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tashirosgt
2009-Dec-04, 02:35 AM
I've been taking a pastel painting class. I gather the "painting" in the title of the course emphasizes that you must blend layer upon layer of pastels together. We use the chalky type of pastels, not "oil pastels".

I'd like to have links to various extraordinary pastel paintings. My impression of the medium is that pastels live up to the common use of the word "pastel". It connotes a color that is not gaudy, not strong, not brilliant and airy. So I would like to see links to works that contradict those limitations. What are some pastel paintings that do have strong colors and contrasts?

Don't disqualify a work because it has some underpainting with acrylics. I've temped to do that myself.

adapa
2009-Dec-04, 03:34 AM
I've been taking a pastel painting class. I gather the "painting" in the title of the course emphasizes that you must blend layer upon layer of pastels together. We use the chalky type of pastels, not "oil pastels".

I'd like to have links to various extraordinary pastel paintings. My impression of the medium is that pastels live up to the common use of the word "pastel". It connotes a color that is not gaudy, not strong, not brilliant and airy. So I would like to see links to works that contradict those limitations. What are some pastel paintings that do have strong colors and contrasts?

Don't disqualify a work because it has some underpainting with acrylics. I've temped to do that myself.

You can get some rich and vibrant colors with pastels (especially if you use soft pastels on canson, sandpaper or some other highly textured paper). Generous use of highlights can also add life to the painting.

Although I generally prefer to use more subtle hues, I am a fan of Leslie B. DeMille (http://www.lesliebdemille.com/slideshow/gallery_home.html) and Jill Stefani Wagner (http://www.jillwagnerart.com/pastel/gallery2.htm).

publiusr
2009-Dec-04, 10:09 PM
Bonanza Sky is a great work there from Jill.

swampyankee
2009-Dec-05, 04:42 AM
Odilon Redon? (http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/redon/)

hhEb09'1
2009-Dec-05, 05:56 AM
These Rick Lee pictures (http://www.rickleephoto.com/rlpastel.htm) are pastel works, right?

clop
2009-Dec-05, 06:59 AM
I did this in pastels. I called it "Rainbow Sunset." Normally the colours in my pastel pictures are pale and pastelly because I rub the powder in with my fingers or use a smudging tool. To get the saturation here I had to draw hard directly onto the paper with the pastel sticks. There was a solid layer of pastel material on the paper!

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f208/tumkin/my%20artwork/RainbowSunset.jpg

As a comparison, here's a couple I did the normal way.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f208/tumkin/my%20artwork/thecry.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f208/tumkin/my%20artwork/ThisIsMyHeart.jpg

Can we see some of your pictures tashirosgt?

clop

tashirosgt
2009-Dec-05, 09:04 AM
I find the examples surprising and encouraging. Odilon Redon's work have a surprising amount of contrast to them. Since he started as a charcoal artist, I wonder if he did an underdrawing in charcoal or black pastel. Rick Lee's pictures and Clop's "Rainbow Sunset" have strong colors.

I wonder what these works are drawn upon, the traditional sandpaper? And I wonder where these artists stand on the debate between use-fixative vs do-not-use-fixative.

I'll photograph one of my pictures and post it, only if I like the way it looks!