Soft pastels are pure powdered pigment ground with a small amount of gum binder and rolled into sticks (it is not chalk). It has no liquid binder that may cause other mediums to darken, fade, yellow or crack with time. Pastel paintings from the 16th to 18th century exist today as beautiful as the day they were painted. As with all works of art, pastel paintings require a few simple steps for their preservation. They must be framed under glass to avoid accidental smudging. There are thin clear spacers to keep the pastel off the glass, or a mat can be used. Pastels will naturally shed tiny pieces of dust, which will not affect the quality of your painting. When I ship an unframed pastel, it will come packaged with a glassine cover and sandwiched between sturdy foam-board ready for you to frame. View available pastel paintings for sale below, Other available paintings can be found here.
Barn in Fall - pastel
12" x 12" original pastel painted plein air in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This is the Russell Colbath Barn painted last October while out "barn hunting".
Framed in brown with gold fillet and museum glass.