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‘Lesson 9 – [Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart’



AS USUAL THESE LESSONS ARE FILMED IN REAL-TIME so that you can follow every stroke, every blend, every surface colour mix, every technique, hint and tip and everything that comes through as Artist & Author Paul Taggart works and provides a running commentary.

In LESSON 9 you will begin to appreciate the dynamism and subtlety of this purest of dry mediums. This is not about working with chalk and blocks of colour – this is truly painting with pure pigment and as such it is about brush-strokes and colour mixing.

The difference being that in this medium you will be relying on visual and surface colour mixing; something that you can exploit to its fullest.

As Paul works up the main body of water to its fina stages you will be seeing for yourself how to exploit colour temperatures, complementary colour contrasts and graduated value changes.

You will appreciate how working gradually in layers is akin to the traditional layering technique used in oils, watercolours and acrylics. It is only through this process of gradually building the colours though the different values that you will achieve a natural result – skip any of these layers and your work will look harsh.

Lessons 7, 8 & 9 should not be thought of as merely more lessons in this start-to-finish painting; see this set of three lesons as a stand-alone tutorial-within-a-tutorial on two counts – one for colour mixing, the other for effectively rendering water.

As with the first stages this painting has to be balanced and to this end Paul works on until he feels that the main body of water is more or less complete. Any fininishing touches will be added at the ‘pulling together’ stage in the final lesson.

THEN IT IS ON TO REMOVING THE MASKING FLUID and REVEALING THOSE DARK UPRIGHTS.

FINALLY in this lesson, a further reveal – how to exploit a kneadable putty eraser to introduce some subtle clouds into the sky.

You will learn much about how to exploit pastel strokes as you would a brush; how to manipulate the paper wiper as if blending and softening with a brush; how the underlying paint layer continues to influence the subsequently laid pastel colours and how it works in providing those dark accents and complementary foils.

You will not only learn about colour mixing on the surface, you will also learn about visual texture and so much more, for as with all of Paul’s tutorials, nothing is held back, you are privy to his every thought process and working method.

TECHNIQUE – Paul uses the layering technique of working from dark to light – A TECHNIQUE BORROWED FROM HIS TRADITIONAL METHOD WHEN PAINTING IN OILS AND ACRYLICS, which means THIS SET OF LESSONS COULD BE ADAPTED FOR USE WITH BOTH OF THESE MEDIUMS – one of the reasons why Artist & Author Paul Taggart refers to his process of working in soft pastels as “….painting with pastels”.

SUBJECT – A common request is for sunsets – so Paul has built the composition around one of his own Masterworks Oil Paintings in order that he can demonstrate the workings of sunset light reflected onto a main body of water AND how to render dark subjects that seemingly recede into the shadows and gloom contrasted against the bright intense light of the setting sun.

Follow Paul’s detailed demonstration and you will appreciate how Paul’s enthusiasm for his craft comes through as he delights in sharing his knowledge – borne from the experience of a professional artist of over forty years standing.

More useful box-sets from Artist & Author Paul Taggart…
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Equipment Focus for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Out and About with Paul – Soft Pastels with Acrylic Underpainting’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/outandaboutwithpaulpast1

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Lesson 5 – ‘[Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart’



Because you are working with a limited palette, you don’t have the luxury of being able to work through varying values of an extensive range of colours. Because you are working with sketching pastels, you don’t have the opportunity to apply too many layers.

BUT ….. this need not restrict you from exploiting techniques borrowed from Paul’s traditional method of painting. In so doing you will be able to achieve far richer results than you might suppose when working with sketching pastels. Results gained through the use of layers and correctly identified values of colour.

Which is why each of the lessons in this series can be viewed as stand-alone tutorials in their own right; as here in Lesson 5, which you will find to be AN INVALUABLE LESSON IN EFFECTIVELY DESCRIBING THE VARYING CHARACTERISTICS in DIFFERENT SPECIES OF TREES.

You will find this AN INVALUABLE LESSON IN ACHIEVING A VARIETY OF COLOURS by EXPLOITING SURFACE COLOUR MIXING.
You will also learn about the importance of rendering the correct values and how to go about achieving those.

You join Artist & Author Paul Taggart as he embarks on the second layer of pastel; in which you will be creating not only volume, but also introducing sunlight into the composition. As ever you will be working from the top of the composition downwards and as such, the trees are the first elements to get your attention.

Firstly, however, Paul needs to work up the reflected lights, which are the blue-biased cool colours throughout the trees. This he does either by using the available colours of pastels in the particular set of pastels, OR by surface colour mixing.

