PASA - Pastel Artists of South Australia

An American in Adelaide

Over a two-day workshop, well-known American pastelist, Diane Rappisi, took 15 members of PASA through the steps of creating brilliant portraits - without drawing!  Interesting.  Relying solely on shapes, both in the initial sketching stage and then while applying colour, Diane built up an arresting portrait of her subject.  The sketching stage was done on Canson paper which had been lightly covered with pastel and then rubbed down - this method took sketch after sketch after sketch which was simply rubbed out with a paper towel ready for the next sketch.  An excellent device for working out the composition and tonal values, whether it be still life, landscapes, portraits or whatever.


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