the 20th redo...if it would take the painting with it...:lol: :evil: :lol: ) Just noticed the clouds look like fish swimming towards the meteor...:eek: maybe they are minnow missiles? :wink2:

Oh Susan, this is good! The swans are a perfect addition. Please continue. I have overpainted my lady (waste not want not) just to save the canvas.....here's what I came up with...please tell me what you think...my daughters think that this could sell...God only knows what sells today. I've called it "RIBBONS OF MUSIC"


02-03-2012, 09:48 PM
Still working on a memorial painting of my sister's lab-chow pup who passed away after Thanksgiving. 16x20" acrylic on stretched canvas


I've also started a self-portrait (sort-of!) from a past ski trip in June Mountain. 14x18" acrylic on stretched canvas.


It's a revisit of an early painting I did from the same photo reference last year when I was just "playing" :-) -- here's that version, 9x12" acrylic on canvas paper.


I love this....please continue!!!!!

02-03-2012, 09:50 PM
Susan, love your pond and birds, the trees are great too.. not sure about the sky, I dont do clouds good so hard to really give suggestions. Great depth in it though.
Yvie, Looking forward to where your little lady goes from here.. Hope you finish her!
mlou, great start on your paintings! Love the dog.. I'm sure it will be cherished!

Working on my portrait still, hard to get good photo,
quite a challenge for me to get a way from details.. and be impressionistic..

did more on his hair and face.. still alot to do on the face, mouth and eyes!

OMG Kat, just when I thought it was perfect you made it even better!!! Holy cow what fine detail work you've accomplished here! Bravo my friend, a true work of art to be appreciated by all those who view...

02-04-2012, 12:16 AM
THANKS Susan, I think the sky is improving.. maybe it was the direction of the clouds in the middle that bothered me, wasnt sure what it was.
Yvie, THANKS, I do enjoy doing the details but he wanted it a BIT Impressionistic, so trying for more brushstrokes and brighter colors... worked a little more on the eyes, no photo yet, seems little difference to me.
I do hope he likes it though. I do Love your new piece, I know it will sell.. great title!!:thumbsup:

02-04-2012, 01:23 AM
Yvie...love your new lady and the title is great!!

02-04-2012, 05:06 PM
Just thought I would check in here - what a great variety - always inspiring! I have a new Weekend Drawing Event acrylic and a rework of an old Acrylics project - View from your Window - on my easels. Never really happy with it and it is monstrously big - like the size of a real window. I panted over one of the birds and will come back and show it when I decide what kind of bird should go there! In the meantime, here is the WDE WIP - Market Day in Vietnam. This one is only 8 X 10" and is being painted over an old one from 2008!:eek:
Just a start obviously.:crossfingers:

02-04-2012, 10:50 PM
Karen, so sorry I missed your post... Great work and details... congrats!!
Barbara, great start!!

02-04-2012, 11:23 PM
Susan, you have a difficult image to capture and you are doing a good job with it! I like the addition of the herons, but I don't know about the sky. The clouds seem to slope toward the center, but maybe that's what the sky looked like. I really like your abstract--great colors!

miou, I like how the dog portrait is progressing. There is a good sense of action running across the field. The self portrait is also coming along nicely. Do you do your initial drawing/sketch with a brush rather than a pencil?

Yvie, Voluptua is so whimsical and fun! More stylized than abstract and I'm anxious to see her progress. I love Ribbons of Music. Those colors are wonderful and the composition is fascinating! I think your daughters are right. This one could sell for sure!!

Kathie, your portrait is looking good. Those skin tones are superb and I really like the mottled background!

Barbara I like the way your have your market scene blocked in. I'm looking forward to more.

Karen, your Valentino Rossi is amazing! Such exact detail!

02-05-2012, 12:40 AM
Barbara...looking good!

Judy...thank you!!

I was working on it yesterday, and a neighbor came over drunk, :eek: and after using the phone, wanted to watch ...
http://serve.mysmiley.net/sad/sad0147.gif (http://www.footballerpictures.co.uk) not a good thing. I painted over most of the sky...and I think I almost had it earlier today...but of course I had to add to it...:o :lol: :o and nowI don't want to even look at it!

This was yesterday, after the paint over...and it looks much the same today...:lol:


02-05-2012, 12:50 PM
And here I am now....:lol: :o :lol: :o :lol:


Wish me luck in the ref library....:confused: :eek:

Kathrin G.
02-05-2012, 02:11 PM
You know something Susan .... I really like it just as it is :clap: :clap: :clap: Maybe just the very bare hint of wispy clouds but I like the clean, uncluttered look :thumbsup:
Karen, fab work :clap:
Kathie, what can I say, its fabulous :clap:
Barbara, great start :thumbsup:
Yvie, love the colours in your "RIBBONS OF MUSIC" :clap:
mlou_jhu, the picture of the pup is very cheerful so hopefully it will remind your sister of all the happy times :)

Painting not going my way lately :rolleyes: Had to start over my stallion portrait as I just couldnt make it work :( The new start isnt cooperating all that well either, but I shall battle on. Got another commission after this one and I am really looking forward to that one :D So better get this current one sorted now :crossfingers:

02-05-2012, 04:29 PM
Back again - a bit more done - not satisfied yet.
Susan - A neighbor like that must be very distracting to say the least.
Kathrin, Take a deep breath and just let it happen.
Mlou, I get the happy feeling of that dog in the meadow - you are doing great.
Okeekat, This portrait is really coming to life!:thumbsup:

02-05-2012, 10:46 PM
Other than a few minor tweaks...the "glow", the re-added grasses, and the reflection....I am about ready to put this puppy down.

I have studied clouds till I am clouded in the brain...:lol: but I have learned...which I guess is what I am suppose to do. I have learned I am not gonna paint clouds if I can get out of it!

This is a bad photo...maybe it will look better tomorrow. :crossfingers:

02-06-2012, 01:48 AM
I just love your abstract. I'm drawn to paintings with bright, flat colours just like yours. I agree with your daughters - I think it will sell. I'm certainly taken with it!

02-06-2012, 05:46 AM
Barbara - it's looking good.

Kathie, Judy & Kathrin thank you so much!!

02-06-2012, 11:05 AM
Violetta, Kathrin and Jimmy, thank you!
Susan, please don't talk about throwing anything out ever again..:eek:
I have learned to simply put it down for a while and work on something else...something fun. A time will come when you will put it back on the easel and voila...the magic will happen. Trust yourself! Perhaps it will not look exactly like the one you saw but it will tell you that it is good enough. Don't ever give up on a painting.

Miou, I really like the water-colour feel to the 1st self-portrait. Is that just how you start your paintings? Personally, I find it done.

Barbara, I'm enjoying the details and look forward to seeing your progress on this one.

Call me crazy, but I've attempted another abstract. I am half french and decided to name this one: CHAPEAU DE FRUITS. Technically it's done but your c&c's on the fruits are greatly appreciated...I've never done fruit before.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2012/980793-under_the_rainbow.JPG Folks, please forgive my multiple posts...hubby has been in hospital and I cope with stress by painting my butt into a frenzy....this one is called UNDER THE RAINBOW... It's kinda hinting at being finished in a rebellious sort of way...I realize that hat and cloak are sloppy and don't look finished...your comments please.

Last one for now, I promise...I bought a 5-pack of 16x20 stretched canvas when he went in last Monday following a heart attack...
When I wasn't at the hospital, I was painting...no food, no sleep, just paint!

This one is called, ELEVENTH HOUR.

02-06-2012, 11:55 AM
Yvie....hope things are ok with hubby!! I totally understand, as I used to do the same...until last year, and too much stress pushed me the other way! It will be a year soon since I lost Bob, and my coping skills have still not recovered.

I will promise to not throw anything away, if you will never think you put up too much stuff! There is no such thing!! And you must take care of yourself, or you will be no good for anyone!! (not saying I listened to people who told me that when Bob was in and out of the hospital)

02-06-2012, 12:11 PM
So sorry to hear about your loss Susan...and the wound is still so fresh :crying: my deepest sympathy. I pray that you will continue to cope in whatever way helps your soul. I feel as if I am getting to know you and if I may veer off topic for a minute...I love the way you laugh at yourself...re: the meteor is about to hit...that was very refreshing. We artists need to lighten up and you provided an excellent example. Be well my new friend.

02-06-2012, 01:12 PM
Just started this one last night but have been thinking about it for over a year now. Now if I can make her look like she is flying.

02-06-2012, 02:54 PM
Yvie...it is amazing what a connection people can make thru' the internet!! Did not bring sadness up to garner any sympathy...that was for earlier...now I need more swift kicks in the pants...:wink2: but only to let you know that I truly have a basis for understanding stress!! Was raising my special needs stepson thru' most of it...and it was rough; he is in full time care now, and that has helped for sure. I went thru' years with Bob and his heart probs, but tho' sometimes I feel 'cheated', I got to have him for 11 yrs, and am learning to count that as a great gift!! (oops...guess I am off topic in a way...tho' I think that our emotions/stress/feelings, etc are on the easel with our work!! Mine certainly are, and they affect what we paint! before I was known locally as the happiness painter, we shall see how they feel now...:lol: ) And one has to laugh at things...or life is impossible to deal with...:lol:

Oh Eric (good to 'see' you again)...you are SO on your way!!! Love this one!! Amazing what thought can do to your ability to paint! I find the ones I have been thinking about for awhile come together so much easier!! The sunset I am working on was way to spontaneous for the subject matter, now that I am thinking it thru' it is starting to come together!

