Art Group Demos Via ZOOM or at your venue.

Pastel, Pan Pastel and Mixed Media including Inks on Micro abrasive Surfaces - delivered with passion. Pan Pastel is an incredible NEW medium allowing the use of lots of other mediums to get involved. Watch a video, click here, this is the sort of thing I would do at a demonstration, although I would do 2 or more during the session, always different, always exciting. I talk about composition, tonal values and explain how i create my compositions and why composition is so important. How to create atmosphere, light, energy and movement. Always different, always fun and exciting.


I love to paint live, and thrive on an interactive audience. If you have an Art Group or Society and would like a demonstration in Pastel or mixed media, give me a call or drop me an email at My charges are FROM £135 for a 2 hour  ZOOM demo PLUS travel. For On site demonstrations please email of call for quote.


At yesterday's meeting of Leyland Artists I  used the tea break to ask a number of artists who attended their reaction to your demonstration and report the following responses  . "Absolutely fantastic demo", "Les unbelievably produced three impressive works of art in just two hours", "The most impressive demonstration of pastel work I have ever seen", "Inspirational presentation",  "A mind blowing performance"
All in all Les quite the best response to any professional demonstration I have arranged in the past five years.
Looking forward to seeing you again on Monday 11th May 2015
Alan- On behalf of Leyland Artists.
Hi Dave
What an amazing artist we were privileged to have at W.A.G. yesterday.
The energy he used in the way he put the pastel on paper was unbelievable, no other artist paints in that way.  The way he talked about the beautiful pastels, his advice on value and composition was inspiring.  The finished paintings he produced in record time were so beautiful, no wonder he was clapped so much.  The ladies and Derek from Elise's class were really blown away with him (I spoke to them at break and later).
He was a real treat for everyone.  Thanks Dave and please can we see him next year.
Bye for now

Art demonstration at Springfield Art Society, Oldham, Lancs

Hi - yes Les was absolutely brilliant l am soooooo glad he came and that l made it to the Group...  I was entirely inspired and he answered quite a few questions for me re pastels.. Because he was so good at explaining things.... I am going to try Canson mi taintes paper and my best quality pastels ... I have a few... But l may also treat myself to some Unison pastels too n move into pastels like l have wanted to do all year... 
Thanks for all you do... It is appreciated you know, and you have created a wonderful art group here ... 
Kath w

Hi Les,

Just to say a big thank you for your two brilliant demonstrations last Wednesday and the workshop on Saturday.  Everyone has commented on how good they were and to do three paintings in each demo session is a first.  We will be booking you again next next year at Shefford and Sundon Park.With regard to the workshop, it was a personal achievement for me to complete a painting in the one day when I am well known for taking too long!!
Thanks once again for your help, Paul Paul Birtles 
Artist & Illustrator
Whilst visiting the Birmingham Art show in 2014 ,I came across an artist Called Les Darlow demonstrating pastels .
There  I witnessed  a number of people painting and producing good results under Les's guidance. I was so impressed that  I later booked him for a Demonstration and Workshop in February this year at my Bedfordshire Art Club.
During the two hour demonstration Les gave us three different, very colourful paintings all of excellent quality and content.
The following  Workshop was also a very informative and rewarding day for the club members and myself .
As a result of these impressive and memorable event days,I have now rebooked Les for a further two sessions in April .
Pete Brown