As a committed pastel artist and an acredited Master Pastellist with over 30 years experience with this medium, Louise still thrills at painting with soft pastel. It is as if pastels were made for her. Louise grew up in beautiful Christchurch NZ, spending endless hours in gardens and the stunning landscape of this country. This experience has shaped her world, almost indelibly etched within her being, and certainly is a huge player in her subject choices today.
As a child she existed in her own world, lost in thoughts, playing with colour, drawing on furniture, walls, and my school books.
Being a hands on person Louse delved into craft, music, clay and many art mediums, then eventually soft pastel. Louise was overjoyed to receive a scholarship to study pastels in New York, before studying in Europe. Over the years she have played an extremely active role within the Pastel Society of Australia Inc, this service included the role of President for an extended season.
Louise is passionate about her art and love to share the joy she has discovered by immersing herself in this world of expression. As a teacher by profession Louise has found it pure delight to unfold the delicate intriacies of this medium to those wishing to learn. Louise has organized and taught numerousl International plein air workshops throughout Europe, including the UK as well as workshops throughout Australia. Her studio is a place where folk can visit and learn the craft of the pastel medium. Teaching is interspersed with exhibitions and other events.
The landscape is a place where Louise can communicate with nature, exploring the elements but most of all interpreting my emotional responses into visual format to share her discoveries with others. Studying the laws of nature empowers Louise to understand what is happening, thus adding to her visual stories. There is something so wonderful about actually seeing nature’s gradations, of seeing the veils of atmosphere between Louise and her sujbect, to actively thrill at the intersection points of the landscape elements and to feel the fullness of pure honesty of nature in any season. She longs for the landscape to talk with her to share its secrets and for it to be blessed due to her being within that space.
A workshop designed to take you step by step through the process of discovering, exploring, and using soft pastels.
You will be taken on a journey that will incorporate:
You will not be expected to emulate Louises style, but rather you will be encouraged to have your own voice and style to express. Anything from abstract to realism will work well in soft pastel. The subject matter will remain your choice.
There will be lots of information shared, but more importantly there will be even more experimenting and creating by you!
Create colour studies, technique studies, and a favourite ‘something’ of which to be super proud.
Louise has arranged for some pastel products to be contributed from a reputable supplier to supplement your own materials. These will be a bonus for you to keep.
Note: Oil Pastels are a completely different medium to soft pastels, so please don’t bring these along.
We call pastel, Soft Pastels, to differentiate between oil pastels and soft pastels.
Check out these sites for their prices. They will post to you.
www.softpastels.com.au many brands of pastel from which to choose, they sell in sets and by the individual stick of pastel. They also stock the Canson Mi Teintes paper pad in the grey tones.
www.musgraveart.com.au they sell the AS papers by the individual sheet.
(If you have pastel pencils bring them, however these are optional)
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