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Recent Works of Our Members

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Members: share photos of your recent works, your comments about them, and tell us if you want suggestions. This will allow us to connect without actually meeting in person. The newest arrivals are being put at the top of the page. Keep scrolling down to see those posted earlier.

Please send your comments to the artist. If the artist wants them posted, she/he can send them to me.

Be sure photos include the frame. Try to avoid glare and overexposure. Don't worry about having the image rectangular or level. That can be fixed.

 

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Four Horsemen, One Driver V4, August, 2020, watercolor 10x14, matted to 16x20

This will be my entry in the Climate Change exhibit. It portrays the four horsemen of the Acropolis (dire disasters all) and the one driver of them all, namely human overpopulation. The flags will spell out the specifics. There will also be some suggestion of the sky and ground with dust stirred up by the ensemble. There will probably be a 5th version (at least), so suggestions of improvements would be welcome.

 

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Corean at piano V5, August, 2020, watercolor 10x14, matted to 16x20

This is my 5th  try at painting a friend in Acme, WA, who was a concert pianist, but has not been able to play at all lately due to advanced aphasia. I consider it finished, but I am thinking about a 6th version, and would appreciate any suggestions.

 

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Banjo Ben 3, June 2020, watercolor 10x14, matted to 16x20

I was trying for a watercolor look

Comments welcome.

 

 

 

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Banjo Ben V3, July 2020, watercolor, 10x10, matted to 15x15.

I made a more detailed ink sketch, with crosshatch shading, intending to use very sparse color. However, things quickly got out of control, so I ended up painting more details, and darker paint. Now it looks more like an oil done with watercolor paint.

Comments welcome.

 

 

 

Cathy Niekamp, cniekamp@msn.com

Portrait of Christine, pencil, 9X12, June 2020

Comments welcome. This is the final version.

 

 

 

Sandra Scott, sandra@scott-usa.com

Creeping Charlie (wildflower), May 2020, oils

This is what Sandra was finishing Sunday, 5/17. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

 

 

Myrl Luper, myrl_luper@baylor.edu

Wildflower, May 2020, watercolor pencil, 5"X7"

Comments are welcome

 

 

 

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Glad Girls 1 with background, watercolor, 10.5"X10.5"

The background was originally left white. I filled in the greenery before Sunday, then added the critters Sunday. Comments welcome.

 

 

Chesley Smith, csmith108@hot.rr.com

Guitar,  May, 2020, Collage, 8"X10"

 

 

 

 

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Glad Girls 4, May 2020, watercolor 10X14 (quarter sheet)

This is the finished painting, I think, but it could still be altered. So I would still welcome comments and suggestions. I probably won't do  a V5, but I am considering revising V1, filling in some of the white background with hovering objects, like butterflies.

From Kay Reinke: I really like this. I particularly like the hands. They are so hard to do and yours are great!

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Glad Girls 4, May 2020, watercolor 10X14 (quarter sheet)

I'm incorporating suggestions on GG3 & color choices. At this point you can see a change in the background. (earlier versions are below.) By enlarging it, you might be able to see the sketch lines, which include changes in the hands & clothing lines. Nothing is finished, but the footprint of the flowers is what I plan to use, unless I hear suggestions to do otherwise.

Additional comments & suggestions are welcome.

 

 

Cathy Niekamp, cniekamp@msn.com

Sassy Blue Eyes, pencil, 9X12, May 2020

Comments welcome. This is the final version.

 

 

 

Pat Blackwell, patsyruthb1@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Kay Reinke, kayreinke@gmail.com

Evening Glow, April 2020, 18x24 oil, $550

Comments are welcome

Critique by Sandy Scott: Mesmerizing, very inviting, soothing.  Wow, it is lovely!

Critique by Bill Franklin: I really love this. Shadows from the bright glow of the sun are very well done.

