When I sort out and organize my pastel boxes, I make these grids to compare this piece of pastel with that one, to eliminate duplicates and near duplicates.
I like to make art with whatever I'm doing, so I make these color grids.
This Color Grid is from my most indulgent box of pastels, the Square Box. Not only is the box itself square, but all the pastels are square or rectangular - NuPastels, Terry Ludwigs, Great American, and so on. I prefer these shapes for the clear variety of strokes sizes they can make, and for their sharp edges.
The Invitational is a survival of the fittest, multimedia collaborative art project that features a number of cabbage images competing for the right to become works of art. The participants (you) act as the force of natural selection by voting on the images, tournament style. I'll transform the winners into finished artworks, then ask you to vote again on which ones to turn into designs for silk scarves.
Sorting pastels ... this is the hard part
This is my most indulgent box of pastels. It consists of nothing but square or rectangular shaped colors, which I prefer for the straight edges. It was too full, and I couldn't find anything. Then I just had to treat myself to a nice set of Terry Ludwig pastels, which are very soft and a perfect size and shape.
"Monterey Cypress" Quick SketchDemo
This demo took about 20 minutes, including standing back regularly for a distance view, which is important. It was nicely edited down to 8.5 minutes which makes me sound quite a bit more articulate than I actually was.
From the Art League Blog ...
"With Winter term classes underway, our camera crew is once again making the
rounds of Art League classrooms to record instructor demos. Today we’re pleased
to add the first pastel demo to our library, courtesy of Nancy Freeman!
In the video, Nancy shows her Wednesday morning Exploring Pastel class how
to do a quick pastel sketch, working from a reference photo she took near
Monterey, California. It starts with showing the paper who’s boss."
If you have any trouble with the video, here's the link to the Art League site:
A Quick Pastel Sketch Demo with Nancy Freeman
Nancy Freeman has a decades-long fascination with digital art which she supports by painting portraits and teaching various art subjects. Right now she devotes most of her creative time to digital art because it's so satisfying.