The November meeting of the Society saw how artist Tony Jackson goes about creating an image to paint and how to make a start on a work in pastels, both hard and soft. Tony had taken a photograph on his table of an exploded iris seed pod and then payed around with various options, expanding and altering the colour of the image until it took on an abstract quality. He then made a start on a hard pastel drawing on smooth white cartridge paper, working very approximately to begin with and slowly building to more detail.
His second image was of a sunflower in soft pastel on coloured paper. He was attracted to the image because of the randomness of the petals of the flower. The result is below and Tony said he would do more work on it at home but probably more of the centre of the picture, slightly fading towards the edges creating a vignette effect.