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Old 02-28-2019, 08:54 PM
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The Spotlight - March 2019 - Seascapes

Welcome artists!

Here is a quick recap of what The Spotlight is all about!

The Spotlight is an activity thread for pastel artists of all experience levels working from photos chosen by a monthly host. Most months, the host will choose photos from only one subject, putting that subject into “the spotlight,” so to speak! For example, one month the subject will be painting water, another month will spotlight flowers, etc.

Some months, rather than spotlight a subject, the focus will be on a challenge of some sort. In those cases, we might have a wider variety of photo references, but “the spotlight” will be on the challenge itself.

Since this is a group activity, we can pool our knowledge and resources, and grow as artists in a fun, “no-pressure” atmosphere.

And, remember, no critiques unless specifically asked for.

The intent is to have fun, try new things, experiment, and perhaps most of all, to see what our friends and colleagues are painting from the same reference material!

Please note: The photos this month were taken by me or are from the Reference Image Library. You have permission to use the photos as reference to create your artwork and to sell them and/or exhibit them. The actual photos still retain the copyright of the photographer. So you cannot copy the photo to your blog, for example, without the permission of the photographer, or digitally alter or reproduce the photo for any purpose other than for your personal use, with the exception of crops, digital alterations and posts of these photos within "The Spotlight" thread.

This month we put the Spotlight on...Seascapes!

Well, here in Rochester, NY, the land and sea are still covered by ice and snow, but I thought I would try to escape from winter's chill and put the Spotlight on Seascapes!

Water is often a subject that newer artists struggle with and often ask, "How do I paint water?" Well, there is no easy answer to that question as water can have many variables. It can be still, or choppy or wavy. It can come in many sizes from small winding creeks to medium sized mountain lakes to vast oceans. Like anything else that one paints, it comes down to observing shapes of color and value!

Let's take a look at some seascape paintings. Some of the nicest seascapes that I am familiar with were done by painters who were known as California Impressionists. Here are two by Jack Wilkinson Smith:




Here are two paintings by Guy Rose:





And the last two by William Ritschel:






Hopefully these beautiful seascapes will help inspire you this month!

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Photo by sundiver:


Photo by khourianya:


Photo by Kitty69:


Photo by Vanilla au:


And the last reference by longtime Pastel forum member and moderator, Merethe T:


As always, feel free to modify the references!

And have fun!

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Re: The Spotlight - March 2019 - Seascapes

Thank you, Don. I haven't painted in quite a while and two days ago pulled out my pastels. I'm a bit rusty, but my timing was pretty good. My first seascape in many years. I tried Art Specturm Colourfix Smooth Paper for this. I'm used to more tooth, but I like the Umber color.
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Re: The Spotlight - March 2019 - Seascapes

Thank you Don, for such inspirational examples and great photos. I’m looking forward to digging in when I get some time. I’d been contemplating painting from some photos I’ve taken of the Maine shoreline, so this is the prompt I needed.

Very nice painting, Karen, I like your mark and line work here. It’s very active
I haven’t heard of the coulorfix smooth, I take it that it’s an unsanded paper?
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Re: The Spotlight - March 2019 - Seascapes

Don, I love the examples of the active sea. Thank you. And Mereth’s too! Lovely.

Karen, lots of movement for us to follow out to the pay off of the wave. Very very nice.
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Re: The Spotlight - March 2019 - Seascapes

I had never heard of William Ritschel, Don, so thanks for including his beautiful work in your examples.


Karen, it's so nice that you picked up your pastels again! You did a great job with the waves!
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Thank you, Donna!
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Re: The Spotlight - March 2019 - Seascapes

WoW Karen...you did a great job! Respect!!
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Re: The Spotlight - March 2019 - Seascapes

Karen, Very lovely! You've really caught the subtle movement of the water wonderfully!

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Re: The Spotlight - March 2019 - Seascapes

Ooh, what fabulous examples of seascapes!
I love your painting Karen. Gorgeous colours and a sea full of movement!
I hope to join in this month but it will be after I get back from my next adventure which is staying in a glass igloo in Finnish Lapland! Back from the 15th......
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