Why Pastels




Pastel painting is the purest form of painting. The crayons (a term not exclusively claimed by coloured wax sticks) are made from pure pigments with virtually no additives, they contain no oils, glycerol, drying agents, extenders or adulterations which will alter or change chemically effecting the permanence of the painting.

In essence Pastel is the most permanent paint medium available to the artist. Properly framed under glass and handled with the care normally afforded to an artwork, a pastels durability is remarkable. If we consider a pastel painted two-hundred and fifty years ago and compare it with the condition of an oil-painting of a similar age, the pastel appears as fresh as the day it was painted, while the oil will be discoloured, cracked and in serious need of restoration, assuming that the restorer has not already re-worked the masters original image many times. Essentially, the prehistoric cave paintings of 30,000 B.C. are early pastel paintings, having been done with naturally bound earth colours and carbons.

A pastel painting or portrait, if properly framed, will capture a moment in time that will last for generations to come.