Freed Fine Art
Pastels utilize the fundamental elements of both line and color in a way has always captivated me. I discovered that first treating the surface on which the pastels were to be applied, and then introducing a water component to application process could influence the chalk-like quality of pastels. For my pastels, I experimented with the paper by treating it with a mixture of gray acrylic paint and gesso. Some of the pastel drawings were even cut, torn and glued onto a second piece of paper and then reworked. One of the goals for the pastel drawings featured on this website was to test various techniques that might produce unusual textures and surreal effects in depth. I tried dipping the pastel sticks in water and smearing them across the paper. I also applied water directly to the pastel drawings using my hands, brushes and sponges.