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Old 11-06-2009, 09:54 PM
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Re: November 2009 Pastel Strokes

Kazuki,

Hi and Welcome. I really like your painting. I can't believe it is only your second painting, You have captured what you see. I love working in pastels for that reason. I can continually add more. Have you ever tried sanded paper either by Wallis or Cheap Joe's. That would be for future paintings if you feel pastels are a medium you would like to delve into more,
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Hi Sunface,

I would love to have you participate. Like my friend tells me "Just Jump In".
Looking forward to viewing your work.
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Hi Ruthie57,

I love your painting. It is what our eyes see and capture on paper that makes painting rewarding. I love the fact that your painting is not a copy of the picture. I love the expression and the tonal quality as well.
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I'll also attempt the third pic, the baby's portrait. That said, I have to check for some tutorials on how to do portraits with soft pastels, coz I have no idea how!!!

Sue,

There's a series of lessons right here in the Soft Pastel Talk forum that focus on Portraits. You can find a link here:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=532971

Your Strawberry painting is great - especially as it is only your 2nd pastel painting!

Ruthie, Fantastic Painting of the Dog! Beautifully done!

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Re: November 2009 Pastel Strokes

Kazuki - your strawberry looking good, well done! I painted a still life with strawberries a while back and was surprised at how hard it was to get them right. Yours is nicely done!

Ruthie - lovely dog! I like the expression, nice interpretation of the photo!
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Re: November 2009 Pastel Strokes

I picked the dog and it is my first pastel painting attempt. Actually my first attempt at anything in a few years. I quickly sketched the dog and I am sort of stuck at applying the pastel. Do I just block in color at the beginning or should I be trying to "texture" the fur? I can see what I am going to do with the bottom most fur because it's long and stringy, but I am not sure how to make the fur around the forehead and eyes look like fur.
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Re: November 2009 Pastel Strokes

Hi etpelle,

When I am painting in pastels, I block my shapes first. I then apply mt textures (Hair). I apply my different shadings, various browns for the dog. I work dark to light. I would apply the hair in strokes. Hope this helps.
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Re: November 2009 Pastel Strokes

Great reference photos this month Patricia! You picked two of my favourite subjects - Dog Portraits and Still Life.
My portrait of the "Australian Shepherd" is 8x11inches, on Fabriano pastel paper, and I used a selection of pastels and pastel pencils, finishing off with Schmincke pastels as they are so lovely and soft.



Thanks for hosting Patricia. C & Cs appreciated and welcome.
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Hi Vivien,

Wow, I love your painting! I love your tones and textures. What a wonderful portrait. I am really glad you liked the selection of photos.
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Re: November 2009 Pastel Strokes

Hi. love the ref. photos.
Here is one from me....
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Re: November 2009 Pastel Strokes

Mette; this is great. The reflections on the silver are rendered really well and that lucious, juicy strawberry, - yum!

Patricia; thanks for your kind words about my dog Portrait. I'm glad you liked it.
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Re: November 2009 Pastel Strokes

Etpelle. I would've given you much the same answer as pastelist. You're on the right track.
Vivien, I love your dog! I too think the texture is great.
Mette. Wow, this is a hard act to follow. I was aiming to do this one next. the metallic sheen is brilliant...in more ways than one!
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Mette,

What a wonderful painting! Definitely a hard act to follow.
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Re: November 2009 Pastel Strokes

Ruthie, That's a lovely dog. I love all those details.

That's a great start, etpelle. I'm myself new to pastels and as you said, sort of new to anything in the past few years LOL. But I'm sure others in the forum are giving you valuable advice. Hope to see the rest of the painting soon.

Vivien, I love the simplistic way you have done the painting, and the choice of paper color. You guys are inspiring me to do it too. I thought I was not an animal painter!

Mette, that's so beautifully done. It's so realistic and I specially love the silver bowl.
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Re: November 2009 Pastel Strokes

Thanks, Ruthie, Pastelist, Don, Merethe for the kind words about my strawberry. Looking forward to improve myself.

Don, I'm now going through the lessons on portrait. Oh dear, it's quite long and I'm not sure if I'll be able to complete it by this month so I can paint the baby for this month's challenge. But glad that I found these lessons. I purchased the 5 basic flesh tints of pastels (discussed in lesson 1) last weekend and hope to do the exercises provided. I'll keep posting in the respective threads.
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