02-06-2012, 06:26 PM
Moving in and out of the ugly stages...:lol: but I actually think I may get this...not sure I should show it, other than it might give others hope...:lol: :o :lol:

I reworked the clouds a bit, and went back to reclaim the 'glow' by using glazes...lord it is so hard to wait between them. Yellow, then red, then yellow, then scarlet, then yellow again. If I follow all the references, I have to go even darker in some spots ...which is scary...:eek: :eek: the reds are so in your face now...tho' very little will show once the trees are back. Trying to decide when to so that...as I am rather tired re-painting them. Worked on the reflections more, and am actually starting to like it. Looking for a green for the grasses/reeds that will show on top of the darks...so far they either blend too much or come out too light and look stupid.

Hope I am not boring y'all too much...:o


02-06-2012, 06:50 PM
Beautiful reds Susan, can't wait to see the next layer! Keep at it I know you'll get it!:grouphug:
Hi Eric, Great start on your ballerina! Beautiful already!
Yvie, Love your new pieces.. so colorful and full of energy, love them all!!:thumbsup:

getting ready to fix a portrait I did about a year ago of my God daughter with her sister and brother with his wife for my best friend.. now the son is divorced so going to sand her out gesso that area and paint MOM in!!:D

02-06-2012, 10:57 PM
Okay, following Susan's advice, here is a quickie...

I found the pic in my daughter's Facebook album this afternoon and decided to give it a try.

It's called ICE NAP.
She must have visited an ice house and shot her friend in the ice bed...

I'm not too good with portraits but this face is small and vague enough to pull off (I think).

Your comments are always appreciated.

02-07-2012, 01:55 AM
Nice start Yvie!! Look forward to this one!!

This is a revision.. painted this portrait last year(Jan 2010) two yrs ago...
omg do I notice ALOT that I need to fix on the other 3 now!! :lol:
Anyways.. going to put mom in this one.. as now the son is divorced and DIL is no longer part of the family... even though my God Daughter top right will be married this may, I'm putting My best friend in the photo with her 3 children. just finished removing the ex-DIL.. now to do the sketch tomorrow!
Original thread. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=602666

will be a challenge for sure.. alot to do on this one!!

02-07-2012, 01:29 PM
Kathie...I remember that one. I can relate, I finished my daughter's portrait, just in time for her divorce...sigh.

02-07-2012, 04:30 PM
Just for a change up...here's one...sorry about the subject matter, but as I said yesterday...I, at least, put my emotions in my painting. (altho' I ususally do not list them...) :lol: Not gonna dignify this one with a post in the main forum...:eek:


02-07-2012, 09:43 PM
Thanks Susan, great emotional piece, I hope it helped you vent some!
They say Painting is good therapy, express yourself.. get it out and you'll feel better. dont know if its true or not!

02-08-2012, 11:03 AM
It is totally true ladies....for me anyway. I am beginning to believe that doing my art is more refreshing than a good night's sleep. I only got 4 hours (of each) last night and feel pretty good this morning. Susan, I can empathize as I look at the energy in those brush strokes, especially the hair. Let it out sista! I am trying to do a collage on Ugandan bead makers...yes they actually exist...here's what I've come up with so far. What say ye?


02-08-2012, 11:43 PM
Great work everone!!

Just trying to keep things moving here First is a Ferrari 599 on titanium, the next two are the latest blade paintings.

Devoted 2Art
02-09-2012, 09:48 PM
Here are two in progress paintings. Both were started before the holidays and stored in the back room until today.

The painting with the trees (16 X 20 Michael's cheapie prestretched canvas) was my first serious attempt at painting acrylics motivated by watching Wilson Bickford's lessons on painting fir trees with a fan brush. I still need to work a lot on the water & foreground (which is a lot lighter than it appears it this photo.

The painting with the mountains (also 16 X 20 Michael's cheapie prestretched canvas) was a total disaster before I worked on it this morning & now it's on the way to repair. Since I'm not using any reference photos, I am totally lost on where to go with it but I'm going to start by graying down the intense blue area of the sky a bit. I'll find out where the painting takes me when I get to work tonight.

Suggestions welcome. Thanks - John



02-09-2012, 11:07 PM
I put this one away for awhile and just started playing with it again.
24x28 on masonite.

02-10-2012, 05:43 AM
I have one painting which is taking FOREVER. So I am taking a break and I am thoroughly enjoying everyone else's updates. Some familiar names and works, and good to see new people as well.

02-10-2012, 02:45 PM
This is really a busy thread, full of a lot of wonderful work. I'll try to catch up on my comments later, but I want to post my current project.

This is based on a reference from KreativK and I'm working on a 9 x 12 cradled museum panel. When I paint flowers in watercolor, I usually follow the one petal at a time method, finishing each section of the painting before going on to the next one. This time I went over the whole painting with light applications of the color I planned to use to see how it would look before doing the finishing layers. Here is where I am after the initial light layer.


As you can see, I have a ways to go, but I think I like this method and will use it again.

02-10-2012, 04:16 PM
Eric, looking forward to seeing the ballerina finished...I like the way you fill in the horses, very loose strokes. Susan, how are your clouds coming along? Kathie, I would love to see progress on the family portrait. John, the fan-brush for pine trees is a Bob Ross technicque if I'm not mistaken and works very well for you. If you want any suggestions for the mountains, use Bob's knife technicque...you can watch him in action on youtube. Also, your sky has one colour that I'm not used to seeing in a sky (yellowish green). Other than that, I think that your work is lovely. Allison, I'm probably one of the new ones that you mentioned, thank you for the welcome. Judy, I am enjoying your vibrant flowers, glad to hear you found a new technique that works for you.

02-10-2012, 05:02 PM
I finally have some time to comment on work recently posted.

Barbara, your market scene is taking shape nicely.

Yvie, your abstracts are delightful, full of color and whimsy. I'm hard pressed to find a favorite, but maybe the Ugandan bead makers could be. They are all wonderful. What's your process in painting an abstract? Do you start out with an idea fully formed or is there some procedure you use to come up with your image? Thanks for commenting on my painting.

Eric, your ballerina is so graceful. Her pose is perfect. And your cowboy painting is full of action! I like them both!

Susan, you really captured the sense of emotion in your crying woman and I'm looking forward to the next stage in your dramatic sky scene.

Kathie, updating a portrait? What a challenging project! What did you use to paint out the DIL--white paint or gesso?

Steve, those blade paintings are really impressive! Such detail in such a small space!

John, I really like both your landscapes. I really feel drawn into the scene in the first one and like the sky in the second.

02-10-2012, 06:11 PM
UGANDAN BEAD-MAKERS still not finished.....


Devoted 2Art
02-10-2012, 08:02 PM
John, the fan-brush for pine trees is a Bob Ross technicque if I'm not mistaken and works very well for you. If you want any suggestions for the mountains, use Bob's knife technicque...you can watch him in action on youtube. Also, your sky has one colour that I'm not used to seeing in a sky (yellowish green). Other than that, I think that your work is lovely.

Thank you for the comments. The idea of the trees came from here - http://youtu.be/_-PdLJ_dubM - I've watched some of the Bob Ross vids and I do find those real helpful also. I'm intimidated by his palette knife techniques though I have tried it unsuccessfully several years back when they still aired his show on PBS. The color in the sky was likely cad yellow lemon applied before the blue dried. Unfortunately I tried to rework the sky a bit last night and now all that yellow (along with the mountains have disappeared):confused:. Might work a bit more on that one tonight. Thank you again for the comments.

Judy - Thank you for you comments. I feel really drawn in to that painting also. I know it needs more something somewhere but I'm so reluctant to continue before I gain more experience. I was going to go for it last night but never did muster up the courage.

02-10-2012, 09:38 PM


Just getting started on this one.

02-11-2012, 09:38 AM
Couple of things going.
Hated this so I painted over it again to start a new WDE.
This is the huge one on the big easel in my kitchen - have painted out the Evening Grosbeak and chickadees. Now starting to make a Bluejay and better Chickadees. This has been time of courge to paint over and make things better! This painting has been going on since'05? An Acrylics Forum project.
New WDE started of Sunflowers. Here is my kitchen counter for small paintings - 8 X 10. New house underway, so I am not too proud or embarassed to show my setup!
Off to run errands now - will check back soon!:wave:

02-11-2012, 12:29 PM
Steve, Love these three, awesome!!
Have you tried to paint on other metals like circular saw blades? I've seen some neat works on them.
Hi John, welcome, these two are both great, Love your fir trees and the water is fabulous.. your other sky and mountains are really looking good!! You might want to add some brighter white lines to show surface on the water, especially in front of some of the land outcropings.
Eric, LOVE YOUR cow roping!! Great colors and brushstrokes!! Really does show the motion!!
Judy, Lovely bright colors on your flower!!
Yvie, Your beadmakers are coming along nicely!
Hi Howard, Love your mask series, anxious to see this one evolve!!
Barbara, Love all of your works.. those trees and snow are fabulous!

