Sambucus (Black Elder)
The dramatic contrast of the virtually black foliage with the pink and white blossom makes this black elder which grows outside my studio window a compelling subject. It almost dazzles in strong sunlight. Each spray is comprised of tiny flowers which I painted byusing the flaking method, overlaying white and pink flecks of pastel and
pressing them into the surface with the flat of a palette knife until the required density of colour and required shape emerges. The dark, pinnate leaves were suggested by holding the pastel stick lengthwise against the paper and scuffing feathery shapes outwards from the centre of the leaf, then flicking in some finer lines.
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‘Painting with Pastels’
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