View Full Version : My first pastel!

10-10-2001, 03:05 PM

Well, actually I did one 40+ years ago (with "chalk"). I'm looking for a comfortable color medium since I've mostly used graphite, so I bought some "equine" pastels and gave it a try. I recently attended an equine art show and saw the most marvelous pastel paintings! There were almost more pastel paintings than oils. I bought Nupastels since I liked their shape, and a 15-sample Rembrandt set. I also used some black/white/sepia/dark brown charcoal. I think I will be very comfortable with this medium, but I want to get some pastel pencils for detailed work (I'm a detail, blending nut). (My drawing of the horse is out of whack, probably because I was so absorbed in working with the pastels--but I don't care :).) I blended with my fingers and a small bristle brush. I used Mi-Tientes paper--is that a good paper? Please, any advice would be cherished!!


Anna Marie
10-10-2001, 04:21 PM
I'm Impressed. I also get carried away rubbing in with my fingers. I think pastel is ideal for horses but could I ask you what you mean by an Equine set of pastels??

Have you ben to the site of Lesley Ann Hartman she does a lot of Arabs in pastel and is also very helpful she has Email'd me some feedback!


10-10-2001, 05:25 PM
Hi Anna Marie,

My "equine pastels" were just picked out by me in horse colors :). I didn't want to get too carried away if I couldn't handle pastels.

Well we have great taste! I regard Leslie Ann Hartman as the BEST in equine art for the Arabs. Astounding. I've emailed her from time to time and she always replies promptly. I encouraged her to write a book--hope she does some day.


10-22-2001, 01:13 AM
Fantastic for a 100th one, let alone a FIRST!!! You're a natural Shirl. I'm green with envy, to be honest! Of your graphites AND NOW YOUR PASTELS TOO!! (((Shirl))) You go girl!!

10-23-2001, 09:10 AM
I wish my first pastel had turned out this well. I don't know horses but I love this one! Very nice!!!
As for the paper, I use Canson all the time. To experiment, try the back (smooth) side if you want to eliminate some of the paper showing through and get a more finished look.

10-23-2001, 12:13 PM
This is really beautiful! So how much are you going to sell it for?? ;) Really, you have a natural ability!

11-05-2001, 09:10 AM
I just wanted to say that this is gorgeous, wonderful pastel work! I love it.

11-13-2001, 12:30 AM
I think this is outstanding, are you sure this is a first ? lol



11-13-2001, 03:46 PM
Lovely. Excellent use of all the wonderful golden colours in your collection of pastels.

11-13-2001, 07:58 PM

Bravo! I think you've found a home in pastel.

Your blending is fine...cleanly done. I would just recommend not using your fingers directly as the oils can come off onto the paper and repel further pastel from being applied. Or, if you do, wash your hands well before beginning to paint.

As for Canson. It's fine. You might try using the other side next time if you like a smooth appearance, the "felt" side will be even more favorable to your technique.

11-18-2001, 11:44 AM
Beatuiful Shirl. I think you've found a medimum that sutes you!:clap: And the horse is not that out of wack!:D