Monday, 20 October 2008

Soft Pastels Workshop with Vivien Walters

I went on this brilliant Pastels Workshop yesterday, tutored by a very talented Artist, Vivien Walters, who does the most amazing pastels of animals, and has recently added this pheasant to her tutorials. I came home with this lovely pastel that I had spent all day working on, learning all the time about how to use pastels, which was a first for me, blending colour, layering, building up the shape (he does have attitude doesn't he) applying strokes etc.etc. I can take credit for all of that appearing on the picture, due of course to a very good tutor, but I cannot take any credit for the composition! Let me explain .........

Vivien has developed a technique where she draws and paints an original picture from a photograph (taken by her husband I think!) then photographs it, puts it onto her computer, deletes all the colour and prints out a 'drawing' onto whatever type of paper her students will be using. She provides us with a printout of the original photograph for the true colour, and a copy of her original painting for inspiration, as we work.
We then start to add colour, building up gradually, under expert tuition..
feathers start to appear and his attitude begins to show itself more..
Finally we titivate and tease and layer some more on the background, never really knowing when enough is enough!
Me at my easel.......
It was a lovely day and I thoroughly enjoyed my first introduction to using soft pastels. The pheasant is actually printed onto velour paper, hence the softness to the look of it. It is a wonderful way to learn how to use a specific medium, and still come away with something to be proud of. Do visit Vivien at www.vivienwalters.co.uk and take a look in her Gallery - she is an amazing Artist.



11 comments:

Sandy said...

It sounds like you had a good time and ended up with a nice picture.

kay susan said...

What a nice way to learn! Its a super picture..........

Genie said...

Lovely work Val

sharon young said...

What a lovely piece, Val, I'm really glad you dicovered the beauty of pastels as they're my favourite art medium, they are soooo,... tactile.

Aussie Jo said...

That is a fantastic way to learn a new technique, success guaranteed. In teaching we call it scaffolding. Now you're ready to go out and experiment!

Doreen G said...

Wow Val is there no end to your talents.

Pat said...

My sentiments exactly, you must have been very pleased with this.

quiltchick said...

What a fab way to learn a new technique. Your pheasant looks great Val.

maggi said...

This sounds (and looks) like a great teaching method. You must be really pleased with the outcome, it is brilliant.

Maureen said...

A very clever method and your picture looks fantastic!!

Carol said...

Fabulous Val, I love pastels. It sounds as though you had a wonderful time.