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mrking
11-01-2007, 02:04 PM
Well, after the Dianna Ponting class I am inspired again.

This is my first WIP post here on WC so I am a little nervous about it. Still a long way to go on this one so things will change. Working on it all day today so I will try to post more progress as time goes by.

Some of the photos are darker than others. Sorry about that.

This one is going to be hard as I have no pastel pencils yet. Grrr. :)

9x12 on LeCarte

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2007/108995-CA01.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2007/108995-CA02.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2007/108995-CA03.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2007/108995-CA04.jpg

paul444
11-01-2007, 02:37 PM
You have made an excellent start, the background looks fantastic and the apple looks smooth and shiny already.

water girl
11-01-2007, 03:42 PM
Great start! Keep posting you progress. I suspect that this will be something special.

Dougwas
11-01-2007, 03:58 PM
I will be watching with great interest. Lucky you to have a workshop with Dianna Ponting. I wonder if she ever comes up to northern BC? I saw your other painting you did at the workshop and it looked fantastic. I am this one will be too.

Good luck,


Doug

mrking
11-01-2007, 04:56 PM
Here are some more...

Thanks for the comments. I wish I had the confidence in myself as you all do. :)

right now it is looking " Nice from far, far from nice" HA

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2007/108995-CA05.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2007/108995-CA06.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2007/108995-CA07.jpg

Merethe T
11-01-2007, 05:42 PM
Looking gooood! Nice background and the apple looks shiny and delicious!
And it looks like great fun to do! Will be watching.....

JohnnyRed
11-01-2007, 06:36 PM
The background is a great foil for the subject.

The toffee looks great! Love the light and reflection you've got.

Keep it up, and it'll be an excellent piece of work.

Diana_pastels
11-01-2007, 09:11 PM
Ooh, this is looking great so far. I have wanted to try my hand at a candy apple, but now I can watch and learn as you progress on it. Thanks for sharing.
Diana

Paula Ford
11-01-2007, 09:15 PM
Oh how cool! Looking great so far.

Paula

BabyBeeb
11-01-2007, 11:40 PM
I'm pulling up my chair with baited breath!

Kathryn Wilson
11-02-2007, 11:29 AM
Those reflections are awesome!

scall0way
11-02-2007, 11:32 AM
That's a great reference photo, and I'm enjoying how this is coming along.

Rose Baggs
11-02-2007, 12:48 PM
It's looking great. I'll be watching it.

BruceF
11-02-2007, 12:50 PM
I'm really enjoying this. It looks like you have captured the sky and clods in the reflection on top.

BetsyPriesing
11-02-2007, 04:39 PM
wow this is so cool..... so exacting..... i would be coloring all over it....no patience for me....

Colorix
11-02-2007, 05:30 PM
Oh my, it is incredible what you do with pastels! This is great! And such a tasty subject. Only thing I'd suggest is that you darken the stick as it gets closer to the edge of the paper, just so it does not lead the eye right out of the picture.

I'm so thoroughly impressed with your painting high realism -- I mean, pastel sticks ought to be way too clumsy for anyone to be able to do what you're doing. Amazing.

Charlie

Mary Brigid
11-02-2007, 06:16 PM
Fantastic work Mrking. This looks yummy. it looks perfect
Mary Brigid

mrking
11-04-2007, 12:48 AM
I had a few minutes to get to the painting today and I got a little more done than I thought.

I do have a little issue with the RH side of the apple that I have to correct. Should be fun as the background colour was a unison that I borrowed from Dianna's box at the workshop and do not have anymore. :) hehe

The top part is going to take the longest as it has a lot of detail crammed into a small area. This is the time I need some pastel pencils to get me through it. Wish me luck. ;)

Enjoy....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2007/108995-CA08.jpg

GaryNorthants
11-04-2007, 07:35 AM
I have been following this from the start but haven't had the chance to post before to say well done. It's really looking amazing from here.
Gary

Alison2
11-04-2007, 09:54 AM
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing it in all these stages - my eyes are on stalks!

Alison2:wave:

Bryarpatch
11-04-2007, 11:37 AM
Fantastic!!!!

mrking
11-04-2007, 12:18 PM
I have to say that the Ponting workshop changed everything for me what working with pastels. I have read over a dozen books on pastels (all have helped me) but there is nothing better than a good workshop to change everything.

Thanks for all your comments. I hope to have an update later today.

mrking
11-04-2007, 07:03 PM
Phew, had a couple hours to really focus and here are the results. Right now I am about 98% complete. Have to finish off the stick and look for other areas to improve.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2007/108995-CA09.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2007/108995-CA10.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2007/108995-CA11.jpg

Mike

David Patterson
11-04-2007, 08:49 PM
This is just beautiful Mike...well done!!

