|'A Glorious Day' 5.5 x 7.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I have officially broken in my new Girault pastels. Really. I have broken them in half and taken them out of their little foam nests. It wasn't easy. I really did cringe as I broke the first one in half. But it got easier after a few and it was necessary. Why you may be wondering? I'll get to that but first let me explain why I chose to add these Girault pastels to my collection.
|My new Giraults. These are the Richard McKinley Plein air and Neutral and Friend selections|
|I only used a few of the pastels for this painting|
- I find it easier to manipulate a smaller piece of pastel. I can use it on it's side or use the tip or top edge. A full stick doesn't feel as good to me.
- I save the other half in the original box so when I run low on a color I have a replacement and can order another if I want.
- I can fit more half sticks in a travel box. I am bringing these sets to Iceland so I can get 100 colors in half the space when I break them.