Through her work, she hopes to engage the viewer to revisit quiet vistas of lake, stream, field and forest, throughout the changing seasons.
Drop by the Gallery during the month of September 2013 to view Joan's beautiful soft pastel work!
From the Artist:
What are Soft Pastels?
Pastels are powdered pigments, often minerals, which are ground into a paste with a small amount of gum arabic, a binding agent, so that they can be formed into sticks. Pastels are the most permanent of all the art mediums because there are no liquid binders that might cause them to fade, darken, yellow, crack or blister over time. There are pastel paintings done in the 16th century which still look as bright and vivid as the day they were painted.
Care of Pastel Paintings
My works done in soft pastel were executed on specialized paper or board which was prepared with fine pumice to create a sand-paper-like surface, to which the pastel will readily adhere. Several layers of pastel can be built up on this surface and do not usually need to be sprayed with fixative to ensure their permanence. It is important, however, that the work not be subjected to undue, sudden, jarring motions in order to prevent surface pastel from dislodging. When transporting the work, it is advisable to lay it face-up on a cushioned surface. As with any work of art, it should not be hung in direct sunlight, to prevent fading over time