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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 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 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

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

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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