Painting Small Waves in Pastel - 2 DAYS June with Lyn Mellady

A beginners introduction to learning how to use pastels to paint small waves. We are flying SA artist Lyn Mellady up tot he Gold Coast to share her love of pastel. If you have never done pastel before and have no materials, Artable will have pastels that you can use on the day or you can buy a beginner set of 64 Mungyo pastels for under $40. Get started in understanding how to draw the waves & what colours to use with this step to step weekend workshop.

What you will Learn:

Lyn will demonstrate and explain how to paint large and small waves breaking on the sand. 

- how to get started in the pastel medium, what colours to use, which paper and how to make the best of this versatile medium

- understand the energy that shapes the wave. 

- see how the direction and shape of strokes help with the movement of the water. 

- enjoy creating the colours and clarity of the waves and see how the direction of sunlight creates sparkle and shadow in the foam as well as the water.


To assist beginners and those new to the pastel medium, Artable will have their pastel set available for you to use on the day, but Lyn has designed this workshop to be used in conjunction with a beginner pack of 64 Mungyo pastels which can be bought at Riot Art & Craft and Eckersleys for under $40. It is recommended that you pick up this set as there may be a few people trying to use the same colours at the same time from the Artable set. Sometimes in pastel, you need a touch of a colour that is not in the standard sets and this is where the Artable set will be useful!

We will supply all other materials including paper. 

If you have your own pastels, then bring those with you. There is nothing better than  having what you need in front of you!

Always carry a small sketch pad/notebook/pen or pencil!

The list below is for those who are experienced with pastel and wish to know Lyn's seascape list of colours - if you are a beginner, it is not essential for you to go out and buy these.

PASTEL COLOURS -  for those who already have pastels and would like to know the colours that Lyn uses specific to waves. These colours are not essential, but having a good range of lights & darks will help.

Blue grey- light mid and dark

Burnt umber- 3 or 4 tones Rembrandt no.409 3, 5, 7, 9or 10

Raw umber- very light mid and dark

Ultramarine- light mid and dark or tasman blue

Blue violet - light and very dark

Purple grey- light mid and dark Unison BV15 or 16 are also good

A cool blue- either pthalo, cobalt and/or turquoise if you love water

Caput mortuum or mars violet- light mid and dark

Olive green- light mid and dark

Grey-green- light mid and dark

Very dark green (Sennelier black green is good – or a Unison dark

Yellow ochre - light mid and dark

Aust Grey (arts spectrum)

Very soft white (Schmincke or similar)

Very light blue, yellow and orange (almost white)

Warm yellow - light mid and dark

A stick of thin charcoal

Orange light mid and dark – very useful but not essential

Red, Yellow, Blue, white, black watercolour for underpainting not essential and may not be used.


This workshop is being held in the luxurious surroundings of All Saints High School. You need to take the entry to the school with the large BLUE All Saints sign. Drive to the end of the car park and park there. You will see a building called the Visual Arts Centre.


If you are flying in, we recommend The Village B & B in Mudgeeraba for accommodation.


You are best to BYO lunch or drive out during the break. There is tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge.

Please note that Artable adheres to strict booking conditions as outlined in the link at the bottom of our website.

We look forward to welcoming you to this workshop and very special interstate artist!


All Saints High School - Highfield Dr, Merrimac QLD 4226

Book online

$395 per person

Meet the Teach

Lyn Mellady

Lyn is a 7th generation Australian and has been a professional artist of beach and landscapes for over 30 years. Lyn has a long list of awards and people who appreciate and recognise the emotional and physical truth in her paintings. Her passion is the untamed, wild and often fragile beauty of the country and coastline of Australia. Lyn had been a ballet teacher, a primary teacher and the first travelling art adviser to 12 NSW schools but her own artwork evolved, and it has become her career since 1981. No matter what her subject, Lyn searches for conditions or personal characteristics that imprint the character of an area into her memory. This character becomes the energy in her paintings.

Five of Lyn’s works have been acquired for government city collections in Australia and Japan. A sixth was hung in Parliament house Canberra. With art awards accumulating since 1984, her realist/impressionistic works in pastel or oil, have a visible sensitivity coming from observation and understanding of her subjects. She has been honoured and amazed to know that among her many clients, people have travelled from Sydney, Wagga, Hong Kong and Los Angeles to her studio on the Mornington Peninsula specifically to buy her work.

She loves teaching and is able to break down the painting to understandable steps. She believes that if an artist understands how to use the values of light and shade, colour, different strokes, atmosphere and textures they will be better able to paint and enhance the story that they have composed in their painting and freely choose to dispose of anything unnecessary.

Lyn Mellady features in nine art reference books, including: -

Luminous Colour by Linda Finch; The Kennedy Press editions of ‘Best of Worldwide Portrait and Figurative Artists’ 2012; ‘Best of Worldwide Artists working in Charcoal, Pastel and Pencil’ 2010, and 2011; ‘About Face’- the story of Fusion six portrait artists.,

Online she featured in the World’s Top 13 Seascape Artists from Best of Worldwide Artists Collectors’ edition –She also featured in magazines Australian Artist, Pastel International and Australian Palette.

The Australian Guild of Realist Artists have given her Life membership for service and her Fellow status represents the quality of her paintings. She is also a Member of the Pastel Society of Victoria where she has won in their annual exhibitions Best in Show, Runner Up to Best in Show, the Ming McKay Award, Best Landscape/Seascape best Waterscape and others.

In 2001, Lyn represented Australia chosen as charter member and juror for based in Canada. Since 1995, her history and expertise has qualified her to judge many art shows from Mackay (Qld) to Southern Victoria including the Camberwell Art Show.

Lyn, was a director of the Brialyn Fine Art Gallery in Frankston but retired (2016) after five years to give her painting more time. This extra time has also seen her able to conduct travel tours and interstate workshops across Australia.


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