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-Marla
Hello Marla Here is my work .i like it. Thanks ! I love the red trees ,i will start it soon.
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Hi Marla your demo I did with an underpaintim.the other ones I did slightly smaller and on mi teintes paper.i choose the paper to force myself to be more direct and stop myself from overworking and spending to much time on a painting.for me that was great exersise i did 12 small once and spend between 20 and 40 minutes each. These might be the last once I can send to you till we meet in person in Fiji .very excited about that. Greetings Riet
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This piece was very fun and relaxing to do. Love the yellows and reds!
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Ok not a river but water anyway. Various sites in Martha's Vineyard. Hope you are doing well; great to see you at IAPS!
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Hi Marla, I was able to keep up for about half of the lesson but then fell behind so I completed the remainder of my painting by referring to the photo of your painting. Took me about another hour. I enjoyed myself and particularly near the end when adding final effects. As the lesson then asks for a second painting from my own reference I have also sent one I did about a week later. I decided on giving up on sticking to my photo reference as I couldn't get comfortable with a large tree/bush in the foreground - so completed the painting by using the first photo in conjunction with another photo I took - so my painting is a combo of the two. I look forward to your feedback. Thanks and regards Wendy
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This is my first post since joining the group...and one of my first paintings since taking a several-week break due to a move and all the work involved. I sometimes struggle with composition and wonder if my path "leads to nowhere". I like my chosen colors and had a wonderful time painting with red.
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This is my first post since joining three weeks ago. This is my attempt at the paint along with Marla. It's not great, but I am getting looser and that is one of my goals. Painting and watching live is totally different than watching a video that you can put on pause. Act fast and live with it. It is 9x9 and painted on white Pastelmat and was started with a liquid acrylic under painting.
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Unison pastels on AS sanded paper. Kathryn Millard It is such a dreary day here in Northland NZ I had to get my yellow pastels out !!
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Roughly 12" x 10" on UART 600. I didn't like my original and made a few corrections and adjustments (and NOW see lots of stuff that makes me cringe). Heart in throat, I'm submitting this and First Blush for a competition (my first time). Fingers crossed they like at least one of them..
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Hi Marla, I did much better with this live lesson than Understanding Blue. After Understanding Blue, I knew I couldn't keep up with you in a 15"x15" format. I participated and (mostly) kept up during the By the Nursery live session by keeping it to 12"x12. I stopped after the session ended. My trunks are too similar, some are end in the wrong plane, but overall, I like it. I'm adding two off topic paintings. One is from a foggy early evening drive, the other is my first attempt at a figure drawing/painting prompted by some HUGE over-theshoe boots my brother was dragging on to power-wash a deck. And the final piece is my respite from the boots. I may never do another figure painting. I'm having trouble with glazing, especially over darks, and with composition. 1. ONCOMING TRAFFIC (9"x16", UART 400)– this is a piece prompted from a foggy, early evening drive. It has a magenta alcohol wash under painting. I know the raindrops are too evenly spaced. My mistake for paying too close attention to the subject photo. June 21st 2. Live Lesson BY THE NURSERY (12"x12", Colourfix) - I did much better with this live lesson than Understanding Blue. After Understanding Blue, I knew I couldn't keep up with you in a 15"x15" (or larger) format. By keeping it to 12"x12" I *almost* kept up with you during the By the Nursery live session. You are seeing it as ended up by the time you finished the live session. I know it doesn't look much like yours, but I enjoy what it does show. I would probably soften the sky holes and clean up the trunks, at a minimum. July 13th 3. YELLOW OVERBOOTS (13" by 9.25", Pastel Premiere, Italian clay, 600)– This is a departure for me. I've never done a figure study or figure painting. I may never do another, but I loved the gesture and couldn't help trying to capture it. (Drafted July 8th on glassine, started actual painting July 13, struggled with through July 22nd) 4. FIRST BLUSH OF MORNING (12"x16", Colourfix board)– This is the one painting I wondered about using fixative on because glazing over such deep darks is hazardous to my confidence--and the painting! Anyway, this is my attempt to use some of that glow through/around the leaves from the By The Nursery lesson. I know there are a few problem areas. If I were to do it again, I'd make the background mass lighter and bluer, the farther mid-ground lighter or maybe duller, a different color to the nearer mid-ground tree grouping on the left, adjust the depths of my mid-and far fields to not be so similar, adjust the trunks of the left groupings of trees to vary width. It is from an early morning bike ride along a tidal marsh. It has a dry underpainting. (Started and completed July 22nd – majority in 1 session of about 90 minutes. Finishing touches and corrections next day).
