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03-01-2001, 09:42 PM
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Thanks to my good friend Ricky, I'm finally getting this out to you. Please remember this is my very first painting, and I haven't learned to draw yet. With that said, here goes!
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Here's the photo my husband took, that I made into my painting. This was taken at sunset on a night when fires were raging in the distance.

[This message has been edited by Shari (edited March 01, 2001).]

03-01-2001, 11:00 PM
Keep saying that and we'll have to start calling you "Scary Shari" :P

Seriously, this is lovely and I like it very much!

Hope you post a copy in Critiques, too.

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03-01-2001, 11:34 PM
Shari -

What a wonderful first painting. I've been waiting to see it since you replied to my first posting.

I'm glad I had to wait - it might have discouraged me. While I'm working hard on my drawing skills - it is the COLOR that draws me to my pastels. What wonderful dramatic color you painted. (Kudos to your husband too, it's a great photo!)

I have little to offer in the way of critique - I'm too new at this.

Keep posting please! It's really not so scary!


By the way, what type of pastels did you use for this?

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03-02-2001, 02:50 AM

Thanks for the response. My husband informs me that this picture is actually of the storm that brought on the fires, a lot of lightning strikes that night. Anyway, I used Rembrandts for the first layer, then Unison and Schmincke.


03-02-2001, 02:10 PM
Which one's the photo?????? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I think you did an excellent job, well done.

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03-02-2001, 07:03 PM
Hi Shari,

Bravery rules! The first one is always the toughest to post. Perhaps others will be encouraged and show their work as well.

This is a great start! Just one suggestion...

Although the silhouetted hillside looks blackish, there is really a great deal of color in the shadows. When painting from and trusting a photograph, all looks flat and dark, even black. Even when you observe the same type of scene in real life it can be tricky. Focusing on a glorious evening sky, the ground below appears flat and dark with the horizon gleaming. But when you shift your eyes away and into the shadows oh, what can be seen! All of the nice sky and tree work you did is great, but the flat darkness contradicts, almost like having two paintings.

I know whereof I speak. My very first landscape was the same way. Your shapes and drawing are good. All it will take is a few delicate strokes in the right places using cool and low value warm hues to make this piece complete.


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03-02-2001, 07:50 PM

thanks for the feedback. I am still trying to fathom values and hues and getting to know my colors. Are you saying I should add some earth tones or reddish colors to the black? I really appreciate all the help I can get as I am doing this on my own, with no teacher nearby.