Wednesday 7th June 2017 Pastel and Charcoal portrait demonstrations at Redcliffe Art Gallery

By   June 7, 2017

Thursday mornings the 25th of May and the 1st of June I demonstrated at the Redcliffe Art Gallery in conjunction with the Redcliffe Art Society’s Exhibition of Excellence.

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A great group of people turned up both days and were interested in the way the portraits developed. One of the members in the group took some photos on her phone, and graciously sent them to me and allowed their use for this blog. As is my usual practice, I had the finished portraits professionally photographed by Stan Bowles.

Underpainting with acrylic and pastel drips and shapes

Placing the negative space darker shapes with soft pastel

At the first session, I worked on a piece of Art Spectrum Colourfix Smooth paper, which had been underpainted with Atelier acrylic. I placed shapes of pastel and pushed these into the paper with water and a brush – the attendees were surprised at how fast this layer dried, and how soon I was able to apply the soft pastel in the drawing.

Working the fine lines with pencil

The end of the first session

“New Brother” – pastel on paper

On the second Thursday morning, I completed the pastel portrait with pastel pencils, placing lines in the hair, and along the larger shapes in the background in order to lead the viewer into the two figures.

I then worked on the charcoal portrait. The Art Spectrum Colourfix original paper was underpainted with wet charcoal which was allowed to drip down in the direction of the portrait-orientation.

Discussing the importance of drawing shapes with tone, and not beginning with line

I placed shapes of charcoal and worked them into the paper with water and a bristle brush. I then placed charcoal and white pastel shapes, and gradually worked into these larger shapes with smaller and smaller shapes.

The end of the second session

I did not have time to complete the work at the demonstration, but finished it in my home studio.

“Charcoal Head Study” Charcoal and pastel on paper

3 Comments on “Wednesday 7th June 2017 Pastel and Charcoal portrait demonstrations at Redcliffe Art Gallery

  1. Ruth M

    OK. logging out after this last – 2 beautiful Portriats to end my mornng of leisure looking through your latest topics and lots to think about now – to make some art of my own. Lots of inspiration for sure!

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