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lynn p.

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on: December 03, 2013, 10:44:39 PM
Well, I thought I would try Dennis' African Man in pastel to compare the difficulty with watercolor.  Obviously the watercolor rendition is far better, but I have to admit that I am rather pumped about what pastels seem to be able to do although I really smeared this one up quite a bit.  Actually for me, the non-drawer, the most exciting thing about this is that I actually was able to draw this FREEHAND.  Yes, I am bragging to my PB friends so please forgive me.  Who else can understand how scary that is.  It isn't perfect but I am so happy!!! I had only about 10 pastels so the colors are weird.  It is sennelier pastels on pastel paper (no watercolor underpainting).  It did use up a lot of pastels though.


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Reply #1 on: December 03, 2013, 11:44:23 PM
well look at you! well done, you are indeed brave to take on this new medium - Congrats  :clap: :clap:
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Reply #2 on: December 04, 2013, 02:36:46 AM
I can see a lot of people turning to pastels :clap: :2funny:
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Reply #3 on: December 04, 2013, 02:42:46 AM
 :heeha: This is fabulous! Who could have imagined doing this, and freehand no less, at this early stage? Banner job Lynn.  :congrats:
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Reply #4 on: December 04, 2013, 04:35:05 AM
I am impressed!  :clap:   You did a great job and free hand,  WOWser! Can't wait to see more pastels from you, I think you would be great at them!

Pastels are so soft and dreamy...I saw a whole exhibit of them recently in a small art museum.  They were all sunsets and seascapes and just so pretty.  Lovely medium.
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Reply #5 on: December 04, 2013, 05:00:47 AM
Cant believe u did free hand...great work!

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Reply #6 on: December 04, 2013, 06:09:22 AM
Thanks Val, Maryna, MaryLou, Dennis and Zayn.  When I reread my first post, it sounds so obnoxious!!!  Sorry :D
I think my excitement was about facing some personal fears of just jumping in and trying something so new.  I have always relied on gridding or tracing for figure drawings.  I watched some videos of people starting with some strong pastel pencil lines for the face and just continuing to correct.  When I tried it , It ISN"T THAT HARD, and then it all gets covered up with the other pastel layers.  I think I will keep trying this!  I also learned that dotting a few pastel colors together and then rubbing allowed me to blend on the paper.  FUN.  Thanks Dennis and Nolan for getting me to a place of facing some fears.


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Reply #7 on: December 04, 2013, 06:51:15 AM
Blow the trumpets people Lynn has stepped out on her on, and has left us behind.  :2funny: :2funny:
Very, very proud of you Lynn, you picture is fantastic.  O0 O0 :clap: :clap: nothing wrong with bragging. You accomplished something.
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Reply #8 on: December 04, 2013, 07:00:00 AM
hey lynn you should be very proud of this pastel of the African man  O0  why shouldn't you brag, especially on here with all your pb friends, you deserve the recognition for a job well done  :yippee: :yippee:


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Reply #9 on: December 04, 2013, 07:33:56 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Oh! My Word Lynn!!!  You did the most awesome pastel painting.  The skin tones are just fantastic and I take my  :urwelcome: to you for jumping right in and accomplishing such a fantastic painting.  There was nothing obnoxious about your post, I fully understand what you were experiencing for I experienced the exact same feeling after watching a few of Nolan's "How to Draw Dogs" lessons and implementing what I had seen without even watching the full series and then accomplishing a drawing. I could not wait to show all my Paint Basket friends what I had done for I was shocked and startled that I was even able to draw like that.  Besides, we are so happy and encouraged by your success.  Patricia
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Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013, 12:43:15 PM
 :heeha: well done Lynn.

Next year is going to be very exciting because the pencil and the pastel classes compliment each other so what one learns in the one will translate to the other, unlike the oil and watercolour classes which are very different.

I can see the quality of the work improving dramatically lately which is awesome


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Reply #11 on: December 19, 2013, 10:46:13 AM
Well done!  :clap:

I really read your excitement, and you should be excited when you finish a drawing like this!


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Reply #12 on: December 19, 2013, 03:20:45 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:Well done Val  I definitely take courage on your effort I will very soon start a commission of a portrait in sanguine(earth-colours) only
and will have the same scary thoughts it will be my first pastel ever

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