Schedule a Free Call!

It doesn’t matter whether you are just starting in pastels or have been using them for ages, sometimes it’s just nice to talk things over with another artist. That’s why I’m offering you a free 15-min call (value $25). You can ask me questions, run ideas by me, rant, whatever! Why not – it’s FREE!!!

Have something you want to ask me about your art-making?

Want to know what brand of pastel I recommend?

Want help with what’s frustrating you the most about your work these days?

Having trouble deciding what your next step should be to grow your art?

Want some advice on getting started?

I want to help you! Know too that your question will also help me – develop blogs, videos, small and big online courses. So thank you!!


So why not schedule a free call with me? Just pick a time of the calendar and we’ll talk soon!


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6 thoughts on “Schedule a Free Call!

  1. Sima abedini

    Hello Gail
    I am new and a self thought painter , starting to paint with no background in painting yet appreciates art and artists in all the forms and mediums .
    I learned everything through you tube , and I think I learned a lot. I love to paint with pastels .
    But somtimes I fill I am not motivated because it gets hard. I mess up and do not like my paintings they Look dull . My dream is to show off my arts to friends and family .
    Well choosing paper and pastels is another issue . I bought expensive and cheap pastels , and Canson paper . Dust will get all over the place it seems it really does not bind to paper.
    Do you have any suggestions. I really appreciate your fed back

    1. Gail Sibley Post author

      Hello Sima Abedini – delighted you have written and happy you have found the world of pastels!
      Please don’t be too hard on yourself. When all of us start something new, it rarely goes how we want. Be patient and keep at it as that’s the only way to learn. Canson Mi-Teintes paper will not hold a lot of pastel especially cheap pastels. You say you have expensive ones. Try these on sanded paper which is also expensive so cut a sheet into 6 x 8 size for example.
      Do you work on an easel? That will help with dust as working flat collects the dust on the paper.
      I hope this helps a bit. Keep painting!!

  2. Susan Averre

    Hi Gail,
    Fairly new to pastels too- I have Carb-Othellos and Pitt pastel pencils that I use a lot… and a selection of pastel chalks in portrait tones from Dakota’s in Mt Vernon WA that I have in a box and look at a lot.. mostly haven’t a clue how to sharpen those. Like the last commenter, self-taught and I get lots from youtube. How do you work with a chunk of pastel as they are sold and get any kind of point for detail? Also interested in knowing more about paper and fixative: to use or not? They seem to darken and seems death to pastel done on black stonehenge paper…. Been using Stonehenge and Canson Mi-Tienes after wanting specific surfaces for colored pencil work.. unsure about sanded papers?

    1. Gail Sibley Post author

      Hi Susan, Thanks for your question. Okay, here’s a few answers:
      – I don’t sharpen my soft pastels. What happens though is, as I use them, edges are created so I use those and the tip. I wouldn’t try to sharpen those!
      – Fixative, yes they do darken and deaden the sparkle. BUT I have found that Lascaux actually works well and doesn’t do this!
      – Sanded papers are fabulous – what a difference in layering and vibrancy of colour! I’m not quite sure what your question is around papers. Why not set up a call with me?? 🙂

  3. Barbara Huber

    HI Gail. I have been trying to figure out how to call you at a specific time from Pompano Beach, FL I often refer to myself as being “Computer Illiterate”, but I do keep trying. Please let me hear from you as to how to accomplish this. —– I’d also like to extend my deepest sympathy to you, your family and friends for your loss of a loved one. Thank you for sharing your latest blog even while going through this difficult time. May God be with you in the coming days and give you comfort. Love to you. Barbara P.S. I look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Gail Sibley Post author

      Thank you Barbara for your sympathetic response to my blog – “Grief and Art”. I do appreciate it.
      As to your question, if you go to Schedule a Call on the main menu. Then click on the arrow to the right of the words ‘Free 15-Minute Shazam Session’. Then you will need to select a day. After you do that, you will need to pick a time. The times shown will be in your own local time so pick one that suits you. When you click the time, you will then need to click “Confirm”. I’ll get an email notifying me of the appointment. Then that’s it! Well, except to say, please record the date in your dairy. On the specified day and time, call me!! Hope that explains things and we can set up a call for you.


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