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Paula Ford
01-01-2011, 07:16 PM
2010 PASTEL RETROSPECTIVE!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Your best of 2010!
This thread is dedicated to all of your hard work throughout the year, so let's showcase your best!

You may select up to TWO pastel paintings that you painted in 2010 and post them here in this thread. This thread is for soft pastels only.

Please write a description of why you believe these are your best or favorite paintings of 2010, and include the size of the painting and materials used.

Keep in mind these are finished paintings, so NO CRITIQUES PLEASE!

01-02-2011, 09:15 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2011/92313-75314_454757603358_673198358_5682144_869473_n.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2011/92313-cougar_015_2.jpg
These are two paintings I have done this year, Pastel on Velour, I dont know the exact sized but they are around A1, I hope to enter them into my local art club exhibition later on this year.
Chrissie:wave: :wave:

Paula Ford
01-02-2011, 01:36 PM
Chrissie, These are so gorgeous!!!

Here are my favorite paintings that I did in 2010:

2010 Paula Ann Ford, Dandilion Dance. Soft Pastels on Uart, 6 1/2" x 8 1/2"
It was such a simple little scene that I saw when stepping out my front door one early morning.


2010 Paula Ann Ford, In the Spotlight. Soft Pastels on Ampersand Pastelbord, 12"x12". The photo was from a recent trip I took to my favorite place in the world, Old Forge, NY, so the scene is very dear to my heart. The water started out much lighter, but there was just something wrong with the values, so I deepened the water in front and it worked.

This piece also made the Top 15% in the November BoldBrush Competition by Convoo :clap: :clap: :clap: There were over 700 entries!!!


01-02-2011, 02:36 PM
Thanks Paula for the nice comments on my work, yours are so lovely Iwould love to be able to do landscapes, but I dont understand perspective, I think I should maybe invest in some art classes!

01-02-2011, 07:57 PM
Oh wow! Chrissie, your cats are incredible. I love them both. I could reach right into the paintings and scritch them - okay, that's partly because you caught that lion cub and that tiger in good moods. They're happy cats. They look like they wouldn't mind some attention. Your tiger loves swimming, that's such a great expression!

Paula, wow! Dandelion Dance has such a happy feeling, it's playful. It's summer vacation on paper. The backlit tree sets off the dandelion clocks perfectly and ties everything together. I like the hints of turquoise in that wildly green foliage - that is the heart of summer vacation when it feels like winter will never come. Your autumn one is atmospheric too, it gives me a sharp chill and makes me smile, reminds me of some other pleasant moments. The water is great and it feels as if there's a sharp breeze in the painting. The frosty tree is gorgeous.

Let's see... my two best pastels of 2010 are two of my most recent pastels:

Autumn Ramble Revisited
8" x 11 1/2"
Unison pastels on dark brown Colourfix pastel paper.
Photo reference by Paula Ford for December Landscape Challenge 2010.

And the other one:
Flower Meadow
10" x 8"
Unison pastels on Canson mi-Tientes smooth side
Photo reference from December Spotlight Challenge, think it was from DAK723.
Yeesh, the scan of this doesn't begin to show how well this painting looks, the sky especially got washed out and lost all its pretty color gradations as well as value gradation.

01-03-2011, 06:05 AM
O Robert, my favourite is the flower medow that red is absolutley fab, I think you are giving me the insperation to give landscapes a go.

Gerri Mc
01-03-2011, 07:52 AM
Your paintings are just amazing, everyone! You all set a great standard to aim for. :clap:

This little one is my favourite from last year. Pastel pencils on La Carte, 4X5 approx! I have posted this one in the D&S retrospective too, hope that's OK.


01-03-2011, 08:25 AM
Wonderful paintings so far everyone!

Chrissie, your cats are beautifully done!

Paula, well, you know I love your work! Words can't really describe how great they are!

Robert, While both of these are nice, "Autumn Ramble Revisited" is really special. The color scheme is totally awesome! And while I'd like to take credit for the photo of "Flower Meadow," the image is from the reference library - photo by Chia.

