Hi Sheila. I'm sorry for not commenting on your sketch of the elder woman earlier but there are so many new things here and I missed it. I think it is a very nice sketch and maybe it will inspire me to attempt it too!
C&C's are welcome.
(No digital alterations please)
Marsha - This is very good love the colors and you captured the reflections in the ripples, He looks as if he was really having fun.
Critique and criticism appreciated.
Marsha this is a beautiful painting you can almost see the koi just from the expression on his face
Jim C&C welcomed
Jen C & C's always welcome
Jen - Thank you! Hope you re-try the chicks! A good brush keeping its point helped with detail in the blue jay. Yes, the ctr. chick may grow up to be Mother Hen?
To save time and possibly some frustration, I transferred some guidelines from the photo (applied pencil to back of printout and then traced over imp. lines to get proportion started). Not sure how some view this short cut, but I am much too eager to get to the paint. I don't always use this method, of course. (Did not for blue jay.)
Jim - Okay, you & others who agreed twisted my arm - will leave the greenery as is. Thanks! I do agree with you that the chicks are more engaging. I think
Sam - I apprec. your comments. I'm pleased that you got an Impressionistic impression of my chick ptg. and that you liked both. Thinking of matting/framing and giving to a friend who has a mini-farm inc. chicks.
Bonnie & Geri - You both mentioned doing chick ptgs. - def. look fwd. to seeing your versions soon! I was inspired by & enjoyed all the ones that others did. Thanks for commenting.
NZJen, Catherine, and Jean - A heartfelt thanks for your positive comments.
Marsha - Thanks! Orig. I had put just chicken wire all across the background (went a little stir crazy trying to get the pttns. to match up), but knew I needed to break it up with greenery. Then the greenery just grew. As for my blue jay ptg., yes, I Spy a barn too.
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Sarah - SO good to see you in this forum (a familiar face for me)! I had the privilege of seeing your ptg. presented in stages on a diff. site, and think it would be so nice for others to also view that. Could you pls. post the stages? (not sure if a follow up would be in Chatter then) Your fin. ptg is breathtaking.
Sheila - Mayme's spirit is glowing here. You captured her and she is capturing us now!
Marsha - I enjoyed your pastel ptg.; great job. Love how the Koi fish is hinted through the water - perfect.
Alex - Pls. extend my get well wishes to your laptop! Miss seeing you here, but I know your art will be worth the wait!
Jen - Just caught your comment before posting this. Some great tips there! I had not heard of those bags ...will chk. them out.
Thanks for the positive feed back...
Jen: I do have those bags, does the pastel rub off onto the cello? I taped off the part that I was going to work on then did the gesso with pumice and tone, then the pastel. all in one evening... I notice with this cranson paper when I put the gesso on it buckled, the same as if you would do wc on it. I know how to straighten it out when its wc but don't know quite how to straighten the paper out if there is pastel on it. unless maybe after I use the spectraFix, then maybe I could wet the back and press it... what do you think....?
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Marsha, if you are using Canson Me-Tientes, it doesn't accept water media and will buckle. I don't know how to straighten it. I store pastel paintings in a file folder that I made using poster board. I place a sheet of wax paper over each piece of pastel work. I have some that have been stored like that for 20 - 30 years.
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FYI The reason the grain in the paper was so visible in my last posting of Olivia is because I was holding the camera too close to the painting. When I increased the contrast, every bump was visible. I took this photo further away and don't have the problem. The photo is more purplish than the painting and I've been working with it can't get the colors right. I'm not looking for comments. Just wanted to pass that info on to you.
Sam - I want to whisper when I look at this amazing painting. So preciouse. You have masterfully painted this beautiful child, and captured her peaceful inocence!!! Well Done Sam!!!
Sheila, you are so kind. Thank you for your kind words about Olivia. That was a real challenge. Didn't think I could do a portrait in oil pastels.
Mom would tell me: "If you don't try, you won't know you can." You absolutely CAN, dear Sam, masterfully render a portrain in oil pastels!!!
Hi Sam so glad you posted this second photo, I can see the difference in your portrait of Olivia by taking the photo further away. I wondered if when you take the photo further away do you zoom on the camera to have it fill the view or did you crop it in the computer? She looks like a little sleeping angel that you could just reach out and pick up to hug.
Bonnie C & C most welcome / appreciated