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Colour choices

Part 2 Tim Fisher chooses Sennelier soft pastel in orange lead as the focus colour in his harbour scenes
Campo Santa Margherita, Venice, pastel on Ersta 713E paper, 14x20in. (36x51cm)

Pastel painting has been one of my favourite pastimes for a number of years. This is a dry medium where the sticks are manufactured by combining pigment, chalk and a binder. Water is added to allow the mixing of these elements, resulting in a stiff paste that can then be formed into sticks and dried.

The hardness or softness of the pastel can be determined by the amount and type of binder added. The addition of chalk to make the colour lighter can also have an effect on how soft the stick is.

There are a number of advantages to using pastels. They can be worked quickly, switching from one colour to another without having to change brushes or wait for the paint to dry. It is direct, with very little between the artist’s fingers and the pastel surface. The effect of applying sticks is immediate, giving bright and colourful results. It is also an exciting medium and I enjoy applying colourful ink washes over carefully chosen papers, after which pastels can be added once the surface is dry.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the July issue of Leisure Painter. LP is aimed at teaching beginners and amateur painters to paint successfully using traditional skills, and features some of the best-known art tutors in the UK. This month you will find David Bellamy discussing how to be a more creative watercolourist with the use of collage, mediums, printing and more. Tim Fisher continues his personal look at colours, with a demonstration on how he uses orange lead pastel in his work. Colin Joyce introduces this month's painting project from the road, as he introduces readers to stunning scenery from the NC500 route in Scotland. There are also demonstrations and tutorials in watercolour, acrylic, pastel, coloured pencil and oils, and a beginner's look at painting on silk, covering all your favourite subjects: landscapes, flowers, trees, figures, wildlife, still life and more.