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DAK723
10-31-2011, 10:50 PM
Welcome artists! :clap:

Here is a quick recap of what The Spotlight is all about!

The Spotlight is an activity thread for pastel artists of all experience levels working from photos chosen by a monthly host. Most months, the host will choose photos from only one subject, putting that subject into “the spotlight,” so to speak! For example, one month the subject will be painting water, another month will spotlight flowers, etc.

Some months, rather than spotlight a subject, the focus will be on a challenge of some sort. In those cases, we might have a wider variety of photo references, but “the spotlight” will be on the challenge itself.

Since this is a group activity, we can pool our knowledge and resources, and grow as artists in a fun, “no-pressure” atmosphere. And no critiques unless specifically asked for. The intent is to have fun, try new things, experiment, and perhaps most of all, to see what our friends and colleagues are painting from the same reference material!

Please note: The photos this month are taken by me, or are from the Reference Image Library. You have permission to use the photos as reference to create your artwork and to sell them and/or exhibit them. The actual photos still retain the copyright of the photographer. So you cannot copy the photo to your blog, for example, without the permission of the photographer, or digitally alter or reproduce the photo for any purpose other than for your personal use, with the exception of crops, digital alterations and posts of these photos within "The Spotlight" thread.

This month’s Spotlight is on…Fall Colors!

The last couple months we have been working on and experimenting with form and contrast. Rather than introduce another new compositional or technical theme this month, I thought we would continue concentrating on form and contrast this month as we put the Spotlight on...Fall Colors!

Remember, feel free to crop, rearrange, modify, exaggerate, etc. the refs as much as you want to create your artistic versions!

The refs:

Photo by Tammy Marie

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/82335-pumpkin_by_Tammy_Marie.jpg


All the rest of the refs are taken by me:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/82335-raquettelake.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/82335-path.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/82335-mendon_trees.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/82335-leaves.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/82335-jenp.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/82335-tree-lo.jpg

Please post your paintings here in this thread, as well as any other comments, questions, discussion, etc.

Enjoy the splendor of Nature's Fall Colors!

Don

robertsloan2
10-31-2011, 11:14 PM
Beautiful photos! I'm going to enjoy these, Don! Thank you for hosting again. Definitely an awesome challenge. I can see themes in all of these images - especially "Whitey wished he could fit in."

I've never seen an albino pumpkin before. That's so cool!

Ruthie57
11-01-2011, 09:18 AM
Ooh, there's some great references here! I'm in. Thanks Don!

mij
11-01-2011, 10:08 AM
Thanks Don for hosting and providing such lovely TREES! :lol: I wonder what made you think of them :lol: I'll go with that single pumpkin methinks :D
jim

Colorix
11-01-2011, 10:34 AM
Beautiful refs, Don, I'm eyeing two or three of them. That single pumpkin has a great light onnit.

tvandeb
11-01-2011, 11:23 AM
Great refs!!! I didn't get any in last month, busy making Christmas cards, but hope to do a couple this month.. Thanks!!!:clap: :clap:

ncgirl
11-01-2011, 11:53 AM
Very nice! I think the leaves are calling me at this point, certainly any of these photos would inspire!

barriespapa
11-01-2011, 09:46 PM
Hi All:wave: Lots of nice references here again this month heres my first entry It is 8 x 10 on black crescent museum mat board. mungyos
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2011/448181-DSC_0413.JPG
Don thanks once again for making this possible it is a great feature that i really enjoy participating in C and C always welcome
David

DAK723
11-01-2011, 10:40 PM
David, Thanks for starting us off this month! This is bold, direct, and has great depth! As I scrolled down , that pumpkin seemed to jump right off the screen! Nice!

Don

robertsloan2
11-02-2011, 01:08 AM
David, that's beautiful! I love how you did the pumpkin, raw and powerful, so colorful and dramatic. The table looks cool too, the broken color for the light on the table is cool looking and helps set off the heavier application on the pumpkin with all that rich color. Gorgeous.

I may have to try the pumpkin too. I was thinking about it.

irmaleo
11-02-2011, 03:18 AM
Great pictures!! Maybe I try something too!!

Ruthie57
11-02-2011, 04:14 AM
Wow! David, this is a fab Pumpkin! It really glows! Thanks for starting us off.

barriespapa
11-02-2011, 10:18 AM
Thanks Don Robert and Ruth, It was really fun doing that pumkin just went right at it and let it happen no measuring just eyeballing and no worries about color nuances. really needed the change now to try another.
David

mij
11-02-2011, 10:48 AM
What a lovely colour that pumpkin is! I was hoping to have a go at this as well.
Nice one.
jim

Greenbrier33
11-02-2011, 03:04 PM
Lovely kurbiss (pumpkin) David. It would look great in my window.

barriespapa
11-02-2011, 07:23 PM
Thanks Jim and David.
David

SoulBro82
11-03-2011, 04:11 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2011/32557-autumnleaves.jpg
I decided to give the trees a go...because it was 3am and clearly i don't sleep much!
First time I've had trees as the focus of a piece...
5" x 7 " on pastelbord

robertsloan2
11-03-2011, 09:24 AM
SoulBro, that is breathtaking! I love the warm hues of the trees and the depth of the cool distance. The light flaring through the tree, dappling the trunks and dancing over everything is so gorgeous. Beautiful Impressionism. You're inspiring me. I love how you used sky strokes to cut into the foliage areas and make them more interesting. Also the whole texture of the sky is lively and beautiful. Everything about this painting is cool.

tvandeb
11-03-2011, 04:18 PM
David: very Beautiful interpretation of the pumpkin still life!
SoulBro; Beautiful colors on the tree!
:clap: :clap:
I got a couple done, decided to take a break from the christmas cards and woodworking projects..I did one of the tree scene, with soft pastels on pastelmat.. And the still-life pumpkin, also with soft pastels and carb-othello pastel pencils both are done on sienna pastelmat! Thanks for great refs...:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2011/71359-Spotlite-1-Nov.2011.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2011/71359-Spotlite-pumpkin-Nov.2011.jpg

Ruthie57
11-03-2011, 04:47 PM
Great tree Soulbro!
Tammy, nice attempt at the tree. the Pumpkin is fab! looks really 3D, good job.

mij
11-03-2011, 06:56 PM
Good work from Alvin and Tammy. That pumpkin got me going as well, I love orange.
jim


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2011/69634-pumpkin_nov_spotlight.jpg

barriespapa
11-03-2011, 08:04 PM
Well things are hopping now lots of good stuff showing up great job on the trees soul bro georgeous colors overall great piece.
Tammy good job on the trees and a great job on the pumpkin,beautiful shine and 3 dimensional.

