View Full Version : Worth Saving . . . or in the trash

Kathryn Wilson
07-20-2003, 03:49 PM
Hi gang, I was cleaning out a closet and came across my very first pastels produced in a pastel class taken about 12 years ago. My question, are they worth keeping or do they need to be trashed?

The painting with the vase was my very first, but I hate the fabric and wonder if I can re-work this.


The cacti I really like but over-fixed at the time - not sure if it can be saved - opinions?? Too light, more darks??


The third was an experiment with backgrounds - turpenoid dripped on the background and then pastels on top. It seems to look unfinished and wonder if I should go on with this.


07-20-2003, 03:56 PM
You can throw out the first one...I'll give you my address as MY trashcan is much better than yours...yep, promise it won't end up on my wall....WHAT ARE YOU THINKING???? Go back and work on the cloth...doesn't need much...
more FLOWERS is what the second needs...that drip effect on the third makes me think of old tree bark patterns and is neat...maybe if you lost the far left bottom berry it would have better balance?
Get cracking...you have WORK to do...after the grapes that is...

Rose Queen
07-20-2003, 03:58 PM
If you're thinking of trashing the first one, may I have it? ;) I think the fabric's beautifully handled. Anyway, I would never trash older stuff like this; if nothing else, it shows you how far you've come and how your style has evolved.

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07-20-2003, 04:01 PM
now, Rose Queen, I have first dibs on that one....:D

07-20-2003, 04:05 PM
Haha I agree with the others... id say NO dont trash them!
I believe that all work should be saved to a point, if only to reflect on your ablility. I have many pics that I did from my school yrs, I went throught them just recently, and found it very educating just reviewing my approach and application.
I think your first two are very very nice! The third, I found interesting your experimental work, very cool!:D

Kathryn Wilson
07-20-2003, 04:30 PM
Wow - I am overwhelmed - blushing. I promise I will work on these!!

Deborah Secor
07-20-2003, 05:06 PM
I agree, that first one is a gem. I'd just quiet down the background using the colors already there, just massed together so it look less 'stroky'.

Maybe consider keeping only the three onions. I guess that depends on the kind of paper and whether you fixed it or not... and if you can erase. That way you'd have three and one (the vase.

That vase is just flat gorgeous! It's so hard to capture the glaze on a vase and still get the shine. Very nice...

Kathryn Wilson
07-20-2003, 05:23 PM
Thanks Deborah - never thought of the composition that way - you are so right, the shell needs to go. One problem - LOL - I have no idea if I fixed it or not.

I get so focused on that fabric and remember all the problems it gave me and how disappointed I was that it was not up to par, that I don't see the value in the rest of the painting. I love doing pottery and I need to try some more.

07-20-2003, 05:43 PM
Kyle,ditto all the comments,dont you dare throw them away,even tho the shell is beautifly painted i agree it should go and i am so envious of that vase.
Dont forget your promise now,we want to see the re workings:D