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Two attempts at painting apples from life. Top image was done with Nupastels on primed canson. Bottom image was done with Sennelier soft pastels on Colourfix. Pierre B.
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Used Canson and it was fine for a study.
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Marla, I did both of these paintings on Canson Mi-Tientes paper, because it was all I had on hand. I have the sanded papers you suggested on order from Blick, which I should be receiving in the next couple of days. I could have waited for the delivery, but I wanted to get started. However, I definitely discovered why you don't like the Canson paper. I ran into the issue of filling up the tooth on both paintings! If I learned nothing else during this lesson, it was this! I decided to only submit these two paintings for this lesson, mostly because of the paper I have. Next lesson I should have the right stuff. When I was a kid, I was really interested in art and even considered majoring in it at college, but changed to business instead. Now, I am retired and finally have time for a hobby. My brother-in-law has painted in pastels for about 20 years, so I got the idea to pursue this from him. So far, I'm loving it, but really need some guidance. I love your work and your style.
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I Kept myself busy wiht fruit! had so much fun with it! Use a photo from your album for the landscape. my trees in the distance made it difficult for me! Kind regards, Wies
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revised version
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Marla, the ones I posted on Aug 23 I saw a few things I wanted to correct so here they are. I also added another dune. Have a great trip!
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Finally! I had to take a break from the course but I wanted to finish. I really enjoyed it and am loving painting in pastels! Thank you Marla.
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I just got my Sennelliers in the mail and went for the 100 variations follow along. Had a lot of fun. One bit of trouble I found was that it was hard to layer on top of certain colors, even with nice pastels on colourfix. They sky was getting muddy and the more vibrant colors just weren't sticking. Could this be because I wasn't painting soft over hard, but soft over soft? I don't have nupastels, just really bad Faber Castells that I tried for the blocking in phase.
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This is part of the Trees in Pastel online workshop, Lesson 4. I struggled with the shadows on the road, and the road itself. I found myself overworking. I'm somewhat happy with the trees, though.
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Well, this was fun! I painted it on Fisher 400 35×35 cm with Nupastel and Unison pastels with a couple of bright pastels from the Terry Ludwig vivrat set (one day, I'll stop buying all the pretty sets I see online - but not today!). The underpainting was made with acrylic inks a was an unadulterated mess. I quite like it, although I went crazy with the bright blues (or because I did). I will let it rest for the moment, but I might add a few bigger strokes to the grass on the river bank. The upper part of the river is awkward, but one thing at a time.
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Today I decided to start with a bit of warming up. This is painted on Fisher 400 25×25 cm with Nupastel and Terry Ludwig pastels + a couple of metallic Sennellier scumbled on it (gold and bright pink). I think this is the craziest variaton I painted so far - I like it.
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Dear Marla, May I introduce myself. Wies is my name and I live in the Netherlands. Pastel grabbed me here for watercolour! I would like to improve in landscape. Think that is the most difficult theme, attached picture,s show what I make so far. I want to be a pastelist and possibly sell, that is my goal! Thank you for your wandeful picture,s Kind regards, Wies
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This version is painted on Pastelmat 12×12" with Nupastel and Unison pastels. I started painting the assignment for 'Fables and fantasies, got frustrated and washed it down. This piece was painted over it. It is alright, but I still don't think I got the flowers vibes, and didn't dare work some red into it.
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This is my independent piece for this lesson. I used one of Marla's reference photos, but I decided to challenge myself a little bit and selected one of a vineyard. It is painted on Uart 400 16×14" with Nupastel and Unison pastels on pastel and alcohol underpainting. The exercise was difficult in a good way and I hope the result is successful. The most difficult part was to harmonise the foreground and the middle ground after I went berserk with colours in the foreground. I hope I pulled it off. I will probably have to do something about the dark trees on the left: I used Unison midnight darks for the underpainting and WOW they are dark! I tried to lighten up the area, but I might have to spray it.
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This is my independent study for Blue Evening. I used one of the provided reference photos, and used it as a springboard, veering away from local color. Again, I'm continually trying to loosen up. This is 9x12.
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Summer in Oklahoma. I struggled with things leaning to the left (lol). I know having a horizontal ground is important. I'm also finding myself overworking!
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Hello Marla, I copy your paintings lesson 2 It is on colourfix one underpinning with acrylic ink! Greeting Wies
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before I had pro pastels and why are they on the side here ? on my computer they are ok
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first time I use uart papaer 9 X12, and Sennelier pastels
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I am new to painting and enjoy working with such high quality materials! I prepared a board for the first one and purchased a sanded paper for the second one. Your lessons are inspiring! I find myself evaluating as I go, taking photos and making adjustments.
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I have finally retired! Yay! More time to Paint! To celebrate, my husband used the directions from Marla's mini-lesson and made me a tray. Now I need more pastels!
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Here is my follow along and my independent study "Manifesting Grey"
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This is my paint along with Marla. Fun and loose style, which I am trying to develop in my independent studies.
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Near my house. The colors were pretty but because of the business I struggled. There wasn't enough strong value shape differential. So Marla, that was a lesson I will learn most from! I will go back and review and practice doing shapes on new compositions before I tackle something so busy again. I have learned so much and will redo all the lessons many times. Thank you so much for a great workshop. I did this on a pastel panel but found out how much more difficult they are to frame versus sanded paper!
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This was this weeks work. Hope all is well with everyone.
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This was fun!
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This is a painting I started a long time ago. I took this opportunity to finish it. It is on Richeson pastel board. This is fall in Southern California.
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Beginner still working my way through these wonderful lessons! :-) Thanks for any advice you may have!!
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This is summer trees
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Completed for the cloud study from a photo I took last Christmas.
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Paint along with some variations of my own.
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Completed for the cloud study lesson Plein Air. A sunlit field in NC this spring
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This is my independent assignment done of my stash of Wallis paper. I am not liking it very much.
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This is for Trees in Pastel Workshop, but I didn't see that as an option in pull down menu. I hope I'm not doing this wrong! I had a slow start on the lessons due to travel and work, but I'm getting there! I watched the recorded live session and enjoyed it very much. I was at work during the live event. I would love to have another opportunity to participate!
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I finally finished this lesson. A summer of life got in the way of my painting.
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I have tried to stay in the same loose style as in the previous assignment, kept the same palette and used the same paper. I really enjoyed the combination of the mark making workshop and this workshop! I have learnt so much! Thank you very much, Marla!
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