Food for the Soul: The Neglected Art of Pastels – Rosalba Carriera – Women & Art Series 15

Rosalba Carriera. Self portrait as “Winter” (1731). State Art Museum, Dresden. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

By Nina Heyn – Your Culture Scout

There are some languages, like German, Polish, and Latin, that have many grammatical cases (so-called declensions) and three genders. You must know exactly what you are going to say before you say your sentence, or it will never come out right. You cannot change your mind halfway. Painting with pastels is a bit like that. You need to know what colors you will use and be sure of your lines because this medium does not allow mixing pigments or easily painting over the lines in the same way that you might do if you were to change your mind when painting with oils. Painting with pastels is not for hesitant artists.

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