Pastel Pastel Journal Have you seen the September/October issue of Pastel Journal yet? In it is a special section on new pastel art supplies. Our friends at Blick Artist Materials, Terry Ludwig Pastels and Jack Richeson & Co., Inc came together to let you know about some exciting pastels, supports and substrates that you can add to your stash. Even better, they want to give a sample of each to one lucky winner. It’s easy to win, them, too–simply tell us what inspires you to paint with pastel (or why you want to begin) by commenting on this blog post below, and you’ll be entered!* Here’s a sample of what you could win just by commenting below! This contest ends September 29, 2016, so you have plenty of time to comment now and then share this with a friend as well (they’ll thank you for it!). Here are the amazing pastel supplies that you could win: • Premium Pastel Surfaces from Jack Richeson & Co., Inc • 10 sheets of 9×12 UART Sanded Pastel Paper Pads from Blick Art Materials • 30 Umber Shadows and Shades from Terry Ludwig Pastels Highlights from this issue of Pastel Journal include: • Paint Captivating Weather Conditions • Unleash the Power of Pastels • Produce Bold, Colorful Landscapes • Recharge Your Creative Process With 3 Exercises • Test Drive Textured Paper Download Pastel Journal here and comment below now for your chance to win! *US residents only, due to shipping costs and international contest rules and regulations. Author Artists Network Staff Comments (152) nstep68214 Log in to Reply I would love to win this. I’m a beginner. August 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm jmasiello2059 Log in to Reply I love the sensuousness of working in pastels. I feel that the colors and textures of soft pastels allow for greater and more nuanced expressiveness of ephemeral light, feelings and moods. Just seeing pastels is inspiring! August 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm Joy41 Log in to Reply I love working with Pastels as it allows me to make mistakes and with ease I can correct them. To me Pastles is very forgiving, therefore a plus for me. I also love the softness and rich texture of the medium. August 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm BarbaraWP Log in to Reply Love the unlimited colors offered in pastels — unlimited painting moods, soft to bold. August 22, 2016 at 3:53 pm onesmallbird Log in to Reply I love the deep rich visual and tactical experience of working in pastels. August 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm firstname.lastname@example.org Log in to Reply I’ve used pastels on and off since high school art. My mom bought me my first set, which was HUGE, but is now is many short, stubby pieces. I love the easy blending, the textures and the way your fingers looks after working with them. Multicolored. August 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm DonnaG Log in to Reply I think I keep the “baby wipe” manufacturers in business. August 30, 2016 at 1:16 pm gerilyn Log in to Reply I like working with pastel because they have a richness of color . It add depth and expression to the piece . It also is a very forgiving medium . Mistakes can be corrected with ease. August 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm sylvia1178 Log in to Reply I work with someone who paints beautiful pastel landscapes. I’ve worked with watercolor, & acrylics but just picked-up a small set of pastels to try them out. Looking forward to it! August 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm Marcia Log in to Reply You can never have enough pastels or papers. August 22, 2016 at 4:38 pm PP Log in to Reply I love pastels. There are numerous colours to chose from and therefore no mixing required. I also love how portable they are if I’m going on a trip. I would love to win this to further inspire me. Thank you August 22, 2016 at 5:11 pm Ricky1991 Log in to Reply I am always get inspired by nature, especially by flowers. I love to paint different kinds of flowers. The more colorful they are, the more fun it is for me to paint them. So I would be really happy about these pastels, because unfortunally I do not have so many. So please make me happy!!!! August 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm cbajohn Log in to Reply Pastels give the opportunity to explore depth and richness of color that I light. SO many different techniques can be explored. Love it! August 22, 2016 at 5:46 pm j3thaman Log in to Reply Love the richness of pastels and seeing layers and layers of color! August 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm Jana Log in to Reply Love painting in pastels — especially plein aire since you don’t have to wait for anything to dry!! They’re a fast, forgiving medium with endless color possibilities. Thank you for this opportunity! August 22, 2016 at 6:32 pm weezer57 Log in to Reply Would really like to try pastel plein aire. Have painted outside with oil and watercolor,but would like to use pastel because of the immediacy,and ease of transport. Also love the rich colors and texture of pastel. August 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm DonnaG Log in to Reply Don’t you believe that painting Plain Air with soft pastels will be easy. I have a cut to the bones box that is still on the heavy side. Makes me wonder why I do it, then I see the piece emerge and know why. You’ll love it. I do admire my friend that uses watercolor. A small folding palette, a boarded substrate, and sometimes water and a chair. But I’ll stick to pastel. Good Luck. August 30, 2016 at 1:14 pm Jayashree Log in to Reply I enjoy creating art with pastels because of their soft velvety texture. For me I find them to be a fun and a vibrant medium to work with. I also like plein air painting so this will be a perfect addition to my art supplies. Thank you. August 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm KC St.Amand Log in to Reply Have