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Paula Ford
07-13-2009, 08:49 PM
Still lots of cleanup to be done on this. Went back to Ampersand Pastelbord today. Thought I'd pull my hair out :evil: I've been using Uart and absolutely love it, but that nice fresh piece of AP was just sitting there. I couldn't resist. 11"x14"

I like the composition. What do you think? C&C please.

(The sky isn't white like in this photo. The photo was taken in my studio under bright lights so the lights are too light and the darks are too dark. The whole thing is a bit bluer IRL. I think I need to redo the whole thing on Uart.)

Donna T
07-13-2009, 09:08 PM
This is so nice, Paula! I love the red-violet trees in the background and the way they look against the sky. Are you still having trouble with the irregular texture of the board? If so, it's not showing up here.


Paula Ford
07-13-2009, 09:11 PM
Thanks Donna. This board was so aggressive, I kept breaking chunks out of my pastels :mad:

Gosh, the colors are really washed out on this. I'll have to get more photos tomorrow during the day, outside.

Tracy Lang
07-13-2009, 11:00 PM
Your pines are incredible, Paula. I could stare at them for hours!


Paula Ford
07-13-2009, 11:17 PM
Thanks Tracy!

I can't wait to take another photo of it in the day tomorrow. I've changed the background and it looks so much better.

07-13-2009, 11:38 PM
Love those trees. Please don't change them. Can't wait to see the next picture so we can see all the colors. I agree the sky looks pale and that would be an easy fix though.


The happiest people don't always have everything. They just make the most of everything they have.

Paula Ford
07-13-2009, 11:49 PM
Thanks Yvonne!

Here's an update...I couldn't wait :D

The colors in the first photo are really good. 2nd is a closeup to see the changes in the background better.



Paula Ford
07-13-2009, 11:52 PM
By the way everybody, if you post your first photo and then later come back and repost the photo as the same file name as the first, the actual first photo in your first post will be the updated photo also.

So, my first photo is gone (good! :lol: )

07-14-2009, 12:05 AM
Hi Paula, Love the comp and colours i this one. really great looking piece.

Paula Ford
07-14-2009, 12:09 AM
Thanks Pete!

07-14-2009, 01:06 AM
I like it! Love the layers of trees, the various layers of trees, the greens, the distant ridge. :thumbsup:

I notice your there in east Tennessee. I spent my school days there in Bradley County. I've been all around those mountains, both in Tennessee and Georgia. It's awesome country.


pastel lover
07-14-2009, 01:09 AM
Very, very pretty.


07-14-2009, 02:15 AM
To be perfectly honest, Paula, my breath was taken away when I first layed my eyes on this. :)

It is truly inspiring. So beautiful and it creates this warm, peaceful feeling inside of me.

07-14-2009, 08:34 AM
Hi Paula- It looks great! The variety and color in the trees and grasses are really nice, especially the level of detail and edges as they move back in space- very lush and convincing.

I'd like to see more softening of the leading tree in mid-ground, but really like the handling and suggestions in that area. The color of the distant hill is great, but the edge doesn't seem consistent with all the pines present- should it be more piney?

07-14-2009, 09:00 AM
Wonderful Paula!

Paula Ford
07-14-2009, 11:43 AM
Thanks you guys! And, thanks for the suggestions also.

Kathryn Wilson
07-14-2009, 12:14 PM
Paula, those pine trees in the background are awesome - the colors are so lifelike. If you wouldn't mind (and if you keep the sticks you are using separate), I'd like a photo of those colors. I am assuming you are using Mount Visions?

I kind of agree with Ken on the background hill, but until he mentioned it, I hadn't thought of it either.

Paula Ford
07-14-2009, 12:28 PM
Sure Kat. I've got what I used set aside and will get a photo. Thank you!

07-14-2009, 12:41 PM
Beautiful work, Paula! The only thing I would suggest is to break up that smooth arc of the distant hills making it more irregular, whether it's pines or hardwoods on the hills.

And possibly add just a bit of irregularity to the far shoreline (on the left of the painting, not behind the trees), though it's nice as it is too. Just a thought.

