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Exploring Acrylics
Going from pastel, one of the oldest mediums, to acrylics, the medium of the modern age, has been a learning curve. Remembering the original acrylics, I was sceptical. They were "plastic", gaudy and best for applying with a roller in a hard-edge approach. Today's acrylics offer endless possibilities; they can be used for their transparent qualities or used opaquely as oil paints. Acrylics can been applied to numerous grounds, the colours are amazing and the bonuses are that they dry quickly, have very little odour and clean-up is simple.

Short History of Pastels
Soft Pastels are pure pigments (95% pigment and very UV resistant) held together with a binder of gum tragacanth. When framed with acid-free matte and U/V glass, pieces will last indefinitely without fading (200 years plus or longer than we can imagine).

Pioneer Woman
Rosalba Carriera
Venetian: one of few women to have achieved fame in the visual arts before the nineteenth century.
She produced silk-smooth pastel portraits of lords and ladies of the court of Louis XV in France.

Quentin de la Tour (1704-1788)
Under Carriera’s influence he became one of the most sought after pastel portraitists of his day. The accomplished ease and rapidity with which he handled what he called his “coloured dust” helped him to capture a spontaneous expression of his sitters’ personalities.“Unknown to them”, he said, “I descend into the depths of my sitters and bring back the whole man.”

Edgar Degas
Pastel genius, experimentalist, father of modern pastel painting. Degas developed the pastel medium far beyond the traditional formulae of the 18th century masters. He experimented with an incredible variety of strokes to render form, light and texture. He often built up densely textured layers of colours combining pastel, gouache, tempera and oil paints diluted with turpentine. Thanks to Degas, pastel in the 21st century is appreciated for its versatility and its powers of expression.

Modern pastel artists enjoy the “sculptural” qualities of pastel and its ability to be both a painting and a drawing medium, emphasizing its linearity and texture as well as its powdery insubstantiality.

From: The Beginners Guide Pastels: Angela Gair 1997

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