I’m back from four amazing days at IAPS!! This pastel conference connects and reconnects you with wonderful people who are all passionate about pastels. It also inspires you through demos, workshops, and the exhibition of amazing work from around the world. It’s also a place to stock up on pastel supplies at the ‘candy store’ where you can converse directly with the vendors – offering feedback, finding out about new products, getting the best deals you’ll probably find. While there, I had the opportunity to demo with Sennelier pastels at the Savoir Faire booth. I thought I’d share the progression and results of this demo with you.
I had two possibilities to paint – a lovely mostly-grey landscape and a figure. Since many others were demoing landscapes around and about the trade show, and since I’m drawn to figure work, that’s the one I chose.
Here’s the reference photo I used. My good friend Andrea was with me a few years ago in Mexico. She’s a fab model and offered to pose as I snapped off a ton of photos. I’ve always loved this one and here was the opportunity to use it.
Savoir Faire’s account manager Andrew gave me a choice of two boxes – the regular 40-half-stick set (which I have at home) or the portrait half-stick set. I chose the portrait set since I was keen to do a review of it eventually. What I didn’t immediately realize though was that I would be constricted by the colour choices. But as I always say, restriction can be a good thing!!
So I plunged in on a full sheet of ‘Sand’ La Carte paper.
This is as far as I got in the demo what with setting up (finding a backing board large enough – thanks Roberta for the creative idea of using a sheet of cardboard and for the loan of the easel!), choosing a colour palette, drawing up the image, and then feeling my way forward without a clear idea of what I was doing other than I wanted to abstract the image, pushing colour. I plan on working on it further in the studio and will update this blog with a final image when I do.
I was tickled pink when at about the halfway mark in this demo with Sennelier pastels, Casey Klahn came by and said no matter what happened next, I could relax because I’d already succeeded or words to that effect. They gave me confidence because I was seriously wondering why I had made it more difficult on myself by a) choosing to a figure and b) working in an abstracted way where I was moving forward intuitively beyond the reference. Thanks Casey!
And a few other photos….
If you haven’t been to IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) I encourage you to put it on your schedule for June 2019! It’s hard to describe how amazing it is and I hope others who have been will add comments below. It’s an experience you will not forget!
Workshops to come!
One of the treats for me (among the oh-so-many) was meeting Mario who has set up the pastel workshops in Croatia. I was honoured to have been invited to teach this September. There are still spaces available so if you are at all interested, I hope you’ll take a look by clicking here. I’m SUPER excited!!
If you can’t make Croatia, I am also teaching in Spain on the Costa Brava end of April 2018. Click here to learn more.
Okay, I think that’s it! I’d LOVE to hear from you. Were you at IAPS? Did we meet? I met so many people who thanked me for my blog – felt like a celebrity!! Thank you soooooo much for your warmth and appreciation.
And what do you think of my demo with Sennelier pastels? Dare I ask?
Until next time,
PS. Excited about next week’s guest blogger!!!