|The still life composed ready for action|
She set up a triangular composition with a black backdrop and lit it from the front right. The diagonal with red stripes in the photo is not part of the composition but the leg of her easel.
She began by quickly sketching in some outlines of the brass pot and the apples, making sure that the oval shape of the pot top was horizontal. She told us she works top to bottom and applies darks before lights. Blending with the fingers is only used for backgrounds. All other blending is done using the pastels themselves by applying pigment with a light touch.
For more information about Christine and to see some examples of her work and get details of workshops and holidays visit her website http://www.art-christinerussell.co.uk
The photos that follow show the demonstration at various stages of progress.
|Plenty of pastels|
|Notice the simple outline drawing and blended background|
|Working on the brass|
|Some highlights have been added|
|Now for the other apples|
|A closer look|
|Straw starts with darker tones|
|Now some lighter on top|
|Straw not worms!|
|The straw really has some 3D shape|
|The full picture.|
Marks on lower right are where she tested the colour of her pastels.