On in-class demonstrations

I’ve never been afraid to paint or draw in public. Over the last four decades, I’ve worked on all kinds of projects that have required me to do my work in front of an audience.

Being unafraid of failure

A lot of people are afraid of failing at their craft in public.  They shouldn’t be afraid. We all have good and bad days.

Proving you can do it

In my role as an arts educator, I have also found that there is no better way to teach and train art students than to do an in-class demonstration. A live demonstration also proves to the audience that you indeed have the required skills to help them in their own processes and development. For example, the still life above was created as a demo in a pastel class several years ago.

Enjoying the materials and the process

The wonderful thing about soft pastel is the intensity of colour and the immediacy of the work.  You can get a lot done in a short period of time. I have always used soft pastel as a tool in colour studies and in the early developmental stages of a painting. Pastel should be used by any serious painter trying to work out colour issues prior to even contemplating putting brush to canvas.  Colour should after all be decided well in advance of the start of any serious painting.

About the pastel above:

Title: Bowl of Oranges
Size: 9 x 12 inches
Medium: Pastel on paper

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