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Old 07-15-2014, 04:38 AM
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Re: Roche pastels

Vincent and anyone interested, the Unisons were designed by an artist, suiting the light and the colours of Northumberland (I think) in England. Cool rainy climate, with lots of ocean around the islands -- that'd give a need for a lot of blues.

The G set would be designed for the French light and colours, which would be different.
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Re: Roche pastels

That explains a lot, including the slightly muted cool reds. I love my Unisons but I wish they'd included bright saturated reds, pinks and magentas. Being in sunny California, it would be nice if they added some. But I might find equivalents in Mount Vision or other hand rolled pastels.

Actually that may make it a good idea to consider getting some of those full range color charts from Dakota.
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Re: Roche pastels

Robert, as I heard it from his wife, the artist used only lightfast pigments for his pastels. That limits the number of colours.

Many cool reds are not lightfast. That vivid icy pink one finds in cheaper sets is usually fugitive. Or, a red may be good enough at full strength, but fugitive in tints.

La Maison du Pastel, makers of Roché, assert that their pigments are lightfast.
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Re: Roche pastels

Good points, Charlie. Also the brightest cool reds in the Unisons range might not be the ones included in the general assortment, with so many rich colors in the newer ranges. I think Special Collection had some bright red-violets in it, seem to recall magentas there.

Of course it would be so nice to replace just half a dozen Unisons with Roche equivalents, get my bright cool red in there... those are too droolworthy. But then I'd want more...
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