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From sketch to painting: Gail Sibley, "Zoom Nude," Unison Colour pastels on UART 500 paper, 6 x 8 in.

From Sketch to Painting – Using A Life Drawing

So this whole idea of going from sketch to painting started with a frame. I was visiting Peninsula Gallery to review my painting inventory as they were in the process of reopening the gallery (after being closed for COVID-19).  Then Vivian, Manager of Peninsula Gallery, suggested I do a nude painting for the frame. And

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Artist Interviews From The 2019 IAPS Convention

The International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Convention that happens every two years in Albuquerque is a bit of heaven for a pastel artist. There are workshops and demos to attend, the temptations of the ‘candy store’ to succumb to, new pastellists to meet, and old friends to reconnect with. And I personally love demoing

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choosing a colour palette for travelling with soft pastels

Choosing a Colour Palette for Travelling

Recently I received an email from someone going to Tuscany. Knowing I was also soon to travel to that part of Italy, she asked if I would mind making suggestions about what colours she should take, i.e. help her in choosing a colour palette for travelling. I answered her directly but thought that since it

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Painting a night scene: Gail Sibley, "Night Laundry," Unison pastels on Pastel Premier paper, 8 x 8 in. Private Collection.

Painting a Night Scene – How To Do It Convincingly

Recently, when I was asked by a coaching client about painting a night scene, we went over some particulars of what goes into painting a night scene. It really comes down to paying attention to value and colour and what happens to both at this time of day.  Most of the values in a night scene

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Painting a white object with colour

Painting A White Object With Colour

Sometimes, if you’re working with a small set of pastels, you won’t have a large assortment of almost whites i.e. very light colours – light blues, greens, pinks, yellows, mauves, or oranges. So if you’re painting a white object, what should you do when you have such a limited palette? One good thing is you probably

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Artist Interview Videos From IAPS – 19 Of Them!

As you know, I was recently at the 12th pastel convention of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) in Albuquerque. One of my self-set tasks was to create as many short artist interview videos as I could during the four days and incredibly packed schedule. I’ve created these interview videos over the past three

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sennelier's iridescent pastels - a sampling

Sennelier’s Iridescent Pastels – A Review

Have you ever used Sennelier’s iridescent pastels or indeed, any iridescent soft pastels? I hadn’t and I was curious about them. So I acquired a box of 24 Sennelier’s iridescent pastels. I just created and published a video showing my unboxing of the set for the first time, recording my initial reactions (YUM!). I also tried out all of

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Choosing Your First Soft Pastels

Choosing Your First Soft Pastels

Probably the question I get asked the most is: “What pastels would you suggest I start with? And by the way, I have a limited budget.” Choosing your first soft pastels should be easy but with all the choices we have, the decisions become more difficult. This week I answer the question!

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Gorgeous Greys - three samples

Gorgeous Greys – Creating At Least 50 Shades!

Recently I was asked to share how I create greys in my pastel paintings. Rather than write an email in reply, I made a video on painting gorgeous greys in soft pastel as I thought my answer would benefit many pastel artists. Take a look!

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