Painting Landscapes with Soft Pastels – skill level: some painting/drawing recommended; no experience with soft pastels required, reference photo(s) provided.
Bring any soft pastels that you have. If you are purchasing pastels, I suggest buying harder pastels initially such as Mungyo Gallery or Rembrandt. I used to recommend NuPastel by Prismacolor, but the newest ones I got seem too hard. I usually start a painting with harder pastels and then use softer ones.
The Sennelier pastels are very soft, smooth and buttery. Their colors are vibrant and they provide excellent coverage. A set of harder pastels such as Mungyo Gallery and a set of soft pastels, such as Sennelier Plein Air or Sennelier Paris Collection, would be ideal. I’ve included some pricing and item numbers from Jerry’s Artarama online. The Masters Touch pastels from Hobby Lobby are very hard and I don’t recommend them.
a) Mungyo Gallery (Jerry’s Artarama has the wood box set of 72 Mungyo Gallery sticks for $51.99, Item no. 74157) or
b) 1/2 stick Rembrandt soft pastels (60 or 90 sticks)
c) Sennelier Plein Air Landscape Collection for $140.71 Item no. 80868 or
d) Sennelier Paris Collection for $197.13 Item no. V01917
- Kneaded eraser
- 12 x 16, 11 x 14 or 16 x 20 white Ampersand Pastelbord museum series panel (sources: The Art Cart – 1st floor Lowe Mill carries the 11 x 14 and 16 x 20 Pastelbords.) Any other pastel paper that has a sanded surface, like Art Spectrum Colourfix or Sennelier La Carte is also ok. I will bring a pad of Sennelier La Carte (9 x 12, not white) and a few Pastelbords for purchase. Please let me know if you plan to buy one of these from me.
- Small paint brush (used to flick off pastel from board) Don’t use a good brush for this.
- Nitrile or latex gloves (optional)
- Pastel pencils (optional)
- Cork from a wine bottle if you have one
- Jodi is providing the reference photos