Making Pastel Happen - a blog about everything pastel.
It's my aim to share techniques, tips, tricks, adventures, products, paintings, educate, inspire and foster the appreciation of Pastel.
I welcome your feedback and questions and don't promise to post regularly, but to let you know when I do post I'l give it my best shot to answer your questions and if I can't I'll let you know. Gee I may even be able to give you the name of someone who can answer.
Either way this blog is about making pastel happen. I sincerely wish you to join me on this adventure. best wishes, Karol
Online Pastel Learning is launched
This has been a long-awaited project to launch but it’s happened! January 23 was launch day with a wonderful response, thank you everyone who popped in to the site and signed in or had a look.
www.onlinepastellearning.com It’s a service really, for all those pastellists who can’t get to a workshop for whatever reason. Often, it’s the travel that stops us, as distance, time and money don’t line up for a set date workshop. Also try being in two places at once, our calendars get so full don’t they?
That’s why I started this service, to make pastel learning a stay at home option. There are a lot of people who have mobility issues whether it’s being in a wheel chair or having to stay home or can’t travel. These Pastellists miss out on so much, so this is my way of helping out, reaching to people in these situations. We are a global community now.
As tutors we try our hardest to get to rural and remote places and people and again it’s the tyranny of distance and trying to be in two places at once can stop us. I have been to remote places teaching and love the connection, the coming together of kindred spirits for a weekend of not just pastel painting but social engagement. There is nothing to beat that. I’ll still be doing live workshops too.
So, this is my way of making that connection, albeit it’s online, it is providing a place for the pastellists doing the courses and projects to meet online and share what they are doing and more. It’s about connecting people with the same interest, offering a service for all to access any time it suits them 24/7 for a period of time.
The online courses are presented in the same way as I teach a workshop. I demonstrate and talk all the way through telling what I am doing and why. Yes, you can turn off the audio if that gets too much!!
My aim is to spark that creative flame of curiosity while giving you skills and confidence to explore this vibrant, versatile medium of pastel for your ongoing painting adventure.
Make time for you and for pastel painting. “making pastel happen” is there for you.
2019 New Year Idea - not resolution!!
Instagram is amazing place to share so much. Sometimes I forget to write into this blog. So that's my new years idea - to get blog active!!
So to make a good start I have made a little video on something we all take for granted. It's something we think we should know. When it comes time to do the deed, we make a go of it and sometimes succeed, sometimes not.
Here is "The 5 Minute Guide to Sharpening a Pencil" ENJOY. COMING SOON!!!
This is one of the many pastel paintings that I have done on site. Plein-air painting is exciting and annoying and all the adjectives you can muster. Bottom line is I love it.
There is so much information for any painter out there in the field. The colours are richer and more subtle than any photo will ever show. For pastellists its magic as our colours are mostly ready to use. We have the option to mix or layer colour and can build a painting far quicker than wet media. This has advantages such as the light not moving to far along.
In fact painting from photos now is a chore for me. The information I need to make a good painting is missing. The darks' are too dark almost black. Shadows are dense and tone unreadable. The light areas are bleached out and difficult to read/ find the correct tone let alone colour.
Now while this sounds like a winge session its not supposed to be. There is an advantage to us pastellists though. As we paint plein-air we have an understanding and knowledge of tone and colour in life and can apply this to the photo reference.
So if you have not tried painting plein-air, make a time to try it. Hook up with a friend and go painting or find a workshop showing you how to go about it.
This form of painting is invaluable to your collection of information and growth as an artist. What you record on paper, in your mind, in your heart will stay with you far longer than a photo ever will. Give it a try, let me know how you get on. Take pastel out into the world and #MakingPastelHappen
Happy Days, Karol
Underpainting for Pastels