Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Inspired - Pan Pastel with Donna Downey

I'm back from a fabulous week away in NC playing with paints and 4 days of Pan Pastel at Donna Downey's Inspired Pan Pastel Workshop.

What an absolutely wonderful experience.   So happy I took the time to go and be "inspired". Great hosts and met bunch of wonderful new friends too!!THAT is always fabulous!

I have used and loved Pan Pastels as a background or accent medium but this workshop gave me the confidence to paint with it as, truth be told, it was designed to do.

As a class, we made bird images, added colour to transfers and did a forest motif to get the techniques "going" and then we were on our own to create.  I made 2 pieces I'd love to share with you here that were based on a couple of paintings that inspire me.  The first one is of an image that Kathryn Trotter created in oil on canvas - "Fashion Illustration 2".  Here is the original
And this is what I created with the pastels with my own "touch"

Made me smile...
But not as much as this one....
This is my version of a Fabulous Painting one of the gals (Judy) brought with her for inspiration,
This is a 16x20 Pan Pastel (with soft pastel accents) painting created on green pastel board
Since I used a print image of a painting provided by someone else, I don't know who the original artist is but I am looking into that as we speak ... cause I want to show you and credit such a wonderful image.  As soon as I know, I will put the link here.  If you know - PLEASE email me!!

I still can't believe I painted these!
Gotta love Pan Pastel!  Donna will be in the studio this September.  I would like her to teach a Pan Pastel class at the studio too...  so stay tuned for more info on that!

These two paintings I created are now framed and hanging in the studio for you all to enjoy!  I hope you come in to see them "in real life" soon

Hope you had a creative week!!


9 comments:

Quilter422 said...

you KNOW i still want your girl in the rain painting! absolute love for it. you did such a great job, an dit was wonderful to meet you and the rest of the gang.

Regan said...

give it to me!!!!!

Trish said...

Fantastic work Karen! You really got the technique down! When do I get to see the picture of Donna that I'm waiting for??? *L*

Jeannie said...

Love the girl with the umbrella. Absolutely love it!

Karen Ellis said...

THANK YOU ladies!! So happy you love... gotta keep my eyes on them me thinks *wink*

Patricia said...

I absolutely love your second painting! It is neat to see how much that can be done with PanPastels.

zouzou said...

I love your work very much. Thank you for sharing !

Deanna said...

Gorgeous friend!

Martha Richardson said...

Love the word & photo...JUST BREATHE !