Gerri, Wonderful close up! Great detail!


01-03-2011, 10:04 AM
Fantastic work already! Well done all.

It was hard for me to choose my best of 2010, not because I have so many good ones but because I have so many which are neeeearly there, but not quite IMO.

Anyway, I think the portrait of my Husband John is still my best portrait and the Ballerina below I really like. I've chosen these because, before 2010, I had hardly done any portraits and no figures so they remind me I have come a long way in a year.



01-03-2011, 11:25 AM
wow Ruthie, they are beautiful.

Winny Kerr
01-03-2011, 11:31 AM

Here is my favorite....I used it for our 2010 Christmas card. I have to give credit to Eric Valentine, who allowed me to use his beautiful photo as my reference. I am not too happy with the water and need to do something about that before I frame it. I'll take a lesson from you Paula as I love the water in your 2nd painting...LOL

01-03-2011, 11:43 AM
Here are my favourites. It wasn't very hard to choose since I've only done three all in all. //Yvonne


01-03-2011, 12:17 PM
Ooohh...this is already an awesome thread; everyone's entries are wonderful! It's easy to see why they were chosen :).

I had a handful of favorites out of the 100+ pastel paintings I did last year, and here are two:

Winter Stream
~7.5 x 11 inches #400-grit sandpaper

Based on a photo I took last winter south of Flagstaff, AZ in late afternoon, this scene epitomizes the one thing I love about winter: the stillness and peacefulness of the land covered with snow, and the shadows cast by late afternoon winter sun.

Monkey - A Portrait
12x18 on Strathmore 500-series paper

I did this as a birthday present for my sister, shortly after she had to have Monkey, her boxer, put to sleep. When I spent last winter in Bisbee with my sister, Monkey accompanied me on many of my hikes and photo shoots out in the desert and mountains. So, the painting has sentimental value for me as well. Plus, it showed me that I can do subjects other than landscapes. [sorry for the small size; the image uploader wouldn't resize my original, so this is pulled off of my blog]

01-03-2011, 12:30 PM
Beautiful paintings, everyone. I always enjoy seeing what paintings meant the most to all the artists. We all have our own reasons for our favorite paintings.

My first painting in from a WDE. The reference photo was from the area I once lived in and I felt an immediate connection to the scene. The second painting was from a Spotlight. My eighteen year old daughter loves frogs so I painted it for her.

Fraser Valley Rainbow 7 X 5


Wart's Up? 10 x 8



01-03-2011, 01:21 PM
9x10, pastelmat, Girault.

Because it said just what I wanted to say, no more, no less.


Tracy Lang
01-03-2011, 10:05 PM
What a fun thread...it's wonderful to revisit some of the great work that has been posted in 2010!

Deconstructing Charley: Starting to head in a direction that fascinates me. A spontaneous, happy painting...exploring shapes and colors.


Gaucho Girl: This poor girl almost didn't make it off the easel at one point...really a disaster :) but, I worked through the awfulness and she ended up winning an award.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jan-2011/75377-GauchoGirlWC.jpg


Deborah Secor
01-03-2011, 11:49 PM
Strong, diverse, fascinating paintings showing in here already! Frogs and dogs and flowers and kids and faces and places, dancers and eyes and dog-tags and cats... Oh my!

8x8", Wallis, 'Complexity'.
I'm pleased with the simplicity of the stroke that I think conveys the complexity of the image.

6x12", Wallis, 'Cedars'.
Mmm, I guess I like the color contrasts in this one. Fun!

Kathryn Wilson
01-04-2011, 07:43 AM
This is always a fun thread and this one is proving that statement ... I love seeing all your hard work. Here are my two:

This one has a personal meaning for me and my thoughts are being directed towards other similar paintings for a series:


I chose this next one because it was a fun painting to do and it did well in shows:


01-04-2011, 09:09 AM
Wow, so many beautiful and diverse paintings. . . this was such a fun thread to look though. . . BRAVO to everyone on your 2010 pastel efforts. They are gorgeous.

