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03-13-2007, 11:11 AM
Hi all:wave: , this is my second post in the new gallery, which by the way I am just loving.:lol: Already there has been some outstanding new threads to view and I am taking advantage of the fact that I can post work that I wouldn't normally show!
This painting was creating using 40% soft pastel and 60%watercolour. I applied the washes first and the pastel was dragged across the paper when dry. I am enjoying experimenting with these mediums and am pleased with the effects they can create.
the painting size is 15/22
I used Windsor and Newton paints and Unison soft Pastels
The paper is Bockingford Rough.
Hope you like it, feel very free to pass on your comments/observations.:)
I have included some details so you are able to see the texture the soft pastel created.
03-13-2007, 11:19 AM
Great paintings, I think soft pastel seems to make textures just as good as oil pastel.
Have used soft pastel on occasions to rescue a disaster in watercolour.
03-13-2007, 11:39 AM
I like this one very much Joanne, specially the foreground. There are fantastic, unique details. Allthough in the background I miss your lightness that you use so well in your pure water-colours (specially I miss your wonderful sky). I suggess: try to paint one using the pastell only for the foreground (just for me, please ;) )
Btw: the figures are placing excellent.
03-13-2007, 12:08 PM
Joanne - This is lovely!!! The soft pastels add a lot too! I like the figures in the composition. I'm glad I never gave away my soft pastels from when I was a kid. Maybe I'll get to use them too. Thanks for sharing this.
03-13-2007, 12:26 PM
Fantastic wedding between pastels and watercolors!
it makes me say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
very very beautufully done:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
03-13-2007, 01:33 PM
Beautiful!!! I just love the texture you have created, good on you
Joanne, you will make a pastel lover out of me yet...
03-13-2007, 02:33 PM
This is gorgeous! I haven't had the guts to incorporate pastel within a watercolor painting but seeing this....well, I'll just have to give it a try! The water is fantastic!
03-13-2007, 02:42 PM
Wow, Great Color Joanne...
03-13-2007, 04:23 PM
i love this! style, media and subject remind me of ray balkwill because i've recently acquired his 'painting landscapes with atmosphere'.
03-13-2007, 07:19 PM
:wave: HI! Joann, good to see the combo painting here, it's very dynamic. The tides in that area are amazing and I like the interest you have created alon gthe shore line. Eyecatching. Regards, Marianne
03-13-2007, 08:09 PM
it's lovely and you've got the reflections and wet mud beautifully.
I lived in Cornwall when I was young and go back when I can. I love the wild north and the gentler south coast with its creeks like this :)
my nitpick would be the very blue greens of the trees, which isn't at all Cornish - you've used the sludgier greens in the mud/water and I think if these were echoed in the trees (which they are more in life) the painting would hang together better. I'd also crop about a quarter of the trees off the top, throwing the boat and foreground into more prominence - that wet mud and water are so lovely.
03-13-2007, 09:11 PM
this is a brilliant piece, with or without the pastel!
03-13-2007, 09:43 PM
I love this combo! Beautiful!
03-14-2007, 03:54 AM
beutiful colors and tekstures....
Picture is still fresh like watercolor but more rich in color
03-14-2007, 06:31 AM
:wave: Hi all, thanks for the response to my pastel/watercolour combo.
Ted, Thanks, I might go and dig out some old failed watercolours and see if I can do anything with them.:D
Mari, thanks for your feedback, not 100% sure about pastel in the lower half only, might look a little unbalanced! but just for you I will ponder on this and play around with the idea.:D
Hi Joan, glad to hear you are inspired, I am a bit concerned about using old pastels, not sure if they deteriorate with age!!!:confused:
Thanks so much Francoise.:)
Kat, you are very kind, thanks for your feedback.:)
Michelle, glad you are inspired, as Ted said perhaps you could try this out on an old watercolour that you are less than happy with, keep us posted!:)
Thanks Jim for your support.:)
Lightfast. Thanks for the info regarding this artist, I have just checked out his website, his work is wonderful and I am totally inspired by it. I wouldn't mind a copy of that book myself.:)
Marianne, thanks ever so much, you are always very supportive.:)
Vhere, I also love this part of Cornwall, I used to live in Tavistock, Devon and wasn't very far from this place, unfortunately I live a long distance away now but would love to return.
