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
“The bridge to Centro” sennelier, Unison and Nupastrls on Pastel Premier paper. I don’t have any tooth left in some parts. The photo was taken right before sundown and all the white buildings turned yellow. 11 x 14 in
Write a comment...
That was a challenge, my first time doing a figurative study.
Write a comment...
Sunset Glow - after Inness 13.5×9" Nupastel, Unison and Terry Ludwig on olive green Colourfix That was an odd exercise. It might be my computer screen, but the original painting looked very yellow in the sky, while Marla could see all kinds of colours. Interesting. I might paint another one.
Write a comment...
Lesson 4 complete. the big take away for me this lesson was using the right color paper to get a good effect. The first was on a more blue color paper the second was on a dark reddish purplish I did get a bit discouraged. I do need to do more of this, seeing the effects on different colors paper. Here is my 2nd try.
Write a comment...
I have been traveling so I am just catching up on assignments. I am a beginner in pastel and overall, having just taken some drawing classes in charcoal still life. I have trouble with layering of pastels, seems I put too much on then have no where to go with highlights. Advise? And any other helpful comments. Definitely having fun, but a little frustrated...
Write a comment...
I may have done this 5 times, trying to get the colors right. I feel it might be garish or cartoonish. It is also dusty from the brush-offs done on this version. Maybe the values of the orange tips are too dark? Trying to get that glow it’s tough!
Write a comment...
Hi marla, I just completed my first plein air paintout competition. I painted 8 pieces in 3 days! Phew! I was exhausted. I was juried into this show among some of the top painters in our area. It was so fun! Please give me your critiques. Thank you.
Write a comment...
I really enjoyed this assignment. Love George Inness.
Write a comment...
Marla these are the oils you told me to put on here. Tell me if you agree with Laurence! He wants me to stick with pastels, but like I told you I love the mixing and holding a brush so hope to get better!
Write a comment...
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 second floor. I look quit near the next lesson ´ flowers´ were kind regards from, Wies
Write a comment...
This was fun. I used watercolor as an underpainting on Pastelmat, thinking value and temperature. it got away from me a bit in spots, and I lost my drawing a bit. I think the yellow watercolor really gives the light source the glow I was hoping to achieve. A technique I hope to carry on with
Write a comment...
Never before I saw so many beautyfull shadows and colours of light. This course made me see them! Thank you, Marla! Not easy to paint, but it is a good start to try and choose my references better from now on. This painting is the swimmingpool at Lanzarote, in the early morning light.
Write a comment...
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 me locally that teaches pastels.
Write a comment...
Well it’s not the same by any stretch but here it is ....my interpretation of a master!
Write a comment...
Finally I gave up tweaking this plain air assignment! I uploaded my reference photo although I fleshed out the major part outside - of course I spent hours and the light changes. I found that depicting the Spanish moss,which is very common in north Florida landscapes, very challenging. Time to move on!
Write a comment...