According to Paula Rego, Joanna Kirk and FRANCEs Treanor, pastel is brutal, dirty, perfect for skin tones, appealing to women and apt to vanish.
Artists David Shepherd and Simon Callery enthuse about their chosen medium, seeing oil paint as sensuous, lush, muscular and tactile - a medium steeped in history but capable of modernity.
Artists David Austin, Maggie Hambling and Patrick Proctor enthuse about the medium they choose for a variety of work. Watercolour is quick but unforgiving, fluid, luminous and redolent of nostalgia - the first artistic medium that most of us ever tried.
Artists Patrick Caulfield, John Hoyland and Albert Irvin enthuse about acrylic paint - quick-drying, modern, tough, but capable of looking like the bottom of a bucket.