|'Eye Candy' 12x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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Is there a 12 step program for pastels? You know the inevitable affliction that happens when you discover the pastel medium. That urge to add more pastels to your collection. The difficulty to resist buying yet another new set.
If there is a cure for it I don't really want it! I am a Pastel Collector and connoisseur and proud of it! It really isn't a problem if you want to add to your pastel collection. The problems come when they aren't set up for painting. I know I am guilty of not wanting to break up a pristine new set of beautiful pastels. But they do us no good looking pretty in their original boxes. They are eye candy but they also have a job to do!
We have to be brutal, take them out of their nests, take off the wrappers, break them into pieces!
I haven't purchased new pastels in two years so it was time for replacements. I had saved some money and decided to splurge on a set of 120 pure colors by Diane Townsend. Right after I pressed the purchase button I received an email from a local artist/facebook friend who was downsizing and wanted to liquidate some of her pastels. Once I saw what she had It was futile to resist. Have a look!
|Diane Townsend soft form and Terrages|
|Terry Ludwig pastels including the Marsha Savage set|
|Diane Townsend soft form set of 120 pure colors purchased from Blicks|
|Unison pastels including the Albert Handell landscape set|
|My studio box|
I thought it would be insightful for you to follow along and see how I integrate pastels into my collection so that I will be able to actually use them rather than admire them! I'll start tomorrow with the set of Diane Townsends. Stay tuned!