In two weeks, I’ll be hanging my pastels for a 7-week exhibition. I’m feeling pretty good about how parpared I am for this exhibit.
Last week I mailed postcards to family, friends and a few artists I know. I placed a few postcards on a table at work and will keep a few for the library.
During the past two weeks I’ve also worked on matting and framing a number of my pastels. At this moment I have 23 pastels matted and framed. There are 2 pastels I still need to frame and mat. I may also include another pastel that I am working on currently. I haven’t finalized it but it’s very close to completion.
Yesterday and today I had some time to mat and frame a few pastels for my upcoming exhibit. I finished framing the textured pastel. I’ve done a quick video discussing how I positioned a channeling mat between the artwork and the mat that would be against the glass.
Most times when picking out a frame, people look at the style and make of the frame (e.g., how it looks and if it is made of metal or wood). As I work on the framing, I had to remember to take into account how the artwork fits within the frame. Frames have a depth of measurement inside the frame called a rabbet. When you are framing a piece, you want the glass, the mat, the artwork, and backing board to fit within this area. If it is too big, you will not be able to secure it into place.
In the textured pastel, I had to make sure the glass, mat, channeling mat, and artwork fit within the rabbet. The frame I purchased had a depth of frame as 5/8″ with a rabbet depth of 3/8″. Yup, all the pieces together just made it. Phew!!
It was actually my video of how to mat a textured pastel that my sister suggest I create a blog. I had thought of it a few years ago when I was learning WordPress but I didn’t have any ideas of what to do for a blog.
I posted this video to my family and friends showing them how I came up with an idea of matting and framing my textured pastel.
I’ve been taking pastel classes since 2015 (originally it was few classes and workshops). At the end of 2016, I became a regular member of a monthly pastel class. In May 2017, our teacher had the students work on trees as the subject matter for our works.
She wanted us to try an experimental piece to get us to think beyond our usual ways of creating pastels and to push our comfort level to experience new skill set as artists. Our teacher read an article about an artist who wonder what it would be like to apply Jackson Pollack’s drip paint method to pastels.
We began with a piece of foam core or gatorboard, which we applied a thin layer of gesso. Once the gesso was dried, I drew an underpainting on my foam core. I blocked out areas on the image where I didn’t want to have the dripped house paint. Next we dripped acrylic house paint on the underpainting making sure to have gestural lines (hoping to mimic trees and leaves).
The acrylic house paint dripped lines needed time to dry. Once it was dried, I applied the fine pumic gel to the surface. Adding the fine pumic gel would give the surface a texture or tooth similar to Mi-Teintes Touch paper or Uart paper that pastel artists use.
Now I was ready to use my pastels to create my image. Below is a detail of my textured/drip method pastel. This detail showcases an area of trees.