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Re: The Spotlight - July 2017 - Canada

This is my photo from Quebec. The walk for the daily bread. anyone who wishes to try, feel free.
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Jay, I don't do figures/people/dogs etc either but I'll give it a go!
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Thank you for your kind comments Don and Leslie.

Wow, Leslie that is a wonderful sky. With the subtle color changing and the clouds you managed to indicate a great depth.

Jay your figures are very vivid and gestures and postures are well done.

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Leslie, I'm anxious to see. Thanks.

Thank you Esther. Will you give those figures a try too?
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Re: The Spotlight - July 2017 - Canada

Leslie, very nice prairie skies! As Jay mentions, great recession in the sky! Since you are looking for comments, my only possible suggestion is to put in a few clouds exiting the painting off the top and possibly side to suggest that the sky continues beyond the painting. I know this is often more difficult than it sounds as you don't want to lead the eye out of the painting. It is something I have had difficulty with in my work forever - giving scenes a little bit of a vignette look when I don't really want to! I'll send you a PM with suggestions.

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Jay, I did enjoy this project...there is little detail but the photo says so much about this dad and daughter.
As I don't do many figures I worked in charcoal in order to not be confused by the colour and to concentrate on form and the sense of movement.
I'm not too happy with his right shoulder but didn't want to keep you waiting.
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Leslie, THEY LOOK GREAT! Nothing wrong with his shoulder! And you got her sweet little face. (And her determined mouth from all that stair climbing.) Nice way you suggested his features. Thank you for doing them. That was sweet of you.
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Ok, here is my version of the two.
The father became a bit too dark, but I stay with this.
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Jay and Esther...now Esther has done what I wanted to do, simplified the figures without losing the expression! Nice!
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Good job, Esther! And you even got the hat right! That was tricky. I see how you did the man's face, thank you. And you have captured the little girls determination! Very nice. Thanks for doing this.
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Very nice job on the man and daughter, Leslie and Esther! I think a Spotlight on People might be in our future if folks are interested.

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" A Spotlight on People" sounds good to me!
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Re: The Spotlight - July 2017 - Canada

Thank you for your kind comments, Leslie, Jay and Don.

Jay, it is getting easier if you think in areas instead of lines. The mans nose is just a lighter triangle in the darker oval.
And yes the beret was difficult. It was the part I struggled most with.

Leslie, I like your charcoal sketch. But maybe it is easier to have also a i kind of light/white color and start with mid tones and then go into both directions, light and dark.

Don, why not. I will try to join if I find enough time for my pastels.
But small figure studies are quicker done than large landscapes.

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Thanks for the suggestions Esther. Believe it or not, I was trying for shapes. Practice practice!!!

I need practice in figures. Would be great if we work some in, Don! Thank you
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A Spotlight on figures will be in the future - maybe in September!

Next month I am going on vacation and I hope everyone will join me!

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