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Gita

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on: August 09, 2016, 09:35:03 PM
Since I love gardens and started loving soft pastels, I felt prompted to paint this house and garden created by British designers more than 100 years ago in northern France only with soft pastels.

I found the bush to the right somehow difficult. Would love to hear your critiques. Thank you. I have added the original photograph below, too.


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Steve Weatherwax

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Reply #1 on: August 09, 2016, 09:38:32 PM
Beautiful painting, Gita! I love the way you rendered the light and shadows on the lawn.
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Reply #2 on: August 09, 2016, 09:50:20 PM
Thank you Steve. By the way, you managed to mow your lawn? :D
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Reply #3 on: August 09, 2016, 10:30:58 PM
 :heeha: Gita, Your painting get better and better. I can see that you love the pastels. You are mastering them quickly.
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Reply #4 on: August 10, 2016, 12:49:58 AM
Gita...lovely painting. Your shading is so nice, and I think I'd just 'tone' down a tad, the bush on your right.  The one in the pic has sunlight on it, but you want your eye to go to the lovely house.  It's really a great painting.  I really like the pastels, too.
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Reply #5 on: August 10, 2016, 01:10:00 AM
Gita,

You did a lovely job on this painting.

There is only one concern I have and it is the dark outlining of the layers of the bush at the lower left corner.  Gradually darken to the edge of each scalloped layer to hide the outline.

Otherwise, it looks so lovely.

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Reply #6 on: August 10, 2016, 01:24:53 AM
Beautiful Gita.  O0   I just find I am drawn to the two 'branches' that come in on the upper left. I would shorten them and tone them down, or remove them all together.

Well done on a complex subject.  :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #7 on: August 10, 2016, 02:28:51 AM
Thank you Steve. By the way, you managed to mow your lawn? :D

Yep, the lawn's mowed! :sweat: Maybe I should but some sheep and let them do the work. ;)
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Reply #8 on: August 10, 2016, 06:05:02 AM
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Reply #9 on: August 10, 2016, 07:04:39 PM
Good point, Gita. Besides, I don't think the local zoning regs would permit it! :thumbdown:
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Reply #10 on: August 12, 2016, 11:21:09 PM
Your Pastel painting is very nicely done Gita, :clap:.... you sure have a lot of enthusiasm (and talent) for trying all the different mediums.
Win


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Reply #11 on: August 13, 2016, 01:44:11 AM
Thank you Win. Hearing this from you - its very special :smitten: Actually, I am so overwhelmed with all the media presented in PB. I am trying to learn most of the media as long as this ecstatic urge to paint lasts, so that I can set my preferences and likings fast. I am fascinated by the combination of watercolour and soft pastels very much.
By the way, I zoomed your pencil  drawing in your Profile. Its beautifully done. I assume thats you?
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Reply #12 on: August 13, 2016, 10:45:40 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Beautiful painting once again Gita.    Patricia
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Reply #13 on: August 16, 2016, 05:19:27 AM
Thank you Patricia. I am in Asia on vacation. The wifi facility is not so good . I may not be able to answer or see all the lovely pictures. Will miss PB!  :o
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Reply #14 on: August 21, 2016, 01:32:54 AM
Hi Gita.  This is so very good for one of your first pastel paintings.  Love the colors.  Check the perspective of the lower row of windows.  Hope the enthusiasm lasts.  Fun to see what you are doing.!