Sunday, 7 November 2010

Paint and Draw Together Challenge - October

October challenge - painted in oils
This is the second May challenge (it's every three weeks).I don't usually like squirrels as we have some grey ones at home and they strip the wahlnut tree of all the nuts every year,so i have made this one a little bit browner.
May challenge - Red winged blackbird.Worked in pastel.May-be a little more work on the background without taking the focus off the main subjects.
April challenge - the two cherries.These i did in pastel,and felt much better about this attempt.
March challenge -the red rose. I did this as a water colour, but not very satisfied with it.There was a lot of black in the original reference ,that i found daunting, and the rose became very heavy.Oh well press on to the next challenge !
This was a challenge I really enjoyed , and only stopped because I ran out of paper . If I had not I would have ended up with the whole kitchen!!!

  January 2011. This challenge was the only one I attempted that was not a building , and I worked in watercolour - no pen this time .
It is a Monach Butterfly.
December challenge 2 - Pearls
 December - Orange/Red Rose
November -  Pomegranate
October - Lemons and Flower


  1. I really like the feel of the lemon picture. Is it pastels?..I only make a big mess with them

  2. Orange and Red Rose
    Yasha said:
    You are so quick Sylvia.Did you do the background using a graphite pencil?It really looks great.The drops on leaves seems to glow.I so loved it.

  3. December 2010 Challenge - Pearls
    Kim C Pelletier said...

    I can’t draw with pastels to save my life and it always amaze me to see artists achieving that kind of accuracy with the medium. I feel perhaps that the artwork could use a little bit more contrasting values, but who am I to say given that I don’t know the medium, its possibilities and limitations too well.

    Interesting that not only did you added your own touch to the composition with more shells and spreading the pearls, but you also chose a horizontal composition rather than vertical like the reference photo. I think that brings a completely different dynamic to the artwork; a soothing sense of silence and calmness that doesn’t exist in the reference photo.
    December 31, 2010 10:57 AM
    syls said...

    Hi Kim,
    Yes you are right ,there are not enough tonal values,trouble is i finish a piece ,and think it is fine.I need someone at my elbow to say more contrasts !more darks!However - "if at first you don't succeed try,try,try again." With all these great challenges it certainly something i intend to do.
    Happy new painting year.Syls

  4. I think you did a great job on the cherries.I have never used pastels but have heard they are tricky.Have a wonderful Easter weekend.



Pen & Wash French Chateau

oil- the 'wobbly bridge' london

an attempt at the girl with the pearl earring-oil