Exercise 4: Side Strokes
We repeat the same color blends but now use the side of the pastel
sticks. The paper is gray La Carte paper. This ľ size piece is perfect for
these strokes. Be bold in your stokes.
Goal: Learn to make more expressive strokes. Again, if you pastel crumbles,
get a new piece.
Why side strokes?
Answer: By using the sides we keep the surface painterly and avoid the
distraction of 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 blend areas that eliminate the strokes, especially for a
This can also be used on an otherwise "dead" area to enliven it
Note: In a single painting I will use several types of strokes for visual
Keep alternating the direction of the stroke to add interest to
Add yellow/orange, yellow, and light yellow to the top of the earth tone
Donít worry about fingerprints on your paper: they are better than a
If you must try and remove a mark, try a stiff brush followed by a kneaded
eraser. Itís probably better to fix the surface and add a new layer of