Before and afterA little while ago (1 July actually) I was invited by Pateley Bridge Art Club to give an evening demonstration with pastels and chose a dramatic landscape view from the top of Sutton Bank to show just how wonderful and expressive pastels can be to work with when you want to work quickly and in an impressionistic and energetic way.
Choosing to work with 'Clairefontaine' pastelmat as a full sheet of 70 x 50 cm board (colour 'Anthrecite' to give my colours some real punch), the layered pastel in the 2 hour demonstration using many different types of pastels looked like this...
Towards the light - Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire (stage 1)
Having developed the very essence of the scene for Pateley Bridge Art Group the pastel painting was finished later in the studio focusing primarily on the light, cliff shapes, light and dark and contrasting areas to give the painting real drama.
The two figures were added as the last finishing touches and elements to give this landscape real scale, height and aerial perspective.
Towards the light - Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire
Pastel on Clairefontaine pastelmat
Size 13 x 19 inches
This painting will be a signature piece to be shown in a joint show at Sutton bank visitors centre in the 'Inspired Gallery' from 17 April until 4 May 2015 along with many other paintings taking influence from the North Yorkshire Moors national Park.
It is with great delight that I'll be returning to Pateley Bridge Art Group in Glasshouses in Nidderdale (one of our favourite Dales in Yorkshire) to give an exciting full day workshop to on Monday 20 October to all the keen members so everyone can try out for themselves expressive pastel techniques.
We'll be painting a dales river scene and with the River Nidd flowing through this wonderful Dale we will be spoilt for choice for subjects to create some really exciting paintings together.
I cannot wait to get started!