Alex Louisa uses PanPastel Colors for her paintings in combination with other media
“The most important point I can make when it comes to using PanPastel is to just experiment as much as you can. Test them on every paper surface you can get your hands on – smooth or rough paper, sanded or coated paper, printmaking paper, watercolour paper – all of it. Try out some pastel grounds or work over gesso. PanPastel Colors react very differently depending on the surface you’re working on. Through trial and error, you’re bound to find a combination which delights you and which you will want to explore further.
Mix them with other media. Use them with stencils. Try soft delicate layers and strong bold marks. Test out subtractive techniques. Challenge yourself to get as many different strokes and marks out of each sponge tool as you can. They are so incredibly versatile, and I feel like I’m still discovering new ways to use them even though I’ve been creating PanPastel works for years now! I do love my oil paint too, but PanPastels are absolutely my favourite medium to work with as well.” - Extracts from Alex Louisa's article on the blog "How to Pastel"
About Alex Louisa
Brisbane-based Alex Louisa graduated with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing, before the need to create firmly pulled her attention back to her art. Having worked as a graphic artist for eight years, she now focuses solely on her personal work.
Alex has been exhibiting within Australia since 2007, and internationally since 2012. Endlessly inspired by nature, she loves to pair highly detailed subjects next to unexpected backgrounds, such as splashy abstracts, experimental textures, crisp geometric patterns, or the sheer beauty of untouched woodgrain.
Often experimenting with mixed media, Alex mainly works with oils, acrylic, PanPastel and charcoal, currently with a shift towards larger works. She focuses on elements of the natural world that grab her attention - by discovering the intricacies of a leaf or flower, or by trying to capture an animal's individual personality, especially those of the avian kind.
Our latest Q&A is with New York City based artist Beverly Brown. We wanted to share her beautiful PanPastel paintings and to find out more about her creative process and why she uses PanPastel. Beverly used PanPastel Colors for all of the work shown below.
My grandfather was a painter, illustrator, and professor. I grew up sitting on his lap watching him draw. It fascinated me. I had an amazing (and patient, ha) art teacher in high school that nurtured my abilities and helped me create a portfolio that was awarded several scholarships to major art schools.
Lora Murphy was born in Ireland and educated in Ireland, USA and Italy. Trained as an oil painter, she now works primarily in Encaustic and mixed media. Lora teaches workshops in Contemporary Portraiture in Encaustic throughout the world and is currently working on an E-course, due to be released this year. She divides her time between Ireland and Denmark and maintain studios in both countries.
Our latest Artist Q&A is with Canadian artist Amy Hetherington of Headspace Illustrations.
We have been following Amy’s work on Instagram, and love how she uses PanPastel for her beautifully delicate nature inspired illustrations. So we asked Amy to tell us more about her work, and how she uses PanPastel.