|I had an itch to scratch when I got home: Dried Hydrangeas, 9 x 12, pastel on sanded paper.|
My third formal painting class in fifty years, Painterly Pastels, kicked off with getting acquainted with the strange materials I've been collecting, since I signed up last August.
|A simple still life set up for a class of pastel novices. (Sorry the|
photo is blurry; I had no where to brace myself as I zoomed in).
After the lecture and some hands-on trial basic value observations were made with our colors, Vianna gave an hour long demonstration. By the end of class, I couldn't wait to get home to try out my materials alone in my own space. After setting up a still life close to what Vianna put together, I spent an hour and a half on my first pastel painting on a professional surface with my variety of hardnesses. What impressed me most was how sanded paper cut pastel dust down to near nothing making it well worth the expense. In addition of being reusable, sanded paper is wonderful with watercolors as long as you use cheap brushes. The sandy surface grates the hairs.
|First order of business: select your palette beginning with the lightest value|
you have among your colors. All other values are selected according to lightest value.
|Vianna, working and talking us through her creative process, made me very itchy|
to try my own hand.