Saturday, April 25, 2015

Andrew McDermott Pastels


The FCA Calgary chapter brought in Andrew McDermott ( current president of the FCA ) , for a pastel and acrylic workshop. Having never used pastels and being in the mood to try something different, I eagerly joined 13 other artists for a fun filled two days of pastel dust. It was nice to interact with other artists and get out of my basement studio, away from the stress of deadlines. I was thrilled to have a live model, something I want to do more of , but I realized fast that I needed a lot more practice with my drawing skills. We all did little exercises and various timed poses. The second day we did a step by step painting from the same photo.

As well a very talented impressionistic artist, Andrew was an excellent instructor and we all had a bit of fun. I even managed to learn about pastels. I look forward to doing more drawing and maybe some pastel painting down the road, but now my mini break is over and it's back to work I go. Thank you Andrew and my fellow participants for a great time.

To see more of Andrew's work here is his website  Andrew McDermott

Here are some of my, not so impressive studies, and the second day painting above.



Cathy said...

I think that all of them are beautiful! I especially like the woman in yellows and brown, and the second day painting. Thank you for sharing : )

Sherry Telle said...

I'm so glad you posted the last model pose, I had to leave early and didn't get to see yours! No wonder the model wanted it!