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sandge
07-08-2000, 10:26 AM
This is a pastel of a park near where I live. It's quite an interesting place for a painter as it has a good variety of trees and some small canals.

I turned to look over my shoulder and saw this view (minus the figure in front) and instantly saw it in terms of a Monet. Back in the studio I got out a book of Monet paintings, chose one I thought was similar to what I wanted and painted this picture trying to match his colours as closely as I could. It was a very interesting challenge to try to stick to someone else's palette. The figure was added for a bit of foreground interest.

The painting is on a mid-tone brown/tan Canson paper. I used vertical strokes throughout for optical blending. The sky for instance has a light ochre and light blue applied to try to match his oil painting.

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[This message has been edited by sandrafletcher (edited July 08, 2000).]

arlene
07-08-2000, 11:18 AM
sandra,
this is beautiful. everything works perfectly. love it.

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4vincent
07-10-2000, 08:35 AM
Ditto..
A very nice piece, Sandra; has a lot of warmth and feeling like a Monet or a Sisley. The only thing I could see was maybe a lighter value and softer edges on the background at the right of the center tree to push it further back; but this is really nit-picking. It's a nice painting. Ken

arteitaliana
08-14-2000, 04:37 AM
Great painting Sandra!!
I probably would not have put the figure in it....but this is just me.
As soon as I get the courage and the know how I will show something of mine....maybe.

CT
08-14-2000, 08:42 AM
Originally posted by Rita Monaco:
Great painting Sandra!!
I probably would not have put the figure in it....but this is just me.
As soon as I get the courage and the know how I will show something of mine....maybe.

Rita, che dice?

I visited your site and your work is beautiful. I enjoyed your post on your pastel technique. Sounds like you know what you're doing. Benvenuto!

CT

jnet11
08-14-2000, 01:22 PM
sandra-
did you use a dark toned paper with this piece? Hard or soft pastels? I particularly like your edges with this piece, it is so difficult with a regular brushstroke to really achieve believable edges ... nicely done.
jeanette*


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The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeables evaporate, from their being in close relationship with beauty and truth. --John Keats

sandge
08-15-2000, 06:49 PM
Thanks for your comments Rita. I hope you will post something soon.

jeanette*
The paper used was a mid-toned brown Canson - a shade that reminds me of brown parcel paper. I use lots of different pastel brands so I have a range of hardness and softness in my box. To be honest I struggle more with getting the tone and colour right than I worry about whether I should use a hard or soft pastel.

best wishes
sandra

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