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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Raini, you did a good job with your crop. I considered that crop but I was afraid my three trees would "march across the page." You did a good job with your treatment. It looks good, as scanned, but I see a hint of pink. I tried that boat and trees and it was too much for me. Have to play with pans a bit to relax.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

kedwards...Love your goose, and that crop is perfect!
raini...Good job on the trees. nice color in the reflections.

I lost track of last month, and really hope to 'keep up' this month! Another Great lesson, Don!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Thank you Robert, Raini, Jay, Judi, and Don. Yes, that's exactly what I must have done (titled the files the same). Ah well, there wasn't much to see in the "block in"

Very pretty landscape, Raini, I love the liveliness of the colors and your caligraphy.

It's funny you mentioned the WDE challenge. I thought of that too when I considered the references and I feel I wimped out by focusing in on water and the goose (my normal domain) rather than doing a landscape. I did do the portrait from the WDE to stretch myself, but I didn't post it out of respect for the lovely model (who looked about 10-20 years older in my version.)
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Thanks Don, Robert, Jay, Judi
and Kedwards I'm glad to hear your stretching your comfort zone, I think I may try the still life ref here, hopefuly easier than The flower refs at WDE that struck terror in my heart!...I didn't post them either lol!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Hello all,
A big 'Hi' from New Zealand. Love the fact that I can sit here and contribute and more important get insightful feedback.

So here is my thumbnail and final sketch. (Got too carried away to take intermediate shots. Will do that next time around.)





A question I have is : What could I have done to make the light from the window less yellow and more whitish (just trying to add white does not work, just dulls it)?

I guess I took the simplification to a little too far and dropped the 'Tea' and the sugar. Hope Charlie's mum does not mind .

Happy to learn what I could have done different and/or better.

Oh, I really loved the crops by Keywards and Raini. Made me realise a lot about cropping. Thank you.

Here is the river/tug boat thumbnail. I will try it out next. Again, suggestion on what I could try are welcome - love to have some inputs before I put paint to paper.



Thank you Don, I live the extensive examples and multiple choice you offer with each session. Much appreciation.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Hello bhave!
Glad you liked my crop, I admit to keeping it simple in the interests of my sanity lol!
Love your thumbnails and your still life looks really good, you know the yellow as a highlight Really works well tho I get what your asking as I struggle with wanting that white to behave and tone down without dulling or looking chalky. I try to avoid using it, only very sparingly at times. I'm sure Don or someone with more experience will help us out!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Sunil, very nice job on the still life!

I went back to try a different take on the goose harbor. This time I challenged myself to use color in a way i don't usually. Here is the thumbnail, the block in, and the "finished" product. This is just for fun and practice and I may still play with it, so I'm open to ideas if anyone has feedback or suggestions. The light areas are a little more yellow than they show in the photo.







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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Kedwards, Im loving what your doing with those geese! I especially love the colors in the rocks tho your background geese ( the little guys) could use some tweaking...keep going...its a keeper!
I said I would take a crack at the still life so here goes...and the cat ran away with the spoon ( or something like that)...I ran out of tooth and patience on the spoon...not sure how to get that metal look and sometimes cant get the color I want...color mixing and application for a spotlight maybe?
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Wow Raini,
I am getting a completely new perspective just watching your dramatic approach to cropping. Amazing!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Behave, welcome to the Spotlight. Your still life is lovely. Regarding the light in the window, perhaps next time use a whitish pastel with a slightly yellow hue, and maybe another whitish with a pink hue. Something like that? If the pastel looks yellow, it's probably too yellow. That's my thought.

Kedwards. I love your sky. I thought about doing that ref as a sky. I would crop yours if it were mine. Mostly sky. I love it.

Raini, did you stop at a museum on the way to spotlight? That spoon! The ceramic of the tea pot! Wow! Talk about impressive!!!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Sunil, cool still life! Ambitious including so many objects. To answer your question on the window, I'd whiten by scumbling with a complement, a very pale lavender. Going back and forth between complements works to neutralize color. Also if that's not enough start throwing in other pale tints, pink, blue, green. It gets interesting and jazzy and reads as gray, white or pale.

kedwards, wow, love your landscape! The water and sky are wonderful. Love the feel of distance in it and drama. Wow.

Raini, the tea pot's wonderful! Love that colorful ceramic. All I'd do to make it shiny is carefully observe reflections on it and scumble them in lightly with very soft pastels. Love that shiny metallic spoon, you got that wonderful! Don't worry too much about it because it does just look like the curtain's drawn or something blocks the reflections.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Bhave, art spectrum pastels come from Australia, I believe. They make some very light gritty whites which are sold in sets of six. One set is paler than the other. They are not waxy like some whites. Maybe that could help? I have them and like them very much. Good luck
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

I had the brilliant idea of cutting up my MT paper into 6x8 which is working well, I dont have a "big" page to fill so Im not including too much, I can experiment without feeling like I need to rob a bank to support my habit and it takes less time thus less frustration ...hopefully
I attempted those geese ...again lol, Im posting this time regardless..the water was so challenging...Jay would love to see a WIP on water from you..yours always looks so good!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Bhave, art spectrum pastels come from Australia, I believe. They make some very light gritty whites which are sold in sets of six. One set is paler than the other. They are not waxy like some whites. Maybe that could help? I have them and like them very much. Good luck

Raini..me? Water? You're a dear but I didn't think I was the water person. Hmmmm. When I do ocean water paintings, I usually use pans. I love the painterly feel of pans. But thank you for thinking of me!

Raini, your water looks great and the goose too! You're on a roll!
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Lol, Jay I'm sure you do do water well too, my brain needs a rest now, I was looking at some of Kedwards beach paintings but typed you in ..lord love a duck I'm silly some days!
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