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There's very real improvment in your series, well done. In these last three, Madelaine is placed perfectly in the scene. The last is beautiful with the yellow light contrasting beautifully with the coolness of the scene.
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Thank you Christel and Sarah. I'm so pleased you see improvement, that means a lot! Number 13 will probably have you retracting that thought.

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#13 Madelaine and the multicolored bushes.

This effort and experiment on scraping back was based on a wonderful painting by Susan Heideman, Staghorn Forest #2, as shown in the book, Oil Pastel, by Kenneth Leslie.

Things I would do differently next time: place Madelaine more to the left, place the first colors more randomly and avoid the bars, use more black ....




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I am really enjoying your series, Mary. They have all been good, but the last several have been extra good! I'm enjoying this one, your #13, too. The scraping back looks great, and gives more dimension to the painting. Love the black, too.

I have a copy of Leslie's book - I'll have to go look up your reference. It's been a while since I've looked through the book, but I recall it being full of great artists as well as information.
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Lovely Mary!
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Terrific experiment with lovely results!
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Thank you, Terri, Christel and Sarah!

Leslie certainly wrote an excellent reference didn't he? There isn't an over abundance of oil pastel books so they are all special!

Next up are two more efforts, done while spending four days with a family member in hospital, who underwent hip replacement surgery. It was very easy to throw a small box of oil pastels in my bag along with a few pieces of paper, pencil, and eraser. No fuss, no muss, and light weight!

#14. Madelaine in the museum. While at the hospital, I heard about the $120,000 banana at an art show in Florida and thought, why not put Maddie in a museum?



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Number 15 , Madelaine goes to Japan.

This is based on a graceful Japanese piece. The hospital is very large and has miles, I think, of corridors and many pieces of art on the walls. I have forgotten the title, and the signature was a stamp so am unable to properly share. The original is long and narrow with three small birds on the branch....no donkey..... .




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Love your themes! Great going and nearing your 20 mark.
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Number 16: Tannenbaum Madelaine.

Working on relative proportions. C &C always welcome.

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Lovely! You could draw the branches in front of the donkey then he'll be placed more in the background.
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Aww! She most definitely is Tannenbaum Madelaine! Very festive, and very cute to paint her as a tree ornament. Love it!
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Thank you, Christel for the suggestion! I added some more pine needles as seen below, and can see what you mean. I didn't place them very well, should have had a few over her nose!

Thank you, Terri! Art is such fun, you can shrink anything and put stuff anywhere you please.




Number 17: Night stables. I used a piece of Fabriano Tiziano charcoal colored paper and three ops - Neopastel gray and light gray, and a bit of black.

I wanted to experiment with value and also try some scratching back. I tried not to use black but was weak and caved!





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Lovely, Mary! Your idea with the night stable is great and you can push those dark values even more.
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Thank you, Christel! I can see where darker would add to the setting!

Number 18: A walk in the woods - trying to weave more foliage around Maddie and also work on background. Looking for soft, natural, not too busy, but not flat...such a challenge.



Number 19: Madelaine meets Franz Marc. This is based on 'Horse in a Landscape' 1910. I enjoy seeing his work, he created amazing paintings in his short life.



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