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*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 02:04 PM
Sorry I'm a bit later than usual...the dreaded migraine struck this morning... :crying: :mad: :D
This is 1.45mins, Pastel on 11x15 Somerset velvet.
Nowhere near finished :(
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2004/33616-.castle.jpg

hopefulbucky
11-06-2004, 02:15 PM
WOW Deidre, that is truly dedication. Migraine and still you participate in the WDE you get 10 claps just for that.

I love what you are doing with the little castle. It is so HUGE. And the colors you are using are just wonderful.

I will be checking back to see how you are doing and I hope your head feels better but from the looks of this painting you don't seem to let it bother you. Great job. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Europa
11-06-2004, 02:22 PM
Poor you - migraines are not nice :crying:

Looking forward to seeing this finished - you have made a great start.

Pat

connievanwinssen
11-06-2004, 02:28 PM
great start, I'll check back later :)

Charlie's Mum
11-06-2004, 03:04 PM
That's coming along really nicely - lovely colours.....will check back later! :D

ExpressiveAngie
11-06-2004, 03:13 PM
Wow! I can see that this is just going to be AWESOME :clap:

Sure hope you are feeling loads better soon!

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 03:46 PM
Judy, Pat, Connie, Maureen & Angie
Thank youi all very much! Yes, The miigraine's gone...and I'm coming back....those of you who suffer with migraine will know exactly what I mean! :wink2:

lisilk
11-06-2004, 04:49 PM
Oh you poor thing, migranes can be quite debilitating . bravo for working through it, you're a better woman than I.

Great start, will check back later.

Li

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 05:09 PM
Thanks Li...tis better now!
Here's another update 1.50min

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2004/33616-.castle1.jpg

lisilk
11-06-2004, 05:13 PM
Woah, the rocks and water are fantastic. This is going to be gorgeous !

Li

katju
11-06-2004, 05:23 PM
REally nice, Deirdre. I just looked at Christine's and you both used different palettes which is interesting. I see you print the reference out really big. Wish I could do that. :envy: I always have to work from the computer.

Kathy

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 05:27 PM
Thanks Kathy...Yes, I do print it out on A4...it helps to match the colours, as i think they are darker if it's smaller.

ExpressiveAngie
11-06-2004, 05:30 PM
:clap: :clap: ohhhhhh its really beautiful..altho I expect that from you now!

I print out a copy of the reference too but mine is always slightly pixalated (is that the word and if it is I bet I misspelled it :p ) I dont mind tho it helps me invent what I want :D

hopefulbucky
11-06-2004, 05:31 PM
Deidre, this is really coming along beautifully, love the colors you have in your rocks and the reflections that you have obtained. Glad you are over the migraine. Will check back later.

HRH Goldie
11-06-2004, 05:36 PM
Hi Deirdre - Glad to hear you're feeling better - I was about to say that it must be a true addiction to this place - working and a migraine = tough cookie :D

I am pleased I didn't check this out before posting mine or else I mightn't have bothered and there was me saying people usually do small - you go and do the size I normally do lol! I'm going to start calling you Contrary Mary! :evil:
Love your pallette for the water. Kathy says we have different pallettes - I'm not so sure, I kept the water lighter though with the greens on the lighter side although there is hooker green in there somewhere. Do you spray your pastels with anything - I use cheap hairspray and I wonder if I put too much on? I can easily go over for the highlights which on yours are wonderful.
Those rocks rock! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Christine

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 05:40 PM
Thank you Angie & Judy...now I have to check and correct what I've done and hope that nothing's drastically out! :evil: :wink2:

madmum
11-06-2004, 06:02 PM
WOW! :clap: :clap: :clap: Wonderful stone on the tower, and the river/reflections are amazing!

Deirdre, I consider myself lucky as I only have occasional migraines, and while they're debilitating (loss of vision mostly, the most frustrating symptom for an artist!), I can usually recover within a few hours.

Ruth

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 06:45 PM
Thank you Ruth....If I don't catch mine in the fortification stage...they last all day, occas., 2! I was lucky today....it went around 5pm! Another update..........
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2004/33616-.castle2.jpg

Valri Ary
11-06-2004, 06:49 PM
It's lovely........can't wait to see the end result. And my hat is off to you...I too suffer from migranes and know what a pain in the butt (and head) they can be to just mess up your plans. Good for you that you are through it and continuing on! :clap: :clap:

Valri

PS please post the finished one. I love the brightness of what you have done so far!

romell
11-06-2004, 06:51 PM
Awesome!!! Very nice, Deirdre. Love the water. :clap: :clap: :clap:

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 07:32 PM
Thank you Valri & Romell! I just spotted that my tower was too short. luckily I'd made the reflection too long so they balanced out!
Just about at the last update now...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2004/33616-.castle3.jpg

mbeckett
11-06-2004, 07:38 PM
Wow! Great lighting and the reflections are right on, too. Well done, Deirdre!

