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?