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  1. Thank you for that, Delmus! 'All good advice.

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  2. Although Rembrandts are generally classed as soft pastels - I'd put them at the very hard end of "soft."
    However, when you look at the extremely high standard of Jennifer Blenkinsopp's work, you can tell that they obviously work for her!

    Personally, I much prefer Schmingke and Senellier soft pastels. These are in a different class of softness - a bit like comparing glass with butter!!!

    I can't find either Schmingke of Senellier pastels in the Philippines, so I buy them every chance I get when I am abroad.
    Otherwise, I order these very soft pastels online from MisterArt.com: The world's largest online discount art & craft supply store!image-4189998-1205315 - and have them delivered by FedEx.
    (Mister Art's prices are very reasonable but I find that I get stung by the customs on delivery...)

  3. My first choice for a pastel paper would have to be any decent hand-made watercolor paper

    A very close second and, in some ways, also my first choice is Waterford Watercolor, Rough

    After that; anything with plenty of tooth and strong enough to withstand some scraping and a lot of water and fixatives. (I tend to make a watercolor wash using pastels and a wet paint brush to create my initial background colors, layout and color scheme... after that, I always go over the top with fixatives - except in the final layer where I never use them)

    Canson Me Tientes is great when I want to really force myself to go easy on the application of pastel and try to keep to a more traditional style of pastel painting with at least a bit of the original paper color showing through...

  4. Drawing "white space" - ( the space around an object, rather than the object itself) - is a great way of overcoming the tendency of your subconscious to influance your drawing with its own preconceptions of how it thinks something should look - rather than what it actually looks like...

  5. (Original reply dated 29th May 2012) - Today, I managed to get started on a new pastel painting. (Apart from finishing-off another one that I started last year sometime, this is my first art of 2012!!)

    Having just about run out of excuses, to put-off starting something new; I attached a blank sheet of paper to my board. I then sat there and just stared at it, refusing to leave my studio until a scene came into my mind and pastel had been applied to paper.

    In the absence of a scene that I could visualize and wanted to paint, I was fully planning to just start applying sweeping lines and colours to the paper and give abstract art a try! Happily, though, a fairly simple scene did occur to me and I am glad to say that I subsequently spent a couple of quite satisfying hours actually painting again!


    Here's the result of my little burst of enthusiasm:

    This my ideal view from an imaginary kitchen window in my ideal imaginary country cottage:

    This was the first ever painting that I created entirely from my own imagination, without any form of reference to photographs, actual scenes or other artworks.

    Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think. All comments and criticism, good or bad, will be very gratefully accepted. (There is no such thing as bad criticism in my book!)



    Window With a View 004.jpg

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