Jim good job On the Pumpkin, keep em rolling in.

robertsloan2
11-04-2011, 12:26 AM
Tammy, very cool! I like how you captured the soft edges and value shifts in the shadow on the pumpkin, that was something that fascinated me too. Love the sea and the trees, that's a good one.

Jim, cool pumpkin! We're all getting inspired on that one, it's awesome.

Of course that's the reference I did to start too. I think we're going to have a Gallery of Pumpkins by the end of November. I couldn't resist it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2011/70184-11-03-2011-Pastel-Spotlight-Pumpkin.jpg
Pumpkin Shadow
5" x 7"
Mungyo Gallery semi-hard and hand rolled pastels
Strathmore Artagain pastel paper, dark grey
Photo reference by Tammy Marie for November 2011 Pastel Spotlight (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=953964)

I had fun with the shadow. The soft gradation of value and hue fascinated me so I did the shadow and background first, then painted the pumpkin. I used the hand-rolled pastels only on the pumpkin, not the background.

DAK723
11-04-2011, 12:15 PM
SoulBro, Beautiful painting of the tree! It's ablaze with light and energy!

Tammy, Very nice job on the tree and especially the pumpkin! Very 3-dimensional!

Jim & Robert, Also very nice on the pumpkin!

I think we can learn from the pumpkin, that a strong cast shadow really helps with creating a 3-D feeling!

Don

barriespapa
11-04-2011, 12:48 PM
Robert fantastic job, I love how you have used so many different colors in the pumpkin even a spot of blue that works so well in making it into a realistic piece of art. Also the fine detail work on the stem really great job
David

Ruthie57
11-04-2011, 04:20 PM
Jim, nice Pumpkin!
Robert, your Pumpkin reminds me of the work of a certain colourist we know! Love the red violet in the shadow and you've described the "segments" so well. The shadow has many subtle colours too. Great piece! frame it...sell it!

barriespapa
11-04-2011, 05:48 PM
Hi all here's my rendition of the walk in the park. it is a 1 hour quickie 8 x 12 on pastelmat mungyos. Once again i really enjoyed doing this just letting loose and slapping on pastel:D
david
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Nov-2011/448181-DSC_0419.JPG

nkoconnell
11-05-2011, 09:03 AM
Such beautiful paintings! I couldn't resist trying this picture... but it didn't turn out anything like I wanted. It's frustrating to not be able to to translate what's in my head to the paper. The foreground trees came out so, well, dense.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2011/336541-November.jpg

Then again, I don't practice nearly enough.

6" x 9" on Wallis Belgian Mist, mostly MVs.

Ruthie57
11-05-2011, 09:39 AM
David, that scene is very well done! I think you have a natural talent for loose landscape!
Hello nko! Welcome. You are not alone feeling that your hand cannot interpret what's in your head! Practice and learning is the only answer. Anyway, the foreground trees in yours just sing out! yes they're dense and that makes them 3D. I love this one!

Ruthie57
11-05-2011, 09:41 AM
I got one done :clap: had an hour to spare so I tried the leaf close up. This looks better in real life, the light wasn't really good enough for a photo....excuses, excuses :o
It's 5x5" on fisher 400, limited palette of 10 pastels!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2011/189061-IMG_0850.JPG

DAK723
11-05-2011, 11:07 AM
Wow, it's nice to be greeted by such wonderful paintings this morning!

David, Very nice job on the Autumn path! Lots of energy and movement!

nkoconnell, Welcome! This is an absolutely top-notch painting! I can't imagine what the image in your head was like, but it couldn't have been more beautiful than this!

Ruth, Well, yours are always wonderful and this is no exception!

Everybody should be more than satisfied! These are great!

Don

barriespapa
11-05-2011, 12:10 PM
Welcome nko. I think you did a great job on the fall colors much better colors than mine. not to say that is a criteria.:lol: :lol: just an observation.
Ruthie. Your rendition of the autumn leaves is beautiful well done. :clap: :clap:

sbrunner
11-05-2011, 02:14 PM
Hi All from a newbie I have been lurking for a while. This is the first showing of any my work anywhere after a small break of approx 20 years my 3rd pastel since I decided to start up again a month ago and my 1st landscape inspired by great ref photos thanks Don so please I would welcome any C&C.
It feels a little like walking down the high street naked on market day showing this :lol:
693923
My apologies for any mistakes in posting

DAK723
11-05-2011, 03:23 PM
sbrunner, Welcome aboard! I really like the composition that you have cropped from the photo ref! The trees are all nicely done and the colors vibrant! One would never know that you took a 20 year break! Beautifully done!

Don

Ruthie57
11-05-2011, 04:17 PM
Steven, welcome!! You must live near me. Wonder if I already know you??
This is a lovely piece. Great colour harmony and lots of depth to that main tree. Hope you stay with pastels now and join us often! The spotlight is great for learning, or just throwing off the rust of 20 years!

sbrunner
11-05-2011, 05:56 PM
Don: Thank you your kind comments and encouragement, the support from family and friends is great, but to hear kind comments from someone of your skills mean a lot.

Ruthie: The same goes for you as for Don thank you for the kind comments love your work too. I am not that far from you about 45 miles just a short walk really:lol:

I started up a few weeks ago just doing pencil and ink sketches and I think that has helped with values my first love is portraiture and figures so naturally my first pastel was a seascape my second a still life and the third as you see a landscape go figure.:rolleyes:
Love everybody's work on this spotlight so inspiring it made me a little nervous posting my own efforts.

Steve

robertsloan2
11-05-2011, 08:16 PM
Purr thanks for your comments on my pumpkin. Ruthie, PURR... oh yes I was thinking of Charlie when I started getting out all the brights and bringing in hues that would enrich the ones I saw. The colors in the shadow were what made me want to paint the pumpkin.

David, your walk in the park is great. I love the way the road lays flat, the scene has beautiful depth. Well done!

nkoconnell, your fiery autumn trees are beautiful. I love the contrast with the darker evergreens behind them and the way you unified the colors. Gorgeous!

Ruthie, wow! Your dried leaves are fantastic. This reminds me of Asian paintings, only done in pastels. I love the soft and hard edges, the subtle color and value shifts. That's incredible. The design, they seem to be dancing.

Looking good, sbrunner! I like your foliage, the brilliant oranges with that area of green that hasn't turned yet is so charming. That grabs my eye every time I glance at this. Very cool the way you did the bare trees too. Keep painting!

