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Diane Townsend Artist Pastels

We would like to thank Diane Townsend for sending us this terrific box of pastels to offer as a prize for our members at an upcoming event.

We haven’t decided how to offer them yet because they are very special. Stay tuned for how to win them!

Diane Townsend Artists Pastel

From her website:

Diane Townsend Artists’ Pastels  are hand made soft pastels for artists. I began making them in 1971 with a 15th century Italian formula translated by a conservationist I shared a studio with. I have  spent the last 45 years refining the formula to create a smooth, flowing pastel that is as rich in pigment as possible. Artists can choose from 5 kinds of pastels. The Soft Form pastels are designed to fit my hand and with easel painting in mind. They are easy to apply, pick up and put down as you work. Later I designed the Terrages pastel for a more vigorous approach to drawing. These pastels are larger, more square and have pumice in them to grip the paper. I worked on this pastel with Wolf Kahn to achieve a consistency that he wanted. The idea was to break the surface of the paper and grind the pastel with pumice stone into it to support and disperse the colors. Terraces pastels are good for larger works on an easel or wall.  The Thin Line pastel is  a much thinner pastel with pumice for a more linear drawing in a limited palate. It is good for travel and landscape.

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