This weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a two-day soft pastel workshop held by Australian artist Maxwell Wilks. Max has a very fresh approach to pastels, and the vibrancy in his work is amazing. He achieves this by a very direct application of his pastel layers - coupled with the fact that he never blends or smudges anything.
Watching Max at work was a real treat, so to commemorate the event, I purchased one of the pastel painting demonstrations that he did on the first day of the workshop. Here is his masterpiece: