Saturday, May 29, 2010

May 2010 Rookie painter

"What do you say?"
oil on board 9x7"

My purpose was to try to catch the glassy look of the birds. I have to go back to the easel for this one ... :((

May 2010 Paint and draw together - textures

"The best is gone" or " i'll be there"

Oil on board 12x8"

As usual I struggle with the values and colours. The bark is better than that in real. My digital camera is very default catching.. uh!

I have to take several pics in different light to chosse the best.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May 2010 - Inspiration All Around

Two sisters playing ball at the beach ;)
oil on paper 14X19 inches

The ref photo show two little girls back to back, make me think of my daughters 20 years ago, when they were not able to play together someday ;(.
One ball for each girl and each play by herself ;) Happy day for Daddy ;)

May 2010 "A nos pinceaux" Défi

A french challenge by Evhe.
Too much of water and reflections. So after some thoughts or reflexions, i decided to limit myself with a smart crop

Abstract nature
Oil on paper 25x15 cm

Monday, May 17, 2010

From Wetcanvas - portraiture forum

"Gavin Hat" or "Ticket to ride" oil on paper 16x13"

From wetcanvas site - portraiture forum - May challenge. I like very much the hat so I had to have a go ;) - I decreased the white paper on the hat to give a better 1880 feeling. I added also some hair below the ear. For the background I choose red to remind a well known book (The red and the black)- Sorry Gavin I did not get the likeness ... Perhaps next time?

Another view of the same Gavin

Oil on paper 15x19"
I had fun changing his glasses and the hair on his face.

May 2010 - Spring from Paint and Draw together

Finally spring...oil on board 6" x 8"

My first choice would have been a dark green background, similar to the photo.
But the assigment was to personnalize the backround, so I choose for myself ;) the ouside wall of my house. It is a mix of chalk, shells and some rusty color. I pushed the flow of stone toward the center of the painting.

The other thing I did was to tilt a little the leave to let the flower alone against the wall.

I am quite happy with stem and leaves, but i find the petals quite muddy now that I see them posted. :(

So for this one it is: back to the easel.

May Inspiration All around

Moon dancer, 12x15" - I was sure to see a lot of statue, crop or no crop, so I looked for the human model. The scarf and the rounf face mase me think about the monn, and so the background came by itself...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

May 2010 - Monthly Painting Challenge

A tourist on boat desk at the water parade portion of the Rose Festival in Portland, Oregon. Oil on board 6x9"

I always struggle with the figure. After three tries I let him go. I only got a Frankenstein relative ;((

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

From Wetcanvas - Western Art forum

Oil on board - 8x6"
The reference is an old american truck - I started with the idea of keeping it US, even a little derelict, but I saw a likeness with and old French pick-up Peugeot 203 from the 50's - And so here it is a red 203 in the south of France ;))

So I do not know if i am going to post in Wetcanvas forum ...

May 2010 - Virgin Islands

St Croix Beach - Virgin Islands
Oil on board 8x6"

I want to spend vacation there Sea, sand and sun ;) and a large panama Hat ;)

2010 May - Rookie painter challenge

"Tulips on desk", Oil on board 8x6"

The temperatures are not those of spring 6°C and the sun is hidden
So Spring in pot with some tulips

May 2010- Motorcycles

"I See You"
Oil on board , 8x6"

This reference pic was very difficult - A lot of motorcycles in a field
so I did a crop and used a lot of artistic license.

May 2010 - Bison Herd

Oil on paper - 17x14"

Unfortunately I wanted space for the prairie and started with a too small bison...
Well next time perhaps I will get it right....

Friday, May 7, 2010

2010 April Wilderness Art Challenge

A female moose (orignal in French)
Oil on paper 17x15"

From wilderness art challenge

Something different one more time.

A nos pinceaux - Deux citrons et les bouteilles

Un nouveau défi : A nos pinceaux

A new challenge in French this time ...

Two lemons and a glass jar and a bottle

Limeade, Oil on board 17x23cm

How to get something different, add something, subtract other... change colors, background?
Go to A nos pinceaux
to see different approaches of this challenge.

2010 May - Virtual paintout

Black Ink, fountain pen on paper 21x29cm
From Virtual paintout

Václavské náměstí, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic

Saturday, May 1, 2010

2010 April 27 - May 10th ~ "Tree of Life" Inspiration all around us

Inspired by ~ "Tree of Life" by Klimt

"Human tree" fountain pen black ink on paper 5x3"

A little sketch to search for ideas around tree of life, and I came with a man and a woman, heart and small human fruits...I liked it so I kept it! :)