Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tina Marohn

Renate Arends - "Kiwi"

Title : Kiwi

Artist : Renate Arends (Netherlands)

Medium & support : Watercolor and paper

Size : 24 x 32 cm.

Blog :

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Horst Hittenberger

Artist: Horst Hittenberger
Size: 8 X 10
Medium & Support: Oil on Canvas Panel
Artist Blog:

Monday, February 27, 2012

Helen Eaton

Sunday, February 26, 2012

William Cook

Artist : William Cook

Medium: Oil
Size: 8x10 inches

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lydie Pieplu - "slices of kiwi"

Artist : Lydie Pieplu
Title : slices of kiwi
Size : 11x 15 cm
Watercolor on cardboard with some white Posca pen strokes

Friday, February 24, 2012


Joke Klootwijk

artist: Joke Klootwijk
Size: 18 x 24 cm
Medium & Support: Oil on board

Sophie Jallet

artist : sophie jallet
size : 30cm*40cm
medium : acrylic
support : paper 300g/m2

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Isabelle Gaillardon

artiste : Isabelle Gaillardon
taille: 25x20 inches
medium: watercolor

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sherry Thurner - "Kiwifruit"

Artist: Sherry Thurner

8x10 inches, oil on canvas board

Title: Kiwifruit



Tonya Ludlow

Artist: Tonya Ludlow
Size: 5 x 7 inches
Medium: acrylic on canvas

Zeljka Jereb Matkovic

Artist: Zeljka Jereb Matkovic
Medium: Watercolor on paper
Size: 8.5 x 5.5 in


Friday, February 17, 2012

Cheri Homaee - "Kiwi"

Artist: Cheri Homaee

9 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas

Title: Kiwi


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ignacio Avalos - "Sweet Temptation"

Title: "Sweet Temptation"
Medium: Painted in Arches Paper
Artist: Ignacio Avalos


Angela Sullivan

Artist: Angela Sullivan
5x7 oil on canvas panel
Title: In The Spotlight

Monday, February 13, 2012

Challenge 27 - Waiting For You

In the last six weeks, almost every day brought a new treasure for us to view and admire!

A big Thank You to all who shared their lovely paintings and
also to those who shared their comments and feedback.

I truly marvel at the sheer variety and richness of the glorious paintings we see in this challenge. While one artist transforms paint into live subjects with bold and lively brushstrokes, another has a totally innovative and vigorous approach, and yet another artist seeks to tease the viewer with illusions of realism.

And, we see so many different styles - impressionism, realism... as well as blends of styles... in the different paintings. Each painting communicates the artist's emotions and feelings and is truly unique and captivating. As Henri Matisse said - "...What counts is to express the emotions they call forth in you, the feelings they awaken, the relations established between objects..."

I hope that you have enjoyed this challenge as much as I did!

About the composition

How to portray the illusion of light?

Those of us who have enjoyed the visually intoxicating pleasure of visiting any of the famous museums around the world with a respectable collection of old masters European paintings must have had this experience. You are entering an endlessly long room full of beautiful paintings, tastefully arranged all around. Suddenly, somehow, for some unknown reason, against your conscious will, you are turning towards a painting so far away that you can not even recognize the subject, colors or shapes. All you can see is a “ globe of light” coming from the frame, magically illuminating the whole room. Shaking your head in complete disbelief, the only question your spell-bound mind could possibly whisper is “How did they do it?”

As some of you already commented on this post, this challenge is all about creating the “illusion of light” and to this, I will add... “the juicy mouth watering Kiwi texture”.

To create the light in the painting, among many other very important things (which I will park aside for now) - the artist needs to create deep, rich and vibrant shadows. Just look at the photo above. It is probably ~ 90% covered in deep, dark, luminous shadows. These "darks" are the main reason why the Kiwi looks like it's “bathing in the sun”.

From this composition I would encourage you to remember and try to demonstrate two things … maybe three:

1) Distribute the color values (the relative degree of lightness or darkness) across the full range in the painting, from almost black to almost white.

2) However, keep dark areas dominant at more than 80% and the light areas at less than 20%. This will create a very strong contrast and the illusion of light.

3) As an extra bonus entertainment (for those brave enough to try it!), here is the Kiwi texture - with all the sparkles and their (don't forget) shadows.

Please send a photo of your painting latest by Sunday Mar 25th.
The next painting reference will be posted on Mar 26.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Elizabeth Dianne Lanning - "Blue Bowl w/ Tomatoes"

Artist: Elizabeth Dianne Lanning
Medium: Acrylic
6X8 inches
Artist website:

Ignacio Avalos - "Mighty Red"

Title: "Mighty Red"
Artist: Ignacio Avalos
Medium: Watercolor on Arches paper

Corey Fou Chong

Artist: Corey Fou Chong
Size: 5"x8"
Medium: watercolor

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sylviane Le Cann

Artist: Sylviane Le Cann
Medium: Oil on canvas paper
Size: 7"x10"


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lavanya Mkrishnan

Artist: Lavanya Mkrishnan
Medium: oil
Size: 8x10"
Support: canvas panel

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Shweta Nayak

Artist: Shweta Nayak
Size :11"X 9"
Medium and Support: Acrylic on canvas