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Old 03-03-2018, 02:31 PM
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Slice o' citrus

Having fun experimenting and learning with pastels. LOVE them so far!

This is actually copied after someone else's oil painting...I saw it somewhere and snapped a pic with my phone. Don't know who to give the credit to. But I offer them my appreciation and I hope they don't mind helping me to learn!

I really enjoy layering bright colors. This time I knew to knock off dust as I went, thanks to great advice here, so it wasn't quite as messy as my first pastel attempt. C&C Welcome



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Old 03-03-2018, 03:36 PM
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Oh, oh! Pastels are highly addictive! This is nicely done. It's just a matter of layering. You didn't mention which paper you are using. If Canson Mi Tientes, there is a smooth side and a textured side. I find the smooth side easier to use. Don't forget that as a member, you have the use of our Reference Image Library. Members have contributed photos for others to use copyright free. It's just nice to mention the contributor if you post a painting created with their photo. Carry on! You look like you are having way too much fun.
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Old 03-03-2018, 04:58 PM
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Thanks, Karen!

I used Bee watercolor paper to do this, just because I had bought a 50 pack of the 6x9 sheets and I have found the small size and great price (at the time, at least) be one of the best things I have ever bought, art-wise. It gives me a sense of freedom, instead of being too afraid to squander expensive materials.

I'll look into the reference library. It sounds like a great resource, especially with no worries about copyrights, etc. The pic I had used for this painting isn't from WC, it was just some random place but can't remember where. Ah, the joys of middle age!
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Re: Slice o' citrus

Nice creation of light and shadow. Carry on; suspect youíre now hooked. 🙂
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Pastels are wonderful, for sure! A good step would be to borrow something out of the kitchen (just about anything will do)- light and paint it. This will help you see and learn like nothing else.
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Nice! I'm glad you're having fun so far. I like Ken's suggestion; there's nothing like learning to see from life. Maybe a lime next time?
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Old 03-05-2018, 10:23 AM
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Thank you Karen, Peggy, Ken and Donna. I can see more fruit and pastels in my future.
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Old 03-06-2018, 08:10 PM
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Very nice. I clicked on the Artist Network tab on top of WC page and this reference is on the first page. Itís a lesson on using large brushes in oil paints. There are step by step instructions so Iím sure the artist wanted people to try it.
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:30 PM
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Thanks Pam, you taught me something valuable about WC today! I had never clicked on those buttons above and had no idea about the ArtistsNetwork. As always, Wet Canvas continues to amaze me with the wealth of knowledge and resources.

It is great to know it was a teaching demo and the artist is Karen O'Neil and to see how she does the painting step by step. I had previously only seen the final painting, which had popped up on pinterest during a google search for something unrelated. Since I don't have a pinterest account, I couldn't get in to learn more, and had long forgotten any info about where the painting had come from.

I have lately been taking snapshots with my phone of small things to draw/paint, so that on my days off of work, when I take my mother-in-law to her many doctor appointments, I can try to squeeze in a little art while sitting in the endless waiting rooms.
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Re: Slice o' citrus

oooh this is so glowy, I love it!
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