Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Angela Sullivan - Hi There

Artist: Angela Sullivan
Medium: Acrylics on masonite panel
Size: 5 "x 7"

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Challenge 8 - Puppy

Although I called the last challenge simple, it did not turn out to be that way. The figs texture looked too easy until you actually start painting.

I am still amazed how many talented artists work in a complete isolation and never show their work to the world. Sometimes only garbage can knows how good the work was. Hence, I would like to congratulate all of you not only on your dedication and persistence in painting this challenge, but also for the courage to show your work and share it with the rest of us at PADT. Each attempts counts and should be rewarded.

Congratulate yourself on a great achievement, make small coffee break (you don't want a big one to forget what you have learned from the previous painting) and get yourself ready for the next, this time very serious challenge.

About the photo reference

One of the initial Old Masters painting stages was "value study", often called dead layer or underpainting, executed in different values of a single color (black, green or umber). This painting challenge was chosen to practice a very interesting value study. The background should be simple and gradual. Please eliminate all background from the photo and make your own background if you like.

The dog puppy color reads as black. Not much of color is visible anywhere. This small puppy was purposely chosen so that no matter which painting or drawing medium you choose, color will be the last thing to wary about. The values will definitely be the biggest headache.

There are 2 main goals to accomplish in this challenge: 1) very sophisticated value study which will eventually produce distinguishable parts of the puppy's head 2) drawing realistic fur/hair

None of them is easy or simple. But I thought let's practice with puppy, not a human head. None will be upset if it does not turn as planned.

The last note is a reminder about "flattening" camera properties. All deepest darks look flat, in the photo, although in the real life they are not. Even the deepest darks have texture and different values in them. So, please keep that in mind while you are painting this subject.

Please send a photo of your painting the latest by September 18. The next painting reference will be posted on Sunday September 19.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Nicole Horn-Fakher - "Forgotten figs"

Nicole Horn-Fakher
Medium: Oil on board
Size: 6" x 6"
Artist's blog: http://nicolehf.blogspot.comm/

Sylviane Le Cann - Fresh Figs

Artist: Sylviane Le Cann
Medium:Oil on bord
Size: 6" x 6"
Artist's blog: http://sylviane-lec.blogspot.com/

Nancie Johnson - "Three Little Figs"

Artist: Nancie Johnson
Medium:Acrylic on canvas
Size: 12" x 9"
Artist's blog: http://nancies-art.blogspot.com/

Friday, August 27, 2010

"Three Figs" by Michael Naples

Artist: Medium:Oil On Board
Size: 10" x 10"
Artist's blog: http://www.mnaples.com
Artist's website: http://michaelnaples.blogspot.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Paula Reynolds - "Go FIGure"

Artist: Paula Reynolds
Medium: Watercolor on Yupo paper
Size: 9"x6"
Artist's blog: http://paulareynoldsartblog.blogspot.com/

Samira Humaid - "Three's not a crowd"

Artist: Samira Humaid
Medium:Pastel on Pastelmat card
Size: 7" x 5"
Blog: http://samirahumaid.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cheri Homaee - Figgy

Artist: Cheri Homaee
Size: 12" x 9"
Artist'sweb site: http://leartstudio.coma

Ignacio Avalos - "TresTtristes Higos" "The 3 Sad Figs"

Artist: Ignacio Avalos
Size: 15" x 11"

Jean Nelson - Renaissance Figures

Artist: Jean Nelson
Medium:Acrylic on canvas
Size: 8" x 10"
Artist's blog: http://Trailwind216.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tilen Ti

Artist: Tilen Ti
Medium: Oil on bord
Size:6" x 6"
Artist's blog: http://tilen-artplanet.blogspot.com/

Claire Beadon Carnell - I Dream of Figs

Artist: Claire Beadon Carnell
Medium: Oil
Size: 6" x 8"
Artist's blog: http://clairebcarnell.blogspot.com/
Artist's web site: http://www.clairebcarnell.com

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dianne Lanning - Fresh Figs

Artist: Dianne Lanning
Medium: Watercolor on 300lb Arches paper
Size: 8 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Artist's blog: http://dianne-voicepainter.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Byannick - 'No wrinkles"

Artist: Byannick
Medium:Oil on board
Size: 20" x 14"
Artist's blog: Byannick Blog

Pat Koscienski - "Afternoon Delight"

Artist: Pat Koscienski
Medium:Acrylic on canvas
Size: 20" x 10"
Artist's blog: http://www.patkoscienski.blogspot.com/

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Lela Stankovic - Fresh Figs

Artist: Lela Stankovic
Medium: Oil on linen panel
Size: 6" x 4"

Artist's blog: http://www.lelacreations.blogspot.com/
Artist's web site: http://www.lelacreations.com/

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Angela Sullivan - My Dad's Bigger Than Yours

Artist: Angela Sullivan
Medium: Acrylics on masonite panel
Size: 8 1/4 "x 8"

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Linda Young - "Gettin'figgy with it!"

Title: Three little figs on broadway
Medium: Watercolor on paper
Size: 8 3/4" x 12 7/8"

Title: "Gettin'figgy with it!"
Artist: Linda Young
Medium: Pastel
Size: 10" x 12"
Artist's blog: http://lindayoungwatercolors.blogspot.com/
Artist's web site: http://lindayoungwatercolors.com/

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Horst Hittenberger - Fresh Figs

Horst Hittenberger
Medium: Oil on canvas panel
Size: 12"x 16"
Artist's blog: http://horsthittenberger.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Challenge 7 - Fresh Figs

I had a great time off. Everyone needs it once in a while. I am so grateful to all of you for being there and continuing to help each other at PADT. Thank you for all great paintings and wonderful comments. Looking at how well you handled the last painting challenge I almost started to believe that “Baby Duck” was too simple subject to paint. However, I promised a simpler still life and here it is.

About the photo reference

Fresh figs ... simple subject isn’t it. I am sure artists and their creativity can make it quite complex. Here I wanted to “catch” first morning light and see what kind of difference it makes. Clearly it is a very cool light with easily distinguishable blue undertone. Warm wooden base and warm shadows provide a visual interest and needed contrast so that all blends into a unique “visual harmony”.

Please send photo of your painting the latest by August 28. The next painting reference will be posted on Sunday August 29.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Janice Austin

Artist: Janice Austin
Medium: Soft pastels on MiTientes paper
Size: 8"x10"