I know I just said in my last blog that I was going to give this a little rest and move on to some watercolors waiting in the wings, but I just couldn’t stop so close to a significant milestone.  And, to add to the “excitement”, I decided that each of the last four would be done with pastels I had purchased, but never used.  After all, this is supposed to be a learning experience, right?

So, here we go:  #47  This was done with a new set of Senneliers….yum!


#48  This one was done with a set of Jack Richeson.  They turned out to be student quality (my bad…I didn’t read the label well enough and they were on sale), I found them hard as rocks and very, very difficult to work with.   They could be used as an underpainting, using water or acetate to spread them out and get into the valleys, but, frankly, the lack of color permanency is enough to make me junk them.

This is #49 (almost there) done with a set of Blick.  They were acceptable, but I still prefer Unisons.

Ta-da!   This is # 50 and done with a set of Faber-Castels.  I’d rank them somewhere between Jack Richeson and Blick.

So, the challenge is halfway done and I am indeed going to put away the pastels for awhile!

I hope you have been enjoying this little adventure!

4 Responses to “Yep! I did it! 100 Pastel Challenge is 50% complete as of today.”

  1. admin says:

    I actually quite like the colors on the Blick one

    Half way!

  2. thom says:

    Ahem. That was by me, of course.

  3. admin says:

    Of course it was you………..I don’t use that many exclamation points! The colors were ok on the Blick one, it was the Richeson pastels had had trouible with. I eventually got the colors down and into the paper, but it really was like working with rocks.

  4. Leila Schnyder says:

    Oh, JOY! I feel like we should share a split (1/2 of a bottle) of champagne! A very large deal this is, 50%!
    I had no idea that there were such differences between sets of pastels depending on the maker.
    The Senneliers make a gorgeous, smooth surface, the other two were somewhere inbetween, but the one that you said were like rocks to work with, look impossible to deal with.
    I’m so proud of your perserverance.

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