Sunday, March 2, 2014

Fun with Pastels

 Dry pastel on black sanded paper

 Pastel over watercolor

 Watercolor underpainting on Belgian Mist Wallis paper

Pastel over alcohol/pastel 

 Pastel underpainting with alcohol wash 

Pastel underpainting before alcohol wash on Belgian Mist Wallis paper

Yesterday I attended a pastel workshop taught by Joelle Feldman. We all had so much fun! I'd never really tried pastel before, but someone had given me a wonderful box of Schmincke pastels and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take a workshop with Joelle. She's a marvelous teacher, everyone in the class left with beautiful paintings and a smile on their face. We each did our painting three times; first on black sanded paper, which I wasn't too enthused about at first, but I very much like the result. We prepared two underpaintings, one with watercolor and one with a light pastel block in, washed over with alcohol. After those dried we worked with our pastels on top of them. Value was key, and it took a while for me to realize that I could go kind of crazy with the color as long as the values were good. A good exercise and lots of fun.


  1. I love these! I haven't tried the alcohol treatment though I've been meaning to. thanks for the reminder.

  2. What a fun adventure; love how you plunge into a new medium.

    I shared you posting with accomplished pastel artist Brenda Ferguson (her pastel site: and she replied...

    "Cool to see all the different versions of the same scene with different techniques. I've tried 'em all...and teach them in my classes. My fave technique? Watercolor underpainting on sanded paper."