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Tanja

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on: May 01, 2011, 06:46:56 AM
This was the first time I painted a landscape with pastels. It was inspired by the Dutch book "Landschap in pastel".
I tried to make the middelground (the grassy land) lively, but I found it difficult, because it's a huge part of the whole picture. Oh well, and my clouds really need improvement  :-\...
Critique please :D

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Reply #1 on: May 02, 2011, 05:00:08 AM
Wow,  I took lessons from a dedicated and outstanding pastel artist a number of years ago, one of the lessons she taught me was to look at any painting from a distance. Did it still hang "together"? I enlarged your "thumbnail"  , backed up about 10 to 12 feet and "looked"   WOW! I like it JUST as it is!
and a major part of the appeal is the way the clouds work!
Thank you, Now I have to go learn how to use pastel all over again  :(
Brian


Tanja

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Reply #2 on: May 02, 2011, 05:42:46 AM
Woooooooooooot!! Thank you very much, I really did not expect such a positive reaction!!   :D
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Reply #3 on: May 02, 2011, 12:11:24 PM
I Like your painting very much. Not many people paint symmetrical compositions but this one hangs together with the tonal ranges well executed. Isn't it amazing that the focal point can be so small, yet very effective. Without the birds the painting would just fall flat as just another mundane painting without any point of interest.

To be effective, all paintings MUST have a carefully chosen focal point. The birds brought "life" to the painting. Well done! :clap:
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Tanja

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Reply #4 on: May 02, 2011, 01:17:48 PM
Thanks Dennis for your words. To be honest I didn't even see that it was so symmetrical, so next time I have to watch out :)
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Reply #5 on: May 02, 2011, 06:12:39 PM
There is absolutely noting wrong with symmetrical compositions. What I said that is is not so commonly used.
If you have a nice one then certainly go ahead and paint it. Many of the Old Master used it
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Reply #6 on: May 04, 2011, 02:31:30 PM
Great job Tanja, absolutley awesome colours  :clap: You would never say it's your fist landscape  :o  O0

There is nothing wrong with the clouds, the technique you used is correct. You can simply add another layer or three to solidify them more.

and :bigwelcome: to eftpower1 - tell us a bit more about your favourite medium, etc.


Tanja

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Reply #7 on: May 04, 2011, 08:33:53 PM
Thanks Nolan  :blush:! It's my first landscape in pastel, not my first at all. I did a few digitally (don't have them anymore) and one in watercolor several years ago.

I am always very careful with clouds, because if not then they tend to look like strange objects. But I will do some exercises on different skies with clouds, to hopefully understand them better... :D
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Reply #8 on: May 04, 2011, 11:31:33 PM
Hi Tanja... if this is your first pastel landscape I do hope you'll be doing more. Beautifully done!  :clap:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #9 on: May 05, 2011, 12:54:16 AM
Thanks Val, I definately will do some more.
Hahaha but maybe it was some kind of beginner's luck? We will see :D
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