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Old 04-12-2012, 10:17 AM
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Sally-x Post Pastels

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I've been busy painting trying to get ready for some upcomming shows.

I rendered this portrait from an old 5x7 photo I took years ago of a friend of mine who modeled for us during a workshop session. I always loved how her dress and all over body language sent a very confident message. Unfortunately, the digital shot of the original photo is not very good, you can hardly make out the various references, but hopefully you can get an idea of the reference. I made some changes to the original, I added a pin in her hat and opened her eyes up a bit more. I think the overall look is what attracted me to this pose in the beginning, I loved her confident aire and I felt the predominance of black to be most challanging.

It was done on a full shett of 400 U-Art paper, with a large selection of both hard and softpastels, including a very small use of pastel pencils.

Hope you like her, C&C's always welcomed!!

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Old 04-12-2012, 10:49 AM
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Re: Sally-x Post Pastels

wow, excellent work, I like the painting much more than the reference .... very well executed!!!

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Old 04-12-2012, 05:06 PM
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Re: Sally-x Post Pastels

I think you have captured her confident aire. She looks like a neighbor of mine, Connie. I think your choosen colors work well.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:00 PM
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Re: Sally-x Post Pastels

Hi Marlene, wow, your friend does have that confident charm. You have captured it. The photo is very blurry and you have done a good job of making it better. It's very challenging to paint from, you can't see much! But if I were you I would love to paint your friend, too! How is the Uart paper 400? I love how you made the black so colorful and shimmery.
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:02 AM
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Re: Sally-x Post Pastels

Lovely work Marlene. I like your expressive use of colour and stroke.
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We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness. ~ Kahlil Gibran
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:31 AM
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Re: Sally-x Post Pastels

I don't only like her, I ADORE her. You have rendered her so beautifully, I love your use of pastels, the colors, everything!
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Old 04-13-2012, 02:44 PM
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Re: Sally-x Post Pastels

Thank you so much Andy and Grace I'm so glad her personality came through.

Thinky- I love U art paper! It has great tooth and can take turp underpainting as well as many layers of pastel. Thanks so much for your kind comments!!!!

Jayde- Thank you, I'm so glad you liked her!

Jessie- Thanks so much!!!! I thought she was special too, I love color and appreciate it when others enjoy it!!!

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