I'm not making any promises about how often I'll post. I've seen lots of blogs where regular updates are faithfully promised, only to see them dwindle to nothing after the first half dozen posts.
So, why pastels?
Easiest for me! No messing around with brushes and wet stuff, and waiting for things to dry, or having to hurry to blend things while they are still wet. Just apply the colour direct to the paper, if it's not right, blend or overlay another colour, or brush it off and start again.
As a bonus they are pretty much pure pigment, so you get the clearest and brightest colour with no medium getting in the way.
Of course, the down side is that they always remain delicate, and have to be handled with care, and framed under glass. But I think the benefits outweigh the downsides so I guess pastel will always be my medium of choice.
So to launch my illustrious career, my first group exhibition is "All's Welly and Good", at Artrium Gallery, Tinakori Rd, Wellington. The exhibition runs from 2 to 28 February 2012 and has 14 of my paintings (two sold so far!).
Some other paintings can also be seen at Ngaio Fine Arts, Wellington.
I'll post any future exhibitions here as they arise.
That's all for now.