On August 10 a group of six pastel artists met with Dave Wolfram at Sue Kuuskmae's house for a workshop on how to set up your pastel box to help select colors most effectively. Dave described several methods and most of us opted to use the one recommended by Richard Mc Kinley. Here each color group is placed in a different section of the box, with the lightest at the top of the box (where the sky is) gradually getting darker towards the bottom (where the ground is). Neutral colors are grouped together in one section.
Dave also gave a demonstration on how to make your own neutral color pastels by grinding to a fine dust complimentary colors. After sifting out the bigger pieces, he put the dust on a glass and added small amounts of alcohol until it became a thick paste. When it is thick enough to pick up, he rolls it in wax paper, lets it dry, and now you have a new color of your making.
It was lots of fun, and particularly helpful to have a small group. Attending were: Michele Aplin, Nancy Viets, Carla Skinner, Kathy Moorehead, and Sue Kuuskmae. & Eva Muchnik.
See the slideshow below.