been dying to try Terry Ludwig Pastels and the set shown is the one I want badly ! Pastels are inspiring to me because it is an immediate medium, so versatile and manipulative in texture and style, as well as adaptive to mixed media and ever-new applications. I don’t have to worry so much about chemical concerns, mixing, or additives. They travel and set up easily. I am not worried about the longevity—–consider Lascaux !!!! August 22, 2016 at 10:00 pm Ladyfville Log in to Reply I’m trying to learn on my own – reading these articles is very helpful! August 22, 2016 at 10:46 pm jill57 Log in to Reply I have only dabbled in pastels. So I only have a very limited supplies to work with. Would love to try creating more with this media choice & try these new products. August 22, 2016 at 10:55 pm mjsafian Log in to Reply I am inspired to create art by the joy of life. I like having the ability to capture a moment, a mood, someone’s personality and expression. Over the last year I’ve begun to experiment with pastels. You can do anything with them. I love layering and blending flesh tones on portraits and vivid colors and textures in landscapes and floral. I have a tight budget so i only have a few pastel pencils. I can only imagine how amazing it will be to work with soft pastels and work up a large portrait. How exciting it would be to win! August 22, 2016 at 11:51 pm zoorathos Log in to Reply Hello All Pastel Lovers! I was very excited to see this announcement about a chance to win a set of Terry Ludwig Pastels. I started using Terry Ludwig pastels several years ago. I am an adjunct professor at Saddleback College in O.C., CA. This will be my 3rd semester teaching a Portrait Painting class in Pastel. The one characteristic .. well maybe 2 or 3 is that these pastels are very highly pigmented, hold up and go on flawlessly. It’s a bit like painting in oil. Beautiful coverage. I also love their square shape and being that they are buttery soft, that edge you can almost draw with. Brava! TL is definitely my favorite line of pastels… plus not one company can beat the Dark and the Portrait Sets. My staples! THANK YOU! Peggy Nichols August 22, 2016 at 11:52 pm DonnaG Log in to Reply At one point I became annoyed that people would compare my pastels with oil paintings. No longer. Strange though. August 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm Rain Log in to Reply Those are incredible earth tones, I can see beautiful landscapes and waterscapes created with these! I’d love to win these to do a pacific seascape at sunset or a winter landscape the Rockies! August 23, 2016 at 12:05 am hortenseodum Log in to Reply I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better? cleveland cavs mozgov trade August 23, 2016 at 1:39 am Donna Smith Log in to Reply I’m new in learning pastel paintings. I love the soft effect and immediate results……..a whole new world to explore… August 23, 2016 at 1:50 am artbyronine Log in to Reply I love the effects that can be created quickly with pastels. Smudging & smearing, fine lines; it’s all wonderful https://www.facebook.com/ArtworkByRonine/photos/a.322492741131112.68052.172814979432223/1087303154650063/?type=1&theater August 23, 2016 at 2:16 am Shawbu Log in to Reply I love the feel of the pastel on the surface, the color, the variety of effects from subtle to bold. I even love how grubby my hands get! August 23, 2016 at 2:39 am Subha Log in to Reply What amazes and inspires me about pastel is the magnificent range of colors available for you to try out. You no need to worry about color mixing or dilution what we do in oil or arcylic painting. I love to dirty my hand as a person who craves to become a fine artist, it gives me that mood, go pick the pastels give it on your paper, dirty your hand and feel good. lot more such things!! August 23, 2016 at 7:47 am Michelewarch Log in to Reply I participate in art abandonment and I’m always looking for new media. Pastels were my first real art experience and i love them. August 23, 2016 at 10:00 am Renee Log in to Reply Pastels equal freedom to me. I have young children and worked in oils the past. Too much time was lost in set up and break down. I have a great plain air set I can just grab and go too. Color choices and combinations are unending! Freedom to create, freedom to explore! August 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm birdymac Log in to Reply I feel a responsibility as an artist to evoke an emotional response in the viewer of my work. I choose subjects from nature that move me in a way that allows me to proceed from instinct rather than from rational thinking – that is, in a visceral way. By using this visceral reaction to render what I see, I hope that the leap we must make from 3 dimensions to 2 becomes a non-issue and will put the viewer in that particular place at that particular moment in time. Nature’s grandeur provides me with beautiful colors and light. I experience joy while painting with pastels in particular, because those colors and light are so impeccably achieved by layering and juxtaposing different pastels on various surfaces. August 23, 2016 at 2:05 pm nelharp Log in to Reply Pastels are so incredible. I love the tactile and versatile nature of working in pastels, whether I’m getting dirty using my hands and fingers or creating underpaintings with a brush and wash. The range of colors, the ease of travel, and the ability to store hundreds of paintings in a relatively small space with minimal cleanup, and being able to walk away with little more than a hand-washing makes them fun and easy to use. Then, when I see an amazing piece done in pastel, I’m inspired to get back to work and see what other possibilities can be created. August 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm paulharman Log in to Reply I was fortunate to be introduced to the pastel medium because of a gift of lessons with Reif Erickson a distinguished