“I love the gorgeous colours in your Unison Colour set but I’m not sure if they will work for me.”
I’ve heard this from a couple of people recently. So I poked a bit further and asked why they think this. Their answers:
- “I paint animals and I don’t see any browns and greys in the set”
- “They are so pretty but what happens when I want to paint grey overcast scenes?”
- “I’m not sure the colours are right for painting dark skin tones”
- “I want to paint with more colour and yes, here’s the set to do that, but I’m scared of colour”
And my responses?
You can paint animals with this set…
You can paint grey overcast skies and more muted scenes …
I wanted this set to be able to paint all skin colours….
And this set will help you get over your fear of using colour! The colours are sorted into values and you have a great selection of hues to start with. Just step in and go!
But don’t just take my word!
Let’s have a look at what some new fans of the set have done and what they say about it!
First, there’s Jean Sullivan who was one of the main prodders for me to get the set done! (Thanks Jean!) Once she got her Unison Colour set, she immediately went about rearranging them. And I’m delighted as this is how I’d like to arrange the set in easily grabbable values and colours. (The arrangement in the set from HQ is to show families of colours, each with their own riff of values.)
She had time before I published this post to do a quick piece to try them out. Here’s what lovely things she has to say about the set:
“This is a dream set; as I discovered when I decided to rearrange the colors before starting to paint, the set is perfectly balanced for values and temperature, using only 36 pastels. Wow!! I usually struggle when I’m traveling to pick a small number of pastels appropriate for whatever I come across to paint. And I never get my choices balanced. Gail has taken all the guess work out of those choices. And in a very lightweight portable set. I’ve only done one painting with them, but loved the colors that I had to choose from and can see that it will serve me well. And of course, I’ve been watching her working to choose this set for almost two years and have admired the variety of options that are available.”
Speaking of animals, next up is a piece by Janet Ellison. This is so made me smile!
And Janet shared this: “I love Gail’s new Unison Colour set. The rich colours are perfect for creating glowing tones in every value!”
Lucia Stout grabbed a sketchbook and started right in with this landscape scene:
Lucia said, “The pastel selection is a delight.”
Krysia Eade immediately made a colour chart. She made the grid on the computer, entered the pastel codes, then printed it onto mixed media paper. She then applied the colours to that. Finally, to protect it, she laminated it. And best of all, it fits neatly inside the box on top of the foam.
Such a cool idea to be able to know which colours are in the set for when you need to replace them. Laminating keeps everything from smudging. This means you can also compare colour swatches to it if you find the need to do so.
Krysia painted this piece of her friend absorbed by a Sorolla painting!
Krysia had this to say about the set: “I was very excited about this set as I generally have trouble deciding what colours to use and use too many! I was looking forward to being limited to only 36. I love this set and think the little pieces will fit well in my pochade box. Thanks Gail!”
Tünde Varga went to town with four pieces! Check them out!
Tünde had this to say about the set: “I love my first Unison Colour set which arrived one day before my birthday, such an amazing gift. I love their brightness, the richness of the colours, the contrasts I can realize with them. I love the orange hues and the dark purple in the set.”
And finally, we have a still life by Martyne Bailey. You can see how she has colourful areas and more muted areas in this piece. She had this to say: “I love the idea of having the colors that you have narrowed down to be vital for painting…I very much appreciate the thought, trial-and-error and range that has gone into the palette, allowing me to focus on learning!”
WOW!! I hope these pieces inspire you to start exploring what YOU can do with this Unison Colour set! I want to hear if you’re excited about the possibilities so be sure to comment below.
If you want to read more about how I developed the Unison Colour set of 36 soft pastels, click HERE.
You can purchase the set directly from Unison Colour HQ. Or, if you’re in the US, you can buy it from Dakota Art Pastels. In Canada, King’s Framing say they will carry it (ask them for it!) and Dragonfly Art Supplies on Salt Spring Island already do (give them a call and support this small local shop!). If you patronize a retailer that carries Unison Colour pastels already and you’re interested in the set, make sure you ask them, “When are you getting the Gail Sibley Unison Colour set in?!” Let’s get the market demand up for them 😁
And by the way, I don’t get any commission from promoting the set. I’m just excited about it and what it can do for you!
AND, before I sign off, I recently did an “Unboxing” video which explains a bit of my rationale around the creation of the set. Watch it below.
And that’s it for now!
A big thank you to the artists who allowed me to share their artwork!!
You know how much I love hearing from you so please do leave a comment below.
Until next time,
PS. A number of the artists above are members of IGNITE! my art-making membership! It reopens 19th-22nd November 2021 to those on the Waitlist. You can get on the list by CLICKING HERE