Original Pastel Art
Discover some of the most exciting and beautiful pastel art available today. Pastel painting was invented in the 16th century, but it gained increased popularity in the 18th century. This was the time when lots of painters did not just experiment with pastel, but it became the primary medium for many. Modern artists have worked extensively in pastels, with stunning original pastel art being produced each year in the UK and beyond.
When you hear 'pastels', you might think of pastel tones. Yet pastel paintings can be light and sunny just as they can be dark and complex. We like to bring together pieces that will give you an idea of how the most talented of today's artists are using the medium.
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Creating Unique Effects With Pastels
Pastel art refers to art which has been created using a stick that consists of a powdered pigment which is held together with binder. The pigments which you will see in pastel arts are in fact very much similar to those which you would see in oil paint. However, in this case, the stick based pastel gives the artist the ability to create unique effects which could not be done with oil. Our collection will show you just what wonderful things can be achieved with this understated artistic tool.
Somewhere Between Drawing and Painting
One of the things that you will notice, either through looking at an original pastel artwork or through using pastels yourself, is that these tools just about straddle the line between painting and drawing. As you will see from our lusciously vivid artwork, the finished product can (in the right hands) look just as rich and layered as an oil painting. However, the process which the artist goes through to get the piece looking like it does is very much like drawing with a pencil. Because of this process being so much like drawing rather than painting with a brush, many artists like to opt for pastels as it offers a way of raising sketch work to the very highest level so that none of the fine precision is lost but a great depth of tone and colour can be added to the piece.