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Reply #150 on: January 01, 2018, 03:54:57 PM
I love the Van Gogh!! It looks so fresh and spontaneous. Good for you for not blending!!


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Reply #151 on: January 01, 2018, 05:36:40 PM
Thank goodness Lynn just replied because I had missed this posting of your Van Gogh, Val. 

I love Van Gogh and your painting feels right - colors, swirling shapes, hayfields.  Vincent would be proud of you.

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Reply #152 on: January 01, 2018, 08:58:14 PM
Thank you Lynn, it was a serious battle to keep my grubby fingers out of it!  ;D   I am truly enjoying myself with the pastels. Have to work on the pressure aspect... just a tad heavy handed. Still a bit timid with them but I'm sure that will pass.  O0


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Reply #153 on: January 01, 2018, 08:59:22 PM
Thanks Mea, as long as it isn't compared too closely I think my clouds will pass!  ;)      ;D


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Reply #154 on: January 10, 2018, 08:49:26 PM
Have had a great day so far... moved back into the lagoon, much calmer and quieter. Have the pencils, pastels, and paints out today! So.....

Here is the pastel I am working on. I think you can recognize the dolphins  ;) still lots to finish up on them.  I am on a third layer for the water, not sure where to go with it from here. I still have to work in waves, crests, etc. ....Seem to be stuck, lend a hand all you pastelies!  :help:



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Reply #155 on: January 11, 2018, 05:37:18 AM
Off to a good start, Val.

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Reply #156 on: January 11, 2018, 07:42:09 AM
A very appropriate topic for you Val.... Just what a hot cranky landlubber needs to see to cool them off. I'm looking forward to watching it develop.


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Reply #157 on: January 24, 2018, 10:28:22 PM
Hope it managed to make you feel a little cooler Linley  ;)

Thanks Mea.

Still finishing off the dolphins, almost done. The water however is still got me nonplussed.  ???    I posted it on another art site and the majority love the water as is  :confused: go figure! Still doesn't look right to me but I may just let the majority rule on this one.


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Reply #158 on: January 24, 2018, 10:51:07 PM
Ok... so, I have been watching some more of Dennis' lessons, reading and trying out the various techniques. Here is a sampling of a little scene that just sort of developed. None of it was planned or intentional...so fun when that happens.  :heeha:

The tree on the right is not done with pastel as yet. Nothing is really finished as such. Anyway, this is what I was trying .....

1/ I quickly and very loosely sketched in a few trees with the Inktense pencils (so kindly given me by Lynn), then washed over the whole with water and left it to dry. This was my test underpainting....which I forgot to photograph!  :doh:

2/ Here is where it is so far, some areas only have one layer and some have multiples. I've managed to keep my palette down to 9 colours so far.



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Reply #159 on: January 25, 2018, 12:37:35 AM
Val,

I honestly don't know enough about pastels to say more than "pretty colors."

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Reply #160 on: January 25, 2018, 12:53:05 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Val, I love your dolphins, great job so far.


I also like your trees but to me, the paper you used seems to be too rough for pastels, but what the heck do I know???  Just my general feeling and humble opinion.


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Reply #161 on: January 25, 2018, 01:40:53 PM
No worries Mea, I appreciate that you stop by for a looksee.  :thankyou:


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Reply #162 on: January 25, 2018, 02:00:09 PM
Patricia, I decided to try and work on #140 cp w/c paper. Not my usual Arches so this brand is quite a bit rougher than I would normally use. Good enough for experimenting with.  :painting:

I haven't laid on any additional layers as yet except for a few areas on some of the trees. I am trying to keep blending down to a minimum so it will take a few layers yet to fill most of the tooth. I do want to try and retain some of the texture in certain areas such as the leaves on the middle tree. The sky when complete will be smooth with no texture showing, as will most of the foreground when it is complete. Still lots to add and fill out.

I think so far I've managed to show a bit of aerial perspective which I was a bit leery of. At any rate, I'm pleased with that so far. I remember trying the w/c paper when Dennis started the first classes, I wasn't keen then and I think I'm much happier with the sanded papers. I still have a couple of brands of pastel paper to try so I may yet find one of those I like. I do love the Uart sanded papers and the Velour paper so far.


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Reply #163 on: January 26, 2018, 12:42:47 PM
Like Mea, I cant make technical comments, but I love the results pastels give. Just keep posting &  :painting:... Just because we are ignorant doesn't mean we don't appreciate the paintings!


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Reply #164 on: January 26, 2018, 04:06:26 PM
Oh dear, Linley I hope I haven't offended anyone, if I have it was unintentional and I sincerely apologize.  :(

I will send you a PM.