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on: January 23, 2014, 02:14:28 PM
This was mainly to practice clouds, are the colors too muddled from over working? 

I might do a terp or alcohol wash on the sky before adding the clouds next time. 

What I'm finding with pastels is they are wicked hard to photo and get a true sense of what I see live... might be because they are better viewed from a few feet away?
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Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014, 02:18:14 PM
Steven, you have forgotten to insert your painting but I saw it in the gallery and it looked pretty good. Hope you never erased anything with your stale bread ... we don't want a moldy painting   :2funny: :2funny: .  I went hysterical when I read that on the live lesson but could not respond as I was not on the chat line.    Patricia
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Reply #2 on: January 23, 2014, 02:24:21 PM
Wow, that was quick, I had just posted my comment, came back and had another look and the picture was there. Speedy worker.  Patricia
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Reply #3 on: January 23, 2014, 02:26:14 PM
Ha, I was in the process of editing the post, you were ahead of me ... lol, ya I was being a pill with the bread comment Patricia  :2funny:

Oh, and I wanted to comment on the canson paper I used, was their pastel paper on the smooth side and I hit it with a light buff with fine sand paper wrapped in an auto body detail pad(a firm rubber thing to absorb the shock of the paper so it doesn't gouge the surface).  It held quite a bit of pastel before I needed to fix it.  I read about this technique on a Wet Canvas thread, basically it reduces the machine texture finish on paper.
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Reply #4 on: January 23, 2014, 07:02:21 PM
Nice work, Steven.

Your sky is great, but not sure what the brown earth is all about.  Looks kind of like the red dirt in the sugar cane fields in Hawaii.

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Reply #5 on: January 23, 2014, 08:29:43 PM
Thanks Mea, not sure how I want to finish the bottom, might be rushes or simple grasses in patches...  maybe sugar cane!  The earth reminds me of farming when I was a kid and certain times of the year that rich earth was all you saw for miles, sort of represented potential.
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Reply #6 on: January 24, 2014, 09:44:59 AM
Great work Steve in your sky colours I have a lot of problems with my sky but you have nailed it hope your final work on the landscape turns it into a masterpiece. Ray
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Reply #7 on: January 24, 2014, 02:26:36 PM
This is supposed to be slow moving water, not sure if it looks still enough, and do I fill in around the trees a bit?

Thanks for the comments Ray!
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Reply #8 on: January 24, 2014, 02:34:15 PM
Thanks Steven for the info about the paper.  I honestly don't like the look of the "stipple" showing through the pastels.  You mentioned using sand paper wrapped in an auto body detail pad being lightly buffed over the page which obviously will give a smooth paper some tooth and it may be something worthwhile looking into.  I have the Canson Mi-Teintes and to my mind, it is pretty rough but it is still early days for I have only tried painting on a small section of one page and will wait to see what Dennis does/says to achieve a smooth painting.  I know that he recommended this paper among others, as one of his choices.  Went looking for other pastel paper today and the selection is very limited around these parts.  Guess I will wait to see what all the other members are using and what their preference is.


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Reply #9 on: January 24, 2014, 02:38:24 PM
Amazing!  it seems like we were posting simultaneously again.  When I posted my message it asked me to review my message as another one was being posted.  Weird.  I like what you have done to the painting with the adding of trees and water.  Gives it interest and life Steven.  Very nice.  Patricia
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Reply #10 on: January 24, 2014, 02:44:55 PM
That's the paper I used here Patricia, Mi-Teintes,  I was able to get a lot of layers on this paper, and I'm not afraid to fix the paper after loading it up now... this one I probably hit 6-7 times with the krylon fixative as I went along.  There is always the risk of muddling the colors, but it's not like water colors that way in that you can strip it down and build over if needed. 

The sand paper barely broke the surface on the smooth side, there was still a bit of pattern so I might be a bit more aggressive next go. :knuppel2:

Should I fill in the skyline under those trees?  They look a bit one dimensional to me atm....

Lol, did it again Patricia!
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Reply #11 on: January 24, 2014, 03:48:41 PM
Steven, I actually like the trees as they are but then I am not experienced enough to really critique anyone's painting so I would suggest that you wait to hear what the more experienced artists have to say.  However, as I said, it is lovely as it is for there is life and interest in it. It is bright, lovely cloud reflections in the water and so, in my very humble opinion, I would leave it as it is.    Patricia
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Reply #12 on: January 24, 2014, 04:35:11 PM
Dear Steven;

I like the picture, simple but serene; once the blue tape and a matt is overlaid on the painting it will
show it's true splendor.  I can really feel the movement of the clouds.

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Reply #13 on: January 24, 2014, 07:03:58 PM
Steven,

Now it's taking shape.  Nice clouds and water reflections of them.

Trees looks like soldiers in a row.  Need to break it up somehow.

Good job, guy!

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Reply #14 on: January 25, 2014, 01:36:55 PM

Thanks for the comments, hope I lost the "soldier" look on the trees, I also added some warm colors at the horizon and a few touchs up to bump up the key
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