Houston artist Diane Brahm was the demo artist at the May 3, 2014 meeting of PSST. Over her drawing of an Indian rider on horse, Diane used side strokes of Charvin water soluable pastels to mass in large areas. The Charvin pastels are hard, similar to the NuPastel brand.
Dipping her brush in water, Diane washed over the block-in, beginning with the lighter colors. After allowing the watercolor paper to dry, Diane added several layers of pastel, sometimes blending with her fingers or a paper towel. Diane seldom uses the softer pastels for her work. She talked about enhancing the composition with the addition of background rocks to lead to the center of interest. Watch for the finished painting on her website, http://dianebrahm.com.
PSST Blog is written by Carolyn Hancock