The Pastel Portrait
Pastel is nearly pure pigment held together with just enough binder to form a stick. It is NOT chalk. As it is a dry medium, pastel paintings must be framed under glass with spacers or matting to prevent smudging. When properly framed and with reasonable care, a pastel is every bit as long-lived as an oil painting.

A variety of pastel brands are used including: Rembrandt, Sennelier, Schmincke, Unison, Artworks and some "home-mades." The painting surface is a 100% rag, acid-free, 4-ply board prepared with a granular mixture of gesso and pumice. This granular "tooth" holds the pastel well. SPRAY FIXATIVE IS NEVER USED on the final painting as it alters the inherent glow of pastel.

 


PRICES
Pastel portraits vary in price with the size and complexity of the piece, also child or adult subject.

A pastel portrait can range in price from $1100 to $3000. Additional subjects, complex background, oversized work and travel expenses are extra when applicable. All work is unframed.

Please contact the artist for detailed information.

 

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