"Thank you again for the wonderful experience of Pastel painting with you. Learned so much about colors and strokes on clouds. Great workshop! I also had a lot of fun." - RW
(Please Note: No group workshops are scheduled for the remander of 2018, but private and small group studio sessions can be arranged at my studio by appointment, and they can be customized to meet your goals! For more information, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Barbara’s Guidelines for building your own set of landscape pastels
Ideally, you should have a range (a light, medium and medium dark value) of both warm and cool blues, purples, greens, oranges and earth tones (such as raw and burnt umber and sienna, caput mortem, and English red). You will also need 2 - 3 tints of white in the lightest values, and several intense darks, such as Sennelier black green and indigo blue tone, and Schmincke Purple 2. Terry Ludwig has some wonderful dark red-violets, especially V 100 and V120. I often use use Terry's Red 220 and Dark Green 610 for the base of my darks. You can supplement these basic colors with a few brights. E.g, permanent yellows and reds are useful to have. For greys, I frequently use a range of blue violets and red violets, but you can also purchase a variety of premixed greys such as Terry Ludwigs Essential Greys set or Unison's grey set. The important thing is to have a range of both warm and cool greys. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me (e-mail: email@example.com). The brands of soft pastels I prefer are Schmincke, Sennelier, Terry Ludwig, Great American. I also use Art Spectrum's Extra Soft Tints of Warm Whites set, some Unison and some Mount Vision. In addition, I sometimes use harder pastels (Rembrant and Nu-Pastel brands) when I'm doing underpaintings or glazing. Visit the Dakota Art Pastel website, www.dakotaart.com, to view a chart of the relative softness of the various brands. When ordering open stock, Dick Blick (www.dickblick.com) or Dakota Art Pastels (dakotart.com) generally have the best selections.
Here is a list of my basic open stock soft pastels:
Schmincke: 24 B Caput Mortum Deep, 24 O Caput Mortum Pale, 22 O and M English Red
Schmincke: 21 O and 21 M Terra Pozzoul; 16 D and 16 O Orange Light; 005 D and 005 H Orange Deep; 10D Orange light
Schmincke: 04H Permanent Yellow Deep and 03 B Permanent Yellow Light
Schmincke: 30D Greenish Umber
Sennelier: 241 Olive Green; 235 Olive Green; 237 Olive Green; 204 Leaf Green, 202 Leaf Green
Schmincke: 62Hh, 26B and 62D Ultramarine Light, 63H, 63M and 63D Ultramarine Deep; 64M 64H and 64Om Cobalt Blue Tone; 65 O Greenish Blue, 66B Prussian Blue; 60 B Delft Blue
Sennelier: 465 Intense Blue, and 714 Steel Blue
Schmincke: 059D, 59 M Deep Violet; 057M bluish Violet; 50 O Purple; 052D Manganese Violet; 49D Purple 1; Sennelier 281 Purple Blue; 362 Cobalt Violet
Terry Ludwig: Violet 100 or 120, Red 220 and Green 610,
Sennelier: 177 Black Green
Lights, Greys and Misc:
Schmincke: 91B Grey Blue; 01D White; 10 O orange Light 03 O Permanent yellow Light
Sennelier: 416 Cassel Earth, 445, 482, 478 Purplish Blue Grey, 479 Purplish Blue Grey, 482 Purple Blue Grey, 445 Violet Brown Lake
My favorite painting surface is UArt 500 or 600 grit sanded pastel paper, mounted on acid free foam core. You can also purchase UArt papers premounted on boards.
In addition, you should have an easel, a ruler, drafting quality eraser, , pencil for sketching, a towel or rag, waxed paper or glassine paper and masking tape.