I’m just about to hit 30 completed pastel pieces! I asked myself at one point early on ‘I wonder what my 100th piece would look like?’, so now I’m on a mission to get to that piece! Pastels have taken over this year, so I’m putting off experimentation with oils until later.
As I tend to, I practice by copying other work and trying to replicate technique. I then move on to translating a photograph or oil painting into pastels. This poses some difficulty of course, but it also forces me to play with shades and blending materials in order to try and achieve an end result similar to my reference material.
There’s a reason pastel artists have huge collections of hues, and as someone with a very limited palette, I’m feeling the limitations. If you don’t have a hue you want you may want to try and blend various colours to achieve it, but paper only takes so many layers so you have to get it right pretty much early on. I think it’ll be a while before I stop collecting shades, but I’ve already moved past the paper I started with and onto Uart, which is a brilliant American sanded paper that takes more layers of pastels.
I’ve been calling this an addition. It is, but a fun one 🙂