Once I finished removing the other girl from the photo I sketched in MOM,
I did use only titanium white over the remaining sketch and little bits of paint I didnt remove.. My mistake ... I should have used the gesso and sanded it again more as around the edge was a slight ridge.. so had to do her hair with much thicker paint to fill in and blend to the ridge.
This is where I am now alot to do on her face and hair yet.
I worked the background more around each one.. adding more colors one blues, one reds and mom purples.. leaving the son grays.
photo not too good though.

02-11-2012, 01:18 PM
Yvie...like the bead makers..interesting!

Stephen...sorry if we yacked too much in here...did not mean to digress so far. I am amazed at your work...guess I did not understand the term of blade painting...as I was thinking of the blades as 'tools' not support...wowow!! :thumbsup:

John, I like both of these...'they' say you cannot paint in acrylics to look like oils, but whoever 'they' are, they are wrong...these have a lovely look to them, and even the blue sky does not look so bad to me...I am constantly astounded at the colors that nature uses!

Eric...so much motion in your work...I have trouble capturing it sometimes, but you make it look easy!

Judy...I like this so far...will the bg be as is? and if not how do you get it in AFTER the flower?

Howard, are you actually painting the mask itself? or will you be incorporating it into a larger work?...and where did you get it?...or how did you make it?

Barbara...I love the bird feeder, and the others as well...I would hate to show my setup right now...I am calling the whole house "in transition" :lol: :eek: :lol:

Kathy...amazing, and difficult portrait for sure...doing more than one person is hard...doing 4...whew! And now to cover one up and add another...you are brave! Only thing I see at a glance is her head reads as larger than the rest right now...could be the photo, or could be that the guys head was a bit small for a front position and that is throwing it off a tad. That said...let me repeat...this is going really well!!

I think I am done/almost done with this sunset. Calling it 'Scarlett Billows' (red sunset or sailor's delight just did not cut it)...altho' I considered Sybil :lol: :wink2: but I think the painting had more lives than she had personalities.
C&C of course is welcome. I have learned a lot with this! I now know that shadows and reflections are not based on the same math...I have learned much about cloud formations, and I definitely will not attempt a landscape with water and clouds without a reference photo again!!


Devoted 2Art
02-11-2012, 01:22 PM
Hi Kathie - Thank you much for the nice comments and suggestions. The sky & mountains painting has gotten a total makeover and doesn't resemble the original at all. The canvas is the same but everything else is gone - I'll post it's current state in a bit. Your portrait is looking fantastic - the gentleman in front looks like my neighbor. To me - seems Mom's 1 tooth needs a bit of attention. The one to the right side of the 2 front looks too grey to me at the gumline. Other than that I think it's awesome.

Devoted 2Art
02-11-2012, 01:50 PM
OK - Now that I've admitted defeat on the mountain painting - I dedicated yesterday to using up some old and cheap materials for underpaintings. (No new work was done on the tree painting). Mostly I used Modern Master's acrylic jars I purchased in 1994, W & N Finity From Jerry's clearance items and ShinHan Acrylic also from Jerry's clearance. The photo's seem washed out since I didn't devote too much time to set up but the ideas are there.

The first painting was originally the mountain scene from my last post. I've renamed it to "Makeover"
The second is a painting I call 'Warmth' which is on Blick Studio canvas 12 X 16 I prepared with Holbein burnt umber gesso.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Feb-2012/1003102-Warmth_Underpainting.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Feb-2012/1003102-Green_Sky_Underpainting.jpg
The third is on Michael's 12 X 16 cheapie canvas prepared with Matisse Olive Green Deep Background color.
We will see what today brings.

Devoted 2Art
02-11-2012, 02:01 PM
Susan - Thank you for your very kind comments. Your painting screams freedom and courage I wish I could possess. Beautifully BOLD!

02-11-2012, 02:05 PM
John...tho' I miss that sky...I am fascinate with your work. It is hard for me to see myself as any of those adjectives...thank you! I can only paint what I feel, the rest never seem to sing...if you know what I mean.

Kathrin G.
02-11-2012, 03:28 PM
Wonderful, fabulous works here belong to everyone :clap: I shall be back to comment individually later, just popping in for a quick Hello :wave: and with a WIP photo of my latest commission.
You can see its still very much in the underpainting stage in most parts of this :o and its in the ugly stages in the rest :eek: :o The ears and eyes are the only places what are developed already.
Got to be finished by Wednesday so better kick on with this :eek: :eek: :eek:


02-11-2012, 04:43 PM
Kathryn, sweetie....wowowowowow!!

02-11-2012, 05:25 PM
Yvie, your bead makers are coming along nicely. I like the warm sienna you are using. Do you have any kind of reference for this? I'd love to know a little of your process.

Howard you have a superb 3-D effect with your mask painting. I can't wait to see where you go with this.

Barbara, the foliage and snow look great, just waiting for your birds to come to the feeder. That sunflower reference called to me as well, but I'm not starting on it just yet. I look forward to seeing your take on it.

Kathie, it's fascinating seeing how you work mom into your portrait.

Susan, I agree with John, freedom and courage really fit your work on this painting, and all done without a reference. Impressive! To answer your question about the background on my Black Eyed Susan: I have already changed it to a medium blue and it gives more life to the flower. I just paint around the flower to add the background using either a slanted brush or a filbert. Filberts are fast becoming my go-to brushes.

John, wow! Three paintings going at once, each one looking good! The sky in the second one (Warmth) is luscious.

Kathrin, your horse portrait really looks good. I've tried to paint a horse in watercolor and wasn't happy with it. Maybe I need to give it a go with acrylic, after I'm a bit more proficient with the medium.

02-11-2012, 06:38 PM
Here's where I am with my Black Eyed Susan. I'm nearing the finish. Do you see areas I need to change or work on? I've been painting flowers because it's a subject I'm familiar with and it seems like a good subject to use to develop proficiency with acrylic, so any suggestions or tips that would aid my learning would be appreciated.


02-11-2012, 07:53 PM
Judy...somehow when I try that, I either lose the 'flower' or the bg looks like I painted around it...lol I like it with the blue bg...my kitchen is/was/will be again...filled with sunflowers and cobalt blue is the accent color. I also had a few blackeyed Susans (I mean it is my namesake...:lol: ) these are one of the wild varieties that grow in profusion around here...
I would hesitate to offer advice, as your style is much dif than mine is...I like where you are going so far, not sure I personally would have used reds, but it is working for you, so keep on!! :thumbsup:

Howard, if that is a painting of a mask, I am in total awe!! I knew you had a black board that you hung stuff on, so guess who assumed...tho' the blue behind the eyes should have been a give away, I guess....sigh.

Just realized what I was seeing as off...sigh...most of the trees in the center, and part of the left side are leaning to the right. I guess it was getting cold and they are trying to get closer to the sunlight that is left???...:o :wink2: :lol: Not sure I will try and fix it, I'd end up doing them all over again for the gazillionth time....:lol:

Kathrin G.
02-11-2012, 07:54 PM
Back to comment, hope I am not gonna forget anyone. So much going on here this month.
Barbara, love your winter scene. Its fabulous :clap:
Yvie, your fruit hat lady is my favorite of your work, its so well done :thumbsup:
Kathie, I still remember you painting that family portrait :) The changes are coming along great :thumbsup:
Susan, so much emotions in your portrait, wow !!!! :thumbsup:
Steven, fabulous as always :clap:
Eric, love your ballerina already :clap:
John, I am so sorry to read that your mountain painting is overpainted. I utterly and completely loved it. But your new work is coming along great too :)
Howard, looking forward to see where that mask is taking you :wave:
Judy, love the pedals on your flower :thumbsup: Maybe just a little more detail on the cone center ?

Kathrin G.
02-11-2012, 07:57 PM
Susan, loooove your flower painting :clap: so bright and cheerful :thumbsup: :clap:

Devoted 2Art
02-12-2012, 04:09 AM
Here is 'Makeover' after struggling with it for some time. Since I used mostly old and cheap paint I had to devote more time to it than I intended. I think I've got about 4 hours into it & it seems to be about half way done. Didn't do any work on the other batch of paintings I've started.
Thank you all for your great comments & inspiration.

02-12-2012, 04:41 AM
John...not sure what else to say but WOW! Really nice work on the water!

Kathrin G.
02-12-2012, 07:04 AM
Thank you Susan :heart:
John, I really like how your "Makeover" painting is coming along :clap:

Here is last nights effort on the stallion. Just getting back to it now.


02-12-2012, 10:42 AM
Susan, thanks, not much I can do about the size now of mom, but will keep it in mind.. maybe when I add more color to the other 3 on the faces It might perk him up some or appear a tad larger.. will see.
I love your scarlet billows, great finish and the bright flowers are lovely!
John, Fabulous makeovers I love your water!! very well done, Am I reading it right or is the third body of water going up hill to the right, just under the landmass with the tree, maybe bring the land down a little more or straighten out the waterline. maybe its just me. you really do excellent landscapes.
Kathrin, Ohh your stallion is going to be awesome, I LOVE IT! looks done to me he's gorgeous!!
Judy, Love your blackeyed susan, its bright bold colors are lovely, really coming along well!

