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.