The Techniques Behind Brief Candles: The Shakespeare Series
especially impasto, is subjected to much greater stress on a flexible support
than on one that is rigid. This is
especially important in Dr. Baldwin’s work because he uses a great deal of
heavy materials such as sand and crushed minerals.
Brief Candles: The Shakespeare Series he used a very lightweight, durable, and
rigid support made of polyester fabric glued onto a half-inch thick Gatorfoam
panel made by International Paper.
used polyester, rather than a natural fiber canvas such as cotton or linen,
because it withstands much greater stress, has much lower moisture absorption,
and is highly resistant to abrasion, mildew and sunlight degradation.
he achieves the desired texture, he outlines the figures with an ordinary soft
leaded pencil. Then he paints in
the major areas using many thin washes of acrylic paint.
Baldwin completes the painting using alkyd resins (made only by Winsor &
Newton) followed with oils or egg tempera.
He uses the alkyds because their colors are more brilliant than even
those of oils.
gives you a painting that should last for at least three centuries.
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