Monday, December 30, 2013

Jenni Twidle

12"x 8"
coloured pencil and pastel on black Canford paper

Artist comments - I had very great difficulty photographing this. The paper was not really suitable for coloured pencil because it would not take many layers. I ended up embellishing it with pastels!

Jenni Twidle

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Marie-Claude Sauze

Marie-Claude Sauze

Size is 6 x 8 inches

Watercolor on paper

My website :

Technic watercolor

Friday, December 27, 2013

Antonio Romero Santana

Artist:      Antonio Romero Santana
Size:     31 x 23 cm.   
Medium & Support:     Acrílico sobre papel
Artist Blog:

Monday, December 23, 2013

Nelvia Mcgrath - "Contemplation"

Title:  Contemplation
Size:   9x12
Medium & Support:  Color Pencil on Artagain black paper
Painting Technique:  First off I want to tell you all what a great job you did, this was a toughie, at least for me.  This is black paper and getting back to white was tough.  I did the rose mostly in watercolor white pencil will a little yellow and pinks.  But object is to finish and learn something and that I did, just squeaking in under the wire.  Happy Holidays to all!!!

Nancie Johnson - "Flower with Glass"

Title: Flower with Glass
Artist: Nancie Johnson
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 9" x 12"
Artists blog:

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pat Koscienski - "White Rose and Wine"

Title:  White Rose and Wine
Artist:  Pat Koscienski
Size:   10" x 8"
Medium & Support:  Acrylic on board
Artist Blog:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sylvia Young - " It’s Christmas"

Title - It’s Christmas. oil - 12x15.5 inches. -
When i started this painting  it was still November but as i worked on it, December crept up and before I knew it my husband is putting up Christmas lights, so I began adding a few Christmas additions to the painting.Hope this gets you in the mood, and I wish all painters a very Happy Christmas.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Shirley Bond

Artist: Shirley Bond 
Size 7"x7"
Support: Watercolor on watercolor paper
Artist Notes: 
Difficult to paint to get the black background dark enough but I did mask the outline of the rose and the brighter area of the wine glass before painting the background.

Jean-Michel Gruet

 Jean-Michel Gruet
Acrylic, pastel and watercolor pencils on black paper. 
24 x30 inches
Artist Notes: Minimalist approach

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Horst Hittenberger

Mari Jose Molina

Artist: Mari Jose Molina
Size: 20x11
Medium & Support: Acuarela sobre papel 

Monday, December 2, 2013

carla raffaelli

carla raffaelli
watercolor on paper Arches 300 gr
34 X 40 cm

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pedro Martin

Artist: Pedro Martin
31 x 41 cm
Medium & Support: Watercolor on paper
Artist Blog:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Renate Arends - "Romantiek (Romance)"

  • Naam schilderijRomantiek (Romance) 
  • Artist: Renate Arends
  • Size: 24 x 30cm.
  • Medium & Support:  Watercolor and gouache on aqua board
  • Artist

* Painting Process:
After I made the sketch with pencil I have made the part that had to be blackened, black, with the exception of the glass and the leg of the glass. I gave the glass itself and the leg of the glass  a watery layer black with cutouts for the pieces here and there where the glass was shiny.

Where needed I took the paint away  with a clean damp brush  so that a dull white showed.. This was also the time I painted in the wine. After this, I painted the brown section containing the white shadow (in the middle) and the black shadow (right).

After this I colored the rose, petal after petal. I had difficulties with finding the right color. No yellow, no pink. Ultimately, it is a mix of white gouache with orange watercolor paint. After the Rose was finished I put the details in the glass. Finally I gave the black and Brown sections a last  layer so that small smudges and spots were no longer visible.

Monday, November 25, 2013

SAY Peter ( France)

Name : SAY Peter (France )
Size : 23 x 34 cm.
Huile sur papier

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Valérie M. - "Le verre et la rose"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Mohepi - ""Le vin et la rose""


Artist: France
size: 30 x24 cm
Médium, support: pastel on canson paper
Painting process: It was a evidence for me when i saw the photo: take a black paper. And i played with chalks and pencils of was fast realised...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Angela Sullivan - "Love Potion"

Title: Love Potion
Artist: Angela Sullivan
Medium: Oil on 7x5 canvas panel

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Challenge 42 - Wine & Rose

Thank you so much for your participation in the Challenge 41 -  Water Lily.

The flowers in the water pond are from a visit to one of my most favorite places - the "Royal Botanical Gardens" in  Burlington which is a city near Toronto where I live. I visited the gardens numerous times to spend time with "my" rose bushes, Irises and of course the Water Lilies.

I think every painting in this last challenge was a true beauty. While some paintings caught the reflections in the water, the other paintings caught the light in the composition and yet  the other paintings were special in the painterly and creative way the artists approached the composition. Perhaps we can call this little challenge our tribute to Monet!

