No, not the wimpy colors you get when you mix with white: pastels the drawing tools, as seen on display in a big city art supply store.

(An old photo technique works as well as ever with a modern phone camera: use exposure compensation to underexpose an image slightly to saturate the colors.)

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2 Responses to pastels

  1. Wolfie says:

    It warms my heart to know that there’s still places you can get real live chalk, paints, and other supplies. The world is not all-digital yet.

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    It’s not that natural media art supplies are hard to find or not widely used– there are tons of natural media artists out there, not to mention those who combine natural and digital media in their work as I do. What’s unusual today is being able to see all the wonderful things in person. Like any other business, the art supply trade has been dramatically affected by the move to the internet. Other than the token displays available at some craft and education stores, the business has gone largely on line and consolidated in the hands of a few behemoths and a wide assortment of specialty dealers. One the behemoths has a “flagship” store in a nearby big city, where it is a required stop.

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