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lynn p.

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on: January 26, 2014, 01:36:40 PM
I am trying to learn a more painterly approach with these pastels.  Is is of a photo from an online figure class I am trying out.  Below are the colors of pastels I used.  Did this during class today, trying out Dennis' techniques on the painting.  Thanks Dennis for a great class.  I learned a lot.  Couldn't get into the class via paint basket, but youtube eventually came on.  Can't wait for next week!!






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Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 01:41:13 PM
Fabulous! Wow...and more Wow's   :clap:  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 01:43:14 PM
                    Amazingly awesome Lynn. Are you sure you haven't done this before?   ;D
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Reply #3 on: January 26, 2014, 02:00:55 PM
Lynn, I'm lost for words!  You are an inspiration to us all!  Beautiful!  Just beautiful work!   :clap: :clap: :clap:


I love the colours!  You have a very nice assortment of colours and they worked well for you.   O0
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Reply #4 on: January 26, 2014, 02:07:50 PM
Thanks MaryLou, Val and Lillian.  I cannot take any credit for this one.  I have been learning something about the figure and several before me did beautiful renditions of this girl so they were my inspiration.  Also, I have been carefully studying Degas's beautiful pastel work to get ideas about skin tones and color combinations.  Take a look, the color choices are stunning and unusual.  I realized after looking at his work that flesh is believable in so many color combinations as long as the values are close to right.  He used many yellows, purples and sometimes almost entirely grays and blues.  But thanks anyway guys.  I don't know what I am doing, just an avid reader and experimenter.  By the way Val, love your exploding gum ball machine!  Where do you find these???? :confused:


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Reply #5 on: January 26, 2014, 02:26:41 PM
Lynn, the woman figure is beautiful, well proportioned and please give yourself some credit. You deserve a lot. Any artist studies others work before they start heir own. In my opinion, the credit is all yours for the pre-work studies and then for the work itself! C O N G R A T U L A T I O N!!!!!!  :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: Doina
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Reply #6 on: January 26, 2014, 03:22:49 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Stunning Lynn.   Patricia
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Reply #7 on: January 26, 2014, 04:38:59 PM
WOW!!! Liynn this is just amazing and beautiful, you are so talented. Love you pastels, looking soft, colours and texture, and so wonderful to work with. Hope I can create a decent line with my cheap pastels. Lot of chalk, little vibrant colours.
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Reply #8 on: January 27, 2014, 03:20:37 AM
Thanks so much Doina, Patricia and Riya.  Yes Riya, the quality of pastels I am sure matters as far as color goes.  What I am now realizing however is that my cheapest and hardest ones are really important in laying down the image.  The soft ones are very hard to "draw" with.  I could see having quite successful art with only a final touch of some softies.  If you can get Mount Vision on the internet, take a look.  They are not really "cheap" but in some ways they are as they are twice the size of the pricier ones for the same price!


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Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 04:58:31 PM
Good stuff Lynn, I like the idea that you are mixing in some Unison's also!  Did you try a wash on the background or did you blend into a toned paper?
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Reply #10 on: January 28, 2014, 06:11:04 PM
Hi Steven, I did this on toned Daler Rowney paper (sorta peach colored).  You can see it peek through here and there.  I have started the few pastels I have done with a value painting like in oil as I find it very hard to deal with value in color (just me).  Then I have used darks to lights, I suppose you can do the opposite--but it makes sense to me to have highlights sitting on the top and besides I am not neat like Dennis so I would totally smudge up the lights.


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Reply #11 on: January 29, 2014, 02:23:28 AM
I suppose this is where 'style' comes in. We all have to find our own way with what works best for us. I would say you are well on with what works for you.  O0

Lynn, I googled smilies or emoticons, something like that. There are lots out there, not all work but they're fun. I had a load on my old computer, windows 8 just doesn't work the same.  :(
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Reply #12 on: January 29, 2014, 02:53:07 AM
lynn what an awesome piece of work  O0  I agree the credit definitely goes to you I somehow think that your going to excel in these classes  :yippee: :yippee: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #13 on: January 31, 2014, 06:31:25 AM
Wow-expressive and exciting colors Lynn!  :smitten:
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Reply #14 on: January 31, 2014, 07:05:12 AM
AWESOME Lynn, beautiful colors. I enjoy watching you grow in your art work.  O0 O0 O0
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