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Pastels in Action

Working in pastels

Pastel is a new medium for me, though I have used coloured pencil for many years, it is slightly different  and I am still exploring the wonderful properties that it has.  It is great for punchy use of light and shade  to create delightful dramatic images.  I have organised my pastels in re-used plastic trays, into shadows, pales and browns to help me find the colour that I need more quickly.  These Shire horse foals have the most wonderful fluffy ears, though it is being lost from the very tips showing a shorter more adult coat underneath.

It was the relationship between these foals that inspired me, as well as the lovely, dramatic backlighting which highlights them in a very striking way.  Such a lovely touching painting.

Posted by Frances Sullivan on 30 January 2020 10:46

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