Soft pastels – Tilly and Elsie

TM2013_pp30cm x 41cm (A3) Soft Pastels on rough Mi-Teintes board. Phil Carrero

From the gir’s medal winning performances at the Australian Junior Championships¬†Perth 2013

My first attempt to learn pastels. I love the medium, the purity of color and the challenge to produce realistic work with it. Challenges were fixing, with which spray, how and how many layers. Which surface is best for my purpose, tried smooth illustration board, rough Mi-Teintes and primed board. This last one, the board, seems to be the one to develop further.








By Phillip

Currans Hill artist Phil Carrero started as an impressionable 16 year old drawing charcoal portraits through the streets of Buenos Aires. He worked his way up from drawing to painting and begun to sell his works around that time. Coming to Australia in 1973 , at the age of 23, Mr Carrero continued his studies in Art and completed an apprenticeship for four months to get himself better acquainted with portraiture painting. Meanwhile, for almost ten years produced and sold many ship portraits and marine paintings. -After that I begun getting around 12 commissions a year for just portraits. That's the point when he begun to make a living out of painting-, he said. He paints in the Traditional, Realistic style ... English and Italian schools, his portraits can resemble the Grand Manner style of the 19th and 20th centuries in England and later, America. (extracted from "Artist has brush with thieves", Macarthur Advertiser, January 2004)