Very nice! Wonderful composition, and I wish I could render trees so well. :thumbsup:

David Patterson
07-14-2009, 03:51 PM
Lovely Paula...the close-up really helps!


Paula Ford
07-14-2009, 05:36 PM
Thank you oakrose, and also for the suggestions!

Thank you David!!

Photos of the pastels I used are coming...

Paula Ford
07-14-2009, 07:10 PM
Here are the pastels used for this painting.


07-14-2009, 07:20 PM
:wave: Just beautiful work, really. Loved seeing your pastels, too. Did you do any sort of underpainting, either with the pastels or something else on this piece?

Paula Ford
07-14-2009, 09:30 PM
Thank you! Oh, I forgot to mention, this is on "Green" Ampersand Pastelbord, so I didn't need to tone it.

Winny Kerr
07-14-2009, 10:21 PM
Oh.... look at that lovely new easel, is that nice or what? :thumbsup:
You do such a nice job on those pine trees, your previous painting of the pine trees are also excellent, they look so real. As always I just love the colorfulness (is that a word :lol:) of all your paintings and took note of the colors you used, thanks for showing those. Winny

07-14-2009, 10:45 PM
When I "grow up", I want to paint pines like you do!!! Beautiful!


Paula Ford
07-14-2009, 11:15 PM
Thanks Winny & Yvonne!!

07-14-2009, 11:58 PM
The warm trees in the back versus the cool trees in the foreground, very nicely done.

Paula Ford
07-15-2009, 01:01 AM
Thank you Gillian!

07-15-2009, 07:52 PM
Really lovely work, Paula, I love the atmosphere you've created and your colours are gorgeous!

07-15-2009, 09:35 PM
Beautiful....inspiring work....

Lynne Vokatis
07-15-2009, 10:52 PM
paula this is so beautifull. A true portrait of the adirondacks:) lynne

Paula Ford
07-15-2009, 11:24 PM
Thank you Margaret, Monica, Lynne!! It painted itself!

07-15-2009, 11:51 PM
Another beautiful painting, Paula. Your water looks just as good as your trees, and you know how much I love your trees. But how do you keep your pastels so clean?:eek:


Paula Ford
07-16-2009, 12:34 AM
:lol: I cleaned them before I took the picture! If you had seen them before they were cleaned, you wouldn't have been able to tell what colors they were!! :lol:

Thank you so much Doug!!

07-16-2009, 12:42 AM
[quote=Paula Ford]:lol: I cleaned them before I took the picture! If you had seen them before they were cleaned, you wouldn't have been able to tell what colors they were!! :lol:

That's good. I thought I was doing something wrong.:lol:


07-16-2009, 07:24 AM
On thing I'm wondering though is how come it's September there already?

Paula Ford
07-16-2009, 08:46 AM
On thing I'm wondering though is how come it's September there already?


07-16-2009, 09:10 AM

:) the calendar in the first shot by the painting. :lol:

Paula Ford
07-16-2009, 10:08 AM
:lol: Oh! I received that calendar, free, and it doesn't start until September. So, I hung it up so I wouldn't forget about it. :lol:

07-16-2009, 11:29 AM
that looks really good

Paula Ford
07-16-2009, 01:44 PM
Thanks Jessica!

07-16-2009, 02:59 PM
Lovely colors, like it very much, good composition. Wonderful painting. What you mean about the surface? I bought some pieces of fisher400. Next painting I will try on that new paper. It seems like my sanded paper with grit of 600. Have you tried fisher400 paper?

Paula Ford
07-16-2009, 03:18 PM
Hi Rudi,

I've never tried Fisher400. Do they sell it in the US?

It seems it takes less effort to lightly "tap" to blend, thus the crystal of the pastel doesn't get flattened and lose its sparkle.

Merethe T
07-16-2009, 07:22 PM
Beautiful Paula, it has your name all over - you sure have your own style. Gorgeous trees!

Paula Ford
07-16-2009, 07:50 PM
Thanks very much Merethe!