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02-03-2001, 11:09 PM

First I'd like to say I'm so glad I found this place. I've been experimenting blindly and on my own, it is such a pleasure to find others who actually know what they are doing.

I had to screw up my courage to post this, I've only been drawing for a few months (I was told as a child that I could not draw due to a motor-coordination learning disability) and only friends and family have ever seen anything I've done. I'm in love with pastels as a medium and I'd love any comments anyone cares to share on my work.

So, here is the first work I've done that I have any confidence in showing for critique:
<IMG SRC="http://www.hometown.aol.com/majeske/images/angles.jpg" border=0>

I hope I got the code right to for everyone to see the picture.

I'm in awe of all the paintings I've seen on this board - y'all are great!


02-04-2001, 10:01 AM
Your painting is great. I especially like the angles and the perspecitve. Keep on painting, your work is super.


02-04-2001, 11:39 AM
Welcome to WetCanvas, Ryenke, and especially to the pastel forum! It's always nice to see someone else painting with this medium.

As for your painting, I agree with Bobbie. I think you show a lot of promise.

Amazing how people screw kids up with their comments, isn't it? I'm just glad you took it at face value and tried to see for yourself if you could draw or not. Prove 'em wrong -- you're already well on your way.

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02-04-2001, 01:47 PM
Thanks for the kind words.

This was a study in perspective and lighting because one of my friends thought I needed to work on that.


02-04-2001, 05:32 PM
Originally posted by Bobbie:
Your painting is great. I especially like the angles and the perspecitve. Keep on painting, your work is super.

Totally agree. well done.

If we were all geniuses we wouldn't need each other----------would we?

02-05-2001, 07:39 PM
There isn't much to critique here, Ryenke; do many more and show us some.
I bet you are going to do great in this art.



02-05-2001, 08:58 PM
Dear Ryenke,

Welcome to WetCanvas. I have to give you credit for your bravery. It is not easy to post your work, especially when just beginning. And to begin with pastel...a double pat on the back for joining in!

If you love pastel that much, please keep up the good work. This first piece you've presented shows a good sense of observation as well as being able to translate that visually with pastel.

Good job with the architecture. You've kept your subject simple, clean and convincing. Just the fact that you interpreted the sky as having a stronger color above and lighter below is a credit to you.

Please show another when you can.


L. Diane Johnson (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/) NAPA, PSA
Plein Air Workshops (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops/)

02-05-2001, 10:36 PM

Thanks for your bravery. I am also an absolute total beginner, AND I don't draw very well. I just enrolled in a drawing class. I love pastels and am playing around with them anyway, even if I don't know how to draw. You have inspired me to let go of my fear of ridicule and try to post my first pieces. I am going to try to borrow a friend's digital camera to do it. Thanks for helping me get over my fear.


02-06-2001, 06:57 PM
Bold start Ryenke. My comment would be to watch your composition. The gateway and painted gate come very close to the lower edge of the painting and this makes the viewers eye drop out of the picture. If you had left a wider gap at the bottom, the viewers eye would be captivated by the geometric puzzle and be more entertained. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Would I be correct in assuming you are using Conte hard pastels on the smooth side of Pastel paper? If so that's the same technique I have used on a number of my pastels. You can see them on my site.

[This message has been edited by salmon (edited February 06, 2001).]

02-07-2001, 11:17 PM
Wow, thanks everyone for the input.

Diane - I'll post again - I'm a slow worker though, it might take some time. I'm in the middle of a much too complicated work right now, but I'm learning so much from it. Maybe I'll post it in progress, but I'm so disatisfied with some things, I don't know. I drew this picture from a photo I took in Greece - so my photography really is to credit for the sky and architecture.

Shari - Great on the drawing classes! I'd love to know how you fare - I'm too intimidated to do this just now because I think my drawing is my weakest point. My digital camera arrives tomorrow, so I won't have to rely on combing through my old photographs to find suitable subject matter to work from.

Salmon: Thanks for the composition suggestion. I agree I did not pay as much attention to the bottom of the picture as I now wish I had. By the way, I'm coming to London on vacation next week. (I'm very excited - I used to live there and have not been back in way too many years.) As for the pastels - I used the cheapest type - Alphacolor, with some NuPastels thrown in for details. The paper: isn't. It's Ampersand Pastelbord. I have not found a paper I like as much as the (way too expensive for my stage) Pastelbord.

02-07-2001, 11:25 PM
Here is a link to the photo I used for this painting:

<IMG SRC="http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/majeske/images/Enter.jpg" border=0>

02-08-2001, 07:12 AM

Welcome to Wet Canvas, you'll like it here.

You can sift through the past threads in the pastel forum to find many helpful suggestions.
Nice colors and design on this one. It's a good start. You didn't say what paper you used; you'll find in time that there will be some that will lend to your style or cramp it. For instance, if you find you want to apply more layers, you'll want a surface with more "tooth" to hold the pastel.
Lastly, you might check out others' work which "speak in your language"; that is paint in a way that appeal to your style and senses. One might be Albert Handell, whose paintings of adobes and western landscapes are very striking. Good luck, Ken http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif