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Old 03-01-2003, 09:07 PM
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Strawberries, Grapes and Apple - Pastel

Hi, this is my first posting to this forum..... erm and Im feeling rather intimidated from the works Ive viewed , such great works in here....... I normally hide out in the Pastel forum, but genuinely would like some feed back, comments or advise

.... this is Black Canson .... 8.5" x 11" .... Nupastels

... thanks for looking

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Old 03-02-2003, 12:03 PM
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Hi Dark,
Thank you for your reply to my pearls painting!
First, let me say that you handle pastels beautifully, and you have mastered form, color and light. The most delicious part of this, to me, is that apple.

I have just a couple of suggestions for you and they apply to the overall design more than to the technique. WC member Henrik did this for me a while back and it was a big help, so I'll pass it on...

Consider the shape of the whole arrangement. Here's yours. It's kind of hard to tell just what it is. Sort of a blob in the middle of the page Henrik called mine a "splat!"

Rearranging things just a little, so that there's some space between them, and a more interesting "footprint" ... the objects are identifiable and the whole shape relates more to the page...

Now you can play with the light and shadow, let the light make a "path" that leads you into the arrangement, to the area of interest, into the background and back again...

Hope this helps!
Comments, critiques, and questions welcome, and thanks for looking!
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Old 03-02-2003, 12:08 PM
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Ruth you're two steps ahead of me but you explained it better then I could I have to agree with everything ruth said, including how you handle the pastels...luscious in that regard.
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Old 03-02-2003, 12:24 PM
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Oh Wow ....... thank you Ruth...... that is Excellent!!! ..... yup definately a blob I had there lol ....* had a giggle at the splat too ..... this will definately be invaluable to me in the future ... Ha! and food for thought ... will try to set things out differently...... wish I had the fruits still, would love to try out that set up you have done ...... off to the market next week then

.... thank you to Arlene

...... many thanks to you both for your comments and help .... is really appreciated
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Old 03-04-2003, 09:31 PM
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Dawn, you already know how much I like this piece and your pastel work!

Ruth, that is fabulous advice and you've shown it so well. This thread, although short, should really go into the Hall of Fame, so please, those who see it and find it deserving, rate the thread at the bottom of the page!

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Great advice!!! and lovely rendering Dawn!!!

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Old 03-08-2003, 01:35 AM
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Amazing Ruth
I like how you render too Dawn. Will you be doing it again? Lets know if you do cos I'd love to see it.
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Great work Ruth...It's lovely!

Thanks for sharing that interesting advice Ruth, I am just learning pastels...but this applicable to all art forms.
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