The Mackinac Arts Council has been offering a series of workshops this summer; they offer a great opportunity to explore different mediums and to just play a bit, with no expectations of serious work...and it's been great fun!
I recently attended a pastel workshop by Nicki Griffith, here's her description:
And her fabulous collection of colors!
A few finished works:
And here's mine!
I really love the pure colors that can be achieved and I even managed to work loose, which is a rarity for me. I usually tend to very realistic and tight and working with the pastels brought back some memories of childhood crayons.
Pastels are messy, which is both a joy and a hazard - I came home covered in color!