Pastels are pure colour. They are made by binding colour pigment with gum or glue. The resulting paste is shaped into round or square sticks and hardened. To create lighter colours, white chalk is added. Less binder creates a pastel that is soft and buttery while more binder creates a harder pastel. Pastels generally are referred to as ‘soft pastels’ to differentiate them from other harder forms such as Conté. Pastels are a wonderful medium to work with and can be applied with delicate translucent strokes or thick velvety strokes. 

Made famous by Degas 150 years ago in France, today pastel is enjoying a resurgence in world art. There are now several pastel societies across Australia (see links page).

Author & Artist

Linda is a writer, editor and artist who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Born in Yallourn, but growing up in Ringwood East, she always loved music, art and writing. Although she studied art at school, it was much later, as an Indonesian language teacher, that she was able to combine this with her expertise on Indonesia. Through a commission as author and illustrator, she created watercolour illustrations to accompany an Indonesian language and culture book (All About Indonesia – published in the US by Tuttle/Periplus 2014). Before this she was co-author for an Indonesian textbook series, used widely in Australian schools, entitled Kenalilah Indonesia (Macmillan Education Australia). Some of her designs and illustrations also appear throughout this series. Linda also taught Indonesian language in Australian secondary schools and universities for many years.

With a background and interest in music, Linda is currently working on a series of paintings of musicians and dancers. Although she still sometimes works in watercolour, she now mostly uses pastel. She exhibits her paintings with a group of fellow artists (Studio 1). They meet once a week and inspire each other in pastel and other media. She is a member of the Pastel Society of Victoria (PSVA). Her painting Beyond the Sphere won the Best Non Representational award for the PSVA annual exhibition 2013. Linda likes creating both contemporary and more traditional paintings but her favourite probably leans more towards the whimsical. 

Indah Creations & Publications

A self publishing company also offering services in Copyediting, Proofreading and Design. 

Did you know that Indah means ‘beautiful’ in Indonesian?

Linda portrait