Q: What does a pastel feel like in your hand?
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. Rembrandts are medium-hard and I generally use them for the first few layers. The black backgrounds of my pastel paintings are achieved by layering lots of Rembrandt black.
I enjoy using Unison because they feel “buttery” as I apply them to the sandpaper. If you’ve been to my studio, you know that I use just about every soft pastel there is! Believe it or not, no two are the same color.
Each pastel has its own qualities and some are harder or more waxy than others. Henri Roche has the widest range of colors and they’re gorgeous! I want them to show so I use them for the final layer, the ‘icing on the cake.”
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Posted on April 20, 2019, in An Artist's Life, Art Works in Progress, New York, NY, Pastel Painting, Studio and tagged achieved, ”icing on the cake”, ”Worlds Seen & Unseen”, believe it or not, binders, black backgrounds, buttery, colors, Danzante”, distinct, expensive, experimenting, final layer, harder, Henri Roche, individual, layering, learning, manufacturer, medium-hard, pastel artist, pastel stick, qualities, range, raw pigment, Rembrandt black, Rembrandts, sandpaper, Unison, waxy, Westbeth Gallery. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.