Amanda’s pastel work is produced using Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel pencils. She finds the use of pastel pencils allows her to achieve fine and detailed images. She works on Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper which has a rougher and a smoother side. Unusually, Amanda prefers to use the smooth side so as to create the very precise images she desires. She prefers to avoid the use of fixatives, as there is some concern that this can dull the colours of pastels. This would be particularly worrying when working on dark or black paper where her aim is to enhance the vibrancy of the colours against the dark or night time backgrounds.
As she does not use fixative, Amanda works on her pastel pictures in a very unusual way, starting in the top left corner and moving across in bands, gradually progressing down the page – in much the same way as an inkjet printer works! This reduces the risk of smudging the detail already put down on the paper.
Commissions are accepted and some originals are avalible on enquiry. Please use the contact form here to enquire.