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Marilyn Ann
06-16-2017, 05:37 PM
I have been working on a series of rock formations inspired by a trip to the Garden of the Gods, Colorado.
The masses of rock are primarily watercolor with pastel added for definition and texture. The foliage and foreground have been worked in soft pastel.
Comments and Critique always appreciated


Monumental Surprise 11 X 14


Echoed Grandeur 11 X 14

water girl
06-16-2017, 06:42 PM
This is a beautiful series and I hope will add more. Don't be afraid to be a bit bolder with rocks in the first painting. I like that you have highlighted the rock in the second painting, keeping the foreground soft and lighter in value. Your strongest color and value is the largest rock formation. My eyes go right to the star of the show.:thumbsup:

Donna T
06-17-2017, 10:18 AM
You do such nice work with those rocks! They seem to be put there just for artists to admire. I was thinking the same as Karen about the value of the rock formations in the first one. If I squint, the rocks merge with the sky. I always have a problem when I underpaint with watercolors because they dry lighter. Would it be possible to glaze on additional layers before adding pastel? Once you get a good strong value foundation you would be free to adjust and enhance the colors with your pastels.

06-17-2017, 10:27 AM
Both are very nice. I particularly like the 2nd one where there is more contrast in the rocks. Also, love the colors.

Marilyn Ann
06-17-2017, 12:13 PM
Thanks for the good advice. I will work toward a stronger watercolor underpainting.