In the art world, there is a language one must learn. Outline translates to contour. Form to mass. Lightness or darkness of an image to value. Color = hue.
In the pastel world, the surface you apply your pastel to is referred to as support. There are an array of supports one can use… sanded surface, un-sanded surface, prepared surface with a grit substance called gesso. Each has its own unique properties when receiving the application of pastel.
I have tried them all and am convinced that SUPPORT MATTERS…
Today I can put a vote in for Pastelmat by Clairfontaine. It’s like no other surface I have worked on before. It takes the pastel in a unique way. Difficult to describe. You’ll just have to try it for yourself!
Support matters….in life, too. Sometimes it’s the make it or break it moment when the support you ask for is given or not… As a parent of two adult children who are in the productive “making it” phase of their lives, I am their cheerleader. I am their support. Their coach. Every moment is an opportunity to make their day …. or break it. Support matters.
As an artist…an emerging artist…I am selective to whom I reach out to for support…Usually it is my fellow artists who offer the best support…they’ve been there. Making art is a solitary journey…even if you are in a studio full of others making art at the same moment. Each one of us is putting our creative juices out there for everyone to see…and judge. Be kind. Encouragement goes a long way for one to reach success……Support matters.
~ Be nice to people of your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.