Where to begin? Where to end? I have experienced so much on this trip and all can’t possibly be told.
For me personally the reason for this trip was to step out of my comfort zone and to learn a pastel technique which was unfamiliar to me. That was a real challenge, because the Uart paper is completely different to the La Carte and blending is hardly possible or at least not the way I am used to. But Richard McKinley has proved himself to be a very good teacher who can pass on his knowledge in theory and praxis.
Even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to reach the quality in my painting as I am used to reach in my studio, there where points where I would have liked to skip out back to my old ways. But staying in the game with the new approach has payed off. I didn’t paint the pretty picture (a workshop is never about a pretty picture, I know), but I know now where my journey as an artist will improve.
At the Slough, 15×15 cm, Pastel on underpainting,
(c) 2011, Astrid Volquardsen
The paintings I did I will not show on the blog, because they have to stay in a safe place without additional comments, so I can get a clearer picture.
But I will report about some things that went on during this fabulous time I had there. Those of you who are interested in the techniques of Richard: really, everything is in his book Pastel Pointers or on his Dvds.