The first time I use pastels was when I was 10 years old. I use to go to a little atelier where classes were separated by ages, for some reason that I don't remember I end up with older people. I learn charcoal and I play with some pastels for a while (the younger classes were using pencil and watercolor)
I loved the texture at that time. About 2 years ago my husband gave me an art case full of acrylics, gouache, pastels and art pencils, the acrylics were good but I couldn't make the pastels work for me. I research and I was using a very bad quality so I bought some studio quality pastels and I was amazed by the difference.
She is the result of my playing with soft pastels. This is not my usual style as I have to look at a picture to get the right color and light. I am trying different kind of papers too and it makes a big difference too. I am liking smooth paper better than the one made for pastels.
I am going to be reading more about this beautiful medium that I rediscover and sharing my findings in a future post. If anybody is interested in me making a video about it leave me a comment.