Q: What does a pastel feel like in your hand?

At work on "False Friends" photo by Diana Feit;

At work on “False Friends”; photo by Diana Feit

A: Each manufacturer uses distinct binders to hold the raw pigment together to form a pastel stick. Due mainly to this binder, each pastel feels slightly different. In general my favorites are ones like Unison that feel “buttery” as I apply them to the sandpaper. My least favorites are ones that feel hard and scratchy, but these too have their uses. For example, Henri Roche makes gorgeous colors, but they are very hard. I use them for the final pastel layer, the “icing on the cake.” Every stick of pastel has its own particular qualities and a pastel artist spends many years experimenting and learning it all.

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New York Artist Barbara Rachko www.barbararachko.com shares her perspective on pastel painting, photography, and the creative inspiration she finds in pre-Columbian civilizations, mythology, and travel to remote places, like her new favorite destinations, Peru and Bolivia.

Posted on July 19, 2012, in An Artist's Life, Art Works in Progress, Pastel Painting, Studio and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Q: What does a pastel feel like in your hand?.

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