I never thought that a simple visit to a nearby book store one rainy afternoon would lead me to a world of luminous pastels. As I was browsing through the section on painting mediums, I found "The Pastel artist's Bible". Since then, I have been an ardent fan of this medium.
Though Pastels are of basically 4 kinds-Soft, Hard, Oil and Pencil , I have only tried my hand in Soft Pastel since I find it more convenient to blend and cover large sections. My only problem with soft pastel is that my hands become very messy and sometimes unconsciously I touch my face. In that respect, Pencil pastels are much cleaner but it is very hard to cover a larger section of your work, At the same time it is excellent for intricate work.
Tools of the trade
Details of Paintings shown in my Gallery
1 & 3 are my attempts to reproduce Karen Margulis' work given in her website (the link to this website is provided in "Refences and Resources" section below).
2 & 4 are my attempts to reproduce Paintings obtained from the internet.
5 & 6 are my attempts to reproduce Paintings given in the book "The Pastel Artist's Bible" (edited by Claire Waite Brown).
7 is my own creation.
If this has not inspired you then lets move on and see a real Artist Colin Bradley at work. One of the most inspiring Youtube links I have seen!! I have started practicing with the links I have given below. Hope this is going to inspire you a little more.
References and Resources
1.The Pastel Artist's Bible" edited by Claire Waite Brown
2. Karen Margulis' website I have given below is excellent and has been a great inspiration for me. I would strongly recommend this site.
Karen Margulis' website -http://karenmargulis.com/