Hi Everyone, as many of you may have noticed I have been updating content onto the store starting with my oil pastels. I am now starting to add in the acrylics which naturally start at a significantly lower price point (due to a smaller size and no framing) and is sold and shipped as is without framing. I am guessing most of you would like to take care of the framing at your end.
I have been asked if the oil pastels can be sold without the frames. While it probably could be shipped so if done very delicately, it would become a significanct hassle for you the customer. The reason for this is the following, oil pastels never dries and is done on art sand paper. Even after years you can smudge the painting just by touching the surface. For this purpose I have each painting carefully framed after consulting with professional framers. I make sure to use all acid free material to ensure that the used framing supplies do not impact the painting and all paintings are framed under UV protected anti glare glass. At most angle you wouldn't even notice the glass. It also has a dust cover at the back to ensure no dust enters the framed region. Naturally all this adds approximately $170 to the painting. If you don't care about an original, I will soon have prints of the originals so thanks for your patience until that happens. I felt I had to convey the purpose behind the framing on the oil pastel paintings because most people are not aware about how to handle this medium
Interesting fact: Last year I visited the Phoenix art museum and they had a "pastel" portrait there. Regular pastels are more like chalk almost pure color pigment and binder, oil pastels (the one I use) are a little stickier from the wax and not as delicate as pastels. At the museum they said the pastels are so delicate that every time they try to move it some of it flakes off the painting. Therefore around 50 years ago they fixed the place for that painting and it has never been moved since. Don't worry though, my oil pastel work is a lot sturdier and tools such as fixatives and so on have evolve that I use on my art work. If you do have any questions along these lines feel free to ask me. It help me be deeply engage with my art work and history.