Kay Reinke, kayreinke@gmail.com

Emergence, April 2020, 24x24x1.5 gallery wrapped acrylic, $650

Comments are welcome

Critique by Sandy Scott: Aptly named, like an emergence of life in our world and experiencing the soothing but glowing flow of lights in the beginning of life...  Beautiful! Or it could be a woman emerging from her tub of low emotions, and successfully beginning life anew with colors bright with possibility.  This painting surely got me thinking :)

 

 

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Glad Girls 3, April 2020, watercolor 14x20 (half sheet)

I never got suggestions for the girl's clothing colors, and I decided that one problem was that there were such large areas that were basically featureless. So I decided to try giving them indigenous clothing, woven wool wraps. I didn't pull it off very well, partly because the clothing areas were already defined. I'm considering a version 4 with a sketch with different clothing. I'd appreciate any comments and suggestions on Version 3 that I could use for V4.

 

 

Chesley Smith, csmith108@hot.rr.com

Dr. Martin King jr, mixed media, April 2020

Critique by Sandy Scott: I just have to say this is my most favorite of your MLK paintings.  It's got everything!  If it were in a gallery, I would just have to keep returning to enjoy it!

Chesley Smith, csmith108@hot.rr.com

Abstract, April 2020

This painting is not showing up when I visit this page online. I tried replacing it where it was, then trying it below, rather than above Chesley's other painting. It still isn't showing up for me. If this happening for you, let know. I don't know what else to do.

 

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Glad Girls 3, April 2020, watercolor 14x20 (half sheet)

This is version 3. I have made changes in the hair and the teeth, but it have both worse. Anyway, still need help with now is the girls clothing colors. In version 1, I used blue and gray. In version 2 (bottom of this page) I used blue and pink. I wasn't happy with either. What do you suggest? Other comments & suggestions are also welcome.

If you think any of the combinations below look good, please tell me which one. Or suggest another.

          1                         2                      3                        4                          5                       6                      7

Critique by Sandy Scott: I think version 3 in your chain of pictures looks best.  I'm not the best at picking colors, but these colors are bright without taking over the other objects and people in the painting. And, the flowers don't disappear in the area of the smaller girl's dress.

 

 

Cathy Niekamp, cniekamp@msn.com

Portrait of the artist when very young, April 2020, graphite, 9x12

 

 

Cathy Niekamp, cniekamp@msn.com

Ott, April 2020, colored Pencil, 9x12

Critique by Sandy Scott: I am amazed by your drawings. It must be difficult to blend with colored pencils. I enjoy seeing your talent develop.

Critique by Bill Franklin: I continue to be amazed by what you can do with colored pencils. I tried that for a while, getting better paper, better pencils, but not getting very good at using them.

 

 

Jean Thomas, jeanthomas623@yahoo.com

Untitled, April 2020, unfinished,11x14 oil, comments and suggestion welcome.

Critique by Sandy Scott: I really like this, colors & shapes are beautiful. I would darken his underbelly by adding some muted blue & feathering it upwards, lighter as you go, like you did his front leg. I would also soften the hard lines around his body & the mound below him. I think this will turn out cool!

Critique by Bill Franklin: This is my favorite of the 3. I can't add any suggestions to Sandy's.

Jean Thomas, jeanthomas623@yahoo.com

Untitled, April 2020 may be unfinished, 16x20 oil, comments and suggestion welcome.

Critique by Sandy Scott: The roses are a pretty color. I like the still life, but I would soften the lines & make more shadows, especially underneath the single rose on the table, the bottle & the glass. I would also darken the background where t hits the table, and soften the gray on the wine bottle.

Jean Thomas, jeanthomas623@yahoo.com

Great Outdoors, April 2020, unfinished, 24x48 oil, comments and suggestion welcome.

Critique by Sandy Scott: I love this. The mountains are cooled down nicely. Try cooling & lightening the landscape as you go toward the horizon. Perhaps the fish could be brighter.

