Discovering Pastel

Discovering Pastel

The school summer holidays after I finished exams, my parents gifted me with an art course with a local artist who specialised in pastels.

These are the sketches from that week, around the villages and lanes near Ramsbury in Wiltshire.  I still like them after all these years – they hold good memories. 

Painting the river and bridge was the first time I tried creating reflection.  I remember being covered in insect bites – so always check where you decide to paint Plein Air!

I recall enjoying the coolness of drawing inside the church on a hot day.  Even then I liked the abstract pattern of the bricks and doorframe of the barn and how the undergrowth was becoming part of the building.

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