Working on Visual Texture in Pastel

Working on Visual Texture in Pastel

textural painting in pastel by Polly Castor

When people think of my artwork, probably they first think about saturated, vibrant color, then may think about abstract conceptualism and the metaphysics behind what I paint, but thirdly, texture is also a hallmark of my work.

Some mediums it comes naturally, like in knitting, pottery, and acrylics. But pastels? Not so much. You have to work at it and visual texture in pastel is born of work and experience.

Here are three recent studies of mine, where I am doing just that. I’ll have a lot of painting opportunities coming up this summer, so for now I’ve been working on other things, only getting a few studies done in between. But what I learned in these experiments will add to my repertoire, and will come to bear on the next real pieces I do.

Want to see some recent very textural paintings in pastel? Check out here and here.

textural painting in pastel by Polly Castor

I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


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