"After many years of the monochrome world of graphite, I finally set myself up with a full set of Rembrandt pastels, a whole corner of the studio permanently reserved for pastels with a huge easel and good lights. I've gathered enough knowledge of pastel techniques, materials and photographic compositions of subject matter I've wanted to draw for years but just weren't suited to graphite, to start my tilt into this beautiful medium.
Apart from an intense 4-day advanced pastel course with Barbara McManus at the USQ when the Mcgregor school came to Hervey Bay a couple of years ago (which laid an excellent foundation) I have mostly dragged a lot of my established freehand graphite techniques straight over to the pastel easel with the added freedom of the "make a big mess and then fix it" school of thought shown to me (thanks Barbara), the luxury of being able to lay light over dark, and the pure joy of drawing in full colour with 200 colours to choose from (still never enough).
The particular thing which attracted me to it more than anything though is the ability to hatch different layers of colour over one another to suggest light effects and depth without having to mix colours beforehand or use washes on the work. I see a long road ahead with a lot of new work
started or planned for, I intend to follow this pervasive urge as far up this new path as possible. Winning a few pastel prizes last year and selling some work virtually as it was finished (or before in one case) has been encouraging. Time allowing, my plan is to disappear into that corner of the studio as much as possible so watch the Pastel Originals section for new work".
All original pastels sold framed to exhibition standard with hand written and signed letter of provenance included. For enquiries or to arrange payment and freight if necessary, please contact the artist on (07)41287682 or e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastel originals purchased within 100km radius of Hervey Bay can be hand delivered.