Painting children is one of the greatest joys there is. But it is also one of the hardest subjects to paint. They are reluctant to sit still, let alone keep a straight face. But that is part of their charm! Painting a child portrait is special, because I can capture a moment in time that will never come back. Children grow up so fast and life is so busy as parents. No photo can quite give you that special time in theirs and your life. In this blog post I would like to write a little about how I go about painting children.
Last week I wrote a blog post about pastel and this week I would like to expand upon this with some info on how to care for a finished pastel painting. With good and careful care and pastel painting can last for centuries. After all, pastel is pure pigment-the same pigment used in making all fine art paints. It is the most permanent of all media when applied to a permanent ground and properly framed. There is no oil to cause darkening or cracking, nor other substance or medium to cause fading or blistering. Pastels from the 16th Century exist today, as fresh and alive as the day they were painted!
Choosing frames can be difficult and even daunting. Modern and minimalist or traditionally moulded? Gold-leaf or white washed? The choices are endless. Walk into any framer’s workshop and the walls look like a candy shop of yummy gorgeousness with beautiful bare wood of all types and gold leaf calling your name.
Once you made that decision to purchase or commission an oil painting (from me or any other painter of course) it might help to just check how to take care of it. To enjoy your painting for a long time here are a few pointers.
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