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01-10-2008, 03:03 PM
I am restarting pastels after a long layoff and offer these images simply to say hello. Most of the time I use watercolours but really appreciate the zing of pastels, although I still can't get used to the time in takes to do a pastel study compared with watercolours. Anyway here are my efforts from a while back.



01-10-2008, 03:17 PM
Especially like the first one...it really stands out!

01-10-2008, 04:39 PM
Hi Walter! They are both really nice but i like the second one best :)

01-10-2008, 07:55 PM
Hi Walter, They are both very nice! Hope to see more from you.


Paula Ford
01-10-2008, 07:58 PM
Hello Walter,

Isn't it wonderful you are finding pastels again! I love both pieces.

although I still can't get used to the time in takes to do a pastel study compared with watercolours

I'm not sure what you mean. Does it take you longer or a shorter time to do a study in pastels?


01-10-2008, 08:03 PM
the water in the first really pops! i would like details--as in size, paper, etc.?

also, i wondered too, if the pastels take you longer or not than the w/c's. i find pastels are very fast, and easy since there is little clean up. a huge reason why i started with them.

01-11-2008, 12:23 AM
Good paintigs Walter. Have you ever thought of doing a pastel painting over a water colour underpainting. It is a very nice method. You can use white Colourfix paper.


Donna T
01-11-2008, 08:39 AM
These are beautiful, Walter! I too would like to know what surface you used and how you did them. I really look forward to seeing more of your pastels.


01-11-2008, 09:05 AM
Love the reflections in the water. Nice work.


Kathryn Wilson
01-11-2008, 09:51 AM
Welcome to the wonderful world of pastels - you've been away too long judging from the success of these two paintings. My fav is the first, although both are well done.

Keep posting!

water girl
01-11-2008, 04:52 PM
The water reflections in the first painting add interest. They are nicely rendered. I hope to see more of your work.

01-11-2008, 06:16 PM
Hi Walter (from a fellow Scot from Edinburgh),
Gorgeous atmosphere in your paintings. I like your work! I'm looking forward to seeing more.


01-11-2008, 08:00 PM
How striking and dramatic the landscapes are! What nice work. Some of us work quite quickly and then, there are those (me in the group) that work much slower.

By the way, my grandson visited Scotland recently and thought it very beautiful.

01-12-2008, 09:22 AM
Thanks to everyone for the welcome to teh forum and kind comments about my two pastels.

For me pastels take a lot longer than watercolours and they don't do a lot for the carpet in the room where I paint either! However, they do produce such vibrant images and that is what has made me come back to trying them.

Thanks again

01-13-2008, 12:58 PM
Sorry Donna T, Dougwas and Chewie for taking so long to reply - you had asked about sizes etc

The first study was 17 x 12 inches and the second was 17 x 5 inches. As far as I can remember they were done on Daler-Rowney Ingres paper with artist quality pastels by Winsor& Newton and Daler-Rowney, but it was a few years back and I can't be absolutely sure of the paper type. I have started using a mixture of water colour underpainting and pastels and I will include a couple of studies in a new thread.