It may help to use a bit of violet in background distant mountains, that's my only suggestion.

barriespapa
11-05-2011, 08:40 PM
Sbrunner I love your landscape trees are perfect and your colors bold. Hope to see more of your work.
Robert thanks for the kind comments. Have it posted in the gallery and I am trying to refine it into a masterpiece.:D
David

sbrunner
11-06-2011, 12:30 PM
Hi
Barriespapa: thank for your comments loved your version of the walk ref I looked at doing the full scene then saw the tree on the left loved the colours and decided to concentrate on that.
Robert: Thank you for your kind comments loved the colours in your pumpkin. Of course your right about the mountain needing more, thought so when working on it but was distracted by something needed changing and forgot to go back to it. Hopefully just a newbie mistake I wont repeat but doubt it lol.

barriespapa
11-06-2011, 11:13 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2011/448181-DSC_0434.JPG Hi All thought I would try another . This one is 11 x14 pastebord by ampersand with mungyos.
David

robertsloan2
11-07-2011, 01:29 AM
Nice, David! I love the texture on the flowers and the shadows of the plants up at the top. You got some beautiful textures in this painting.

irmaleo
11-08-2011, 07:22 AM
Very lovely works overhere.. love it !!

Just my 10 min work, with no example in front of me.. ( "out of my head")
Wanted to do something "free"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Nov-2011/100229-pompoen.jpg

barriespapa
11-08-2011, 10:02 AM
great job Irma love the spontaneity and complimenary colors.
David

Ruthie57
11-08-2011, 10:09 AM
David, wow! A burst of colour. That's what I like :)
Irma, this is fab! very rounded and I really like the few strokes which make up the background.

I've done a crop of the flaming tree one. I flipped the boat to make it point to the tree. This is about A4 size on pastelmat. It was fun to do but, boy, do I need to get a handle on trees! What a shame I was unable to do the JV class because of the timing :crying:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Nov-2011/189061-spot_boat.jpg

sketchZ1ol
11-08-2011, 12:53 PM
hello
enjoying all the work as i stop by .
- Ruthie - i like how your piece is less stark the the ref pix .
> i'm still out in the boat fishing , so to speak :)

Ed :}

sbrunner
11-08-2011, 06:09 PM
Hi all

Irma: love the freshness of your pumpkin wish I could work "out of my head" in the artistic sense that is :lol: maybe in time I will learn.
Ruthie: Love the boat and trees, for some reason, probably again lack of experience, I didnt see the picture in this photo that you managed to see.

Here is my attempt at the pumpkin group the size is 8x6.5 a smaller size than I am comfortable with I think I may have overworked it a little but interesting to do C&C welcome
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Nov-2011/978893-nov-spotlight-2-8x6-5.jpg
Sorry for poor quality of photo combination of new camera, poor lighting and the fact I am a rubbish photographer.

robertsloan2
11-08-2011, 10:11 PM
Irma, your pumpkin from memory is jolly and bright! I love the irregular shape of the painting area and the loose painterly strokes, the complementary colors and liveliness. Great little study.

Ruthie, your trees are looking good! I like the trick of moving the boat to make it a pointer. Your water and reflections are gorgeous. While I see what you mean about the trees, I think they are looking good anyway. You have the most detail and texture on the focal red tree and the others look like they came out of Johannes class anyway, they're great. Love the fiery color of that red one. I've seen that so many times. Good painting.

Sbrunner, wow! Your version of the garden with pumpkins scene is gorgeous. That's just spectacular. I like the way the green reflects into everything and unifies the whole painting and the gorgeous forms of the plants and pumpkins.

DAK723
11-08-2011, 10:11 PM
David, Nice job on the patio pumpkins! Very colorful!

Irmaleo, Nice work on your pumpkin, too! Very loose and fresh!

Ruth, Very lovely painting! Your trees are excellent! They capture the essence and the beauty of trees - what else can you want!

sbrunner, Wonderful painting of the pumpkin patio! It doesn't look overworked at all!

Don

Ruthie57
11-09-2011, 04:31 AM
Thanks ED! Thought that was you out on the lake!
Sbrunner, this is a very good rendition of quite a complex reference. You've put the emphasis right on the pumpkins. Good work!
Robert, thanks! It is true though that I need to work more on my tree techniques.
Don, thank you! My trees always end up overworked, no matter how I tell myself this time I'm going to make every stroke count. I'll keep trying.

irmaleo
11-09-2011, 04:52 AM
Thanks all, I see overhere so really beautyful paintings love those colorfull trees overhere, stunning... You all are much further then I, I can't draw a tree or plant ;-)) :lol::lol:

barriespapa
11-09-2011, 10:27 AM
Ruthie I just love your trees put mine to shame they do and as for your water it is dynamic beautiful reflections.
sbrunner fantastic rendition of the group of pumpkins very painterly definetly not over worked.
thanks to all for your comments on my work,
Don I am doing the walk in the park in the gallery is it okay to post the ref. If so can you tell me how. I believe I may have been told once but have forgotten David

DAK723
11-09-2011, 10:54 PM
Don I am doing the walk in the park in the gallery is it okay to post the ref. If so can you tell me how. I believe I may have been told once but have forgotten David

I see Jackie has already posted it and given instructions. As she said, if you right click (in Windows, not sure about Mac) over the image, you can save it to your computer hard drive. Personally, I always change the name before I upload it into the new thread.

Don

barriespapa
11-10-2011, 09:01 AM
Thanks Don.
david

JPQ
11-10-2011, 02:49 PM
i maybe try maple leafs one my favorite subjects.

Ruthie57
11-10-2011, 04:41 PM
hi JPQ and welcome to the spotlight! Hope you'll do the maple leaves and show them to us.

I did the pumpkin....well, who could resist it. About 10x8 o pastelmat.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Nov-2011/189061-pumpkin.JPG

DAK723
11-10-2011, 09:33 PM
Ruth, Another gem!

Don

JPQ
11-10-2011, 10:20 PM
I must now ask is mixed media allowed ? (if i made background with aquarelle) but subject itself (maple leafs) with soft pastels. and i maybe in next month make also other subjects.(i get more soft pastels in next month like my first dark greens).

DAK723
11-10-2011, 11:14 PM
I must now ask is mixed media allowed ? (if i made background with aquarelle) but subject itself (maple leafs) with soft pastels. and i maybe in next month make also other subjects.(i get more soft pastels in next month like my first dark greens).

Yes, definitely mixed media is allowed! Many people do underpaintings or backgrounds with watercolor (or other wet media) and then apply pastel on top.

I look forward to seeing your work!

