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The Techniques Behind Brief Candles: The Shakespeare Series

Paint, 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. 


For 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.


He 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.  


Dr. Baldwin usually builds up texture on the canvas using acrylic gloss medium or gel medium mixed with sand, powdered marble, or crushed minerals such as chrysocolla or tourmaline.


After 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.  


Dr. 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.

This gives you a painting that should last for at least three centuries.  

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