Producing a Still Life Using Soft Pastels

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Producing a Still Life Using Soft Pastels

During the first period of the day Mrs Blossfeldt introduced herself

and told us about her life and history of pastel work. Mrs Blossfeldt

explain the best techniques and how to get various tones and structure

to our work.

Second period we started drawing out the rough outlines, in a light

soft pastel of the still life, which in our case was a vase of

flowers. After I had finished sketching out the basic form and

structure, and made sure I had got the proportions correct I was ready

to start adding detail.

After coming back from break we all started adding detail and building

up the picture, making sure I was getting the right proportion and

adding bright colours and cures to make it look as realistic as I


Throughout the rest of the day I added layers of pastels to build up

the picture to get the tones and boldness. I made sure I finished the

artwork in period 6, and I had finished early so I decided to take on

a background. To make the flower look like it wasn't this on its own,

and I choose the same sort of colour which I used on the flower so it

wasn't so bright, and making sure it didn't loose the detail and

composition of the flower.

Techniques I have learnt from Mrs Blossfeldt were, by adding layers of

colours which wasn't the actual colours I could see, but just a small

amount of blue on the flower, makes the artwork standout and have more

structure within, and makes your artwork better quality and more


Mrs Blossfeldt adds layers of pastel colours to build up tone and

texture making the artwork more exciting and different. She doesn't

really use any new technology on her work, Mrs Blossfeldt uses natural

light and sharpens the pastels by sandpaper.

The formal elements I used within my artwork were, tone, which I did

by adding layers of colours on each other.

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