Don

robertsloan2
11-10-2011, 11:26 PM
Ruth, gorgeous pumpkin! It's a compelling reference. I love how you handled the shadows, especially the beautiful modeling shadows on the pumpkin itself.

sbrunner
11-11-2011, 08:21 AM
Love it Ruth good enough to eat anyone know a good recipe for pumpkin pie? :-)

Steve

Judibelle
11-11-2011, 05:13 PM
Seems like the pumpkin is a run-away favorite this month. I finally had an hour today to paint....
both 7x9, mostly soft pastels, a few hard....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2011/103700-scan0001.jpg_pumpkin_spotlight.jpg

then since that one took only about 20 minutes, I decideed to do the leaves, as well...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2011/103700-scan0002.jpg__autumsn_leaves,_Spotlight.jpg

about 29 minutes, as well...

robertsloan2
11-11-2011, 10:54 PM
Judi, your pumpkin is lovely! I like the way you caught the colors reflecting in the shadow and the way you rounded the pumpkin is perfect. It's three dimensional, solid and shimmering with color. Cool background, I like the rough texture and way you simplified it using the paper as the farther shadow, it draws less attention away from the pumpkin and its cast shadow.

Cool version of the autumn leaves too. Both of these rock.

You're right, the pumpkin is the smash hit of the photos this time. I might have a go at the leaves, they look cool too. I was tempted from the point this started and I've got my Winsor & Newtons out...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Nov-2011/70184-11-11-2011-Autumn-Leaves-pastel.jpg
Autumn Leaves
12" x 9"
Winsor & Newton pastels on light blue Canson Mi-Tientes rough side.

Greenbrier33
11-12-2011, 09:12 AM
Don, fun challenge! I love pumpkins. Hope to have time to work on another of the refs. soon.

Das ist mein Kurbis:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2011/227425-IMG_0455.jpg

irmaleo
11-12-2011, 10:19 AM
Love this topic.. for the first time ever. leaves...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2011/100229-bladeren.jpg

chuas2
11-12-2011, 04:15 PM
Wow, everyone's doing fabulous work! Love your pumpkins Ruthie and Judi! I gotta try those leaves, Robert and Irma, fantastic work. Frosty and elegant, both of your paintings. David, that looks a particularly plump and good for maybe fifty pumpkin pies.

Here's my departure painting of fall trees. Way too garish, but what do you do with colors as bright as those? :confused:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2011/208492-painting_November_Spotlightv2.jpg

Greenbrier33
11-12-2011, 04:19 PM
Chuas, Love it.

Seriously...avante garde, unique, original.

robertsloan2
11-12-2011, 05:21 PM
Chuas, your bright fall trees are so dramatic. I like the boldness, it's an interesting take on them. Very cool.

Irma, your leaves are beautiful. Love the texture on them and the soft colors that make them stand out.

David, wow, your pumpkin glows! That's incredible. Another fantastic take on an inspiring reference.

Greenbrier33
11-12-2011, 05:49 PM
Soul Bro, you need to sleep less and post more. This is inspiring...really, really, good.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2011/32557-autumnleaves.jpg
I decided to give the trees a go...because it was 3am and clearly i don't sleep much!
First time I've had trees as the focus of a piece...
5" x 7 " on pastelbord

Greenbrier33
11-12-2011, 05:53 PM
David, powerful value contrasts. I also like the scumbling on the table -- left a nice texture! Well done.


Hi All:wave: Lots of nice references here again this month heres my first entry It is 8 x 10 on black crescent museum mat board. mungyos
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2011/448181-DSC_0413.JPG
Don thanks once again for making this possible it is a great feature that i really enjoy participating in C and C always welcome
David

DAK723
11-12-2011, 07:22 PM
Lots of nice paintings today!

Judi, Nice job on the both the pumpkin and the leaves!

Robert, Nice painting of the leaves! I especially like the color of the sky and the subtle gradations!

Dave, Wonderful, colorful and 3-dimensional pumpkin!

irmaleo, Very nice one! You've captured the delicacy of the leaves!

Chuas, Thanks for joining us! Bold and colorful! Nice!

Don

Turpintine45
11-12-2011, 11:54 PM
Lots of great paintings here. I finally got to do one and hopefully a couple more but you are all way ahead of me so I will just say well done everybody and try and catch up later.
here is my version of the trees. Done in Inktence pencils approx 5x5 in my sketchbook.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2011/216461-IMG_7142_Medium.jpg

Turpintine45
11-13-2011, 01:42 AM
Sorry I just realized the above should have been in pastels. I wasn't thinking.
Don't know if someone can remove it.:(

DAK723
11-13-2011, 01:31 PM
Jen,

It's the Spotlight ref, so I don't mind that it isn't in pastel! After all, it could be a preliminary sketch for a future pastel painting!

I'm not familiar with Inktence pencils, Is this just a brand name for a colored pencil or some special kind of pencil?

Don

Turpintine45
11-13-2011, 03:15 PM
Don, thanks will do one in pastels next!
Inktense watercolour pencils are made by Derwent . They are intense colour and can be used as colored pencils but they really pop when touched with water. I am still getting the hang of them but they are nice for quick sketches.

JPQ
11-13-2011, 03:31 PM
Don, thanks will do one in pastels next!
Inktense watercolour pencils are made by Derwent . They are intense colour and can be used as colored pencils but they really pop when touched with water. I am still getting the hang of them but they are nice for quick sketches.

And have mainly bright colours i understanded. and only single time watersoluble when then dry when you wetted them they dont soluble again. i understanded Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer works sameway but these Faber-Castells have wider colour range. But both have own good areas in colours.

robertsloan2
11-13-2011, 04:05 PM
Jen, it's beautiful. I like the Inktense pencils. I had the full range but mine are still in Arkansas because I concentrated on getting my pastels into the first boxes that actually wound up here in SF.

I hope you do interpret it again in pastel. Hard pastels or pastel pencils might give you some of the same linear effects.

Turpintine45
11-13-2011, 09:33 PM
Thanks Robert! Here just for you an official pastel version! Done with pastel pencils in my sketchbook. I think I got a bit carried away with branches this time! Might try the pumpkin next.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Nov-2011/216461-IMG_7144_Medium.jpg

robertsloan2
11-14-2011, 05:25 AM
Jen, this is so beautiful! I love the branches. You made them complex and delicate, it reminds me of some paintings I saw years ago and loved. Great smooth textures in the sky. The water's excellent, you got some perfect horizontal strokes in it that lay it very flat. Cool texture on the hill.

This is even better than your Inktense version. Thanks for posting it! Looking forward to seeing what you do with the pumpkin!

robertsloan2
11-14-2011, 09:13 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2011/70184-11-14-2011-Spotlight-Autumn-Trees.jpg
Autumn Fire
4 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Pastel pencils on black card stock
Photo reference by DAK723 for Pastel Spotlight 11-2011.

