View Full Version : Another dog in pastel

02-03-2001, 07:50 PM
Terry Ludwig sent me some samples of his pastels and I've been practicing with them and my old cheapies. This is for the "Dog" project, copied from a calendar.

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02-04-2001, 06:49 AM
Ahhhhhhh! Ruth i want him too.

02-04-2001, 05:36 PM
This is brilliant Ruth, very well done.

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

Katherine J
02-04-2001, 06:44 PM
Hi Ruth

Your comment about having painted these dogs from calendar pictures brings up a question I have. I'm guessing you may be doing these for "practise" (hardly needed, I might add!), but I've noticed several times that people have mentioned here about copying from various sources. Do you or others ever enter these in shows, or sell them? I belong to an artists' group here in B.C. that won't allow works in shows (juried or otherwise) that are "copies, derivatives, or based in any way on other copyrighted or published paintings or photographs".

I'd enjoy getting comments from you and others.


02-05-2001, 07:46 AM
Hi Katherine... I copy from magazines and calendars for practice only. I don't have time or resources to go find animals and take pictures. I don't enter these in competitions or sell them, just sharing them here for helpful comments.


Katherine J
02-05-2001, 01:45 PM

Thanks for that. I figured you must be practising. I've found I really love painting dogs and cats. I'm busy taking pics of neighborhood dogs to work on - no commissions, just for the joy of it. Wish I could send images, but don't have a scanner. Some day!


02-05-2001, 03:10 PM
Yes, practicing from photos, magazines, books, master works, and the like is fine, however, all of that material is copyrighted. Unless your work deviates so far from the original image as to be totally different it is illegal to sell your paintings, drawings, etc. So if you are paintings from photos that will be intended for sale, it is best to take your own pictures/slides and paint from those instead.

In most cases, juried shows also have an "original" requirement.

For learning to paint and draw, it is best to draw from real life, but there is great merit in trying to emulate what others have already done (or from photos) while learning.

Ruth, how big is your pup painting? You have really done a nice job of keeping your colors clean and rich. The void areas where the paper shows through gives it a glittering look as well.


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

02-05-2001, 07:28 PM
But a very nice picture anyway!


02-06-2001, 08:04 AM
Thank you Diane. The painting is small, about 8" x 10", just trying to learn how to apply pastels and get the colors and values I want. Thanks Dima, I'll show more as I do them, hopefully better and better http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


02-06-2001, 08:54 AM
Hi Ruth,

You might want to be brave, and work just a bit larger. You'll find there is more room to move the pastel around and may be easier to handle and use.


02-18-2001, 01:23 PM
Ruth, This is another good dog. I really like how you can do eyes like that and the fur http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif

02-19-2001, 12:26 AM
So lovely Ruth http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gifI love dogs, and look forward to seeing more.