Pastelist. I fell in love with the medium and studied with Reif for a year. He taught me so much about color, values and composition. As I soaked up all I could learn from books, and workshops I worked on my own technique and have mastered this beautiful medium. It’s vibrancy and immediacy make it my preferred medium, and I love its flexibility that allows me to paint any subject matter. I enjoy trying new papers and new pastels, as any pastel artist will tell you, we never have enough and whenever a new color is produced, we want it! August 23, 2016 at 5:35 pm NMBronson Log in to Reply I am a beginner. Learning all I can about pastels. I recently took a workshop from Lee McVey, and my love for pastels grew beyond my expectations. I started out, not even knowing how to use pastels, but my love grew very fast! I find the transfer process almost a “zen” moment. Applying the pastel is such a wonderful experience. August 23, 2016 at 11:52 pm Artisterri Log in to Reply immediate gratification with a great set of pastels, makes them addicting! August 23, 2016 at 11:58 pm Kathar1954@hotmail.com Log in to Reply I love painting with pastels because it allows me to create by layering colors without mixing and the ease of painting plein aire or in my studio. Soft pastels just glide on the surface and give such rich color. It has always been one of my favorite mediums without all the fuss of finding the right brushes to do the job! August 24, 2016 at 12:00 am jcstudio Log in to Reply There is nothing quite like the color in pastels. The closest to seeing Nature itself ! August 24, 2016 at 12:06 am Murphystudios87 Log in to Reply Pastels are and amazing medium ever since the first set I baught I could never put them down .i just love everything about them . August 24, 2016 at 12:36 am Murphystudios87 Log in to Reply Wow I messed that up ,what I ment was pastels are an amazing medium and since the first set I ordered I couldn’t put them down and I just love everything about them August 24, 2016 at 12:40 am DonnaG Log in to Reply I had never seen touched or heard of Pastels before Sept 2010. I guess I had my head in the sand. However I took a class in pastel after I retired. I was hooked from the first day. I started with Alphacolor. Then Rembrandt, now Terry Ludwigs, Great Americans, Sennelier and any thing else I can get my hands on. In two short years I was participating in juried exhibitions and having my own solo exhibitions. I am now the first President of the newly formed Appalachian Pastel League. I offer workshops, at a local Tea Cupboard. Not bragging just wanting to let you know how thoroughly involved with Soft Pastels I truly am. Yeah, It’s like breathing. Necessary for me to survive. I love the tactile nature of pastels. Like molding a piece, more than “painting”. I love the way the light bounces off the painting instead of absorbing it. I can do things with pastel that I only dreamed of with acrylic. I’d love to win the supplies. I’m always running out. August 24, 2016 at 1:37 am sldonnellan1 Log in to Reply I am lucky enough to have met Luz Haywood-Sullivan whose work knocked my socks off and who encouraged me to venture into the world if pastel with her. I was at that time a potter. The color and depth that could be achieved fascinated me. Started off with a small set of Rembrandts, Then added Senneliers, Unisons, Great Americans, Diane Townsends and the greatest – Terry Ludwigs along with some Girault. I love the immediacy of the medium and the range of color and vibrancy available. And that I don’t have the wet paint issue. August 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm sldonnellan1 Log in to Reply Liz Haywood-Sullivan. August 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm troulin Log in to Reply I’ve been paintings with pastels for a very long time and I personally love it. I enjoy working with pastel because this medium is like doing magic. I often use pastel during my trips around the US to make studies and sketches of the places I visited. All in all this medium is a pure joy to work with so I continue working with it. August 24, 2016 at 2:55 pm Deborah Susan Hill Log in to Reply I would love to win this set of pastels and pastel supports. I don’t have any Terry Ludwig pastels in my pastel box as of yet and have heard nothing but great reviews of them! August 24, 2016 at 3:21 pm sabrinahill Log in to Reply When I was first exposed to pastels some 35 years ago, I thought they were to pale and chalky to be interestiing. I poo-poo’d them as being dull. A few years ago, I took an on-going charcoal drawing class and the woman at the next easel was working with pastels. And they were vibrant and joyful, as was her work. After several weeks, I asked the teacher if she could show me how to use them. Sheroot me a long skinny scrap of green sanded paper and a photo of peaches on a tree. I drew the peaches on in pencil and then picked up an indigo blue stick to create a background. I pull the stick across the paper and the most vivid, rich, gorgeous blue swath of color appeared. It looked like velvet. And I fell in love. I use hard pastels and pastel pencils, but there is nothing, NOTHING like the buttery feel of soft pastels–and every color seems to look better in soft pastel. I paint in oils, acrylics, watercolor, gouche, and I do calligraphy, but oh, the pastels…they make my heart skip a beat! August 24, 2016 at 5:46 pm agladstone123 Log in to Reply Pure and simple, I’m a color addict. No white/beige walls for me in my house for sure. Pastels just feed that addiction. Any box of pastels is eye candy for me. To be able to use that candy to paint with is like icing on the cake. Fun, fun, fun!! No mixing, no waiting for anything to dry, just pure, beautiful color. August 24, 2016 at 5:46 pm valh Log in to Reply I’m close to a beginner with using pastels and have a very few right now to use. I would love to try some Terry