And this thread made me realize just how FEW pastels I have done this year. My favorite that I have done remains the chihuahua from last year and have not done any dogs since that in softies. Asking myself now, why not!? Only answer I have is that I did do quite a few oil pastels of dogs and even a few watercolors this year so at least I did SOMETHING :o

Sooo basically I have only done/completed FOUR soft pastel paintings this whole year and two of them were begun in workshops, so that means there are ONLY two soft pastels that I actually did all from scratch this year and so those are the ones I will share here I reckon. And this coming year I will definitely bring out the softies more.



01-04-2011, 10:00 AM
Wow! So many different styles and subjects, all of them gorgeous! Don, thank you for correcting my credit to the photographer of Flower Meadow.

Deborah, Complexity just shimmers. It's wonderful.

Rainy, your fruits are great. I didn't see that one and like it a lot. Hope you do come back to softies more in 2011! Good portrait too, just like the fruits so much. Nice shine on those strawberries!

Merethe T
01-04-2011, 12:44 PM
I always look forward to this thread, so much fun to see everybody's favorites! Such gorgeous work presented already - wonderful work from all!
(I'd like to comment on each one, but I'll restrain myself for now... ;))

Here's my personal favorites from 2010, for different reasons. Looking through my work I realized I didn't paint much last year, guess a
New Years resolution is in order...


Became a favorite as I used a different technique than I'm used to, and it made me experiment more on other paintings. It also made it to the
Best of Wet Canvas 2010 competition - which was nice. :)


I have never spent that much time on any painting before - and enjoyed it every step of the way...it's just one of those who seemed to flow,
a lot of work and a lot of fun!

01-04-2011, 01:52 PM
a good year for pastels looking at the thread....I worked a lot in oils this year on landscape, but I did a few pastels...this one was accepted into the International Association of Pastel Societies show, a very big surprise to me. It's my favorite pastel from this year.

Coming Home : Portrait of Tuddy 11x24

Second is a more experimental work that won best of media in a local show
his name is Arnold and he truly is a beautiful turkey vulture who cannot fly and lives at The Bird Rescue center here in Santa Rosa, I had no idea they were so iridescent up close. I felt a kinship with the ancient artists of Lascaux painting this and wanted to show how beautiful this sometimes trashed bird is.

Ancient One.....12x18


01-04-2011, 04:49 PM
It is such a treat to see everyone's favorites for the year. I remember most of them from the Pastel Gallery, and it's easy to see why they are ending up in this thread - this is all very beautiful work!

The first one I'm posting is called "Vineyard Glow". I guess the reason it is one of my favorites is because it was one of those rare ocassions when it felt like it painted itself. I had no plan, yet I guess the painting did, and when it thought I was done, I stopped. I cannot explain how that happened, it just did, and it doesn't happen very often (unfortuneately :lol: ).

The second one is a commission I recently finished of a little girl. Her name is Chloe, and the reason I picked this one is because I hadn't done a full-fledged pastel portrait in some time (meaning, one not done in a workshop in an hour), and I was pleased with the result. The client was also, so that's even more reason to put it in with my favorites.


01-04-2011, 06:18 PM
Absolutely amazing work in this thread! I'm seeing most of it for the first time, as I hadn't visited WC in 2010 until December. I want to comment on each image individually, because I am blown away! But I'll restrain myself.

This is my favorite of 2010. My boyfriend spied these bottles on a high shelf at a flea market/ antiques mall this summer and boosted me up so I could take a couple of quick shots with my cell phone. It's a favorite because of the serendipitous way I discovered the subject and because it got me started on a whole new obsession with "found" still life. I went back and bought that rgeen bottle and I'll be painting it again, I'm sure.

This one was probably the most fun to paint. It took me about 2 hours and I think I smiled the whole time!

