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Old 05-21-2019, 12:36 PM
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Queen Elizabeth Park – January

Hope this one has enough landscape content to qualify here. One of my son and his wife the day before they go married.
I’ve been putting off doing it for ages, and have left it to the very last minuite to do.
I was using a lot of the Unison pastels up, so I switched to the Rembrants to block in the scene and finished off with the Unison - and a few pastel pencils for the details.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:05 PM
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I have found this type of portraiture to be very difficult because the heads are so small. Because you are doing specific people, it is still important to achieve a likeness. I appreciate that you are taking on this challenge.
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Park – January

Arnie: Very well done! I love the foliage and the leaves on the ground. Beautiful job - maybe tone down her jacket a bit? On my monitor, the highlights appears very bright
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Park – January

Arnie, very good work! not an easy subject. There is a good sense of movement in the way they are walking which is not easy to do. I like the bright jacket but my monitor is maybe not showing it as being too bright. If anything I would define their mouths a bit more, maybe use a pastel pencil to add a touch of colour to their lips, especially in the woman.
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Arnie - Great job on both the figures & surrounding woodland - Must look great on such a large format - The facial expressions are well portrayed indeed - Super !

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Re: Queen Elizabeth Park – January

What a lovely momento Arnie! I have never painted figures before but they look good to me! They have a sense of movement. I think the background is beautiful, with the muted purples against the fallen leaves. It has a real autumnal feel. Super!
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Park – January

oldnmartin: thanks. this one was a big challenge. I aimed to get the shapes of the figures to be recognizable from a distance - and worked with the face area I was left with to get more recognition with key features.
CalliAnn: thanks. Some of those marks are a little annoying.
Caroline: thanks. I deliberately left the outline rough to give it some movement - pleased you noticed. Will get my ref photo out and see about touching up the mouths - the mearest speck will make all the difference.
Michael: thanks. My first on 40x30 pastelmat - 11 more to go!
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Park – January

Nicely done, Arnie! As always, your delicate foliage is beautifully handled. The figures seem to share the same overcast light so they look natural in that subdued environment. Have you tried Jack Richeson pastels? They look like Unisons to me but I don't know if they are similar or not in other ways. It's very tempting to buy a set but I'd like to know what another pastelist thinks.
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Thanks BizziBee and Donna - much appreciated.
Donna: I haven't heard of Jack Richeson pastels. I got a set of sennelier sticks for my birthday recently, to compliment the 1/2 sticks I already had, so it will be a while before I'm looking to try another brand.
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Park – January

Arnie, you have done a super job on this and pastels for landscapes can be tricky to accomplish. Nice job ....it really draws me into the scene.
I would love to see some subtle tree shadows across the pathway as well as some cast shadows off of the people grounding them a little more. Great piece and love the palette you have used!!
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Thanks for your comment and suggestions John - much appreciated.
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Park – January

Nice feeling of an off season walk. Nature’s beauty is often most accessible in quiet moments like this. This has a wonderful mood. Gary
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Thanks for your comment Gary - much appreciated.
I've reworked the mouths as suggested - thanks Caroline.
This painting has now been framed, and after surviving the flight to Seoul in a suitcase, is hanging in their apartment in Suwon.
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Looks really lovely, it is finished and you sound happy with it Arnie. So glad it survived the journey and is now settled in the home of your son and his wife. I am sure they are delighted with it.
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Re: Queen Elizabeth Park – January

Thanks Caroline - I had 2 1/2 years to get his done, but left it to the last week, so it had to be done very quickly. I think the extra pressure and urgency has improved it, and its a reasonable likeness so I feel .
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