Ludwig Pastels…..I’ve heard many many good things about them. The UArt substrates sound wonderful also and I would like to have a chance to try them out. Cheers! Val H. August 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm TMcD Log in to Reply Having these pastels would be a dream come true. August 24, 2016 at 10:00 pm Catek2652 Log in to Reply Pastels are my paint. I love them and they allow me to interpret what I see like no other medium. I would be delighted to win anything being offered as I love and use all of these product brands. August 24, 2016 at 10:32 pm JohnStudio61 Log in to Reply Being a landscape painter, I love the immediacy of pastel for painting en plein air and allowing me to capture the scene in front of me with immediacy. A perfect crossover medium for anyone who likes to draw and paint. August 25, 2016 at 1:24 am JoeyBlue21 Log in to Reply When I began to take art lessons my first medium was pastel and I feel in love with them. The variety of techniques to create paintings Wyeth then was amazing. My favorite was doing animals, making all those beautiful strokes for thier fur and “painting” flowers, pastels are perfect for the velvet like finish of the petals. That was 15 years ago. I have expanded my art into water colors, oils and acrylics. I struggle daily with vision and hearing loss, find me at our studio at http://www.facebook.com/bluerockstudio teamwork, breaking boundaries and celebrating nature! August 25, 2016 at 4:34 am psomma Log in to Reply My inspiration begins with opening my palette box and looking at all those gorgeous colors! I love working with almost pure pigment in my hands … the expressive mark making and textural qualities that are really exclusive to the pastel medium keeps me coming back to them. I even love the sound they make as they skim sanded surfaces. Pure joy! August 25, 2016 at 4:59 am ramiroregalado Log in to Reply Excellent post. Keep posting such kind of info on your site. Im really impressed by it. Hi there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I will definitely digg it and in my opinion suggest to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this site. Pat Tillman jersey authentic August 25, 2016 at 9:47 am bethperry Log in to Reply I have recently gotten heavy into art journaling and mixed media! My current mediums are watercolor, acrylics and oil pastels. I am always so excited to learn new techniques and new mediums! this is a great opportunity for that! Thanks for the continuing inspiration! August 25, 2016 at 1:07 pm mjmarmo Log in to Reply I have seen a demonstration of pastels but have never worked with this medium. I am fairly new to the art world and am still learning and trying to figure out my niche. I create mixed media canvases and love to art journal. I would love the opportunity to try these! August 25, 2016 at 1:57 pm Bleumoon Log in to Reply It’s all about the weather! I love clouds and storms and sunrises. Living in the Pacific NW, I’m lucky to have plenty to work with. August 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm susanelizabeth Log in to Reply I have just started painting with pastels and it is continually amazing me–the vibrant colors, the variety of techniques–so much to learn! August 26, 2016 at 12:23 am shantiparks Log in to Reply Pastels used to scare me, and with good cause. I really just didn’t know how to make them work for me. Now, I have jumped in and am very comfortable with them. Living in the Sierras, that comes in handy while travelling! These would be wonderful! August 27, 2016 at 5:53 am nancybice91 Log in to Reply Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actually enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently rapidly. Cedric Ogbuehi jersey authentic August 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm Elizabeth Log in to Reply With pastels I don’t have to worry about mixing colors. I also love that I can soften or blend at anytime August 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm chiquitanzp Log in to Reply cheap nfl throwback jerseys from china cheap wedding venues in south jersey August 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm Nariel Log in to Reply Opening a new box of pastels is like opening a box of chocolates. You want to use them all. So many rich and vibrant colors. Plein air painting with pastels makes it easy to capture the colors of nature. I sometimes only takes a couple of hours to capture the wonders of nature with pastels. August 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm aware4 Log in to Reply I love to paint the landscapes in our area with access to the Chesapeake Bay, rivers and oceans to mountains all within a two hour drive! August 30, 2016 at 3:32 am sidsnanny Log in to Reply I am fairly new to pstels, but am now hooked. Love the vibrancy and tactile feel of this medium. I love to paint wildlife August 30, 2016 at 5:31 am komaromil Log in to Reply I love pastels’ vibrant colors and I think I always find new to try with them August 30, 2016 at 8:31 am email@example.com Log in to Reply Painting feeds my soul. I was introduced to pastels seven years ago and have never looked back. I love the luminosity and vibrancy that painting with pastels can achieve. August 30, 2016 at 11:28 am DonnaG Log in to Reply Uart is the primary substrate I use. I prefer the 500 or 600 grit for soft pastels. 