|'Southern Sanctuary' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
You just got a new box of pastels. They are drool worthy. It is enough to just look at them and admire the colors and neatness of the fresh pastels. But they are meant to be used. To help you create even more beautiful things. What you do with the new box depends on how many pastels you already have. If you are new to the medium I will suggest one way in a post later this week.
If you already have a good size pastel collection what do you do with a new box? I have two approaches.
- If I have purchased new open stock (single) pastels I will always put them in my big studio box. I want them available for painting and I don't want to hunt them down when I need one. If it is a new box of general pastels such as a landscape set or a dark set....I will also integrate these pastels into my big box.
- If the new set is a special set....such as a set of pastels chosen by a particular artist...I keep this set separate. I may leave them in the original box or may put them into a smaller cigar box and label it. For example I keep my Richard McKinley and Stan Sperlak sets in their own boxes. I take them out when I feel like challenging my self to use a limited palette.
No matter what option I choose I always take off the wrappers and sometimes break them in half (depends on brand)
This is sooooooo hard to do but I have a three step approach. I will address why I do this in tomorrow's post.
|My new set of Diane Townsends 120 pure colors|
|Pastels in the small Dakota Traveler pastel Box|
I have a small Heilman box that I use for plein air so this time I decided to try Dakota Pastel's small Traveler box. I'll review this in another post.
I arrange the pastels in the Traveler box as best I can by color and value. I have darks at the top and gradually shift to the lightest pastels on the bottom. I have some Terrage pastels that I put in the last section. Looking good but still not finished!
|Pastels arranged in box and ready to use!|
I am now ready to paint with this set. And as much as I like to admire a nice clean set of pastels, I like to paint with them even more!