Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pastel Still Life Demo

Sake Flowers
8" x 6"
Workshop demo for the Pastel Experience class I'm teaching at the Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center.   Picked flowers for each artist and created personal still life setups for each to work on at their own easel.  Underpaintings for this project were simply dry blended pastels on white Canson pastel paper.  Layers of soft pastels were blended with other soft pastels, Nupastels, or pastel pencils.   Artists at the beginning level often choose pastels to start with.  Maybe because there are no brushes to worry about, or pastels are closer to the crayons used as a child.  Pastels are great for immediate and spontaneous drawing but are really not the easiest medium to master.  My student's enthusiasm for the process and results are inspiring and it's wonderful to see their results.

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