In 2017, Horizon Pastel will present its 5th International Pastel Biennial and the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada will be an Exceptional Guest.
Our 20th Annual Members' Choice Exhibition is currently taking place at Maison & Jardins Antoine-Lacombe, at St-Charles-Borromée from March 30th to April 23rd, 2017. More details on the event's page.
The pastel artist's first tools are pastel sticks and pastel pencils, which will be carefully chosen among a wide range available on the market. Personal preferences based on experimentation, as well as the type of support, will dictate the types of pastels used. However, a teacher's advice will also be invaluable to any beginner.
The support generally consists of lightly textured paper or board,which can be more or less abrasive. The quality and texture of the support will vary according to the manufacturer. Here again, the artist's experience will determine which type of paper support is to be used.
Cleanliness is essential when painting with pastels. It is recommended to keep a paper towel or a clean rag within reach, and to wear an apron to keep clothing clean.
Pastel sticks should be placed in a box or container with low sills to prevent them from rolling or sliding out during the painting process.
It is preferable that the support be placed in an upright position in front of the artist, to allow the pastel dust to fall to the bottom of the work surface.
Other tools can be very useful:
*These sprays are to be used sparingly. The artist can experiment with different brands on the market to test their effects on colours.