Community Critiques

I  know that it takes some guts to share your work, especially if you aren’t on solid ground, but trust me when I say that you won’t be sorry if you do. This website is a place of supportive, creative incubation. I won’t let it be anything else! ​
-Marla
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Hi Marla, Took awhile as I was spending more time outside but the rainy weather got me back in the studio. Carole
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Hi Marla, Here's three more paintings. thanks again for your time and feedback. Hope you and your family is well. Safe travels. All the best, Mark
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In photo 2 I’m concerned the trees in the background look like mountains.
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Here Is my Apple I seam to blend to much do you have a way that I can not blend to much.
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Two takes on a Swiss scene, one with structure , one without. A redo of a previous submittal and my first animal painting.
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Hi Marla! Hope you are well! Here's three more for your review. I appreciate all of your comments and advise! All the best, Mark
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Hi Marla. Loving your lessons. I did my brothers barn but I’m not happy. It’s juvenile looking and muddy. Too many layers I don’t know just not great. I can follow a lesson but when doing my own I have trouble. It’s hard to describe. I used 12x12 uart paper for both with a rubber in underpainting. Various pastels. Ludwig. Gerault. Sennelier. Diane Townsend. Unison. I did the value study an... See Full Post »
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Oh boy, Marla. The follow along lesson piece ate my lunch. When I first did it, the clouds just didn't look normal at all. So, I kept trying and trying to get them right when I should have just stopped. I know its overworked. I know it has way too much product on the paper. I wanted to do it over, but I didn't have another piece of that terracotta colourfix. That terracotta colored paper wa... See Full Post »
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File 1 - 11"x11" Fall Color Follow Along Demo File 2 - 8"x10" Pastelmat - Siena File 3 - Glade Creek Grist Mill - 8"x10" Colorfix - Leaf Green File 4 - Glade Creek Gris Mill - Reference Photo
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Clouds have always seemed difficult because they seem really busy to me and I lose my way sometimes. I am ok with the first two, I think. I tried not to blend too much but i found it necessary in some areas. That is just the nature of clouds! The third painting is a picture I took from a cruise ship balcony at night which is a full moon with clouds over Cuba in the Caribbean. The last image i... See Full Post »
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From the flower lesson 5. I am learning a lot from Marla. She is wonderful. I am a hobbyist. I have been painting in acrylics for several years. Just starting in pastels and wanting to know if I am on the right track. How do you teach yourself to stop and not go too far. My main issue. Playing too much and creating mud....?
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Marla, I deviated a bit from the follow along lesson by using Inktense blocks to make an underpainting on white Pastelmat paper. It helped me a lot to get the airy effect in the red foliage. Otherwise, I stuck to the follow along. Then, in Part 2, I got a little gutsy by going with the foliage photo you provided that had the massive cast shadows under the trees. I was a little nervous about bei... See Full Post »
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I always fuss over water. I get concerned that it won't look real. When I stand back, though, it looks much better than up close. In the purple one, I kinda wish I hadn't tried to put in those sparse sprigs in the water near the foreground. I should have just left that alone. I guess since I am still a beginner, I try to put in more detail than I need to. I'm gradually learning to simplify.... See Full Post »
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HI Marla, Here's 3 more paintings. I'm trying to get at a minimum one done per week. Hope you are well. all the best, Mark
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Another fun lesson! I was skeptical on the bright colors but I like it now. Carole
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Hi Marla, The submittal with the cliffs was a real challenge and I’m still not really satisfied. Originally, I did one on a square format and that really didn’t work! The one I submitted is a 9x12. I included the photo reference too. Maybe it’s better as a photo! The ocean scene was just a fun abstract style on dark Uart from a photo reference again. Thank you
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Hi Marla, Here's a cardinal and then a couple studies. One study where the goal was to use mostly red and green subjects, and the other to use yellow and purple. I'm still having trouble getting the photos to look like the paintings though. I'm using my Nikon 610 so I know the camera is good....I guess I will have to read up on how to photograph artwork....any suggestions? thanks, Mark
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Hi Marla- This was a lot of fun! I used gamsol on demo and then decided to try a dark paper since I wanted to do a quick study without waiting for it to dry. I’ll try another with alcohol. Carole
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I spent more time on this than I planned but I just get caught up in the work and forget the time! I just love painting in any medium. I am submitting the actual photo and the finished work. I love watching you work and am learning so much from you.
