As I write this I am flying over South Carolina.
I am heading back to Texas for another workshop. I have another opportunity to take a handful of artists and have them forever changed in their mindset about the amazing, dusty medium of pastel. I love shaking up everything they know about my beloved sticks.
So what to pack? I always struggle with packaging clothes- I am not a fashionista…so figuring out what clothes to take is not easy for me.
But all my pastel gear? Piece of cake. I have a large Heilman box which I line up by power- not value, not by brands and definitely never by hue. And I keep them dusty. No sense cleaning them. Truly. If I use a stick, I’ll clean it off as I go. I never saw the reason to spend so much time and attention on having perfectly clean sticks. Vacuuming them, cornmeal, etc….I feel it is a waste of time. I’d rather be painting.
So one box of pastels- check. Microfiber cloth- check. Bunch of pastel pencils- check. An exacto blade and my favorite surface- Sennelier LaCarte. Yup. The good stuff. Check and check.
And that’s it! I think attendees are always amazed that I can pack so little. Well, I don’t need much. Most pastelists really don’t need much either. We may want all the colors and all the brands…but we don’t really need them.
I will be bringing my “Power of Pastel” workshop to more places next year- New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and my home turf of South Carolina. And of course, more workshops online.
But right now I gotta go…more pastelists to convert!