Originally Posted by kateo
I do not post a question without searching for a previously given answer first. I found acrylic glazing posts but since some of the artists in my gallery have had such poor results with using acrylic, I decided not to use it.
I could not find any posts on using fixative or any other coating on pastels to eliminate the need for glass. I object to using glass because it changes the way my work looks. It acts as a barrier between the viewer and the finished art. It diminishes the color intensity. It forces you to change your stance to see parts of the work to see around glare or a simple reflection of the viewer's face instead of allowing the work to be seen as a whole as you can acrylic or oil works. Museum glass does not solve these problems completely.
I have not found any posts in searches to address these difficulties. I am new to this forum and the searches, as well, so it is likely that I am just stupid and have not found the answers on my own.
I will try harder.
I asked on this thread since I am a "newbie" to pastels. But you say this is the wrong place to post and it is not a "newbie" question. From your response, it seems the answer lies only with acrylic glazing so the question seems to be a stupid one, as well. More
Thank you for your response.
Whoa! Hang on there, Kate. I didn't mean to imply anything like what you say. Please forgive me
, that my reply embarrassed you that much. No way I meant that in the slightest!
Many people who are new to the threads don't even think to try and do a search. There's a wealth of information in the Pastel Talk section, in particular. That's a good part of the reason I posted the idea, and the directions on how to search in that forum alone. I didn't mean to imply in any way that you are stupid or should just try harder... My suggestion to post in the general forum, as Chris mentioned, was only because more people will see it and answer your question with lots of links and discussion. This is a good, valid topic, and one that has had a lot of discussion. There's nothing wrong with asking it here, but you would get more answers "out there."
Here's a link that contains some information abut varnishing pastels
There are some people who have experimented with varnish. Look at this thread
Here is a blog entry where a woman uses varnish on her painting: http://katherine-artandmusic.blogspo...xperiment.html
Here's some information from Golden that might interest you: http://www.goldenpaints.com/company/...005/pastel.php
And here's another thread about varnishing over pastels.
Check out these artists: Trish Messenger (SanAntonio) and Sandra Jackoboice (Michigan/Florida), who have reportedly tried the technique.
Personally, Kate, I have chosen to use Plexiglas to solve the problem of weight and size. That's why I answered you that way, not to imply that you were asking the wrong question or putting it in the wrong place.
We welcome "newbie" questions on the forums, where you get a lot more responses. Witness the fact that I haven't returned to this thread until now as proof of that. I have notifications turned off, as I get too many of them, and simply rely on visiting. I'm sorry not to have returned until today.
Everyone around here is friendly and helpful, so I'm sorry to have given you the wrong impression about that. Again, please forgive me
for hurting your feelings with a too-quick and obviously presumptive answer.