Anatomy of a Pastel Painting | A Gallery

In the June issue of The Pastel Journal, three pastel painters—William A. Schneider, Ron Monsma and Colleen K. Howe—shed light on their creative processes by deconstructing a favorite painting. Here are a few of the tips they share:

Ron Monsma: “To achieve a wider color palette, I often place—in any given area—primary colors or secondary colors in close proximity: red, yellow and blue together, or green, orange and purple. I often add top layers of color using soft pastels, doing much of the blending by dragging one color into another until the right color and saturation is achieved.”

William Schneider: “I choose a different value for the center of interest than the dominant value of the painting. And for color, I select the complement of the dominant hue. Also, I want the main line of action to be a diagonal, if possible. And, I want to place the subject in an interesting position relative to the pictorial space.”

Below is a selection of work by the artists. For more painting and compositional tips, check out “Anatomy of a Painting” in the June issue.

House By the Lake (pastel) by Ronald Monsma













Lemons (pastel) by Ronald Monsma

Rowboats (pastel) by Colleen K. Howe

Jenny Tan (pastel) by William Schneider

Bud at Ninety Two (pastel) by William Schneider



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  1. Rosejean

    This Pastel work is brilliant and inspire me so much to get myself back to working with pastels again.I love William Schneider’s work especially. Rosejean