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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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Pastel & alcohol wash under-painting on Uart 400 Unison, Nupastel and Terry Ludwig pastels
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Black permanent marker under-painting on white Pastelmat Nupastel and Terry Ludwig pastels *** Well, that was fun! I tried to follow the demo for this variation, because I liked the idea of a nocturnal setting. I improvised for the other three. Now I'll just have to catch up with all the lessons I skipped (I'm stuck on the fall tree and sky-holes 😕), but I really had to try this lesson. Under-painting are such fun!
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Watercolour under-painting on Uart 400 Nupastel and Terry Ludwig pastels
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Pan-pastel under-painting on white pastelmat Nupastel and Terry Ludwig pastels
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This is my independent piece for lesson 9, based on a photo a waterfall in the Azore island (courtesy of a colleague). I try to apply the K.I.S.S principles, and it was a struggle. It's painted on red Colourfix paper using Nupastel, Terry Ludwig and Unison pastels. I quite like it, but painting the falling water was really awkward. Still, it's good to do improvise... but I hope there will be a lesson on that at some point! 😊
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My independent study. I've always had trouble with rocks but I learned something here I think
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Very challenging. I kept reverting to my old habits, so I had to be vigilant to avert that. Still working on the independent assignment.
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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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This is a lake that I know and have painted often both in watercolour and pastel. My efforts to break away from just local colour are not a great success which is disappointing. But I’m gradually working through the lessons and enjoying the journey.
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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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Field of bluebells, from photograph.
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Here is my paint along for this lesson. Loved working with the BRIGHTS. Something I am not usually able to do well. Good lesson for me.
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I am intimidated by doing the independent assignments. I find it hard to emulate the impressionistic style without getting bogged down in details and realism. A friend posted a photo of the view from her childhood lake house in Ontario Canada and I decided to give it a try as a pastel painting. I think I’m getting better after taking the tree and the mark making course and slowly working through the lesson libraries since February.
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I did these two several weeks apart and wanted the colors to be a little different I. THe second version.
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This is exercise 4 for making your mark workshop. First figure I’ve done. Really enjoyed the workshop, thanks!
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This painting was challenging. I liked that I painting in a very interactive way...very good conversations myself, the pastels, colors textures....
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This is my follow along painting of A Tender Day. Although Marla used an acrylic underpainting, I did mine as an alcohol wash with pastels.
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I decided to give the Napa Valley study that Marla posted yesterday a try. It was fun so I tried it again, lol. I can’t seem to make the kind of makes that I want. And water is a challenge that I haven’t conquered yet.
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Tried my hand at this follow along. Working very loosely, trying to ,age decent marks.
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I found myself getting too detailed and specific, so this was a great lesson in freeing up in that area and pushing the color.
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I hadn’t intended this to be part of the lesson plan, but once it was finished, I realized it had a river in it! I painted it from my back patio, plein air. My first attempt with a new easel and tripod with Heilman box attached. It was fun! In fact, the marks in the foreground were only my practice strokes, and ended up being an favorite part of the final image.
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On UArt 600 - my 1st try with alcohol wash then my Unison + Terry Ludwig pastels. I was so happy to see the results! Have lived in Taos and 'sunsets' are 'inside of me' from that time...and my love for H's has always been ! Found how I had to be so careful afterwards - was tempted to go over a few areas but quickly realized how easy it wd be to spoil what already was. That was also a good lesson for me. (Maybe it cd be better if I etc.). Surely sometimes but when you have that "wow" feeling - ? Believe it and in yourself. Have learned so much watching Marla - so grateful for all her patience when she is talking to us, gives such support! Thank You for this opportunity! Cynthia
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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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