Virginia Strom Precourt explained, "The pastel-leaf method results in a wonderful brilliance. I can build up layer after layer, and any chalkiness is removed since the pastel is bound from the rear.” Working in small areas at a time, Virginia would apply a mixture of pumice, turpentine and gold-leaf bonding agent to the panel on which fabric had been adhered. After 30 minutes, the mixture would to a tacky stage and Virginia quickly would apply pastel, repeating the process until several layers had built up. The finished work would then consist of solid pigment impregnated with the bonding agent that would continue to resist flaking and fading.


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Sea Mist: Honfleur

Downtown Crossing

New Earrings

Provence Inconnue

Rehearsal Break 

Rainy Day at the MFA: Napoleon's Pillow