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A4 size soft pastels on dark blue Canson TEX paper

A commissioned piece for an old school friend for her husband’s 40th birthday. I was a little terrified at the thought of painting a water scene but really glad that I decided to take on a challenge. Still have another one to complete yet for the surprise. I hope they like it :)


dianne ilka, pastel, beach, water, waves, fishing, rock fishing, man, fun, ocean


  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! Your work has been FEATURED in Australia! You’re Standing In It…
    Click the flag to see all the Features!

  • Thanks :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful work, and the water is great BTW!

  • Thanks so much Cindy! Looking at it now, there are a few things that I would like to change. I have already handed it over to it’s new owner so that I don’t fiddle with it :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Jaana Day
    Jaana Dayabout 2 years ago

    Dianne you did really great with the water. Handled it very well :)

  • Thanks Jaana. You of all people know how concerned I was about doing the water. Got some really nice Schmincke pastels to help me out. They are sooo creamy to use – now I want more!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 2 years ago

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 2 years ago

    Excellent work, Dianne !! your friend will be very happy with it, i’m sure !!!

  • Thanks George. Yes, she was quite happy with it. Curious to know what her husband’s reaction will be when he gets it.

    – Dianne Ilka

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganabout 2 years ago

    Great mood and rendering, Diane. Love the figure and the water.

  • Thanks Bev. While I never aim to create something that looks exactly like a photo I’m really glad that it has captured the mood.

    – Dianne Ilka

  • texnotropio
    texnotropioabout 2 years ago

    great job

  • Thanks :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • MoniqueGeurts
    MoniqueGeurtsabout 2 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks Monique :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago

    MARCH 8th, 2012

    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • Thankyou so much Mary.

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Kittycat10
    Kittycat10about 2 years ago


  • Thankyou so much :)

    – Dianne Ilka

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