Thursday, January 29, 2009


In case anyone was interested in Caillebotte, I included a link and a video depicting some of his works. See the side bar with links as the link did not show up in the post. I guess I dont know how to link inside the posting box. He was responsible for creating 500 works in his lifetime.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

the masters challenge.

Ok well on the draw and paint website in the oil group the challenge was to imitate a picture of the masters. In researching I came across Gustave Caillebotte. I have to say I was quite impressed with this painter. I choose this image. It is a challenge as 200 years have passed and we dont have the same pigments as they did. Of course it is safer to be a painter now as the pigments are more safe....I think. At any rate trying to not only reproduce the picture but the hues was a big challenge. Well I am partially done. It has been a learning experience so far. And I have had fun. I know when I started painting the instructor had us paint from pictures. I did get to the point of painting from my own pictures, but copying a master what fun. I will have to research this painter and get some ideas on his technique and the colors he used

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

autumn scene

This is a picture I have been working on if you followed the previous posts. I think I am pleased how it looks. Have to live with it for a while to see. Photographing it is hard as it is a 11x14 canvas done of a picture I took and photo stitched for a panoramic view. The second picture I think you can guess is my artist buddy. She used to follow me to the field when I would wander around the property for inspiration. She is getting slower so she doesn't get around much. I have never been able to take her out in the car when I went to paint as she gets car sick. Shame really but oh well.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


several years ago I took a photo class at the local college. It was black and white photography. I took an image of my grandson that I have been wanting to draw. I have gotten in to drawing more lately. If you had access to my blog you would see the wwe wrestlers I have been drawing for my younger grandson. Well I am working on it and I think this looks like him which is haha new for me.


I spent the afternoon drawing faces. Dylan is most disappointed that there seems to be no wwe coloring books. So I promised to draw him a couple pictures. I also tried to work on a picture of John Cena. Now I think the chin needs to be longer. The kids didnt recognize him but my daughter did so I guess I got some of it right. Well it is good practice. I did find that I was kinda arted out when I went to work on my painting.

Monday, January 19, 2009

oh i forgot.

I was going to mention a blog i follow, Now I would love to join the group, but how do they find time for daily paintings. By the time I get all the pickup done and dogs fed, if I work that day I have no time to paint. On my days off more pick up and errands. They have specific requirements regarding how often you post. If the requirements are not met you are removed from the list. Ah how I would love to paint daily. The spirit is willing but the flesh is involved elsewhere.

so some new work.

I took a picture on a gorgeous day in October using photo stitch on my camera. I have been wanting to do this picture so posted so far is the beginning wash in colors and draw in. The update on the picture painted for the January challenge. I thought after looking at it that the tree had such a cookie cutter look that was very distracting to me. So I filled in the branches some, cause I didn't like the tree in relation to the rest of the picture. Good thing about oil is that it is always correctable.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

found a cool application

january challenge done

Ok I worked on the tree more that was my main problem with the image. I think for now I am done.

Monday, January 12, 2009

By Dylan and I

Dylan just loves the WWE wrestler Jeff Hardy. I did my best to draw a picture of him and Dylan did the coloring. LOL I am drawing WWE wrestlers

Friday, January 9, 2009

January challenge continued

Ok so continued to work today on this months challenge from the draw and paint website. Not sure if the image will show up if you are not a part of the website. If it does, I had a problem with the big grey building in the foreground. It just did not seem to fit in with the colors and mood of the picture I wanted to paint. So in searching for images, Karen helped me see some other buildings from her side of the ocean. In a flash of artistic license I thought about a picture I did in pastel long ago. I think this one works a bit better. I guess we will see when its done.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

well the posting is working

I was trying to post my picture yesterday, but blogger wouldnt work. The first 2 pictures in this post is Dylan's. He was commenting about how I draw so good and he cant. I told him that it takes a lot of time and practice, and to keep on working. He started drawing every picture he could. He is only 6 so not bad for his age I think. The last picture is an oil I started for an online artists website I belong to. Its based on the monthly challenge.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


This artist I find absolutely inspiring. I am glad to see him on you tube cause having to download to my zen takes so much time. I am trying to upload pictures today but for some reason I can't. I guess the site is having difficulties. I will try again tomorrow.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

finished shading. I think

Well I think I am finished shading. The thumb maybe looks a little off, but i sprayed it with hairspray so I cant adjust it any more.

who is holding your hand

I had the urge to draw hands today, why I don't know. I had that commercial "whats in your wallet". Well it kinda got to be the thought of who's holding your hand. Its very difficult to take a thought in your head and reproduce in pictures. You have to find just the right angle and images that will work into what you want. I have an online drawing friend Amanda who is absolutely fabulous at drawing. I should take some lessons from her. But the practice is what its all about. I do wish I had taken the image to the edge of the paper. You can see from the pencil on the paper the approximate size it is. Oh well lessons learned. I still have some shading to do, but before the light got any dimmer in the house I figured I would get a picture. I really cannot get a good picture with the flash as it ends up with an orange glow.