on 16 x 20 wrapped canvas
I think this is the finished painting. :)
Thanks to everyone who offered tips for how I should protect the oil pastel!!! They were all wonderful suggestions, and I've decided to try each of them over the next few paintings. I'll let you know how it goes.
For this painting, I applied a thin layer of soft gel matte medium, and I'm really very happy with the results. The oil pastel is now well-protected and no longer smudges. Yay!
I've made a few other changes to the painting since the last post, and I think it's more balanced now. She looks quite happy, don't you think?
Creating this painting has been a wonderful experience.
I feel like I'm emerging, too. :)