Had fun with this one! It's either maples or Bradford pears. I've seen both turn fiery like that with the whole spectrum from green through to red, it's always inspiring. The paper is a sheet of black card stock used by Arches to cover the first sheet on a watercolor block.

Greenbrier33
11-15-2011, 05:48 AM
Love it, Robert.

I'm in Prague at the moment and your painting evokes the same mystery and intrigue that this city does....misty, dark, with punches of Fall colors.

Turpintine45
11-15-2011, 05:44 PM
Robert love the colour and sketchy marks, makes for a lively painting.

sbrunner
11-15-2011, 06:31 PM
Robert love the strong, as you say, fiery colours on the dark background it make for an exciting painting.

Steven

DAK723
11-15-2011, 08:05 PM
Jen, Nice pastel version of the tree!

Robert, Lots of energy in this one!

Don

robertsloan2
11-15-2011, 08:40 PM
Thank you! Once again everything in this challenge inspires me. I love using Spotlight challenges to try different things.

pameladallaire
11-16-2011, 10:43 AM
Thanks for the challenge. I just recently started using pastels. I usually use charcoals or do oil painting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2011/47782-Pumpkin_step_2_sm.jpg

Pam Dallaire

sketchZ1ol
11-16-2011, 11:04 AM
hello
welcome , and well done !
- colour is strong , marks are sure ,
and the shadowing behind the pumpkin
has great subtlety .

what sticks and surface did you use ?

Ed :}

pameladallaire
11-16-2011, 11:48 AM
Hi Ed:

I always work on 140 lb. watercolour paper so the pigment erases easily.

I used Derwent Pastel pencils and inexpensive Artists Loft pastels from Michaels Art Store.

I did a greyscale with just black pastel first. Then I did an underpainting (drawing) and rubbed the pigment into the paper with a tortillon and then put a second coat of pigment on top, to finish and brighten it.

Pam

DAK723
11-16-2011, 01:03 PM
Hi Pam - Welcome to the Spotlight! Very nice job on the pumpkin! You've really given it depth and mass! Thanks for joining us!

Don

sketchZ1ol
11-16-2011, 01:04 PM
hello
Pam - tyvm !
with the watercolour paper , i am guessing then it is sized ?
- you built the colour over the rubbed grayscale ?
> it makes sense to me for any monochrome base .
> i don't know that pastel brand ,
but the inexpensive ' powdery '/lots of filler/dye student grades
have served that approach for me on paper .
> some interesting results with lo-grade fixative over the first ...

look forward to see more of your work here :)

Ed :}

robertsloan2
11-16-2011, 01:36 PM
Pam, this is beautiful. I love the way you've let some of the paper come through giving natural highlights. The texture on the pumpkin is luscious, your marks are gorgeous. Wonderful soft edged shadow with gradation.

Thanks for explaining it! The little bits of gray that still show through the orange read as blue by juxtaposition and give that sense of cool daylight - it's wonderful. I love your variation on this!

Definitely the pumpkin is this month's favorite reference. I'd love to see a gallery at the end of the month with everyone's renderings.

pameladallaire
11-16-2011, 02:02 PM
Hi Everyone:

It's nice to meet you.

Yes Ed, the paper has sizing on it. If I accidentally get too dark, I can use a vinyl eraser to rub right through the sizing down to the bare paper and back to white.

I have the picture of the greyscale because I photograph my painting steps.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2011/47782-pumkin_step_1_sm.JPG

I concentrate on 3 values. White paper, black and grey. I put down the black and use a brush to spread it onto the white paper, creating the grey mid-tones. It gets done quickly so I can get on to the fun colours. :)

Pam

Greenbrier33
11-16-2011, 02:49 PM
Pam, really like your rendition! Your explanation is interesting and helpful.

Dave

robertsloan2
11-16-2011, 03:09 PM
Thank you for posting the greyscale! You've got such a strong lively rendering at this stage that I'm not surprised the finish came out so beautiful. The shapes of the shadows and value areas on the pumpkin are so lush and describe its surface so well that I'm awed. Beautiful work.

sarcasmo
11-16-2011, 10:44 PM
Hi, just found this forum, and it looks awesome. I'm a beginner, and I just tried to post my rendition of the pumpkin, but It seems I need to make more posts before I can post a pic. Ill be back!

John

sarcasmo
11-16-2011, 10:48 PM
okay, I'm back. Here's what I tried to post before:



Hi, I'm new, both to this forum and to art (I'm a scientist). I bought some cheap Blick pastels (hard and soft) from the place down the street, because I just felt like that would be a good idea a few weeks ago. This is my 4th painting ever, its on grey pastel paper 9 X 12. I am really enjoying this. I am open to criticism, as I would like to get really good at this, but encouragement would also be nice, after all, its my first post! Here is my pumpkin. (taken with an iPhone with no flash, sorry, kind of kills the color. Also the light source in my room is coming from the right) I look forward to hearing from you!


-John



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2011/979872-pumpkin.jpg

Ruthie57
11-17-2011, 04:19 AM
Pam, nice to "meet" you and I like your Pumpkin a lot!
John, welcome! Well, it's not hard to be complimentary and encouraging looking at the standard of your 4th painting! The Pumpkin looks nicely rounded and 3D and you have the values down really well. Hope to see more!

robertsloan2
11-17-2011, 10:52 AM
John, welcome! I think you must have had a lot of practice in other mediums to do this well on only your fourth pastel! It's gorgeous. I like the subtle hue variations on the pumpkin, you describe its form beautifully. Great shadows especially down on the modeling shadows of the form. Well done!

I think your iPhone photo came out well. I know mine is a lot better than my old digital camera and I'm impressed you managed to hold it still enough not to blur when taking an art photo. Sometimes I put photos through Gimp (http://www.gimp.org) to adjust color if they're too far from how the art turned out.

You'll improve a lot hanging around here! I was good when I started and improved so much I can barely recognize my older pastels. Participating in Spotlight is great for growth and so are other challenges and classes.

sarcasmo
11-17-2011, 11:06 AM
Ruthie and Robert,

Wow, thanks! Its nice to hear such encouragement from people that have been doing this much longer than me. Robert, actually, I haven't worked in any medium, not even in high school. I took science classes and no arts. Never touched a brush, I suck at drawing with pencils. . . but for some reason, the pastels, and the blending with my fingers, it feels really natural for me.

I'm going to try to do about one of these a week from now on. (My job keeps me really busy round the clock, so when I can squeeze two hours in Ill do another one!) See you soon!

John

DAK723
11-17-2011, 12:43 PM
John, Thanks for joining us! If this is only your 4th painting ever then you are a natural artist for sure! You've handled the modeling of the form, the color, the highlights and shadows wonderfully. I've been painting for over 30 years and couldn't do it better myself!

