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The realistic pastel painting, *Eternal Passion*, captures the essence of a single red rose with breath-taking precision and intensity. Against a striking black background, this solitary bloom commands attention and evokes a sense of timeless allure.


The artist's meticulous attention to detail is evident in every stroke of the pastel. The velvety red petals of the rose are rendered with utmost care, capturing the delicate texture and curves that make each petal a work of art in itself. The depth and richness of the red hues bring the rose to life, creating a visually striking contrast against the dark backdrop.


The choice of a black background intensifies the dramatic impact of the red rose, allowing it to shine with unparalleled brilliance. The darkness surrounding the bloom serves as a stage, allowing the rose to become the sole focal point of the composition. This contrast creates a sense of mystery and drama, emphasizing the singularity and importance of the rose.


In this exquisite artwork, light plays a crucial role, delicately illuminating the rose and infusing it with a radiant glow. Subtle highlights dance across the petals, creating a sense of depth and three-dimensionality. The interplay of light and shadow further enhances the realism of the painting, lending a tangible quality to each petal and making them seemingly come alive.


*Eternal Passion* invites the viewer to immerse themselves in the captivating allure of the rose. It embodies the timeless symbol of love and passion, while also capturing the fragile nature of beauty and the ephemerality of life. The solitary red rose stands as a testament to the power and resilience of love, a visual representation of emotions that transcend time.


Artist quality Pastel Pencils and Soft Pastels on Pastelmat. Size is 16 x 16cm. Reference by Cody Chan. Framed and ready to hang. Frames pictured above are for demonstration purposes only, actual frame styles and colours may vary. Contact the artist for more details.

Eternal Passion

  • 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 portrait in the framing process or allow your framer to do so. Careful handling is a must. Do not touch the painted surface. Putting fingers or other items on top of the portrait or allowing it to be rubbed or flexed will damage the surface. Keep it flat, supported from underneath and facing upwards to protect the pastel surface.

    Choose a framer who is experienced in working with fine art pastels. A framer who works mostly with posters and printed reproductions or oil paintings may not realize that pastels take special handling. Do not risk the welfare of your painting in the hands of an inexperienced framer.

    Do not use Plexiglas™ or non-glare glass to frame your portrait. Plexiglas™ holds a static charge that may pull pastel particles from the paper and in time create a “ghost” image on the underside of the glass. This will probably not seriously harm your portrait, but it will obscure your view of it! Non-glare glass makes your portrait appear blurry and dull in color, and it is best avoided.

    One good approach for framing your pastel is to use a reversed double mat, with the larger window underneath. This creates a gap behind the mat where any fallen particles will be invisible. Another is to use a spacer strip between the glass and the painting so that no mat is necessary.

    Hanging your pastel:

    Choose a dry place indoors out of direct sunlight. Sunlight, even filtered through a window, is the enemy of all fine artwork. It degrades paper and canvas and may fade pigments. Dampness may damage paper and even allow mould to grow on paintings. Outside walls, basement walls and stone or concrete walls may transmit dampness, so avoid hanging art on them. An interior wall without nearby windows is ideal. Bedrooms, sitting rooms and hallways are often the best places for fine artworks. Bathrooms and kitchens may have very damp air, so please avoid hanging your fine artworks near showers, tubs and stoves.

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