Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Pastel Box ... New Toy!
This lovely pastel box arrived yesterday. Pastels can be stored in the bottom and the lid, and the box opens flat so the pastels in both areas are available. My collection of the softest pastels needs only one section for now.
These are my softest pastels: Great American (nice but lots of hard spots), Schmincke (love 'em!), Sennelier (darn things crumble easily), and Unison (very nice!). I broke all of my sticks in half, and the others halves, most with wrappers, are stored elsewhere. If you think they look unused, it's true. I've just started learning to use pastels.
There is a smaller box of Rembrandts and Grumbachers (both medium-soft). They could be added to this set, but I haven't used pastels enough to tell them apart by feel. Those, too, are 99.9% pristine.
There is a cigar box for the NuPastels (hard).
The colors in all of the boxes are arranged more or less by value and color.
Yeah, there's a tin of 48 pastel pencils too.
Simply arranging and rearranging the colors has taught me a lot about colors and values. The nice thing about pastels is one can see the colors and values without having to mix them as with oils and watercolors, though mixing and blending can also be done with the pastels.
It's time to stop playing and to start using my pastels, and I shouldn't buy more until I learn to use what I have. Hmmm ... it would be nice to have more purples ... maybe more blues ....