During that time, I started taking my pastels with me on bike rides around Pt. Richmond at lunch time, attempting little studies of nature, as I had noticed how fast the medium seemed to be. That violet grey paper worked pretty well outside. As I became more interested in working out of doors, the pastels
came with me on summer vacations to Oregon and Canada, and I incorporated the color Tobacco, a rich, warm brown, in my paper arsenal to allow for the colors of lakes, rivers, and streams I was studying.
Over the last few years I had noticed that Twilight was in short supply at local retail outlets, and had taken to ordering it in bulk from online sources. As I was prepping to teach a workshop, I wrote an online supplier asking about the shortage. He, in turn wrote Canson, and forwarded me their reply, which read as follows:
Twilight just didn't make the cut when Canson trimmed the colors to 50. Purely a business decision based on sales.
Interestingly, I had started trying other lighter valued papers in the last few years, as I had noticed that I was getting a different range of brightness in the results, and perhaps the Twilight paper was making that expression more difficult. That said, I still use it regularly, but am left with a few conundrums to ponder:
What to do when a reliable item one has been using for years is no longer being made?
How much of our work relies upon, or is defined by a specific element in our process?
The short answer to both these questions is "Stock up, and move on."
In closing, here is a selection of my pastels done on Canson Twilight over the years as a tribute to its functional versatility.
So long Twilight!