Thursday, July 6, 2017


16x12 Pastel on paper

Subject matter and process: This was my second pastel painting. I have been watching an accomplished artist in my figure drawing class use PanPastels to draw. So I finally purchased some, watched some You tube videos on using them and did a portrait of my husband. (See below. He wasn't sleeping but reading from his iPad in his recliner!). Then a fellow student in my drawing class said to try my next one on some better pastel paper and insisted I take a piece. Maya was the result. I am very pleased at how it came out. It felt as if it practically painted itself. I guess Maya (the real cat) was just so inspiring! Seriously, with the right paper and a little luck, PanPastels are incredibly fun.

Next steps: Now I just need to practice and learn how to preserve and frame them. Here's the lowdown: Oils are a bit messy because of the medium and clean-up, but relatively easy to frame. And unless you rip the canvas, they are practically indestructible. PanPastels (no experience with the other kinds) are easy to clean up but very delicate. I have already decided I don't like spray fixative (tried it on my Rick Reading one, so I will need to learn how to handle them so they don't smear. But I'm excited because it's so much fun to try something new. Pastel can never replace oils for me, but it's a nice change of pace. And I can use pastels to make studies for my oil paintings.

Materials: I used gray toned Canson Mi-Tientes paper and PanPastels.

Rick Reading-PanPastel

1 comment:

  1. Looking at portraits of two of my favorite family member's Rick and forever immortalized in soft pastels. Their images have been captured beautifully! Takes a keen artist's eye to express the heart or essence of the matter...thank you. LL