As ever this lesson is packed full of hints, tips and techniques, shared not only in what you can see through close-up shots and real-time filming, but just as importantly via Paul’s running commentary throughout. He shares with you reasons and consequences; such as where and when to apply highlights, where and when to apply yellow and hold back on the colour.

You will understand the function of blending and how to selectively manipulate blending to create volume and form. Paul explains how painting with a brush is emulated in the way in which you exploit the blender to enhance the structural qualities of the various trees.

Having completed the first pass through these trees in working up the reflected lights and creating the denser, softer darks and mid dark values you are then ready to move on to the sunlit, warmer sections.

As with any painting, you do need to pay attention when working through to the lightest highlights – patience in gradually doing so being the way to approach this. It is tempting to get those highlights applied, but pay particular attention to how Paul approaches this.

You will learn how to exploit varying pressures as you apply the pastel to the surface, how to exploit the piece of pastel in your grasp, how to exploit directional strokes and so much more.

In working through the section of trees, you will naturally work on the distant building and in so doing will also be negatively painting the trees that wrap around it.

Now work continues down the composition and the first eflected lights are placed across the ploughed field – this is about aerial perspective, vanishing points, perspective and so on – none of it is difficult, as you will soon discover through Paul’s simplification of the process.

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

‘Equipment Focus for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques2
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels2
‘Out and About with Paul – Soft Pastels with Acrylic Underpainting’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/outandaboutwithpaulpast1

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‘Lesson 8 – [Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart’



AS USUAL THESE LESSONS ARE FILMED IN REAL-TIME so that you can follow every stroke, every blend, every surface colour mix, every technique, hint and tip and everything that comes through as Paul works and provides a running commentary.

LESSON 8 – if ever there was a tutorial on surface colour mixing with pastels, this is it – so do not think of this as merely another lesson in this start-to-finish painting; look at it as a stand-alone lesson on two counts – one for colour mixing, the other for effectively rendering water.

To achieve the sense of depth in the waters of this Scottish loch, to the dazzling sparkles on its surface requires a measured approach of applying layers of ever-lightening values. It is only through this process of gradually building the colours though the different values that you will achieve a natural result – skip any of these layers and your work will look harsh.

Watch the main body of water gradually come to life as Paul continues to exploit directional brush-strokes and directional blending to ‘describe’ the flow of the water and the lie of the seaweed beneath.

Surface colour mixing is also key to the successful outcome of this principal element, where Paul is exploiting the interplay of colour temperatures and most especially complementary colour mixing.

See how those subtle coloured greys are achieved through overlaying complementary blues and oranges – not through the use of dull grey pastels.

TIP – it is recommended that you watch Lessons 7, 8 & 9 before commencing your work again at this stage – masking fluid becomes more stubborn to remove, the longer it is left in place. So plan your painting to accommodate this and you won’t be frustrated when it comes to removing the masking fluid.

You will learn much about how to exploit pastel strokes as you would a brush; how to manipulate the paper wiper as if blending and softening with a brush; how the underlying paint layer continues to influence the subsequently laid pastel colours and how it works in providing those dark accents and complementary foils.

You will not only learn about colour mixing on the surface, you will also learn about visual texture and so much more, for as with all of Paul’s tutorials, nothing is held back, you are privy to his every thought process and working method.

TECHNIQUE – Paul uses the layering technique of working from dark to light – A TECHNIQUE BORROWED FROM HIS TRADITIONAL METHOD WHEN PAINTING IN OILS AND ACRYLICS, which means THIS SET OF LESSONS COULD BE ADAPTED FOR USE WITH BOTH OF THESE MEDIUMS – one of the reasons why Artist & Author Paul Taggart refers to his process of working in soft pastels as “….painting with pastels”.

SUBJECT – A common request is for sunsets – so Paul has built the composition around one of his own Masterworks Oil Paintings in order that he can demonstrate the workings of sunset light reflected onto a main body of water AND how to render dark subjects that seemingly recede into the shadows and gloom contrasted against the bright intense light of the setting sun.

Follow Paul’s detailed demonstration and you will appreciate how Paul’s enthusiasm for his craft comes through as he delights in sharing his knowledge – borne from the experience of a professional artist of over forty years standing.

