View Full Version : Lavender Jam

07-10-2007, 07:04 PM
Hi everyone...

Been doing Acrylics for the longest time but just today I returned to pastels. I pumped this little one out rather quickly... after acrylics I couldn't believe how fast and easy the pastels were.

Looking at this, I'm kind of relying on you guys to help me discover if my eclipses are done right.

Thanks ahead for your c&C's.



07-10-2007, 07:19 PM
i think your ellipses are very good ... in fact i think the whole painting is very good !! :thumbsup: ... one small thing might be the right hand reflection of the jar ... since the jar appears to narrow to the bottom as opposed to being the same width at the top and bottom, the reflection would flare slightly outward as the jar does, opposite to the way it's depicted now ... and maybe some of the stems should be darker on the right side considering the strong light source from the left? ... but again, ... your painting is fabulous !!

a question .... is this on a black support or did you paint the black too? ...

Kathryn Wilson
07-10-2007, 07:31 PM
The elipses look good to me too - excellent work!

07-10-2007, 09:10 PM
I love how the lavendar is so strongly lit against this dark background. Great work!


Donna T
07-10-2007, 09:39 PM
This is really nice! I have lavender in my garden and always thought it would be so hard to paint. You did an awesome job. The glass jar looks great too!

Donna T

07-11-2007, 12:47 AM
I don't think you should change a thing on this one. It's beautifull!

Mikki Petersen
07-11-2007, 01:39 AM
Welcome back to the dust! This is a great comeback effort!


07-11-2007, 04:12 AM
Hi Melanie - welcome back!

07-11-2007, 10:24 AM
Beautimous! The contrast is wonderful and you returned to pastels with a bang. Welcome back.


07-11-2007, 10:29 AM
thanks everyone!!!

Violet~ thanks for your suggestions, I'll rexamine those before framing. I did this on a sand coloured piece of La Carte paper. The black is filled in with a charcoal pastel.

Donna~ the lavender was surprisingly easy to paint. the big chunky yet oh-so-soft Terry Ludwig pastels really gave them a "fluffy" feel.

07-11-2007, 10:36 AM
Re Lavender Jam : I love it, especially the beautiful light on it!

07-11-2007, 10:58 AM
Beautiful lavinder (oh I spelled that wrong:lol: :lol: ) I love lavender. A sprig in a gin and tonic is wonderful:) Your glass work is great i should try that sometime. Really nice!

07-11-2007, 10:59 AM
thanks Pete! Hmmm Lavender in a Gin and Tonic... *I* should try that sometime!

07-11-2007, 11:56 AM
Just beautiful in it's simplicity.

Paula Ford
07-11-2007, 12:19 PM
This is simply gorgeous!!


07-11-2007, 01:18 PM
I keep coming back to this just to look at it. I love the simplicity of the arrangment and the way it sets off the lavender and the jar. The light is incredible. I do like the darkness of the background, but to me it seems flat-- I keep wanting to see a little depth to it. That, though, is certainly simply a matter of personal preference. The painting is stunning.

Dayle Ann

07-11-2007, 01:27 PM
This painting tells us what pastels all about -- PIGMENT

Smashing colours.


07-11-2007, 06:18 PM
Just stunning Melanie. I love the simplicity of the whole piece. Welcome back to the dust! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.


07-11-2007, 06:33 PM
The jar is amazing!!!:eek:

bruce johnson
07-11-2007, 06:57 PM
Awesome Melanie .. great to see you back.. top stuff

Mary Brigid
07-12-2007, 03:27 AM
Melanie love this.. great detail. the glass jar is exceptional...... lanvender in gin and tonic..... amazing the things one learns here in WC :lol: And Melanie the title is perfect,
Mary Brigid