I always enjoy learning new techniques, or following along tutorials from other artists to build my skills and continue to develop my creative expression. I recently did an online workshop led by Helen Carter where she provided reference a reference image and instruction on this beautiful Iris picture. I hope I did it justice!

Practicing with pastel pencils on 9×12 pastelmat. Reference image provided by Helen Carter.

Maine Coon Cat Soft pastel on pastelmat Reference: Pixabay
Sunday Drivers. Pastel pencil, Soft pastel and Pan Pastel. My own reference photo taken at my son’s summer camp a number of years ago! 9 x 12 pastelmat
Daniels Head, Nova Scotia, Canada seascape. Soft pastel, pan pastel and pastel pencil on pastel mat 9 x 12. Reference photo courtesy of Cal Brown.
Wild berries. Soft pastel and pastel pencil. My own reference photo taken during a trip to New Hampshire. One of my early efforts on pastelmat paper. A learning exercise but fun to do.
Mallard – soft pastel and pastel pencil. Pastelmat. Reference Pixabay.
Hummingbird – soft pastel and pastel pencil. Reference pixabay
The Barrel Racer. Source photo with permission from B. Martin. Soft Pastel and pastel pencil on Mi tientes touch.
Grey Kitten – pastel. This sweet picture was done on paper prepared with Golden Pastel Grounds. Source photo from Coloured Pencil Magazine. Primarily pastel pencil and soft pastel. 8 x 10

Janines Horse. Soft pastel and pastel pencil. Taken from my own reference picture.

“Axl” – Fall 2018. Pastel on sandpaper. 8 x 10.  My first attempt on sanded paper.

Markie – such a cutie. Soft Pastel and pastel pencil. 8 x 10

Navi – soft pastel and pastel pencils on paper prepped with Golden pastel ground.  Reference photo from owner N. Williams.