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Shari
06-16-2005, 10:09 AM
Does anyone use the Diane Townsend pastels or the terrages? I am curious about them, but they are quite expensive. I would really like to hear from anyone who uses them or has used them, pros and cons. Thanks so much.

Shari

Khadres
06-16-2005, 11:23 AM
I have maybe 18 or 20 of those, Shari...so far, I'm not that impressed with them altho they do have some VERY dark darks...they're pretty small for the price too...I think I prefer Terry's Ludwigs to the Townsend, both for price and quality. I have the soft form ones, BTW, not the Terrages. There are probably plenty of folks who love them...they're just not that great to me.

HarvestMoon
06-16-2005, 01:54 PM
Shari- I only have 2 that I got in Dakota sampler kits. I ALMOST ordered more at Dakota's sale since the Fine Art Store in particular makes them look so intense and wonderful (they must have a great photographer)- but then I did some serious testing against the other brands- the townsends (I have the soft kind- terrages are 'rougher') are much more 'scratchy' than other pastels, and I cannot get a fine line with them. From what I read, it sounds like they were invented to open up the tooth of the paper more, but now everyone seems to be using sanded paper, so that should not be much of a problem anymore. I suspect a lot of pumice in her's. My favorite brands are Mount Vision, Great American, Terry Ludwig.... the list changes somewhat depending on what I am using- I like most pastels pretty well in general except the 'rolls royce' and we know what that is! But they have great boxes that the sets come in...also from what I have heard it is hard to find a box that will fit the townsends- they have odd shapes. Still if someone wanted to GIVE me a set I would take it ha! Take a look at http://mountvisionpastels.com/
he makes some very vivid colors, that I could not be without!

Shari
06-16-2005, 02:12 PM
Thanks for the info. A friend sent me a few from new york and I wasn't sure what to do with them but I noticed Diane is teaching a workshop this summer in Washington on abstract pastels which interests me greatly so I thought I would investigate her pastels. Not that I need any more . . . .let's see I have most of the schminke's which I love, some GA's, and a lot of Unisons which are rapidly becoming my favorite. There was a thread in here a couple years ago about a very fancy pastel that only comes from France and is very expensive and is supposed to be the very best, but I never hear about it, anyone know what that is (not sennelier)?

Shari

Bringer
06-16-2005, 02:58 PM
Thanks for the info. A friend sent me a few from new york and I wasn't sure what to do with them but I noticed Diane is teaching a workshop this summer in Washington on abstract pastels which interests me greatly so I thought I would investigate her pastels. Not that I need any more . . . .let's see I have most of the schminke's which I love, some GA's, and a lot of Unisons which are rapidly becoming my favorite. There was a thread in here a couple years ago about a very fancy pastel that only comes from France and is very expensive and is supposed to be the very best, but I never hear about it, anyone know what that is (not sennelier)?

Shari


Hi Shari,

The pastel brand that you mean is «Henri Roche». They have a representative in USA. It's Rochester Art Supply also known as fineartstore.
The site is http://www.fineartstore.com

You may also find quite interesting this one :

http://painting.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=painting&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.katzhome.com%2Fpastel_article.htm

Regards,

José

Shari
06-16-2005, 03:14 PM
Hi Shari,

The pastel brand that you mean is «Henri Roche». They have a representative in USA. It's Rochester Art Supply also known as fineartstore.
The site is http://www.fineartstore.com

You may also find quite interesting this one :

http://painting.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=painting&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.katzhome.com%2Fpastel_article.htm

Regards,

José

Jose,

Thanks for the links, great story!!! I can see why no one has these, they are like $13-$15 a stick, wow, I would have to be the world's greatest painter to get those! I wonder if the Townsend pastels are similar since they both have pumice in them. I would sure like to hear from anyone who has used these, think I will start a thread on that. Thanks.

Shari