Work in Progress

I’m often asked how I work with pastels. To try and explain my process, I took photos of the paintings below at various stages of completion. I, like most pastel painters, work from dark to light. I start with hard pastels and make a rough sketch, usually on a colored, sanded paper. I then place the major dark areas and slowly build the medium and then lighter values with progressively softer pastels. The finishing touches are done with ultra soft, creamy pastels. It is very similar to how oil painters work – but with out all the mess!

Click on the images below to see the various stages of a pastel painting.

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