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Reply #180 on: February 02, 2018, 08:15:44 PM
Don't forget to let the path get lighter towards the horizon. This adds distance and leads the viewer's eye into the painting  O0
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Reply #181 on: February 07, 2018, 09:48:51 PM
Thanks Dennis, will lighten it a bit more. I decided it's time to try something different.  I made a deal with Linley if she does Nolan's strawberries in acrylic, I'll have a go at them in pastel. I'm sure I heard her voice agree.....  :deal:   Which paper shall I try?   :-\      :yippee:


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Reply #182 on: February 08, 2018, 12:06:26 AM
Right on, Val.... Today is a cooler day, so maybe it really is a day for acrylic. Pastel "Strawberries"will look fantastic!


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Reply #183 on: February 08, 2018, 04:24:24 PM
Pastel "Strawberries"will look fantastic!

 ??? That remains to be seen Linley.  ::)    Anyway, going to have a looksee at Nolan's strawberries to see what I've got myself into! Having not done much with fruit except having consumed it, should be interesting to say the least.... wow, and they're really red...   :think:    wonder how I'll look as a redhead?   :2funny:        Here we go!   :yippee:

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Reply #184 on: February 08, 2018, 07:23:14 PM
I like the colours you are using. Your trees are great.  :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #185 on: February 09, 2018, 01:33:51 AM
Many thanks Zilpa. I still find it hard to believe they were made with a few strokes of pastel on a semi-rough surface. Sometimes less really is more, certainly saves on a lot of extra work!


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Reply #186 on: February 12, 2018, 11:13:16 PM
OH pretty color combinations Val.  Good work.  I like that you haven't overblended.  How did you like intense as a underpainting.  Only tried that a little bit but only on UArt which takes a lot of water.  Looks like you are having fun :clap:


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Reply #187 on: February 13, 2018, 04:00:52 PM
I found a few short videos of Jackie Simmonds on youtube (related to her books) which have really switched on the light for me. Thank you for introducing me to her via one of the books you so kindly donated to my cause.

I now know where I went wrong when trying a couple of Dennis' lessons. I will definitely combine and make use of what I have learned from all sources, and shall have another go at the mountains and mist lesson... As soon as I get a day where my 'studio' isn't bouncing about too much!

I quite liked the inktense for use as an underpainting, though I think the blocks would be much better suited, as they would be much easier to lay down areas of colour. I will look into those later on. For now I want to experiment a bit more with the w/c with pastel over. I'm thinking that since I have more than a few w/c paintings that didn't quite work out, I might try the pastel on some of those.

Overall I am thoroughly enjoying my journey with pastel. Can't wait to have a go at some portraits!  ^-^    I never stop dreaming...   ;D


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Reply #188 on: February 13, 2018, 08:17:21 PM
Oh glad you are enjoying Jackie Simmonds, I  think she is a good teacher.  She has been very kind to comment on my pieces on Wet Canvas and was actually the person who urged me to take drawing lessons.  Good for you for being so dedicated in trying new stuff--so easy to play it say :D


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Reply #189 on: February 13, 2018, 09:31:48 PM
Go Val!


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Reply #190 on: February 16, 2018, 10:41:50 AM
Val, I enjoy so much reading about your journey with pastels. Even thought I was a bit reluctant regarding soft pastel sticks (because of the dust and the fact that I'm allergic to it), you inspired me to try them too.
Well, I'm already using a mask with filter when working with pastel pencils, I guess that would be efficient against the soft pastels' dust too.
I like the colours that you used for both the dolphins and landscape, keep up the good work!  O0 :painting:
I have just started with pastels, but if I could give some advice maybe it will help if you add the dolphins' cast shadows by darkening a bit the water under them, that will give more volume and will make the scene more realistic. Also, some highlights in the water, on the animals and in their eyes would help too.
For the landscape, I love how your trees turned out and the contrast between their yellow foliage and the hue of the sky. I never did landscapes ,other than when I was in the primary school and had art lessons :))  but I am planning to pick up this theme soon.
I've read some interesting posts regarding landscape in soft pastels. One thing I've learned is that in the foreground warmer greens (the ones toward yellow) could be used, while in the background cooler and lighter greens (the ones toward blue) are more appropriate. Also, according to the pastelist Richard McKinley the secret of green is orange and violet is the friend This means that a red/orange underpainting can help obtaining richer greens and some subtle shades of purple can be added in the composition.
Hope these concepts can be useful Val, I never tested them but I will do so in future works.
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Reply #191 on: February 16, 2018, 08:43:05 PM
Hey, RebecaM, good to see that you popped in.  Thanks for the tip about the orange/red underpainting.  When I made my purple poppies, I used an orange underpainting and it made the poppies have a nice glow.  Now I know
why!  Thanks for sharing.

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Reply #192 on: February 16, 2018, 09:29:33 PM
Yes thanks Rebeca. The grass and the tree on left had red, and a few other colours in the underpainting. It doesn't show hardly at all in the photo. I can only just make out a few spots where it barely shows. On the painting itself it can be more easily seen in places.

I learned a lot about laying over colours/glazing from the w/c lessons with Dennis.  O0   These two mediums seem to go hand in hand.... one helps out the other.  :)