Testing, Testing

I AM HAPPY! I was recently gifted a slightly used box of chalk pastels. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the box but was pleased to see a beautiful selection of Nupastels, Sennelier, Schmincke, and handmade Diane Townsend Terrages Pastels. WOW, what a treasure!

Additionally, there included a book, The Pastel Book: Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artist, by Bill Creevy. I’m particularly pleased with the book because, other than a couple of workshops, I’m basically teaching myself how to paint with pastels. I’m glad to have a reference manual to help me on my way. Bonus!

So, I’ve been sorting the pastels and reading through the book and–experimenting. Here are the results so far:

This apple is pastel and acrylic medium on a 4″x 4″ canvas. It’s slated for silent auction at the Justin Morrill Homestead’s annual fundraiser, Gallery in the Garden, June 30th. (Hope to see you there!)

And, today I played around with “broken color”–seeing what it feels like to work in a loose style. Hard and soft pastel on sanded paper, 5″x 7”.

I’m having fun and thankful for the blessing of this extraordinary gift!

Anne Leeds
Artist, Art Educator