Community Critiques

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-Marla
Hi Marla This assignment took me back to when I first started using pastels. Painting small was the least expensive way to learn how to use pastels. Also, when a small painting worked out it could grow up to be a larger painting. I didn't use Uart, my go to paper, for this assignment. I used different hues of Art Spectrum Colourfix and Suede, Pastel Premier and Pastelmat. All paintings are 6x8. It was fun revisiting these different surfaces. I seemed to have better success with these surfaces than I did in the past. Maybe it comes with experience. I tried to remember what you have told me in past critiques: softer edges, using blues and reds in my foliage and gradating the skies. My wife watched the last critique with me and she agreed that this is what I need at this time and it is money well spent. I look forward to your comments on these miniature paintings. Merry Christmas! Doug
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Hello Marla It was most easy que i enjoy it. I like thé first one. Thanks Florence
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This was my first attempt after being "absent from class". I am sure I could improve the whole piece including the drawing but I had to start somewhere. The strong colours led me to the number 2 piece which is Carlsons Theory of Angles. I tried this piece by painting the upright tree trunks in number 3 tone and the background trees in number 5. I am not sure that I succeeded.
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I tried the alcohol wash with this one but unfortunately the wash got lost in the painting after I put the pastel on. I will have to watch that. I know all these pieces still need further work, but I needed to get them to you. Look forward to your review.
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Hi, Marla! For my artworks I used your references from HDIPC lesson and one mine. I'm trying to separate foreground, midground and background, but sometimes I don't know how to do it - like on the shore photo. And I don't know how to deal with sky - make it darker or lighter - consider it as background or midground - make it more detail or smoother? Looking forward for your critique:)
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Hi Marla, Here is one of the 3 pieces done recently, please give me your thoughts on the application of pastel, I know I’m still on the heavy side and it feels like there should be more soft edges I’m just not sure where Thanks
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Hi Marla, Here is one of the 3 pieces done recently, please give me your thoughts on the application of pastel, I know I’m still on the heavy side and it feels like there should be more soft edges I’m just not sure where Thanks
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Hi Marla, Here is one of the 3 pieces done recently, please give me your thoughts on the application of pastel, I know I’m still on the heavy side and it feels like there should be more soft edges I’m just not sure where Thanks
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Hello Marla I Always paint with the vidéo because it's the night and the light change the colours. I like this lesson thé Yellow is great ! Thanks Florence
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One from your “Variations” demo and three working with trees. Desert trees are very loose and delicate and I’ve always had trouble with them. I watched your fall foliage video on YouTube before starting the lessons so am not exactly working to lesson sequence. These are all small, 9x9 or 9 x12 on sanded paper. Just starting with pastels (watercolor is my primary medium) so don’t have many colors. Struggling with color— with w/c I use relatively few colors and mix on paper.. Julia Graf Tucson AZ
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Hi, Regarding the Fiji piece!,I tried to follow you but had real trouble seeing the actual color you were using on my computer. I’m not happy with the original one so I am submitting one I did on my own, using yours as reference material. I really like the sunset and was pleased how it turned out. The gentle path is also here, one watching you and the other , an area by my house with fall colors. Lastly, I submitted a painting from reference material that I have wanted to paint for the longest time!
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Hi Marla! Had a great time painting these colourful scenes. I love autumn colours! I tried to soften my edges in the last two paintings. I had the first two done before your written critique you did on my last lesson I submitted while you were in Fiji. The paint along painting is done on 9x9 Uart 320 grit. The 2nd and 3rd paintings are 12x12 and done on Uart 320 grit as well. The final painting is done on 12x12 Art Spectrum Terra Cotta Colourfix paper. I found I was running out of tooth with the Colourfix. I like the colours of the Colourfix but like the tooth of the Uart. Might try using liquid acrylics to tone the Uart. All these thoughts going through my head! lol I look forward to your critique. Take care. Doug
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Hi Marla, the Red Grove is my edit on the original. The ocean scene was supposed to be my abstract independant lesson but dont think it turned out very abstract! The Taos scene was hard, especially carving out the foliage. It turned out darker than yours but I like it. The Mountain scene is an edit from the last time. I omitted the flowers and made the landscape flat instead of circular. Im not sure if that affected the overall vibration of the piece. Thanks, Suzanne
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Hello Marla It was difficult ! But interresting !! Thanks Florence
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Most of my landscapes have had blue skies, because I couldn't paint clouds. I was determined to learn how to paint clouds and your video gave me the guidance I needed. The painting I did from the video was done on Art Spectum Colourfix ( elephant?) and I just used my sticks. The others are done on Uart 400 grit paper and started with a Pan Pastel underpainting. After doing the two 8x10 studies I decided to do a larger painting. The last painting is 16x20 (the largest painting I have ever done😁) and I felt so good about it I entered it into the regional show for the art group I belong to. Haven't heard back yet if it made the cut or not, but even if it doesn't make it into the show I still feel good about it. I think the clouds make it more interesting than it would with just a blue sky. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you. Thanks!
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Marla , This was SOOOO much fun! I was on a roll and did all 4 in 2 days! I first did Lobos with you , then used pastel mat for the others as well with the acrylic underpainting. I made myself work fairly fast with pretty big strokes for me! I think it helped me stay a lot looser and I loved using all that color! The 2 paintings with rocks are from my float trip down the Big Fork River in Montana this summer. the other is of Big Bear Dunes in Michigan.
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