Tip File: Strive for a Full Range of Values with Pastels

Strive for a Full Range of Values

“Don’t frustrate yourself. Purchase as many pastels as your budget will allow. Concentrate on collecting a full range of values from dark to light. Evaluate a pastel set first and foremost in terms of the range of values. Then play. Experiment with different surfaces to discover which works best with your developing touch.” ~ Peter Seltzer

Read more about Seltzer’s pastel still life paintings in the feature article “From the Ground Up: Choosing the surface and deciding on an undercolor are the first steps in creating gorgeous pastels,” from the September 2011 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.

pastel still life painting by Peter Seltzer pastel artist

Threads 4 (pastel, 24x24) by Peter Seltzer

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