Thursday 28 January 2016

6" X 9" Soft pastel paintings - Landscapes

"Art is not what you see but what you make others see." By Edgar Degas

After a long break, I created two soft pastel paintings using my miscellaneous collection of
soft pastels. I worked with soft pastels for many months at a stretch in 2014 and the beginning 
of 2015. In the past few months I have been indulging in a lot of water colour artwork and 
the water colour medium is undoubtedly the most challenging one. 

With my water colour paintings I am still experimenting and exploring. However with my soft
pastels my technique is almost set. But I am open to trying out something new.  

Charcoals and soft pastels are both dry mediums and a lot in the painting happens as per your 
technique of holding the chalk and creating the strokes and blending. Over a period of time we 
all get used to a particular way of doing our artwork and that starts defining our individual style.
I complete my painting in two layers. In the first layer I usually do a little blending but in the 
second layer I normally use a lot of strokes and very little blending.

Apart from using soft pastels, I have also used Camel charcoal pencil at places to define a few
things such as rocks, crevices in mountains etc.

Soft pastel painting of landscape from Leh By Manju Panchal

Road to leh
Soft pastel painting on Canson paper
Size 6" X  9"

Soft pastel painting of Komic village from Spiti valley in Himachal by Manju Panchal

Komic village
Soft pastel painting on Canson paper
Size 6" X  9"

My pastel palette
Which has broken pastels from different brands.

Both the above paintings have been submitted in the DPW challenge

I have a Two days soft pastel workshop coming up soon and thats
another reason for getting into a few pastel works.

My works can also be viewed on my FACEBOOK page.


  1. Thanks Mr Joshi Daniel. I browse through your photography works and they are amazing.