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
Marla, I did both of these paintings on Canson Mi-Tientes paper, because it was all I had on hand. I have the sanded papers you suggested on order from Blick, which I should be receiving in the next couple of days. I could have waited for the delivery, but I wanted to get started. However, I definitely discovered why you don't like the Canson paper. I ran into the issue of filling up the tooth on both paintings! If I learned nothing else during this lesson, it was this! I decided to only submit these two paintings for this lesson, mostly because of the paper I have. Next lesson I should have the right stuff. When I was a kid, I was really interested in art and even considered majoring in it at college, but changed to business instead. Now, I am retired and finally have time for a hobby. My brother-in-law has painted in pastels for about 20 years, so I got the idea to pursue this from him. So far, I'm loving it, but really need some guidance. I love your work and your style.
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I Kept myself busy wiht fruit! had so much fun with it! Use a photo from your album for the landscape. my trees in the distance made it difficult for me! Kind regards, Wies
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revised version
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Marla, the ones I posted on Aug 23 I saw a few things I wanted to correct so here they are. I also added another dune. Have a great trip!
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Finally! I had to take a break from the course but I wanted to finish. I really enjoyed it and am loving painting in pastels! Thank you Marla.
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Dear Marla, May I introduce myself. Wies is my name and I live in the Netherlands. Pastel grabbed me here for watercolour! I would like to improve in landscape. Think that is the most difficult theme, attached picture,s show what I make so far. I want to be a pastelist and possibly sell, that is my goal! Thank you for your wandeful picture,s Kind regards, Wies
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Summer in Oklahoma. I struggled with things leaning to the left (lol). I know having a horizontal ground is important. I'm also finding myself overworking!
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Hello Marla, I copy your paintings lesson 2 It is on colourfix one underpinning with acrylic ink! Greeting Wies
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Near my house. The colors were pretty but because of the business I struggled. There wasn't enough strong value shape differential. So Marla, that was a lesson I will learn most from! I will go back and review and practice doing shapes on new compositions before I tackle something so busy again. I have learned so much and will redo all the lessons many times. Thank you so much for a great workshop. I did this on a pastel panel but found out how much more difficult they are to frame versus sanded paper!
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This was this weeks work. Hope all is well with everyone.
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This is summer trees
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This is for Trees in Pastel Workshop, but I didn't see that as an option in pull down menu. I hope I'm not doing this wrong! I had a slow start on the lessons due to travel and work, but I'm getting there! I watched the recorded live session and enjoyed it very much. I was at work during the live event. I would love to have another opportunity to participate!
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I have tried to stay in the same loose style as in the previous assignment, kept the same palette and used the same paper. I really enjoyed the combination of the mark making workshop and this workshop! I have learnt so much! Thank you very much, Marla!
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Dear Marla, I had great pleasure watching your Daydreaming Yellow lesson. I tried to follow your guidance. On v1, I am not sure the tree area really works. On v2, this part works maybe a bit better. And for the personal assignment, I wanted to play with purple as the complementary color to yellow, so the purple hedges interact with the yellow field. Looking forward to your feedback & guidance. Solene
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I think I failed to post this one.
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I think I failed to post this one.
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I really appreciated Marla’s critiques of the trees workshop which I watched yesterday. They really reinforced Marla’s teaching points and have reignited my desire to improve. I had a bit of interruption during the workshop but have continued. I enjoyed being part of the community feel. I am hopefully attaching another couple of my efforts. Thank you!
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