Saturday, April 25, 2009

Companion of Diana

When I first saw Karin Jurick's lastest challenge on Different Strokes from Different Folks, I thought,
1. "What the heck is she thinking?"
2. "She wants us to do the whole statue?"
3.  "What the heck is she thinking?" again...
4.  "Am I going to do this?"

Of course,  like always, Karin has a very good reason behind this lesson.  Drawing is a fundamental skill needed for any kind of painting.  So I thought, I would do this in pencil, then I thought I'd challenge myself with adding watercolor, then I settled on acrylic because I hadn't worked with it in a while.  

I am surprised that I was wrong in thinking this challenge did lessen the submission pool.  Take a look at the awesome entries from people around the world! 




8x10 acrylic on canvas board

36 comments:

Charlene Brown said...

My first reaction to this challenge was exactly the same as yours! But unlike you, I never did summon up the nerve to try it. I'm really glad (and not surprised)you took it on -- you have had such inspiring success with so many projects you've undertaken!

adebanji said...

You've done very very well here!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

U are brave, you did it, and it is a very well done piece.
I am proud of you girl.
Big hug happy weekend, IB

Nancy and the fatties said...

Hooray Sheila! you really captured the challenge. This is amazing work. It just goes to show your talent has no bounds...
xxxooo

Gwen Bell said...

As soon as this scrolled up on DSFDF I thought "Who did THIS one?" Not surprised to find it was yours! Just awesome. Great form and contrast.

L.Holm said...

Fantastic, sheila..but what else! I'm so impressed you did this. Hat's off to you, my friend!

Cathyann said...

Just great.... this is great work on this formidable challenge, Sheila...I was thinking the same things as you. Guess now you have laid the challenge for me:-))
I probably should do it... hmmm...
but I would rather paint dogs.

r garriott said...

Sheila, you did a fine job (and gave a nice tummy tuck, too)! I never did work up the courage to tackle this.

dominique eichi said...

Yes, I had no doubt that your piece would be excellent. Bravo Sheila

Madd Sketch said...

OH WOW THIS IS AWESOME! i always get excited by the things you paint. ur inspiring me to do another piece XD

Carol Horzempa said...

Sheila, you amaze me! Is there anything you can't paint!? Well done!

Cheryl Anderson said...

This is amazing, Sheila! I decided to give this one a pass, but good for you for doing it (not to mention doing such a great job!)

Gary Heller said...

Sheila, I'm at a loss for words. I can tell you that I'm very impressed and certainly admire your talent.

dacoop said...

Great, great job Sheila...well done!

Peter Lee said...

It's very tough one with no doubt.
You did manage so well. Nice job!

Edward Burton said...

You've done such a great job with this, Sheila! Well done!

Diane Morgan said...

Great job, Sheila. She is yummily voluptuous with all those great curvy folds. Love her blueness, too.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Awesome Sheila, You really did a fantastic job. Now, I am sorry I didn't have the guts to try.

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

Wow!!! You really nailed this one. excellent job. Strong clear shadows but most of all the rhythm of the forms and the accurate drawing make this a terrific painting.

Dean H. said...

Beautiful work, Sheila! I like how you enlivened the color of the statue...and made it all the more dramatic by contrasting it with the grayed background!
I'm with you about first reactions to Karin's assignment. Took me a long while to even get started.

Manon Doyle said...

You did a great job Sheila! Kudos to you for taking it on!!

Vern Schwarz said...

Great job Sheila, you pulled off one that most of us aren't or weren't that comfortable with.

christine said...

Sheila, you rose to this challenge beautifully! I love your choice of colors, too. Great job!!!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

WOW!!! Sheila, this is spectacular!!

Maryanne said...

Great job Sheila, getting into the "guts" of those values so it appears to have volume!

pencilportraits said...

Wow, Sheila, you must be so impressed with the final piece, I would be, in fact to be honest I wouldn't even have been brave enough to take the challenge on, so good for you.

Annie Salness said...

Well done Sheila! The blue is beautiful!

Greener Bangalore said...

Great Work

Carol Nelson said...

How do you find time to paint such a beautiful version of the DSFDF challenge with all your blog surfing? You are amazing.

sam said...

Well if I was participating I wouldnt have wanted to do this! I bet your glad you did Sheila well done,lovely cool tones.

Art with Liz said...

Fantastic Sheila - I don't think I'm going to finish mine in time! Love the blue.

And just have to add that I think your horse in the previous post is just one of the best animal paintings I've seen. Fantastic, lovely lady! LOL

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

You did an amazing rendition of this very difficult subject.

suzanneberry said...

This is beautifully done! I love this!

Dean Grey said...

Sheila!

The blues and grays work so well together in this painting!

Lovely!

-Dean

maria said...

I was wondering when you were going to post your image (I was asuming you were doing one) It was worth the wait. I love the brushwork and the simplified color palette.

Gretchen Matta said...

Sheila,love the blues and grey together, you did a wonderful job! Hope you had as much fun doing this challenge as I did.