The Descent Series
A new series. I’m not sure how many pieces I want to make or how far I want to take it, but this series is pretty straight forward. It’s about being very young-on the brink of adulthood. It’s not about nostalgia, but instead an unflinching look at the close to the surface intensity of older teens and very early twenty somethings. I’m only painting cropped heads, and facial features, asserting the unfiltered expressions of these hauntingly beautifully fresh faces.
Mary works amazing painterly magic with oil pastels, a medium which has always been for me, completely confounding!:) Mary is also a lovely, supportive blogger friend. Thank you Mary!
Portrait study of J. Pastel 11″x16″
I haven’t posted very much pastel work on this blog. I do however, occasionally work in soft pastel. Unison pastels are my go- to chalks. They glide and blend like butter. Mi- Tientes paper supports these pastels nicely. I find that working in this medium can be a lot of fun. The downside is keeping the pigment where it’s supposed to stay. Fixative is the only way I know of making that happen. But, I really don’t like using fixative. It muddies and darkens color, and even when sprayed outdoors, is hazardous to breathe. So, I only use workable fix to reclaim traction when my paper becomes so heavy with pastel that I can’t effect any more coverage. I don’t fix finished work,but instead request extra care from the framer when matting and framing.
Does anyone out there know of a magical alternative to fixative?