HRH Goldie
11-06-2004, 07:39 PM
Lovely - I don't know how you keep the lines so crisp - mine always looks more impressionistic. :clap:

Christine

ps - are you not speaking to me tonight? :crying: Coz you never answered my question earlier. :confused:

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 07:47 PM
Wow! Great lighting and the reflections are right on, too. Well done, Deirdre!
Thanks Mike! Where's yours? I keep looking! :evil: :wink2:

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 07:55 PM
Lovely - I don't know how you keep the lines so crisp - mine always looks more impressionistic. :clap:

Christine

ps - are you not speaking to me tonight? :crying: Coz you never answered my question earlier. :confused:
Ooops! We must have Cross-posted! I didn't see it earlier! Honest! :o
I haven't sprayed mine yet! But I will. :D
If mine are getting too messy I usually knock them back (just the edges) with a fine paintbrush then redo! It happens a lot! :(
I like the deeper green for the deeper water...it seems right to me, because even if you had a light bottom only the water near the edge would be light...if you see what I mean....oops! I didn't mean if you had a light bottom....I meant the lake! :evil: :o

dabblerdot
11-06-2004, 09:34 PM
Well I know *I* wouldn't complain if it was suggested I had a "light bottom" !!!! (Having looked at my bottom, that's not likely to become an issue :rolleyes: )

Good heavens, deirdre, this is really stunning !! Such incredibly rich colours, great drawing job, and beautiful vision to give this such life !!!
And I'm amazed at how much you got done in the short time before the first posting !!!
If I was you, I'd be all puffed up with pleasure having created this- one of yours that I like the best !!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

cmwynn
11-06-2004, 10:01 PM
Oh, yes, I like everything about this. And there is so much detail and the different colors in everything show how much you have put into this. I could look at this for a long, long time - as in putting it on my wall.

DGrau
11-06-2004, 10:10 PM
Really glad you shook the migrane
This is gorgeous, I am sure cymmn~connie must be mistaken about available wall space so send here instead :evil:
Beautifull work dierdre :clap: :clap: :clap:
Really love this one
david
Please~ how big is A4?

bogbeast
11-06-2004, 10:17 PM
Wow--realy nice!!!!!great reflections! :clap: :clap:

JayD
11-06-2004, 10:33 PM
Dee, that is beautiful--I am just amazed at how quickly you progress with each picture--it just gets better and better! :clap: :clap:

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 10:34 PM
Connie, Lauren, David & Libby...thank you so much...you're all really kind!
David A4 = 210mm 297mm /81/4" x 113/4"
This is larger than A4....it's 11" Wide X 15" High

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 10:38 PM
Dee, that is beautiful--I am just amazed at how quickly you progress with each picture--it just gets better and better! :clap: :clap:
Thank you kindly O Immortal one! LOL! Jay...do you realise how many posts you've posted? You'll wear that typing finger out at this rate!! :evil: :wink2:

JayD
11-06-2004, 10:43 PM
Imortal is Scott's way of saying "hey, dude...you talk too much!" :D It's like the story of Methuselah in the Bible. His story is one sentence--that he lived for 900 years--the irony is that in that entire time he is mentioned only ONCE in the Bible--never acomplishing anything--GAD! That's depressing--but then--I talk too much! :D

*Deirdre*
11-06-2004, 10:47 PM
Imortal is Scott's way of saying "hey, dude...you talk too much!" :D It's like the story of Methuselah in the Bible. His story is one sentence--that he lived for 900 years--the irony is that in that entire time he is mentioned only ONCE in the Bible--never acomplishing anything--GAD! That's depressing--but then--I talk too much! :D
Never! LOL! I wouldn't have it any other way! At least you don't talk rubbish! :evil: :D

emmachester
11-06-2004, 10:48 PM
Deirdre,

Really beautiful. I did the same one and you got a better feeling of depth. Love the rocks, the water--love everything.

Sherry

JayD
11-06-2004, 10:57 PM
Dee, I know you are doing some sort of guest lecture for us but I would love for you to, at some point, consider doing a pastel demo for the class at the lecture hall. Again, lovely work.

ps--i am still trying to decide and here it is 11:00pm--I think I am going for Popeye.

