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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Thanks Kedwards. I put a sheet off glassine on the pastel and another on top so I could figure out where to place the flowers..(after messing up once..which I removed with baking soda.). Gave me the freedom I needed to draw and then transfer my sketch, roughly, onto the background.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

I'm not familiar with the baking soda trick. Is that a way of erasing pastel?
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Yes. This was relatively smooth paper so baking soda and a stiff brush removed pastel. I had tried to go around the flowers but decided to remove them and put them on top of the sky. Worked better for me. Try it on a scrap sometime.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Ruthie, I am really impressed with your one armed masterpiece, Raini, I love how it just sparkles and Jay, that is a great combo... they look like they fit right in!

I finally have come out of my fog... Here is my attempt at the sillohuette portion. I really can say I learned a lot from this lesson. I need to remember to tune in more!
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I really love the trees Jess, and their reflection in the water. I love the foreground on the right very much. Nice work.
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Lucy, I really like the continuity and harmony you achieved with the use of that limited color palette. Very pretty.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Here's my third spotlight effort for this month. This is on gray Canson Touch 8.5 x 11.5. I stayed true to my commitment to do thumbnail and notan before starting the painting. I started with a block in and alchohol was, but all I could get when I applied the sticks was mud, so discarded and started anew.

I don't like that the red roof is not more "in" the picture. This was a hard one for me. I had to photoshop the image to get the brightness more like it looks IRL.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Raini, very nice painting of the big sky! Sky, houses and foreground all kept fairly simple, too!

Ruth, What lovely paintings! Simple, yet full of light and color!

Jay, Interesting experiment! Sky and background nicely simplified! Daffodils are large and up-front, so one would expect more detail there - as you have demonstrated!

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Jess, Glad you got to finish the landscape! It looks good! Hopefully you found that after the blocking in of the big shapes, the painting didn't need much more work!

Norma, Another nice painting! Yes, agree that the red building might be better if it were more in the painting. Red is a natural eye-catcher, so you probably don't want it too close to the edge. Your trees are very nicely done!

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Thanks Don. I just had to leave out the geese!

Norma, those might be the best trees I can remember seeing from you. They are beautiful. What a good job!!
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

thanks Don for the great lesson and references.

here is my simplifications 10x8"

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Mario, Wonderful painting! All the shapes are nicely simplified resulting in a strong, bold painting! Some lovely color choices, too - love that intense blue in the near water, and the violet background hills! The one bright green tree is a nice balance for the red roof!

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Nice Mario. A island of green and peace.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Mario, I like that a lot. I considered that reference photo and wondered to myself how I would handle the red roof without having it overwhelm the picture. You did so very well. It didn't occur to me how you achieved that balance until I read Don't response, but that makes sense. Very nice.
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Re: The Spotlight - February 2016 - Simplifying Part II

Well, I'm having a bad day so I needed to paint. I saw an old watercolor wave that I decided to play with. It's quiet now on the thread so I was hoping Don won't mind if I show my "simplification" wave. It's watercolor paper with no tooth so I put some clear gesso, for tooth, on both sides. I enhanced the color I saw with Terry Ludwig pastels, mostly in dots. Going for a pointillist look? a few of a friend's homemade pastels at the end. The wave is my own invention. I painted it like 30 years ago! But never framed. 12 x 16 I'll probably work on the froth a bit more but need to rest my eyes. Hope you don't mind Don.
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