Last week I took a 5-day pastel portrait workshop and learned a process for painting portraits using soft and hard pastels. It was intense work with a subject matter I haven’t had any success with in the past and a new medium that I love working with.
The Pastel Place
All my work associated with Sophie Ploeg's online membership The Pastel Place.
For my latest soft pastel piece for The Pastel Place, I used a reference photo from Unsplash by Remi Baudouin. (Thank you, Remi!) The objective was to explore color using only the three primaries, brown and white. The exercises covered color mixing, complementary colors, temperature and value. Rather than work on each exercise, I combined […]
The objective was to try out different substrates for pastel painting. I ordered some different papers and pastel cards, but they don’t arrive until later this week. I couldn’t wait so I just used what I had in my stash. I used Ingres drawing paper and a small piece of La Carte that was in […]
The media I have been working in – graphite and watercolor – is starting to feel confining. I’m not getting the results that feel true to me. I dabbled with other mediums (see Inktober, Kendyll Hillegas’s mixed media method). I still wasn’t getting the effect I was after, though. Enter pastels. I had a couple […]