Having a bit of a problem with this portrait, found a small tear in the canvas i n moms neck.. URGH! Trying to fix it, sealed it with varnish and trying to paint over it.. takeing a bit of smoothing out. Might use some glue in the back to for support over the varnish.. I think the wood panel I had behind the painting to support it on the easel fell forward when I picked up the canvas to turn it..and nicked it with one corner on the canvas.. its happened a few times.. the wood falling off but never noticed the tear till now.
THANK GOD, its for our bestfriends.. anyone else I'd be horrified.. still upset about it though.

02-12-2012, 01:19 PM
Kathie...might be that if you "unfluff" her hair a tad, and put her into the forward position it might help...with her shoulder behind the guy, it looks almost like she is pushing forward? Not sure how to say it, nor sure whether it would be fixable with my suggestions. Been doing something new here, to try out stuff...had always heard about using saran wrap, but all I had was green...so I used an old piece of glass from a frame, and painted on top of it, and could see if I wanted to keep a potential change...hopefully this will continue to avoid so many re-do's in the future. So far it works great for that and a couple other things as well. Glad I pack ratted all the glass I removed from frames....lol

Devoted 2Art
02-12-2012, 02:12 PM
Hi everyone - Thanks for the wonderful comments & suggestions.
Violetta & Susan - Both of your the paintings are wonderful with your choice of vibrant colors. Both these paintings are done it a style I admire but never attempted. Here's a sample of how I painted flowers back in 93.. It's 8" x 10" acrylic on drafting film - it never quite seemed finish to me.


Kathie - You are absolutely correct - I didn't even notice that until you pointed it out. I was so focused on the cliff in front of that area I failed to see behind it. Thank you.

Kathrin - Your stallion is absolutely amazing and realistic. What size is it?

Hope I didn't miss anybody and I do thank everyone for the comments (and suggestions) they're very appreciated.

Kathrin G.
02-12-2012, 04:45 PM
Thank you Kathie :wave:
John, love your flower painting :thumbsup: Maybe a slight background colour and some sort of table to ground your vase on would have made you feel more finished with it. But the flowers are perfect :clap:
My stallion portrait is 18x24inch, thank you for commenting :wave:

02-12-2012, 05:09 PM
John...agree with Kathryn...all they need is a 'dab' of bg, and a siggie, and all set!! I have a 'bad' habit of painting straight from the tube if I like a color, which leads to a few 'in your face' colors after they dry. I have only been painting since fall of '07, with a year+ off till this Christmas...so I am learning...lol

02-12-2012, 07:48 PM
. . . I've also started a self-portrait (sort-of!) from a past ski trip in June Mountain. 14x18" acrylic on stretched canvas.


It's a revisit of an early painting I did from the same photo reference last year when I was just "playing" :-) -- here's that version, 9x12" acrylic on canvas paper.


Here's the 2/8 version - my attempt at palette knife plus "impasto" brushwork


(oops, I got the placement of the ski boots off!)

In case interested here is the photo reference


Devoted 2Art
02-12-2012, 09:29 PM
Kathrin & Susan - Thanks for the comments - You're right about the BG. Since the film is translucent I could test painting the BG on the back side then wash it off if it doesn't work.
I started drawing & playing with mixed media stuff in about 1985. Created a lot of greeting cards (copied from other works) with color pencil, pastel & gouache. From 1990-1995 I didn't do too much except a few mixed media miniatures and tried to play around with acrylics for a short period. From 95 until March 2010 I was so busy with work & life I had no chance to paint at all. In March 2010 I became dedicated to my art full time and most of what I do is trial & error. I just love doing it and I can tell this forum will benefit me in a big way.

02-13-2012, 01:55 AM
I'm busy with some canola fields. Probably got about 2-3 sessions to go but I'm only working on it in art class on Saturdays.

02-13-2012, 10:18 AM
Amazing work here as always. I always find so much inspiration looking through them each day.

Running behind here (as usual :o ) so I will jump back in and hit individually. I also wanted to post the progress on the newest painting here. I have the plan to do a series of paintings featuring different Ferraris. This one is the first in the series. These paintings are all going to be on titanium plates so they need to be clear coated just like a real car. The bonus is that they can be framed in a small shadowbox without glass. The clearcoat also lets me have a thin pinstripe applied around the image area. I am thinking verigated gold leaf but yellow is also stuck in my head. I am going to think about it but any suggestions would be great!

Be back in a bit!

02-13-2012, 11:14 AM
Susan, what about "rolling red clouds"?....is that anything close to what you saw that night? Were they reflecting against a body of water? you'll need to bring a camera with you next time and capture it on the spot.
Kathy, I don't think that MOM's head is too big....her hair is poofy so it makes her face look bigger that the others...I hear ya about gesso and sanding...it's tedious but well worth the effort. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece.
Barbara, the birdfeeder is lovely.
John, the landscape seemed brighter before...did you change your lighting?
Howard, awesome detail but I'm curious are you painting on the actual mask or is the mask, pushpins, etc a painting themselves?
Kathrin - such beautiful work, such a precious animal..sigh
Judy, to answer your question, every piece has a different process. There is no set way in which I create my art. Music is the same...sometimes a few words come with a melody and I search for the guitar notes, sometimes the guitar leads and the words and melody follow. I have posted the finished piece. Here is what I have on my easel today.


02-13-2012, 02:03 PM
I think I'm finished with my Black-eyed Susan. I put another coat on the bg and added a few strokes on the petals to make sure the flower stood out from the bg, taking into consideration your comment Susan. I also added the final details to the center. So am I finished?


Susan, I like the brightness of your Black-eyed Susans. Very nice!

John, your makeover is looking good. Those reflections are lovely. I like your bouquet of flowers and agree that a touch of bg and something for the vase to set on would be the only finishing touches needed. The flowers are exquisite.

Kathrin, your stallion is looking really good!

miou-jhu I like the colors in your new version.

AndreZA, I really like the golden Canola! They seem to glow with the sun.

Steve, your Ferraris are looking great! That gold makes a wonderful foil for the fabulous red.

Yvie, I like where you're going with your new painting. Thanks for responding to my question about your process.

02-13-2012, 02:55 PM
Back later with comments....just a quick share...posted the two 'done' ones from the WDE challenge in the forum...and having soooooo much fun with this one :D I never tried one with just palette knives before...wowow why didn't anyone tell me how much fun it is, and how loose you end up??

this is on paper (so have to be VERY careful) 9x12


Devoted 2Art
02-13-2012, 08:26 PM
OMG SUSAN!! That is absolutely wonderful! I love it just like it is. Looks like something you'd see in an 'old masters' gallery. Another bold move I've not found the courage to attempt - painting with a palette knife. I use mine for mixing color :D .

Judy - Your black eyed Susan looks complete to me also. Very nice and the colors are terrific.

Yvie - I've often seen the underwater or aquarium paintings and never even thought about attempting anything similar because they seemed so difficult. You are off to a wonderful start and I can't wait to see the next stage. I did place my painting closer to the comp camera on a table easel so that might account for the lighting difference.

Sleahy - Your work is amazing. Can't believe how much detail you fit into such a confined space. Incredible.

My "Makeover' painting is undergoing yet another makeover. I am attempting to make the water's movement a bit more believable (so it doesn't flow uphill anymore :rolleyes:) I've learned not to use inferior paint for mid ground or highlights. I used a bit of Holbein , Lascaux & Maimeri acrylic to redefine the water and the rest of the painting lost intensity. The new layers never dulled after they dried like I became accustomed to. Oh well. I'll post the progress when there is some.

02-13-2012, 09:56 PM
Andrea...this is very pretty!!

Steven, your detail is amazing!

Yvie, I am truly kicking myself for not having my camera with me...going to try hard to take it everywhere from now on! Like the fish start..like it a lot!

Novice...thank you. Here is where it is now, and might stay. Afraid that if I overwork this one, I'll ruin it. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2012/51170-stream2a.JPG

02-14-2012, 01:36 PM
I agree with you Susan, sometimes less is more, besides you've already put your signature on it so it's done (or is it?), lol. If anything, eccentuate where the light is coming from. Use a fine brush and maybe sharpen a few leaves here and there, nothing over the top. I can imagine how much fun it must have been for you to discover the palette knives, lol Love the log!
P.S. Been trying to get some tropical fish for my acquarium from the RIL, anyone else having troubles with this?

02-14-2012, 02:27 PM
Thanks, Yvie...had thought about that...and I knew it did not need any more knives...lol!

02-14-2012, 04:56 PM

Quick update. Don't have much time, family visiting.

Devoted 2Art
02-15-2012, 04:37 PM
Hi - Been really busy learning lately and taking a short break from landscapes. Found this pic in the reference library & decided to give it a go.


It is called "From My Garden" posted by Noodle1. I love it & decided to start this morning. I worked on just covering the canvas varying degrees of a silvery grey with gesso & background color so lighter colors will appear brighter. I hinted at the location of the flower but there's no sketch or absolutes yet.


It is Michael's cheapie 16 X 20 prestretched canvas. Should be a fun project.
Be back later.

02-15-2012, 06:19 PM
Wow, there's some amazing work this month so far! :clap:

I'm working on a yellow rose right now.


02-15-2012, 09:11 PM
John...I'm gonna wear out my wow's...:clap: I love how your work looks from inception...I think I will be in here a lot just to watch for your posts!

Theresa, this is just so beautilfu...I love the light!! Is your bg "planned out" ahead of time, or just wonderful luck? such softness!

So far this is just in sketch stage, but the sketch is on my easel, so...I am stepping off the edge with this one...not sure if I am ready or not...

