Demonstration of still life painting with pastels

By Ron Ripley

For the demonstration Ron used soft pastels and a grey Canson pastel paper using the smoother side.

The preliminary drawing was done lightly using pastel pencil. The main areas of colour were then blocked in making use of the side of the pastel to cover the areas quickly. All areas were gradually worked up taking care to note the direction of the light when applying shadows and highlights.


Some photos of his demonstration are shown below.




The original still life setup

The finished demonstration