The fact that you are reading these lines means that you’re serious about becoming a good pastelist. As artists we all start at the same place – the beginning. Arthur Ashe said, “Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can.” I think this is great advice. Don’t you? After years of working as a professional artist and art instructor, I’ve tried to put into words and video the most important things I’ve learned about pastel painting. I’m hoping to simplify the process for you by presenting the fundamental principles behind good painting and detailing the technical information to help you create expressive and dynamic pastel paintings of any subject.
Some of what I’ll be presenting to you are basic principles which are important even for the very experienced painter to revisit over and over, and some more advanced concepts which will take time and mileage behind the easel to incorporate into your working method. We start with the basics: value, color and mark making. Then we move towards translating a scene into a strong pictorial arrangement – composition. We’ll discuss how to best use photo reference, set up a still life and then have some fun with a more playful, loose exercise.
I’ve organized all of these videos in a systematic way so you can achieve the maximum benefit in your study of pastel painting. I’m sure this workshop will put you on the way to becoming a confident pastel painter!