Show runs from January 22 through February 26

Artist Statement:

What are Pastels?
Pastels are almost pure pigment, which makes the colors positively glow.  Very little binder is added to hold their shape. Today, pastels come in many sizes and shapes: thick and thin sticks, pencils, and pots.  One can also add water for transparent washes.  There are two types of pastels: hard and soft.  Hard pastels have more binder and are more durable.  They are used primarily for detail, straight lines, and backgrounds.  Soft pastels have very little binder, which make the color saturated and bright.  Soft pastels blend very easily.  I use soft pastels for the body of my work, and pencils for detail.  Pastel paintings create a lot of dust and are not very durable.  They have to be sprayed with a “fixative” to set the colors and protect the surface.

Why do I paint in Pastels?
That’s easy!  The COLORS!  I am a person that is affected by color in a very strong way.  I remember watching the play, “The Lion King” in a semi-catatonic state because of the colors.  Some colors to me have a smell.  The intenseness of pastels feed me in a way no other medium has, so far.  Scraping sticks across paper, the sanded roughness, and saturated hues encompass all my senses at once.  I pull whatever image that strikes my fancy to paint, so my work is rather eclectic. Pastels generally lend themselves to landscapes, but I am experimenting with all kinds of subjects.

Paper and Accessories
Pastel papers have a sanded texture, which helps chalk adhere to the surface. Papers have a grade, like the sandpaper in your garage.  I use a medium grade of 600 most often.  There are also a variety of accessories available to help smear and blend the colors. Tortillons, brushes, Chamois, and foam pads help me create dimension in my work.

—Tracy Klinesteker


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