Pastel Workshop - March 3, 2018
Chuck Ceraso's pastel workshop could have been in any medium and he gave us a lot to think about as he proceeded to set up a still life and then work through the steps to it's completion.
He began by showing us how the Impressionists moved from a strictly tonal palette to the new observation that a shadow wasn't just a different shade of it's object's color but a totally different color. There were questions as to why he chose certain colors. Maintaining that the actual color was not critical at first, he backed this up by showing us how each color being laid down affected every other color and that we should strive to increase our field of vision, not completing each item in the still life but moving back and forth between the items. He called it “sculpting with color” where you lay down a color that you think might eventually get you to the final one.
His encouragement to us to look with different eyes at each surface and note the various colors that were actually there, was a new approach for many of us. Chuck called this a visual experience where you looked at the shapes of colors, and pick a different one for each mass.
The second half of the workshop was devoted to our individual efforts at sketching out basic shapes including the shadows and then experimenting with a color palette of light to dark. This was followed by a critique session where we could see how our pieces could be improved upon. As usual, it followed that there were many ways to see the same things and the more we practiced the “seeing” the better our work should become.
- Submitted by Carol Elliott