I fell in love with pastels for their bright and glorious boldness but as our relationship developed I began to appreciate more and more the quiet beauty of the muted greys. So in this video I explore the more restrained colours that can help develop a more subtle mood.
Painting with pastels is very intuitive. I think this is because it takes us back to our childhood when we used crayons and chalks in a very fluid way. We hadn’t started judging our art yet so we were happy with every picture we drew. For me, picking up a pastel stick takes me right … More Intuitive Mark Making with Pastels
Familiarity brings freedom in painting It’s a fact that the more familiar I become with a painting subject the easier the actual execution of the elements becomes , the freer the paint or pastel application flows and the more instinctual the response to the material is. All this adds up to a fluid, responsive, and totally … More Creating a series
What is a dynamic visual pathway? When I paint a picture I aim to make a composition that will engage the viewer as long as possible in exploring the various elements of the painting. I do this by creating a pathway that leads around the painting, providing areas of interest for the eye to stop for a … More Creating a dynamic visual pathway in a painting
This is my very first post! I thought I would start with a demo painting of a local seascape to share my painting process with you. Hope you find it interesting… Getting started. Sometimes I’ll know just what I want to paint – other times I’ll look through old photos or my ideas board until … More How to paint a pastel seascape -demo