After obtaining her BFA in Painting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Laurel was a graphic designer specializing in print advertising for many years. She has explored photography and printmaking, but for the past several years has devoted her time to working in pastel. She has enjoyed participating in workshops with several nationally acclaimed artists to help further develop her artwork. Her pastel paintings have been included in many juried exhibits and have won both regional and national awards. She's a member of the Great Lakes Pastel Society and currently teaches at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
THE PASTEL MEDIUM
Pastels are pure pigment held together with minimal binder. The more binder, the harder the stick will be. Starting with hard pastels, you can build up luscious color using progressively softer sticks. This layering is what distinguishes a pastel "painting" from a pastel "drawing". Laurel most often uses Rembrandt, Sennelier, Great American and Girault pastels on Wallis or Uart sanded paper. She has recently started experimenting with Pan Pastels on different substrates.
The Pastel Painting class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts meets once a week for 2 1/2 hrs. For more information or to register go to kiarts.org.
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