It will be on a reclaimed 16x20 canvas, that I sanded and gessoed today with a dark terra verte color...:crossfingers:


02-16-2012, 12:56 AM
Susan, Thanks will see what I can do... a lot to go on it yet decided to add some color to the other 3 faces.. dont want mom standing out too much. I Love your quick palette knife paintings, that log in the water is fantastic..greeat depth!!! great sketch, anxious to see this one develop!
John, Love your flowers!! Gorgeous colors and shading! Agree just a hint of background here and there will do it! Love your new sunflower background... are you using an airbrush??
Mlou, great brushstrokes and colors! I love working with the palette knife!
Andrea... Love your canola fields.. great texture and that sky with mountains is Gorgeous!!
Steve, LOVE THEM ALL!! amazing work as usual, awesome!!
Yvie, Great underwater scene!!
Judy, Fabulous finish on the Black eyed susan!! Love the bright colors!!
Theresa, LOVE your rose.. the lighting is awesome!!

Update on my portrait(18x24) revisions.. adding more color to faces.. still alot to do on mom yet.. havent touched her eyes or teeth.. but did ALOt of work on her neck, but not done.
Did change the colors of the robes on the ladies.. blue, red and purple.. son is black/gray..

Devoted 2Art
02-16-2012, 02:08 AM
Theresa - Your rose is amazing! I thought it was the photo you intended to paint until I read Susan's comment. Fascinating. What size is it?

Susan - Thank you for the interest and wonderful comments. I think I'll keep posting just so I can read your comments. :D Real good sketch - From the work what I've seen from you - I think you'll do a brilliant job on it.

Kathie - I do not use airbrush for acrylic. My base coats are done with "Primer' 1" bristle brushes from Creative Mark which is very inexpensive and doesn't shed hair like many of the other brands I've tried. Your portrait is really looking good. The lower right side of mom's nose (her left) just doesn't look right to me. It's a real challenge to paint a portrait - one with especially 4 heads:eek:.

Here's stage 2 of the Sunflower painting. Trying to keep the green hues in the background interesting but not distracting. Next step - Block in the flower. Seems I'm unable to upload right now - I'll try again tomorrow.

02-16-2012, 02:47 AM
I know I should be in bed....lolol...but I had to get some paint down on this...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2012/51170-mandraw1a.JPG

I know I have him 'sitting', sort of, but almost looks more like he is kneeling....I could go either way...whatcha think?? He looks a bit lost in the canvas...not sure what I will do with all that empty space...lol...Oh well...just getting started.

Devoted 2Art
02-16-2012, 03:24 AM

Hey It Posted - Already into step 3 - I'll toss that out in the morning.

Susan - hmmmmmmm- very interesting progress on your new work.

02-16-2012, 09:54 AM
Oooo la la, I'd make him kneel!

02-16-2012, 10:45 AM
Thanks, John...I like your sunflower a lot so far!! Tho' I do have a weakness for that flower!!

Yvie...I think this has become one of those paintings, that has its own idea of where it is going, and I will have to just follow along...he is definitely kneeling, but have realized that he will not be holding a towel, but not sure what he wants to hold as of yet...I am stymied...lol I actually kind of like him partially transparent. I thought it was gonna be a 'sexy' type of thing, but he has other plans, I believe.

02-16-2012, 12:41 PM
My next project is a portrait of my wife. She is playing Belladova in Phantom the musical (not the Phantom of the Opera, but based on the same book). They needed a portrait of her for the show, so she volunteered me. :lol: This will be the first portrait I've ever done. :crossfingers: Here is my initial drawing.


02-16-2012, 01:25 PM
Susan, this is getting good....I can hardly wait!

02-16-2012, 01:39 PM
'Surrounded...", she is beautiful!! If you can paint like you sketch...this is gonna be great!!

As I said, this is doing itself...I think it is going to let me put a door/opening, behind his right shoulder...we shall see....:crossfingers: so much symbolism screaming at me...but I seem to be compelled to paint it...so...


02-16-2012, 02:34 PM
'Surrounded...", she is beautiful!! If you can paint like you sketch...this is gonna be great!!

As I said, this is doing itself...I think it is going to let me put a door/opening, behind his right shoulder...we shall see....:crossfingers: so much symbolism screaming at me...but I seem to be compelled to paint it...so...

Yes, yes.... "I'll have what she's having...."
I never knew that you were this versatile...you go girl!
The viper just happened? Or did you use a reference?

Devoted 2Art
02-16-2012, 04:20 PM

Made some progress(?) this morning and it's nearing completion. think I need to brighten up the area behind the flower on the left a bit and make the large leaf in the foreground ultra smooth and a bit greener. Don't really want to put too much more time into it. Not really turning out like I envisioned.

Susan - You've really chosen a difficult subject and you're progressing really well. Anxious to see where you're going to take this on. Thank you for your comments.

02-16-2012, 05:27 PM
Hi, I posted on the Critiques WIP before finding this thread..:o

I hope I can just add the links here, so you can see what I'm working on.



And a big seascape I posted on the Marine forum awhile ago -

02-16-2012, 07:04 PM
Susan you are able to paint such a wide variety of subjects! Wow! I'm amazed at what you achieved with palette knives. Nice! And your wrestler wrestling a snake. Fascinating.

Howard, your mask is really coming along. The stitching on the mouth - Wow!

Theresa, your rose is lovely. The light in the center is spectacular!

John, your sunflower is stunning! Your green is so soft and the flower petals really stand out.

Kathie, I like how your portrait is developing. Very nice!

I'm currently struggling with a magnolia macro, 9 x 12 on canvas. I don't know if it's my lack of familiarity with painting on canvas or the need for so much subtle shading, but it is a real challenge. See what you think.


Maybe I should just stick to bright colors. :D

02-16-2012, 08:14 PM
I neglected a couple things in my previous post.

Spencer, your sketch is wonderful. Since the original sketch is so important in a portrait, I'm sure your painting will be great.

I also forgot to say that the painting I posted is in its first stage. I have several more layers yet. :crossfingers:

02-16-2012, 08:43 PM
Yvie...thanks! The viper, well, I knew after I stared at it for hours last night, that the towel was gone, that he was kneeling and that he had to be holding something. I tend to sit outside and look at a painting, while I take a cig break...and other times as well, & what I saw was a man in the throes of life, struggling with it; kind of a praying to a 'higher power' for release? I puzzled over what he could hold, and then this am...I figured it out...snakes represent many things in symbolism...evil/sin/trouble/etc...so for him to wrestle with it, or just look it in the face...well...(plus since I borrowed a certain wrestler's body to a degree...how fitting since his nickname is the viper...:lol: )

John...I like it, but agree with the light and addition of green. Know what you mean about things not going according to plan...tho' you know, I tend to never give up :o Thanks for the comment...amazingly it has gone rather smoothly so far (I suppose I just set myself up, huh? :lol: )

Hi tj! :wave: welcome! I agree with what has already been picked out with #1...one of the things I remind myself about landscapes (because I tend to do the same thing, and could not figure out why everything seemed to fall into the center) is that when you set your horizon, and as you add each layer of forground...remember the earth is round...not straight and not concave...I spent days looking at all the near and far horizons, even the tops of the yards next door, and the sidewalk levels, etc...and they all had a curve to them...some more slight than others, but no dips. Any way, did not mean to lecture, but I did find it helped a lot in the landscapes I have done since.

That said...I like it!! :thumbsup:

Aha...you have done in the seascape, the exception to the thought on #1...the horizon of the sea/ocean, for some reason, is always straight...the water that is. The only thing I would change would be the land 'level' on the left, since if you straighten the center bump of the ocean, then the land would be underwater. Can't wait to see where this goes.

I hope you don't mind the critiques, since you had them in the critique forum...:o

Judy, I have yet to settle on anyone one thing to paint...I pretty much do not do still life or abstract, as they just do not 'work' for me. I make myself do them, to push my limits, which I think is important, for me at least. I also, am not too great at flowers...but I think the amount of shading to get the delicacy that so many can get, is definitely a challenge and much work! Tho' in my new challenge to myself, to REALLY look, and to envision how to paint EVERYTHING I see (I even try to paint the solitaire games in my head), I think I am learning that shadows, reflections, and edges are very important and all boil down to math. Sigh, I never did like math much, but it did surprise me.

Here is where I am now, and will be till I get dinner done...


Mea culpa for running off at the mouth again...

Devoted 2Art
02-16-2012, 11:08 PM
Woke up from my long overdue nap & come to the realization I actually like the way this looks :rolleyes:. The earlier photo (Taken with comp-cam) didn't do it justice so I rephotographed it with my digital. It still needs some work but the brightness of the greens is exactly what I was hoping for. Just glad it dried as bright as it looked while I was working on it. You can color-check by comparing to the Folgers can but it looks real close to me.


Judy - Thank you for the kind comment. Your flower petals are shaping nicely. I really like the subtle folds.

Susan - Thank you for the comments - Though tempted, I'm going to set it aside till I figure out how to balance the left side of the flower. Think I'll pull out a sheet of transparent film & test some ideas before adding anything. Your painting is on the way & looking good. It is really so much fun to paint & experiment, isn't it?

02-17-2012, 03:49 AM
John...I think it turned out wonderful!! Anyone who loves sunflowers will love it!!!

