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45 x 66 cm soft pastel on pastelmat paper Using a similar palette as previous 2 paintings
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First attempts at pastels. Top left 6x6 follow along Promise of Red came out pink. Top right 7.5x7.5 independent assignment on 320 grit sandpaper. Bottom 5x7 random daisies. 2 of 3 are on sketch paper coated with Liquitex Gesso. I have a very inexpensive set soft pastels. Marla thank you for sharing your knowledge.
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Independent study. Golf course in the morning.
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This is part one where I painting along. Love the colors in this.
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Trying to find my mojo after a lengthy break since my mumma passed! Starting with my lessons again 18 x18 cm first attempt at the independent assignment ( again ) Colourfix blue assorted soft pastels
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Been away for a while & boy does it show! 30 x 26 cm ...my interpretation & I need a whole lot more practice Mi Teintes paper assorted soft pastels mainly TL
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Hi Marla, Here's 3 of my latest paintings. I'm so happy I started using pastels... I love them. I plan on trying to alternate between oil and pastel. Not sure how I will like going back to oils but thought I should try since I dedicated 2018 to pastels.
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Im enjoying all the great videos and learning from others with the work they post. love all the art! Right now Im working with basic shapes, notans and trying to get values more in line. It is hard but I have had a little bit of success. Still a long way to go.
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Happy New Year Marla- I got back to my painting after the holidays- missed it! I love playing with the colors. I need some work on my river shapes but I’m getting there. Thanks- Carole
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Working on sanded paper is still new to me. Surface really grips the colour. Looking forward to next lesson
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Painting of one of Marla's reference photos.
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Painting of Marla's Cloud Demo.
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Hi Marla, here are four paintings from the lesson on painting clouds. The first is my rendition of your painting. Thank you so much for these lessons. I'm really enjoying them and learning a lot. A bonus is that my sister and I are both taking your lessons and inspire each other. I've studied with a realist for 8 years, mainly doing still lifes. Recently, I've been focusing on landscapes with a goal to develop a looser and more painterly style.
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I am so behind due to a heel fracture. Just getting back to pastels. I love this colour fix paper, and I stopped short because I liked the paper color and I wanted to avoid going too far. So, maybe not far enough? 9” x 9” colour fix
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Uart paper- 8.5 x 8.5
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Hi Matla, Attached you will find my effort for the independence assignment "Water & Reflections", as well as a copy of one of your croped reference photos and my sketch. I know that the piece isn't rendered in a "loose" style; however, I enjoyed painting the details. Happy New Year, Don
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A small 5x5 inches painting on white pastelmat. I have used one of Marla's photos available on the workshop pdfs. Comments welcomed.
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Hallo Marla, this work i made is to a photo of pinterest. It expressed my feeling this week of loss. Wies
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Hello Marla, I´ve fallen behind! my father died. I send a work that i made before he passed away., to a holiday photo in Oosterijk. Wies
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Fall Foliage: I found a photo I thought I'd try. This time I tried to use less pastel so it wasn't so heavy.
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I enjoy painting still lives. I don't know why but they seem easier to paint than landscapes to me. I feel how much the primary colors intensify each other. Comments welcomed with great pleasure.
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Hi Marla- First I want to say how much I am enjoying your videos! It is very meditative for me during a holiday time when I am missing my husband. I lost him November 2017 and golf and painting have been part of my recovery. I really struggled with these clouds so I thought it was time to get some pointers. I guess because you make it look so easy, I was thinking the same for me 😁. Thanks Carole
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Hi - just finished your Winter Glow lesson. still struggling with negative space, getting it right the first time, - fussing. This was the first time I've worked on tinted paper - a dark paper is not a good choice for snow scenes I think! Still problems with the sledding painting, and the lesson copy lesson painting is too dark and too purple... but time to move on. But, much learned with each attempt. Looking forward to being your student!
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FALL FOLIAGE FOLLOW ALONG This was hard for me, I over worked it and my colors don't seem as bright as Marla's. Hope my independent study goes better.
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Hi Marla, I have resubmitted the mountain scene , rearranging Th foreground trees like you suggested and the lit path scheme where I gave mor the illusion of the path continuing. I also tried another urban scene, which was incredibly challenging but I’m pretty satisfied. The ocean scene is also here, s bigger painting than the study aat 12x16. Thank you.
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Photo, value sketch and painting. Wasn't focused enough and messed some masses but I'll try on. Comments most welcomed! Thanks.
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Hi everyone, here is a 9th variation of Color in the Landscape. i first did a thumbnail changing the theory of Carlson. Although the theory isn't respected the painting still reads like a landscape to me. Somehow strange but interesting. What do you think? Comments welcomed!
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I jumped ahead to do the flowers and made a mess. I think I got too much dark background, then the yellows got polluted. The green leaves got overdone and the vase and water got overdone. Will try again,
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In a little less than 30 mn, I painted this variation. first did a value scale. My aim is to change Carlson's theory of angles and try to feel and see if the result still reads like a landscape, as Marla said . Very enjoyable process, result could be better specially with the treatment of edges. i must keep on working on values too. i'm confident i will improve through practising. Comments welcomed !
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soft pastel on sanded-Trying for atmospheric- what does everyone think?
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Soft pastel on sanded paper- Im trying to get some pieces together for jury show I would like to enter. Not sure if Im on right path.
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I did this quickly and like the colors. Need to work on my shapes.
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Part 1 capturing light
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Hello, I enjoyed painting this still life but had great problems with the mass on the bottom lefthand corner. Great process and could be more satisfied, but I'll go on practising. Comments welcomed, thanks in advance.
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Well, not so abstract my attempt, but I tried. Not as easy an assignment as it seems.
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Ha Marla, lesson 15! I have heard you tellabout Richard McKinley so I looked it up on Google, beautiful! I really do not think I olso can do it to! yet I could not resist to try a work of him so I sent a copy of it I made
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Dear Marla, I have made lesson 14 after. Ifind that difficult because I do too much unnoiced! Ipractice and practice every day I work wiht pastel this time a Dutch landscape.
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Marla, in addition to the Part 1 'follow along' abstract field, I am also submitting 1) A raining cloud done on 9 X 9 storm blue Colourfix paper (I copied this painting from artist John O'Grady) 2) abstract beach done on 9 X 9 rose grey colourfix (I copied this painting from artist Lisa Ridgers) and 3) another stormy abstract field which I did from a landscape photo I found on the internet. The paper I used was colourfix, but I do not remember the paper color. I feel like I needed to include another element or band of color in this painting in retrospect to give it more interest. In the photograph, there were backside figures of a man and small child walking in the field. I did not have enough confidence to add the figures when I did the painting, but I am getting more confident every day. In all 4 paintings, I used Sennelier, Terry Ludwig, and Nupastels.
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