More useful box-sets from Artist & Author Paul Taggart…
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Equipment Focus for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Out and About with Paul – Soft Pastels with Acrylic Underpainting’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/outandaboutwithpaulpast1

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Lesson 2 – ‘[Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Pastels with Paul Taggart’



LESSON 2 and work continues on preparing the textural underlayer that was started in LESSON 1 on which the pastel work is subsequently applied; the preparatory work for which was previously covered, as detailed below. Paul introduces you to the texture paste and brushes with which this textured underlayer is rendered and passes on a multitude of hints and tips for how to work with textured paste. Close-up shots allow you to see not only how Paul applies the texture, but also the resultant effect and how both the texture paste and brushes can be exploited and manipulated to their fullest to achieve myriad different textures. See this as an opportunity to experiment and discover for yourself how these tools could provide you with an invaluable source of creativity in your pastel work. As with all of Paul’s tutorials, he works on the basis of providing you with various techniques, with which you can move forward in your work, to develop unique styles and techniques of your own. Watch as Paul experiments himself with different approaches to ‘sculpt’ and mimic the textures that inspire him in the subject, which was deliberately chosen for its varied textural characteristics. You will see him stipple and scuff, drag and sgraffito, blot and smooth, using a bristle brush and a smooth brush, with directional brush-strokes and more. This is exciting stuff, imbuing the composition with energetic characteristics.

Having allowed the underlayer to dry completely you NOW MOVE ON TO CREATING THE DARK UNDERPAINTING – which is where the accents in the composition are established. You could work in watercolours, or acrylics for this layer. However, Paul now switches to SOFT PASTELS, which, once applied, are then strengthened and fixed to the surface through the use of acrylic medium.

For this dark underpainting he is also MAXIMISING COMPLEMENTARY COLOURS to create a vibrant contrast to the rather subdued colour palette that appears throughout this composition’s subject matter. Again, exciting and exhilarating stuff.

Again you will hear Paul encourage you to experiment with different approaches to this underpainting, both in terms of the method, the media, the technique and the colour choices.

LESSON 2 ENDS with the completed application of the dry soft pastels, in preparation of the next stage in rendering this dark underpainting.

TECHNIQUE – For the main composition you will be 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, Paul refers you 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 – we provide FREE-TO-DOWNLOAD REFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHS available from Paul’s official account on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_taggart_artist_and_author/

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://vimeo.com/ondemand/techscompositionmatters

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

‘Equipment Focus for Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques2
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels2
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques3
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels3

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‘Lesson 10 – [Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart’



Having exposed the protected watercolour underpainting in Lesson 9, Paul now opens LESSON 10 by showing how to exploit that underpainting, turning to his soft pastels to work through from dark to light.

Although the setting sun is a dramatic element within this composition, the foreground is equally strong and important; acting as a frame to draw the viewer’s eye.

So it is that work continues on the wooden uprights that used to carry the ferry slipway on this Scottish loch. Dark and imposing they may appear, but as you will discover through Paul’s eyes, they need to be carefully worked to bring out their dark recesses, weather-worn textures and colours. Watch how a couple of well-placed blues enliven the deepest recesses, whilst subsequently overpainted splashes of red act as superb counterfoils; not to mention how Paul manipulates counterchange to maximimum effect. Final slashes of warm lights help to bring these wooden stancheons to life, picked out as they are by the setting sun.

Developing the painting in a balanced way is essential, so Paul now turns to the foreground stony beach, bringing this up to the same stage.

Finally in this lesson, you are shown how to introduce clouds into the distant sky; firstly dabbing them through with a kneadable putty eraser, before turning to a single yellow to render a sun-yellow halo around each – a rich and enlivening addition to the overall composition.

AS USUAL THESE LESSONS ARE FILMED IN REAL-TIME so that you can follow every stroke, every blend, every surface colour mix, every technique, hint and tip and everything that comes through as Artist & Author Paul Taggart works and provides a running commentary.

You will learn much about how to exploit pastel strokes as you would a brush; how to manipulate the paper wiper as if blending and softening with a brush; how the underlying paint layer continues to influence the subsequently laid pastel colours and how it works in providing those dark accents and complementary foils.

You will not only learn about colour mixing on the surface, you will also learn about visual texture and so much more, for as with all of Paul’s tutorials, nothing is held back, you are privy to his every thought process and working method.

TECHNIQUE – Paul uses the layering technique of working from dark to light – A TECHNIQUE BORROWED FROM HIS TRADITIONAL METHOD WHEN PAINTING IN OILS AND ACRYLICS, which means THIS SET OF LESSONS COULD BE ADAPTED FOR USE WITH BOTH OF THESE MEDIUMS – one of the reasons why Artist & Author Paul Taggart refers to his process of working in soft pastels as “….painting with pastels”.

