PASTEL PERFECT: Tricia Taylor came up from Sydney to run a pastels workshop in Monto.
PASTEL PERFECT: Tricia Taylor came up from Sydney to run a pastels workshop in Monto. Jack Lawrie

Pastel art day about expanding horizons

THE ladies of the Monto Art Group invited master pastel artist Tricia Taylor to the town to run a two-day workshop.

This workshop, which ran all day Wednesday and Thursday at the Monto Historical Society complex, saw roughly half of the 12 attendees trying their hand at pastel-work for the first time.

"We're going back to the basics and learning about colour mixing, distance in a landscape,” Ms Taylor said.

"The paper we chose is really important to the end product, so we're using red paper to show through and give the best advantage.”

The first day of the workshop was mainly about technique, how to put on and erase pastels and how to layer.

On the second day, the attendees were given a full free day to paint their own original project using pastels.

Sue Ison from the art group got in touch with Ms Taylor to bring her out after members of the group saw some of her work at a Gin Gin exhibition.

"We had three or four new members of the group, so we're trying to introduce different things and encourage them to learn new skills,” Ms Ison said.

"We're hoping to do more workshops like this later down the line for other mediums like acrylic.”

The Monto Art Group meets at the historical complex every Thursday morning.

One member, Joy Bound won the prestigious McGregor Scholarship at the Biloela Art Show.


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