I feel like I am making a confession…
I have worked for Unison Colour since 2015 and I absolutely love my job. It mainly involves being an Account Manager for our many Associate Artists. However, I do not draw or paint! (the shock/horror as you read that statement)
The reason why I do not draw/paint is because I was informed at school that I was no good at it – I wasn’t the teachers favourite for a start.
As a runner who spends a lot of time in the hills, fells and forests, I am often taking photographs and I would look at the different colours, tones, shades and think to myself ‘that could be a BE6 or a green from our range’. I may be able to think like an artist, but I am not one.
During Lockdown 1 I began to doodle eventually purchased a sketch pad and some Faber Castell pencils. These pictures I created were not for anyone to see, they were for my own eyes.
The months dwindled past and one day I was having a catch up with one of our Associate Artists, Nina Squire. She challenged me to complete one of her seascape demos. With enthusiasm I bought my desk easel, sample pastel paper pack from Jackson’s Art Supplies (great value for money for when you do not know which surface to use), pastel pencils and the mighty Unison Colour pastels. I was ready or I thought I was!
Work was increasingly busy and with an 8-year-old as well as adding a Cocker Spaniel puppy to the mix, my attention was elsewhere. The art materials were lying in their boxes, waiting for their time to shine (or not!)
Then came Lockdown number 3, back to juggling homeschooling and work! This time my daughter was extremely upset that she couldn’t go back to school so Nina kindly offered to hold a Live Zoom art class for both me and Olivia. She thought it would benefit us both.
One Thursday (my day off) I banished my other half from the kitchen and we set up our makeshift ‘art studio’ I must admit I was incredibly nervous! Olivia was enthusiastic and could not wait to get stuck in.
With Nina’s guidance we drew the outline of the image and then it was time to add the pastel to paper. I was scared! I am exposed to so many talented artists and here was me the ‘pretender’ having a go. As the buttery soft pastel was added to the sky, I was starting to feel less nervous. Olivia was in her element and was going full throttle! I was panicking as she was putting the pastels back ‘willy nilly’ into the box and I was becoming slightly frustrated as I couldn’t find the colours I needed.
As we progressed, I could see an image beginning to take shape, whilst it wouldn’t win any awards, I had completed my first EVER pastel painting but best of all I had Olivia for company and she completed her first EVER pastel Seascape at the age of 8!
I must admit that it was one of the most nerve-wracking things I have attempted and I have run ultra-marathons. I do not like the image I created because I am a worrier and too much of a perfectionist. Nonetheless it has not dampened my will to learn more. So, when schools return again and I have some precious time to myself, I will have another go and who knows I could be posting in our Unison Colour Pastelling Community Facebook Group!