GaryNorthants
11-04-2007, 09:46 PM
Absolutely fantastic ! Well done from here too
Gary

Dougwas
11-04-2007, 10:47 PM
Great job Mike.:thumbsup: I have been watching with amazement. I takes me back to my childhood and getting a candy apple at the PNE. Only this looks better.

Doug

ponting
11-05-2007, 02:52 PM
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME MIKE!!

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

You are the quickest study I have ever had the privilage of working with!! I am so impressed! :thumbsup:

Cheers, Dianna :cat:

mrking
11-05-2007, 03:00 PM
hehe, Mark?

That is ok, the comments make up for it! :) Thank you for sharing your pastel knowledge with myself and others.

I look forward to your next workshop.

Mike <-- :)

PS. The bottom area where the candy oozes onto the black plate is my favourite. I can't sop looking at it. :)

PPS. Wow, I just noticed this WIP has 400 views. Thanks everyone!!!

barrykeller
11-05-2007, 03:09 PM
Mike,

This is amazing! Love it!

ponting
11-05-2007, 03:25 PM
hehe, Mark?



:lol: Didn't I tell you that I don't remember faces only the exceptional artwork??? Well obviously names are also my downfall. :D

My favourite area too...next fav... the map of the unknown country on the red planet!

Cheers, Dianna :cat:

Merethe T
11-05-2007, 03:35 PM
Totally awesome!!! The reflections are soooo good, and the colors just beautifull - love it!!!

wedad
11-05-2007, 07:14 PM
really excellent job and
colors gleam great
Thanks

pastelist
11-05-2007, 09:12 PM
This is so exciting, I can't wait.

mrking
11-06-2007, 10:22 PM
Well, all complete. Unless I fiddle with it before it gets framed. :)

I will be entering this into a exhibit on Thursday. Wish me luck on getting it accepted.

Took this photo with daylight bulbs and a digital SLR. Ended up choosing a bracketed shot that I underexposed. Ended up with a little more darks in it.

Enjoy....


TITLE: Luscious


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2007/108995-CA12.jpg

bruce johnson
11-07-2007, 12:08 AM
Absolutely stunning... I love it :clap: :clap: :clap:

dbjs
11-07-2007, 02:38 AM
I can only agree with Bruce! :D

just_DaR
11-07-2007, 07:26 AM
I was waiting for the end of this wip ... now i can say "Great!" :clap:

Rose Baggs
11-07-2007, 09:22 AM
Truly amazing Mike. Good Luck on the Exhibit!!!

Diana_pastels
11-07-2007, 10:42 AM
Wonderful finish! Looks really gooey. Good job!
Diana

QueenBArt
11-07-2007, 10:45 AM
I doubt you'll have a problem being accepted. Superb work!

Colorix
11-07-2007, 12:21 PM
Incredible. Simply, totally, incredible. My mouth waters.

Charlie

*Marina*
11-07-2007, 01:14 PM
Superb Mike. :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:

bnoonan
11-07-2007, 01:16 PM
yum!!! love the sheen and juiciness. (is that a word?)

Barb

BabyBeeb
11-07-2007, 09:02 PM
Bravo! Looks so good, I could just lick it! mmmm :clap:

Desiree
11-08-2007, 12:58 AM
This is really wonderful work. I also took Dianna's workshop and loved it. I had never done pastels until then and she really opened new doors that weekend for me. It looks like you will be another dusty. Your work so far is great!

mrking
11-08-2007, 01:16 AM
Thanks everyone. Your comments only add more fuel to the fire! :)

I received an order of a 60 CarbOthello pastel pencils and an 18 set of dark unisons today from DickBlick. Oh, they look so great!!

Have to get at it some more. :D

M Douglas
11-08-2007, 11:36 PM
Absolutely fantastic!!

Melodie

Mary Brigid
11-09-2007, 05:00 AM
Bravo :clap: Thanks for sharing. I have enjoyed watching this one
Mary Brigid

Tressa
11-09-2007, 09:05 PM
Nothing like new toys to get ya fired up!!
This is absolutely LUSCIOUS!!!
Good luck in the show!!
Tres

Tracer
11-10-2007, 10:07 PM
Geez Louise....It looks so incredibly good-I want a bite. Perfect! Good Luck on your show.

Tracy

mrking
11-23-2007, 08:08 PM
Wooohooo, this painting was accepted into the Red & Gold exhibit with the Federation of Canadian Artists her in Vancouver.

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Me so happy!!!

M Douglas
11-24-2007, 12:27 PM
Thats fantastic Michael!! And well deserved.

Melodie

mrking
01-03-2008, 05:30 PM
For those interested I place one of my photos of a candy apple in the reference library.

It is not the exact shot as my painting, but it is just as interesting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=82742