Choosing a Pastel Palette

I have spent the past few days cleaning my studio so I would feel like working. It’s sort of clean and kind of organized now, so I did some thumbnail sketches yesterday, prepped some paper for pastel, and did some watercolor washes for background. Tonight, I pulled out my menagerie of pastels and set about closing some colors for my little sketches. Aaaaaarrrrgggggh! That was me, channeling Charlie Brown. I instantly wished for the set of pastels that I have access to in our fun classes with Michele Wells. My brain was telling me to choose colors for my receding banks of trees that got lighter in value and cooler in temperature. Well, with my selection of colors, I could get lighter or I could get cooler but not both. What’s a girl to do?! I gave up for the event when I started putting a pure brilliant blue in my distant trees and I could feel it vibrating in my head. Google to the rescue! I was going to look up how to mix colors when you don’t have 437 pastels to choose from.  I’m still going to look it up, I have words like simultaneous contrast and layering running through my head, but I wanted to share this link with you all. I stumbled upon this article about choosing your palette, and it makes so much sense. Tomorrow, I’m going to reorganize what I have with these guidelines in mind. Then I’ll have a better understanding of what I can do with what I do have as well as what I need to add to my collection to round it out. I’ll get back to you on that color mixing thing.

Daisies and Fields in Pastel

Once again Michele taught an educational and entertaining pastel class. These are becoming a habit! Today I stayed for two classes. Teresa, Katie, and Betty tried out the pastel experience in the afternoon class and did a fantastic job. We are all really enjoying the new medium, the new experience, and the new friendships.

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A River Runs Through It

wpid-20150308_112931.jpgWe painted with Michele Wells again today. This was a doozy. Very ambiguous forms, not a lot of structure, and LOTS of sky. Rough. But, everyone did a great job. We had a couple of newcomers (newer than those of us who are new-ish, anyway). Mary and Niki jumped right in and tackled what was a pretty difficult image in a brand new medium. Very nicely done. Everyone did such a wonderfully different painting. It was so fun to watch them all develop. Michele treated us to a demo throughout the class, and that really helped everyone get a better handle on the process. Next one will be even better. wpid-20150308_113037.jpg

Pastel Party #2

Our little group of pastel painters is at it again! We visited Michele Wells at Green Door Art Gallery for a second time Sunday and had a great time again. These students just keep amazing me with what they accomplish. We are all enjoying working with the new medium and having a lot of fun learning from Michele.

Next time, we’ll take two smaller group photos so that we can see everyone’s work! I want to zoom in and see your gorgeous paintings, but it’s so dark!


Pastel Party!

Oh, we had fun today! Several students ventured to Webster Groves with me today to take a pastel class with Michele Wells at Green Door Art Gallery. It was fun, different, full of color, and ultimately kind of addicting, I think. Everyone did a great job, including Michele, who did a great job teaching a bunch of pastel newbies to make gorgeous landscape paintings. I think I speak for everyone when I say we can’t wait to do that again!