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

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
These are the two Thai ponies I had when I was living in Thailand. I used a more loose stroke than I usually do, but really enjoyed making this work.
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the brief was for mist and autumn, so hope this passes for that.
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Hi Marla, Thank you for taking the time to critique these paintings. I had more difficulty with the horizon plane than the foreground. I kept muddling, smudging the sky especially around the trees. That surprised me! I keep reminding myself of those 3 P's. Thank you for all your sharing of great information.
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I really struggled with this one. This is the second version of this painting.
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Hi, Marla, The first two paintings are my attempts at copying your work. The sorry work is not enhanced by the bad camera work. The third painting is one I did a while ago of my cat and the fourth file is the picture of my cat so you will know what he actually looks like. I'm afraid I have a very long way to go. Your lessons are very helpful and truly inspiring. Thank you. Diana Mezick
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One paint-along of Champoeg Park. I found it hard to follow the instruction, which will be apparent on viewing the piece, not because of the tutorial, but more because I have a tendency to go for my own thing - and I did it again. Comments welcome.
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This is the first variation, based on one of Marla's painting. I like it, but I had a lot of problems with the sun set and it's reflection. I am looking forward to the lesson on how to paint one.
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And this is the second variation. I wanted to paint an atmospheric version, but I've been told that it is just gloomy. Looking at the photo, I wonder how I ended up with all those pointy bends in the river... it certainly wasn't planned that way.
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Wow, this was a difficult one, maybe because I love Marla's version so much. I am not sure I managed to paint the grass-ness... messiness might be a better description. :)
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Hi Marla It's been a while. I have been busy doing other things, including organising an art show for an art group I belong to. More work than I thought, but I will be more prepared next time. I haven't painted in a month, but that is about to change. Remember when I told you that one of my goals this year was to get a painting accepted into a national show? Well we can put a big tick beside that one! This painting was juried into the Pastel Canada Purely Pastel Show in Aurora, Ontario! I couldn't believe it when I got the email. I had to learn how to package a framed painting for shipment, but I guess I got it right, because it arrived safe and sound. I think you were the juror for this show two years ago? This is one of my favourite scenes and I am sure I will paint it again. I have a few unused credits for critiques, so I thought I would have you do a critique on this painting. I always learn a lot when you critique paintings. I am starting to do those little things you have pointed out to me without much thought. It's coming to me naturally. The painting is 11 x 14 and is painted on brown Pastelmat. I look forward to your comments. Take care, Doug
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Hi, This is my second attempt with the independent assessment for this lesson and I am much more satisfied by the results (quality and time wise). I have already adjusted the coastlines. It's great how photos make mistakes pop up (and make the paintings look better). Have a lovely day! Donatella
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This is the second quicker version I made (on pastelmat)
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And this is the homework. I painted 4 small pieces on pastelmat (15×10 cm). Over worked mess comes to mind. I wanted to make quick studies but ended up spending more time on each of them than on the main lesson. Back to the easel tomorrow, I guess.
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I really like this lesson and the painting that illustrate it. This is my attempt at applying the principles. Another overworked piece, I'm afraid, but I had a lot of fun.
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This is my paint along piece. I'm quite satisfied with it. It took me little more than half an hour and I felt more at ease this time using colourfix paper.
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