Experimenting with design and portraiture…

Still so much to learn in respect to proportion etc but this is basically an idea in the making, merging together natural elements with the feminine. Unfortunately I overworked the surface of the paper, should have sealed this first. The main image has been edited with Photoshop.

Emily’s Flowers

A little weekend therapy with inspiration from my talented niece and her wonderful ability to arrange the most stunning flowers – thank you sweetie! Work measures: 29″ x 21″ is a mixed media piece using ink, acrylic and pastel on pre-textured paper.

Side-track to “Road Home” – experimenting with tonalism and atmosphere.

As the weather cools and my mind wanders to far away places, I chose to take a side-road back into landscape; looking deeper into atmospheric techniques. Have called this work “Road Home” and is an experiment using various media to produce atmosphere. I am leaning towards a mix between Stage 1. and 3. (below) and will continue experimenting. The completed study is approximately 450 x 450 mm sq. worked on textured paper.

Toward the Tararua Ranges

This pastel study uses both wet and dry  pastel blending.  My aim was to produce a quietly toned piece that echoes the calmness I find in the landscape of the ranges.  In such changing times the ability to look towards such beauty, in all it’s strength and solidness, is both reassuring and grounding – I consider myself fortunate.

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!

 

Very pleased to be tutoring “Discover Drawing” in Levin. For those who have attended in the past, new subjects using similar mediums. For those who are new to this beginners workshop, I look forward to meeting you! For further details please visit the website.

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