Category Archives: pastels

First Online Workshop for Aspiring Artists

Progress Report Today I attended the first of my friend´s new online workshops. It was almost like being in the studio with him. Modern webcams offer a remarkable resolution so that the course participants were able to look over his … Continue reading

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Online Workshops for Aspiring Artists

Introduction In these trying times of the Corona virus pandemic online painting workshops are the perfect pass time for people in lock down. Painting is enjoyable, it helps your mind concentrate on something pleasant and above all it is satisfying … Continue reading

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Hamish Blakely – An Artist I Admire

A few years ago I came across the wonderful work of Hamish Blakely whose paintings were on display at the Castle Gallery in Exeter. The gallery had to move to new premises after a fire at a nearby hotel in 2016. … Continue reading

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An Inspiring Book – “Traditional Oil Painting”

Book Review Recently I came across a wonderful book at my art supplier´s. After flicking through it I was hooked and bought Virgil Elliott´s book on “Traditional Oil Painting” which I am now reading for the second time. It was … Continue reading

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How to paint a river in pastels – Video No.226

Today I have chosen a 5 minute speed painting video by Les Darlow who creates a river scene in pastels. Les shows us how pastels can be employed to create beautifully atmospheric landscapes. He has produced training videos, gives presentations … Continue reading

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How to Paint with Pastels – Art Tuition Video No.217

Here is demo video by Serge Feeleenger who shows you how to paint with pastels. After a brief introduction this almost 6 minute time-lapse video is just amazing. Instead of drawing with his pastels Serge scapes the pigments off the … Continue reading

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Ivan Jones – Featured Artist

Ivan Jones lives and works in Herefordshire. After his retirement from veterinary practice in 1999 Ivan was able to return to the enjoyment of painting.  He paints mostly wildlife, animal and human portraits, and landscapes predominantly in pastels, preferring a … Continue reading

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View from the roof of the National Gallery – Art Tuition Video No.207

In this 10 minute video Ben Johnson talks about his work depicting a view of Trafalgar Square from the roof of the National Gallery. The whole process of creating this wonderful work of modern art shows that painting realistic townscapes … Continue reading

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How to Paint a Seascape in Pastels – Art Tuition Video No.206

Here is a demonstration by Graham Cox painting a seascape in pastels. It comes in two parts. Graham develops the sky in part one lasting about 8 minutes and he completes the painting in part two lasting about 13 minutes. … Continue reading

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Hamish Blakely – Out of Work Angels

I have discovered the wonderful work of Hamish Blakely whilst on holiday in Devon. I was fortunate to have spotted his paintings of Out of Work Angels at the Castle Gallery in Exeter. I am proud to have been granted … Continue reading

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