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Hi Karen, I love the way you used purple as the background for the lily - complementary colors are so effective in making things pop. Again, that flower was (in my opinion) very difficult to draw, so kudos for an excellent portrayal. It was also difficult because there weren't a lot of differing values or shadows on the petals, so lovely job there, too. A very clever idea to add the hand!
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
Hi Geri, this is a detail of the red house - just a single window with the sun above, casting shadows below the window elements. It is 5" x 5" on hot-pressed paper, done with WC pencils and gouache.
Fred, great effect achieved with the acrylic gel medium. It seemed to give the painting such great colour. The rock formation is wonderful. I also like the ghost ship and the red house. Nice painting.
Elisabeth, nice work on the lily. I agree with Alex, this is a difficult one. I like the colour and texture in the background. And the light areas on the lily look like it is in full sunlight. Very nice.
Karen, a lovely lily painting. It's nice to see the lily done in different interpretations and in different mediums. Your complimentary purple background really make the lily pop and it is ready for the hand that is about to pluck it. I also like that the painting tells a story.
Alex, love your red house detail. It is so pretty and elegant. Lovely.
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Christina, Jen, Alex and Bonnie, Thank you so much for your kind words on the lilly.
Alex, I love your 5x5 of the red house. I like how you made the cherry blossom tree and the window the focus. The painting has a beautiful soft look.
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Alex, this is wonderful,love it!!!
Some catching up here...apologize if I repeat any thoughts from someone else since I mainly have time to look at the art now if I'm to get through all.
E.D. - Nice bold lines for the portrait of C with good sense of direction in the lines. Esp. good for a quick one. I hope you do more inks! Funny story about the old lady portrait.
Good to see your lily posted. Tho I'm not a pastel artist, I've seen so many beautiful ones on dk paper that I tend to agree about trying that next time. Black can be so harsh and "dead" that mixing your own "blacks" in whatever media can be much more rewarding. Your dark green in the upper left is a beautiful shade. The petals seem to have a white strip from the paper around them, so it'd be easy to still put more petal color up to the bg (or over since the flower is in front). Nice yellows and greens in the flower and quite nice drwg. of it.
Ciusca - I like that you combine media. Re. 1st sp: Tho your bg is esp. nice, a ? to ask is if it serves to bring focus to the subj or does it add too much interest to take attn. away from it? Good going for doing a new sp. Your 2nd sp - Like the warmth and design quality to it which evokes some emotion so it's easy to see why this is a fav.. Nice composition too.
Lily ptg. - quite dreamy. :)
Nealey - Welcome! Looking fwd to reading your bio later. So good to see your work here. The car is wonderful! Nice ballet dancer drwg. too - tricky.
Bonnie - Lovely portrait and so well observed. The shading seems perfectly placed to show us the face's form with some nice contrast too; the mouth is esp. good. The drwg looks so cool as your avatar. Great job; thanks for sharing it. You look so friendly and warm, ready for a nice chat.
Your bull is very interesting (ref. to the ptg!) & well done; I like the comp..
Alex - The red house: the red parts are very airy and give a great feel to the overall feel of the ptg.. I love the 2nd one, close up of the wind. - it gives same feeling (w/o persp. issue) w/o the black or heavy grey that appeared blackish. This closeup looks very inviting; you may want to use it for greeting cards too - cheery yet open to interp with a bit of mystery.
Fred - Nice texture on your red house ptg!
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Fred, the red house overlooking the ghost ship is so wonderfully colorful. Great sky and fantastic, textured mountains. I love the ghost-like image of the ship in the water. Fred, you win the prize for imagination.
Karen, your bright yellow lily on the violet background is very lovely. Good job on the hand.
Alex, fantastic redo on the red house. It is very charming and pleasing. I believe that you understood what I had to say about the first house painting. Your painting style is so spontaneous and uniquely creative that I worry about spoiling those qualities with a lot of rules striving for perfection. I love what you do and how you do it.
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Thank you for welcoming me. Thank you ALL for welcoming me and being such a positive group. I'm still pondering my bio......
I especially like your second red house painting detail. I would frame this little gem.
Comments and critiques are welcome.
Karen, I noted too late that I hadn't gotten a comment in re. your lily ptg.. IT was creative to add the hand. Look fwd. to more of your work.
Alexandra I really love your red house window. Beautiful little thing.
Bonnie, Karen, Cristina, Kim, Nealey, Sam, and Liz, thank you very much for your kind remarks about the painting of the window in the red house. As you may have guessed, after struggling with the perspective and shadows in the painting of the red house, I wanted to carefully paint a detail that incorporated people's suggestions and had the shadows in the right places. Again, thank you all for your generous support.
Sam, I did understand your comments perfectly and have always appreciated that you honor my style, yet give me suggestions that enhance my work.
Geri, thank you for hosting the July Challenge. It was a really good month with some excellent paintings.
I will try to catch up with some of your artwork. I hope I do not miss anybody.
Nealy, you managed the proportions of the dancer very well.Very, very difficult subject.
Bonnie, i love your Longhorn. I realy wanted to paint the longhorn ,too. The details and shading is just beautiful!
Alex, the perspective of your first house looks right to me, I love the colors and the trees and bushes infront of the house.
Your second house picture, the detail of the window is just outstanding. i like every little bit of it.
E.D., I also do not know much about pastell painting. The only thing I know, is that flowers are a difficult subject for me. I thought this Lily was a challenge this month and you did a wonderful job on it.
Fred, Your sky is very pretty and making a texture for the mountains sounds like a neat idea.
Karen, The lilly is very well done and so is the hand. Very creativ.
GERI, THANK YOU FOR HOSTING!!!
I would have tried more pictures if I had time. The Longhorn is still on my list.
I did the turtle tiles, even so they don't belong here on the artist daily page. I thought i just post them as a Thank you note.
Both are ceramic tiles. One I glazed and did the turtle outlines with ceramic paint. Then it was fired and then painted with porcelain paint and fired again.The green one is just ceramic paints. Both will go to charity.
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