PASA - Pastel Artists of South Australia

Pastel Techniques

The demonstration at this month's meeting at Cooinda was presented by Roe Gartelmann.  Even experts have unintended consequences.  The first attempt clearly demonstrated the need for the right paper as the watercolour under-painting simply soaked into the white paper.  Undaunted, Roe started again with, this time on coloured paper, with more successful results.

Using oil pastels, Roe used purple to mark the far distant outline, followed by blue, yellow and red for the far-middle range, middle range and foreground respectively.  Then blending washes of watercolour before adding some detail with soft pastels on still wet paper.  Finally, it was pastel marking to highlight the details in the foreground.  It looked so easy!  And then members tried their hand............

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