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Hi Marla, Here's my next submission of some seascapes. I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions. all the best, Mark
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Hi Marla, Here's 3 of my latest paintings. I'm so happy I started using pastels... I love them. I plan on trying to alternate between oil and pastel. Not sure how I will like going back to oils but thought I should try since I dedicated 2018 to pastels.
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Happy New Year Marla- I got back to my painting after the holidays- missed it! I love playing with the colors. I need some work on my river shapes but I’m getting there. Thanks- Carole
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Hi Matla, Attached you will find my effort for the independence assignment "Water & Reflections", as well as a copy of one of your croped reference photos and my sketch. I know that the piece isn't rendered in a "loose" style; however, I enjoyed painting the details. Happy New Year, Don
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Hi Marla- First I want to say how much I am enjoying your videos! It is very meditative for me during a holiday time when I am missing my husband. I lost him November 2017 and golf and painting have been part of my recovery. I really struggled with these clouds so I thought it was time to get some pointers. I guess because you make it look so easy, I was thinking the same for me 😁. Thanks ... See Full Post »
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Hi - just finished your Winter Glow lesson. still struggling with negative space, getting it right the first time, - fussing. This was the first time I've worked on tinted paper - a dark paper is not a good choice for snow scenes I think! Still problems with the sledding painting, and the lesson copy lesson painting is too dark and too purple... but time to move on. But, much learned with each at... See Full Post »
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Hi Marla, I have resubmitted the mountain scene , rearranging Th foreground trees like you suggested and the lit path scheme where I gave mor the illusion of the path continuing. I also tried another urban scene, which was incredibly challenging but I’m pretty satisfied. The ocean scene is also here, s bigger painting than the study aat 12x16. Thank you.
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Marla, in addition to the Part 1 'follow along' abstract field, I am also submitting 1) A raining cloud done on 9 X 9 storm blue Colourfix paper (I copied this painting from artist John O'Grady) 2) abstract beach done on 9 X 9 rose grey colourfix (I copied this painting from artist Lisa Ridgers) and 3) another stormy abstract field which I did from a landscape photo I found on the internet. The p... See Full Post »
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Hi Marla! Love Your Work and Thank You for all of your most generous lessons! ... I did these painting about 6 months ago. Just trying to get into a groove here and develop a consistent practice. Thank You for your time. ... Sarah Neglia.
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The first image is the follow along, 12x12 in., on NuArt 400 paper. The second is 9x12 in. on Wallis paper, done from a photo of a stream not far from Tucson The Third is on 12x9 in. Ampersand Pastel board. It had a watercolor underpainting, but I covered up most of it with pastel. The last one is also on the pastel board, 12x9 in. On this one, I left most of the watercolor underpainting show... See Full Post »
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First photo: Part 1 - Flower Field Follow-Along Demo on 12" x12" white Pastel Premier sanded paper. Second photo: Part 2 - Independent Assignment. My rendition of Nel Jensen's Poppy Field done on 11" x 14" white Pastel Premier paper with an alcohol under-painting.
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HI Marla, The ocean painting is a small study which I am now doing on a large scale. Its on black paper. The forest scene is a piece that I decided to do on black paper , high chroma. The building is from an art center near here, very old buildings. I forced myself to do since buildings and people are my two most dreaded subjects. The more abstract ocean scene was done at a workshop
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Hello Marla Thanks for this lesson! I'm back!
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Hello Marla, Trees and Skies, copies of you and two of me. What I really like about following the lessons is all the material to look at. I learn a lot from the critics at the bottom of the lessons! What strikes me about myself! I lose myself too much in reproducing your work in the red tree. The sky just like that. The second photo from the skies is my view of the gallery I live on the secon... See Full Post »
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I had fun doing these. It was a very good lesson demonstrating how one can use color to create very different looking paintings from the same basic scene. I feel like I am slowly getting a better understanding about how to apply pastels. I realize I still have a long journey ahead, but I feel so grateful to have found such a good teacher through the magic of the internet. There was no one for ... See Full Post »
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I submitted two St Moritz , one small study and one larger . The small was on natural Uart and the other was on charcoal paper. The trail scene was an enlargement of the one I submitted last time with more light in the center, as you suggested.
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Hello Marla,, This time I send 3 works of 3 lessons for criticism because I want to know if I`m progrsssing. I watch your videos different times and enjoy them verry much Kind regards, Wies
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Hi Marla I would appreciate a Critique on Lesson 12, please. I have so far,not done many " still life "; but I do enjoy this ! With thanks and regards. ALAIN
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