Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nancie Johnson - Black Bird

Artist: Nancie Johnson
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Sheet
Size: 9" x 12"

Millie Nguyen - black bird

Artist: Millie Nguyen
5" X 7"
Medium: Acrylics on 5" X 7" canvas
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Horst Hittenberger

Artist: Horst Hittenberger
Size: 14" by 10"
Medium: Oil on canvas paper

Friday, April 29, 2011

Robie Benve - Red-Winged Black Bird In The Forest

Artist: Robie Benve
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Panel
Size: 5"x 7"
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jean Nelson - Redwing Blackbird

Artist: Jean Nelson
Size: 6"x6"
Medium: Acrylic on linen
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Dianne Lanning - Blackbird

Artist: Dianne Lanning
Size: 4X6 inch
Medium: Watercolor
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dave Froude - Red-winged Blackbird

Artist: Dave Froude
Size: 9”X12”
Support: canvas panel
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Monday, April 25, 2011

Challenge 19 - Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoenicius)

About the composition

It is time to move for a while to alive moving subjects ... birds, animals and eventually maybe "humans" as well.

I do not know much about this bird besides the fact that it is a male easily identified by jet black body plumage with prominent and solid red/orange and yellow epaulettes. It has a noticeably aggressive behavior and scares all sparrows around.

The artistic challenge here is to portray the impression of the black bird by introducing additional colors not only shades of gray. Play with color but make it read as black.

A tip.... this is a high resolution if you click on it a couple of times you should see a very magnified image with clear eyes, light falling on the feathers etc. You can also right click and save it to your computer and then zoom it to see details.

Please send a photo of your painting the latest by May 14th. The next painting reference will be posted on Sunday, May 15th.

Julie Haynes - Two is Better

Artist: Julie Haynes
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 8" x 8"
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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Cheri Homaee – Two Lovers

Artist: Cheri Homaee

Size: 9" x 12"

Medium: Acrylic

Support: Canvas Panel

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Lucia Fort - Cherries

Artist: Lucia Fort
Size: 6" X 6"
Medium: Palette Knife, Oil on panel


Julie Beck - Cherries Challenge

Artist: Julie Beck
Size: 12 inches by 12 inches
Medium: Acrylic on linen canvas

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Jenni Twidle - Cherries

Artist: Jenni Twidle
Medium: Pastel on dark grey Pastelmat
Size: 5"x 6"

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Rodica Voicu

Artist: Rodica Voicu
Size: 6"x6"
Medium: Oil on hardboard
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Tess Turner

Artist: Tess Turner
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
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Robie Benve - Loving Cherries

Artist: Robie Benve
Medium: Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
Size: 5"x 5"
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Artist: Sylviane Le Cann
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 6" x 6"
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Anita Badami - Merry Cherries

Artist: Anita Badami
Size: 4.25"x4.25"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Millie Nguyen - "You and I"

Artist: Millie Nguyen
Medium: acrylics
Size: 5" X 7"

Nancie Johnson - Just the 2 of Us

Artist: Nancie Johnson
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Artist blog:

Shannon Silver

Artist: Shannon Silver
Size: 8"x10"
Medium: Acrylic on panel
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Horst Hittenberger - Cherries

Artist: Horst Hittenberger
Medium: Oil on canvas paper
Size: 8"x 10"
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Sylvia Young - April cherries

Artist: Sylvia Young
Medium: Pastel
Size: 12" x 9"
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Karla Uphoff - "Fraternal Twins"

Artist: Karla Uphoff
Medium: Oil on Hardboard
Size : 4" X 4"
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Renate Arends - Cherries

Artist: Renate Arends (Nederland)

Medium: Watercolour and aquarel pencil on paper

Size: 9.5 "x 11.75"

Lavanya MKrishnan - Cherries

Medium: Watercolor

Size: 9"x12"

Support: Cold press paper

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Claire Beadon Carnell - True Love

Medium: Oil
Support: Canvas Panel

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Challenge 18 - Cherries in Love

Thank you once again for participating in the PADT challenge - "Red Rose"...and welcome to the new challenge - "Cherries In Love"!

All of us love a great inviting composition which brings our creative juices to the boiling point.

An irresistible urge is sparked and we are ready to grab the paint brush and start to create, this time for sure, a real masterpiece.

However, 20% down the road the painting does not look like it is going to be a masterpiece, 30% down the motivation to go on is close to the river bed, and 50% down the road the failed masterpiece is 1 m away from the garbage can. We all know those feelings too well to admit that no one is an exception. It takes great courage and bravery to show your work here at PADT and accept the heaviness of the "public" eyes and critique.

If you feel like this, rest assured that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. It is a normal part of growing up and learning. Just remember that each attempt counts. Be brave and be grateful - for the lesson learned - and move on.

About the photo reference

In the above picture, the labels may not appear to be clearly visible. However, please note that this is a very high resolution picture. You can right click on it and save it on your computer and then zoom in to each label.

In this composition I wanted to share with you the most important elements of a 3-dimensional representation. I especially want to emphasize how important it is to be able to "see" all elements that help in describing that appearance. I intentionally lightened the above photo so that now you can see all the important shadow elements in this composition.

The main goal to achieve in this challenge is to paint the cherries as if you can grab them out of the canvas, fully alive and 3 dimensional. How? Analyze all described elements in the second photo and make sure you "see" them, understand them, and paint them with the appropriate, color, value, chroma-vibrancy and color temperature. Make sure you do not forget the importance of the lines and edges (hard or soft).

Please send a photo of your painting the latest by April 23rd. The next painting reference will be posted on Sunday, April 24th.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lela Stankovic - Red Rose and Reflections

Artist: Lela Stankovic
Medium: Watercolor on paper
Size: 10" x 6"
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Horst Hittenberger - A Rose

Artist: Horst Hittenberger
Medium: Oil on canvas panel
Size: 9"x 12"
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Sheila Estep – Red Rose

Artist: Sheila Estep

Medium: Watercolor

Size: 10" x 14"

Artist Blog:

Nancie Johnson - Red Rose & Vase

Artist: Nancie Johnson

Support: Acrylic & Inks on canvas
Size: 9"x12"