Self Portrait

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Self Portrait
Paul Hutchinson
pastel on paper
1999

I have always enjoyed working with chalk pastel. It is the only medium that doesn't have a medium. Paint is just pigment that is ground in a medium to bind it together and dry to a film-like surface. The oil in oil paints has a yellow cast that only darkens with age, and any pigment when ground into a liquid medium changes it's tonal colour quite radically. Chalk pastel is simply the natural pigment held to together with a little gum arabic to make a stick-like crayon . Of course it is very fragile and needs protecting under glass, but the purity of tones you can achieve - especially the blues - is unsurpassed.


  1974 - 1983     1984 - 1993     1994 - 2003     2004 - 2014  


Paul Hutchinson lives in Puniho, New Zealand.

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