Don

pameladallaire
11-17-2011, 12:45 PM
Thanks so much for all your kind comments.

John, you're going to go far as an artist. :) Just keep practicing. I'm terrible with graphite pencils too, all I do is think of math when I pick one up.

Pam

Greenbrier33
11-17-2011, 07:40 PM
John,

Welcome, and well done! Pumpkin looks awesome. I like the subtle contrast of orange / blue, and the more open light / dark values. Hope to see more from you soon!

Turpintine45
11-17-2011, 07:54 PM
Pam nice job on the pumpkin.I like the description and seeing the process.
John you are a natural for sure. Welcome to WC and pastels in particular. I look forward to seeing more of your right brain side!

sarcasmo
11-17-2011, 11:23 PM
Wow, thanks everyone for the kind words! I'll be back for sure. Hope to see more of all of your fine work as well!

John

Greenbrier33
11-19-2011, 11:10 AM
Two takes on the leaves...

Wasn't happy with the conservative realism approach below; so I followed with instinct (while playing some great music by Cold Play) to finish the 2nd one.

Much happier when I follow instinct than when I try to follow the rules. Just sayin'.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2011/227425-IMG_0546.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Nov-2011/227425-IMG_0544.jpg

robertsloan2
11-19-2011, 11:46 AM
David, both of these are fun! The second one is almost like a photo negative for color and very jazzy. Awesome combination. I like them both, your conservative realism one is beautiful and painterly too. Just truer in color.

Greenbrier33
11-19-2011, 05:32 PM
Thanks Robert. Do you ever swing from one style--like impressionist--to another--like cubist? If so, what have you experienced?

DAK723
11-19-2011, 06:37 PM
Dave,

Very nice takes on the leaves! You may prefer the 2nd, but the 1st is really excellent with a really nice combination of hard and soft edges! The manipulation of edges is usually the most difficult thing for artists to pick up and advance to the next level - it took me over 25 years and I'm still not sure that I am there yet - so this one is really special in my opinion! You have also managed to convey movement because of the edge manipulation! This is award-winning caliber, in my opinion!

The 2nd is...interesting and energetic!

Don

robertsloan2
11-19-2011, 08:00 PM
I do change mediums often but everything I enjoy painting is representational - Impressionist, realist, an Asian inspired style based on sumi-e and Chinese painting that's realist in a different way, or decorative things like Celtic knotwork and other medieval ornamentation.

I don't get into abstraction other than mandalas and Celtic knotwork, other organized types of decorative designs. Cubism never appealed to me, nor did most of the Modern Art styles. I can occasionally appreciate pieces done by others if I like them, but it's not part of who I am. Pop Art can sometimes be amusing but it's still not me.

What I found by getting more into Impressionism is that when I slow down for detailed Realism, the light and color tricks still apply and my realist work is much richer. They do build on themselves when I study different mediums and techniques. Getting into the Asian painting styles gave my strokes some conciseness even in pastels, so broadening the types of art I do has been a big help over time.

Greenbrier33
11-20-2011, 04:27 AM
Don / Robert,

Thank you for c & c. I appreciate it and have enjoyed these challenges over the passed couple years. Each time we paint, we grow.

I hope to learn more about this topic of lines... hard and soft edges, and disappearing lines. Maybe the power of lines and how to manipulate them in painting could be discovered in more depth during a future challenge.

Colorix
11-20-2011, 11:24 AM
Everyone, so much fine work! I'd love to comment on each, but coming late into the game, and being exhausted... it won't happen. I've looked as you have posted, and clapped.

John, nice to meet you, great pumpkin!

David, the electric leaves are cool, and I bet they were fun to do! The more traditional works really well, and is painterly, and I'd say it works mostly because it is calmer in values than the 'electric'. Edge-control is very good to have. I tend to think of 'rules' as 'suggestions'. :-) What works to get the result one wants is fine.

I painted the pumpkin in order to get some relaxed restful activity that wouldn't deplete my energy more than it is at the moment. (Worked all around the clock for my show and planning the class, plus issuing Scribbler and... ) Well, it is a study, and I had fun with hysterically bright warm colours. It probably looks wilder than it is, as this is a night-time photo, and those tend to oversaturate the warms.
A4, on Fisher.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Nov-2011/117343-Pumpkin-Spot.jpg

Any C&C welcome.

Edit: the highlights, I couldn't bring them down in PSE, they are really the same value as the yellows, but cool instead.

pameladallaire
11-20-2011, 12:08 PM
Charlie, I'd hang that one on my wall for sure! It's beautiful and I'm SOOOO into Pink and Blue. :)

David, I like both versions of the leaves and I understand about having fun being loose. Everyone wants to see my charcoal studies done in realism but what I love to do is Impressionism.

Pam

DAK723
11-20-2011, 01:31 PM
Charlie, Thanks for joining us! It's always a special treat to see one of your paintings! This is no exception - so alive with light! The pumpkin is beautifully done and I especially like the color gradation of the ground/background and the orange of the pumpkin reflecting down into its cast shadow!

Hope you're feeling better and getting your energy back!

Don

Greenbrier33
11-20-2011, 02:15 PM
Charlie...awesome. I'm happy you decided to post.

I could spend hours studying your "study". The cool, complex shadow side; the orange in the table in front of[I] the pumpkin; the mix of violets without mud; etc. Magic.

Colorix
11-20-2011, 03:30 PM
Aw, thank you, guys!

Don, I'm resting almost completely (boooooring...). Have to teach class on Tuesday, though, looking forward to it. Oh, that colour gradation, it is more subtle IRL, it kind of shimmers, isn't so much in the face as on screen. I used a white sheet to custom-set the whitebalance. And still the blues were lightened several value steps, and the yellows/oranges over-saturated (Canon, I remember you saying reds got to hot). Should I use something else to set whitebalance?

Pam, pink and blue go so well together, I hesitated a bit, as bringing 'brutal' orange into it would jar a bit, having a totally different mood. And it does, but it is kind of fun, and definitely breaking colour harmony rules!

David, you know, light bounces around, so the pumpkin would reflect yellow-orange onto the table, it sort of makes the object 'sit down' in the painting, and not 'hover'. The secret of not making mud out of several pairs of complements layered is -- ta-da! to not blend, almost too simple... :-)

DAK723
11-20-2011, 04:52 PM
Charlie, I would recommend a gray card to help set white-balance. Here's an example:

http://www.amazon.com/Kodak-Gray-Card-18-R-27/dp/B00009R7B0

I have one that I should use more often. Still, there are times that it doesn't seem to work as accurately as I would like.

