On Saturday I attempted another burst of creativity. I participated in a three-hour workshop using pastels (at a different community college). We were told to wear old clothes and that all necessary materials would be supplied.
Many years ago I used wax crayons for quick holiday sketches but was always disappointed by their anaemic appearance. I wanted to see if I could overcome past experience. Beforehand I mentioned to Carol that it was likely we would begin with a still life - like an apple. Well, of course, having been introduced to the two contrasting mediums of chalk pastels and oil pastels we were each given an apple to draw! Yes! Mine was very green with a little blush of red - a rather poor specimen. However, I set about drawing it with both kinds of pastels and was surprised by the different possibilities.
Why did we need to wear old clothes? It became apparent as we moved on to more complex subjects that the prime method of using chalk pastels is to smudge colours with your fingers. Within a short time you can gain very subtle shades while fingers turn disgustingly dirty. Actually it reminded me of going down a S. Wales coalmine and discovering that everything I touched turned grimy. I have to say the finished results were very different from my watercolour class and, in their way, quite encouraging. One of the delights was to find that I was sitting next to one of the older ladies in the church we belong to who turned out to have quite a knack. Yet another opportunity seized by retired and semi-retired tryers!
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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