From time to time our lovely painting tutors send us new images of their work and today we are privileged and delighted to share with you three pastels recently sent by Rebecca de Mendonça, who is coming to teach at the Watermill with her New Pastel School partner Nel Whatmore for a unique week-long course in Pastels next September.
Nel and Bec will be with us from Saturday 23 September to Saturday 30 September 2017. More details below – and don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on any of our fabulous 2017 painting holidays.
Bec’s new pastel above is called ‘Clinging on’ (70 cm x 56 cm). She says: “I love the drama of moorlands, and I found this lone tree clinging on to the side of a rocky tor on Dartmoor. Its roots had found their way into the cracks between the rocks. The piece was done in my studio from charcoal sketches I did in situ, with photos for colour references. I used a portrait format to emphasise the steep terrain.”
And here’s another pastel (on sand paper), to remind us of sunny days. It’s called ‘Turquoise Sea’ and it’s quite small, 19 cm x 19 cm. Bec says: “This little piece was painted using a holiday photo as reference, and memories of the bright sunshine and bright blue of the sea. I like to work small sometimes, as this encourages me to be quick and decisive.”
Finally, here’s ‘Warming Up,’ a pastel on pastel primer, 48 cm x 34 cm. Bec says: “This piece was inspired by watching riders warm up their horses for the dressage stage of a three day event. I was indoors watching them, as it was pouring with rain outside and I couldn’t sketch. Because the day was so gloomy, the dimly lit school had a great atmosphere to capture.”Rebecca de Mendonça and Nel Whatmore will be with us from Saturday 23 September to Saturday 30 September 2017. Together they have created The New Pastel School, after years of friendship and mutual respect for each other’s work.Their course at the Watermill offers the unusual experience of having these two experienced pastel artists sharing the tuition, and combining their expertise and great enthusiasm for this versatile and exciting medium. As tutors they can help people to see that there are always different ways to do things, even when working with the same pastels. The course will include some plein air painting, studio-based work and also trips out. What Nel and Rebecca seek to offer is a new experience of using pastels outside and to introduce the joys of exploring how inspiring another country’s landscape and countryside can be. They say: “As ever the atmosphere will be relaxed with one to one help, demonstrations and lots of lovely food! We seek to inspire you all to try something different and join us.”
Nel Whatmore loves colour and paints in a very expressive way as her focus is on light and getting emotion into a painting. She particularly adores painting flowers, landscapes and seascapes. She has been a regular exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show for the past 10 years, where her stand has won multiple awards including a 5 star award in 2016. She has appeared on TV and celebrity collectors include Zoe Ball, Richard and Judy, Gary Neville and David Gower.
Rebecca de Mendonça’s teaching and painting is the result of a varied career in the arts that has taken her from a degree at Wimbledon College of Art in Theatre Design, and working on projects ranging from Harrods Food Hall and the Phantom of the Opera to exhibiting at The Pastel Society and being a well known demonstrator. She has been commissioned to paint dancers at English National Ballet, actors in West End Shows, and has had work accepted by the Society of Equine Artists and The Pastel Society.
Come and enjoy tuition from TWO great pastellists, for the price of one! And don’t forget our Early Bird discount: If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £GBP 75 per person discount on any of our fabulous 2017 painting holidays.
As tutors they can help people to see that there are always different ways to do things, even when working with the same pastels.
with Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça
To learn more about Nel and Rebecca and their course at The Watermill, please click here
Come and join us for double pastel tuition at The Watermill!