Maintaining a balance…

I know I am not alone in wanting to maintain my creative practice whilst working full-time in another field. With this in mind I have begun to work within my time frame; learning new techniques on-line Karen Margulis – pastel artist and testing out my new found knowledge in short bursts of activity. The following images are some pastel landscape techniques I have been playing with along with some brief notes on my learnings:

  • Moving from a paper surface (Canson paper) to a textured board improves the ability to layer  pastels and adds textural interest
  • Working from a ‘notan’ – a small black and white study, helps to focus on contrast and values which add interest
  • The need to have a ‘pathway’ from foreground to a ‘destination’ point
  • Choosing your palette of colours before commencing your pastel painting saves time
  • Working on smaller ‘studies’ rather than trying to complete a finished piece frees you up to explore

I hope these notes were of value to you.  I will endeavour to share my new learnings and thoughts over the next few months. If it’s just 10-15 minutes a day, it is worthwhile and you will see results! Thank you for your continued support I very much appreciate it.

 

“Beautiful Blooms” – flower drawing workshops.

Beginners workshops in flower drawing with NZ artist Gill Allen.

Saturday September 21st and Saturday September 28th 2019
10.00 am – 2.00 pm.  (Beginning with morning tea at 9.45am)
Venue: Levin Venue TBC
Cost: $100 ($50 per day – including some materials)

Spring is here and with it the promise of a burst of natures’ colour. These workshops will give you a firm starting point to grow your love of drawing flowers. Our first day (21st Sept) will begin with pencil and work through to charcoal, with step-by-step tuition you can’t go wrong. Our second day (28th Sept) we will experiment with scale and colour, producing some large colourful work using soft pastel – an opportunity to be bold and vibrant!

Morning tea and some materials supplied.  You will need to bring with you: 2B & 4B pencils, A4 drawing (cartridge) paper, scissors, charcoal, kneadable eraser.

To register for this workshop (max 6 attendees) please email me at gillsartspot@gmail.com or send a message via my Facebook page – NZ Artist – Gill Allen  alternatively message me via my contact page on my website. Very much look forward to hearing from you!

 

Celebrating Women Through Song…

In conjunction with: “Festival of Stories” & “125 Years of Suffrage”

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom & Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po in the Horowhenua Region of New Zealand

Present…

Celebrating Women Through Song…

An hour of great music performed by some of Horowhenua’s female singer/song writers and musicians. Come down and celebrate with us – great songs, beautiful harmonies, thought provoking lyrics. Very much look forward seeing you!!

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom
Friday 21 September 2018 – 12-1.00pm

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po
Saturday 22 September 2018 – 12-1.00pm

FREE EVENT

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