Paula Ford
01-04-2011, 08:57 PM
OMGosh, such beautiful work everybody!! WOW!!

01-05-2011, 05:55 AM
Merethe, you did the Forks? I love it! I loved it when I looked at the competition. I voted for you! That was just awesome! Wonderful accuracy, complexity and shine. That's not just playing with showoffy silver, that's going nuts with tines and reflections. Cool other still life too but those pears and forks made me grin.

Colleen, Tuddy is amazing. I love the way you have him approaching on the hunt, a serious cat in action. He looks powerful and beautiful, a reminder these are the tigers you can caress. Gorgeous ancient one too, don't know the species of vulture but I'm sure a birder would recognize it.

Chris, great vineyard! It's a rush when a painting does that, just paints itself. I love it when that happens. Great portrait of the child too.

Kim, your teacup is just fun - what a natural point of view to look at it! I love the green bottle in the stained glass window, the light in that one's glorious.

Everyone's doing such amazing paintings I'm starting to feel embarrassed about posting mine into this thread. But that's all right. I'll look back in 2012 and have better pastel paintings then!

01-05-2011, 09:12 AM
Oh Robert, your work is wonderful! I love your painterly quality, and your drawing skills are superb! I hope you post here, I'm sure everyone will enjoy seeing them! Even your fantastic sketches are finished pieces, your drawing skills are just so excellent!:D

01-05-2011, 11:35 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap: Oh my. I'm going to eat some humble pie right now! This is the most amazing collection of art I have seen on our threads in a very long time.

How did I miss so many gems throughout the year and yet some are like visiting old friends.

I'm honored to be in this group and look forward to posting up a few of my own pieces.

I can't even pick my favorites - but I'm sure going to be back to look at this frequently to see what has been posted and see what I need to learn from all of you.


Lisa M
01-05-2011, 12:19 PM
What a testament to the virtues of pastels--and to creativity!! Wow!!

Ruthie, your husband is sooo handsome!:) Who wouldn't want to wake up to that smile every day? You make a gorgeous couple.

Paula, the dandelions might be one of my faves of yours; I love how you did them, so soft and carefully rendered.

The loosely styled puppy, the still lifes, wow!! I'll be looking at all of these many times over.

I'll share a couple of pastels for the year--I only did about 5 or 6 of them! I have another fave that I forgot to photograph before giving it away.

These are "Bull Britches" from a monthly challenge in the Southwest forum, and "Kitty" from my holiday break painting. Both are new subjects for me. I didn't have a lot of growth in my pastel work this year, but I have developed a much more careful and attentive eye overall.

Thanks for sharing, everyone!



Donna T
01-05-2011, 04:40 PM
What a great thread; thanks Paula. It is wonderful to see some of these beautiful paintings again and to see new ones that I missed! The only painting in my immediate future will be with interior latex enamel: flat for walls and semi-gloss for trim. :rolleyes: Keep up the inspiring work everyone!

This is the one that means the most to me from last year. "Far from Home" 14x17

01-05-2011, 07:57 PM
Donna, "Far from Home" is so powerful. I love his expression. He's so young and so lost in thought for a moment, obviously far away with his loved ones. Great composition. I like the softened figure in the background too. This is one of the most emotional paintings I've seen.

Lisa - Kitty is sweet! First thing I noticed scrolling down the thread - what a great cat! I don't know Kitty personally so don't know how close you got the likeness, but Kitty seems absolutely true and real. I love that expression. Bright-eyed, ears up, looking off with interest, Kitty is a happy cat. Love that big muzzle, Kitty looks masculine and big. Beautiful handling of the shadows on white and the highlights on black. Black animals and white animals are the hardest to paint, in this cat you've handled both beautifully. Love that little slightly shining nose, reminds me of my Ari!

Bull Britches is wonderful too. Well painted. That one could win some awards. Not as personal a subject to me as cats but so well painted that it draws me in and gets me interested in the story. Excellent.