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12x16 on premier paper. Reference from trip to pacific grove. Beautiful pink ice plant on cliffs!
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Love painting seascapes.
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You know that time of early day when the light is edging from red/orange to lighter yellow?
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A water fall in the Carnarvon National Park in Queensland Australia. The rocks and moss in this sheltered oasis have beautiful colours.
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My effort on the "Flower Field" lesson.I still get the tooth filled too quickly, find it difficult to be less heavy handed. I added a little colour into the foliage, not sure I did the right thing, but it pleased me. 15 x 15 inch on Canson white touch paper.
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I was unsure about all the yellow but am grateful for how Marla teaches about layering color. I'm not sure I've used that much ever!
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This was done followed Marla's video. Loved using the colors in the foreground.
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Hi Marla, I'm enjoying your lessons very much. These are three paintings I have done, working on foliage and loosening up. Thanks, Linda
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Hello Marla It was difficult to find my way but i enjoy this Big peace. I m impatient to paint the red trees. The Yellow forest is great , i like it. Thanks a lot Florence
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Hello Marla This piece from my photo should have had a puddle at the end of the road When I tried to enlarge the puddle to do some reflections everything went haywire! I think I would know what to do if I repeat the piece. I have been busy doing your mini lessons to help me get more saturation of colour going I wait with baited breath for your critique on this one I always wish I could do much better. Many thanks Regards Loris Jones
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Hi Marla.I really struggle with foliage ,but am determant to get it one day (soon.?) 2 pieces on colourfix paper with a selection of different brands pastels.my second piece is a photo from the autumn colour trip I did with my pastel friend Jill,also 1 of your students .we did do some plain air together.but I took heaps of photos for future reference. Looking forward to your critics. Cherio Riet.
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hi Marla, I hope you are well, here are a few more pieces ive done around the water and reflections theme. Thanks, Fred
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Hi Marla. I did the W&R twice, the first (left) after watching the video, after doing a thumbnail(lower center), and then painting, the 2nd during a follow along with you (right). Light touch is driving me crazy! I'm adding some pictures you've seen and some you have not for your feedback please. "Backyard"--I live among and under trees, surrounded by variations of GREEN, and except for early morning, even my light is filtered through green. Naturally, I want to paint it without being boring. Last Two: I posted these to the community page and would like your feedback, please: "Not with a Whisper-Calling you" - a nocturne, and a rework of Preserve Me (found on the Community Page)into a new work: "Preserve me2"- to improve the composition. The first version was somehow disjointed. I think the overhang of the tree improves the composition--what do you think?
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Hi Marla I enjoyed following along and painting this lesson very much. I focussed on getting light into my painting and tried to create lovely edges and experimented with mark making. I had a few tricky bits but focussed on having fun with the process of painting. I look forward to your feedback and any suggestions you may have for me. Thank you so much. Kind Regards Wendy
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Hi Marla I did a plein air painting recently called "Summer Dream". It was overwhelming with all the greens so I changed up the colors. I found that putting use of what I learned from your class very helpful with the mark making. Also, to continue Part II of the Blue Evening that I did last time, I did a Hong Kong skyline painting, my home town:). I got permission from my friend who took the picture to use this as reference. It was very challenging to simplify the buildings but I am gong for the impressionist look, push the colors and the mark making. Usually my pieces are very soft. So this has more lines and hard edges, definitely out of my comfort zone. I was inspired to do this piece as a result of your Blue Evening assignment, to help me "loosen up" and make bolder marks. Thanks Shuk (Susan)
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I really enjoyed using the colors in this painting!
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I painted this on the last weekend in May when the leaves had just come out to their fullest here in Maine.
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There is an independent assignment on spring of color lesson as well.
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Hello. This is an independent piece I completed last month to submit to a local gallery show entitled "At the Cabin." We are in the northwoods of Wisconsin where everything is green and blue right now. I am excited to learn more from Marla about the challenges and solutions to the overabundance of green, which was my challenge in this piece. I introduced more color based on recent lessons but it still feels like a duotone. It's 12x12" on Elephant Colourfix. If you have any comments, I welcome them. Thank you. Kath
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I really loved what Marla did for this painting and wanted to try and do it for myself. I think I can do better and hope someone can give me some helpful tips.
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