Don

Colorix
11-20-2011, 05:46 PM
Thanks, Don! I must get one. You sparked some googling, and I found this out, white isn't good enough, it should be grey, a perfectly neutral grey with no colour cast in any type of light.

ncgirl
11-21-2011, 01:59 PM
Better late than never... :rolleyes:

Used the pumpkin photo as a "jumping off" reference and went from memory to sketch out this little pumpkin and leaves.

As I'm looking thru all the wonderful paintings on this month's thread - and welcome to all the newcomers by the way - I find the ones that appeal to me most are not because of the realism, but because of the "sparkle" of the colors. So, with that in mind, am trying to get the brain to switch gears from realism to sparkle. So far, it's been a lot more fun. :D

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Greenbrier33
11-21-2011, 02:05 PM
[B]ncgirl[/B
Nice! I like the friends who joined the pumpkin. Very creative and he seems less lonely now.

Colorix
11-21-2011, 02:22 PM
ncgirl, it sparkles beautifully! You may yet join the Colour Addicts!

DAK723
11-22-2011, 12:33 AM
ncgirl, Nice job on your pumpkin (and leaves)! Good luck on your quest for sparkling color - I think you're on your way!

Don

robertsloan2
11-22-2011, 05:54 AM
Charlie, that is spectacular! Only you could have painted this pumpkin with exactly that joyous mass of color and texture. It's incredible. I love it. Frame that little keeper or make sure someone pays a good high price for it. This is glorious! I have been waiting all month with high expectations to see what you did with the great reference everyone loves. Now I'm in color shock and reeling in delight.

NCgirl, your sparkling colors and whimsical shapes are delightful too. I like the cool background and the way you loosened up from realism. The shape of the pumpkin is great. That stem is jaunty and it seems to have just a bit more weight on the left side - at first glance seems very round, but it's not, it's asymmetrical and full of character. The leaves mass to the right is a perfect balance for it. The dried flower carries the color into the right side and the colors just dance around wonderfully through it all. You got the sparkle! Go you! This painting has a definite mood, a happy, charming, holiday mood with just enough earthiness - the life stages of the pumpkin are the thing that really gets me. Maybe it's the promise of more, that crumpled flower suggests a long harvest and a last little one before winter. It's full of autumnal splendor in all the best ways.

ncgirl
11-22-2011, 08:49 AM
Thank you Charlie, Don, and Robert! I'm just all tickled that my pumpkin is getting such nice remarks. I will keep trying to get that sparkle, so much effort has been toward the same realism that I've achieved in pencil and charcoal, but pastel is a whole different ball game. You guys are an inspiration, thanks! :)

spirothet
11-22-2011, 03:37 PM
At last, I finally sat my tush (?) down to complete a spotlight painting. My goals this month went down the drain. I did complete another painting and I've included it here. It took more than an hour so I couldn't post it in the Sketch thread. The leaves are done on Pastel Mat paper and the Floral was done on Mi Tientes. I used pastel pencil and pan pastels on both. The leaf branch is 10x8 and the floral is 7x5. C&C is welcome.

Now I'm commenting by memory to same me from having to re-read 8 pages. David and Robert, great job on the leaf branch. I loved all the pumpkins posted, but have to admit especially Charlie's and Robert's. They just lit the page. I also especially liked the lone tree. I don't remember who did it, but it was the first one posted. I think that was Soulbro. Correct me if I'm wrong. As for the landscapes, they too were very well done. I know Ruthie did one and some names I'm not familiar with. This was a great spotlight this month. I haven't finished yet. Hope to get two more in before the end of the month. Thanks all for the great show of work. I am inspired to try at least two more because of such great posts. Cali

Greenbrier33
11-22-2011, 04:19 PM
Cali,
Your leaves are excellent. They look transparent...as leaves are...with the overlapping shadows and translucence. Love the colors.

The blossoms are really sweet. The focal point is clear, offset from the center to weight the composition correctly. I like how the other clusters gently resolve into the background. My eye went straight to the focal area, then raced along the branches to the other areas in the painting, only to return to the focal area for a return trip.

Both really well done. Thanks for posting. David

Colorix
11-22-2011, 04:39 PM
Cali, I agree fully with David, and he said it better than I would have. Love your colours!

Robert, Cali, thank you!

JPQ
11-22-2011, 05:42 PM
I made my maple leafs my own maybe very unique way but i post later when i get good picture and i modify it much i added fantasy bird for example. and made few mistakes.

JPQ
11-22-2011, 05:53 PM
At last, I finally sat my tush (?) down to complete a spotlight painting. My goals this month went down the drain. I did complete another painting and I've included it here. It took more than an hour so I couldn't post it in the Sketch thread. The leaves are done on Pastel Mat paper and the Floral was done on Mi Tientes. I used pastel pencil and pan pastels on both. The leaf branch is 10x8 and the floral is 7x5. C&C is welcome.

Now I'm commenting by memory to same me from having to re-read 8 pages. David and Robert, great job on the leaf branch. I loved all the pumpkins posted, but have to admit especially Charlie's and Robert's. They just lit the page. I also especially liked the lone tree. I don't remember who did it, but it was the first one posted. I think that was Soulbro. Correct me if I'm wrong. As for the landscapes, they too were very well done. I know Ruthie did one and some names I'm not familiar with. This was a great spotlight this month. I haven't finished yet. Hope to get two more in before the end of the month. Thanks all for the great show of work. I am inspired to try at least two more because of such great posts. Cali

I like flowers more...

DAK723
11-22-2011, 09:44 PM
Cali, These are two excellent paintings! The leaves are wonderful with beautiful shapes and movement! The flower painting is just bursting with color! Great job!

Don

pameladallaire
11-22-2011, 10:59 PM
Just a quick post as I'll be super busy until December 2nd. I guess I'll just have to work on the Dec challenges next. :)

Not my best work but it's only a study. Done on inexpensive Daler Rowney 90 lb. watercolour paper. Derwent pastel pencils and my inexpensive sticks.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2011/47782-Leaves_in_Pastel.JPG

Thanks for the challenges. You've all done wonderfully!

Pam

ncgirl
11-23-2011, 09:05 AM
Pam and Cali, wonderful interpretation of the leaves - such vibrant colors!

Colorix
11-23-2011, 10:06 AM
Pam, lovely, the leaves dance, and the frame is perfect in colour!

robertsloan2
11-23-2011, 10:48 AM
Cali, wow! I love your leaves. That's a wonderful interpretation. You managed to get the light dancing shapes of the twigs just right, that's incredible. The leaves are wonderful too. The whole thing has such great motion. The flowers are gorgeous. David said it, the way you draw the eye to the focal cluster and then lead back and around through it is great. I love the depth, the way the focal cluster thrusts forward and the painting looks like I could just reach into it. Colors are glorious.

