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Theodorablau
05-17-2013, 04:32 PM
Hello all,

I haven't posted for a while; family matters and my first solo exhibition interfered. I have painted this still life for the May 'Get Dusty' competition of the Pastel Guild of Europe (PGE); the challenge is 'Your art materials'.
I have set this up as a classic still life and shown the things I used while preparing a complementary underpainting for a skyscape - hence the title!
Feel free to c&c; I'll just ignore it till the competition is over :)
Dorothea


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-May-2013/1115812-Still_life_art_materials.jpg
I know, I know there is quite some negative space in the upper right hand corner but that proved ideal to put in the text for my new business card ;)

DAK723
05-17-2013, 06:11 PM
Looks good to me! No critiques here! Not even regarding the negative space, which bother me not the slightest, probably because the gradation of the background color. Nice!

Don

water girl
05-17-2013, 07:29 PM
No crit here either. You have handled the different textures beautifully.

Theodorablau
05-17-2013, 08:58 PM
Don, Karen, glad you like it! Oh, and I forgot, it's 20x29cm, on black AS Colourfix paper.

Turpintine45
05-17-2013, 11:32 PM
Beautiful, love those complementary colours. It will make an impressive business card.

Theodorablau
05-18-2013, 03:34 AM
Jen, thank you! The cards will be ready next week, now I have to buy a case for them, so they stay nice and clean in my handbag ( which my husband calls my ' leather garbage bag'):lol:

DBfarmgirl
05-18-2013, 03:38 PM
The empty space in the right isn't bothering me either.
I love the complementary colors, it will make a great business card (hope you ordered lots, sounds like after your exhibit you will need them!)

Theodorablau
05-18-2013, 04:04 PM
Sharen, glad you like it! Complementaries always work, don't they? And my new Terry Ludwig Cobalt blues are gorgeous - and thanks to their square form so easy to set up :smug:

Donna T
05-18-2013, 04:06 PM
Very nice! It's so good to hear that your exhibition went so well! I predict more success for you. :)

Theodorablau
05-18-2013, 04:20 PM
Hi Donna and thank you! Now I have to tackle those 4 commissions; and a few people are waiting for the redcurrants to ripen so I can do some more berry still lifes for them...

pastel65
05-19-2013, 12:56 PM
Painting is wonderful. :clap:

I still feel new sometimes - xpost I have realized means that the picture is posted in another forum but since I notice you often post hope you don't mind me asking a question. What does "WDE" means when someone uses it in their posting? Thanks Pam

Theodorablau
05-19-2013, 01:11 PM
Pam, thank you! The only meaning for WDE I know is 'Worst Day Ever'; does that fit?
Dorothea

pastel65
05-19-2013, 01:44 PM
thanks. I have seen it in a few postings so next time I will pay attention to use. Pam

allydoodle
05-19-2013, 03:31 PM
Painting is wonderful. :clap:

I still feel new sometimes - xpost I have realized means that the picture is posted in another forum but since I notice you often post hope you don't mind me asking a question. What does "WDE" means when someone uses it in their posting? Thanks Pam

I believe WDE means Weekend Drawing Event, and it is held over in the All Media Art Events forum, which is often referred to as AMAE. People will create an image in response to the WDE challenge, and post it in other forums.

Beautiful painting Dorothea!

Theodorablau
05-19-2013, 03:57 PM
Ooops, Chris, thanks for correcting me; I hope the Weekly Drawing Event never coincides with the Worst Day Ever!:lol:

allydoodle
05-19-2013, 04:38 PM
Ooops, Chris, thanks for correcting me; I hope the Weekly Drawing Event never coincides with the Worst Day Ever!:lol:

Me too :lol: ! You're interpretation is funnier, that's for sure :D .

Theodorablau
05-19-2013, 04:57 PM
I think this abbreviation really does exist in internet speech; at least that's what I heard. But I prefer your explanation:wave:

Colorix
05-31-2013, 05:00 PM
As the competition is closed now: This is a beautiful classic still-life, Dorothea! As for C&C, there is only one thing: halos/outlines, especially around the glass and the bottle, where the dark paper outlines them. This usually happens when one is careful to not let the pigments dirty each other, when we try to "stay within the lines". Paint outside the lines, let the particles mingle at the edges of rounded objects, just like the bouncing photons mingle in our eyes. Or use a transitional colour, if you see one in reality.
All of the different textures are really well handled, and the colours are beautiful!

chuas2
05-31-2013, 05:47 PM
Dorothea, I just love this one! The orange and blue vibrate and work so well with the table colors, white cloth. Really a beautiful piece!
Kris

Theodorablau
06-01-2013, 03:10 AM
Charlie, thank you for this useful information; I'm always learning something from you.
Kris thank you, glad you like it; complementaries really work, don't they?

artistat38
06-01-2013, 09:12 AM
Another WOW painting...love the texture...

Prashanti.

Theodorablau
06-03-2013, 02:36 PM
Prashanti, thank you; sorry for the late reply, I have been away for the weekend!

AnnMargaret
06-03-2013, 03:07 PM
Wow this is so wonderful:wave:

Theodorablau
06-03-2013, 07:00 PM
Zorica, thank you very much!:wave:

Ulvinnen
06-04-2013, 05:53 PM
Lovely done! I like how you can see the black paper through.

Theodorablau
06-05-2013, 02:11 AM
Hi Ulvinnen, thank you! I love to work on Art Spectrum Colourfix and let the paper colour peep through; it's my favourite paper.