We had a splendid day with John Patchett, who was informative, entertaining and an excellent demonstrator. We learnt about hard pastels and soft pastels and why we shouldn't try to use hard over soft; about the 'difference between chalk and cheese' - how some so-called 'pastels' are really only chalk, or contain some wax; about starting 'thin' and working up to 'fat', using pastel lightly in the early stages and more thickly or opaquely in the later stages; and about reserving the darkest darks, lightest lights and sharpest marks till last. He uses patstelcard himself, which allows a superior finish to the cheaper, thinner pastel papers.
Finally, he reviewed our work of the day, had high praise for some and gave all of us helpful advice and suggestions, motivating us to work further on our efforts.
Many thanks to John for a very enjoyable and worthwhile day. You can see a few examples of his work (right) and various stages (below) of the demonstration he did for us. See also his website at http://www.john-patchett.co.uk/
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