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04-27-2001, 03:54 PM
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Trying out pastel for the first time since I was in highschool, and had to use those horrible scratchy chalky things they called pastels. My reaction to them was a bad case of shivers, so haven't used them since. Until now. This little basket of dried flowers was done using Ludwig pastels, and I am in love with them! I am humble enough to admit that I have no idea what I'm doing, so much so that I don't even know what side of the paper I'm supposed to use. The bumpy side or the smooth side? Oh well, I used the bumpy side.
Can you call it plein air if you painted out on your deck? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif
This is about 7x9. Done with one hand using the pastels and the other hand holding the basket to keep it from blowing off the table.


04-27-2001, 08:08 PM
Most use the smooth side, however, I use whatever I feel like it at the moment http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Bah, what do you mean you don't know what you're doing? You're doing just fine!

This is lovely, just keep painting!

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04-27-2001, 09:55 PM
This is great, yes keep painting and posting!
( I got to listen to myself.......been in a dry spell) http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif
I like it!

Art washes from the Soul, the dust of everyday life. ~Picasso

04-28-2001, 07:23 AM
LOL yes i use the smooth side..but it does'nt matter which you use...i think this is really nice.. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

04-30-2001, 02:08 PM
Aren't the pastels great Bev????? You did a beautiful job!!! Yes, I would agree that painting on your deck is plein aire painting!!

Are you considering buying the Terry Ludwig kit and making your own??? I'm afraid to try!! But would like too!! I am in love with the pastels too...a surprise for me. I have taken djstar's advice too about using watercolor paper...and toning it first. A great way to combine both mediums!!

Good luck...and have fun with the painting!!


04-30-2001, 03:31 PM
Hi Bev,
The painting is lovely. As to your reference to plein air, you are correct. Plein air painting is painting from life, in other words, real images, not photographs. Painting real apples and oranges on a table would be considered a plein air painting, even though you are working inside. Obviously, landscape painting would be done outside but studio painting from life is still plein air painting.
Best of luck with your new pastels.

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04-30-2001, 06:43 PM
Originally posted by BevL:

Trying out pastel for the first time since I was in highschool, and had to use those horrible scratchy chalky things they called pastels. My reaction to them was a bad case of shivers, so haven't used them since.


Bevl, I have trouble with the feel of pastels, I wet my hands so the chalky feeling is gone. Your Painting is Great!
I especially like the colours you have used and all the different txtures. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Allan Jameson
04-30-2001, 10:43 PM

05-02-2001, 08:20 AM
Bev - everyone seems to have said it already -- but, this is a wonderful first pastel. The lights you got are great and the colors, too!

I have used both sides of the paper (Canson)-- when I want the color of the paper to show more, I use the textured side. When I do, people are always asking how did I get that depth to the painting (I normally use a burgundy paper because I paint so many green scenes). But if I want just a small amount, I use the smooth side (of course the paper normally still shows some). Using different colors of paper does 1/3 of your work for you.
You must also try some of the sanded papers, Ersta, Wallis etc., along with Arches Cover Stock and the different watercolor papers. With Ersta, you can tone the sandpaper by covering with a first layer of pastel and using the turps to meld it to the paper, let it dry and then do your painting. Same with the Wallis, but it is receptive to water also (don't use water on the Ersta). You can do gouche (sp?), watercolor, or washes of acrylic with the Wallis paper first, then the pastel painting. Try the black Arches Cover Stock - the colors really pop of the surface.

Have fun!
Marsha -- http://marshasavage.artistnation.com