Pastel is an ideal medium, as the artist places direct color on the paper (no brushes or solvents); it is very colorfast; it will last for centuries protected behind glass. It is easy to set up outdoors and quick to clean up. Usually in a crayon form, colors are mixed by placing bits of colors next to or on top of each other.
Barbara's paintings are painted on acid-free sanded paper and are matted and framed with acid free, buffered materials, assuring longevity. She uses little or no fixative. To protect the paintings, all Barbara’s pastel paintings are sold double-matted or with spacers and framed with regular glass or museum glass. (See more about glass and spacers on the “Framing and Prices” page.) The frames and light-colored mats are chosen to complement the paintings. Usual frames are natural maple, silver or gold colored wood and black metal.