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Old 09-09-2015, 10:52 AM
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Re: The Spotlight - September 2015 - Line

Oh...so hard! You don't want much, just edges, soft and effervescent, line and definition. That's all. AND keep the fluffy and soft romantic.

Thank you. You've giving me something to strive for. oh my!!

Now about that apple.....
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Re: The Spotlight - September 2015 - Line

This month's spotlight hits home. One of the first pastels I submitted (and one of the first pastels I ever did) to WC was panned by one of the reviewers because I had used a line to define a particular shape. The reviewer noted that "lines do not exist in nature." Yet another reviewer came to my defense saying an artist can use whatever tools they need to express their art. Oddly, that pastel painting (which was of a blue crab), has been cited by those who have seen my pastels, as one of the best.

I have been in the doldrums, but wanted to try the ballerina reference provided. Here is my attempt. Pan pastels on Canson (rough side... oops, meant to use the smooth side). Approximately 5 x 9.

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Christine, your painting exudes warmth. Jay, love the lilies, lines or not.
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Re: The Spotlight - September 2015 - Line

Jay: the "Apple" needs sunlight! Didn't get ripe enough! I can fix that!

Later I can pick it and see what happens....

I love flowers... I don't paint them, I just want them! With edges....

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Re: The Spotlight - September 2015 - Line

Norma, you got the flesh just perfect on your ballerina and her back is in the right place, unlike mine. I also like the way you did her hair. Light and airy.

I think the painting you liked was done by DEde, not Christine?

I remember that crab you did!! It was lovely.

Thanks for the lilies.

Sorry for the doldrums. Paint paint paint!!!

Lilli, I'll give it a good try.
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Re: The Spotlight - September 2015 - Line

Lilli, Your still life is looking good so far! Looking forward to the next installment!

Norma, Nice job on the ballerina! Something "Matisse-like about it!

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I've missed so much while I was away! I'll try to catch up and, if I miss someone, no offense intended.

Robert, your rose is lovely, but the cat is outstanding! I just love those lines.

Ural, the woman in hat is gorgeous! You really do great impressionist work.

Jay, I love the lilies! I'm not sure where you would put lines. If you decide to add lines, go gently!

LilliCC, great start!

Norma, beautiful ballerina! You did a great job on the background, too.
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Dede, your still life is very vibrant. I like the way you used line in it. And the colors are gorgeous!
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JudiB, great job on your apples and bowl! I agree with Don that some darker background values would really make the apples and bowl stand out.
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Re: The Spotlight - September 2015 - Line

Wow...

Judi, love it! I don't think it's too dark, it has a cool old world feel. One of your best. Maybe a light highlight or two around the focal area if you really want to play with it but don't overdo that or break the color harmony.

Jay, your flowers are gauzy! I love that! Wonderful effect, like the linear accents.

Dede, yours are cool and much brighter, such a golden glow!

Lilli great apple and drawing!

Norma, very atmospheric ballerina. Good line, elegant rendering.

No more yet from me but I'll be back!
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Re: The Spotlight - September 2015 - Line

Don, Thanks so much for this explanation. I never really thought about line being a big part of a painterly look! I just love all the work here and have been lurking and drooling. So much beautiful fruit, dancers and Wow, the woman in the hat. Love the outlines around the pears and apples, never thought I would actually say that! Kudos to everyone!!! I am trying my hand at sketching a jazz musician who plays here in New Orleans. Fun to just use expressive scribbles and lines.
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Re: The Spotlight - September 2015 - Line

This is about 10x14 on charcoal paper with charcoal and nupastel. Fun to just lay lines down. This exercise reminded me of something my life drawing teacher said. "Lay the line down and leave it. If it's wrong, at least it's decisive. Degas never put his lines down, smudged and blended because that would say'I didn't really mean that'". This is a great local jazz musician, Ben Schenck from Panorama Jazz Band. Great youtube videos of them if you get a chance. (Obviously I don't know anything about clarinets so I didn't even try to sketch all the workings).

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Re: The Spotlight - September 2015 - Line

Lynn. Great art. Those words come to mind. The confidence of the artist comes through. Good for you! I think it looks really good.
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Re: The Spotlight - September 2015 - Line

Looks Good, Lynn!
Thanks for the comments, Rob, Jay, Blayne, Don...will see what I can do about darkening the shadow area.
Meanwhile, I've started the vase of flowers...not ready to show yet, though...
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Lynn, that is so great! I love the shine on his hat decoration, the hands, the total concentration on his face. Very evocative portrait. Great style!

Judi, sounds good!
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