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Proudly Pastel Exhibition at Gallery M Honoured by a visit from SA Governor

June 20, 2017

A large crowd attended the Opening by Hon John Hill of the Proudly Pastel Exhibition at Gallery M on Friday 9th June. What an excellent venue for this wonderful exhibition of 85 paintings by members of the Pastel Artists of South Australia. Such a variety of subjects and styles.We were also honoured this week to have a visit from South Australian Governor His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC who comment about this exhibition was "amazing art work".

Lyn Robins says it's your painting. You can do what you like with it.

May 16, 2017


One of PASA's favourite demonstrators entertained the group again last Saturday with her irreverent comments on breaking the rules of painting and design. Lyn doesn't believe in rules and says to do what works best for you in your painting.She does however follow a pattern for many of her paintings by doing thumbnail sketches and taking photos to suit her subject. Then she will often change the image to suit her plan, e.g. lowering or raising the horizon or moving trees around to create a more pleasing picture. On this occasion Lyn demonstrated a seascape using acrylic paints.

Sheila's Collage with Mixed Media

April 11, 2017

Wow, what an inspiring and fascinating demonstration we had on Saturday presented by the award winning and highly creative artist Sheila Whittam. Sheila does amazing contemporary mixed media paintings incorporating collage, pastels, gouache and charcoal. A few hick-ups with the slide show kept our tech team hard at work but did not deter Sheila from presenting a highly informative session. Starting with the initial photograph, she then simplified it into a rough sketch, gradually adding gouache, pastel, collage and charcoal to create a unique and highly imaginative work of art. Everyone was fascinated by this approach to using pastel and I am sure there will be a few inclusions of this in our "Proudly Pastel" exhibition in June.


Oh Karol!

April 10, 2017

Workshop with Master Pastellist from Queensland, Karol Oakley, started off with basic strokes and ended with a master class in developing and manipulating reflections and movement in water.  This two day workshop in the hills of McLaren Vale kept the participants running around with specific step-by-step instructions: with shadows, with light, and the way light bounces around to keep the viewer in the picture.  Meanwhile, Karol's individual direction provided all participants with techniques to improve their own skills and expertise.



Something from the Garden with Roe Gartelmann

March 14, 2017

First item of the day was the President's announcement that the committee had unanimously agreed that after over 10 years of making our delicious afternoon teas, month after month, Diane Noble would be a Life Member for her consistent and committed contributions to PASA.

Then Roe provided detailed but simple instructions on how to approach our paintings of the many items brought by the participants from their gardens on the coloured paper provided by Roe.  Visitors as well as new and old members launched into the project with relish, producing some very striking paintings.



New Year, New Programme

March 3, 2017

It was hot for the first meeting of the year at Coolinda.  Keen members attended to receive the President's report and vote in the new committee, renew acquaintances and memberships, receive a mystery gift of pastels, enjoy our usual delicious afternoon tea (homemade scones with jam and cream) and watch Glenda Parker transform a piece of paper into a peaceful country scene.  Check out the Dusty Dialogue for details of what's on show at Coolinda and Victor Harbor meetings, and workshops and exhibitions to be held throughout the year.  We are over 130 strong and welcome new members who are passionate, or even mildly curious, about painting with pastels.


Feeding body and soul

December 10, 2016

December is a time for celebration so on a sunny warm Saturday morning, over 30 members descended on The Cedars at Hahndorf for inspiration from a South Australian artist, the renowned Hans Heysen.  Wandering around the grounds of his home, filled with only a few of the artworks of this prodigious artist, and looking at his art tools in the studio he designed, you could almost feel his presence, encouraging and challenging.  Tour guide, Michael, provided many anecdotes of Heysen's long life.

Nearly 50 members attended the Hahndorf Old Mill for a delicious buffet lunch where art, of course, was the primary topic.



Where to next

November 13, 2016

PASA's final Cooinda meeting for 2016 was a hands-on affair.  Members brought along their unfinished paintings for advice and suggestions.  Glenda Parker opened the discussion on what-to-do where-to-go next, and brought along a piece of red perspex through which tone could be determined.  Then it was a matter of highlighting or darkening appropriately.  All the advice was welcomed by the members, some of whom allowed other members to work on their paintings.  Glenda reminded members that feedback must be provided in a positive and supportive environment and to guard against offering unsolicited advice.

David Chalmers brought along the finished product of the painting he demonstrated at last month's meeting.


A Plethora of Demonstrators at October meeting

October 9, 2016

The October meeting at Cooinda featured 3 demonstrators, each with a unique style and approach to pastels.  Jill Hansberry,  used pastel and pastel pencils to paint purple irises.  Working with a limited palette of colours, Jill draws up the picture before homing in on one area of the painting.  Colours are gradually built up before adding detail with pastel pencils.  Karan Hudson demonstrated a 'wash off' technique which involved gouache, waterfast inks, a basin of water and patience to quickly produce a large body of work to which watercolour and pastels may be used to complete.  David Chalmers used conte pencil to draw up a landscape before adding colour with pastels.  Participants had the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences with the various mediums with each other as well as the demonstrators.


Catherine Hamilton Workshop

September 29, 2016

Catherine Hamilton, a Melbourne artist, carefully spreads black printing ink over a piece of perspex with a rubber roller, then picks out the outline of her picture, adding texture by removing all or part of the ink.  She then places a dampened piece of smooth paper over the perspex and firmly rolling again (with a clean roller) on the back of the paper.  And voila!  A print is made.  Moving into production mode, Catherine makes a second or 'ghost' print, and then another, and then another.  One technique. 

Place a drawing under the perspex, mark out the outline and highlights of the drawing, apply a piece of paper and firmly roll.  Another technique.  Paint over the drawing on the perspex with gouache before repeating the process.  All these provide a "body of work" from which the artist can make a series of paintings with water-based acrylic inks,  charcoal or pastels.  It was a fast-paced two days and everybody went home with sheets of paper to which they can apply their imagination.

More details in the next issue of the Dusty Dialogue to PASA members



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