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Old 12-03-2019, 04:41 AM
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I really think is the best work I've produced! Do you guys agree?

I'm continuing on with the things I learned in my series of twenty, about staying loose and keeping texture. I worked with the sides of the pastels in many layers and, man, did this go through an ugly stage I am VERY excited about this guy

Sennelier, Neopastel, and Van Gogh on dark green Clairefontaine Pastelmat, 12" x 16", no references:



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Wow! Everything about this one is stunning. I can see how the recent exercise helped you along with this guy's head and shoulder orientation. But the seated posture, the background, and the gorgeous, loose handling of the OP's skin on the subject are unique to this painting.

I just love the background colors here. It's beautiful to look at. I'm also smitten with the flesh tones, the looseness of them. I can tell by looking at your closeups how advanced you've become.

Very impressive work - I have no doubt you're proud of this one, and you should be.
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Old 12-04-2019, 05:04 AM
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Re: The Steam Room

Thanks so much, terriks!

I am particularly enamoured with Number 10 from the Twenty series:



and tried to replicate the same kind of feel, but the Steam Room is a much bigger painting so I was able to get a lot more oil pastel on. The painting I'm currently working on has gone much too tight and smooth, and is a step back to how I used to work. I'm going to have to scrape a lot off and try again, because this looser look is what I want.

Turquoise is just the best colour for sitting next to flesh
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I like the background! Good posture and lighting.
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I remember this guy (#10). I do agree with you about this turquoise blue against the flesh tones - they complement one another beautifully.

Working "too tight and smooth" is exactly what I do. It's funny, even when I start out loosely I catch myself moving in closer and fussing about with details. The only answer is to paint more!
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Superb, Sarah!

I can see some of the elements in this from your wonderful series of 20. The whole piece is fun to explore, everything from the beautiful tiles to the shadows under the seating, and, of course, himself.

First class!

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Thank you very much, ladies!
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An unusually colorful painting! really well done with the loose approach great posture too!
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