800 for colored pencil. I sometimes use the 800 for oil pastel. The finished oil pastel has a softness about it that no other substrate gives. My primary soft pastels are Terry Ludwig, Sennelier and Rembrandt. the Rembrandts are my med hardness level- go to-get the backbones done pastel. Terry Ludwigs finish the piece. My favorite boxed set: Colors of Nature of course: Terry Ludwig. My senneliers are mostly the darker greens. I cannot explain what moves me to paint what? I love landscapes with clouds and trees and can paint them all day long, en plein aire. But I also enjoy the birds and animals that I do in the studio. I’ve even completed a portrait that I am not ashamed of one whit. Getting new supplies, either by gift or by purchase is a red letter day. As fast as I am going through them, I could use these. Keep the mag coming. I devour every issue. August 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm gonzaloburns9 Log in to Reply порно волосатая пизда порно групповуха – типа такого – August 31, 2016 at 1:24 am mmarino Log in to Reply No other medium captures pure color as pastel! A journey filled with a lot of joy. August 31, 2016 at 11:46 am Rex Sanford Log in to Reply Lush colors have always had a strong pull on me. I find viewing such a wonderful verity mesmerizing. Instant gratification is what originally pulled me to pastels, it also keeps me going! August 31, 2016 at 11:03 pm Tcbarlracr Log in to Reply Eye candy for my soul! September 1, 2016 at 12:40 am gcroeder Log in to Reply Immediate amazing Color! September 1, 2016 at 12:45 am elstonl Log in to Reply Just started experimenting with pastels and I love the feel and yes, even the messy part of it! Brings back memories of art classes in grade school! September 1, 2016 at 2:08 am DebWingert Log in to Reply I’m new to pastels, though I’ve wanted to try them for some time. Lately I’ve waded into fabric surface design and I think pastels would work well in the processes. September 3, 2016 at 12:33 pm tmaze Log in to Reply I like the physicality of pastels (yeah, akin to fingerpaints) as well as the ability to blend colors. September 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm gerry Log in to Reply I love working with pastels it is a slow and relaxing medium. It is a very forgiving medium too. You can blend colors with ease. I used them with my patients and both of us found them very theraputic. I have been using Dick Blick products for years. September 3, 2016 at 1:40 pm cgoldie Log in to Reply The more I work with pastels, the more I love them. So much so that I have incorporated them into most of my paintings and am teaching a series of three workshops about pastel for the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Pastel Journal is a wonderful resource! September 3, 2016 at 2:21 pm Snowbunny Log in to Reply I have been an artist all my life, trying almost every medium. Once I found pastel I was hooked. I love the pure pigments and awesome colors. I am always trying different brands. I love plein air with pastels. When you are done there is no drying, just frame it up and you are on to the next painting. One brand I have not tried is Terry Ludwig. I would love to win this opportunity to use these pastels. September 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm Ladyfville Log in to Reply Color! I love color, and attempting to recreate the beauty of my world! September 3, 2016 at 2:43 pm ymzaborac Log in to Reply I love the softness and blend ability of pastels. I love rubbing the side of the pastel across the paper to get a textured look. The first time I used them I got hooked. Now I just can’t stop using them! September 3, 2016 at 3:02 pm ymzaborac Log in to Reply I love the Pastel Journal also. September 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm dmcmannis Log in to Reply There’s something magical about holding a soft but solid block of pure color in your hand. The instant gratification when you make a mark on the paper is empowering to me. There’s no dry time and as I add layer after layer of pastel the image changes immediately allowing me to finish an illustration in one sitting or step back and think about taking a full pastel painting in a new direction. I feel that no other art form offers the pure and indulgent freedom that pastels offer. September 3, 2016 at 3:10 pm jleliason1 Log in to Reply I love pastels for plein air painting-no brushes to clean, no solvents to drag around. September 3, 2016 at 3:16 pm Carly Log in to Reply Personally, I can’t recall how Pastels chose me or I chose pastels. Being a young 8 y/o teaching myself to draw, with graphite…pastels seemed to be “the natural go to” (for color) when I grew confident enough with my drawing skills. Natural Pigment “color” to this day continues to be my passion. L O V E them! Have a great day! C September 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm Marcia Log in to Reply I love the sultry deep rich creamy colors of pastels. A feast for my eyes. I m still trying different brands and would love to win those you are giving away. September 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm DiZimmer Log in to Reply Pastels have so many levels of colours……I love what I can achieve…….I look forward to many adventures with pastel……I love love Pastel magazine …. I am inspired ……. I learn constantly ……endless opportunities with pastels……. September 3, 2016 at 3:33 pm Nola's mom Log in to Reply I find the purity, variety, and richness of the colors very alluring! I love the immediacy of the medium, its versatility in terms of strokes and textures, and the convenience. I enjoy creating/working/experimenting with the various hardnesses of the pastels and diverse substrates. Painting in pastel provides ample opportunity for new and stimulating artistic expressions. September 3, 2016 at 4:28 pm Jimjimnm Log in to Reply The amazing NM sunsets here in the desert inspire me, always! September 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm Rain Log in to Reply Light and shadows can create intriguing patterns. With color it can be transformed into challenging abstractions. September 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm Enshope Log in to Reply It has taken years for me to get back to creating with pastels. I was tired of all the packing involved with plein air painting with acrylics. It is so much simpler with pastels. There is something empowering about the pastel…they become an