We started off with Helen wearing a soft green toned kaftan with headdress, when we started the day with graphite sketches.early stages of two pencil sketches
We then moved onto using charcoal, white chalk and sanguine conte on coloured pastel paper I had provided including black. Our model wore her own clothes as they consisted of a long navy and white patterned skirt with a deep red long sleeved top.
again early stages before adding sanguine or white chalk highlights
We then came to our full coloured pastel session using both pastel pencils and soft and hard pastels on coloured ground of each member's choice.
two very colourful gypsy pastel paintings in progress on coloured ground
A difficult session next with block washes of watercolours or inks with no underlying line drawing. Here our model wore a fetching number including long black wig and royal blue gown with gold trim, belts and jewellery as Cleopatra.
Finally, in the belief that members had practiced sufficient skills throughout the day not to need my advice, I dressed up as a pierrot and for a change posed standing ( leaning against a tall backed chair I might add for support). Their brief was to work in mixed media, using as many of the previous materials as possible.
Great day with well deserved coffee, lunch and tea breaks thrown in . We voted to work in acrylics next month as they had so enjoyed our first venture into this medium last November.
Sorry such a long post to read through, but wanted you to see how well everyone progressed through the programme I had planned for the day.