Monday, January 31, 2011

Angela Sullivan - The Things Within

Artist: Angela Sullivan
Medium: Acrylics on canvas panel
Size: 7"x5"
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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Challenge 15 - Coffee Jar

Butterflies are such adorable, delightful creatures - They bring out the best in us. Perhaps this is one of the reasons for such an enthusiastic participation from everyone for the last challenge. And every painting is so lovely! Many of my friends mentioned that they often returned back to PADT in the last couple of weeks admiring the gallery of wonderful paintings.

I want to thank all of us who participated as well as those who provided feedbacks.

About the composition

This composition is all about an old fashioned porcelain jar I found hidden among a pile of pottery in an antique store. What attracted me to it were the amazing complementary colors, blue - orange and the extremely pleasing variety of shapes.

The jar could have been used for anything. In this composition I decided to make it look like it was used to store coffee beans.

As with the majority of our compositions, the light source is positioned at the top left side. This gives great reflections and shadows all accross the jar. The coffee beans introduce a variety of textures complementing the glossy porcelain surface.

There are 2 important tasks to accomplish while painting this composition:

1) Background. In the reference photo there is no background, just plain blue-gray zone. I would like you to try to paint a simple background that will communicate aerial perspective with an undefind space behind the jar.

2) Form, light, texture. As always, please pay special attention to the porcelain surface, textures (esp of the coffee beans), highlights, shadows and reflections. Just for a moment observe how many colors you can find reflected in the metal parts of the jar - then paint them.

Please send a photo of your painting latest by February 19. The next painting reference will be posted on Sunday February 20.

Viviane Massé - Monarch Butterfly

Artist: Viviane Massé
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 30 cm x 25 cm
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Helen Eaton - Monarch Butterfly

Artist: Helen Eaton
Medium: Oil on canvs board
Size: 5"x 7"
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Zeljka Jereb Matkovic - Monrch Butterfly

Artist: Zeljka Jereb Matkovic
Medium: Watercolor and acrylic on 140lb watercolor paper
Size: 7"x 10"

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jenni Twidle - Monarch Butterfly

Artist: Jenni Twidle
Medium: Pastel pencil on light grey Pastelmat
Size: 6''x 8"

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Sidmar - Butterfly

Artist: Sidmar
Medium: Watercolor on 140lbs paper.
Size: 8" x 10"
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Artist: Sylviane Le Cann
Medium:Oil on canvas paper
Size: 8" x 10"
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Claire Beadon Carnell - Monarch

Artist: Claire Beadon Carnell
Medium: Oil
Size: 6" x 6"

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Lucia Fort - Butterfly

Artist: Lucia Fort
Medium: Acrylic on paper
Size: 10" by 8”
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Nancie Johnson - Monarch Butterfly

Artist: Nancie Johnson
Medium Acrylic on canvas
Size: 9"x12"
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Pat Koscienski - Monarch Butterfly

Artist: Pat Koscienski
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 24" x 24"
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Sheila Estep - Butterfly

Artist: Sheila Estep
Size: "7.25 x 15 "
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Robie Benve - Monarch Butterfly

Artist: Robie Benve
Medium: Acrylic
Support: Board
Size: 9" x 12"
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Karla Uphoff - Butterfly and Hyacenth

Artist: Karla Uphoff
Medium: Oil on Hardboard
Size: 5" x 7"
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Julie Riker - Monarch

Artist: Julie Riker
Medium: Oil on canvas board
Size: 5" x 7"
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Anita Badami - Butterfly

Artist: Anita Badami
Medium: Mixed media (Oil and Acrylic)
Size: 5 1/2"x 7 1/2"

Darlene Twitchell - Butterfly

Artist: Darlene Twitchell
Medium: Colored Pencil
Size: 5"x 7"
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lavanya Mkrishnan - Butterfly

Artist: Lavanya Mkrishnan
Size: 5" x 7"
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Sylvia Young - Butterfly

Artist: Sylvia Young

Angela Sullivan - Butterfly

Artist: Angela Sullivan
Medium: Acrylics on canvas panel
Size: 7"x5"

Horst Hittenberger - Butterfly

Artist: Horst Hittenberger
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas
Size: 11"x 16"
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Millie Nguyen - Butterfly

Artist: Millie Nguyen
Medium: Watercolor on Arches Hot Press WC paper
Size: 7" x 10"
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Jean Nelson - Monarch Butterfly

Artist: Jean Nelson
Medium: 3"x4" acrylic on linen paper
Size: 3" x 4"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Linda Young - "You lookin' at me?"

Artist: Linda Young
Medium: Watercolor (On 140 lb Arches WC paper)
Size: 4 3/8" x 6 7/8"
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Challenge 14 - Monarch Butterfly

Let's open a new 2011 with an excellent study of a monarch butterfly. This time I will not write about the composition and elements to pay attention to. They are absolutely identical to what was written in the first post almost a year ago. Just read the "Challenge 1" and all will be clear.

Please send a photo of your painting the latest by January 29. The next painting reference will be posted on Sunday January 30.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Debbie Later - Pearls

Artist: Debbie Later
Size: 5" x 7"
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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Nancie Johnson - Pearls

Artist: Nancie Johnson
Acrylic on canvas
Size: 9"x12"
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Lucia Fort - Pearls

Lucia Fort
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 8" x 8"
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