Chris, I did post here. I put a couple of landscapes on the first page. Ironically "Autumn Ramble" has been reworked again but I'm not sure if I should post the newest versions since they're now coming into January.

Maybe it says something good about me as an artist that the best pastels I did in 2010 are the most recent pastels I did in 2010! Glad that I'm growing!

01-05-2011, 09:30 PM

Yes, I found them after I posted. You posted before me, and there are so many now, that I'm easily confused :o . My daughter calls it OLS (Old Lady Syndrome, and I'm not that old :lol: ). I especially like Flower Meadow, the colors you used are georgous, and it's so painterly, really beautiful!

I'm gonna have to use all my knowledge from now on, I can't be missing things like this again, it's too embarassing!

01-05-2011, 10:36 PM
Wow, the incredibly high quality of the paintings posted here is amazing! It is a tough act to follow, but I'll bring the quality level down a bit :wink2: and post my two favorites for 2010. I only did a handful of paintings in 2010 - and only 4 were from my own references. And while I used to use a lot of references from other sources when I was younger, I have increasingly found a much greater connection to the final painting when the reference is mine.

Autumn Tree on Uart paper, 12" x 9". Originally presented in an early Spotlight (the one on wet underpainting) and revised somewhat since then.


Sunflowers in a Vase On Pastelmat, approx. 15" x 11". From the Spotlight on Flowers.


Obviously no one here knew me until a few years ago, but I can assure that I used to be known as "monochromatic Don!" So for me to be using this type of bold color is definitely a breakthrough of sorts.


01-06-2011, 11:12 AM
I can't even pick my favorites - but I'm sure going to be back to look at this frequently to see what has been posted and see what I need to learn from all of you.


Ditto, WOW is right! Deborah, your "Cedars" is one of my all time favorites, but ALL of these are just wonderful, and inspiring!

01-06-2011, 01:14 PM
Don, these are great! I remember those two Spotlight challenges. Your orange tree is wonderful, I love the way you handled its brilliant color against the sky and the foliage masses. Good Sunflowers too. I like the way the flowers grab all the attention and the vase looks so natural and clear even though you softened it a little to push attention back up to the flowers.

01-06-2011, 04:22 PM
Awsome works! :clap:

I didn't paint so many last year, too much happening, and I also spent most of the summer doing PA (none showable, but will be good for studio ref). I made only two still-lifes, as I'm still on the quest of conquering landscapes. Still-lifes are my first love, though. This one is a flirt with oriental looking objects, without trying an oriental style. Stone for Japanese stone gardens, for example. (And you who know Chinese, what on earth have I written on the table-cloth? :) )

Orchid and Chopsticks

Here's one that started as a plein air, with lots of people walking behind me, stopping and looking, but I was oblivious. (My husband told me I had had quite a crowd.) Then I made the studio-version below, but the PA I'd put by it in my Open Studio sold... go figure. (PA was tiny, just a quarter of the studio version.) The statue is Hebe, who poured wine for the Greek gods, before they gave the job to a boy (Ganymede). I chose this one out of 4 other favo candidates for this thread, as it truly represents the colours I saw on this bright summer day, and as I just have a special feeling for it, maybe the gracious statue is what makes it? Also because I re-arranged the background quite a lot, it was basically a straight mass of trees with no visible sky. I feel the patch of sky opened it up and let the air and light in.

Hebe (sorry for it being so blurry)


01-06-2011, 11:51 PM
Charlie, Absolutely gorgeous pieces! The wood bowl and chopsticks in the 1st are phenomenal. The light, shadow, highlights, reflected light are all incredibly observed and rendered! The second piece has so many wonderful things happening, but the statue steals the show. Again, your ability to see and portray the many facets of the light/shadow/reflected light are stunning!


the drover's dog
01-07-2011, 02:53 AM
I'm so enjoying this retrospective and it's interesting to see what each artist considers their "best" for the previous year.

There is really is some stunning work in this thread.

Congrats to everyone and I look forward to seeing many more. Ashamed to admit that I only finished five paintings for the whole year......well, almost finished!


