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04-13-2017, 08:55 AM
Having just finished a lovely plein air workshop here in Central Texas with Karen Margulis, I was blessed to have an unexpected day off...so I painted! The photo reference is from pmp-art.

Please critique. The image may appear brighter here than it is irl.

240 Uart
watercolor underpainting


Donna T
04-13-2017, 10:16 AM
Perfect title for this lively painting! I like how you kept the flowers in the background loose instead of detailing them; it makes the yellow ones pop! You are so lucky to have done a plein air workshop with Karen M!

Marilyn Ann
04-13-2017, 11:53 AM
Your foreground flowers are beautiful; so full of energy and life!

04-13-2017, 12:44 PM
Beautiful gold flowers!

04-13-2017, 05:38 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

Yes, it was a very special treat that my first ever art class was with Karen M. My head is still packed with all the things she taught us, and the venues were gorgeous. The weather was lovely, a little wind in the second day and a little moodiness on the third day, but other than that glorious.

I used a piece of Uart from the sampler I bought over a year ago. I barely noticed the grit when I began... If I had thought about it, I probably wouldn't have tried to do pan pastels on 240! But I'm convinced that's why the style is so nice and fresh... The grit limits the amount of detail and fussiness you can do. It did eat at my softt tools, though.

Charles Perera
04-13-2017, 07:23 PM
I like the group of yellow flowers in the foreground. Shading has livened the flowers with petals in front generously catching the sunlight .


04-14-2017, 09:59 AM
Very lively and joyful painting! Kudos to you for being able to accomplish such nice work with Pans on that coarse grit!

04-15-2017, 11:19 AM
If I were you I'd be too exhausted (after an intense workshop with Karen) to start something new...well done!

04-15-2017, 08:18 PM
Tammy, thank you...I believe it was the course grit that Alex the strokes to remain fresh.

Leslie, every night my friend and I came home exhausted and or brains would be so full they couldn't absorb any more!


04-18-2017, 06:52 PM
I feel it! :clap:

04-22-2017, 12:06 AM
I'm wondering if your photo is a bit unfocussed? If not then I think I'd like to see at least a few hard edges in the areas you want to emphasize. Great energy in this piece tho.