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  • #6334
    Marjan Van der Donk
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    Applied the sharp contrasts from the Trompe l’oeil drawings to this portrait. The smallest I have ever worked, only 10cm wide and 18 cm high ( in inches 4″x7″). Unfortunately my camera didn’t capture the details in the face very well, have to try again (not today though). Perhaps the contrasts are too great. Ah well …

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    #6496
    Marjan Van der Donk
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    Doing extensive studies before I put a brush to canvas is somthing I have learned from Matt these past months. It really helps me, and I grow in confidence accordingly. Before, every piece I worked on had to be ‘the finished product’. Now, I can enjoy the process of preparations and feel the merit of doing ‘tight sketches’. Here are my studies of Annemarie, my dear old friend (both in years lived and metaphorically). Never thought I would enjoy wrinkles as much as I did this past week 😉

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    #6502
    Louis Lynch
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    Wow! This is impressive work! I never met her, but I still feel like I can get a sense of what meeting her would have been like. That smile, and the sparkle in the eye… good job.

    #6503
    Marty Kulma
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    fantastic job capturing her character!! she looks like my grandmother 🙂

    #8355
    Marjan Van der Donk
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    Haven’t posted for a while, too busy painting 🙂
    I’m working towards an exhibition, my first! I’m on a roll with my Four Seasons series – highs and lows combined, oh those elusive lines that constitute real likeness!! Plus my colours keep ‘sinking’. I don’t panic anymore because I now know this is part and parcel of working with glazes in oils.
    So a few of my finished paintings below. Any comments appreciated, I want to move forward!

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    #8390
    Marty Kulma
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    great work! i wish you the best of luck in your exhibition!!

    #9313
    Marjan Van der Donk
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    Had a session today to take reference photo’s with my Spring model. She’s growing up too fast – quite the selfish thing to say, but I’m an artist so I’m allowed to say so 😉

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    #9316
    Marjan Van der Donk
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    Two more

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    #9438
    Marjan Van der Donk
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    Think I finished this one today. Incorporated Matt’s points of critique. Cropped the image a bit, for this is the dimension I will be framing the drawing in.

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    #9450
    Linn Hansson
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    Well done! 🙂 I hope to be able to frame some of my work some day.

    #9630
    Marjan Van der Donk
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    Applied Matt’s remarks to this drawing and deem it finishied!
    I’ve put an easy chair in my studio and now have a comfortable place to gaze at my works and leap up to make one or two marks every 5 minutes or so – in the finishing stages this is essential for my process I have found. Before, I only had my drawing stool, great when you’re sitting down to draw, less so for a nice nap 😉

    #9631
    Marjan Van der Donk
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    forgot to resize the image, second attempt!

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    #10743
    Marjan Van der Donk
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    Had a very nice and sunny plein air painting course this week! We painted in Nuenen, where I live, and visited two locations where van Gogh painted when he worked and lived in Nuenen.
    We as a group even made it to the regional newspaper! Me in my sunhat and one of my teachers are in the pic that went with the article.
    As a novice to plein air painting, I had a steep learning curve. I did studies in drawing and paint only, but am very pleased with my progress. Can’t wait to do it again!

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    #10827
    Anonymous
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    Sounds like a wonderful experience for you, Marjan. I often sketch outdoors but never feel ready for paint!

    Cheers, Chris

    #12243
    Marjan Van der Donk
    Participant

    I’ve been working towards my first exhibition, so haven’t uploaded for a few months. At long last, last weekend I showed my work for two days – a solo exhibition. Great fun, lots of compliments and admiration, great feedback from professionals too, and a lovely buzz with family, friends, acquiantances and ‘strangers’ all milling around.
    Now, I’m slowly winding down. Halfway through cleaning and rearranging my studio, all the while contemplating on how to start drawing again. My drawing muscles are a bit rusty 😉
    Here are some images, taken just before the opening.

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