I have been working on a new painting called “Fox Reflection” for the workshop in pastel on June 19-21, 2015. I have really planned a special workshop adding a reflection of the fox in the water. It was a challenge and also fun to paint! I will post some of the steps after the workshop.
Next week will be the annual portrait workshop and I am excited about it. I painted portraits in watercolor for 25 years before switching to pastels. I love painting portraits in pastel . It is so much easier and I love the result.
This year I have been working on a special set of portrait colors to make the paining not only better but easier. I have switched to mainly Girault pastels. They are not only so beautiful in color but also in texture. They have a wide range of color and I highly recommend them. These will be complemented by a range of complimentary NuPastels and also Carbothello pastel pencils.This year we will be painting this adorable little girl blowing bubbles.
There are so many elements to this painting. I love the cohesion and harmony of colors in the child carrying into the background. And the bubbles!!! We will concentrate on the ears and hands. Most people have the most trouble in those areas so we will do studies of each before working on our final painting. There is still one space and I would love to have you come. We also have an optional 4th day for those who want to paint their loved one . I will provide lots of individual attention to help you complete your portrait.
I have been experimenting with pastel pencils this week on a different surface. I wanted to offer something new in classes this year and also be able to have a class at World of Color Expo that would introduce participants to pastel painting.
Instead of using velour, I used pastel mat as my support. This was really different for me. I also used NuPastels as base colors and then Stablio Carb Othello pencils. Here was my original drawing:
This was different and fun. I base coated the main colors with the NuPastels and then added his gorgeous coat with the pencils. Here’s another picture of my progress:
I continued working and was very pleased with the results. The pastel mat holds lots of pastel. The pencils make it easy to make gorgeous fur. It was a fun way to get a realistic representation of the wolf. This will make a fun project for a one day class in March at my studio. Here’s the finished painting!
We are going to the World of Color at the Dulles Washington Hilton Nov 12-15, 2014. We are pleased to make our 10 best workshops of the last 2 years available for purchase. Each set of workshop instructions contains a full size drawing of the project for transferring , the color list of all the colors of pastel used to complete the project and detailed instructions with step by step photos of the painting as it progresses from beginning to end. We will offer these for $20 plus $5 shipping and handling. We will also have light gray velour paper available for sale at WOCE.
If you would like any of these projects just send me an email.
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