Sunday, 29 April 2012

Hosted By Patricia A. Griffin


The Challenge for this month...

Capture the essence of Mothering through animals.

Happy Mothers Day!

Rules of the Challenge:

1. This monthly Challenge is for DPP members only,
but anyone is welcome and encouraged to make comments on the posts.

2. Submit your Challenge entry just as you would a regular post - with
a picture of your entry and anything you would like to write about
your experience with this particular challenge. You are welcome to
submit more than one entry.

3. All entries must be posted no later than midnight May 31, 2012.

4. To get a larger, high-resolution version of the monthly Challenge photo, just click on
the photo in this post.

5. Please put only your name in the label section of your post - thanks!
(Your name should appear exactly as it does on the DPP blog)

6.  Please follow the spirit of this challenge - all submissions must be created
after the Challenge has been posted.

7. Have fun!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

"Monet Pond" by Tatiana Myers.

"Monet Pond" by Tatiana Myers
 8 x 10", oil on panel

This one is the latest painting I finished just last night. It was a small commission for the client who wanted me to paint this little pond with the bridge at Monet residence. I had a blast working on this painting starting from part of studying several dozens of photos showing Monet Gardens... When I found out that at spring this little bridge is covered with blooms of my beloved Wisteria, I knew - this is what I want to paint. Monet water-gardens are famous for their water lilies, but I had to give it up for the sake of purple. My client didn't see the painting yet, I hope he will like this version, but if not... of well, I still like it!

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Monday, 16 April 2012


Lakeside, Fall Colors was a demonstration painting done at the Hanover Area Arts Guild. The plein air equipment and process were explained while I painted using a photo and a thumbnail value sketch. The center of interest was the yellow tree but I painted the reflections as a subtle mass to support the yellow tree. The orange overhanging branches came forward. My message was "find a simple subject and paint it beautifully."

an Original Oil Painting
by Claire Beadon Carnell

Oil    5 x 7

Here is my submission to the month's challenge.  Thank you
Maria for providing such wonderful photo references - 
it was difficult to choose between the two!
I loved working with the blue in this one, and brushing the
peach tones into it - much fun!

If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Italian lake reflections, by Linda Young

copyright 2012 Linda Yuoung
"Azaleas of Italian Lake"
9 x 11" pastel
painted  Sunday April 15, 2012

It had rained early in the day; but by noon, the skies were overcast and the rains had gone.  The night before, I had talked to my husband about having a picnic here.  I could paint and he could take his camera and get some good shots of the scenery with the beautiful multi-colored azaleas that were blooming there.
Thanks to Clare Klaum for telling me about it because it was worth the trip. John got some great pictures and I was happy to be able to be here today.

Linda Young Watercolors
and Fine Art
P O Box 941
Carlisle, Pa.  17013 

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Sky and Water Demonstration, Maria Kovalenko Leysens

This is the demonstration I did for class today. We talked about cloud shapes, how this cloud was backlit and how the water color is a bounce off the sky. We also talked about calm water and rippled water and how the colors reflect off the angles of the ripples/waves. We looked at many examples and it was good to observe and learn the form/shape of things and how the light sits on the shapes.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Bird's Nest
by Guest Blogger
Corey Fou Chong

First I would like to thank DPP artists and especially Mary Beth Brath for 
allowing me to participate in March DPP challenge. 

I was initially drawn to DPP challenge because of the light and my 
assumption of wow this would be fun to draw, little did I
 know my interpretation of a bird’s nest was going to be a painful
 one which involved some research, patience and a technique I 
might have used once or twice in the past.  The light hit the eggs
 just right not to dark and not to light with a little bit of reflected
 light and shadow.   Things got a little problematic or stressful 
when it was time to address the nest ( I should of did a close up).
  I figured a negative drawing of the nest was the best approach, although
 it was rather difficult to see a pattern to the nest other than
 overlapping sticks and twigs.  Twenty plus hours later,
 I’m fairly happy with result although it’s not complete, close up
 looks so good right now J.  Hopefully I will have time to go
 back and complete the drawing and post the entire nest
 as opposed to the close up.

Bird’s nest
Colored pencil, white chalk & graphite on toned paper