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10-25-2007, 05:16 PM
Hi all,

After doing a huge acrylic it was time to go back to pastels :) Can't stay away too long you know. :)

This is what I came up with for the port moody art association fall show. Hope it catches some eyes and some wallets. :)

14X18 on Lacarte. Used a lot of schminckes and terrys and a sennelier for this, just couldn't find these colours in any other line.


10-25-2007, 05:43 PM
Melanie, I always love to see your work. It certainly catches my eye. Beautiful colors and wonderful detail! Bravo! Good luck on the show.

water girl
10-25-2007, 06:30 PM
As always, you do fantastic work! This is just a remarkable piece. I always wait for your next posting.

Maureen Grantham
10-25-2007, 07:46 PM
Who would have thought a cabbage could be so beautiful! Just lovely.

10-25-2007, 08:05 PM
Really captured those droplets well. I especially like the lower, centered area where the dark and light come together as well as the roundness of it. Nice job! Good luck at the show!

Donna T
10-25-2007, 08:40 PM
Absolutely beautiful... I'm amazed that you can do such detailed work with those pastels -the softest ones out there. I'll bet you won't have to bring this one home after your show! I hope it all goes well.


10-25-2007, 10:12 PM
Beautiful colors!!!
Very nice! (I hear the sound of pens scratching/writing checks.) :)


10-25-2007, 11:12 PM
simply stunning, I will be very surprised if this doesn't get a lot of attention and a sell.

10-26-2007, 12:10 AM
ditto! just gorgeous.

10-26-2007, 01:15 AM
thats really beautifull all those different colors really like it

10-26-2007, 02:48 AM
The colours are gorgeous.

Like Donna, I'm amazed at the detail you acheive, especially with soft pastels.

10-26-2007, 02:50 AM
this is a pastel painting ????


i m deeply impressed

10-26-2007, 06:11 AM
Who needs a flower when you can have a cabbage? This is a really lovely painting and I'm sure it will catch many wallets.

Bill Foehringer
10-26-2007, 10:20 AM
Absolutely Stunning! And lots more complementary adjectives. I'd wish you luck for the Port Moody show but with a painting this good I wish luck to the person who gets to hang it on their wall because they will be lucky indeed!!!! BillF

10-26-2007, 10:24 AM

What a fantastic painting. The cabbage just glows. Theres a sentence you would not expect to write.
Great colours and detail. You'll have a sale for sure.

10-26-2007, 10:24 AM
Awwww thanks everyone! Now I'm trying to decide... white mat or black in a black frame?

10-26-2007, 10:36 AM
Wow Melanie, as always your work stuns me. I never thought a cabbage could be so beautiful or interesting. Your artistic vision is beyond words, just amazing. Frame it without a mat, with non glare glass, black frame, that will set it off most beautifully.

10-26-2007, 11:25 AM
Me too! woooow! this is so gorgeous, much more of a statement than any flower! Your colors are so clear or clean! I just love it! off to my favorites threads you go!

10-26-2007, 12:12 PM
Thanks Shari,

Too late to frame it without mat, Its cut to 14X18 so that won't fit in a 16X20 frame.

Paula Ford
10-26-2007, 12:52 PM
Fabulous!! How in the world do you do that???


10-26-2007, 01:27 PM
Wow, your work is truly amazing. I was so taken with this painting of yours, that I called my husband over and made him look at it (and pulling him away from his computer is not easy). He said it was incredible as well. How you make everything you paint look so delicious and alive with pastels is such a gift. Truly wonderful work!!!! Thanks for sharing with us. Tracy

10-26-2007, 04:24 PM

10-26-2007, 04:26 PM
Sorry, my reply got dropped and just the character was left. The painting is amazing. Best of luck at the show.
Jan C.

10-26-2007, 07:25 PM
So delicious to look at and the waterdrops add a lot of drama.

How long does it takes for you to finish this one?

10-27-2007, 09:58 AM
Melanie this is stunning. You did a fabulous job. No doubt this will sell.

10-27-2007, 11:04 AM
I am truly in awe with the detail you get with le Carte paper. This piece just makes me smile all over!!!

It's a winner!! no question there!

I'm especially pleased you left all the holes in the leaves of the cabbage and painted this almost life-size. Outstanding!!!

:clap: :clap: :clap: Barb

10-27-2007, 11:23 AM
Hi there,

This work shows something that we should not forget.
Hardwork will show results in due time.
Congratulations !

Kind regards,


10-27-2007, 06:04 PM
That is absolutely amazing....some day I hope to create something even half as beautiful as this! Great work!

10-27-2007, 10:21 PM
Amazing! I can't believe this is done in pastels. I don't think I'd be able to do the same with such accuracy and detail. You should consider doing a WIP with one of your still life/food subjects... I for one would love to see your M.O. Great work!


10-28-2007, 09:37 AM
Wow! It is amazing how you have taken such a mundane subject and made it so very beautiful! WOnderful colors! I like it a lot!