Pam, I like your crop. You've got a completely different mood on your leaves. More bitter cold and last hanging leaves, the kind of gray day in the autumn that says winter's coming soon. Something about yours makes me feel like it's cool and damp, one of those days when it's only just short of rain but not going to rain, but not windy. You managed to convey the weather beautifully. I love the strong values on the leaves and their shapes, those shadows are gorgeous.

Two beautiful renditions completely different in mood and feel. That's what I love about the Spotlight.

Ruthie57
11-23-2011, 10:56 AM
I've been away for the weekend and pretty busy this week up to now. What a treat to come back to some really rather wonderful paintings! The Spotlight is such a brilliant challenge, gives one something to work on when there is no other inspiration around and it's so good to see all the different styles of painting too!
I doubt I'll get another done this month but I'll be watching.....

DAK723
11-23-2011, 12:22 PM
Pam, Your leaf painting is excellent! If it's only a study, then your studies are better than my masterpieces!

Don

Colorix
11-23-2011, 01:53 PM
Don, do you do thumbnail galleries of the entries? if not, consider it a hint... :-)

spirothet
11-23-2011, 04:44 PM
Thai all!
I didn't expect such a reaction to my work! thank you so much!

Pam, beautiful painting of leaves. Imagine, there are seven more days left in this month! Still more great work possibilities.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day whether it's your holiday or not! We all have something to be thankful for!! Cali

robertsloan2
11-24-2011, 05:15 PM
Don, do you do thumbnail galleries of the entries? if not, consider it a hint... :-)

I second this idea! I'd love to see the thumbnail galleries with all the versions together. That's always so awesome.

DBfarmgirl
11-28-2011, 11:03 AM
Well I finally got a photo of my spotlight sketch. Not as finished as I'd like, but I'm almost out of November and the rest of the week isn't looking any better.
here it is- 9x12 colorfix.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Nov-2011/215035-spotlight_tree.jpg

Greenbrier33
11-28-2011, 11:27 AM
DBfarmgirl, very nice!

I like the warmth in the sky at the horizon...above the sea. It unifies the composition, pulling the tree and distant sky/horizon together. You also built a healthy temperature balance between the cool sea and the warmer grasses, tree, and lower sky.

The values are right; the tree stand is airy and light, with interesting colors along the trunks and in the cool shadows. Beautiful.

Colorix
11-28-2011, 01:09 PM
Farmgirl, love how you let the sky-colours be the shadow colours in grass and trees, it is lovely!

robertsloan2
11-28-2011, 01:30 PM
DB, that's beautiful! I love the colors and the way you got the lacy texture of the thin foliage - that's difficult and the way you did it is very powerful.

Greenbrier33
11-28-2011, 01:56 PM
Charlie,

I'm gonna take that quote and practice as a learning point - "sky-colours be the shadow colours".

I'm working on another pastel right now that is not coming together... believe that bringing the sky colors to shadows might help resolve some of the issues.

Colorix
11-28-2011, 04:24 PM
David, the sky-colour influences the shadow colours, especially were shadows are subjected to the secondary light of the sky. The shadow colours are different, also, in that they are usually darker, and may be more violet or green, but still related to blue (if sky is blue). Anyhow, it unifies a painting, like Sharon's, where there is also a bit of 'ground colour' in the lower sky.

DBfarmgirl
11-28-2011, 04:33 PM
wow guys, thanks!

I'm always learning something here- I have to thank Deborah for the sky/shadow thing. She gave me some advise on a post a while ago and it stuck. I try tying things together more because of her suggestion. It does seem to help.

DAK723
11-28-2011, 10:13 PM
DB, Very nice job on the tree painting! As others have mentioned, nice color harmonies! I also really like the gradation in the sky color!

Don

ncgirl
11-29-2011, 01:57 PM
Squeaking in with one more before the month ends! I combined two pictures to come up with this. C&C always welcome!

Sandra:cat:

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Greenbrier33
11-29-2011, 04:38 PM
Sandra,

November has 30 days, right! Plenty of time. Interesting and original--to combine 2 refs into 1. Well done. Glad you posted.

DAK723
11-30-2011, 12:07 AM
Sandra, Very nice! Glad you got adventurous and combined two of the refs!

Don

DAK723
11-30-2011, 12:13 AM
As requested, here are thumbnails of all of this month's Spotlight paintings! I sure hope I got them all and didn't miss any - I'm sorry if I did!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Nov-2011/82335-spotlight-1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Nov-2011/82335-spotlight-2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Nov-2011/82335-spotlight3.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Nov-2011/82335-spotlight4.jpg

Great paintings this month everybody!!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

Don

robertsloan2
11-30-2011, 04:05 AM
Sandra, I like your combination painting! Very cool to use the close-up branch as nearest ground on the autumn tree view! Beautiful.

Don, wow, thank you for the awesome thumbnail gallery. That's so great!

Ruthie57
11-30-2011, 04:43 AM
Wow! Great gallery Don! It's so good to see them all together! Those Pumpkins would make a great poster IMHO.
I hope we can do that each month, if it isn't too much work. If someone could remind me how to do it in Windows Paint I could even compile it.
Out of time now...see you all tomorrow for a new challenge!

mij
11-30-2011, 06:17 AM
The gallery looks terrific Don, thanks very much.:clap: :clap: :clap:
It is so nice to see all these thumbnails together.
jim

DBfarmgirl
11-30-2011, 07:19 AM
I really like seeing them all together. Thanks!

spirothet
11-30-2011, 08:07 AM
The gallery is fantastic. Seeing everything together is a work of art by itself. Cali

ncgirl
11-30-2011, 08:46 AM
Love the gallery too! Seeing the different styles and interpretations all together is an inspiration!

Judibelle
11-30-2011, 09:25 AM
Ditto! Ditto! Ditto!
Thanks so much for doing the gallery! Looks great!

Greenbrier33
11-30-2011, 01:17 PM
Don,

I uber-ditto all the comments above. I know that gallery took time; yet it's so, so cool. Thank you.

dave

Colorix
11-30-2011, 01:35 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Nov-2011/117343-jumpers.gif

Love the galleries! :heart:

It is really cool to see it all together like that, and no question about which refs were the most popular. :lol:

Wonderful work, everyone!

Thank you Don for doing the Spotlight and the galleries, it is a lot of work!

Turpintine45
11-30-2011, 10:01 PM
Don brilliant! It's great to see them altogether. Thank you so much!
Well done everybody!!!!