Thanks for your suggestions regarding the greens.
I had a play around with the crop, see below....
Thanks Billie, Nancy and Dragica for looking and taking the time to comment.:wave:
03-14-2007, 07:32 AM
I like that better - do you?
03-14-2007, 07:43 AM
Hi, ups didn't say did I? Yes, that's much better, thank you:) I sometimes forget about the power of a Lora Bobbitt [crop] that's Arnold Lowery's term. I had to Google it when he mentioned it as I didn't get the joke at the time, didn't half make me laugh!!!!:lol: :lol: :lol:
03-14-2007, 08:33 AM
This is really well done Joanne! The boat and the people are just great.....but the foreground by itself is enough to make this a wonderful painting.
03-14-2007, 08:45 AM
Joanne - Love the marriage of water and pastel. I too think the background could go only water color, since it is further away, and the foreground texture benefits from the pastels. I could only guess that the background was trees because of the plethora of texture.
Pastels don't deteriorate with age. They are just as good 30 years later as when brand new since they are pure pigment. Think Degas paintings.
I'm with you about this WC Plus site - more interesting and creative uses.
03-14-2007, 05:00 PM
Hi Atlee, thanks for the feedback, glad you like the foreground this is my favourite area, the pastel/watercolour combination really helped me to describe this wet sandy, mossy area much more than I could have managed with just watercolour.:)
Hi Paula, yes the pastel works well in the foreground area, the distant area of rocks/foliage perhaps would have benefited from less pastel in them, looks like I am just going to have to paint a similar scene with pastel in the foreground area only, its a tough life!!!!:D Thanks for your feedback:)
03-14-2007, 05:10 PM
Forgot to say thanks for the pastel info Paula.:)
Don't rush out to the art shop and buy new ones Joan, I was wrong!!!!!!:p
03-14-2007, 05:15 PM
Joanne what tremdous texture you've created. Love the texture, palette, the water, .....well just everything.
03-14-2007, 06:46 PM
I rarely use watercolour on its own so this forum is much better for me - why not make use of all the lovely marks from other media along with watercolour?
I've just come back from giving a talk/workshop to a sketchclub where the subject was mixing media.
03-15-2007, 02:41 PM
Hi Mike, thanks so much, I enjoyed mixing the two mediums.
Vhere, that sounds interesting I would have liked to have heard that. I have only been playing around with mixing my media for a short while but am loving the results and the freedom from being a 'purist' although, I am still a watercolourist at heart.:heart:
03-15-2007, 04:23 PM
I love the texture you've created -- especially in the foreground -- wow! -- just pops out at the viewer. Terrific!
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03-16-2007, 04:30 PM
Joanne, this is really very lovely thanks for sharing it and for the great close ups.
03-16-2007, 09:27 PM
Oh my, I may drag out my pastels!! The texture is wonderful and your paintings are always an inspiration... Thanks for showing it...
03-17-2007, 03:19 PM
Its nice to know you are inspired to 'find' your pastels again Emilie, I often forget about mine, but then I find them and think why don't I use these more often??? :confused:
Shoshana, you are welcome, glad you like this pastel/W.C :)
:wave: Hi Tina, you are always very supportive, thanks very much.
I do like that crop.... but it wouldn't matter..... love everything about this one- Especially the look of water in the foreground. Super!
I have to agree with all the above beautiful piece, i love the foreground, it really is good.!!
Best wishes, Ken..
03-23-2007, 10:56 AM
This is beatiful Joanne,you're good!(like De niro to B.Crystal in "Analyze this":) )
03-25-2007, 10:45 AM
Nice work, Joanne, but i thought Solva was in pembrokeshire, near St davids, West Wales
I have had a few pints there
03-26-2007, 01:16 AM
There you are!
I found you.
Your paintings take my breath away!
03-26-2007, 04:24 AM
Thanks Geoff, Ken, Nusret, Arnold and Sharon I appreciate your lovely comments.:wave:
Arnold, what a idiot I am, of course it is Pembrokeshire, what was I thinking????:confused: perhaps because I have been working on a few paintings of Cornwall this confused me, doesn't take much, thanks for that I will of course keep taking the medication.:D
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