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The painting, *Eternally Enchanting*, is a captivating piece created with soft pastels. It portrays a mesmerizing still life arrangement of five vibrant red roses, delicately positioned against a contrasting black background.


The meticulously blended hues of the soft pastels bring out the richness of the red roses, with their deep crimson petals blooming elegantly. Each petal seems to radiate a velvety texture, emphasizing their captivating allure. The artist's attention to detail is evident in the intricate layering of colour and shading, lending depth and dimension to each rose, making them appear almost three-dimensional.


The choice of a contrasting black background amplifies the striking presence of the red roses. It creates a visual juxtaposition that intensifies the vibrancy and beauty of the floral arrangement. The darkness surrounding the roses not only celebrates their luminosity but also adds an air of mystery and drama to the composition.


The play of light and shadow adds a touch of realism to the painting, as subtle highlights dance across the petals, illuminating the intricacies of each bloom. The delicate intertwining of light and shadow evokes a sense of movement, as if the roses were gracefully swaying in a gentle breeze.


The overall effect of *Eternally Enchanting* is one of timeless elegance and grace. The stunning red roses, against the contrasting black background, create an arresting composition that invites the viewer to succumb to its magnetic allure. The artist's skilful execution of soft pastels brings a sensuous quality to the painting, allowing the viewer to almost experience the velvety touch of each petal.


Artist quality Pastel Pencils and Soft Pastels on Clairefontaine Pastelmat. Size is 30 x 24cm. Reference used for inspiration 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.

Eternally Enchanting

  • 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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