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Old 03-02-2008, 03:56 PM
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March Pastel Strokes

Welcome to the March 2008 Pastel Strokes!

Those who have participated in previous months already know the guidelines. For all newbies to this monthly challenge, they are as follows:

* An individual volunteering to host the monthly project proposes to a guide or a moderator a new photo reference near the beginning of the month.
* The guide or moderator approves the host and reference photo and the selected host posts the project in Pastel Talk and also a thread in the Soft Pastel Studio with a link to the Pastel Talk project link.
* Interested participants create a painting from the photo and upload it to this thread for viewing and discussion.
* The image may be cropped, rearranged, and interpreted in any manner! Use different effects in your software program and try painting something different, tweak the color, add or subtract things. This is a friendly chance to share the creative venture. Have fun with it!
* You may paint as many versions as you like, and they may be any size.

These two photos are available to paint, and hopefully, they will prepare you for a fresh breath of spring to come after this chilly winter. The first was taken at the Kaufmann Memorial Gardens in Kansas City, Missouri, and the second at a lovely cottage garden close to Alma, Kansas in the picturesque Flint Hills. Have fun with this, and take care!




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Old 03-02-2008, 05:02 PM
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Re: March Pastel Strokes

Thanks for doing this Paula! These look wonderful and I know folks while have a great time working on them.

Have fun!
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Re: March Pastel Strokes

Thanks for hosting this month Paula. I'm thinking about doing the garden photo. Although I may be in way over my head...lol.
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:06 PM
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Re: March Pastel Strokes

Paula - these are so lovely. Would love to do them, but my month is so full. Will be jumping the fence this week to take an oil painting class from Linda Besse (http://www.besseart.com) and also have to go to Virginia later in the month to tkae care of a daughter who is having surgery. Maybe while I'm there, a little down time will provide a chance to do these. Thanks for doing this. Ya'll have fun!
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:55 PM
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Re: March Pastel Strokes

Paula, I'd love to have larger sized pix of these...do you plan to post links for us? I mean, I can muddle along, of course! But I love the garden and thought maybe a quick little one of a crop from it... I'm so ready for SPRING!

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Old 03-07-2008, 10:18 AM
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Re: March Pastel Strokes

This is my attempt at the garden scene. It's on Canson, lightish brown (can't remember the correct name of the colour) 14"x10" and mostly Unison pastels. I left out the tree and changed the path a bit. C&C welcome.

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very nice, John!
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That's lovely John!
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Re: March Pastel Strokes

John, excellent job! Very skilled work on the foliage, the strokes reflect the different types of foliage very well, and you've got realistic looking shadowy areas behind/ under the leaves and stalks which I always find difficult to get. I like the way you added more flowers to make it more colourful too.

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That is awesome, John!

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fantastic John...
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Re: March Pastel Strokes

This is so beautiful John, after seeing your painting I can't wait for spring now. I'm not that good at doing floral, but I might try this one or maybe I will try the daffodils. Thank you for the beautiful photo's Paula.
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Re: March Pastel Strokes

It's March!!! already! I have to figure out where the Feb. strokes went as i never got to comment on the last paintings I'm taking new medicines, so i should be able to come back more frequently!

this months photos are beautiful! i like having 2 choices.

Jon this i wonderful! It looks like impressionist painting leaving the tree out, because it leans in the wrong direction off the page. I love your line of trees in the back. Great job!

now for me to start!
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:39 AM
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Re: March Pastel Strokes

Betsy - the past Pastel Strokes go into the Pastel Library - they are still viewable, but the Library is closed to comments as it is "under construction" at this time.
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John,

Nice job! Portrayed beautifully!

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