Sunday, October 9, 2011


I've been experimenting with different art materials lately and came across Pan Pastels, which are loaded with lots of pigment and are fun to use. They come in small discs of color, each called a pan. You simply rub the pan in a circular motion with a Softt (Tm) Art sponge (I use sponges bought in the cosmetics department of my local store, which work just fine). It's sort of like applying make-up; you load up your sponge and drag it across your surface (in this case, stretched canvas).  You can block in large areas of color, build layers, and work in fine details.  They are compatible with conventional pastel fixatives, and can even be erased from the paper using any artist's eraser.

For She-Fish I used collage, Pan pastels, markers and acrylic. When my boys were little, I used to decorate their bedroom with photos and art that would last over many years and still be age appropriate (animals, nature, sports). I think this would be perfect for a child's bedroom, adding color and whimsy!

Pan Pastels

Check out Pan Pastels on YouTube for more detailed instruction on their use, and have fun creating.


  1. Cool artwork. The pastels sound like a lot of fun to work with. I'll have to see if we have those around here.

  2. I usually buy my stuff from
    Even with postage, it's cheaper ordering from this site, at least from Alaska.
    We don't have too many choices up here...

  3. Oh thank you. Tonight I was thinking about painting 3 wild women; riding a fish, a bear, and a raven. Wonder where this will go...

  4. Love your painting... the whimsical contrast in the scenery above and below water. :)

  5. Thanks, Barbara. One of my favorite artists, has written about the value of using the same painting but reproducing a series, so you have variations of the theme. I'm going to try that, because I wonder, what would this piece look like if I changed the atmospheres both above and below the water? Totally different. One can learn a lot through experimentation. Like photographing the same scene with different time and aperture values.

  6. what a beautiful and unique painting! love it!

    thank you for stopping by my blog last week and leaving a comment. i really appeciate it! blessings to you from texas!

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    1. Thanks very much for taking a look, Scott!