Joanne Barby

Joanne Barby uses PanPastel Colors as the main medium for many of her vibrant paintings.

“PanPastel has changed my life and I’m not just saying that! It is a perfect fit for the way I see the world and how I apply color to paper, plus it has literally opened up a world of possibilities to me!

I’m an artist who has never considered myself very good at drawing, as I don’t see the world in black and white lines. PanPastel Colors help me block in what I “see” in color, lines can be added later, once I have my “color map” developed in PanPastel. I’ve found that a lot of my students also see like me and that’s why my PanPastel Workshops have been so successful.” - Joanne Barby

Joanne Barby General Painting Set
Joanne Barby Seascape Painting Set

About her working technique, Joanne explains: “I begin by blocking in a thin layer of PanPastel first, then I build on the layers of PanPastel which gives me depth of color and tones. Finally, I use a touch of soft pastel stick, pastel pencil or charcoal pencils for the details. I work on A3 size paper or larger. I particularly love the PanPastel Pearl Mediums for blending the colors together, especially for backgrounds.”

Joanne’s inspiration comes from truly “seeing” the beauty of life that surrounds us, from the everyday object in a still life with its colors, shapes and shadows. To the characters and personalities of some of the wildlife and birds she paints. Creating a picture is a very personal and somewhat emotional journey for her; she thinks this is why she’s drawn to birds and wildlife. “My pictures reflect my mood, do I want to be brash and in your face, cheeky and full of character, or shy, soft and delicate?”

We have collaborated with Joanne on two sets in our Artist’s Signature Series:

  • Joanne Barby General Painting Set
  • Joanne Barby Seascape Set

About Joanne Barby

Joanne is a mother to three children, living and working on the South Coast of New South Wales in Australia.

Joanne’s artwork has been exhibited in many group shows, galleries and is in private collections internationally. She has also placed well in many competitions, including best artwork in the “Flora or Fauna” category and also the overall “People’s Choice Award” at a national pastel exhibition.

Her work has been featured on many blogs, magazine articles and other publications. Her work is also featured in the “Feathers of Inspiration” book by “Out of Step Books”.

Joanne teaches PanPastel workshops in Australia and internationally.

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