Do you like surprises? Do you embrace moments of serendipity and happy accidents? “Confetti Pastels” can add to your excitement.
Many pastellists regularly save their leftover pastel dust and bits and pieces of broken pastels. These leftover bits can be reconstituted into new pastels. When all the bits are crushed and mixed together, a grey is created. But I have chosen to customize my options.
I collect and sort my bits into old medicine bottles, sorted loosely by color: cool grey, warm grey, blue grey, blue, blue/green, green, purple, yellow/orange, pink, and warm. These are relative terms as the collected bits vary over time.
While many pastellists fully pulverize the bits before reconstituting them with distilled water, I choose to leave small intact pieces within each mix. This results in little pops of color within each “new” pastel stick.
The pastel stick will not only be a custom color, but when a mark is placed on the paper little surprises of color are left behind. It creates the illusion that multiple pastels were used, creating a dance of color. I call this celebration of color “Confetti Pastels.”
I was recently challenged to create a painting using only my collection of Confetti Pastels. I jumped at the opportunity.
Knowing that I would have a limited palette of available pastels, the resulting painting would not be approached as a local color copy of the reference photo. The reference photo would serve only as an inspiration for the composition, while focusing on value and warm/cool relationships.
The result of this challenge is “Blessing.” (11×14”)
Viewed from a distance, this painting appears to have been created using regular pastels. But viewed up close, little accents of color dance throughout each mark.
Celebrate the surprises of Confetti Pastels and invite the viewers of your paintings in for a closer look.