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
Last one- a plane tree. I was struggling a lot with the values of this one, I think pobably it is one of the cases where the light bits of the trunk should have been painted lighter than the sky...
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Three larches on Canson mi-teintes touch. The orange colour of the paper helped me a lot. I am getting on better and better with the skyholes. Haven't managed the gradation in the sky as planned though.
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Birch on Sennelier La Carte. I am very happy with this one. I am beginning to get the hang with these skyholes.
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Lime trees and willows, both paintings on Sennelier La Carte.
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Hi Marla, nice to work with your lessons again)) So here are my works for the River lesson. I have problems with combining small shapes into bigger ones. I really love your artwork with red sky - it's so vivid, so I was trying to make something like this (with green&pink grass) but I guess I could not unify it well... Waiting for your help and suggestions))) Anna
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The creek at Grenaa pastel 24x30 cm A creek in the forest
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Doing the follow along, I realized I have a very light touch—much of the pastel sunk into the tooth when sprayed lightly. I added quite a bit more Pastel to come up with the panting in the first photo. After that, I started using softer pastels and did an underpainting. All are 9x12 inches The first and second are on ArtSpextrum ColourFix sanded paper. The first and second are on ArtSpectrun Colourfix sanded paper. The third is on Ampersand Pastelboard, which I like very much for watercolor underpainting. The last photo is the reference for the two before—a watercolor on Yupo that I did many years ago, remembering the view out our window when we lived in central Illinois. In my watercolors, I strive for spontaneity and movement and would like to bring that quality to my pastels. The last one has a watercolor underpainting and more movement than the others—I think I will do it again and use water later in the process. Julia
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Hi- couldn’t find the lesson description for the trees. Hope I can still submit!. I’ve submitted cacti ( very hard!),another Calistoga interpretation ( much bigger than the last time one, 12x18), a redo of the nocturne with Palms based on your comments and another takeoff of the Calistoga scene. I know the pond there wasn’t exactly blue but if you don’t know by now, I love blue! Thanks!
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Master Class Critique Requested for Week of July 8-15, 2008
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Sorry for the lateness of this assignment. Life happens!
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This reference was more difficult and I was struggling a bit with the correct shapes and values. I'll see how the corresponing pastel goes.
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I have decided to start with assignment 3, because it takes me a while to finish all the trees for assignment 1 and I am much quicker making collages.
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My final assignment, yay! I really enjoyed taking trees in pastel on line. It’s a great class and I appreciate all the thought Marla put into the outline of the lessons and the lessons provided. I specially appreciate all the input and support from my fellow students. Thank you so much Marla, I learned so much in this class.
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Here are my willow by the stream down the road, my birch grove, the maple in fall and the pines on the coast of main. Two more to go in this assignment. I personally like the sky holes in the willow. I was basing the technique on Marla's oak.
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Here is my Edger Payne rendition. I learned a great deal on painting eucalyptus trees,his master skill set of landscape painting. Following an oil painting also help me to make my marks bold and unblended, These tree have have so much variety in colors just on their trunks. I always loved their regal presence and their smell here in California.
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These are all from the tree lessons. I think I have greatly benefited. The last pier painting is a summer version of an earlier version in fog. Interested in your evaluation overall plus one vs another. Love the lessons but not doing them right in synch with you.
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These are pieces I’ve been working on for my show here on Martha’s Vineyard. Been loving the tree lessons a lot!
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Critique requested for work from week of July 1-8, 2018. The two middle ones were done on gesso'd foam core that has been textured with acrylic paint then primed with pumice to create textured surface. The first and last one are on sanded paper. As always I look forward to your critique. Thanks!
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I had a real block starting this, but finally got did it. Couldn't seem to paint from nature, so I drew from a vacation photo from Italy. I have a real problem with drawing/painting outside.
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hi Marla, sorry I wasn't able to join the workshop recap, I was able to watch the video today, I thought it went well and I really like the overall workshop format. I don't know what happened to my first assignment photos, I thought I sent them week 1 but evidently they didn't get to you, I should have known when I didn't see them posted,anyway, im looking forward to the trees workshop !
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