[Box-Set Trailer] Series 4 Learn to Enjoy Painting in Pastels with Paul Taggart’

Welcome to our Highland studio and ‘[Series 4] of Learn to Enjoy Painting in Pastels with Paul Taggart’.

TECHNIQUE – For the main composition we are working with a three-stage system for creating physical texture. Physical texture may seem a little strange for pastels, which are generally simply applied to pastel paper or to a surface that has a ‘tooth’.

To explain this fully, I refer to the study that was created for [Series 2], the view of an Italian village. In this you will see that all of the textures are created visually; they are ‘visual’ textures that rely solely on the texture of the ‘tooth’ of the surface on which the pastel painting is worked.

Imagine, if instead of simply relying on the tooth of the pastel paper, you could create and therefore control, the texture over which the pastel is laid. This would also allow you the opportunity to create a stronger base, one that would enable you to apply more layers of pastel – which, in turn, gives you the opportunity to exploit the richness of these pigments, much as you would when working in layers with the traditional technique of working from the darkest accents through to the super-highlights.

Furthermore, this controlled application would result in ‘structural’ texture, as opposed to merely ‘visual’ texture. For which I am using texture paste.

SUBJECT – chosen for its variety of ‘structural’ texture. The weathered door, set into a highly textured stone wall, through which we can see a hidden garden beyond (long-since nurtured and gone to wildness). Foreground grasses and wild flowers, give us defining contrast, whilst the distant tangle of plants that occupy the space within the four boundary walls offer us aerial perspective and yet more, varied textures. You can either work-along with me on the same subject, or use your own, it is entirely up to you – for which we provide FREE-TO-DOWNLOAD REFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHS available from my official account on Flickr – –

PREPARATORY COMPOSITIONAL WORK – is covered in our box-set ‘Composition Matters’, in which you can follow the reference gathering, thumbnails, tonal drawing and transference to the painting surface – https://www.

In the ten lessons in this box-set I take you step-by-step from the first strokes of texture paste right through to the finishing highlights on this composition.

Everything you need to work-along with me and, as with all of my tutorials, each lesson is filmed in real-time and nothing is held back.

There is no editing-out, no speed-painting, no skipping stages.

Everything is shared with you, nothing is left out of either my demonstration, or running commentary.

Close-up shots not only allow you to see how the method of application affects the resultant texture, but also show the effect of blending and how pastel strokes can be worked like painting with a brush – which is why I always refer to using pastels as ‘pastel painting’.

We look forward to your company and as always, send you best wishes for your painting, from Eileen and myself.

Paul Taggart
Artist : Author : Presenter : Producer

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MORE USEFUL BOX-SETS from Artist & Author Paul Taggart…

‘Equipment Focus for Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ –
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ –
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ –
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ –
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ –
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ –
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ –
‘Out and About with Paul – Soft Pastels with Acrylic Underpainting’ –

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