10-29-2007, 12:20 AM
This is really amazing and beautiful, great work. I love when someone brings a nothing subject to life with the use of great color play and skill.

10-29-2007, 09:49 AM
Just perfect.

bauble girl
10-29-2007, 12:08 PM
Super work !!!!!!!!!!!!!

10-29-2007, 01:28 PM
That is one lovely cabbage. :) The detail is awe inspiring.

10-29-2007, 03:24 PM
absolutely gorgeous!


Mary Brigid
10-29-2007, 03:58 PM
realism at its best again !!!!!!
Mary Brigid

10-29-2007, 06:28 PM
Most excellent Melanie! The colours in this one are lovely and the composition is really solid. I hope you are successful in selling this piece... it is maddening to try and figure out what the buying public wants.
How did you make out at the other art show...the one you took your 3 piece flute painting to sell?
Keep on painting m'dear - you are going great guns!

bruce johnson
10-29-2007, 06:32 PM
Another outstanding painting Melanie... you're on a roll for sure.. good luck with the sales:clap: :thumbsup:

10-29-2007, 06:49 PM
wow thanks everyone for the support!

The show was lovely, unfortunately it turned out to be a bad weekend for attendance as there was a horrible cold going around and the weather was bad. I think that kept a lot of people away. On the plus side it was a very nice show and of the people who did manage to make it out, my work impressed them greatly. I sold two small oil paintings and shockingly enough no pastels... although everyone loved them, espescially the flute. The show ends tomorrow and I pick them up on Wed morning first thing. I'll find out if anything else sold but at last check, about a week and half ago it was just the original two. I'm hoping we've got some last minute shoppers here.... akkk... if not, I've got four shows coming up before Xmas so still some opportunities. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It can be discouraging when all my paintings on wetcanvas and in person get such rave reviews but when it comes right down to it, these beauties just sit on the wall alot.

Well I shouldn't complain, its not like I've never sold a painting. Its hard not to think though that every painting should just fly off the wall... patience is a hard one when you have a visa to pay down and more art supplies to buy. :)

Pancho-- this one took me longer because I had problems with my back and migraines and had to take a few days off. Normally a 16X20 pastel still life will take me about 3 days, or 10-15 hours.

10-29-2007, 08:06 PM
I am so impressed with the wonderful colors and the great detail. You have such wonderful control of these soft pastels. How do you create such clean edges when you need them?

10-30-2007, 02:54 PM
love the colors in this piece...good luck on your show!

10-31-2007, 05:45 AM
Great! Colors and details are just amazing! :clap:

Merethe T
11-01-2007, 01:35 PM
Wow, Melanie - this is exceptional work...! Colors, composition, choice of subject - everything in this work is just so good, it all comes together in a strong, confident way....gotta say you're refining your skills these days, your work is getting so good in every new piece, top league girl.....

What can I say - I LOVE this!!! (Can you tell, lol....?) Way to go, you rock!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

11-01-2007, 01:45 PM
Ah, so nice. I'd love to be able to watch over your shoulder as you do these.

12-20-2007, 07:48 PM
Beautiful work.
My choice would be a white or off-white mat to let the painting get all the attention.

12-20-2007, 07:52 PM
thanks Julia. I went with a lavender colour mat... this painting has got a lot of attention but still needs a home :(

12-21-2007, 11:16 PM
Well if this does not catch eyes and wallets I fon't know what will!

04-12-2008, 05:06 PM
Are they soft or oil pastels? How do you work them so well? I almost invested in soft pastels after watching a few video's of artists at work. Oils frustrate me, don't know how to work them.

Deborah Secor
04-12-2008, 05:26 PM
QueenB, this is done in soft pastels (she said, even thought she isn't the artist who painted it...) Our forum is for Soft Pastels. There's a separate forum for Oil Pastels now, too, in case you're interested in them.

It's nice to see this painting rise to the top again! :)


04-13-2008, 12:10 AM
Really beautiful work!!!

04-13-2008, 01:02 AM

Thanks for renewing this old thread :) and Deborah is right, its soft pastel. Working them takes practice and also learning from the good people on this forum and great thanks to Dianna Ponting for the "live" instruction. The secret is to work them from one side to the other, drawing in your sharp lines before moving onto the next section. Pastel pencil helps too. :)

04-13-2008, 08:55 AM
Hey, this should grab someones wallet er I mean eye. :)
Very nice.

Enid Goyers
04-13-2008, 11:51 AM
To me this is simply perfect!

04-14-2008, 08:27 AM
Wow Melanie i love your work, you are a brilliant artist i am sure it they will be fighting to buy it..very very well done....

04-14-2008, 08:35 AM
Melanie - This is just exquisite! I hope you will post it in the Florals/Botanicals forum. I have no doubt there are folks there who would love to see this! I am so glad it resurfaced because I missed it the first time around!

04-15-2008, 04:28 PM
WOW! (Wish I could be more articulate but this seems to sum it up best.)