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MaryAnne Long

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Reply #45 on: December 14, 2017, 04:24:24 PM
Oh, RebecaM, I missed the owl back in October but see it now  Another excellent piece.

You do great eyes!!!

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Reply #46 on: December 23, 2017, 06:26:32 AM
Wow RebeccaM just found this posting your work is great. :clap: :clap:
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Reply #47 on: December 25, 2017, 08:53:39 AM
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Reply #48 on: December 29, 2017, 02:25:52 AM
Love your cat, Rebeca.  The blue eyes remind me so much of a cat of mine when I was a child.
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Reply #49 on: January 08, 2018, 10:08:15 AM
Thank you Linley, I'm glad you visited my tread and like my cat.
My grandfather's pass away saddened me deeply, followed by some personal issues, but I've slowly overcame this. Holidays spent with family and friends also helped and the new year's arrival gave me hope.

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Reply #50 on: January 08, 2018, 10:12:54 AM
Thank you very much, Val. Indeed, I quite like Colin Bradley's style. Two of my pastel paintings posted here are done after his lessons - the kitten and the peacock. At the moment I'm working after his jack russel tutorial.  I've ordered the Fabriano Ingres paper Colin likes so much to use and I will do this drawing on it. I've added a purple watercolor background, but the paper didn't take it too well and the tooth of the paper was a bit affected. Hope I'll manage to do this one without having to waste the paper.


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Reply #51 on: January 08, 2018, 10:22:00 AM
Thank you very much for your thoughts and for featuring my work in the newsletter, Mea!
The eyes are usually the focal point of the drawing/painting, I'm happy you liked them. I also enjoy the challenging process of creating the illusion of fur, skin and other textures through value and color. That's a very interesting journey to take!


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Reply #52 on: January 08, 2018, 10:23:01 AM
 :thankyou: Teresa, glad you like it.


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Reply #53 on: January 08, 2018, 10:36:37 AM
Thank you for stopping by Ray, I appreciate your comment. I've recently bought the Sand Coloured Ingres Paper you mentioned and I have used it for a drawing I'm currently working at. I really enjoy the contrast between the opaque pastel added on top of transparent watercolour, so I've  added a purple watercolor background, but it seems it wasn't the best idea for this paper. I'll see if I manage to finish this project or if I'll have to start over, this time only with pastels.
I enjoy realism, suggesting textures and creating a believable subject, especially when it comes to animals, but I also want for the marks I make to show through. I consider this is part of the drawing/painting's charm and individuality.


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Reply #54 on: January 08, 2018, 10:42:59 AM
Thank you Cath, your comment made me smile. I'm happy when my vision matches what I put on the paper, but the ultimate goal would be to evoke a certain feeling or memory within the viewer, so that person can be a part of the whole process.


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Reply #55 on: January 08, 2018, 03:24:50 PM
Rebeca

Your work on that cat was exemplary.  It needed to be showcased in the newsletter.

Hope to see more good work from you.

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Reply #56 on: January 21, 2018, 02:14:42 PM
I love your pastels, Rebecca. The cat looks so cuddly.
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Reply #57 on: February 21, 2018, 10:49:28 AM
Thank you for your support Mea, greatly appreciated. I hope to keep learning and growing as a pastelist in the future, so I can materialize my own expressions through this wonderful medium.

Thank you Gita, glad you liked the cat.


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Reply #58 on: February 21, 2018, 10:59:31 AM
Here is the Jack Russel portrait done after one of Colin Bradley's tutorials. Finished it a week ago but only now did I manage to find time to post it here.
This was done with a w/c background (and partial underpainting - I planned to keep the area of where to dog will be painted dry, but as we know w/c is quite unpredictable it covered some part of it. In the end it proved to be more interesting like that). I've used the Fabriano Ingres paper, but this one is not very suitable for a w/c application.  At a certain point I thought the paper isn't going to take the wet medium.
Done this with FC, Cretacolor pastel pencils, sepia and sanguine on Fabriano Ingres paper. I wanted to add the purple watercolour background as I thought it would create an interesting combination with the orange hue the fur tends to have and also with the purple shade added to the eyes. Also, I've  added some of the fur's tones in the background to create more unity.
As always, I appreciate your opinions, as well as any constructive comments and advice :)  :painting:


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Reply #59 on: February 21, 2018, 11:13:26 AM
I can't offer you criticism because I absolutely love your work. :clap: (And I'd be talking through my hat as I know nothing about pastel!)