Well...it's time for bed, but thought I'd post the last stage of the day...


Will get a better photo in the morning!

02-17-2012, 04:22 AM
Here's an update on the June Mountain/self-portrait scene. So far I like the version from last year better!


And here's another acrylic WIP, from the Feb 10 WDE. 24x24" acrylic on gessoed MDF board.


C&C welcome!

P.S. I do the initial sketch directly with a paintbrush though I have done other paintings where I did the sketches with vine charcoal.

02-17-2012, 09:08 AM
Man, what a month of work on this thread already. As I said before it is such an inspiration seeing it. Always starts my day!

Surrounded, I love the drawing, you can see the likeness even without knowing her.

Susan, you definitely seem driven on this one. Amazing progress and I am looking forward to the updates.

John, Excellent work, I love the character the flower has, almost like it is looking to the right on its own.

tj, welcome to the board! I will actually disagree with the tilted tree crit. I was going to say that it gives it a 'fisheye lens' appearance that is unique.

Judy, Love where your painting is going!!

Mlou, I think your painting sketches stand alone as they are. The feel and movement are fantastic!

I finished the second in the series of 12 of the Ferraris. Moving onto the third today.

02-17-2012, 10:37 AM
Wow, this thread is speeding in the fast lane. It's exciting just trying to keep up..:crossfingers: ...

Susan, I am loving this picture...the magic is blooming...stay with it!
John, your sunflower is stunning...I especially love the details in the foreground.
Miou, you're skiier (self-portrait if my memory serves) has acquired some movement in the legs....bravo! Also, your horses are coming to life...thank you for sharing your process...I'm going to try sketching with a paintbrush too! :D
Judy, your magnolia is off to a good start. Don't limit yourself...I look forward to seeing more layers.
TJ84: Please don't do anything to the foreground grasses...they look perfect. I agree that the rocks are too uniform and the horizon (upper right) is unclear....maybe rounder blending will clarify fog?
Sleahy: As usual, your work is superb, what more can I say...is it a photo or is it Sleahy!!!:thumbsup:

I am attempting an abstract landscape (is that an oxymoron?) I call it
GREEN SKY - BLUE AUTUMN, I'm still working on fine-tuning and your critiques and comments would be greatly appreciated. Have a creative day everyone! :grouphug:


02-17-2012, 11:34 AM
John, Love your flower painting, great wip
Howard,love the start of this mask!
Spencer, Hi welcome!! What a great sketch !
TJ, Hi, you have some nice landscapes there!
Judy, lovely start on your magnolia, whites are hard, a lot of pink and purples in the shadings.
Susan, loving the addition of the viper and door, really looks good!!
mlou, both look great, loving the brushstrokes and colors of the horses!
Steve, another awesome painting, what kind of support is that?? just a piece of aluminum or frame?
Yvie, Love it!! Great colors and lighing on the ground/leaves or flowers!!

little more done on my portrait, so not another photo yet.

02-18-2012, 03:16 PM
No rest for the wicked (or certifiable.....)

Here is the progress on the next Ferrari. This one is a 430 convertible. I have the wheel and most of the lower half done so it shouldn't be more than a couple of days left on this one.

02-18-2012, 06:22 PM
OK I KNOW I Posted a new message last night and saw a reply to my questions to Steve and asked more.. whats up with WC today??

Steve, I did read your reply on the type of metal etc..
my NEW Question is
do you varnish it before or after you remove the tape. and if after how the tape comes off so cleanly without the varnish pulling from painting. or if varnished after the tape off how it adheres to the titanium.. would love to see a photo of it mounted in the shadowbox.

Well will repost this one..
did more work on Mom and sister on the upper left.. along way to go yet.
to get the likeness right.
Sorry for glare on bottom right.

02-18-2012, 09:03 PM
Been searching for the lost posts all day, so only got a little painting done...:lol:

Here's where I am now...crappy photo, but planning more work, so I will try to do a better shot later...if this one even stays...:lol: (don't see some of what I thought I had said...so if I am repeating...forgive me) I am learning to listen...every time I did not, I spent too much time undoing...had a couple of attempts at candles, and did not like them. I needed flames/fire, but not the candles...and I have my light source back.

I still have a lot to do on the figure, and I need to work on the shadows-was waiting to get the light source right. I really have been trying to take this slowly, since there is much to study, I am learning so much tho'...with the last couple paintings...and studying more than I ever did in school....:lol:

02-18-2012, 09:34 PM
I can tell you are leaning Susan, keep the different colors coming in the flesh tones.


02-18-2012, 11:17 PM
Susan, the sharp lighting from the lower front that is casting the shadow of the figure will be very cool. The shadow that the snake will then cast on the figure's midsection will be equally cool.

Kathie, thanks I thought my brain was getting more squishy than usual when couldn't find my missing post.

Love the progress on the portrait and the complexity of the skin tones.

On my paintings the tape is removed after I am done painting but before the clear coat. Once it is cleared, it is sanded, pinstriped with the leaf and then cleared again. Then it can be buffed. The first two paintings are in the shop right now and I'll post them when I get them back, It is amazing what the finish does.

The titanium is naturally resistant to well, just about everything yet the clear sticks well to it. Plus these see zero abuse that a car or motorcycle would see so they all work out well.

02-19-2012, 02:44 AM
Kathy, it is coming along, and the sizes look better.

Thank you Oz...I appreciate your coming in to look!

Steven, I hope so, I really do...that is scaring me somewhat...not the guy, but the snake...trying to figure out just where the shadow will go...:eek: and then his arms will have shadows on his legs? I think, and everytime I think I have figured that out, then I figure out that there will be more...:lol: I love your cars!

It is after midnight, and time to seek out my bed instead of my paints....:o

I like the fire better...still wavering a tad...but gonna leave it on for now :wink2: I hate little bumpy pieces of paint...I picked one off and it went back to the canvas color...sigh...right in the middle of his hip/groin...:crying: so I quit for tonight.


02-19-2012, 04:23 PM
THANKS Susan, Looking good, Love the flames and smoke.. your doing great!

Devoted 2Art
02-20-2012, 12:42 AM
Susan !! It's coming along very good. I think you really are doing a great job on the upper body and the shadow adds nice depth.

I see my foggy painting has disappeared. Seems there's an egg shape (and size) blotch right at the horizon line that refuses to accept any paint so I'll have to wait before I post any updates of it's status.

Don't know which of my messages were read so I'll wait for more updates from everyone before posting anymore comments.

02-20-2012, 02:45 AM
John...I know what you mean about spots that won't take paint...drives me nuts!! Seems like they are always in the worst possible place too!! Not sure what posts are staying and which aren't...:confused: and by now I have forgotten what I posted and what I said...:o :lol: senior moments?

I HOPE I got the shadows...tho' I was totally lost on the upper part of the snake and the head...not sure if it is right or not...feel free to let me know!! I never paid any attention to the 'window' when I started...tho' I always thought something about it looked off...duh...the perspective was, ummm....crappy....you cannot have both the bottom and the top at the same angle...:lol: I certainly feel dumb...tho' not as dumb as I did AFTER I built it up, and filled it in, and kept going "what is off?" glad no one was here to tell me how ignorant I was being....I mean, drawing 101...sigh. Oh well, all fixed now...any number of things fixed...but one never knows what else I might have forgotten?

I like that it feels like I am on the downside now...:D Sorry about the bad photo...better one in the am!

02-20-2012, 11:58 AM
Here's what I have on my easel. I'd like to say that I admire your works, creativeness and that you all have such fun with acrylics. I'm beginner, I've painted few works on oils but I noticed that acrylics are more forgiving! :lol: So I feel that I'll stay here for longer...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2012/974143-100_9118.jpg

02-20-2012, 02:03 PM
St Monans is a fishing village just down the coast from us, with buildings seemingly sitting on top of others and with at least a couple of palm trees which is a bit unusual on the east coast of Scotland. I guess that the painting is about 60% complete and taking forever - I am more used to watercolours which take a couple of hours max.

All C&Cs very welcome.


Marge Cameron
02-20-2012, 07:33 PM
New & just want to say how much I'm enjoying this thread. It's great to track all the progress in one spot. Lots of great eye candy! (Okay, I'm done. You guys can get back to painting. LOL)

02-20-2012, 08:32 PM
Hi Marge ! I like that name. Let's see your work, show us sumpin. Don't be shy.

Devoted 2Art
02-20-2012, 09:28 PM
Walter - I really like this so far. Quite a challenge. What size & surface is it?
Cool work-

Dominika - Beautiful work. Size & surface?? You caught this dog's personality perfectly & I really like how it comes out of the shadows. Reminds me of my neighbors dog but theirs is a bit more bowlegged & has buck teeth. You did a really nice job with this. Stick around & keep sharing.

Susan - this is more that a painting for you now- Seems to me it's turned into a monumental turning point in your approach & execution. I really admire your enthusiasm & the progress you've made on this. It's realy cool that you've kept us apprised of all it's stages and changes. Wonderful.


02-20-2012, 09:48 PM
Hi Kathie,

I see you are still at it, non-stop around the clock. Need to ask you a question about projectors... hope I am not wrong.. I believe you said you use one.

I may be getting into larger works, until now 11x14 has been about my largest size. So if you do use one, what brand and model please? Any opinions, now that you know about these things.

