Monday, August 8, 2011

I See the World Through Soft Pastel

This weekend I took a course on pastel painting.  I have done several pastel paintings before, and I really enjoy it, but I've never had formal training.  The Pontiac School of the Arts managed to get Margaret Ferraro to teach this course, and she's an amazing instructor.  I got so much out of this class.

One of our assignments was to copy a pastel painting.  I rather ambitiously chose to do the Mother and Child painting by Mary Cassatt.  I definitely bit off more than I could chew - it's still not finished, and I have it below.  Its colours are muted because I have it covered with waxed paper for storing.  I'm going to put it out on the easel and hopefully take a crack at finishing it.  

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