I have always been fascinated with drawings made with soft pastels. The artworks appear loose and painterly at the same time, with layers of color on top of each other and beautiful textures, which are created by blending colors or leave color areas stand side by side.

That’s why I gave myself a present more than 15 years ago and bought a set of 120 soft pastels from a well-known and very good brand. They are nicely arranged according to color in a wooden case, and opening the case is a pleasure in itself.  I like the soft texture of the chalks and the smell, and of course how they look on paper.

But, as with all techniques, you see the best results from an expert. I am not, and I know from my own experience that drawing with soft pastels is not easy at all. I only use them every now and then, just for fun and because ist is something different from acrylics. This month I have drawn three landscapes. All are framed in wooden frames with matching front mats.