Do they project from the computer, I think that is what I would want? And will they project smaller images than 11x14.

If you bought another would it be a different brand?

Lately with me, the idea of sketching a large painting just slows me down to a stop.:(

Those are complicated portraits you are doing.


02-21-2012, 12:59 AM
Susan, the subject is so strong, I didn't even notice the perspective on the window. I guess my brain just translated it as a drape cut at an angle. One note on the snake's shadow, I think it would be cast on his abdomen above his arms. That would follow the same line that his shadow casts above and to the right of him. I agree though, there is a huge amount of elements to tackle on this one and it is very cool watching you move through it all.

dominika, your painting is adorable. You seem to have captured his personality!

Charlie, I love the almost mosaic feel that you get and the colors are outstanding.

Keep on Marge to show some of her work, I know her from other forums and her work is incredible!!

Kathie, I took a picture of the latest painting when I was finished and had half of the tape pulled. The orange tape is extremely thin and adheres tightly not allowing anything under it, the white tape is just standard masking tape. Much less expensive to do the bulk masking with that.

This painting came in a little smaller than the other two at 3"x 1 5/8".

So that is #3 done on to #4!!

02-21-2012, 08:26 AM
Susan loving the nite scene in the background, Looking great!
Dominika, Welcome, Love your adorable dog, well great work!
Walter, Fabulous already, I love your mini scenes, is this one tiny too?? coming along great!
Marge, Welcome, We all were new once, just post a painting your working on... done be shy! :)
Steve, THANKS, Great work as usual, I appreciate seeing the steps you take, and the masking!
Oz, I do sometimes use a projector, its a Prizm brand and it sits on a tabletop and projects up to a 5x7" or smaller photo I print out onto the canvas on an easel.. takes a bit to get used to sometimes you get distortion and have to adjust the canvas some It can project small and Very large depending on the distance away from the canvas. Best used in the dark.
bought it from Cheapjoes, best price.
Hey Raymo.. show us your update on your Stupid bird!
Did a little more last night.. maybe get a photo this evening

02-21-2012, 09:00 AM
Hi Kathie
Thanks for your comment - this is a bigun for me - 12x16 inches!

02-21-2012, 04:57 PM
Thanks Kathie,
I had the chance to try that model of projector and could not make it work properly. Maybe it was just me, but that could be why you only use it sometimes. I will keep doing it the old fashion way, again thanks for your information.


02-22-2012, 01:54 AM
A little bit more work done on my canola field.

02-22-2012, 03:10 AM
Andre, Great Work on the fields and sky, Look forward to seeing the windmill!
Walter.. that is big for you, I know you will do just fine!! :thumbsup:

Spent about 6 hrs tonight on the portrait, mostly worked on the brother and little on mom.
Here is the update.


02-22-2012, 12:10 PM
Hi Folks, I've been obsessing again...this time I went and scored me a huge canvas. It barely fit in my car! I'm doing a montage of a Mayan/Aztek ritual. It's called the THE DAY OF THE DEAD. I have a spot reserved for the coffin/corpse...(center and focal point)..I don't know how I'll do him yet but I think that I'm off to a good start. My only concern is the size of the drummer to the left. Should I try him again a little smaller? Thanks.


02-22-2012, 01:00 PM
Sorry to be absent...put the nekkid dude in the main forum, and got tied up with some real life...sigh.

Dominika....he is a beautiful guy, but looks sooo sad. Used to have a bassett...he was not too bright, but very loveable!

Walter, I like this!

Welcome Marge!

Hey Ray...put something up...I really enjoy your work, what little I have seen!

John, thanks...I think sometimes a painting does 'take you over'.

Hi Oz...hope to see something by you in here soon!

Steven, I think you are right on the window NOT being the focal point...lol, 'cause I did not see it either. I think you are right about the shadow...and even tho' I put it 'out there' I need to add that. <she says nervously since she promised someone not to touch it...lol> I wish my hubby was alive...he would love your work...he was a car nut!

Thanks, Kathie! I am convinced you will make it on this one!

Yvie...wow, I have only done one biggie...wood panel/frame in one that I found in a rental house...3'x4' and that was a challenge! I really think I would love painting big, but affording the canvas is a whole 'nother thing...lol. As it is now, the dude on the left does seem a tad big...maybe because of the ones kneeling? I like it so far!!

02-22-2012, 06:49 PM
Too boring to post, but reading everyone elses. I just spent 2.5 hours painting an egg, for crying out loud. Literally, one egg. It is a lovely egg, but 2.5 effing hours, ugh.
kathie, I like watching how your redone portrait is progressing.
Levanti, I was big into Maya culture. I would love to go to central america and see Palenque, Tekal...
Charliedawg, don't get frustrated! Every medium has it's own strength and weaknesses. As well as rewards. I think your village painting is coming along very well, it looks very inviting. Finish it and you will be rewarded.
Steven, another gorgeous car. I love it, and I'm not even into cars.
Andreza, recognized the Canola fields right away. We have them here too. Not now, ton of snow. But when ready, always such an intense yellow.

02-22-2012, 07:43 PM
AndreZA, not sure what happened, but I swear I had mentioned your canola fields...they are lovely, and make me really want to visit somewhere to see them!!

02-22-2012, 07:50 PM
THANK YOU Very much Susan and Allison!!
back to the easel!!

Marge Cameron
02-22-2012, 08:07 PM
Thanks for the welcome! I've got my fingers deep in printmaking & digital pies at the moment (school & clients), but hopefully I can have an acrylic for myself on the easel in March. Fantastic work, everyone!

Devoted 2Art
02-23-2012, 01:58 AM
WOW!! So much going on here.... Where do I begin?

Steve - Your work is phenomenal .. I'd love to see your whole collection. Your web site... WOW! - Can't say enough. How long does it take to paint one of the cars you're working on now?

Yvie - WOW - that is a big canvas. I've got a 52 X 28 WIP and I've no idea how I'm gonna fill that up. Your work really intrigues me. Is the drummer too big or are the little guys too little? Need to see what happens after the coffin is in. Very cool.

Kathie - The portrait is really looking good. The brother's hairline & sis's locks are really great. Somebody's gonna be real happy with this. Excellent.


02-23-2012, 10:36 AM
Thanks John! :heart:

Here is what I managed to paint last night...the coffin is a W.I.P.
For now, I need to make the mariachi band look like they're not standing in thin air...I need depth but am not sure how to achieve...any insight would be very much appreciated...
I thought about an upside-down "V" starting behind them and down to each bottom corner...would that be a mistake? :crossfingers:


02-23-2012, 12:14 PM
Oz, I use the prism as well and it has worked out very well for me. Kat is so right though, it does take getting used to and the result that you get from it is merely a road map. It just puts the basics in the right spot. It's all up to the artist from there. I have a reduction lens for mine also that allows me to project 1:1 and smaller. Definitely worth the investment and I think the Super prism even comes with it.

Andre. I absolutely love the sense of endless depth that you are getting in your painting. Really great!

Kathie, I also love the way that you develop the skin tones in your portraits. It is like watching them actually come to life.

Yvie, I really like the graphic/narrative feel that you have going on this one and I don't really know that I would push the indication of perspective with the 'V'. Id say finish all the elements first and see how it looks. You can always subtly imply perspective with a pattern in the background if you feel that it needs it later.

Allison, post the egg! I love things like that. Thanks for your compliment also, it means the world to me. My goal is just that. Make an image that people see the art and beauty in the forms rather than the car itself. That holds especially true for the mini paintings. I really want people to like the painting for the painting before they realize that it is only a few inches across.

John, The paintings in this series have been averaging about 20-25 hours. They need to be cleared three times and gold leafed which takes about 2 hours total. Then the frames are handmade and assembled so that is another couple of hours so I'd say from prep to hanging on the wall, probably 30-35 hours.

Here is the next one in the series. This one is 3.75"x1.75" and the first painting that features nearly the whole car.

This is another painting as well that I have been trying to get done. It's is moving along but still has a way to go.

02-23-2012, 12:26 PM

First two layers. Charcoal mixed with acrylic medium then a layer of handmade paper from Tibet.

8X8" on Multi Media ArtBoard.

02-23-2012, 01:51 PM
I love multi media artboard!!!

Marge Cameron
02-24-2012, 03:57 AM
Okay, I lied! :lol:

Decided to attempt a 12 hour painting, so I thought I'd join the fun with something different from what I normally do. This is of a cicada shed I've been hanging onto for a while. The hand-made frame will be lacquered maple, with the colors of the empty shed pulling in the amber wood tones. (I hope!) I just finished the background & blackish-purplish-brown border. The pic doesn't show all the layers of texture in the background around the bug, but it shows in person. 6 hours in, so supposedly half done. I have a feeling this is gonna go over my time slot.

Anybody else gonna squeak one in the last week of Feb with me? LOL!


Marge Cameron
02-24-2012, 09:05 AM
Okay, so I'm going to go WAY over my time slot! :(

Here's the start of the underpainting, just blocking things in. I got the masking removed before my 12 hours were up, but the camera battery died & I still have a looooong way to go. Lots of brushwork now. Oh well, at least I tried.


02-24-2012, 10:36 AM
This is very interesting Marge. How did you get that outline? What a neat idea...so the "shed" is the skin? The bug is no longer there? Wow, never in my 50 something years did I learn this until now. You do very fine work and this is an intriguing composition...looking forward to seeing the progress. Keep us posted!

