"We Three"

"We Three"

Friday, July 01, 2011

Riding the learning curve, again...

I went to a demo of Sennelier pastels, both oil and soft, and got all kinds of new ideas. Best tip was about paper. The support for this medium is paramount. Too much tooth, no detail is possible. Too little, and you have dust up your wazoo. I did this little guy on the black Tiziano paper the demo artist handed out, and wow, it is fabulous stuff. Must get down to Blick to get some soon. I laid out the drawing with student grade pigments, then put the dynamite Sennelier pigments on top. It was really fast and really fun. Like painting ever so much more than sewing. Beginner's mind has returned. Fun on a summer afternoon.

1 comment:

Karen Martin Sampson said...

The right surface for pastel is an ongoing search for me and I've been doing pastel a long time. I have tried many of the sanded boards and papers, including the very expensive Wallis, and hated them. My favorite has always been the smooth side of Canson Mi-Tiente, in any of the gray tones. I now have to get some of this Tiziano you mention - can't wait! Yes, not too much tooth, but just enough is always the quest!