MATERIALS AND METHODS
A student at Cape Fear Community College draws a still life in Deborah Quinn’s class.
Pastel sticks dry on paper for two days and are divided among the students.
“The colors are lush and pure,” Furst says. “Also, they allow you to work quickly
because there is no waiting for paint to dry.”
Endless colors can be made from a few basics. For example, mix cadmium red
with cadmium yellow to create 20 kinds of orange. Yellowish green, blueish violet,
and ultramarine blue can all combine for visions of seascapes, marsh grasses, and old
oaks, or skyscrapers, still lifes, and monochromatic figures.
These sticks are used to create a pastel sketch or drawing. When more of the page
is filled in, it’s a painting. Finished pastels can be sprayed with fixative to set the
color from dusting away.
Using the materials of da Vinci and Degas — minerals from the earth — and cre-ativity
allows artists to share their expressive nature with others and make not only
the materials, but memories.
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“The colors are
lush and pure,”
Furst says. “Also,
they allow you
to work quickly
because there is
no waiting for
paint to dry.” PHOTOS BY DEBORAH QUINN