PanPastel Landscape Part 1

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Use PanPastels and minimal touches of stick pastels to create a painterly landscape. The illusion of depth, basic PanPastel techniques and landscape painting strategies are explored. Each step of the process is clearly demonstrated and explained in this three-part series that totals over three hours of instruction.

  • Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper (white)
  • PanPastels
  • PanPastel Applicators
  • Paper towels
  • Pastel pencil (Burnt Sienna or Burnt Umber)
  • Pastels


PanPastel Landscape Part 1 — 18 Comments

  1. Hi matt, I love the way you use the pan pastels and I am going to try this landscape. I use the pan pastels a lot and I noted your comment on the applicators. You are right, they don’t last long especially if you wash them often. My art supply shop sells the replacements in packets of ten or twenty and they are very inexpensive so I just buy a few packets so I always have a clean one. I also use the inexpensive makeup sponges which you used and they come in packets of ten or more. I experiment with applicators and I have found that a piece of chamois leather that you would use with graphite is also excellent. I love the dust free pan pastels so much that I don’t mind the applicators but I do understand your comments. A soft cloth also works. I love being a member and I love your art. Thank you

  2. I wasn’t aware that there was pan pastels. I am glad that you decided to do this video in this medium. Can you use graphite pencil for drawing instead of a pastel pencil?

    • Hi Denise,

      I would suggest using a pastel if possible. The graphite may not be covered by the pastel applications and could “muddy” the subsequent pastel applications.

  3. My son bought me the entire set for Christmas last year before he deployed overseas, & I haven’t had much time to play with them so I’m glad you are doing these tutorials. One thing I have done is use a regular paint brush to sharpen edges & I like this medium for snow & the red rock landscape you find out here in the Grand Canyon region of the west.
    Thank you for diving into this medium.

  4. I appreciate your commentary, Matt, as you paint, telling us the colors you’re mixing and what affect you’re trying to achieve by doing so. Color mixing has been a big learning curve for me, but with your help, I do believe I’m getting it!

      • Thanks Matt,I got a set of soft pastels for Christmas, the Reeves ones I asked you for beginner students 🙂
        So these are my very 1st pastels.once I play nice with them and get used to them, I’ll check pan pastels out.
        Also Matt I actually have a small set of blacks & grays pastels, have you ever come across them.As I really like black and white drawings, I’ll have an experiment with them.they are like the full range of value from white to black.
        Thanks for the link Matt as I’ve never heard of pan pastels until now 🙂

  5. I have the regular and Tint pan pastels. When I saw you grinding away at the blue pastel I knew you were in trouble. I would suggest a lighter approach at loading the applicator. If you had left the support as the lightest value and the blue pastel would have taken care of the rest of the sky especially if you light load the applicator. I love my pan pastels and use them a lot. The applicators are real cheap if you buy them by a big bunch. Ron Reiff, Council Bluffs, Iowa

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