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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!