Friday, May 7, 2010

Richeson Pastel Surface

Central Valley, CA
5 x 7, Richeson Pastel Surface

Today I tried out a new (to me) product: Richeson's Pastel Surface. It is a textured surface on top of Gatorfoam. I liked the sturdiness of the panel but while the surface was textured, it did not seem to hold much pastel. I will try it again, another time and maybe use some of my softest pastels.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. At least that's what my grandmother always said. She also said that my tongue turned black when I told a lie. Boy, she would have thought I told a doozy after the bruising my tongue got at the dentist yesterday.

Getting a good photo of "The Palouse" is a challenge because of its size. This afternoon provided just the right brightness without direct sun for me to wrestle the monster outside my studio door and take the shot. I did a little more work on the sky today, but it is done now.


Celeste Bergin said...

very small! 5 x 7! I rather like the grayness and grainy feeling of it. Will you try that paper again one day?

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Celeste -- I got a stack of these panels as samples and this is the first time I've tried one. I'll try it again, but with softer pastels. It didn't seem to hold much with a light application. I could have pressed harder, but I was already wasting a lot of pastel and making dust. Thanks for stopping by!