Pastel artists love colors. The more the better, from what I can tell. And they like to have more than one line to work with. There are hard and soft sticks and not all are created equal. I brought some samples home from the artist materials trade show in Orlando, and we got the opinions from an entire workshop of pastel artists at Cole Gallery. Thumbs down, so we kept talking to those who know best, and have settled on Unison soft pastels to start out with. They are made in Northumberland National Park, England by John Hersey and his daughter Kate. Thank you to pastelist Janice Graves who spent her afternoon today handpicking Unison colors for us to carry at ARTspot.