Rebecca’s intriguing pastel skills workshop

PUBLISHED: 18:30 23 April 2016

Rebecca de Mendonca with her two paintings  – children on a beach and a portrait of a terrier dog.

Rebecca de Mendonca with her two paintings – children on a beach and a portrait of a terrier dog.

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Members of Honiton Art Society were full of admiration for the pastel skills of Rebecca de Mendonca at its April meeting.

With a background in theatre, Rebecca has been inspired by the dancers of the English National Ballet, with light, movement and energy being important in her work.

For her demonstration, she worked on two paintings – children on a beach and a portrait of a terrier dog.

“Rebecca reminded us that often ‘less is more’,” said Thelma Woodward for the society. “Shadows rooted the figures to the beach and strong tonal contrasts added definition, bringing the figures forward.

“She also strongly recommended study of the human and animal skeleton to gain knowledge of the underlying structures, so important when depicting movement and form.

“This was evident on the terrier portrait where the bony structures are close to the surface and the variety of texture is achieved by the use of different pressures and marks with the pastels.”

This was the society’s last demonstration of the season and chairman Barrie Raby thanked Rebecca for ending it on a high note with ‘such a lively and comprehensive demonstration’.

The society’s next meeting is the AGM on Monday, May 9, at Awliscombe Village Hall, 2pm-4pm. All are welcome to attend.


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