Pastel Art of James Southworth
Exercise 5: Now a repeat the above exercise using side of pastel sticks only on gray La Carte paper. This ľ size piece is perfect size for these strokes. Be bold in you stokes.
Goal: Learn to make more expressive strokes. Again if you pastel crumbles get a new peice.
Why side strokes?
Answer: By using the sides we can keep the surface "painterly" and keep from being distracted by fussy details and "overworking" the composition. On "finished" paintings I add detail to the center of interest that blends in with the rest of the work. I also will blend areas that eliminate the strokes especially for a soft backgrounds.
This can also be used on an otherwise "dead" area to enliven it
Note: This is not the "right" way to use pastels but one that keep us loose and fresh.