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Harsh Pastel Colours

September 23, 2013

A few days ago I got an unexpected present –  a book by Hazel Harrison called “Pastel School”.  Although I haven’t done much with pastel it has always been my aim to explore this technique. Looking at the beautiful paintings, that have been chosen to illustrate this book, I couldn’t resist trying at least something out. (By the way, if you click on this link, you’ll be able to have a look inside the book.)

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I admit the colours are a bit harsh and might not look very real, but I had to work with what I had. The hardest bit was not to smudge everything, so I recommend to work from top to bottom, if you can. Also have a wet cloth ready to wipe your hands and avoid gusts of wind, otherwise… well, for e.g. my clothes had to travel straight to the washing machine!

Pastels on paper; size - standard A4

Pastels on paper; size – standard A4

Colourful autumn leaves is a brilliant subject for all kinds of experiments, so I encourage you to seize this moment. I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura Bloomsbury permalink
    September 23, 2013 10:35 pm

    Not harsh – bold and tactile. Hope there will be lots more pastels (and a busy washing machine)

  2. September 24, 2013 2:09 pm

    I really like the harsh colors. It looks like the objects are jumping out of the page. 🙂

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