About the composition:

The main challenge in this composition is to create the impression of a sparkling wine glass  disappearing in the background.  The glass is identifiable in the photograph as a glass only by the reflections of the surrounding objects - such as the reflection of the window - on the glass. 

The white rose is not really white. It is full of many colors and the challenge is to catch the softness of the creamy petals  which blend gently and melt into the background - creating contrast and harmony with the predominantly dark remaining part of the composition.
Please send your paintings by January 05. The next challenge will be posted on Jan 06, 2014.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Shirley Bond

  • Artist: Shirley Bond
  • Size: 8inches x 6inches
  • Medium & Support: watercolor on 300 watercolor paper
  • Artist Blog:
  • Artist Website:
  • Painting Technique : I sketched the outline of the lily and then filled in the background but found trying to get the shimmer of the water very difficult.
  • I also found trying to get a bright color tone difficult for the lily- it was either too pink or too red.
  • This looked like an easy study but it was not.

Pat Koscienski - "Water Lilies"

Water Lilies
11" x 14"
Acrylic on board

Beti Abel

Autor     Beti Abel
Técnica Acuarela
Medida  20x27 cm

Renate Arends - "Νούφαρο"

  • Artist: Renate Arends
  • Size: 34 x 24 cm.
  • Medium & Support:  Watercolor on Yupo.
  • Artist Blog:
  • Artist Website: 
  • Painting Process: I started with the water lily and the reflections. Then I painted the water. I thought it would be easy but it was so difficult. In particular the water took me quite a long time.  Because of  the Yupo the colors ran into each other whereby the shade didn't come out well. It was a very good exercise!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sylvia Young
Lotus pool  

Sunday, October 20, 2013

France from France

Artist: France  from France.
size:    29 X 21 cm
Medium support: pastel on paper
Painting process: first, the water:rubbed with a little piece of paper and after flowers , simply...

Lazareva Vel

Artist: Lazareva Vel
Size: 20 x 30 cm Medium & Support: acrylic,paper 200g/m2.
Artist's Notes; Used palette knife
Artist Blog:
Artist Website:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Carla Raffaelli

carla raffaelli
watercolor on paper Arches 300 gr
46 x 61 cm

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mohepi - "Mes nymphéas"

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Horst Hittenberger

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Catharina Engberg

Monday, October 14, 2013

Nelvia McGrath

Artist:  Nelvia McGrath
Size:  4.5"x5.5"
Medium:  Pastel on sanded Paper
Painting technique:   Wanted to loosen up so used sanded paper and alcohol to smudge the underpainting and then added final layer

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Jenni Twidle - "Is this a Lotus Flower?"

8" x 10.5"
soft pastel on Pastelmat
Jenni Twidle
"Is this a Lotus Flower?"

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Angela Sullivan - "Wet Wonder"

Title: Wet Wonder
Medium: Oil
Size: 6x6
Artist: Angela Sullivan

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Challenge 41 - Water Lily

I must share with you how delighted my cousin Oki was with such a variety of styles and artistic expressions we all witnessed in the last challenge. Many of you shared how difficult it was and I applaud to all of you who participated. What is the most important is to advance your skills and keep observing, painting and practicing.

About the composition

This time I have chosen a subject related to painting water and reflections. While looking at it, it is hard not to think of Claude Monet's garden in France and his famous water lilies.

I hope you will enjoy painting this water study.

Please send your entries by November 09. The next challenge will be posted on November 10.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hanneke Bronwasser - " Mysterious girl "

" Mysterious girl "
 watercolour on Canson Fontenay paper
24 x 32 cm
Hanneke Bronwasser

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pat Koscienski - "Oki"

12" x 16"
acrylic on board

Pat Koscienski

Friday, September 27, 2013

Angela Sullivan - "Sun Soaking"

Sun Soaking
 8x10 oil on canvas panel
Angela Sullivan

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Carla Raffaelli

carla raffaelli
watercolor on paper Arches 300 gr
46 x 61 cm

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Horst Hittenberger

Debbie Later

Debbie Later

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mari Jose Molina

Artist: Mari Jose Molina
Size: 29x15
Medium & Support: Acuarela sobre papel 


Acuarela sobre papel Gvarro.
Medidas: 50x35

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mohepi - "La fille au chapeau"

Friday, September 6, 2013

Jenni Twidle

Jenni Twidle

Gouache, coloured pencil and pen on white cartridge paper.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sylvia Young

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Shirley Bond

Shirley Bond
12"x 8" watercolor on paper

Monday, August 26, 2013

Alexander Clausen

pencil (HB,B1,B3,B7)

Sunday, August 25, 2013


Artist: France
Country: France
Size: 50 x35 cm
Medium: pastel on simple white paper
Painting process: nothing special,this is like a coloring. I only changed the color of the clothe  because i keep the white background....  Should i make a background ??

Linda Wan - " Healthy Beauty"

Healthy Beauty
Artist :  Linda Wan
Drawing using Graphit Pencil
on Watercolour Paper(350gm)
Website :