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Artist Blogs

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

Natalia's pastel collection.

Pastels – Love from the First Touch

My first pastels experience happened when I was in the School of Arts at one of the plein airs, during which, students were allowed to take different materials and try mixed
techniques.

pastel painting of a rocky coastline and azure sea.

Finding Yourself in Art

As artists, we all crave to cut our own path in art and get recognition for work. ‘Originality’ might be an advanced subject, but once an artist is comfortable with their medium, the next quest would be to forge signature work that snowballs the artist up into the next level.

Pastel portrait of a dog

The Art of a Good Drawing

If you are a beginner to painting portraits in Pastel, this is for you, if you’re struggling because you feel you’ll never improve or your just starting out, this is for you and if you’re looking all around you, seeing beautiful art that you’ll never aspire too, this is also, for you. 

A pastel painting of a bison on a dusty plain

Exploratory Sketches

Do you work from photos or from life? This is not an either/or question. There are pros and cons to either approach and I prefer the best of both worlds.

A predominantly grey pastel painting.

The Power of Greys

Greys are a vast and complex family of colours that seasoned artists spend a life-time of pursuit in order to achieve and harness their incredible potential.

A raccoon takes a sip from a stream

What If? Part II

“What if?” can lead to a stronger painting. We hear it all the time… “Just because it is in the photo doesn’t mean we have to paint it that way.”

A pastel painting of a tabby cat, padding across a lawn.

Velour, Emma Colbert and the Beast from the East!

I can tell you the exact day I first picked up a Unison pastel: Tuesday February 27th 2018 – the Beast from the East gave me the day that every secondary school teacher hopes for – a Snow Day!

Golden Shores by Fiona Carvell.

Finding your Creative Place

I hope this finds you well during this unsettling and strange time. May 2020 is not how I envisaged…

Hiking for Inspiration

Inspiration is an exciting phenomenon because we never know when it will strike us. We can’t force it, we can’t just wait for it, but we can go many ways to stumble over it.

Dust on the paper, not the shelf

I guess there’s truth in the saying that doing art and buying art supplies are two kinds of hobbies (or passions). You can’t have one without the other, but also one can get carried away a little bit too much.

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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

Speciality: Wildlife

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

Speciality: Wildlife

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