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.