A sweet Sip features a gorgeous Honeybee sipping at the pollen on this beautiful greenery. Artist quality Pastel Pencils on Clairefontaine Pastelmat. Reference by James Niland. Size is 35x50cm.Framed and ready to hang. Framed art pictured above is for demonstration purposes only, actual frame styles and colours may vary.
A Sweet Sip
Your new pastel painting is a hand-painted work of fine art. I use the best archival materials for its creation. If properly taken care of, your portrait will last for many lifetimes. Pastel is one of the most permanent art mediums in existence. Many pastels painted over 200 years ago are still as bright and fresh as the day they were created.
The artist’s pigments in my pastels are the same as those used in fine oil paints. The only difference is that with pastel the pigments are not mixed with a liquid binder which may degrade over time. The pure, bright hues will not change or yellow.
The surface I use for my pastel paintings is Clairefontaine Pastelmat, it is a premium archival surface made of thick card and a specially designed cellulose fibre top that provides a velvety finish that grabs the pastel to the surface.
Your pastel painting may shed a few particles of pigment when new. This is normal and will not damage the image. The surface will become more solid with time and shedding will stop. Please do not attempt to rub or brush away fallen particles, as you may mar the surface of your painting. Lightly shake them off and store your unframed painting flat in its provided case until you take it to your framer.
Framing: You will receive your painting in a custom-made protective case or already framed for your convenience. This case is fine for short-term storage, but to protect and preserve your portrait while it is on display, you should have it professionally framed behind glass. Please choose your framer carefully. Discount framers may charge less, but they often save money and cut corners by using non-archival, non-acid-free framing materials. These materials may harm your portrait. It’s worth choosing the best quality framing materials so that your family can enjoy your portrait for many years to come.
What to tell your framer
You want acid-free, archival framing materials. The backing board and mats, if any, should be museum quality. 100% cotton rag board and/or acid-free foamcore is best. Cheap mat board or brown cardboard backings will stain and yellow your portrait within a few years.
Do not spray any sort of fixative or coating on your