01-07-2011, 07:31 AM
chrsalg Two strokable felines, good as they look, I'll resist the temptation! Well done!

Paula Ford Two lovely pictures that showcase your enviable reputation for painting trees and landscapes, beautifully done!

robertsloan2 Your palettes are a feast for the eyes -both so different, but appropriately applied, you should be proud of these. Lovely pictures.

- Gerri Mc I love this one too, so subtle, yet so expressive...beautifully done!

- Ruthie57 Such a distinctive portrait of John, and an absolutely beautiful ballerina - wonderful work, the sort we've come to expect from you.

- Winny Kerr A lovely landscape indeed, no wonder you used it for your Christmas card.

- Fata_Morgana You may only have done three, but this is an occasion that says quality rather than quantity! Well painted!

- SonyaJ Your landscape shows the cold stillness of snow-covered countryside, in contrast to the lively picture of that gorgeous dog...well painted duo!

- Dougwas Both joyful paintings - the first shows a gloriously colourful landscape that lifts the spirits, the second a green frog that makes one smile...well done indeed!

chuas2 A thought provoking tribute -beautifully painted with passion.

- Tracy LangYour pictures share a common theme, both are a delight to look at, yet both so different...a veritable feast of colour and style, beautifully painted.

- Deborah Secor What can I say that hasn't already been said? I can feel the sun...and the wind, when I look at your wonderful paintings! Well done!

- Kathryn Wilson Both your pictures invite one in- one to take up your hospitality, the other to drink in the view - both beautifully painted.

- RainySea Although you only did a few pastels this year, you were left with two good choices for this retrospective! The portrait is very expressive, and the fruit colourful and juicy!

Merethe T What can I say...these are both masterful both in composition and execution...well painted!

- winecountryBoth of these show a high degree of skill in all areas, composition, palette and technique....beautifully painted indeed!

allydoodle I like the landscape very much, but adore the way you painted that little girl. You have a definite way with portraits!

- OrchidaceaComposition, colour, clarity & clever competence...you show them all...well done indeed!

- Lisa M Your keen eye for observation continues to develop, as well as your rand of well chosen subjects...and you make a good job of executing them too! Well done!

- Donna T The most memorable picture of last year for many of us...outstanding work...well done!

DAK723 Your Autumn tree is excellent, surface looks warm yet we know it's getting colder! In contrast to those sunny sunflowers, whose radiance can outshine most!

- Colorix Your colourful renditions are so well known to us, indeed it is your signature. Both of these show the warmth of summer and the heat of the day...so well done!

01-07-2011, 12:14 PM
Thank you, Deirdre, the still-life was painted in winter. :) Indoors, halogen light.

Don, thank you! (comment on yours below)

Chrissie, Fantastic fur!

Paula, Beautiful, I love the dandelion one, amazing how some of the best subjects are right in the backyard!

Robert, Can see why you chose these out of many (many!) good ones, they're showing you taking an artistic leap. They made you sweat, so to speak, and the result is lovely!

Gerri, This a very special one, and you caught the loveliness (the danger of a glare being successfully avoided)!

Ruthie, No Swan? I'd've thunk... These are great, both of them, and I've oh-ah:d over them in profusion before.

Winny, What a lovely painting/card!

Yvonne, Wow, the tulips are fantastic! The glass one is a leap forward for you, love it.

Sonya Wonderful snow, with the creek as a great eyecatcher. And the noble Monkey is just fab!

Doug, Love how you let the flowers in the landscape really zing with colour, and wee Kermit is so adorable, great greens!

Chuas, This one eludes an 'alien', I'm guessing it is one of those military tags? If so, it seems this is highly personal and heroic. Beautifully painted, restrained, and emotionally loaded.

Tracy, Love the exuberance of both, and how well the 'deconstruct' works!

Deborah, Complexity shows so wonderfully how a seemingly simple motif is packed with -- right, complexity! The bowing cedars is just ice-cream yummy!

