Everyone wants answers – here’s the top frequently asked questions!
What exactly is pastel?
Pastel is simply luscious sticks of pure pigment – just like the pigment you find in watercolour or oil paint without the medium. I love working in pastel because of the depth of colour and vibrancy it gives. I use a range of soft pastels with a dash of pastel pencil for fine detail.
Pastel paper or board is created with a surface similar to sandpaper, which grabs onto and holds the pigment in place.
Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance, and artists who made the medium famous include Degas, Manet and Delacroix.
How do you paint with pastel?
Many different techniques exist for painting with pastel – I enjoy using a number of them and switch between them depending on the subject and its texture requirements. Mostly I sketch my subject in using a pastel pencil, then block in the main forms using the side of the pastel. This is followed by washing over the pastel with a soft brush and artist’s alcohol, and then details are applied in numerous layers using a variety of pastel sticks.
What is a giclee print?
I choose Giclee prints to reproduce my artwork because quite frankly, they look and feel just like the real thing! For me the giclee print making process provides higher quality and better accuracy than any other means of production using high-resolution, touch-free scanning (important for pastel), colour matching and printing on high quality Hahnemuhle 310gsm textured paper. I trust Cie-Elle Digital Imaging Sydney to produce high quality giclee prints for my valued clients.
How is the art framed?
Each of my limited edition prints and original artworks are individually framed using quality timber frames and archival matt boards. The artwork is protected with 2mm clear float glass and foam core backing. Prestige Framing and Print Gallery is my framing choice.
What are the sizes of the artwork?
Each limited edition print measures 50 x 40 cm or 19.6 x 15.7 inches framed. The image area measures 34 x 21.5cm or 13.3 x 8.5 inches.
Most originals are double the size of the prints at around 100 x 80cm with the image area measuring 68 x 43cm.