A new pastel painting video and off I go to IAPS


Pastel painting video


Over the last couple of days, I’ve been working at getting another pastel painting demo video up. And it’s done! Just click on the image to see it. I certainly would appreciate a like and a share and certainly comments or any questions – just write them up under the video. For instance, is there anything you would like me to cover in the narration over the demo? Also, what other types of videos would you like to see? This type of social engagement will help push my video up the ranks which in turn will net me more views which in turn will help enhance my internet presence! Not to mention, that I’d like to hear what you have to say! 🙂


Click to see YouTube video
Click to see YouTube video of my latest pastel painting


What I don’t show in the video is the thumbnail sketch and the actual set up. So here’s a little bit more info.


Thumbnail of pepper and garlic cloves, about 1.5 x 1.5 in
Thumbnail sketch of pepper and garlic cloves, about 1.5 x 1.5 in. In the sketch, I hadn’t fully decided to make most of the pepper a mid value – you can see the right side is showing as a light value.


The still life set up - pepper and two garlic cloves
The still life set up – pepper and two garlic cloves. You can see how light the dark blue paper is under the spotlight! The colour in the cast shadow is closer to what the paper looks like in normal light. Quite different!


The Schminke pastel set I used
The Schminke pastel set I used. I wanted you to really be able to see the pastels (you only glimpse them in the video). They are gorgeous! What I don’t understand is why the company didn’t make the second green darker or a different shade – they are very close in value and hue. Also the two reds, as much as I think they are luscious, aren’t really necessary. Instead, I would have liked a magenta or vibrant purple. Who can understand the decisions made?


"Pepper and Garlic Cloves," pastel, 6 x 6 in
And here’s the final pastel painting – “Pepper and Garlic Cloves,” pastel, 6 x 6 in. Hmmmmm…seems a little out of focus. I’ll have to rectify that later. Now if only I can remember……



IAPS here I come!


As you receive this, I will be winging my way to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to attend the IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Convention for three days. You can read about IAPS by clicking this link.

My plan is to make some quick, unedited videos at IAPS – talking to artists and vendors for instance – and upload them as I go. So watch out for them. A sure way to see them is to subscribe to my YouTube channel. You’ll see the subscribe button to the left below the video.

A short post today. Gotta go finish packing and then get some shuteye. Oh yeah, it’s HOT in Albuquerque and they have an outdoor pool – must remember my suimsuit!



A Kathy Venter update


You may recall that I wrote a blog on the powerful sculpture created by Kathy Venter. (You can read it by clicking here.) In the current issue of Boulevard Magazine, you’ll find a wonderful article about Kathy and her husband Deon, their life and art. Here’s the link to read it. Don’t you just love the opening photo??



Thanks for sharing my artistic journey. I look forward to sharing more with you.


~ Gail


3 thoughts on “A new pastel painting video and off I go to IAPS”

  1. joanne Sibley

    Always fun to see your videos Gail and they get better and better! Your next, with news of IAPS will be something to look forward to. The action , the gathering, the work of artists, what the suppliers have to offer, and of course the excitement of being part of it all.

  2. Very inspirational! I had googled Jan Barwick and found your article and enjoyed your video! Sara

    1. That’s very cool Sara! How did googling Jan Barwick have you end up on my article I wonder. Curious also to know your interest in Jan. Glad you liked my video. Thanks for commenting!

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