We had an excellent turnout last night for Carole Massey’s demonstration and I don’t think anyone was disappointed as Carole treated us to an excellent evening, explaining her method of working as she produced a vibrant example of a cockerel using pastels.
Carole favours Schmincke, Sennelier and Unison pastels because they are soft and very high in pigment content. She augments her pastels with Derwent pastel pencils, she explained that the pastel pencils enable her to do the initial drawing and to use for small details.
The surface she used for her painting was a grey Mi-Teintes that Carole finds an excellent surface for her pastel work.
It was very interesting to see her method of working especially that she leaves a section at the side of the painting to try out the colours, to ensure she selects the correct one.
I know many of us have never tried pastels but after watching Carole I think there will be more than a few trying out this medium, which includes me.
Thank you, Carole, for an extremely interesting, informative and enjoyable evening, we look forward to seeing you again.
For those of you who would like to know more about Carole and her work, check out her website at http://www.carolemassey.com/
Picture and report by Colin Mossman.