Pastel portrait commission
A pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are similar to those used to produce some other coloured visual arts media, such as oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation. The colour effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry pigments than that of any other process. Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance, and gained considerable popularity in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium.
An artwork made using pastels is called a pastel (or a pastel drawing or pastel painting). Pastel used as a verb means to produce an artwork with pastels; as an adjective it means pale in color.
This technique for pastel portrait commissions stands out for its purity, liveliness and freshness, as well as its depth and velvety surface texture. One of the advantages of the pastel portrait technique is the very smooth transitions between colours and tones. In addition, by mixing strokes, blurring, and applying overlapping layers of paint, an effect that is both delicate and striking can be achieved. The richness of texture of the colours through the smooth transitions adds lightness, spontaneity and creativity to the work. In my portraits I apply Rembrandt premium quality pastel paints on Canson® Mi-Teintes® paper.
Material used in a pastel portrait commission
Canson® Mi-Teintes® is a pulp-dyed colour paper that has won worldwide recognition for its qualities.
Canson Mi-Teintes is genuine art paper that contains cotton, combining mechanical resistance and a sensuous feel. In addition to its qualities as a drawing medium, Canson Mi-Teintes complies with the ISO 9706 standard on permanence, a guarantee of excellent conservation.
Furthermore it has the advantage of having a different texture on either side: a honeycombed side characteristic of Canson Mi-Teintes; and fine grain on the other.
It boasts the richest range of colours on the market, with 50 light-resistant tones.