Adrian Stoenică utilizează pentru lucrările sale pasteluri sub formă de bastonașe cretate, pe care le aplică pe suport cu degetele pentru a împrăștia culoarea pe întreaga suprafața a cartonului, cât și pasteluri sub formă de creion, pentru detalii.
Pastelul este un bastonaș ca o cretă, făcut din pigmenți pulverizați, amestecați cu talc și gumă arabică. Suportul pe care se lucrează poate fi o hârtie cu asperități (tip Canson) sau un carton poros. Pentru o mai bună conservare a lucrării, aceasta se fixează cu un spray special şi se protejează, ca și acuarela, cu geam.
S-a constatat că pictura în pastel este mult mai rezistentă decât pictura în ulei, atât ca durată în timp (secole) cât şi ca prospeţime a culorilor.
Pastelul este considerat o tehnică de graniță între grafică și pictură. Apogeul acestei tehnici a fost atins se pare în secolul al 18-lea în Olanda. La noi, un mare pastelist este considerat Ștefan Luchian, dar el făcea pastel ca o pregătire pentru pictura în ulei.
Adrian Stoenică uses soft pastels for his work (like chalk sticks). The pastels are used on the cardboard and the colour is spread with his fingers over the entire surface of the cardboard. Adrian Stoenică uses thin pastels (like a pencil) for details.
Pastel is a chalk stick, made of pulverized pigments, mixed with talc and gum arabic. The support that you can work on can be a rough paper ( Canson type ), foam board or cardboard. For a better preservation of the work, it is fixed with a special spray and protected, like acrylics, with glass.
It was found that pastel painting is more durable than oil painting, both in term of time ( centuries ) and the freshness of the colors.
Pastel technique is considered a boundary between graphics and painting. The climax of this technique appares to have been reached in the 18th century in the Netherlands. Here, in Romania, a renowned pastelist was considered Ştefan Luchian, but he used pastel only as a preparation for oil painting.
More details about this technique:
A Pastel is a drawing or painting done with a soft, chalk-like pastel “stick” composed of powdered pigments held together with an aqueous gum binder.
In appearance, the pastel stick essentially looks like a piece of chalk, although it is actually somewhat softer and smoother.
A drawing or painting created with this kind of stick is called a Pastel. An artist who works in the medium of pastels is called a “Pastellist”.
Any paper medium is suitable, as long it is neither too smooth nor lacking in sufficient stiffness to accept the strokes of the pastel stick. The choice is really only limited by the creative imagination of the artist.
The most essential consideration in choosing a medium is that the medium’s surface be at least textured enough to enable the pastel powder to adhere to its surface.
For example, the highly textured paper normally used for watercolor work is also quite suitable for work in pastel, since its comparatively rough texture is sufficient to wear down the pastel stick enough to transfer the pigment and thus produce the image. (http://www.marielydiejoffre.com/english/resource/faq_pastel.html)
Adrian Stoenică uses a highly textured cardboard and spreads the colour with his fingers. He only uses soft pastels for his work (never oil pastels, acrylic paints, oil or anything else). When it’s finished, the painting (called a pastel) is sprayed with a special fixative, framed and protected with glass.