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01-27-2001, 10:30 AM
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Comments and suggestions welcomed!

01-28-2001, 12:35 AM
Gerak......It is nearing Spring. First the Snowdrop, then the crocus and then we're there. So lovely. I can almost sense the fragrance. Thanks for sharing. gloria http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

01-28-2001, 01:04 PM
This is a nice little study.

You are using the pastel well. The tonal value of the grey paper shows off the flower beautifully. One particularly lovely part is the hint of blue on the left petal. It is such a subtle and beautifully delicate touch that gives the white interest and gives form to the petal.

Do remember that you can mix colours with pastels, too. So you can bring in variety into the green by, for example, working some blue into the shadows. Not everywhere, just a few places to give variety.

In terms of compostion, you seem to have placed your flower slap in the middle of the page.

What are your intentions. Will you do more pastel?

best wishes


[This message has been edited by sandrafletcher (edited January 28, 2001).]

01-28-2001, 01:54 PM
Gloria - thank you for your kind words. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Sandra - I'm always intimidated by pastel,watercolor, or oil.
I did many drawings with pencil, but only a few in other media.I mostly forget about composition. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
I would like to do more in pastel.I have a little set with 24 color and A4 size (20x30 cm) Canson papers.I think this is only good for experimenting with studies.I must learn the basics first, composition,values,color mixing.....

Thank you Sandra, your suggestions always very helpful to me. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

01-28-2001, 08:05 PM
I really like this, Gerak! Nice to see you out of the drawing forum http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/tongue.gif

Be bold and free! Run with the wind! More please!


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01-29-2001, 10:47 AM
It is a great idea to do isolated sketches to get the feel for pastel and work your way up to more complex subjects. Many times those new to pastel want so much to paint the "big picture" on the first attempt. That is fine, but can bring swift discouragement and confusion.

On your small pieces of Canson, still try to draw the subject as large as possible. You'll have more room to work with the forms using pastel sticks than if you draw very small.


01-31-2001, 01:55 PM
Roan,Diane - thank you for your support! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif