|'All Paths Lead to the Sea' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
OK. So it's not really a rule. It's more like a recommendation. It is also a personal preference. But I have always been told NOT to do it. Blending pastels can be a polarizing issue. Should we blend or should we keep our fingers and tools away from the pastels?
The first workshop I ever took was with Albert Handell. I know...you could say I was baptized by fire. I was very new to pastel and I will never forget Albert admonishing us..."Touch it Not!" I learned to let the pastels do the blending and never blend with my fingers or tools. Over the years I've relaxed and will blend the first layer and occasional a sky or use a finger to soften an edge. But I still never do much more than that.
It was time to try breaking my own self imposed rule and blend away! By the way there are some very good reasons to avoid too much blending and I will address them in another post. But this weekend let's have some fun and blend our pastels!
|Some blending tools...pipe insulation foam, foamcore, viva paper towel, rag|
|Blocking in the first layer on Canson Mi-Teintes moonstone|
Next I worked on the sky. I blended it several times to get the sky clam and the clouds wispy.
|Start with the sky|
|Finished....then made corrections to the foreground grasses|