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Old 10-31-2017, 10:11 PM
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The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

Welcome artists!

Here is a quick recap of what The Spotlight is all about!

The Spotlight is an activity thread for pastel artists of all experience levels working from photos chosen by a monthly host. Most months, the host will choose photos from only one subject, putting that subject into “the spotlight,” so to speak! For example, one month the subject will be painting water, another month will spotlight flowers, etc.

Some months, rather than spotlight a subject, the focus will be on a challenge of some sort. In those cases, we might have a wider variety of photo references, but “the spotlight” will be on the challenge itself.

Since this is a group activity, we can pool our knowledge and resources, and grow as artists in a fun, “no-pressure” atmosphere.

And, remember, no critiques unless specifically asked for.

The intent is to have fun, try new things, experiment, and perhaps most of all, to see what our friends and colleagues are painting from the same reference material!

Please note: The photos this month were taken by me or are from the Reference Image Library. You have permission to use the photos as reference to create your artwork and to sell them and/or exhibit them. The actual photos still retain the copyright of the photographer. So you cannot copy the photo to your blog, for example, without the permission of the photographer, or digitally alter or reproduce the photo for any purpose other than for your personal use, with the exception of crops, digital alterations and posts of these photos within "The Spotlight" thread.

This month’s Spotlight is on…Fall Colors!

Every year, here on the Spotlight, we take a month to explore and celebrate Fall Colors! I hope that where you live you get to experience the changing colors of fall - as the green foliage turns to yellow, orange and red!

This year, alas, here in the northeast, we experienced beautiful summer-like whether right into mid-October, so the fall colors were more muted compared to most years. But I was able to find a few spots - I hope - that gave me some nice reference photos for this month.

As always, if you have your own references on the topic, feel free to use them as well!

Here are the references (all photos by me):
















Enjoy the wonderful colors of fall! And have fun painting!

Don
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:32 AM
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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

As primarily a landscape painter I spend lots of time with blues and greens...
it's always fun to break out the warm colour palette for this annual challenge!
Looking forward to it Don!
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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

Lots of lovely colorful references here. Thanks Don.
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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

Hi Don,
I am sorry I was not able to post in the last thread after all. Starting again after so many months is difficult, I feel like I have forgotten everything... But thanks to you I put my pastels from the drawer back on the table and started to practise again. Thank you!
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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

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Hi Don,
I am sorry I was not able to post in the last thread after all. Starting again after so many months is difficult, I feel like I have forgotten everything... But thanks to you I put my pastels from the drawer back on the table and started to practise again. Thank you!

Glad to hear it Nick! We look forward to seeing some of your paintings soon!

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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

Hi Don,

seems a bit quiet here this month. Everybody's too busy?
I do not have much time either, but the references are so nice.
And today I skipped housework and painted one.

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Hi Don,

seems a bit quiet here this month. Everybody's too busy?
I do not have much time either, but the references are so nice.
And today I skipped housework and painted one.

All kinds of pastels on PastelMat (30x40cm)



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Esther

Very nice!
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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

Esther, Very lovely! You've captured both the intense fall color and the sense of strong sunlight!

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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

Esther! It's wonderful! The subtle touches of orange, off to the right side, pull it all together.
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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

I love how you've heightened the little yellow tree to give us a focal point! Nice!
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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

Thank you for your kind comments Christine, Don, Karen and Leslie.

I am glad, that the orange in the background trees as well as the brightening of the yellow tree works.

I hope some more will join the Challenge.

Esther
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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

Wow! I like how you enhanced those colors, Esther, to really make this scene special. Very, very nice!
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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

Esther, you did such a great job on that fall scene. I’m envious!

I hope to join you all very soon, at least for a quick painting.

Meanwhile, Happy Thanksgiving to all. Many blessings.
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Happy Thanksgiving!
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Re: The Spotlight - November 2017 - Fall Colors

If anyone wants to relax and watch some orcas or perhaps a humpback whale...sometimes live or sometime in “highlight” clips....go to Exlore.com live cam orcas. The scenery and sunsets are beautiful too. There are usually four live cams but sometimes only highlights. The cams are in British Columbia Canada. Nice site. Beautiful scenes. Enjoy!

Sorry, it’s Explore.org.
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