Community Critiques

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-Marla
Hi Marla, I think my live lesson attempt might have been a bit off with the placement of the water { too high up). The other three paintings are different interpretations and sizes of a reference I got from a friend, taken in Alabama. The surface where the flowers are is rock , although not too lumpy, mostly flat ish with stridations. I had quite a time trying to show that and not sure if I was successful. The rtreee are scrubby pine, the left one being dead but came out in the photo, lavender like, which I enhanced a bit with some of the attempts.
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This was the best exercise for me. I struggle with color and create a lot of mud. I plan to do color studies before every new piece.
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Assignment 3, Cut Papers
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Hey Marla, hope all is well and you are on your way or in Italy!!! I can't wait for Sept.! I painted all 4 of these large 18x24 and 18x18, so that I could use some big strokes. I set up the still life in my studio and used no photos and it was so much fun!
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My best season is "Mud Season!" Getting better with practice, practice.
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This is my Edgar Payne attempt...I know I fussed with it too much. By far, this was the hardest assignment for me, but so good. It's the first time I've ever attempted to replicate a well known painting. The most valuable lesson here for me was to look at shapes and values, rather than thinking "I'm trying to paint a tree"...a real "AHA" moment for me. Thanks, Marla!
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Been plein air painting.....
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This is the last one for the seasons. It's a Fall reference photo I used to practice with of the Yellowstone River in Montana. Plan on visiting Montana this summer and hope to do some plain air studies.
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Assignment 4 It seems like I have 1 late summer, 1 fall and 1 winter. Not sure how that happened but here it is.
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Spring has sprung ! Finally those trees have bloomed. Number 3 in the season's series with reference photo.
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A Plein Air tree study today of the Cottonwood just outside the studio.
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Second Season is Summer with reference photo. This was definitely an exercise in green and cottonwood tree shapes. You know we all think we don't have the right color but I think it's the value of the color I want that seems to escape it.
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Okay, here we go for the four seasons. First off is winter which really did not want to let go of it's grip this year. I've included my reference photo.
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This is the from the Making your Mark workshop. I wasn't able to complete this Degas copy before the class ended, but would really like feedback. I learned so much from this lesson and did some additional research on Degas' process to help me better understand what I was painting. I chose one of his dancers because I danced ballet for 15 years. I understand the subject so well that it really helped me understand the fabric and ballet slippers. I look forward to your critique so I can improve!
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assignment 7 final trees workshop. well, sorry to be at the end of this course where I learnt a lot & enjoyed being in a group. good luck to everyone and many thanks to Marla for all her hard work.
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