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An interesting and entertaining afternoon with Anthony demonstrating how to use pastels whilst club members worked alongside him.
First, he explained how he prepared his paper using Acrylic Gesso, as this provided an excellent surface to work on.
Next, he showed us his wide range of pastels from the least expensive to the dearest. He explained how he starts with the hard pastels, which are often square shapes and after using his favorite hairspray to fix the surface, he uses the soft pastels for highlights etc. The soft pastels are mostly round shapes.
After passing around the image we were following, he laid a series of warm and cold colours onto the paper and rubbed these in.
Then, he drew the rough outlines of the picture before starting on the sky.
Eventually, he progressed to the rest of the canvas explaining what he was doing as he went along.
As the session lasted only90 minutes, not all of our works were completely finished but Anthony suggested that extra details could be added at home if required.
Members followed along his process, adapting their own images slightly as they learnt how to use the medium. There was a wide range of finished work but all were effective.
Hopefully after this session, some will develop their work to include pastel.
We look forward to what material Anthony will use next time as he is sure to be added back.