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Essential Pastels

Hi Artists!

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:

Darks

  • 229 Black
  • 259 Dark Grey
  • 209 Deep Warm Grey
  • 305 Spruce Blue

Browns

  • 203 Burnt Sienna
  • 253 Cocoa Brown
  • 353 Cordovan
  • 263 Indian Red
  • 343 Rust

Highlight Colors

  • 211 White
  • 277 Ivory
  • 299 Light Cool Grey
  • 249 Light Warm Grey
  • 276 Buff

Colors

  • 207 Chrome Yellow
  • 266 Pale Vermilion
  • 233 Raw Sienna
  • 308 Palm Green
  • 298 Bottle Green
  • 348 Endive

Rembrandt Colors

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

  • 700.5 Black
  • 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!

Browns

  • 411.5 Burnt Sienna
  • 411.3 Burnt Sienna
  • 409.5 Burnt Umber
  • 538.5 Mars Violet

Greens

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

Blue

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

White

  • 100.5 White

Pencils

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 sleepingdogart@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Bubbles-Portrait Workshop

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.DSC_0409This year we will be painting this adorable little girl blowing bubbles.

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.

6 Tips to Write Your Perfect Artist Bio

See the link below for 6 tips for creating your artist bio.

http://emptyeasel.com/2011/10/20/how-to-write-the-perfect-artists-bio-for-your-art-blog/

Please excuse all the ads on the attached link.  They couldn’t be separated from the article’s narrative.

As a result of reading this article, I have included Kay’s bio to this blog post.  It never crossed my mind that it would add value.  As the author suggests, we have different versions of Kay’s bio for different occasions.  The one that I have attached is what we place in our 5×7 informational folder for people interested in her work and workshops.  I plan to share the other contents of our informational folder in a future post.

Kay Witt Bio 9-17-2013  (Open this file to see Kay’s bio), which includes a picture of her with a Wolf named “Darma” taken at Wolf Park in Battlefield, Indiana.  She is the only lady I know that has been licked in the face by a wolf.  It was a life changing experience for her, as she’s pretty much of a city girl, who considers camping out spending the night at a Hampton Inn.

About Kay Witt (Below is the narrative to Kay’s bio)

Kay creates hand drawn pastel paintings of animals capturing their spirit and personality. Her lifelike paintings seem so real they could speak. Her favorite subjects are horses, dogs and wolves. She has loved and admired horses since childhood. More recently, she fell in love with wolves after a visit to the Wolf Park in Battlefield, Indiana (pictured on the right with Darma). Her love for wolves is also based in their similarities and mannerisms to her beloved dog, Sable, an Alaskan malamute.

She works from multiple photographs, which allows her to accurately capture her subject to create a true likeness. She creates a painting that you will treasure for a lifetime.

She has been drawing and painting, since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She has had extensive experience in oils, pastels, colored pencils and watercolors. She has had a varied career as an illustrator and graphic artist. She has designed illustrations for book covers, logos, and Christmas cards. She has also painted wall murals for businesses and private homes as well as set backgrounds.

Kay currently teaches workshops and gives lessons in her studio in Strasburg, VA. All skill levels are invited to attend. A list of available workshops can be found on her website, www.kaywitt.com on the Workshop page.

She is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of Virginia, the Artisan Trail of Shenandoah Valley and the Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts.

Steve

Marketing Art–New Topic by Guest Blogger Steve

We are starting a new addition to our blog. My main man and marketer, Steve will be adding hints on growing your business. Take  it away Steve!!

For those of you that are serious about promoting your artwork, a great place to start is Barney Davey for latest info on how the big boys do it.  Barney is one of my favorite authors.  Barney also has a newsletter that has great information and techniques to help promote your name and work.  Check it out and let us know what you think about his newsletter.

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