Graham uses a basic Landscape set of 18 Unison artist quality soft pastels. This set has been put together over many years and has been used to create the paintings on the DVD's and for many of the paintings in the landscape gallery. Graham also uses 3 pastel pencils, soft white, light and dark brown along with a soft charcoal pencil. These are used for the finer detail especially in the trees. More recently I have put together a basic seascape set containing just 8 Unison pastels. Many of the seascape paintings in the seascape gallery were completed with these colours. The only other piece of equipment is a number 6, soft, chisel edge colour shaper. This is used to blend the colours in small areas and to create the reflections.
The paper is the most important element in pastel painting as it is the papers tooth that holds the pastel onto the papers surface.
Pastel papers come in a whole variety of colours, weights and surface textures. Some surfaces are relatively smooth (Canson Mi-Teintes) whilst others are extremely rough, similar to sand paper. My current favourite is a new paper from Hanhemuehle called Lana Colours which has a medium texture on one side and a more pronounced texture on the other. I also prefer to use a mid tone colour paper as I can then work darker and lighter from the papers tone. I use a rust or brown colour for warm scenes and a blue for cool scenes and sea scapes. The "Lana Colours" paper being relatively new is a little more difficult to obtain at the moment, however packs of twelve 25 x 30cm mixed warm and cool colour sheets are available above.
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