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Copy Marla's lesson 9, Water & Reflections, 12x12 on Pastel Premier paper.
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9 X 12 La Carte Pastel grey, Terry Ludwig, Unison, and Nupastels. After painting along withMarla’s lesson on skies I painted this from a photo I had taken earlier this summer.
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“The bridge to Centro” sennelier, Unison and Nupastrls on Pastel Premier paper. I don’t have any tooth left in some parts. The photo was taken right before sundown and all the white buildings turned yellow. 11 x 14 in
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My 2nd attempt. This time with a 24 piece set of Nupastel plus 2 hand rolled Richeson pastels. My main goal was to lighten my touch and try to loosen up a bit. This might be easier if I had something larger than a cell phone to take lessons from.
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8 x 8 Uart sanded paper -terry, sennelier, rembrandt pastels. From a photo I took in Yarmouthport Cape Cod. The marsh grasses are really that very bright yellow in the fall!
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That was a challenge, my first time doing a figurative study.
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Sunset Glow - after Inness 13.5×9" Nupastel, Unison and Terry Ludwig on olive green Colourfix That was an odd exercise. It might be my computer screen, but the original painting looked very yellow in the sky, while Marla could see all kinds of colours. Interesting. I might paint another one.
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Lesson 4 complete. the big take away for me this lesson was using the right color paper to get a good effect. The first was on a more blue color paper the second was on a dark reddish purplish I did get a bit discouraged. I do need to do more of this, seeing the effects on different colors paper. Here is my 2nd try.
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I have been traveling so I am just catching up on assignments. I am a beginner in pastel and overall, having just taken some drawing classes in charcoal still life. I have trouble with layering of pastels, seems I put too much on then have no where to go with highlights. Advise? And any other helpful comments. Definitely having fun, but a little frustrated...
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I may have done this 5 times, trying to get the colors right. I feel it might be garish or cartoonish. It is also dusty from the brush-offs done on this version. Maybe the values of the orange tips are too dark? Trying to get that glow it’s tough!
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Hi marla, I just completed my first plein air paintout competition. I painted 8 pieces in 3 days! Phew! I was exhausted. I was juried into this show among some of the top painters in our area. It was so fun! Please give me your critiques. Thank you.
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I really enjoyed this assignment. Love George Inness.
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Marla these are the oils you told me to put on here. Tell me if you agree with Laurence! He wants me to stick with pastels, but like I told you I love the mixing and holding a brush so hope to get better!
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Hello Marla, Trees and Skies, copies of you and two of me. What I really like about following the lessons is all the material to look at. I learn a lot from the critics at the bottom of the lessons! What strikes me about myself! I lose myself too much in reproducing your work in the red tree. The sky just like that. The second photo from the skies is my view of the gallery I live on the second floor. I look quit near the next lesson ´ flowers´ were kind regards from, Wies
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This was fun. I used watercolor as an underpainting on Pastelmat, thinking value and temperature. it got away from me a bit in spots, and I lost my drawing a bit. I think the yellow watercolor really gives the light source the glow I was hoping to achieve. A technique I hope to carry on with
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Never before I saw so many beautyfull shadows and colours of light. This course made me see them! Thank you, Marla! Not easy to paint, but it is a good start to try and choose my references better from now on. This painting is the swimmingpool at Lanzarote, in the early morning light.
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I had fun doing these. It was a very good lesson demonstrating how one can use color to create very different looking paintings from the same basic scene. I feel like I am slowly getting a better understanding about how to apply pastels. I realize I still have a long journey ahead, but I feel so grateful to have found such a good teacher through the magic of the internet. There was no one for me locally that teaches pastels.
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Well it’s not the same by any stretch but here it is ....my interpretation of a master!
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Done on Uart sanded paper. Appx size: 7.5" x 9,5". Based on a reference photo provided with the lesson.
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Finally I gave up tweaking this plain air assignment! I uploaded my reference photo although I fleshed out the major part outside - of course I spent hours and the light changes. I found that depicting the Spanish moss,which is very common in north Florida landscapes, very challenging. Time to move on!
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I submitted two St Moritz , one small study and one larger . The small was on natural Uart and the other was on charcoal paper. The trail scene was an enlargement of the one I submitted last time with more light in the center, as you suggested.
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the angle of this photo was tough but I was motivated by my subject!
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George Inness’ “TheGloaming” unfortunately the iPhone camera doesn’t get the colors just right. Brown Pastelmat paper. Sennelier, Unison and Terry Ludwigs.
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Marla, I had to kinda push the size of the vines to get what I was after. I wasn't as interested in the valley behind and below them. I wanted it to be about the vines. I think I achieved that.?
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My backyard, this is my studio, slowly catching up, hope you like my flags.
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This is from a photo of my daughter when she was 10 on a trip to Utah.
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Inness has so many subtle gradations of lights and shadows, beautiful! Great study exercise in flowing all the lights and shadows together.
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I loved this assignment it’s fun to be able to copy a masterpiece. It’s a great learning experience. Thank you Marla for giving us this assignment. I used colourfix paper in leaf green 9x12.
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Here is my capstone piece. It used to be our favorite place to stay in Jackson Hole, WY. The owner however converted it to apartments. It was a runny cloudy day but then there was this beautiful Bel Air in the parking lot. I did this of a 9x12 storm blue sheet of colourfix paper. Thought the color would aid with the wet payment and low light day.
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Bartender 9×12″ Sennelier pastels&watercolours on pastelmat Independent assignment My sincere apologies to the lady in the reference. I like the painting, but I realised I don’t have a clue about how to pick skin tones. I solved the problem with some mud, but I can’t always resort to that. I guess I will have to study some of the books I have on the topic.
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This is my painting for part three. My deepest apologies to Kevin… but also go me! I’m really impressed with the result of my first pastel figure. I tried a couple of times in pencil, with ok-ish results, but this is the first time in colour. AND I painted it looking at the photos without following the video, which I watched yesterday. I like this method more and more. Learning on Sunday 9×12″ Sennelier pastels on pastelmat Hilarious Sennelier watercolour underpainting.
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Well, this was fun and less stressful than the lesson. I misplace the reference I wanted to use, so I painted one of Marla’s photos. I definitely need to practice more, but for once I’m not beating myself up – I think it’s quite good. I had to force myself to stop tweaking it (it’s already ruined in a couple of places ). I love that the sky is so dramatically blue even close to the horizon – it was the same in the reference photo. Up in the mountains? 40×30 Nupastel, Unison and Terry Ludwig pastel on pastelmat
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A sunlit path 14×14″ Nupastel, Unison and Terry Ludwig pastels on olive colourfix This was stressful, but I like my painting better than I thought I would. I was even afraid to finish it, because I thought I would ruin what I had already done (I had to stop because of the lack of light). I’m so upset I fell behind from the beginning – and short daylight isn’t helping.
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I'm sorry I am late starting but really enjoyed the process, I have been an admirer of yours for so long and sorry I missed you in Fiji, I hope you are going again soon.
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Enjoyed this one. I did begin to get picky and overworked it a bit. I do like the watercolor under painting technique
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