Hello Sam! These are wonderful photos of the holiday and especially like all the "white on white" pics. Many of these have inspired me and I haven't even done a finished November piece yet - whew! So many choices!
Jen ~ I knew this was a pastel of yours even without reading! You have a distinctive way of portraying people - well done, or almost done, I should say!
Fred ~ I'm enjoying your two winterscapes and I'm sure that your bears are happy that it is snowing & they are they are cooling off!
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Fred, Very nice!!!!
Jen, I like the boy and Santa.
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Fred, another lovely snow scene. Your mountains are superb with beautiful colors and textures. Did you use gel medium for texture again? The colors in the snow are good, too. Do I detect a few snow covered trees?
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Fred, your bears must be traveling higher up in the mountains with all the snow. The snow on the bushes and in the grass really stands out against the red barn. You always do such a good job of the mountains and I like that there is some little areas of white indicating more snow.
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Fred...Winter Home has such strong brush strokes and I really like the effect of the shadows in the snow. The colors you've used for the trees are perfect and has such a cold feeling to them. Somewhere a Barn is just as nice and I really like not only the way you've shown the great mass of the mountains but also the great choice of colors for them!
Jen..Santa and the little boy is coming along nicely. I especially like the body language in the little boy.. excitement and uncertainty all at once.
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I decided to tackle the Challenge photo of Mary Cassatt's Breakfast in Bed. I'm doing it in gouache and this is as far as I've got. I have one layer of the bedding and furniture but have a long way to go. I know once I put the first layer of skin tones in I'm going to loose my construction lines and will be on my own. Not sure how this is going to turn out but only one way to find out. It's aprox. 10x12 and on 90lb. mixed media paper.
Catherine, good for you to try this. It is such a lovely painting but difficult I would think. It is coming along very nicely. I will be looking forward to it's development.
Catherine, kudos to you for choosing such a difficult subject. You have a great start and I'm eager to see the completion.
Fred, this is another excellent example of painting with whites and the red barn gives it a pop of color.
Catherine, this is a wonderful start to the painting if the mother and child in bed - what an inspiring painting to work from!
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Hi Mrs. Sam! I am very glad to see you back and posting photos for the challenge !! Great!!! These photos are wonderful and as you say, we have to observe the whites!!! So beautiful and so subtle!! I also love the photos of the pastels by Cassatt and Monet, in fact, I want to share with all, that this December holidays I will be going to Mexico City exclusively to visit the Dolores Olmedo museum, which is exhibiting masters from the museum De L'Orangerie from Paris, I will of course try to take pictures, if allowed, and tell you all my experience. They are showing Monet, Manet, Modigliani, and lots of other paintings from the impressionist time!!! Can't wait to go!!
Well, now I will focus on trying to do the "breakfast in bed" sketch and draft... Let's see what comes out!!l have a wonderful evening
Ps. We all can check the Dolores Olmedo museum in the web...
Oh, Leticia, that sounds like a fantastic trip. Impressionism is such fabulous art and you should see some wonderful pieces. Have a great trip and be sure to let us know all about it.
Leticia, I second Sam's comment. How wonderful that you're going to be seeing Impressionist masters over the holidays! Please be sure to tell us about it afterward.
Fred: your winter scenes are always so wonderful to look at. burrrr.... you have a great way of capturing snow, desert, mountains, mars, jupiter, saturn, venus, and earth.... and buildings.... My hat is always tipped to you....
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Jen: wow! you got a jump start on the Santa... but as everyone has already said, the skin tones, the expressions of the child as well as Santa are super. Look forward to seeing the finished piece.... you are so good with those oils. It is certainly a happy piece....