I am always being asked what are my favorite pastels ; so today I thought I would address that question . So I will share my favorite pastels that I use in almost every painting. ☺
First of all, my essential pastels are NuPastels and Rembrandts. I also love Girault pastels. They are smooth and creamy although a bit more pricey. So if your budget has room, consider a set of those.
Personally I have lots and lots of pastels. I am a collector of sorts. I love them all but to start out you only need a few.
Here is a list of my favorite NuPastels:
259 Dark Grey
209 Deep Warm Grey
305 Spruce Blue
203 Burnt Sienna
253 Cocoa Brown
263 Indian Red
299 Light Cool Grey
249 Light Warm Grey
207 Chrome Yellow
266 Pale Vermilion
233 Raw Sienna
308 Palm Green
298 Bottle Green
I use these colors for all my under layers when I paint. These are the basic colors I use for all my wolves and horses.☺
Darks and Greys
704.3 Dark Grey (my favorite dark grey)
704.7 Grey (Optional)
704.8 Grey (Optional)
707.8 Mouse Grey
727.5 Blue Grey (Optional)
727.8 Blue Grey (Optional)
All the greys are nice if you can get them all!
411.5 Burnt Sienna
411.3 Burnt Sienna
409.5 Burnt Umber
538.5 Mars Violet
These are useful in backgrounds.
627.2 Cinnabar Green Deep (fabulous dark green!)
626.3 Cinnabar Green Light
626.5 Cinnabar Green Light
231.5 Gold Ochre
These are useful for backgrounds especially mixed with the greens.
570.7 Thalo Blue
508.8 Prussian Blue
506.9 Ultra Blue Light
505.8 Ultra Blue
There are pencils I use in e3very painting that I think should be part of everyone’s pastel materials collection.
General White Charcoal Pencil
General Charcoal Pencil 6B, 4B and 2B
9B Graphite Pencil (Prismacolor or Cretacolor Brand)
With these colors you can paint most anything and you can always add more as you delve deeper into pastels.
These will cost you around $110 at Dick Blick. If you can spend a little more, get a small set of Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel pencils as well.
Hope this is helpful and I will discuss more about these specific pastels in the future. Please leave comments on topics you are interested in the comments or send me an email at email@example.com.
Today, I am starting a new series to help you improve your skills and your art. The goal is to post a new topic in this category every week. If you have questions or ideas, please send me an email. I would love that. If I dont know the answer I will research it for you!
Toady, I thought we would begin with a tip on painting portraits or adding them to a painting. For instance a rider on a horse or child with an animal. When you paint a person the planes on the face that contain the eyes nose, mouth and chin are always parallel to each other. I have used my portrait of Eric to demonstrate.
As you can see from the diagram, all his features are parallel. The angle of his eyes, nose and the tilt of his chin. This is particularly useful if the head is tilted or turned. if your drawing doesn’t look right check the planes.
This painting is done on Le Carte Pastel card as opposed to my usual surface of velour. I will go into the painting details in a later post. I must say that it is far easier to correct mistakes on this paper. But dont get it wet ! A drop of water will eat a hole in the surface that is almost impossible to repair! This works very well with pastel pencils. You can add details with softer pastels as well.
I have been working on a new painting called “Fox Reflection” for the workshop in pastel on June 19-21, 2015. I have really planned a special workshop adding a reflection of the fox in the water. It was a challenge and also fun to paint! I will post some of the steps after the workshop.
On May 1-3, 2015, I will be giving a workshop on painting a white Andalusian horse. I wanted the horse to reflect all the colors of the rainbow so I decided on a sunset. I was inspired by a painting I saw at Lesley Harrison’s Workshop a couple of years ago. In fact I went out to California for a private one-on-one session with Lesley so that she could teach me how to achieve this beautiful effect. I had a wonderful time learning from her!
Here is a beginning stage. I added all the colors I wanted to use to the coat first. I used pure pigment colors without added black particularly. Pastel blue, pink and yellow-orange.
I also used the same colors for the background.
After that I began to go darker with the horse itself and progress to the finish.
I LOVE color and like to use it in all animals that I paint.
Same principles apply. I use color first so that it glows through in the finished animal. All pastels used were Rembrandt or NuPastels.
Next week will be the annual portrait workshop and I am excited about it. I painted portraits in watercolor for 25 years before switching to pastels. I love painting portraits in pastel . It is so much easier and I love the result.
This year I have been working on a special set of portrait colors to make the paining not only better but easier. I have switched to mainly Girault pastels. They are not only so beautiful in color but also in texture. They have a wide range of color and I highly recommend them. These will be complemented by a range of complimentary NuPastels and also Carbothello pastel pencils.This year we will be painting this adorable little girl blowing bubbles.
There are so many elements to this painting. I love the cohesion and harmony of colors in the child carrying into the background. And the bubbles!!! We will concentrate on the ears and hands. Most people have the most trouble in those areas so we will do studies of each before working on our final painting. There is still one space and I would love to have you come. We also have an optional 4th day for those who want to paint their loved one . I will provide lots of individual attention to help you complete your portrait.