I am at phase 3 of my "DAY OF THE DEAD" montage. Still not sure where I'm going with this one but it's too big to put aside, (3' x 4'). It's Friday and I'm hoping to get a few other things done this weekend. I envy those who have the discipline to "pace" themselves. I just obsess until it's done. I've added some depth with a staircase and some storyline with the skeleton and open coffin but I am still not happy with the floating mariachi boys!!!

C & C's welcome. :grouphug:


Marge Cameron
02-24-2012, 07:44 PM
This is very interesting Marge. How did you get that outline? What a neat idea...so the "shed" is the skin? The bug is no longer there? Wow, never in my 50 something years did I learn this until now. You do very fine work and this is an intriguing composition...looking forward to seeing the progress. Keep us posted!

Thank you for your kind words! Yes, the shed is a skin they leave behind on tree bark (or wherever) when they outgrow their skin. Kind of gross and cool at the same time. Because I wanted to use an airbrush for the shading around the bug, I got the outline by cutting transparent masking in the bug's shape and laying it over where the critter would be. I sprayed the background (among other things), then removed the vinyl mask. That gave me the white shape in the first pic. Then in the second pic I used the material I had cut away for the mask (the negative space around the bug) & placed it around my white cicada. That protected the background while I sponged some of the skin texture on the bug. Did that make any sense? Hope I answered your question. The rest will be freehand paintbrush with a few airbrushed highlights.

Good luck with your montage! I can't really offer any suggestions, but I'm liking the progress. That skeleton guy is awesome. :cool:

02-24-2012, 10:29 PM

Didn't have much studio time today. Worked on a new table saw, assembling and adjusting.

02-25-2012, 03:48 AM
Just finished this this afternoon.

02-25-2012, 10:27 AM
John, Thank you!
Yvie, Looking good!!
Steve, Love seeing your paintings in the works, helps me understand how you did it. help me learn too....I think the hard work also is getting the templates you use cut right, or the shields you use to cover the other sections while you work on one area. The girl is beautiful already, anxious to see each step of these as they evolve!
Howard, Love watching you create your paintings, never know what you will add yet!
Marge, Great work on your Bug so far, very interesting! Love the look of the bug already!
Kate, what a colorful lady, pretty!

Hope to have another photo later today, not much more done on them, little here and there on the girls hair and the sister on left.

02-25-2012, 07:12 PM
Stopped my portrait to do these two quickies.. then back to the portrait hopefully later tonight. This for my God daughter's bridal shower.. next weekend.. they requesting items for the wishing well in the wine motif.. to help stock their bar! They both love their wine!
so thought to do these to add to the decor..
Both little 4x5" staplebacked canvas using a palette knife..
quickly handsketched, so bottle might be a tad off..
First is done, second is almost.

02-25-2012, 07:26 PM

Kathie, like the wine paintings. Very well done for knife work.

Marge, great beginnings. I always like the cicada shells. Remember collecting them in my youth.

Lots of good work this week.

02-25-2012, 09:22 PM
Hi everybody!

Just joined the forum. You guys are really good! Keep up the good work. You motivated me to clean the dust on my acrylics...

02-26-2012, 01:41 PM
My goodness the bar seems to be set very high here and stuck!!! This is my "safe place" to post acrylics though, so I will. So many works to comment on - and such a wide variety of subjects! I just don't have time, but please know that each and everyone is very inspiring to me.
Unfinished projects are my pet peeve and so here are a few in the works:
Last weekends WDE (8 X 10" on canvas)which went from this-
to this-
\Not sure if it can even be saved!:(
Then here is this weekends (on watercolor paper about 8 X 10")-
and last, but OLDEST, I have changed the Evening Grosbeak into the start of a bluejay and those funny little ones will be chickadees. This is about 24" X 36" Huge, for me.

02-26-2012, 11:47 PM
Fabulous work Barbara!
Thanks Howard!!
Finished the wine mini's today, will post them in their own thread.
Now back to finishing the portrait.. must be done by wednesday as Have to varnish it and deliver by saturday!! :)

02-27-2012, 12:37 AM
Awesome work, everyone.. very inspiring.

02-27-2012, 02:02 AM
One more step on my canola field.

02-27-2012, 09:37 AM

Quick update.

02-27-2012, 10:08 AM
Andre, windmill looking great!!
Howar, Love the new paint squiggles.

02-27-2012, 11:55 AM
Barbara, the roses are so soft...is that bird feeder in front on your house? It makes one feel like living there, lol André the canola field looks pretty much finished IMHO. Howard, is this the one with Tibetan paper? Love the contrasting lines and colour. Good energy in this one, IMO.
Here is a new one called "Tremblant Tub"...My 2 daughters went to a spa with some friends for their birthdays last week and gave me the picture to paint...I liked the hues in the original. They remind me of Rembrant and the Baroque Period paintings...I hope I can recapture the warmer tones...still a long way to go folks.


02-27-2012, 12:30 PM
Yvie, looks like you've got your work cut out for you, quite an undertaking you started there! you're off to a great start though!

02-27-2012, 08:09 PM
Back later to comment...frying chicken and I don't want to burn it....just wanted to put up what may or may not be the bg to my next work. Problem is....I like it as is....:lol:


Just to let you know I am still around...:wink2:

02-28-2012, 01:15 AM
Awesome effects Susan, I love it as it is too!!:clap:

Worked alot on my portrait last night and today... mostly on my GodDaughter on the upper right.. and her sister on left.
Think I'm done with them both and brother.. probably a tweek or two, now to tweek Mom!!
almost done!! phew!


02-28-2012, 01:42 AM
In between insanity....I have gotten bold....tho' maybe not as bold as last time....:lol: ...but then I am just beginning...:wink2:


02-28-2012, 02:40 AM
Kathie your portrait is wonderful!

02-28-2012, 09:27 AM
Marge, the painting is going to be a good one, the background will really set things off.

Howar, I love this painting. The whole thing has a metallic feel to it, almost like gold leaf.

Yvie, I like the additions, the stairs seem to start grounding things. You do have your work cut out for you with the spa painting and I completely agree. The reds and greens are very Rembrandt!

Kate, such powerful eyes in your painting. Beautiful.

Kathie, still great to watch your portrait come together. The skin tones are incredible. I also love the wine bottle paintings! Thanks for the props on the masking as well. Most of the blocking in is done with the airbrush so I didn't really know if there was a place to show a how to. It's fun dealing with multiple techniques until you have to pick which forum it fits :D

Barbara, the flower painting is great and I think just about everything can be fixed. Hell, that is how I know my paintings are done, when the fixed mistakes outnumber the screw ups!

Susan, I love the texture that you got on this one!

02-28-2012, 10:57 AM
Kathie, your portraits are amazing...I wish I could capture a fraction of the soul as you do..:thumbsup:
Susan, this is exciting...can hardly wait to see more.:cat:
Here's my Baroque bathing scene...in comparison again.
Please let me know what I can do..to make it develop with more ease..
it's a real hard one and I'm not having fun yet. I can see the stress in the strokes and I'm not liking where this one is going...:(


02-28-2012, 01:39 PM
13x24 panel.

02-28-2012, 05:59 PM
Yvie, There is so much of the environment in the photo. The mist, low lighting etc. All that is what gives the image its underlying feeling. The participants give it life and you have captured the joy very well. Possibly concentrating on the colors now in the stones and water will spark things for you. This one is absolutely loaded with subtle complexity!

Eric, Fantastic movement in your painting, I really love it. Bits of it remind me of Bart Forbes in the way you imply movement with texture!

Well here is the update on the newest Ferrari painting. #4 in the lot. I have been almost as excited in the developments in the framing of these as much as the painting of them. The idea for this whole group of paintings is that they reflect the quality of the cars that they depict. The result has caused me to have a friend build special frames made of Peruvian Walnut. The paintings themselves will float above a background of black and gray carbon fiber. I am hoping that they really come together.

02-29-2012, 01:34 AM
Just a quick update...as with the dude, women are equally hard to paint....lol

(bad crop...tried to scan it) 14x18 canvas


02-29-2012, 09:11 PM
Susan, My She is bold.. looks great already!
Kate, THANKS!!
Steve,THANKS, I appreciate it.. takes some doing to get the right tones.. and not too Yellowish or too Pink!, the wine bottles were fun and quite different for me, so a nice change. I'm always trying to learn new things and enjoying watching your paintings!
Yvie, Thanks so much!! Its really hard to explain but I think if you add more brownish tint to the mist you'll get that warmer tone you were looking for, Honestly I think some of the figures are a bit too small so a lot of extra space between those in the middle and those in the back.
Eric, I'm loving the colors and brushstrokes in your cattle roping... Great movement!!

Last Day For February!!!
worked alot on Mom's hair and skin, Wondering if I should add a necklace or leave it plain! Don't want to take away from the faces. any thoughts??


03-01-2012, 02:27 AM
just to be honest...sigh....:o
nothing went right today...and after much angst....I realized that parts of her chest were tooooo high....and so....nice trick with acrylic flow release....if your paint is not too dry or old...it is almost like erasing ...one has to be careful, but it is nice to go backwards without losing everything. :lol:

Tomorrow is another day, or so they say...