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Old 12-07-2000, 12:25 PM
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I feel that I have a lot of bad pastels in me.. so try to do as much work as possible waiting for the odd good piece.....so I ve recently been recycling my poor pastels on canson paper by wetting, stretching, and coating with a gesso pastel medium (Golden?
I usually add some acrylic color at the same time I am using the paper for life drawing where I feel guilty using so many new sheets of paper
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Old 12-07-2000, 12:40 PM
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Originally posted by DFGray:
I feel that I have a lot of bad pastels in me..

ROFL...you make a bad pastel...come on.... Take a look at this...this is what a bad pastel looks like... LOL <IMG SRC="http://www.wetcanvas.com/Critiques/User/badtry.jpg" border=0>

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Old 12-07-2000, 09:52 PM
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I throw out at least four pastels for every one I keep. Maybe more. They go directly into the trash. When I give up on a piece, I can't wait to get rid of it once and for all. I don't want to recycle the bad karma. Paper is cheap. Even expensive paper is cheap. Live a little.

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Old 12-09-2000, 01:39 AM
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That's not a "bad" pastel...it's a good "start"!
The top are is great, the bottom just needs a little refining/finishing.


The best way I have found to arrest a never-ending stream of "starts" is to do this:
When you think you have a "dog" of a painting, don't throw it away. Spray lightly with fixative and rework-push, rework-push the painting till it does look the way you want it. Starting over and over without pressing to work through problems destines you to repeat them. Use up a few pieces of that good paper, but determine to learn from each trial, not be crushed by your attempts. A couple other tips...cut the Canson into 4 pieces so your trials take up 1/4th the paper until you feel confident enought to tackle a full 19x25, and master painting single objects before taking on a whole setup, landcape or portrait.
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