A Heart for You on This Valentine’s Day!

So I just couldn’t let this day go by without posting a video to thank you for all your words of support and encouragement. They, and you, mean the world to me!!

And so, today, I thought, why not quickly pastel a heart full of all the joys, the anguish, the complexity, the different shades and colour of love. The video is without sound as I wanted you just to see my intuitive process without me describing what I’m doing (cos really, I don’t know!). I figure you can choose some music to accompany your watching. I had no preconceived idea of what the final piece would look like, only that I was inspired by the shape of a heart. It was just down and dirty and away I go!!

The pastel took me about 16 minutes and is speeded up x 4 (rather than the usual x 8 on my pastel demos) which gives you time to see my actions.

I’m using Schminke’s starter set plus a gorgeous pink from Mount Vision Pastels. I’m working on Richeson’s Unison Premium Pastel Surface. I had so much fun, layering, layering, and seeing what would happen if I did this or that. Total freedom, well, except for the camera recording but I always knew I could throw out the whole thing if it just didn’t work!

With regard to colours, I was inspired by those used in a painting by Joan Mitchell (I’ll show you at the end of the blog).


Click on the image below to see the video 🙂

It’s unlisted so it won’t appear on my channel (at the moment anyway – depends on the response!) but the link can be shared and I’m fine with that if you are inclined to do so.


Here are the pastels I used:

Schminke pastels used
Schminke pastels used plus one pink Mount Vision


The final pastel:

Gail Sibley, "A Valentine's Day Heart," pastel on paper, 8 x 10 in
Gail Sibley, “With Love” pastel on paper, 8 x 10 in


And here’s the colour inspiration:

Joan Mitchell, " Gently," 1982, oil on canvas, 22.5 x 18 in, Private collection
Joan Mitchell, ” Gently,” 1982, oil on canvas, 22.5 x 18 in, Private collection


Whew, made it under the wire. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Please let me know what you think of this crazy experiment of mine 😀



Until next time,

~ Gail





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6 thoughts on “A Heart for You on This Valentine’s Day!”

  1. Your genius continues to astound me! What a great valentine. THANKS! How on earth do you always remain out of the picture while working?

    1. Glad you enjoyed the hear video Sandy. Believe me, it takes some effort to stay out of the camera’s sight. Sometimes it makes it more difficult to work on the piece as I can’t come from the other side or get in close.

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