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.
Each day is represented below:
Although secretly I’ve always wanted to draw and paint portraits, all previous attempts have been utter crap. The result at best has been cartoonish and at worst just a bunch of marks on paper that didn’t result to much more than a mess. I figured realistic portraiture wasn’t in my wheelhouse.
Then this 5-day workshop presented an opportunity to try again using a new medium that I’ve been working in for the past several weeks in The Pastel Place. Each day I love working in pastel more and more. The workshop was an opportunity to work with it outside of my comfort zone.
And that was the catalyst – outside of my comfort zone.
Even if this didn’t turn out well, I wanted to push myself. I embraced the challenge. I actually felt defiant – like so what if I couldn’t draw realistic faces I was going to do it anyway! I’m so tired of not following my heart and not taking leaps of faith.
So I took one, and realized a dream. I can draw and paint a realistic face. Is it perfect? No. Am I at the level of my beloved Rembrandt? Of course not!
But I am taking the first step on a journey, and it’s very exciting!