extension of your hand. It is so direct and so versatile. I am looking forward to redicoveringof all kinds of pastel techniques! September 3, 2016 at 8:16 pm rgrager Log in to Reply Having a color defect, it’s great for me to be able to just pick up a color I think is right instead of wasting time trying to figure out how to mix it! September 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm kimartist Log in to Reply I love the luscious COLORS of pastels & the ease of use – very portable! Doing pastel art also helps me with my grieving process, since I’ve sustained a lot of losses the last few years. September 3, 2016 at 9:13 pm pencilsandpaint75 Log in to Reply I’ve tried pastels in the past and didn’t have a lot of success with them but I have been wanting to try them again. I love the pure color you get with pastels. September 3, 2016 at 11:31 pm KCleaver Log in to Reply What beautiful colors! I don’t know if I could learn pastel, but I’d like to try! September 4, 2016 at 5:14 am Noahsmama99 Log in to Reply I love everything. I love to walk in the park and take photos of the trees and grasses and ripples in the river. September 4, 2016 at 5:19 am isaidmelanie Log in to Reply Photography is another passion of mine, and I use my photos as a resource for my art. My latest craze is photos of nature that look abstract. Painting these creates some amazing abstract art! September 4, 2016 at 6:31 am Bindu Log in to Reply I love oil pastels because it helps me to create every aspect of nature… September 4, 2016 at 6:39 am Terri Day Log in to Reply It’s time for me to get back into my pastel drawings! This is such a nice give-a-away. September 4, 2016 at 1:30 pm firstname.lastname@example.org Log in to Reply Pastel is a medium I have not tried yet, but it intrigues me very much! I would love to capture my surroundings in the soft, luminous tones that pastel brings to the table. I haven’t started working with it yet because I’m afraid I’ll become extremely addicted! September 4, 2016 at 6:28 pm Tpeterson50 Log in to Reply I love the way that there is no down time to wait for the painting to dry before continuing. You can paint and change and paint some more and stop when you want, not when the medium dictates. I love the way pastels handle. Soft strokes to bold it is such a satisfying way to paint. The medium is just so flexible in ways that so many other are not. Just a fabulous way to paint. September 4, 2016 at 9:28 pm WakksArtiste Log in to Reply The reason why I love working with pastels is because they always yield to giving a painting a soft, warm glow, that is hard to achieve with other mediums. It is just so beautiful for landscape work from the gorgeous clouds in the sky, and the warm glowing sunsets, to all the nature’s bounty in between, they are a truly lovely medium to work with. 🙂 September 5, 2016 at 3:32 pm marilynsd1967 Log in to Reply For me I enjoy the tactile experience of using pastels. The sound they make on my paper. The smoothness of the chalky dust on my hands. The act of blowing excess color off the surface of my creation or the feel of blending color using an old paper stump! In my opinion, there just isn’t anything that compares! September 5, 2016 at 6:24 pm Marlene Log in to Reply I am retired and currently teaching art to senior citizens. I love the softness and also the vivid colors you can get with pastels. I teach all mediums and students really seem to enjoy the pastels, even though they are messy at times. We use pastel paper, sanded paper which seems to be a favorite because it holds the color well, and sanded board. I have introduced them to the Nu Pastels which they like since there is less dust. They are looking forward to learning even more ways to use their pastels. September 5, 2016 at 8:11 pm Zanin Log in to Reply There is no other drawing or painting medium that so potently reminds me of drawing as a child with crayons. Holding a little stick in your hand, rich with colour. Pastels arrive with such simplicity, then execute their arrival with amazing sophistication. The intensity of pigment can be bold, and other times so soft. Nothing’s changed; you would cry if you broke a crayon in half as a child, and it still makes me sook when I drop a pastel to the floor. September 6, 2016 at 12:37 pm ReneeK Log in to Reply Pastels allow me to feel a connection with my art that most other mediums lack. The lack of a brush separating my hand from the color encourages a more visceral reaction to the process and therefore produces a piece that has more raw emotion than I can get with any other medium. I am intrigued by the soft earthy shades of these new pastels, and I am excited to work with them. September 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm buttermilkdoodles Log in to Reply I absolutely love color and I find that pastel is the perfect medium for color scripts for animation. Pastels are a nice way of forcing myself to look at the colors and broad shapes before the details to improve my overall composition. September 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm mjmarmo Log in to Reply I do not have any pastels but have seen them used. I would love to try them for flowers – large ones, small ones, all colors! I think these would be just gorgeous!! September 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm dsmahnken Log in to Reply I’ve been painting with pastels for about five years, and it’s my favorite medium. I love the immediacy and the spontaneity of pastels. I’m inspired to paint by looking around me — clouds, rocks and mountains are my favorite subjects — and whenever I get my hands on a new pastel set! There’s nothing like opening a brand new set of luscious pastels, especially Terry Ludwigs. September 7, 2016 at 3:44 pm Tatthebrat Log in to Reply I love the vibrancy of colors and their flexibility. It makes it easier to be creative! September 7, 2016 at 7:45 pm kdago77 Log in