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Old 01-17-2020, 06:10 PM
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New to pastels, please critque!

I have been painting for 7+ years. I live and travel in the southwest of the USA. We also visit the Pacific Northwest often as well as the Midwest of the USA. I have traveled to Iceland, Ireland, Israel, and Nova Scotia and British Columbia, Canada. These travels are often the inspiration for my paintings. I live in a 200 y/o adobe house. This, which I love, is also an inspiration. I enjoy outdoor activities.
I started painting using oils but now prefer watercolor as it travels easily and I have found it to be versatile. Recently, I have been learning pastels.
This pastel was done from a photo I took while camping on the rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA.
Please give me feed back. This is only my 3rd pastel!

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Old 01-17-2020, 08:38 PM
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Re: New to pastels, please critque!

Hi and welcome..

Without seeing your ref for comparison, I'll just comment on what I see.

Some well placed darks would add more drama.
The main tree seems like it grew too much..to thickly branched..
the sun rays could be softer.
The ridges/cliffs could be graduated from dark to light as they get farther away. That one pinkish hill seems out of place.
Maybe a bit more color for the foreground land to define it & warm it.

When sun is low and behind things,there should be long low shadows in the correct direction.. sun at left = shadows going to the right..I use a brush handle from sun to object to get my shadow angles....
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Old 01-17-2020, 09:08 PM
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Re: New to pastels, please critque!

Thank you! This helps in future attempts!
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:22 PM
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I think your painting overall is very nice but my personal taste in any piece of art is lots of shine and in art works with nature or natural scenery a single small bird or maybe an angel or some sort of little critter
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Re: New to pastels, please critque!

With pastels there are lots of options in terms of layering colors. So rather than starting out with a green pastel for your main tree, you can start with a hard orange pastel for the lighter areas and a hard dark purple or blue for the shaded areas. Then you can go over that with a variety of warm and cool green softer pastels. This will give more dimension to the foliage.

For the sun rays, rather than just using yellow, you can add oranges and pinks of the same value to make it vibrate a bit.

To make the front tree stand out more, you could use subdued neutrals for the distant mountains.
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