I am doing an online class over at Wet Canvas in the Soft Pastel section, called Still Life – the Colourful Way. The class is being run by Charlie who does some amazing pastel paintings and uses some colour choices that I would never have thought to work, but they do, and so well!
Charlie stated up front – “Focusing on exploring colour – how it behaves, and how you shape forms and space and distance with it – is a fun way of approaching still-lifes.”
So far, it has helped me a lot with identifying warm and cool colours and has made me realise how much work I need to do on the values in painting – getting the darks and lights right.
Following are the my versions of the first image we are painting as part of the class.
We will move onto another painting now using the same process but refining it along the way. Using such bold colours is something I haven’t done before but it should be interesting to see how much of this process I will absorb and use in future paintings.
It’s great to be learning something new, and as I can’t get to an external class, doing something online is the next best thing.