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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.

Reinterpreting a Photo

RS Weinblatt has a quick tip for you during the coronavirus lockdown.

Never Give Up

I started painting again back in about 2008. I say “again,” because I used to paint way back in 1972-74. Then I stopped. Why did I stop? Because I got married and well – life.

William Bradford – Pilgrim Father

About 18 months ago I was approached by the Friends of St Helena Church in Austerfield, Doncaster to produce a portrait of William Bradford (Pilgrim Father). This was to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to Plymouth in the USA.

10 of My Favourite Unison Colour Pastels

I know what you are all thinking – how can you choose just 10! It was a challenge, but here I have chosen 10(ish!) of my favourite Unison Colour pastels with a brief guide on how I use them.

A Lighter Shade of Pale

Coming from years living on both coasts of Scotland you would think painting the sea would come as easy as breathing; nothing is further from the truth.

Sunset and sandy beach artwork by Jennifer Thorpe.

How I fell in love with Unison Soft Pastels

Up until four years ago I hadn’t picked up a paint brush or pencil since school. As a child I would draw and colour all the time and was in awe of nature.

Pastel artwork by Nigel Smith

Chunky, and a bit crumbly

Nigel Smith’s story begins as a child, but it’s not until his 40s, when spurred on by family members at a time dealing with grief and mental health problems, that he puts his art in to action.

Travelling with Pastels

We were planning to spend 3 weeks in the south of France and I decided to take my pastels with me. After all, how much fun could it be in such a lovely area without a little pastel painting time?!

Face-Off event at Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi “Face-off”

I was recently contacted by Gaye Sekula, a co-ambassador for South Texas for the Portrait Society of America (PSoA). She asked for my help in setting up a “Face-off” event on behalf of PSoA here in Corpus Christi, Texas.

What a Performer!

In Ireland we have a saying: ‘Tus maith, leath na hoibre’ – or, ‘A good start is half the work’. So true in the case of animal art.  Getting a good look at your subject and getting a good reference is often not only half the work, but also half the fun!

Swash Your Way to Creativity

I can’t even draw a stick figure.”

Have you ever said that? Have you ever heard someone say it? It’s usually said with a bit of embarrassed cynicism.

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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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