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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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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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Landscape pastel painting.

My Unison Colour Journey

Like all good adventures it started as a dare. I had just started working in the art shop and I discovered the display of Unison pastels. They’re by the till in an antique wooden unit of thin drawers with a glass display on top.

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Pastel painting of a gaggle of geese, backlight provided by the sun.

Bringing Colour to Life

The enriching, nearly endless range of colour that pastels offer us is one of my favourite things about the medium. How lucky we are, to have all the world’s palette at — and, after a good day at the easel, all over — our fingertips!

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Stylistic pastel painting of a country lane.

Reimagine

For the past three months I have been immersed in an exciting project – to reimagine objects and subjects from Richmond Borough Art Collection culminating in a group exhibition at Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham.

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Pastel painting of large wall of shelves, squared off, and filled bottles of whisky.

Using Pastels

Art is a very personal journey, and pastels mirror this intimacy. However, in this article, I’ll try to explore how I view and use pastels in an attempt to help and inspire others about this medium.

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