However, I attended a pastel workshop last weekend with Cindy Haase a WONDERFUL instructor. I was the only person in class who had never done pastels, and to say I was intimidated is putting it mildly! And then, when Cindy said she doesn’t paint florals, or fabric, or a lot of details (G U L P) I thought about packing up and leaving! But I hung in there and, boy, am I glad I did.
Cindy gave us specific photos to paint from and on day one we painted up to a point, then Cindy would tell us when we were ready for the next step. We painted pears in a chiaroscuro manner, and at the end of the day we put them all up along the wall and Cindy gave us each a critique. Her critiques were to the point, but all began with what she liked about our paintings. I was happy that mine held its place with the others!
Here are some photos of the workshop - Day 1 - The Pear:
|Look - a pear!|
|The pear critique.|
Also on day two we began a similar style painting of a tomato – but then Cindy said we were “on our own” after watching her demo.
I began the same way she did, and then began layering my pastels. The only thing that kind of throws me off is the idea of dark to light, just the opposite of our watercolors. I ended the day very happy with my two paintings!
Day 2 - the tomato! Here are several of the paintings during critique.
|The beginning of my very first pastel! I quickly learned not to leave so much white showing.|
|The completed pear.|
|The beginning of the tomato!|
|The completed tomato.|
- only compare our work to our own work and never compare ourselves to others;
- incorporate what we learn in a workshop into our own style of painting, not to copy the style of the instructor;
- keep on working on the painting when we think we have failed – after all, what have we got to lose! – and we will learn from that experience;
- paint what we love!
For you pastelists out there, I would definitely recommend Cindy’s workshop.
She also works in oils and colored pencil and is the current President of the Colored Pencil Society of America!