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Old 08-23-2010, 06:17 AM
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Re: The Spotlight - August 2010 - Focusing on Focus

Sandra, yes you've improved immensely (tho' I love your use of colour in the first one). I like the complimentary reds and greens in this one too.
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Old 08-23-2010, 03:23 PM
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Re: The Spotlight - August 2010 - Focusing on Focus

Havent posted in a while, but have been following all these wonderful posts....
Sandra....love your sketches..
Sunface...your daisy is vibrant...wanted mine to, but it didnt...
Everyone is doing so well...sorry not to comment on each...
I finally am getting the courage to post my flower picture....didnt turn out the way I wanted it to, just couldnt seem to get the brightness I wanted on the paper whose background was an alcohol wash....
but here it is...


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Old 08-24-2010, 01:26 PM
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Re: The Spotlight - August 2010 - Focusing on Focus

Judi, Very nice! The flowers may not be as bright as you wanted, but they still are bright enough to be the focus of the painting! I'm not sure what type of pastels you are using, but one often needs fairly soft pastels to layer and get lots of intensity or brightness.

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Old 08-24-2010, 02:57 PM
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Re: The Spotlight - August 2010 - Focusing on Focus


I also think that is a nice start! I would say that maybe you need more layers on top, and that might be why you are not happy. I was always afraid to mess it up with more, but actually I found out that as long as the paper takes it, the more the merrier! Also what paper did you use?

I used to have the same problem when I started, which was not that long ago!
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:27 PM
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Re: The Spotlight - August 2010 - Focusing on Focus

Judi, your flowers are bright and lively. I think it's very intense, the overall effect is soft but the flowers definitely hold as a focal point. You could add more layering to get a different effect but I'd suggest sticking to analogous colors on the flowers themselves, you've got a great start there.

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Old 08-29-2010, 10:50 PM
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Re: The Spotlight - August 2010 - Focusing on Focus

Fantastic lighting on these pears....

Originally Posted by Ruthie57
Managed to do one today. I didn't have much time so chose what I considered the easiest one (drawing wise anyway). Here are the Pears. Took me an hour and it's about 6"x6".
I'd be interested to know if I should have shaded out a bit more of the RH pear. What d'you think?

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Re: The Spotlight - August 2010 - Focusing on Focus

Hi all, I haven't posted on this thread at all; too swamped at work, and then just marching to a different drummer but had to laugh out loud at Anne-Marie's comment!

Don, I don't know if posting a picture of your pop was quite fair. Lots of pressue. So would he have enjoyed a comparison to Timothy Leary?

Some awesome work here from everyone! GREAT stuff Ruthie, Sandra, Robin, Don, Judi, Maria!! Maybe I can turn something out tonight and make the deadline...

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