There were 13 participants at the pastel workshop for WDAS yesterday, some of them very new to the medium.
The chosen subject was “Winter Scenes” and after my demonstration using an underpainting before applying the pastel, most members chose to try this technique for themselves with incredibly good results. Below is some of the resulting work:
Click on the link above for my 2016 workshop listing and booking form. I hope you will find something of interest to encourage and develop your particular artistic skills.
I have recently moved into a new studio at the City Discovery Centre at Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes. This is a lovely environment to work and hopefully I will be able to take advantage of the inspiring environment of this old medieval site. With no major exhibitions in the near future, my primary aim is to spend time experimenting with new techniques and ideas – the luxury of having fun with my art.
Underpainting process using watercolour paint on Colourful pastel paper
Working up with a selection of soft and hard pastels
The painting completed
After an initial underpainting to establish the large colour blocks and some basic drawing elements, I began to add pastel, concentrating on showing the dappled light in this beautiful tranquil spot. I hope these three pictures will speak for themselves.
There are only two workshops left for 2014. The first is Oil Painting on Thursday 27th November for which there are a few places left and then as requested by many of you, I have arranged an extra Pastel painting on Friday 5th December.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you want to be included on either of these workshops.