The Experiment

November 12, 2017


Some of you may know that I have been on a quest to find a way to create a pastel painting that does not need to be framed under glass. My latest experiment has yielded results that I am actually happy with! I think this could work! 

Boulder (Acadia) mixed media on canvas (soft & oil pastel, pastel pencil). Unframed! 10 x 8.



After a totally failed attempt spraying an acrylic medium mixture onto the pastel painted canvas using a pressurized air can, I had an idea.  I started combining oil pastel with soft pastel on canvas. Total play.


Experiment #1 on canvas

• Underpainting: Soft pastel, rub in, paint down with alcohol.

• Second layer: oil pastel
• Abandon



Experiment #2 on canvas

• Underpainting: Oil pastel. Leave left side as is. Paint down right side with turpentine. 

• Second layer: soft pastel

• Spray with workable fixative
• Abandon



Experiment #3 on canvas (completed)

• Prime canvas with Colourfix Pastel Primer (to add grit)

• Underpainting: soft pastel with alcohol

• Second layer: more soft pastel

• Spectra pastel fixative - light coat

• Introduce oil pastel and work back & forth with both: blending, rubbing, scumbling,

pressing, The oil pastel has a way of gripping the soft.

• Add pastel pencil for some edges

• Finish with several light coats of Sennelier Oil Pastel Fixatif

• Fixative caused some darkening so added a few highlights with oil pastel and pressed into painting.







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