This past weekend I took an amazing pastel workshop with Michele Poirier Mozzone at the Wickford Art Center. Take a look at her website – her work is filled with gorgeous water reflections. Surreal and abstract and realistic figures all at once.
It was my first experience using pastels (other than dusting them over clay) and actually, my first “painting” workshop. I paint on clay for my relief sculpture, but I really haven’t tried to do a painting as a finished work since school.
So, it was a lot of fun, and rather intense over two full days. Michele taught us all about composition and underpainting, and we did color studies and I experimented and learned so much.
For the next few days, every time I watched a movie or saw a scene I liked I was thinking about color and highlights and which pastel colors it should be. 😉
This is what I ended up with from my first day. I was using PanPastel mainly (along with some harder stick pastels from Dick Blick) so it filled in a bit more tooth of the paper than normal soft pastels until I learned to deliberately leave some white space.