If you like working with color, then you’ll love pastels! Pastel has recently experienced a renewed popularity as a serious painting medium, and several manufacturers now make high-quality materials readily available to artists. Pastels are easy to use, and you don’t have to worry about drying times, toxicity, or odors—as you might if you were working with paint. Pastel is also attractive to many artists because of its versatility—it is both a painting and a drawing medium; moreover, you can create a seemingly endless variety of textures and effects with the vast number of hues that are available. And pastel is an extremely fluid and forgiving medium, which makes it great for beginners.
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