A colorful box of pastels triggers memories of childhood. The big decision about which color or combination to use next. The mess that gets on your fingers as you work the pastel into the page, holding the pastel tightly as the intensity increases in the drawing.
Pastels could be a useful representation for life. A variety of colors, the capacity to choose them, control the colors that appear on the page but sometimes being surprised by what appears. Combinations of colors or a color on the paper might not appear as we might expect. Like life's experiences, it might be better than we expect or worse.
We might find that we have some natural talent in using the pastels and be able to create some masterpieces, some artwork admired by others. Or we might just enjoy the experience, enjoy the process and worry less about the outcome. Like life we might appreciate different things at different times in our life. Or we might learn over time what is most important to us.
Like in life we might be worried about what others think or we might just do whatever we want. Using pastels to please others might not give us as much satisfaction as simply engrossing ourselves in the experience for our own benefit. Enjoying the experience with others, sharing the time together, seeking their advice if we want it, admiring their work as well, can add to the value of the pastelling experience.
We might find ourselves returning to the pastel box at times during our life when we seek some respite, a place to rediscover our childhood, to provide an outlet for thoughts and feelings. The pastels can help us on our life journey as a tool for expression. The way we use pastels can grow and develop to meet our own stage of development or needs.