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03-25-2017, 07:57 AM
I am new to using pastels and am enjoying using a different medium to watercolour. I made this portrait of my Romanian rescue, Cara. I did post it on the Animal & Wildlife forum, but as it's in pastel, I thought I would show it here.

Unfortunately, I used fixative on the Mi-Tientes Touch black coloured paper - it was an aberration, as I hadn't meant to - and the background is a little dappled.


water girl
03-25-2017, 12:45 PM
Welcome to the pastel forum! You've captured a personality very nicely. I think she is saying thank you for giving me a great home.:) Yes, you have to be careful with that fixative. I don't use it on sanded paper. If you are concerned about the dust, take a finished painting outside, hold it by a corner and take your fingers to firmly flick against the backside of the paper. You'll actually be able to see the excess pastel fly off in to the air.

03-25-2017, 01:25 PM
Thank you, Karen, for your welcome to me and Cara! I will remember your advice next time I use sanded paper! 😎

03-25-2017, 05:44 PM
What a sweet little thing! :) Welcome to the forum!

03-25-2017, 06:20 PM
Thank you. She is sweet. She's just started as a visitor to an Alzheimer's support group, where she mixes with the members and, hopefully, makes the club seem more like home.

04-02-2017, 05:00 PM
Wonderful work. She is a winner.

04-02-2017, 07:05 PM
She's adorable! I love the luminous expression in her eyes.

04-03-2017, 12:03 PM
Thank you, Jay and Kate for your kind comments. She is a lovely dog!

04-03-2017, 03:09 PM
What brand of fixative did you use? They are not all created the same; some spot more than others. Sometimes I use them, and sometimes I don't. On surfaces that will accept liquid, I prefer SpectraFix; sprayed very lightly several times. When I use aerosol sprays such as Las Caux or Prismacolor I always be sure to clear the hose after each use by turning the can upside down and depressing the nozzle until no more spray comes out. Then I wipe the nozzle with a wet cloth to be sure no spray clogs the hole.
This is a lovely portrait of what sounds like an exceptional dog. You rescued her, now she is "rescuing" Alzheimer's patients. Many thanks to both of you.

04-03-2017, 04:30 PM
Thank you, Peggy for your information and kind comments. It was a Windsor & Newton fixative. When I think about it, it didn't come out as a very fine spray and was "blotchy". If I do ever use it again, I will bear in mind what you say. We live and learn!

It is very rewarding to be able to give time and Cara's company to the group.

04-05-2017, 08:57 AM
She's adorable, and you really captured her beautifully expressive personality!

04-05-2017, 12:55 PM
Thank you, Tammy. 🐾🐾