Pwl -y- Wrach Talgarth. (Witches Pool)


Very beautiful George and all those greens are wonderful

Many thanks once more Heather

Light and tone work superbly well together.

Love the dapples light and the range of greens.

Until I read your description George, I thought this was painted in oils. Also, I’m interested that you’ve used pastel on watercolour paper, have you prepared the paper with anything. I have some Arches somewhere, may give it a try. A beautiful spot and a wonderful selection of greens.

Thank you very much Stephen and Linda.

Thank You for your comment Fiona. In answer to your question, before I retired commercially, I had painted using nothing but Pastel for nearly thirty years. I began by using Canson pastel paper on the smoother side stuck to card to stop buckling when framed . This worked well but then I started using Daler watercolour board which was quite smooth but still had some tooth to it. this would still be my preferred support if I used Pastel regularly. But having got my Pastels out yesterday to paint Pwll y Wrach the only suitable paper I had was this Arches NOT, which took Pastel very well. It would though have been very difficult on anything rougher than this. Hope this helps.

Thank you for the information George, I’ve never considered trying watercolour paper. Like yourself I’ve tried the Canson but I’m not keen, especially the dimpled side, I don’t like the effect. Then I tried the Uart sanded card and I like that but it eats your pastels! Recently, and only because I’ve considered it doodling, I’ve just used the Strathmore charcoal paper, which is thin with a little tooth and I quite like that. The only trouble with it is, I don’t know how long the pastel will stay on that particular surface, for a commercial purposes. I only use pastel now and again and mainly for mixed media, so I’m not very experienced with its use, but I will certainly try Arches the next time. Thanks again.

Beautiful pastel work

Thank You very much Romila

Many thanks Anne, your comments are always welcome.

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Pastel painting of this pool in the river near Talgarth, Mid Wales. Local legend has it that Witches bathed here or perhaps were dunked!! Painted on Arches 300lb NOT watercolour paper.

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