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

 
This is my own attempt at fall foliage. Sky holes are a challenge!
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This is my paint-along of this lesson. I am quite pleased with it.
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Working on simplification
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9” x 9” on rose Pastelmat
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This is my first assignement of light and shadow course. First the one made along with the video, the second with an image of my collection. I find the second is too dark
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I'm quite pleased with my attempt. Although I'm not too new to pastel work and this is my way to practice and teach myself about art and painting in general so thank you for your generosity! I so love the way you teach and the way you work I am hoping I can save enough money to buy your newest course light and shadow on online! I'm on a fixed budget with a disability so send good vibes my way plea... See Full Post »
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I like the limited pallete in this one. I'm happy with how this follow along turned out, except for the cast shadows under and behind the trees. I think I could have done better on those, so I will do Part 2 of this lesson in another color palette and improve on those shadows.
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This is my follow-along. Love Marla's colour choices.
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I was happy with my paint-along version but I found my second one got very muddy. Maybe too much product in the underpainting? I will try it again later.
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Hi Marla, Took awhile as I was spending more time outside but the rainy weather got me back in the studio. Carole
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I think I could have upped the colour in the background tree line......
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This was a challenge for me....to not put in too much detail. I will post my own version separately.
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My second version
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One version following Marla and a second, square one done more on my own.
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This painting depicts the Gulf of Mexico. It is a beautiful place to visit and paint. I tried to get a feeling for movement in my painting. I am looking for ways to improve my crashing waves, especially when the foam comes up on the beach. Thank you!!
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Here it is then. Next time I may need to put it all in one image?
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I am happier with the “sunny” clouds than the evening attempts. I found the high contrast difficult to manage. I am not sure if I submitted the paint along one. How do you do multiples on an iPad. Any help?
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Hi Marla, Here's three more paintings. thanks again for your time and feedback. Hope you and your family is well. Safe travels. All the best, Mark
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In photo 2 I’m concerned the trees in the background look like mountains.
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A painting from my own photo taken last summer. I love the moody damp darkness and the trickling waterfalls cutting down over the rocks into the inviting pool at the bottom. I tend to work quite exact and tight, and am here to learn how to loosen up more and give impressions rather than details.
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Here Is my Apple I seam to blend to much do you have a way that I can not blend to much.
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Lesson 2: didn’t have wifi to follow along but had watched it previously. Since they were practice paintings I used my Canson touch paper for 2 of them, one is on la Carte and one on Uart 600. The purple ish one is a pic from Pixabay and had just bought Terry Ludwigs sunrise/sunset set so was limited in colors and value. The orange one is a pic I took in Syracuse NY and I only allowed myself 3... See Full Post »
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Lesson 1, red apple on Uart 500 paper, 9X12 with mostly senellier pastels. Marla, I was in your FB group and asked for input on those Henri Roché pastels which I really don’t like so I used them for the background, yes I know the purple is a little offsetting but I have to use them when I can and since the cast shadow contained greyed violet I used one of my violet ish Roché as my dark foregr... See Full Post »
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Two takes on a Swiss scene, one with structure , one without. A redo of a previous submittal and my first animal painting.
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Hi Marla! Hope you are well! Here's three more for your review. I appreciate all of your comments and advise! All the best, Mark
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Hi Marla. Loving your lessons. I did my brothers barn but I’m not happy. It’s juvenile looking and muddy. Too many layers I don’t know just not great. I can follow a lesson but when doing my own I have trouble. It’s hard to describe. I used 12x12 uart paper for both with a rubber in underpainting. Various pastels. Ludwig. Gerault. Sennelier. Diane Townsend. Unison. I did the value study an... See Full Post »
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Oh boy, Marla. The follow along lesson piece ate my lunch. When I first did it, the clouds just didn't look normal at all. So, I kept trying and trying to get them right when I should have just stopped. I know its overworked. I know it has way too much product on the paper. I wanted to do it over, but I didn't have another piece of that terracotta colourfix. That terracotta colored paper wa... See Full Post »
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Do in Soft and hard Pastles
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A recent visit to Monet's Garden in Giverny provided inspiration for an explosion of painting ideas. The iconic bridge, the willows,the red shrub and water lillies were screaming for pastels!
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File 1 - 11"x11" Fall Color Follow Along Demo File 2 - 8"x10" Pastelmat - Siena File 3 - Glade Creek Grist Mill - 8"x10" Colorfix - Leaf Green File 4 - Glade Creek Gris Mill - Reference Photo
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9x12 440 grit sandpaper with Gesso tinted blue. I can see some patterns/similarity now that I've photographed it. Overall I'm happy with it, I didn't have any expectations when i started.
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Clouds have always seemed difficult because they seem really busy to me and I lose my way sometimes. I am ok with the first two, I think. I tried not to blend too much but i found it necessary in some areas. That is just the nature of clouds! The third painting is a picture I took from a cruise ship balcony at night which is a full moon with clouds over Cuba in the Caribbean. The last image i... See Full Post »
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From the flower lesson 5. I am learning a lot from Marla. She is wonderful. I am a hobbyist. I have been painting in acrylics for several years. Just starting in pastels and wanting to know if I am on the right track. How do you teach yourself to stop and not go too far. My main issue. Playing too much and creating mud....?
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I am new to pastels and enjoying Marla's instruction.
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Marla, I deviated a bit from the follow along lesson by using Inktense blocks to make an underpainting on white Pastelmat paper. It helped me a lot to get the airy effect in the red foliage. Otherwise, I stuck to the follow along. Then, in Part 2, I got a little gutsy by going with the foliage photo you provided that had the massive cast shadows under the trees. I was a little nervous about bei... See Full Post »
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I choose a reference photo that has strong lines and also a swan family. This added to my challenge.I played with pink, cream, and blues to create harmony from top to bottom. The focus was another challenge for me to keep away from the center.
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And here is the Apple. Thanks so much. Andrew.
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Hi Marla. Not sure if here is where I ask you to look at these. I have painted in acrylics for several years as a hobbyist after work. I have been drawn to the beauty of pastel and want to master this. Here is the apple and pears from lesson 3. Please guide me. This is way more difficult than it looks. My tooth filled up very fast. Uart 600 paper 9x12. Thanks so much. You are so awesome. Andrew.... See Full Post »
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