I was privileged to coordinate the first Master Pastellists of Australia Exhibition two years ago, and it was such a success that the Pastel Society of Australia decided to hold such an exhibition every two years.
This year’s exhibition is in the same venue – the Old Fire Station Gallery in Redcliffe. Again, there will be a Master Pastellist demonstration free to the public every day of the show.
Master Pastellists give freely back to the members of the Pastel Society, and work to promote the beauty of pastel as a medium, and also work to have pastel recognised as just as worthy of respect as any other art medium.
One of the works I have on show is ‘Shifting Orange” which shows light spilling down an embankment of the Shoalhaven. I have placed tissue paper with gesso as the texture underneath the surface of the earth, towards the bottom of the painting.
I love pushing pastel around with wet media, and am enjoying using pastel in with, and also on top of, various textures.
Pastel works well on canvas too – you just have to get used to knowing which pastel colours disappear, or which ones darken, when wet.
This is another work I have in the exhibition, which is pastel on canvas: