Arty Bloggy

If you’ve read my website you’ll have discovered I’m dyslexic so I expect you can appreciate that blogging is not my favourite way to pass the day. BUT here it is worts and all. May you forgive my enimitable grammer and typos!

Beginners Soft Pastel Supplies

The number one problem for anyone beginning soft pastel is what to buy.  There are so many brands of soft pastel and types of paper it can be VERY CONFUSING and even put you off!  So to save you hours of research and to save you a ton of money.  Here's what I...

Jane Stewart – Rising Star

" "Sue’s tuition is first class, really well detailed with excellent hints, tips & instruction along the way." My pastel art journey began in June 2020. Having retired the previous year I decided I was going to try pastel as a medium and started collecting some...

Wendy Reynolds – Hidden Talent

I first met Wendy at my 2018 Hampshire Open Studios.   Wendy was really keen to have a go at using  Soft Pastel so I invited her to join my beginners day workshop.   This is Wendy's experience below.     Wendy definitely discovered a hidden talent at my workshop and...

Michelle White – New to Pastel

My learning journey painting with pastel has been amazing! I have been drawing all my life but I had to put my art on hold whilst I bought up my children.  In September 2020 my mum encouraged me to try soft pastel.  I have learned so much, improved so fast and it's...

Laura Parslow – New Pastel Artist!

I started using pastels during the first COVID lockdown in 2020 and joined Sue’s group at the start of the second. I had no formal training for my art and using Sue’s tutorials I lave learned so much. Much of my learning with Sue was basic, like how to sharpen my...

Case Study Cathy Holloway – Emerging Artist

I hadn’t drawn anything for well over ten years and certainly not in colour - I was strictly a graphite pencil artist except when forced otherwise in school art classes! Then the 2020 lockdown hit and I decided to learn something new. I couldn’t go to a shop and...

Case Study – My lockdown Artistic Journey by Ann Kretzschmar

"My real turning point was Sue Kerrigan-Harris’s 5-day soft pastel challenge!" I started pastel painting in April 2020 after 60 years of believing that I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body. My first teacher was Emma Hunt from west Cumbria. I started with a box of...

How To Watch My Art Video Tutorials – 3 Ways

  How do you watch yours? Leave me a comment and let me kniw what you do 😊 Did you know that there's not just one way to watch an art video tutorial?  And anyway you choose is the right way!  The format of my online classes starts with anyone coming on Zoom early...

Is Soft Pastel a Drawing or a Painting? 

A Drawing, A Painting or A Pastel - What do you call Art in the Pastel Medium? Did you expect a simple answer? 😅 Well, it kind of is and kind of isn’t. Clear as mud? Okay, let me explain. 🤓 Soft Pastel can be a drawing medium and a painting medium (as can paint!).  So...

How to Keep Yourself & Your Pastel Art Clean – 7 Top Tips

How To Keep Clean with Soft Pastel - 7 Top Tips A common complaint about soft pastels I hear time and time again is about getting messy! Pastels can be messy on your hands but you don’t need to be messy everywhere else. I am the most untidy person I know (apart from...

Beginners Soft Pastel Supplies

The number one problem for anyone beginning soft pastel is what to buy.  There are so many brands of soft pastel and types of paper it can be VERY CONFUSING and even put you off!  So to save you hours of research and to save you a ton of money.  Here's what I...

Jane Stewart – Rising Star

" "Sue’s tuition is first class, really well detailed with excellent hints, tips & instruction along the way." My pastel art journey began in June 2020. Having retired the previous year I decided I was going to try pastel as a medium and started collecting some...

Wendy Reynolds – Hidden Talent

I first met Wendy at my 2018 Hampshire Open Studios.   Wendy was really keen to have a go at using  Soft Pastel so I invited her to join my beginners day workshop.   This is Wendy's experience below.     Wendy definitely discovered a hidden talent at my workshop and...

Michelle White – New to Pastel

My learning journey painting with pastel has been amazing! I have been drawing all my life but I had to put my art on hold whilst I bought up my children.  In September 2020 my mum encouraged me to try soft pastel.  I have learned so much, improved so fast and it's...

Laura Parslow – New Pastel Artist!

I started using pastels during the first COVID lockdown in 2020 and joined Sue’s group at the start of the second. I had no formal training for my art and using Sue’s tutorials I lave learned so much. Much of my learning with Sue was basic, like how to sharpen my...

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