Working in Pastels

Soft pastel is a wonderful medium -
expressive, immediate and very messy.

pastelsOver a few years I have collected pastels from many different makers simply because I like to experiment. I have my favourites, my likes and dislikes, but have no loyalty to any particular brand, and am always on the lookout for new products. I now keep them grouped by colour in different containers as this is the easiest way to work.

When I started working in pastel I had assumed that it would be a great medium to carry round on my travels, but nothing could be further from the truth, not only because of the large number of different colours, but also the sticks themselves are fragile, and the paintings are extremely vulnerable until framed, even when they have been fixed.

With all its drawbacks, working in pastel has been one of my favourites for years.