Teresa Allen, a pastel artist specialising in landscapes and seascapes, regularly uses Art Spectrum Colourifx paper and Colourifx primer. But she had not tried the Art Spectrum Soft Pastels before. For this article Teresa paints with the Art Spectrum pastels, creating a landscape painting and a sketch of pears.
Teresa Allen has enjoyed painting from an early age and her work focuses on landscapes and seascapes using pastels and acrylics. She exhibits twice a year with Tadworth Art Group in Surrey and will be participating in the Appart exhibition in Godalming, Surrey over the Easter period.
Landscape Pastellist Teresa Allen Reviews Art Spectrum Soft Pastels
by Teresa Allen
I was impressed from the start by the dense richness and texture of the pigment and colour choices in the set and I think the colours offered are one of the advantages of the Art Spectrum pastel range against the other brands. I would class these pastels under the medium-soft category. They are softer and more vibrant than Rembrandt, but not as soft as Unison, Sennelier and Schmincke. Within the box of 20 half stick pastels, not all the pastels perform the same way. Some were softer than others and some were more “scratchy” but they all produced a rich colour. A couple of flakes of pastel broke off but overall they appear to be sturdy colours. There are a good range of colours (lights and darks) for a small box of pastels. I think this particular set of colours works well for landscape/Plein Air painting but I would add a violet/purple to the mix. The box is not as sturdy as the Rembrandt or Unison boxes but this can easily be solved by reinforcing the corners of the box.
I also did a sketch of 3 pears to test their compatibility with the other pastel brands and found that the Art Spectrum pastels sat very well over the Rembrandt pastels and layered well under the other softer pastels brands mentioned above.
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