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Colourful Chronicles

Delve into our vast collection of guest blogs, and read about the intriguing methods that artists apply, while using Unison Colour pastels.

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What if?

Isn’t it exciting when you stumble onto something that is totally new?  That is what happened when a colleague and I were developing a series of workshops on creative underpaintings for pastel.  While experimenting and asking “what if?” the technique of “Floating Pastel” was created.

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The Pastels in My Life

I was first introduced to pastel painting by a friend about 10 years ago when I admired what I thought was an oil painting.

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Cath Inglis giving demonstrations at Patchings.

Patchings Art, Craft & Design Festival

One of the UK’s finest art, craft and design events, set in 60 acres of picturesque Nottinghamshire countryside, showcasing over 250 of the best professional artists, craft makers and designers.

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No Kidding

As an animal portrait artist I would like to take you through one of my paintings. I’ll say from the start that this is the way that I approach a portrait, and over time you will find your own way of working

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Limiting your Colour Palette

June isn’t the most obvious month for thinking about winter scenes – but for me it is when I start to plan out my Christmas card designs (I know – too early!).

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My Unison Pastels

I have enjoyed making marks on paper since discovering my mother’s notebook and pencil, aged 4. Like most children, I drew a little house.

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Exploring Pastels

One of my real passions is pastel painting & I love sharing the knowledge that I have gained over 20 years or so of working with them.

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How I Began My Pastel Journey

My pastel journey, started in December 2015 when my sister bought me a Christmas present of 6 pastel pencils. I had no idea what they were as I’d only ever used graphite pencil. I was afraid of colour from many failed attempts with paint!

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My Pastel Journey

Having drawn and painted all my life as a hobby from a very young age, and having been primarily a self-taught watercolourist, I thought I’d explored most art mediums available up until about nine or ten years ago.

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Wet Pastels – Not Dry!

There again I have never used any art media in the conventional way. I am a mixed media artist and I specialise in landscapes, the wild spaces and places in between the iconic scenes and views of Scotland are my thing and the wilder the better.

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A glowing sky in Iceland, shortly after sunset.

Iceland Fire & Ice, with Unison Pastels.

Iceland is a unique landscape with active volcanoes and icebergs gives its nickname “the land of fire and ice”. There are lots of inspiration for creative people, everywhere you look there is a scene waiting to be painted.

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The Power of Colour

Few things in life are more innate than colour – from birth to death, colour is a tremendous driving force in mankind. As a person with dyslexic traits, I value colours even more I guess then, say, mathematically biased brains.

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Emma Colbert

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Michele Lucking

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Emma Colbert

Speciality: Wildlife

Michele Lucking

Speciality: Wildlife

Emma Colbert

Speciality: Wildlife

Michele Lucking

Speciality: Wildlife

Emma Colbert

Speciality: Wildlife

Michele Lucking

Speciality: Wildlife

Emma Colbert

Speciality: Wildlife

Michele Lucking

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Emma Colbert

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