to Reply I just took my first pastel class and am so excited. I would love this opportunity to win pastel supplies since my collection is extremely limited. It would be nice to experience different materials. September 8, 2016 at 12:31 pm Becky Log in to Reply I love pastels! Especially Terry Ludwigs. I love the rich colors. September 8, 2016 at 4:32 pm Kalm80 Log in to Reply I love working with pastels. I started with Rembrants and was advised by a Patel artist I follow on Facebook to get Terry Ludwig’s and Sennelier. I’ve sold one painting already, painted with Rembrants September 10, 2016 at 4:07 am calvinsturm8486 Log in to Reply тут September 10, 2016 at 8:27 am Tanyadraws1234 Log in to Reply I am a beginner and really excited to venture out in a different medium. Pastels have caught my eye with it’s many color. September 11, 2016 at 9:33 am jenniferworsley Log in to Reply I love having everything I need for working in pastel in one single box, all ready to set up when the right light appears. I seem to do my best work when its a situation for “painting into the effect”– the right light shows up after you have gotten the drawing and design down, so you can just focus on color at the end. September 12, 2016 at 1:04 am GinaTrue Log in to Reply What inspires me to paint with pastel? What I can’t put into words, I can express with pastel. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I want them to be beautifully written. When I’m inspired, I want the world to be inspired with me. September 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm Grape Log in to Reply I used to use oil pastels in high school, but have since left the skill behind. I would love to try again, with any kind of pastel. The colors are so alluring – so vibrant and fun to blend. September 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm email@example.com Log in to Reply Inspiration??? Your website and magazines and suggested resources through your site! September 15, 2016 at 8:53 pm firstname.lastname@example.org Log in to Reply I would love these pastels! I am teaching myself, also using a lot of your articles and videos as reference and visuals. I want to become a pastel artist and this offer may just give me a great start ! I love all the info here,too. Hope to win September 15, 2016 at 8:51 pm Tcbarlracr Log in to Reply I love the immediate satisfaction and tactile feel of using pastels for my paintings. They allow for the spontaneity of my moods when I see something I just have to paint, and the rich colors at a glance often inspire me to paint when I haven’t been in the mood. September 17, 2016 at 12:54 am MellieM Log in to Reply I love blending with my fingers, dust flying around, smears on my face. The result may be on paper, but the larger story is the mess I make of myself and the table. It’s glorious…the painting is simply the byproduct of the experience! September 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm Paintedstars83 Log in to Reply I like working with pastels because the colors just flow together so nicely. I love the ease of blending to create a look that’s harder to get in any other medium. September 17, 2016 at 2:19 pm ecloudy Log in to Reply I just love the pure color, the tactile feel of layering one color over or beside another. While I love the drawing aspect of using harder pastels, the soft pastels are my favorite, and sanded paper. September 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm sup3rdad Log in to Reply I’m up for a challenge! I have never worked in pastels before. The medium of choice for me is oils. I have used acrlyics in the past but that medium dries to fast. I have seen some beautiful work done and I have watched some videos on how-tos. I think everyones post are full of merit on why they should win over the next. Good luck on picking the winner I’m sure its going to be a difficult decision on your parts. Good Luck to everyone. September 17, 2016 at 2:42 pm jleliason1 Log in to Reply Because you can never have too many pastels! September 17, 2016 at 2:43 pm Marcia Log in to Reply I get butterflies in my tummy every time I see these beautiful pastel colors. I WANT! September 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm Navi Log in to Reply I’ve always loved sketching portraits in charcoal. But such wonderful pastel portraits by artists here is so inspiring that I eagerly wish to to try this new medium. Pastel medium seems to be very fascinating. September 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm Navi Log in to Reply I’ve always loved sketching portraits in charcoal. But the pastel portraits of artists here are so fascinating that I eagerly wish to try the new medium. September 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm Twinrocks Log in to Reply I enjoy drawing with pastels and employ them for doing plein air drawings to use as studio references for later paintings. It’s more intuitive to me than using pointed drawing tools, I can fill space or vary my texture by varying how I hold it. Most of the ones I have are scholastic quality though, it’s frustrating when I unearth an exceptionally hard spot & the colors aren’t as rich as they could be. These would be lovely to try! September 17, 2016 at 4:45 pm TGural Log in to Reply I’ve been painting for over 35 years, primarily in oil. This past year, I’ve started using soft pastels for the first time and absolutely have fallen in love. The chroma is so much more intense. Most everyone says my latest portraits in pastels are some of my best work. Looking forward to doing some landscapes over the winter. Really need to add more colors to my pastel collection, exactly like those in this give-away. Haven’t used Terry Ludwig’s yet, and would love to try them out, as well as the papers. September 17, 2016 at 6:11 pm Sarasvati58 Log in to Reply I just love that soft, sensual feel of the pastel moving across the paper, so buttery