Kathryn Two chairs, one glass? May I bring a glass and join you? Evocative. The landscape, love it! (And people think my colours are bright...) Really really love it!

Rainy, You've been active with more than pastels! Love your colours!

Merethe It could only have been you, in the WC Best of! Both are wonderful, and I've said so before.

Colleen, The cat is adorable, great grass, everything, but Arnold has been a favo since you first showed it, Arnold is fantastic!

Chris Great light in the landscape, and the little girl, wow!

Kim, Like Merethe's, it is hard to believe these are pastels! You both are highly skilled pastellists! The bottles, what a complex and beautiful pic, great you have a husband who can lift you to greater hights!

Lisa, Amazing eyes in the cat, and I just love the boy showing he's gonna master the critter behind the fence, great story.

Donna T, Oh, yes, this very special one, Donna. Full of soul.

Don, Really wonderful to see Mr Monochromatic this smashingly colourful! The observation of all the nuances in the tree foliage is wonderful, and sunflowers! who can't help but adore them, and this one is so lovely! Colour suits you!

01-07-2011, 12:50 PM
Charlie, these are both so breathtaking I want to devote an entire wing of an art museum to Charlotte Herczfeld someday. No, I'm not kidding, I'm just not rich enough to do it yet. Your still life is incredible. It's also the one that got juried into the IAPS show, isn't it? As for Hebe... oh wow. I want to be there, in that light, feel that joy. It's wonderful.

Dot Hoffman
01-08-2011, 01:01 PM
So many wonderful paintings, I'm almost (but not quite) hesitant to post mine, since I didn't paint as much as I would have liked in 2010. Nevertheless, here they are. The first one is in the Jemez Mountains in New Mexico.
And here is a white iris from my garden.

01-08-2011, 01:41 PM
I have no hesitation in saying it's a beautiful Iris Dot...and a wonderful treescape!!

01-19-2011, 03:02 PM
Dot, fine paintings, it is clear why you chose them!

01-25-2011, 10:20 PM
So many gorgeous works here!... just like a walk in a beautiful garden of art!
Not easy choice to make... what are my favorites for 2010... perhaps after all it will be those 2.

First one is on La Carte, about 8,5 x 11"
and the second one on Ampersand 12 x 12"



Paula Ford
01-26-2011, 11:13 AM
Both are stunning pieces Tatiana!!

Isaac M.M.
01-30-2011, 06:03 AM
it was not difficult to chose, since is my first and only pastel up to date :D but it's my purpose to do many more this year.

The Al-Bahr mosque in Israel, and the Andromeda's rock in the sea.
Rembrandt pastel on Fabriano Ingres 90gsm, 24x32 cm2.

Comments or to see the making of, in the original link here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781141).


02-10-2011, 09:29 AM
Better late than never!
A couple not shown yet.
Both on grey Wallis with a variety of sticks. Mostly Rembrandt.



Thank you for the thread!!

John Palmer Fine Art
02-10-2011, 10:10 AM
Only just noticed this thread, what a treat to see all of the wonderful work in one place! These two are probably my favourites because in their own way they tested me more than most other paintings have.
Arnie - 12" x 10" Stonehenge and pitt pastel pencils

Chevy - 30cm x 40cm pastelmat and pitts, polys. & Rembrandts.

Hope more artists join in this thread!

Best wishes, John

02-12-2011, 10:42 AM
Wow, yeah, that Chevy painting is just as impressive seeing it for the second time. Wonderful portrait of my former Governor (er..no comments, I didn't vote for him).

02-12-2011, 11:57 AM
John, wow. Did you know pastels were considered a medium for women, as it "is best suited for portraying delicate complexions"? If the guy who said it was alive, I'd love to show these two to him! Very kind of you to not name Arnold as The Governor... :-) Gorgeous car.

Pirjo, beautiful, my favo is the garlics, really wonderful colours and shapes in it!

Isaac, an easy choise, lovely.

Tatiana, beautiful paintings.

