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Mike_Beeman
01-04-2008, 10:18 AM
This was done on a Velvet Gray Strathmore paper I've been experimenting with...pastels used were NuPastels, Terry Ludwigs and Unison's.
C&C welcome!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jan-2008/49603-mountainwolfie.jpg

Paula Ford
01-04-2008, 10:26 AM
It just amazes me Mike how you have that beautiful looseness to your work, yet it looks so real. Amazing! Love this.

How big is it?

Paula

mrking
01-04-2008, 10:56 AM
It just amazes me Mike how you have that beautiful looseness to your work, yet it looks so real. Amazing! Love this.

I agree.

This reminds me of all the paintings you see in a Harley Brown book.

AliciaS
01-04-2008, 11:15 AM
Mike, Just beautiful!!! Have you seen Carolyn Andersons work? She is an oil painter, but she is my all time favorite! this piece of yours brought her to my mind!!!www.caolynanderson.com

AliciaS
01-04-2008, 11:17 AM
www.carolynanderson.com

Mike_Beeman
01-04-2008, 11:33 AM
AliciaS thanks for the link to Andersons work...love it. Will check it out in detail tonight,

paula Thanks..guess I forgot to add the size...it's approx. 9" x11" This was a fun paper to work on. I've been trying some different surfaces and really enjoyed this. I noticed Alicia had done one on suedeboard (sp?) ...I've never used that but thought it might also be fun!

water girl
01-04-2008, 01:47 PM
Wow! Mike, this is wonderfully done. So loose, so lively.:clap:

DAK723
01-04-2008, 02:19 PM
Great as usual. Have you ever considered doing a workshop in Rochester, NY??

Don

David Patterson
01-04-2008, 03:15 PM
Beautiful Mike! You can't get much looser then that!:D

David

annepropst
01-04-2008, 06:19 PM
Mike, I just love it. Your style is just exactly my goal. How about are workshop in North Carolina too!!!!!

alaskan rose
01-04-2008, 07:31 PM
I love your loose style as well, Mike. Great work! :thumbsup:

bchlvr
01-04-2008, 09:15 PM
Beautiful loose style.

nana b
01-04-2008, 10:26 PM
I love it too!

nana

K Taylor-Green
01-04-2008, 11:54 PM
Stunning work, Mike!

Karen Margulis
01-05-2008, 10:32 AM
Wonderful work as always! Thanks for sharing...it's always a treat.

Karen

Mike_Beeman
01-05-2008, 11:33 AM
Appreciate all the kind comments! Mike

soap
01-05-2008, 05:06 PM
Gasp! Wow. That's beautiful.
Looks like a brush painting. Wish I could paint like that.
Gorgeous.

rhapsodyerin
01-05-2008, 10:28 PM
Beautiful Job. I love the looseness and colors, yet I can see the strength of his character. Great painting.:thumbsup:

Deborah Secor
01-09-2008, 04:28 PM
How do you like the Strathmore paper, Mike? I mean, obviously it agrees with you :thumbsup: but do you plan to continue with it? How do you think it compares to the Canson MT?

Deborah

tURBOCAT
01-09-2008, 07:50 PM
These are all so good, Mike.

Mike_Beeman
01-09-2008, 08:05 PM
Appreciate all the kind comments!
"How do you like the Strathmore paper, Mike? I mean, obviously it agrees with you but do you plan to continue with it? How do you think it compares to the Canson MT?"

I first read about this paper in William Maugham's book Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head.
The Strathmore paper is much thinner and has a smoother surface than the Canson but I was surprised as to how well it handles the pastel. I don't think it would take the rough treatment that Canson can take but for something that's direct and doesn't require a lot of correction it works fine. I plan on using it not only for quick color studies but for the quick portrait sketches with the Carbothellos.
Attached a couple of the sketches where I used just the Carbothello red and white pastel pencils. The warm tone of the paper acts as a great middle tone.




http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2008/49603-aug607.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2008/49603-aug1007.jpg

Tracer
01-09-2008, 10:50 PM
Oh Mike, these are just beautiful! The looseness of your mountain man is incredible. The shapes and values are wonderfully rendered. Absolutely beautiful work!

Deborah Secor
01-10-2008, 01:07 AM
Very nice, Mike. I worked on it a few times, too, but I found the laid pattern a little disturbing. I see it more so in the top one of these two, like a large plaid of sorts. In my landscapes it bugged me, looking too mechanical, but it doesn't disturb me at all in your portraits. :D

Deborah

Mike_Beeman
01-10-2008, 01:24 AM
Thanks Tracer for the nice comment!
Deb
I do know I like the smoother side of it to work on (like the Canson) and I don't noticed the pattern as much...now that you mentioned it, a while back it used to really bother me, not sure of when that changed.


Very nice, Mike. I worked on it a few times, too, but I found the laid pattern a little disturbing. I see it more so in the top one of these two, like a large plaid of sorts. In my landscapes it bugged me, looking too mechanical, but it doesn't disturb me at all in your portraits. :D

Deborah

Alessandra Rosi
01-10-2008, 04:38 AM
Mike your mountain main is wonderful, totally your style, and the drawings are wonderful as well, more classical... what a great artist you are!

As for William Maughan book, is it interesting? I had thought about buying it, last year,then I didn't; do you think it's worth it?
Alessandra

purpleheather
01-10-2008, 09:56 AM
You're very versatile!!

I appreciate both your styles. The colours and pastel work in mountain man are playful and lively. LOVE IT!
The other two portraits are excellent. Great work!


blessings
Anne

Mike_Beeman
01-10-2008, 11:32 AM
purpleheather, AlessandraThanks...I think the book is certainly a good buy and a great instructional reference for the price...


Mike your mountain main is wonderful, totally your style, and the drawings are wonderful as well, more classical... what a great artist you are!

As for William Maughan book, is it interesting? I had thought about buying it, last year,then I didn't; do you think it's worth it?
Alessandra

ThreeWolves
01-10-2008, 09:36 PM
That is ispirational.

Shaun ThreeWolves Gamache