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My 50-year-old love affair is still going strong…

In the summer of 1974, I met the love of my life for the first time. I was just fourteen years old and had never felt such excitement before. From that moment on, I embarked on a journey I’ve never regretted. My life was forever changed. Looking back, I realize how lucky I was to have started this love affair at such a young age. I had no experience, expectations, or assumptions, and I was able to experience such a fresh, affectionate, passionate, and devoted relationship.

Today, that love is stronger than ever. PASTELS. They remain vivid, pure, and intense and never lose their charm over the years. It’s always a thrilling experience to feel their delicious, velvety, soft surface.

I love that I can access them quickly at any time, and even better, I can make adjustments without any significant commitments. Pastels are always reliable, maintaining their true color upon application to any surface. They never disappoint me, and I can always count on them to deliver what I expect.

Pastels come in various forms, some slightly hard and some buttery soft, round, or square, which allow you to achieve a wide range of strokes. My favorite way to work with them is to gently layer colors, build up to a delicious, rich color combination, and then gently move the color around with my little finger, creating magnificent effects. Sometimes, I let them blend because they know exactly how to create the most beautiful results. The possibilities are endless when working with pastels. And the colors, don’t get me started; their colors are breathtaking. Once you see the hundreds of colors available, it’s easy to become addicted. It’s like being in a candy store and having difficulty choosing the colors because you want all of them! It’s simply impossible to pick just a few. However, I will always love my beautiful pastels and will never stray to another medium. (wink, wink)

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