JEN, GREAT JOB!!!! with the sketch....great sketch detail, love it.... sorry to hear about your weather situation, please be safe....
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Jen - Great sketch, all bundled up but not warm.
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Jen this is a very nice sketch. In the beginning I had thought about trying it but just haven't had the time to get started on it. I really like the gestures you've captured. Ohio had temps of 66 today and tomorrow we are having storms! Thursday they say will be below freezing again! Crazy weather!
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Jen, you captured the tranquil mood of the ladies sewing. Their proportions seem to be right on and you have some good darks. Very nice drawing.
Marsha, I'm not sure what "thirds" you are speaking of. If you are referring to my statement that the legs are half of a human body's length, then, of course, there are exceptions. My husband has short legs and some people have long legs but generally the legs are half of the length. Look at people in magazines and use your fingers to determine if the legs are usually half of the length. Most people want to make the legs too short.
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Sam, thank you for the information about the kneading eraser on the pastel. It works great and removed the spots etc.
Sarah, love your fresh vegetable ptg. I notice scenes like this and think of them as a good subject for a painting but that would be a long way off for me. Very nicely done.
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Sarah - Amazing colors.... Very free and high spirited shopping at the market. I do love watercolors, but as of yet, we are not very good friends.
Jen - Very nice pencil drawing of the two women mending. I really like your shading technique. Adding a bit more shadow under the tent would help ground it. This looks like a fun one to do.
Jen, great sketch. I'm glad someone did this one. I really like all your draped fabric, and ruffled bonnet. The basket is good as well.
Jen, lovely sketch. Sounds like a fun afternoon! Really liked the form and lively facial expression on the left hand lady. Also the right but suggest re-look at original photo re face of the right hand lady (her right forehead on our left) - the line might need to come in slightly?
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Hello all, missed you so much! Still don't have my laptop back from Dell, and am going crazy without it. We also had at least a week of abnormally cold weather. It's usually in the 40s in the winter here but was several degrees below zero. My poor furnace struggled valiantly to keep up and I spent most of the week in my bedroom with the door closed to keep the heat in the warmest room, the electric heater on, and in bed with the heated mattress pad and comforters. We're finally having a heat wave - a few degrees above zero and my home is quite toasty - thank goodness! Now to catch up ...
Jean, your use of coffee with your flintlock pen-and-ink is lovely. The limited palette looks great, and it's an approach I'm going to try.
Suzanna, it's so nice to see you post. I'm sorry you've been away, but the painting of the cabin is lovely. I very much like interesting angle you showed it at and all of the trees around it. It DOES look cold there - you captured the winter scene perfectly.
Jen and NZJen, what charming, charming baby paintings! So different in style yet both so well-painted and bursting with personality! On both, very pretty yet uniquely individual use of color.
Kim, I love your blue jay and chicks. My heart is captivated, though, by the chicks (there is just something about them!) and the background is beautiful.
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Gosh that sounds cold Alex. Shiver!
Where I am we are sweltering in the heat at 28C.
(I just looked that up and it is 82F). Though not as "on fire" as our Australian neighbours, who seem to somehow be able to cope with 40C. Thank you for your kind remarks.
Sarah, what a beautiful painting of the mountains in NW Scotland! It certainly does justice to the dramatic scenery there! The size of the wildcat and dried grasses in the foreground, when contrasted with the size of the trees in the middle distance, give it a feeling of depth and distance. The sky is glorious, but - like Suzanna's painting - it does look cold. Think I'll go put a second set of socks on ...
Sarah, your blue jay is also lovely. The suggestion of fence or wall and wild grasses and cloudy sky are beautiful but subtle, so he is the star.
Sheila, what a lovely pencil painting of Mayne. It's wonderfully done, very faithful to the photo and conveys her sweet nature so effectively.
Marsha, may we use the photos from your pond to draw from? They're beautiful. And the painting of Jackson is charming. His chubby little-boy arms and cheeks are just darling and the sense of movement looks so natural, as though we can really see him in the act of catching a koi.
Another beautiful blue jay! NZJen, this is so true to life and the foliage in the upper left hand corner is a wonderful counterpoint in terms of both color and position. Your cerulean blue is lovely. And I agree, birds are beautiful but so unexpectedly hard to draw ...
Bonnie, I bet the "chick gift" was a hit! Your watercolor interpretation is wonderful and the coloring is beautiful. I love it, especially the character on the right and the coloring where he overlaps his neighbor. And each one of them has a distinct personality!
Thanks Alex, sorry to her about your laptop. Hope you are getting warm. Last week we had brutal weather at -25 F at night and daytime highs at -10, however we are set up for winter and usually get some really cold weather but you just pray everything keeps working, and think about the amount of oil going through the furnace, also we laugh about driving on square tires for it seems they are not very flexable. Glad to here from you, hope your laptop arrives soon.
Alex - Thank you for your comment much appreciated. I am truly a beginner and their are many artist on this site that inspire me to keep trying different things and practice, practice, practice..