Portrait from life in Bundaberg

Last weekend I delivered a pastel portrait workshop in Bundaberg – once again a great group of people who were receptive to the theory and open to experimenting with using pastel and water. Hopefully they were all proud of their works, both the black and white study and the pastel portrait, as the standard was pretty high.

Part of the workshop included a two hour demonstration of a pastel portrait from life, so that I could demonstrate the beginning and establishing the shapes with water. The model was great and quite professional in her attitude. One of the participants took photographs throughout the progression of the portrait and consented to my using them in a blog.

This was the set up, in front of the workshop participants.
Placing the basic shapes with soft pastel
Beginning to push the pastel in with water
Adding dry pastel in to the wet
Looking for more shapes and adding with dry pastel
Starting to define the features with a terracotta pastel pencil
Placing these details with darker pastel pencils
Glazing with a green soft pastel
Correcting shapes and the edges in the portrait after placing it upside down. This aspect allows a fresh perspective and makes errors more apparent.
Almost there
Completed portrait

Returning to older art works

I often reuse canvases and papers which have older works and have passed their use-by date. Sometimes, though, in reassessing the works, I find that I may only need to make an alteration or addition to find that I like the work all over again. So – that older work is saved from complete obliteration!
My family members refuse to let me have older art works back from them though, when I just want to fiddle with them a bit in order to make then better (according to me!) because they say the work will come back to them completely different. Oh well.
Recently I was unframing a work because I had plans to use the frame for another piece, but decided upon discovering it again, that it only needed a fresh application of white paint using a palette knife, to wake it up and make it presentable.
Ink Moves 2

Ink Moves 2 detail a

Ink Moves 2 detail b

A larger canvas which I painted after returning from a trip to Florence was an expression of my distaste on witnessing the tourist trade in crude magnets, aprons, underpants and so on, using Michaelangelo’s “David”. I began covering my older painting with gesso, and discovered that the work only needed to have some of the areas not so cluttered, to make the message even more emphasised. So I did that, placed some fresh washes on it, played up the geometric shapes, and am happy to have it on my wall again!
Euro Fever 2

This painting used to have quite a busy upper right hand corner, but now has a more clean and direct message.
Don’t be afraid to revisit older works !

Tricia accepted in Bald Archy 2018 National Touring Exhibition

Tricia accepted in Bald Archy 2018 National Touring Exhibition
Coming to:
Tuesday 3 July – Sunday 29 July
Grand View Hotel
49 North Street
Brisbane Q
Tel: 07 3844 3000
Admission: $5.00 (Children Free)

“SNAKES IN THE HOUSE (Barnaby Joyce and Adders)”
Acrylic over Collage, including snakeskin, on Canvas 92w by 77h cms

A rustle first, which grew from slight
Into a scabrous flurry.
“Not Australian to the core!” –
For proof they all did scurry.

Hisses and soft whispers –
Snakes in our corridors!
Some pollies should not be here,
So say our Aussie laws.

Snakes there are among us!
We’ll purge them out the door –
Get Joyce, Waters and Lambie;
Farewell Roberts and Moore.

Get rid of that Scott Ludlam!
Adieu Fiona Nash!
Those snakes were all uncovered
And felt the clean-out lash.

By-elections gave relief;
The people had a choice.
Some slithered back into the house
Led on by Mr. Joyce……………