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cal studio
08-15-2007, 05:49 PM
Well, This is the final one for now. Anything jumping out at anyone?? Still have time for adjustments. I had a lot of fun with this one. It is 11 X 14 on RTISTK board using Roche, TOwnsends And Rembrandts.
Thanks for looking

08-15-2007, 05:57 PM
Amazing study.. I love the concentration on the girls' face. For me, there's nothing to change..


08-15-2007, 06:26 PM
perfect ....

08-15-2007, 06:31 PM
Looks perfect to me too! One of the things I've always loved about pastels is the skin tones, and these are wonderful! The little girl at the front is obviously taking her role very seriously and feels very beautiful (if nervous), you can see it all on her face and in the way she is standing!

nana b
08-15-2007, 06:32 PM
Absolutely beautiful and very well done!

nana b

Donna T
08-15-2007, 06:56 PM
Amazing skin tones, so lifelike and beautiful.

Donna T

08-15-2007, 07:07 PM
Hi Cathleen,

I'll just say that I would be very proud to sign a work like that.

Kind regards,


water girl
08-15-2007, 07:10 PM
Stunning. It suggests a sweet little story. There is quite a bit going on here....just wonderful.

08-15-2007, 07:13 PM
I agree - this is absolutely lovely. It tells a story.

08-15-2007, 07:42 PM
Tremedous!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

You have truly captured a moment in time and I love the colors you've chosen. Beautiful work!!! I hope you will enter this in a competition!


cal studio
08-15-2007, 08:02 PM
Thank you so much !!!! I really love the grace and beauty of dancers and these two girls are quite serious about their dance and are very beautiful indeed. I am planning on displaying this in the NH Pastel SOcietys exhibit next month. I also may enter it in competition- not sure it will do very well- the talent that is out there is beyond belief!! I will not know though if I do not try.

Gail V
08-15-2007, 11:34 PM
Gorgeous skin tones and perfect color combinations. Absolutely wonderful! :)

M Douglas
08-16-2007, 12:29 AM
Stunning work!


08-16-2007, 02:51 AM
:clap: :thumbsup: :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:

08-16-2007, 05:33 AM
HOLE !! not a better word in spanish for a magnificent work

08-16-2007, 06:40 AM

A beautiful painting, stunning.

K Taylor-Green
08-16-2007, 07:24 AM
Absolutely amazing!

Terry Wynn
08-16-2007, 07:58 AM
This is beautiful, Cathleen. I agree with Barb. You need to enter it in competitions. The skin tones are amazing. And the painting is not rigid. It is flowing. Looks like your heart was definitely in this one.



08-16-2007, 08:09 AM
Absolutely gorgeous! Donna R

08-16-2007, 08:14 AM
Great contrast, shadows and composition....And painterly,colors and a compound subject to boot! I guess that makes this a great painting!:lol:
You really knocked this one out of the ballpark.:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
I don't give five claps often, only on the best.

08-16-2007, 08:26 AM
Absolutely wonderful. This is a winner!


08-16-2007, 09:37 AM
Knocked me on the floor. Incredibly beautiful.


08-16-2007, 10:32 AM
Just beautiful!!! Yes, enter it without question.

cal studio
08-16-2007, 11:33 AM
Thank you all again!! I will let you know how it goes.

08-16-2007, 03:35 PM
I think this is beautiful as well. The girls look so human! And the expressions on their faces are just perfect.

Paula Ford
08-16-2007, 04:48 PM
Gorgeous work!!


08-17-2007, 05:52 AM
Oops I nearly missed this one, excellent, beautiful and echoes of all said before

08-17-2007, 07:51 AM
Beautiful work Cathleen, the skin just glows in the light

08-17-2007, 07:57 AM
Hi Cathleen the only thing that is jumping out to me, is a beautiful painting of two gorgeous girls having fun..i just adore ballerinas, you have so beautifully captured their grace and serenity. They are so life like, well done, brilliant.

08-17-2007, 09:24 AM
Wow, this is absolutely amazing.

cal studio
08-17-2007, 10:38 AM
I am amazed by the response to this. Thank you all so much!!!!

08-17-2007, 04:33 PM
Just a perfect painting. Such a serene scene yet still has a hint of a big moment to come. Great work.

08-18-2007, 03:15 PM
This is truly a wonderful piece of art. You have captured the little girls perfectly. I was impressed with your last ballerina and looked back at all of your previous posts. You are very talented. I was wondering where you get your reference photos? Do you have a child in ballet? One big challenge to painting people to be able to get photos of what you want to paint. Once again, I am in awe of your work. Terri

08-18-2007, 07:06 PM
I just want to add my admiration for thie piece here. Beautiful. Yes, do enter it in something because it is special. :)

cal studio
08-19-2007, 07:56 AM
Thank you Terri and dollardays,
I take mostly my own photos for my references of people. I have two nieces who are ballerinas and are such a joy to paint. I have used one ref from the library for the sitting ballerina that you may have seen. My still lifes are mostly done from life. I am not a very good photographer so I just do the best that I can. Thank you for your interest.

Di Court
08-19-2007, 11:57 AM
Hello Cathleen. I would like to join the chorus of approval and affirmation above. :)

This is a lovely study, serene and beautiful. I think the girls are sisters (?). The whole thing is lovely, but the way you have captured the roses on the pink costume is very good. I'll look forward to seeing more of your work - and may the people of NH get a real good look at them too! :thumbsup:

08-19-2007, 02:36 PM
Absolutely stunning!

Thank you so much for sharing!


bruce johnson
08-19-2007, 07:28 PM
I love this Cathleen.. so very well painted