The Power of Life Drawing


Carol Peebles, “Gigi Growing Up,” my daughter from my own reference photo, mixed pastels on Jack Richeson paper, 18 x 24 in.

Carol Peebles has a deep belief in the power of life drawing, that is, drawing from nature and what’s in front of you, to bring us together as human beings. Growing technological advances, as wonderful as they may be, also create isolation and detachment.

Carol Peebles, “Time and Patience Are The Greatest Warriors – Leo Tolstoy,” demo from life, mixed pastels on board, 19 x 13 in.

“Life drawing creates a synergy, encouraging a sense of responsibility to our fellow man and our world. It awakens our sense of life.”

Carol Peebles, “The Magic of Manhattan,” mixed pastels on Jack Richeson paper, 24 x 18 in.

Carol encourages everyone to pick up a pencil and draw. Ability comes from the doing.  And in the meantime, she reminds us that drawing is solely for our own pleasure.

Carol Peebles, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! –Emma Lazarus. Inscribed on the Statue of Liberty,” 2016, mixed hard and soft pastels on Colourfix paper, 14 x 19 in.

“You will slowly feel its warming effect on your spirit and I guarantee it will bring happiness and connect you to this wonderful world of ours. Faith in this creative process, and faith in your ability to achieve it, can change your life.”

Carol Peebles originally worked in oils but it was her first pregnancy that led her to draw with charcoal and from there, use conté and pastels. Trained in a classical realist tradition at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, today Carol teaches at the Blue Easel Club, which she also founded and runs. When not teaching, Carol is painting and showing nationally and internationally.

Join Carol, Albert Handell, Tony Allain, Colette Odya Smith, Stan Sperlak, Alain Picard, and other top pastel painters as they share best tips and techniques at Pastel Live, September 18-20, 2024, with an optional Essentials Techniques Day on September 17.


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