02-14-2011, 04:11 AM
I did very little soft pastel paintings in 2010, so this would be my best pick:



I really hope Iwill do more pastel paintings this year...:D

02-14-2011, 12:32 PM
Igor, Pirjo, Isaac, John - Lot's of beautiful work here! Thanks for posting!


02-28-2011, 08:48 PM
Embarassingly late to this thread.

What amazing work on show here......makes me realise how very far I still have to go.....been struggling with a few recently......

but a couple of works I was really pleased with - both grand-daughters of forum friends...... the first painted in November - my first pastel portrait


the second in December


Since then I have done little and taken 20 steps back..... :(

I hope to have something worthy to post in the forum before 2011 is out :crossfingers:

Little Mary
03-03-2011, 09:31 PM
These are beautiful pictures here.

03-05-2011, 11:19 PM
To everyone that contributed to the retrospective 2010 ---WOW! THEY ARE ALL GREAT.I am looking forward to this years work.Have a great year painting Cosmos05:thumbsup: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Mar-2011/912272-DSCN0703.JPG

John B
04-10-2011, 11:17 AM

A little late to the show but here goes.

This first painting means a lot to me because it was painted to raise funds for a children's Hospice. It raised over 500 and the winner exceeded to my wishes and donated the painting to the Hospice. I signed over copyright on the painting so that the Hospice was able to generate further fund by selling prints.


'Teddy Loving Care'

This second painting was special because it is a portrait of a close friend and fellow artist, that I often exhibit with, who likes to dress in fetish clothing. She asked me to paint her in one of her less spectacular outfits. She was very pleased with the painting and has it hanging in her studio.

When she first saw the painting she wondered where the red panties had come from? But i felt the red gave focus to the painting.:)



Happy painting all.


04-18-2011, 05:47 PM
Just got around to adding my two to all these wonderful works.
I felt these are my best because I actually got a likeness in both AND my children agreed so I feel I am finally making progress!
Both wallis paper with various pastels and pastel pencils.



04-18-2011, 07:50 PM
Beautiful work Jen! I can see why they are two of your best, georgous!

10-01-2011, 09:59 PM
I am only posting one since I only started painting in November! This is only my second painting of any kind.
this is "Eye To The Hole"
velour paper and pastel pencils and assorted softies


10-15-2011, 12:59 PM
Great thread! I see many of my favorite artists have already posted. I'm getting around to it, finally, in October of 2011. :D

I liked the truck because it reminds me of a great plein air painting trip to New England. This old guy rests at peace in a garage near Manchester.


This painting is my 2nd favorite because I like to paint with intense hues with strong, contrasting colors. Not everything in life is "earth tone".


01-07-2012, 04:50 PM
Amazing work everybody!!!

Elijah, pastel pencils on Fabriano. I have worked and struggled so much on this portrait and I got good feedback on what I thought it was a bad work, that I have real loving feelings to this work.


And the rose. As I was working with the paste pencils I was discovering this addictive medium and feeling a kind of energy .... it was a pleassure and a struggle ( always) to do it.




01-08-2012, 05:10 AM
I've just been looking through this thread again.....thenks Dave and Luicre for reminding me of it!
I wonder if we will have a 2011 Pastel Retrospective?

01-08-2012, 06:55 AM
Yes, we will have a 2011 retrospective...coming soon....Good job we didn't start it sooner or it might not be there now eh?:evil: :lol:

01-08-2012, 07:05 AM
Yes Deirdre, someone must have guessed......Thanks, I'll look forward to it :thumbsup:

01-08-2012, 10:50 AM
Oops! I made a mistake! I was in a hurry and I thought it was 2011 retrospective `s thread! ....Or I thought that last year was 2010.....aging it`s not easy......

Plase Deirdre, those works are from 2011, I think they should deleted and I will repost them when you open the 2011 `s thread.



No problem Luicre...the new one will be up soon!

02-02-2012, 01:06 PM
2011 thread is up now!