Vibrant, vivid, versatile! Pastels, actually the “Soft Pastels” are brilliant learning tools for the beginner. Why? Their soft edges. Their mark making power. Combined with their sensitivity and their immense range of techniques they can perform. Amazing Pastels.
A closer detail of the mark making line work of the pastels.
Today’s art time was spent using the soft pastels to lay down a foundation of warmth and creating some free, Expressive…… ‘wandering’ lines. Calligraphic, zen, Wabi Sabi.
A Simple mark making exercise. Nothing fancy, or complicated.
Margaret Parker Brown yubagold.wordpress.com initiated the 31 Days of May painting challenge.
The very first painting I saw of hers…… I knew – she was at home, with the outdoors.
You can Feel It.
In her paintings. Clear as day.
You just can not get that, from duplicating a photograph.
Margaret is a kindred hiker. A Walker.
A gifted pastelist.
She combines her wonderful pastel abilities with the with the ability to convey the Spirit of the Land.
Landscapes painted from the heart. Painted with heart.
Painted from years of intimate relationship….. of Walking In Harmony With Nature.
Thats how you do it!
Margaret’s work is like a breath of Fresh Air!
Jacksons Art shop
I found a wonderfully informative, delightful site I thought most of you would like to go see. Yes, its a shopping site; but, it has so much more really Intriguing and educational information! Have a look!
We all have favorites.
These have been my personal fav soft pastels since I discovered them decades ago at in Seattle at Daniel Smith art store whilst teaching my watercolor workshops there.
Blissfully like butter, creamy. They merge and blend into perfect transitions of color.
Super saturation. Bright, vibrant. Gorgeous. I Love them.
Found at Jacksonsart.com this is what they look like:
Just an update with the link to my friend Laura, at createarteveryday.com who is also taking on the 31 Days of May challenge. I’d neglected to put this in yesterday’s post. My bad. Sorry.
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