Abstract Painting Techniques - Portraits in Pastel with Debora Stewart

Artist: Debora Stewart
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-DST2d
Runtime: 1 Hour, 21 Minutes

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Debora Stewart will help you be more creative in your pastel portraits with this video workshop! Start off with a photo reference and follow lessons on drawing accurate proportions and develop an aesthetically pleasing composition. Next explore color schemes and how to translate what you see into exciting painting possibilities. Finish this workshop off with a complete demonstration start-to-finish.


Inside Abstract Painting Techniques: Portraits in Pastel you will find:
  • Lessons on how to draw from life & photos
  • Exercises on composition & color schemes in abstract art
  • Quality expert instruction


About Debora Stewart
Debora L. Stewart is an abstract artist working in both pastel and acrylic. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Her pastels have won awards from Pastel Journal Magazine, International Artist Magazine and the Pastel Society of America. Stewart is represented by galleries in Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and California. Her work is in private collections and public including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Through the years she has developed a unique way of working with pastel and acrylic by combining under painting, value drawing and textured grounds. Debora is a regular instructor with Artists Network University where she teaches an online course in creating abstract pastels. She also teaches workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada.


  1. Introduction
  2. Explore the Subject: Draw from Life & Photos
  3. Explore Color Schemes: 4 color scheme exercises to help choose colors that work together
  4. Demo: Acrylic Underpainting
  5. Demo: Draw the Subject
  6. Demo: Prep the Surface
  7. Demo: Develop with Pastel
  8. Demo: Final Touches


Rives BFK paper in white 280 gsm(or other paper that accepts water)


Several flat synthetic brushes (for underpainting and dissolving pigment)
2-inch, long house painting brush or foam brush (for acrylic ground application)

Pastels (Debora uses Unison brand)

Variety of hard and soft pastels
Variety of warm and cool colors, and neutrals
Variety of values (dark, medium and light for each color)


Water containers
Paper towels
Charcoal (vine and compressed)
Newsprint (or other scrap paper)
Acrylic Ground for Pastels (Debora uses GOLDEN brand)
Styrofoam plates, small plastic palette knife (for pastel acrylic ground)
Color wheel (optional)
Hairdryer (optional)
Rubbing alcohol (and container for application)

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