Lismore Art Club Tutorials


Tutorials are held on the third Saturday of the month. Doors open at 8.30am to set up ready for a 9:00am start, through to 3:00pm at Wilson Park Primary School – Wyrallah Rd, Lismore.  Bring your own lunch, morning tea, drinks, a small table, easel, appropriate art supplies and preferably a chair.  The cost of each tutorial/workshop is $25 for the day for members and $30 for visitors/non-members.  ALL WELCOME

16 November 2019 Penelope Gilbert-Ng Pastel Landscapes

Bring a photo of a landscape you are interested in working on.

Pastel Workshop Materials List with Penelope Gilbert-Ng:

Paper: Colorfix

One Half sheet of White COLOURFIX Art Spectrum paper or White TEX Canson paper I shall show you underpainting in watercolour as this approach is just another method to pastel. You will need a selection of primary colour watercolours I use tube watercolours, Magenta for red, Aureolin yellow or lemon yellow and cobalt blue sometimes turqouise blue and a medium to large size synthetic oil painting brush for application (use and old brush as paper chews up bristles quickly as is abrasive).Watercolour palette.

Board: You will be working on half sheet paper having a board big enough to accommodate the paper size with some space around the paper. Backing paper (about 5 or 10 sheets of butchers paper) as padding behind the paper. You can use newspaper but iron out the creases as this will be bumpy otherwise.

Other Materials:

Bulldog Clips masking tape I use the masking tape all around the paper which gives a white border after completion

Easel…. Free standing or table easel

Faber Castell kneadable eraser, also plastic eraser

Fine mist water sprayer

Torchon / I use a colour shaper grey rubber tip.

Old flat hog hair oil painting brush/water container

2B pencil, Sketch book

Barrier cream Dermex 5A or barrier cream you can otherwise buy

Mask if you use one.  Apron, Newspaper, Cloth for table and floor

Pastel fixative optional not hair spray

Glassine paper for protecting painting for transport

Photos you have taken of portraits WITHOUT FLASH. Have a light source to create interesting shading. A connection to who you paint is important. No commercial photos from books or magazines. Your own resources of effort going out and looking for what appeals to you creates special paintings.


The pastels you have already Hard and Soft. Make sure you have a variation in tones of your colours such as dark medium and light. Suggested colours Schmincke quinacridone violet 048B, Schmincke perm orange 005 O (lightest one), a black, greys, ochres, umbers. Bring pastel pencils if you have them. Turquoise in various values.

For those starting in pastel Faber Castell have boxes of half sticks which are a good base of colours to start from and gradually add colours to your collection as you need them. Rembrandt also have excellent sets in different quantities to start with landscape portrait or mixed colours. Schmincke are difficult to buy so Unison have good colours and Art Spectrum have a good dark purple Flinders Blue Violet D520 that can substitute the Schmincke O48B and a new light colour set. I shall have some pastels for those who have small sets to use.

Lots of enthusiasm essential.