SUBJECT – A common request is for sunsets – so Paul has built the composition around one of his own Masterworks Oil Paintings in order that he can demonstrate the workings of sunset light reflected onto a main body of water AND how to render dark subjects that seemingly recede into the shadows and gloom contrasted against the bright intense light of the setting sun.

Follow Paul’s detailed demonstration and you will appreciate how Paul’s enthusiasm for his craft comes through as he delights in sharing his knowledge – borne from the experience of a professional artist of over forty years standing.

More useful box-sets from Artist & Author Paul Taggart…
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Equipment Focus for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Out and About with Paul – Soft Pastels with Acrylic Underpainting’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/outandaboutwithpaulpast1

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Lesson 1 – ‘[Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Pastels with Paul Taggart’



In LESSON 1 you go straight into preparing the textured ‘underlayer’ on which the pastel work is subsequently applied; the preparatory work for which was previously covered, as detailed below. Artist & Author, Paul Taggart introduces you to the texture paste and brushes with which this textured underlayer is rendered and passes on a multitude of hints and tips for how to work with textured paste. Close-up shots allow you to see not only how Paul applies the texture, but also the resultant effect and how both the texture paste and brushes can be exploited and manipulated to their fullest to achieve myriad different textures. See this as an opportunity to experiment and discover for yourself how these tools could provide you with an invaluable source of creativity in your pastel work. As with all of Paul’s tutorials, he works on the basis of providing you with various techniques, with which you can move forward in your work, to develop unique styles and techniques of your own.

Watch as Paul experiments with different approaches to ‘sculpt’ and mimic the textures that inspire him in the subject, which was deliberately chosen for its varied textural characteristics. You will see him stipple and scuff, drag and sgraffto, blot and smooth, using a bristle brush and a smooth brush, with directional brush-strokes and more. This is exciting stuff, imbuing the composition with energetic characteristics.

This stage of working the underlayer continues in LESSON 2.

TECHNIQUE – For the main composition you will be 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, Paul refers you 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 – You can either work-along with Paul 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 Paul’s official account on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_taggart_artist_and_author/

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://vimeo.com/ondemand/techscompositionmatters

In the ten lessons in this box-set Paul takes 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 Paul and, as with all of his 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 his 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 Paul always refer to using pastels as ‘pastel painting’.

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

‘Equipment Focus for Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques2
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels2
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques3
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels3

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[Box-Set Trailer] Series 3 : Learn to Enjoy Painting in Pastels with Paul Taggart’



Unlike Artists’ Quality Soft Pastels, which Artist & Author Paul Taggart describe as ‘painting’ pastels; these somewhat harder Sketching Pastels can be somewhat limiting. However there are ways to work around these limitations, one of which is to work them over an underpainting to provide the darker accents and contrasting base, which has the benefit of also providing a firmer ‘tooth’.

“Welcome to ‘[Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Pastels with Paul Taggart’ – together we are going to be exploring the possibilities of using SKETCHING PASTELS with a watercolour underpainting.

In ‘[Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Pastels with Paul Taggart’ – we looked at a similar technique, again using watercolour underpainting. However, the difference between these two types of pastels, is such that it is more difficult to build up layers with the harder sketching pastels; which require a much bolder approach – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels2

Because you are working with a limited palette, you don’t have the luxury of being able to work through varying values of an extensive range of colours. Because you are working with sketching pastels, you don’t have the opportunity to apply too many layers.

Which is where this method and the techniques demonstrated really will prove invaluable – for they afford you the opportunity to exploit as many techniques as possible to manipulate your pastels. The method used here is adapted by me from my own traditional painting techniques.

As ever, these tutorials are filmed in real-time, accompanied by my running commentary throughout; so that you can truly work-along at your own pace, without the fear of missing anything.

In this nine-video box-set you will learn how to exploit traditional layering techniques for use with a limited palette of pastels.

You will be working from dark-to-light and will learn how to identify light and shade as you progress.

You will learn about surface colour mixing with overlaid colours and with colours laid against each other.

You will learn how blending will help you achieve volume and form and so much more.

You will learn that there is no limit to what you can achieve with that limited palette, provided you are given the right help and are equipped with the techniques with which to work – which is what I am to do in this box-set and the companion box-set ‘[Series 3] Painting Topical Techniques for Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart’.

You can work-long on the same subjects, for which we supply free-to-download reference photographs; or you can work on your own – it is entirely up to you – download these reference photographs for free from artworkshopwithpaul on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_taggart_artist_and_author/

Value-for-money is our philosophy, which is why we keep our prices as low as possible; so that you can either rent each lesson, or buy it to own it, for working along whenever you want.

