Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Susie, Uranda & Stella #2

Susie, Uranda & Stella #2, originally uploaded by debifitz.

pastel on pastelmat
private collection
actual size 19"X26"


I am really enjoying this paper!!! The colors just seem more alive! Although I think I have over worked the upper left side of the back ground. I get some flaking when I work it. But when I shake the piece, nothing comes off! It is so very interesting... as I work the pastel the flakes that do come off stick to the open surface... very neat paper. I think I have found my surface! I just have to be careful not to overwork. But I have also found that I can literally brush off unwanted pastel. I am using a sponge covered blending tool and a kneadable eraser for blending. I love the kneadable eraser... I can form it into any shape I want for blending in tight areas. I am also experimenting with a little battery powered mechanical eraser. Kind of fun!! I can get some nice lines with it.


  1. I just got a piece of pastel mat and cannot wait to try it. I was invited to be in a show this january and will use it for a small "food" image. Still using the Wallis on my commissions till then because I know the outcome. I also enjoy your postings and process. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks Maria! I am actually working on my second piece on Pastelmat. I will be publishing the progress on that one too. It is the other piece that I unfortunately mounted. I initially started the portrait of 2 horses on a piece of velour board that I had... but I was already so spoiled by my experience with the Pastelmat that I started it over on the Pastelmat! And I just ordered 5 of the big sheets (40"X28"). Can't wait to do one not mounted! Let me know what you think of it!