View Full Version : Can Pastels & wash=finished painting?

02-03-2019, 01:34 PM
What I mean by that is has anyone used pastels like you would do for an under painting but enjoyed the look decided that was a finished piece? Iíve looked everywhere for this answer and canít find it, but I have to imagine that someone out there loved the look at Left it at that.

water girl
02-03-2019, 06:28 PM
Yes, let's see if anyone has done this. I admit I have to add a lot of detail, or I'm not happy. That's just me, though.

02-04-2019, 03:33 AM
Long ago there was an artist who did this; quite successfully I might add. However, when one was entered into and accepted into a competition, it looked so much like a gouache painting the judge was quite miffed. Basically, gouache and dry pastel are "kissing cousins"; both are opaque mediums so when you wash the pastel it looses its "sparkle", and looks like gouache. So if you aren't interested in competitions, and are happy with the work just go where your heart tells you to go.