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

TO KEEP UPDATED on our growing index of video tutorials here in Vimeo click the Follow button on this VOD Page AND register on the Official Website for artworkshopwithpaul – http://www.artworkshopwithpaul.com

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

‘Equipment Focus for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques2
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels2
‘Out and About with Paul – Soft Pastels with Acrylic Underpainting’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/outandaboutwithpaulpast1

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[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 – – https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_taggart_artist_and_author/

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]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpastelsequipment
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques2
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels2
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pastelstechniques3
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Sketching Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 3]’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels3
‘Out and About with Paul – Soft Pastels with Acrylic Underpainting’ – http://vimeo.com/ondemand/outandaboutwithpaulpast1

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‘Painting Topical Tips – Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels’ with Paul Taggart



COMPANION TUTORIALS:-
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – CLICK HERE – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpaulpast1
‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 2]’ – CLICK HERE – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/paintinginpastels2
‘Painting Topical Techniques for Soft Pastels with Paul Taggart [Series 1]’ – CLICK HERE – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptpasteltechniques

THIS DETAILED SET of three Painting Topical Tips IS AN INVALUABLE COMPANION to the layering technique of working with Artists’ Quality Soft Pastels; used in the still-life tutorial in this ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Soft Pastels Series 1’ boxed-set.

SURFACE MIXING FOR ARTISTS’ QUALITY SOFT PASTELS – Painting Topical Tip 1

Use this as a practise project and work along with Artist and Author Paul Taggart as he guides you through several options for how to ‘mix’ Artists’ Quality Soft Pastels colours on the painting surface.

Here he demonstrates in real-time how to paint a piece of fruit (in this case an apple) using five ‘surface mixing’ techniques with a limited palette of Artists’ Quality Soft Pastels.

Lying colours next to each other for visual mixing, overlaying selective colours and thirdly, blending of overlaid colours which he demonstrates to re-inforce why Paul uses the term ‘pastel painting’, rather than drawing with pastels.

Furthermore, he shows TWO TECHNIQUES FOR SCRATCHING THROUGH TO REVEAL UNDERLYING LAYERS OF PASTEL COLOURS – which would open up a whole new world of possibilities.

PAPER WIPER BLENDING IN ARTISTS’ QUALITY SOFT PASTELS – Painting Topical Tip 2

Painting in a wet medium is associated with using a brush – but how does that relate to ‘painting’ in soft pastels, which is how Artist & Author Paul Taggart describes his techniques of working in Artists’ Quality Pastels?

In this simple, easy to follow Topical Tip, this author of fourteen books demonstrates how the paper wiper shares properties with the brush and how to exploit these to their fullest – particularly in correcting, reshaping and redrawing. Thus proving that changes can be made throughout a pastel painting, which enables you to enjoy this medium, rather than fear it as being inflexible and difficult.

Learn how to use the shoulder of the wiper and the tip to achieve different effects; how to apply different pressures to either embed the pastel into the background to stabilise it, or to blend across strokes and effectively mix colours on the surface.

Work along on a simple single colour exercise and then move on to the same subject done in several layers of a range of hues of the same colour.

ERASING KNIFE TECHNIQUES IN ARTISTS’ QUALITY SOFT PASTELS – Painting Topical Tip 3

In this simple, easy to follow Topical Tip, Paul Taggart demonstrates how to exploit the unique characteristics of the Erasing Knife.

Firstly he shows how the rounded knife-edge comes into its own as a means of removing previously applied layers of Artists’ Quality Soft Pastels – to reveal the patination of colours beneath.

Work on your own exercise and experience the difference between using the knife as opposed to using a kneadable putty eraser.

Learn how to use the rounded knife-edge and the tip to achieve different effects; how to effectively create ‘strokes’ of colour through the layers.

Not only is the erasing knife an invaluable tool for working through layers, it will prove so much more than that when you appreciate just how accurately it can be exploited to sharpen an edge, or pin-point a tick of colour.

AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE FRIGHTENED BY THE PROSPECT OF MAKING MISTAKES IN WORKING WITH CHUNKY STICKS OF THIS EXTRAORDINARILY SOFT MEDIUM, WORRY NO MORE – FOR AS PAUL WILL SHOW YOU, THE ERASING KNIFE IS A DREAM AT CORRECTING OR CHANGING ANYTHING YOU MAY CONSIDER A MISTAKE.

As with all of his start-to-finish tutorials, Paul Taggart carries out detailed demonstrations, whilst also providing a running commentary. YOU WILL PICK UP A WEALTH OF HINTS, TIPS and TECHNIQUES.

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