One of pastel’s most appealing attributes is the diversity of art that can be created with the medium. There are artists whose work is similar to a drawing rendered with just a few dabs of bright color, and others who build up rich texture through multiple layers of pigments—and many variations in between. And then there’s British artist Peter Vincent, who has developed a method for working in the medium that’s basically a fusion of silk screen printing and painting, which produces a unique effect that’s unexpected in the medium.
Vincent’s process begins with a detailed drawing of his subject, which he uses as a mask, laying it over a prepared surface. Parts of the mask are removed, and crushed pastel is rubbed into the revealed surface. His distinctive technique has evolved over the years, becoming more complex as he continues to explore its possibilities.
For a in-depth look at Vincent’s innovative style of pastel painting, including a step-by-step demo, see the August 2013 issue of Pastel Journal.
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