Goobiemom
11-07-2004, 12:56 AM
I love the dimension in this! You've done a beautiful job! Frame it!

Judy

*Deirdre*
11-07-2004, 02:06 AM
Sherry, Jay & Judy, Thank you all very much for those kind comments!
Jay, you know I'll do anything you ask but there are many more accomplished pastellists than me! I'm only just beginning! :wink2:

Yokovich
11-07-2004, 02:10 AM
splendid!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

*Deirdre*
11-07-2004, 04:23 AM
Thanks Celestia! :D

lisilk
11-07-2004, 04:50 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2004/33616-.castle3.jpg

Spendid finish Deirdre as always. That water has weight and just shimmers, fabulous shading and light. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Li

weckster
11-07-2004, 05:03 AM
Fantastic piece - the light in it is wonderful.

*Deirdre*
11-07-2004, 05:09 AM
Thanks Li & Erica...It was lovely to do....the light was magic in the photo, so I merely transcribed it!

jennydb_uk
11-07-2004, 07:06 AM
Beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, lovely (um, I'm running out of words here!) - really really good painting! Well done!

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

connievanwinssen
11-07-2004, 08:14 AM
:clap:

*Deirdre*
11-07-2004, 08:37 AM
Thank you very much Connie & Jenny..you're most kind! :D

Charlie's Mum
11-07-2004, 12:26 PM
This is just the bee's knees! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Great light, superb water, rockin' rocks....it takes my breath away.
I have exactly the right place to hang it!!! :D :D

DGrau
11-07-2004, 12:33 PM
Connie, Lauren, David & Libby...thank you so much...you're all really kind!
David A4 = 210mm 297mm /81/4" x 113/4"

No kindnesses here..you are really turning out some wonderfull work.
thanks so much for the size...those a numbers have always been a mystery.

*Deirdre*
11-07-2004, 02:25 PM
This is just the bee's knees! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Great light, superb water, rockin' rocks....it takes my breath away.
I have exactly the right place to hang it!!! :D :D
Thank 'ee' kindly marm! I 'opes you gets yore breath back soon! :evil: :wink2: :D :wave:

silgurt
11-07-2004, 05:50 PM
I love the light and hues. The water reflections are superb and some wonderful detail.

Reese

ams
11-07-2004, 06:50 PM
It's just gorgeous. I love the rocks and the water. I did the same ref but mine lacks the brightness and beautiful colors yours has. Great job. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Anne

*Deirdre*
11-07-2004, 06:57 PM
Thank you Reese & Anne! I was given some advice about not blending too much as it dulls the colours by Dawn & Julie from the Pastels forum...it obviously works! :D

hopefulbucky
11-07-2004, 08:35 PM
Deidre, just wanted to compliment you on a job well finished. The light you have captured is stupendous, colors lovely, reflections great, brickwork marvelous. You really just did so very well on this. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

*Deirdre*
11-07-2004, 08:41 PM
Judy...without your wonderful photo I would not have had the chance to depict this castle in it's beautiful setting...so you must take some of the satisfaction of being the instigator yourself! Thank you! :clap: :clap: :clap:

sundiver
11-07-2004, 10:09 PM
outstanding! :clap:

*Deirdre*
11-08-2004, 08:34 AM
Thank you Wendy - you are very kind! :D

*Deirdre*
11-10-2004, 11:16 AM
No kindnesses here..you are really turning out some wonderfull work.
thanks so much for the size...those a numbers have always been a mystery.
At least this time I've confined it to one.... :evil: It wasn't easy though, with so many good photos! :p

HRH Goldie
11-10-2004, 11:25 AM
D - I still find it hard when I look at your work especially this one to realise that it is pastels. It is so crystal clear you have to be commended. :clap:
(I'm being restrained with the clappies as I saw it slowed things down in the WDE participants please read thread).
Thank you for replying about the fixative - do you use the special stuff or is it hairspray.
Thanks
Christine

*Deirdre*
11-10-2004, 11:31 AM
Christine, Thanks, I use the special stuff....but HAVE been known to use hairspray! :evil: I'm so clumsy with my pastels that if I didn't I'd surely get most of it on me!

marilyn h
11-11-2004, 08:45 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2004/33616-.castle3.jpg

Wonderful! WOnderful! wonderful!

*Deirdre*
11-13-2004, 06:21 AM
Thank you Marilyn! You're very kind! :D Thank you Marilyn! You're very kind! :D Thank you Marilyn! You're very kind! :D :wink2: :evil: :wink2: :D