View Full Version : A Merry Dance!

Katie Black
03-31-2014, 04:25 PM
Hi Folks, here is a small pastel I painted a while ago, 12 x 12"..now that I have looked at it closely I realize I will have to adjust my name in the bottom corner, its a bit too dark...C&Cs always welcome.


03-31-2014, 04:56 PM
Love the colors you've used Katie. What a refreshing vibe they convey. :thumbsup:

03-31-2014, 05:05 PM
I just love your work :)

Ishka Baha
03-31-2014, 05:42 PM
This is pretty much what I looked like when I saw Trier's exquisite painting this morning. Beautiful depiction of life.

03-31-2014, 07:31 PM
Wonderful palette and composition.

03-31-2014, 08:13 PM
So bright! I love it! Great work.

03-31-2014, 08:49 PM
Gorgeous abstract Katie you have captured the vibrancy and energy , Great work!

Hairy wolf
04-01-2014, 02:07 AM

04-01-2014, 05:34 AM
Very nice. It looks like the center portion of the picture is popping out! I don't think your signature is to dark but think it would be better if it were horizontal rather than on an angle.


04-01-2014, 06:17 AM
Lovely colors Katie!

04-01-2014, 07:36 AM
A merry dance, indeed! Beautiful colors and vibrant energy. Good to see you posting again.

04-01-2014, 08:31 AM
Very Nice Katie...it reads as if it is much larger....

04-01-2014, 09:29 AM
Katie...you really know how to do this "abstract thing." Such a pro! This one is gorgeous and reminds me of summertime but maybe, could be, just projected wishful thinking on my part.

I wonder what your preferred medium is, and whether you like working better larger and smaller, and agree that this reads much larger! I also wonder if you like Joan Mitchell (another favorite of mine...also babbled on about Cezanne in Trier's thread). Your "Confetti" painting reminded me of her...

Seems I'm full of wonder today!

04-01-2014, 10:03 AM
I love this painting, Katie! Apart from the wonderful choice of colours, I admire the most your layering of pastel, which is not the easiest to do with this medium. It's a very harmonious piece, a symphony of tranquility. Seeing this makes me want to take my pastels again and give it a re-try with abstracts. What support did you use, if you don't mind me asking? I've noticed that Ampersand pastelbord is very versatile, you can do washes with pastels and it takes quite a few layers as well. It even works with acrylics. To conclude, this a wonderful piece, my favourite of the day.

karen m
04-01-2014, 12:23 PM
Absolutely gorgeous, Katie! :clap:

Katie Black
04-01-2014, 12:30 PM
Thank you all very much..much appreciated!

Jim.....Gracias amigo

Olive..Thank you!...My preferred medium is acrylic, working on large canvasses, but I often switch to pastels, working on small pastel paper, mainly because I rarely encounter problems with pastels, its such fun, and less tiring than my larger work. I have always admired Joan Mitchells work too, I think she was a fine painter, with a strong vision of what she wanted to achieve..

Mihaela...Thank you!..I like "symphony of tranquility" I wish I had used that as the title :) This piece is on pastel paper. I don't use the technique of pastel washes before starting with abstracts. I think that it is very useful....when planning the layout of a landscape, its a good guide, and gives you a strong colour base to start off with, but with abstracts I don't want to plan too much, not with these little ones, because I like to let things flow a bit.

04-01-2014, 05:37 PM
I like the chalky texture to the painting. Colors of springtime too.

04-01-2014, 07:04 PM
Terrific job, Katie! And I love the palette!

Katie Black
04-02-2014, 04:32 PM
Thanks Chuck.

Susan..Glad you like!

04-02-2014, 07:32 PM
Great colours!

04-03-2014, 01:44 PM
Another fan here Katie - early summer colours, heat in the day but still a little cool in the evenings - great for dancing:)

Katie Black
04-04-2014, 11:11 AM
Thank you Chris and Laf....:)

04-04-2014, 11:55 AM
Always love looking at your work Katie! Such life in this piece with your choice of colours.

04-04-2014, 09:36 PM
Great painting. Just a superb palette.

Katie Black
04-06-2014, 01:36 PM
Thanks DMSS and Andre, I'm glad you liked this one.

Ol' Don
04-15-2014, 02:12 PM
Love your work Katie.

I like the color palette and shapes. I think it might need more dynamic range. Perhaps a little darker color and something lighter.

I really like how you can switch back and forth between paint and pastel...

04-15-2014, 02:32 PM
Out of season for me but cheering me up in the cool weather we have. Well done!

Inward Arts
04-15-2014, 04:32 PM
color, lines, movement: all suburb. I enjoy your shares. I learn a lot from you. Thanks!

04-16-2014, 12:43 AM
I'm a big fan of your work, Katie. We share similar sensibilities. :thumbsup: David

04-16-2014, 03:40 AM
a lively and whimsical composition done in a lovely palette ... very nice!!

05-05-2014, 02:31 AM
I find this painting bursting with expectation, pregnant, soft, feminine. Very nice

05-05-2014, 03:18 AM
Lovely rhythm to the use of colours, and I like the fact that you're not stunned by the pastel effect. Often, people use these colours very carefully - like they were glass. More, please. :)

Katie Black
05-05-2014, 07:10 PM
Gracious my friends!!...:wave:

Jody Schmidt
05-05-2014, 07:20 PM
I am a sucker for jarring color palettes, and this one has that big time. It also, seems to follow the rule of 5ths, or 4ths. It has its own internal logic and order, but it is not the rule of 3rds. Note: That is NOT a bad thing! Much more a good thing. I did not catch the title until a few moments after looking, so I could form impressions first, then see the title, and then form more impressions with the title in mind-
What is most dance-like about this is the circular energy, as if the elements are dancing around the center field. There is also a dance-like quality in that it reminds me of a pantry shelf where everything is being shaken, perhaps by mass footsteps grooving to a beat. Pretty good.

05-05-2014, 10:47 PM
Great use of line and form. Are those oil pastels?

Katie Black
05-06-2014, 11:18 AM
Gracias Paul.

Optic, I use soft pastels, which I prefer as they glide across the paper, and are far easier to blend.

Valri Ary
05-14-2014, 01:27 AM
Playful. Reminds me of colors of the Caribbean, colors not from here, depth not from here, run and be free.
Wish I was in CR and not the PNW