Good Afternoon Artists,
I am on the road again, and decided to give pastels a try. I was on some online gallery looking at work, and was amazed with what some artists are achieving with soft pastels. I got to tell you, the idea of a dry medium is very attractive to me, being on the road all the time and away from my oil studio. I bought the pastels, and quickly lost control.
First, my started kit came with 36 colors... considering I have been oil painting for a year now with only primary colors, and a burnt umbr and white... i thought, this was enough... i quickly ran into trouble... i lost my lines in the face - from all the dust... and mixing... also, the idea of mixing to get the flesh tones that i was so use to doing with oils didn't workout so well... the flesh tones quickly greyed out... is the big secret with pastels is that you need like 5000 colors to get the result you would get with oils? I mean i went online, saw some videos, and these artists had endless amounts of pastels... one guy had a "portrait palette" of like 300 different fleshtone colors... - wow-... i was led to believe you can mix pastels ... but I'm not so sure now... maybe a portrait is too hard to do with limited palette, and i should stick to apples, and still life with the 36 starter colors... maybe my technique was wrong... i am going to give it another shot tonight, and i'll try not to mix the colors till the end....
another big mistake was sketching with pastels over my original pencil sketch - with a burnt u... like i do with oils... i should have just tried to find the color i wanted instead of trying to make one.
If anyone out there is a pastel artist, or dabbled with them before... help! guide me! thanks!