Today I worked on revising some pastel pieces I'd thought were finished. Last night Chris and I started the fairly arduous process of framing 7 pieces for the show I have coming up in October. I cut the mats while he cut the wood for the frames. I'm so blessed to have such a talented, supportive husband to make beautiful frames for me.
Because I had good luck using spray fixative on my self portrait, I decided I was going to fix the pieces I was getting ready to frame because I am tired of having pastel dust fall onto pristine white mats, causing me to have to re-mat the pieces. It's a pain in the butt! So today I got out my wonderful Schminke fixative and went at it. 3 of the pieces weren't too bad - they seem to have taken off a layer of pastel, but it was manageable - but the 4th one was horrible! It went from glowing to dark and dull. I was so disappointed. there was no way I could frame it like that, so I brought it into the studio and started working on it again. The picture on the left is how it looked pre-fixative. The one on the right is after I repaired/re-did the fixed piece. The good news is that I think it's a stronger piece now. The bad news is that I can't fix it for fear of messing it up again! Oh well - what's a bit of pastel dust on a mat?