A Pastelist’s Dream List

Molten Moment by Deborah Secor (pastel, 11×17)

In the December issue of The Pastel Journal, pastelist Deborah Secor shares tried and true ideas for determining your next art investment. (Click here to download your digital copy of the issue.) We’ve excerpted her pastel dream list below:
Every artist dreams and I’m no exception. My list isn’t extravagant, but it will require time and planning to achieve. Many of the items on the list can be acquired immediately, and others are investments for the future. Use my dream list to spark your own ideas: 

  • Detached home studio, with bathroom, north facing windows, clerestories
  • Floor to ceiling storage for paper, pastels, tools
  • Solux 5000K track lighting (www.solux.net/cgi-bin/tlistore/trackfittings.html)
  • Counter-height workspace tables with vertical and horizontal under-storage


  • A large, adjustable easel, such as Richeson’s Best Halley Easel (www.richesonart.com)
  • Artist’s Air purifier attachment


  • A full set of extra soft pastels, such as Ludwig Pastels A full set of soft pastels, such as Girault Pastels
  • A full set of PanPastels, a pan-format pastel
  • Large assortment of all other brands of pastels


  • MacBook Pro computer with 17-inch monitor
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Epson Artisan 50 InkJet Printer
  • Canon EOS Rebel T1i Camera


What item was crucial to taking your painting to the next level? E-mail us at pjedit@fwmedia.com.


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