Every other year, many of the world's leading pastel painters gather together for the IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Convention. Most commonly held in Albuqerque NM, IAPS has also been hosted in Raleigh NC, Kansas City MO, Denver CO and Santa Fe NM.
Way back in 1999 in Albuqerque, an IAPS Program on Conservation was given by Ross Merrill, and contributing to the presentation was our very own Senior Contributor, Donna Aldridge. Since 1983, Mr. Merrill has been the Chief of Conservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for the care of one of the world's great art collections. The article below was generated following that presentation and is titled "Notes On Fixative"- we hope you enjoy your peek into the collective minds of today's Master pastellists!
• Grumbacher’s Tuffilm Fixative Brown Label (Final) was found to be the best fixative for pastels based on many tests and other research by the National Gallery. LaTour, Sennilier and Rowney are amoung the other fine fixatives.—RM
• Most fixatives darken and deteriorate.—RM