As I was working through Part Two, I started looking around for more opportunities to practise some of the techniques that I was looking at in the course handbook. After seeing a course advertised on Facebook called “Introduction to Pastels for Pleasure” that’s local to me, I signed up.
The course consists of a two hour session every week on a Tuesday evening for 8 weeks, and I thought it would be a good thing to do alongside my OCA coursework and exercises.
This evening I attended my first session, which was centered around trying the materials and a few types of paper with some fruit set out on the tables to draw.
Looking through some paper samples, I noted that there are some types of paper that were better for this medium, and that this was not necessarily the paper that is sold as being specifically for pastels.
Given a small sheet of ordinary brown parcel paper, and three different types of pastel of the same shade, the first thing I did was experiment with mark making.
I then tried drawing one of the pieces of fruit on another piece of parcel paper.
After completing this, I then moved on to drawing on sugar paper, which is another lovely surface for this medium as it has a nice ‘key’. The only problem with cheap sugar paper, I was told, is that it does have a tendency to fade very quickly in sunlight.
After finishing the bananas, I had a somewhat last minute attempt at drawing the pineapple. This was a much more daunting subject, and was positioned behind other fruit.
I have noticed that I have a habit of almost “quitting while I’m ahead”, and feeling quite please with both my first and second drawings, I felt a reluctance to start another drawing on a blank sheet of paper. This is a habit I want to try to break over the course, as I have noticed I do it with exercises too and in my personal art work.