I was lucky enough to be able to take part in this weekend's Pastel Day Workshop with Christine Russell.
Saying that I am a beginner to any painting is a bit of an understatement, but what I lack in painting experience I made up for in enthusiasm - or so I like to think anyway!
Along with 6 other painters, Christine talked us through how to use pastels and after a amazing demonstration of how this medium could be used, it was our turn to give it a go.
I decided to pick a photograph of trees, rocks and a stream as it reminded me of Yosemite National Park, California and a holiday I took a few years back, in retrospect a little too complex for my beginner's hands (and eyes) but on I cracked - drawing the outline of my composition first, then layering the pastels, mixing the colour on the paper and applying when needed fixer to change the texture.
After several hours of concentrating I sat back and stared as for the first time in my life, a piece of art that I had done resembled (within reason) what I was trying to achieve. Don't get me wrong it's not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but I was still pleased.
With lots of advice and encouragement from Christine and great company I am absolutely hooked on pastel painting. The idea that if you do something wrong it can be redone appeals greatly to me.
Thank you to all the other people taking part in the course, you made my experience very enjoyable and I hope that you got as much out of the day as I did.