Don Sherrill – Capturing Form In Light

Critique Submitted: September 26th 02:23AM

Hi Marla,

I’m happy with the apple but was unable to find the right color pastels for the red-orange combinations for the pear. I feel that right side of the pear is too dark.

Don

  • Marla Baggetta says:

    Hi Don,

    My sincere apologies for the tardy critique. This has been a usually challenging month for me! Here it is finally. I hope that you will reach out if you need any other help on this lesson. Best,

    Marla

  • Don Sherrill says:

    Hi Marla,

    I’ve been expecting to see a video critique for the two Capturing Form in Light paintings that I submitted on September 26. You mentioned that I should expect to see it on October 6th. Am I looking in the wrong place?

    Don

  • Don Sherrill says:

    Hi Marla,

    Thanks for your encouragement.

    My experience with pastel painting began in 2006 when I learned that Reif Erickson, a well known local pastelist was offering pastel art lessons at one of our Sacramento senior centers. It was a class for beginners, with a maximum of 10 students, that met for three hours once a week for 10 weeks. Students were required to have same basic equipment, materials, and a limited pallete of pastels.

    Reif provided demonstrations on technique and pastel application and give individual help as we worked on our exercises. The sessions also provided an opportunty to learn some basic elements of art such as composition, lighting, color, value, etc. as well as some drawing skills such as perspective and shading.

    I found the class to be interesting but in the end, I wasn’t happy with the quality of art that I was producing. I played with it for a while but lost interest and moved on the other activities.

    Several months ago, my sister, Karen, encouraged me to try pastels again. Karen a retired art teacher and artist (karenanablenichols.faso.com), had some pastels from her teaching days and offered to give them to me if I was interested. She also mentioned that there were many sources pastel instruction available on the internet these days.

    I took her up on her offer and turned to the internet for additonal instruction. To date, I’ve taken an eight-week online drawing course from Brent Eviton, purchased four DVDs from Aaron Schuerr, and streamed two online courses from Richard McKinley. In addition, I’ve viewed numberous YouTube demos from other artists including yourself.

    My recent work has definitely improved; however, and my style has developed into that of photorealism. I’m find myself spending too much time on details. With your help, I’m looking forward to learning a more painterly style.

    Don

  • Marla Baggetta says:

    Hey Don,

    I think you did really well on both of these! The pear may not have been exactly what you were looking for, but I think it has good volume and I really like the luminosity of the cast shadow. Keep going. Tell me about your experience so far with pastel??

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