and smooth! It is very tactile. September 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm yvonneg Log in to Reply Pastels make my heart sing. Each color has it’s own “note” and contributes to the final melody! I paint in many mediums but PASTELS…are by far my favorite!. I have been drooling over this latest Ludwig set since I laid eyes on them!! There would be a “Symphony” in my art if they were mine!. Never have enough colors you know! September 17, 2016 at 6:47 pm mariaya Log in to Reply I love pastels they are amazing, sometimes you just want to paint now, you don’t want to mix. Colors are amazing and your drawings are more realistic. Sometimes before I paint I do a pastel then they oil painting. Nothing like they pastel!. September 18, 2016 at 12:26 am Rain Log in to Reply The challenge. I suck at pastels because I over blend and everything gets muddy. I won’t quit working with pastels, I’ll get it right if it kills me. September 18, 2016 at 4:25 am Jinkoid Log in to Reply What inspires me is color! I love the theory, the application, the psychology; everything about it interests me. 😀 I would love to win these simply because of the stated reason above and because I would love to learn a new medium! September 18, 2016 at 11:43 am kjalleh.art Log in to Reply I have a lot of fun with pastels although it is not a medium I have a lot of practice with yet. I tend to over blend the colors as I have a very basic set. I would love to explore this medium more and achieve results like those I see from other pastelists. September 18, 2016 at 12:50 pm sandycotkmc Log in to Reply I love pastels! The color, the blending, the feel. Haven’t used them in many years, but would love to get back to it. September 18, 2016 at 2:10 pm fsnowden Log in to Reply Working with pastels is a visual/tactile experience. Just looking at the colors before you, then picking one up sets the expression in motion. It is truly art in the present moment. You feel the color as it meets the paper, color over color image unfolding in waves of energy. September 19, 2016 at 12:29 am Cherie Dawn Haas, Senior Online Editor Log in to Reply Congratulations, @fsnowden! You’ve been chosen as the random winner of this contest! Keep your eyes open for an email from me regarding your prize. Thanks to everyone who has participated by sharing your love of pastels! Stay tuned – our Richeson easel sweepstakes is coming up in November! September 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm JudyGurl Log in to Reply Soft pastels for me are colour in it’s purist form. I loved painting with soft pastels when I was younger and am now just getting back into it (30 years later). Would love to try some Ludwigs, I hear they are soft like butter cream.. September 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm Miriam Canarim Log in to Reply The colours of the pastels that one may win are an inspiration! Chocolate, velvet, smooth pleasure of creating something. Dream, breathe in, and close your eyes. And get to work! Thank you for the opportunity. Crossing my fingers. September 19, 2016 at 9:08 pm JS Log in to Reply I like to draw and i think if i have this equipment i can make my self better. September 20, 2016 at 3:51 pm imabrodie Log in to Reply I took Chris Ivers’s beginners course this month, and she predicted “You’re gonna fall in love” with this medium. It wasn’t love at first paint, but she was right. Halfway through the course, things started to click, and now I’m in deep. I took her course because I had always wanted to try pastels after years of oil painting, and I am enjoying learning how the two media are so (completely) different. September 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm keelan rushby Log in to Reply Nothing is as forgiving and kind to an artist, as pastel is, I will alwaysbe inspired to work with it because it doesn’t have many limits, and is so helpful when obtaining interesting mixes of colour. I also learned art first with the pastel medium. September 26, 2016 at 12:38 am skhacker Log in to Reply It’s my desire to do pastel paintings. Not sure why I am so intimidated by pastels. Anyway, I am overcoming this fear. These colors shown above are beautiful at best. Some bold and some subtle but all equally inviting. Inspiration says it perfectly, so here we go; uncharted territory here I come. Looking forward to the journey. Thank you for the inspiration. September 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm mjmarmo Log in to Reply How and where are winners announced? I never see them. September 27, 2016 at 12:36 pm Cherie Dawn Haas, Senior Online Editor Log in to Reply Hello! The winner will be announced on Thursday. Thanks for asking! September 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm slavalley11 Log in to Reply Soooooo excited about the color palette for my Portraits! Wow! Pastels colors like these are to me what chocolate is to others….internal Bliss! Mmmmmm Cannot wait to get my paws on these. Susan Lavalley – Valley Fine Art September 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm Julie Roberts Log in to Reply I used hard pastels when I was first learning to draw and paint. Now I want to go back to it and use it to paint plein air. It’s a medium that encourages use of color in unusual places. My color has gotten a bit boring and I see pastels as a chance to make my paintings sing…. September 27, 2016 at 11:34 pm Sarai Casas Log in to Reply Pastel the unique style that brings art to life the way it shows the reality of life! It brings me so much pleasure I wont talk about just why I want to paint with pastel.Its what makes me want to paint with it.When it comes to doing my painting’s my portfolio I have been creating life drawing with an effect of my life perspective and thats what bring my art to life! Makes it more Realistic! September 28, 2016 at 10:40 pm Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.