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Old 12-17-2006, 02:31 PM
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First attempt at pastels

Yup, this is my first attempt at using pastels. I'm not very happy with this piece, but I see some promise to work from. Please let me know what you like or don't like, all advice helps.

This piece is 24" x 17" on strathmoore charcoal paper.
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Old 12-17-2006, 03:30 PM
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this is your 1st attempt at pastels?! wow! i really like
how loose it is and that's quite a size to start with
(i'm not as courageous when trying a new medium -hehe)
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Old 12-17-2006, 03:36 PM
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hi Randy and congratulations on an excellent first post.
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wonderful, loose markmaking and nice composition. Love the energy and movement.
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Old 12-17-2006, 04:31 PM
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Re: First attempt at pastels

Hi,

I cannot of course abstract myself from my preferences when I critique a work. And my preferences go for classical realism. I like Vermeer, Raphael, Caravaggio, Tiziano and alikes. Which as you are thinking by now, have nothing to do with the kind of work presented.
But that doesn't mean that I am one of those who think that only a style or medium is the best. To me all the mediums and styles are good. It's what one does with them that counts.
But lets stick to your work.
It's noticeable that you have drawing experience. You have some good perspective, the composition is pleasant and there's an overall homonegeneous style through all the work.
What use you give to pastels i.e. the style that you pursue, is up to you.
The more you practice the better you'll know the medium and it's possiblities, getting closer to your objectives.

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The composition is right on. Your modeling of the mushroom caps are coming along very nicely. A bit more pastel on the forground would finish it off. I do like how you can see the marks from your pastel sticks from your drawing. I believe that you are going to really like the pastel medium. Try a sanded paper and see how you like that. It will be a totally different experience than with a plain paper. Good luck and welcome.
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Re: First attempt at pastels

Wow, I'm floored! Thanks all for the very flattering comments.

I wanted to try pastel for a couple of reasons. It seems when I go to shows and galleries I tend to like the pastel pieces more and more. Also, I have been working in charcoal and conte crayon for a while now and the comments I seem to be hearing is, you should try color. So I thought I would give pastels a try. It has only been one piece so far, but I like the medium. I used to oil paint a number of years ago so I have some understanding of color.

Thanks again to everyone, I really appreciate the kind words. I have started setting up a still life for my next pastel piece.
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Hi Randy and welcome. I really like your painting. Your style is loose and fresh with lots of energy, love it!
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