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Old 05-14-2005, 10:11 PM
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Go for it, Judy --and show us what you do!

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Old 06-19-2005, 10:40 AM
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Re: ESP April 2005--composition 2-thumbnails

My FIRST post!!!

I've become a believer in "synchronicity" -- that when you need something, it will come along, but you have to be open to seeing it. Well, someone mentioned WC to me off-hand, I checked out the site, and the very first post I see is about Thumbnail sketches and value sketches -- the VERY skill I have been trying to work on lately.

So, here are a few of my recent value sketches. One was done on site, the other two are compositions from photos I took on hiking trips this past year.

Any thoughts / reactions are welcome. And thanks for the opportunity to join your community on WC.

Paul
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Old 06-19-2005, 11:01 AM
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Very nice stuff, Paul! Welcome to our community... we in this forum usually work in soft pastel, which is essentially a drawing skill, so the thumbs add a lot to what we do. However, I believe this skill is one any artist needs to develop and I like what I see here. The first page shows some strong essential comps! I like your personal notes, too.

Do you paint? Pastel? Let us know...

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Hello, all!

I work primarily in soft pastels. I finished my masters degree 2 years ago and decided to do something nice for my spiritual growth (after working on my clinical skills for 3 years), and wanted to begin painting again. I fell in love with pastel -- the bold sticks of color on the palette, the properties of the media, and the intensity of the finished works. Ironically, I had poor results with pastel 15 years ago in college, and I'm grateful that I rediscovered it. The introduction class I took 2 years ago was bare-bones -- we had 48 sticks of pastel, canson paper, and the occasional reference to Degas (I honestly left the class thinking he was the ONLY pastel artist). After that, I began reading articles, searching the internet, perusing galleries, discovered the Pastel Journal (thus I recognized you, Deborah ) and began exploring the medium in greater depth. I've been playing around with a variety of surfaces and different brands of soft pastels -- I just get deeper and deeper into the medium and it's possibilities.
Last month, I took my first professional workshop. It was with Elizabeth Agpar-Smith -- LOVED HER! And she was able to help me to begin overcoming some of the obstacles I've encountered on my own the past 2 years.

Needless to say, I am very excited to have found you all here, and look forward to sharing my artwork with you.
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Re: ESP April 2005--composition 2-thumbnails

Paul, I hope you'll share some of your work in the studio for us all to see. I'm glad you found some surfaces other than Canson and discovered the wealth of wonderful pastels that are out there!! We'd all have instantly sent you off towards softer pastels and Wallis paper anyway...

Your drawings are quite nice. Now let us see some paintings!

Deborah

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