Portrait Painting in Pastel
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–12:30 pm
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
In this workshop, we observe with a clear and careful eye our model’s unique structure, color, value relationships and posture. Our goal is to distill this complex information, through sustained study, into a simply expressed, harmonious construction. Working in the radiance of natural light, we engage in the intense color analysis intrinsic to working in pastel. There will be one pose for the duration of the workshop. A slide presentation and discussion of the instructor’s in-progress portraits illustrate her evolving response to her subjects, and the gradual interweaving of pastel strokes—from first steps to completed portrait. There is much opportunity to discuss the layers of encounter that shape the making of a portrait.
Ellen Eagle is represented by Forum Gallery. Her work is exhibited widely and has been published in, among other publications, The New York Times and The Newark Star Ledger, which described her pastels as having an “exquisite transparency not seen for centuries.” She is currently at work on a book about pastel for Watson-Guptill Publishers. For more information about the instructor, please visit www.elleneagleportraits.com.