Critique by Bill Franklin: Here  I can make a few suggestions. For one, the trees in the distance are far too regular. Add more to the vary the spacing and the heights, and make them extend along the entire shore, rather than stopping before they get to the nearer trees. Also, the deer and fox need to have some molding to make them look 3D. There isn't a real sense of where the sun is, i.e., where the light is coming from. Perhaps from the above right? Make it cast shadows to mold the animals and on the ground beneath them to root them. Finally, the eagle is larger than the deer and therefore must be closer, but it tends to look like a very big eagle at the same distance. I'm not sure how to improve that. Maybe with shadows below the deer, the lack of one below the eagle will let us know that he is closer than the water below him, which is not in the painting. If the light were coming from behind us, you could make its shadow smaller than it is. That would let us know that it is closer than its shadow, which would be near the deer. I hope this didn't seem to critical, but I think you can make this a very nice painting with a few improvements.

 

 

Judi Simon, jksimon,123@outlook.com

Teacup and Sugar Bowl, 12" x 10", Porcelain, April 2020

Almost finished, but still more to do on the sugar bowl and the foreground table cover.

Critique by Sandy Scott: Well, what can I say?... I can see how you have perfected the patterns of the teacup. It's interesting to compare it with the sugar bowl pattern that's still in a beginning state.

Judi Simon, jksimon,123@outlook.com

Cherries 10" x 10", Porcelain, April 2020

Started but lots of detail yet to do. The background will be a damask pattern table cloth. No highlights on this one as yet. i do those last

Critique by Sandy Scott: I Like the way you mottled the cherries at this glazing stage. I just need to know how you did it!

Judi Simon, jksimon,123@outlook.com

Persimmon Pot , Watercolor, March 2020

Finished, but not framed yet.

Critique by Sandy Scott: This is perfect. I would sure like to take lessons from you.

Critique by Bill Franklin: All 3 of these are wonderful, or are well on their way to be when finished. You have amazingly fine control of your brush, and the patience to portray every detail. Thanks for sharing.

 

 

Sandra Scott, sandra@scott-usa.com

My husband Mark (a work in progress), March 2020

I am having trouble seeing what is wrong in the form before I go stronger with detail and correct color.  I can see that his jaw is too narrow.

Critique from Bill Franklin: I agree that the jaw needs to be wider, but otherwise I can't see anything that needs improving. Beautiful!

Reply from Sandy: When I decided his skin was too dark, I lightened it and it looks chalky in real life.  Perhaps I should be using.a lead white in my flesh mixtures?  I have read that Lead white, Flake white, Cremintz white (all have lead, and you should not eat it :)  are more transparent which is nice for portrait painting, producing the transluscent look of the Old Masters Portraits. I know Zinc white is also more transluscent, but recent studies have found it to be problematic with eventual wrinkling and spotting through the years.

From Kay Reinke:  Here is what I learned. lighten with something beside white. Naples yellow is good. Also I learned that if you think it should be lightened, maybe it should actually have more darks. Hope that helps! Also, I have  a tube of "mixing white." It is made not to be so chalky. It is more transparent. Might be worth a try. MC art supplies on Washington probably will have it.

 

 

 

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Glad Girls 2, March 2020, watercolor, 10x13 (quarter sheet)

This is based on a photo I took in Mexico in 2009. Two sisters were trying to sell gladiolas to tourists. We didn't want to try carrying flowers around with us, but we offered them a few pesos to take a photo. They were happy to agree to that, thus the title with two meanings. I am very new to watercolors, so I would love to have suggestions for improvement.

Critique from Sandy Scott: I cannot judge the elements of a watercolor piece of art because I don't know anything about the medium. I will say that, to my eye, it seems alive, colorful and accurate, right down to the fingertips. It's pleasing to look at, a happy painting. I do think I would put more shadow in the "V" between the faces of the girls, maybe more sunshine on their faces. The grass does not seem to be further away in the distance in the distance. Maybe you could cool it down as it travels to the horizon and warm it up in the front?

Bill Franklin, physicsnerd@yahoo.com

Glad Girls 2, Corrected, March 2020, watercolor, 10x13 (quarter sheet)

I took Sandy's good advice, and made mild adjustments to the green background and the shadows between the girls. I also darkened the pink shirt to keep the flowers from disappearing into it. I think it's better, although I could have made stronger changes.


   
 

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