The web has a few sites dealing with the world of pastels. Some are resource guides, others provide links to miscellaneous blurbs about pastel. Then, there are periodicals with their web presence, and of course a lot of instructional sites. There are the societies which promote the medium. Don't forget the retailers where we can go to mail order our goodies.
I want to begin linking those valuable web sites, and also the sites and blogs of pastel artists. Then, we will be free to get to our focus on this blog, which will be an ongoing discussion, in proper "Web Two Point Oh" fashion, of the medium of pigment. We want to feature both the artistic side, and the tactile and technique side, of pastels. We will interact and explore. We will laugh. We will cry. Okay, okay, maybe I'm over reaching there. But, this is a social site, and I hope to provide an outlet here for the enduring and incredible interest that art lovers have for the tools that make this whole endeavor work.
Probably the most enjoyable link I can share regarding an overview of pastel resources, and therefore in itself a deep and thorough resource, is the Squidoo lens that Katherine Tyrrell has created: Pastels - Resources for Artists. Cut some time out of your busy schedule to explore her site, and maybe have a cup of tea while you're at it, since Katherine is a Londoner.
Then, have a look at this blast of pastel links by artshow.com. By the way, the pastellists who are featured at artshow.com are a short list "who's who" of very good contemporary artists who use the medium.