Soft Paintings, the Soft Art Technique.
The special effects are obtained using multi dimensional harmony. Soft painting is a relatively new technique, developed in Israel by local artists and it has brought about a breakthrough in the process of creating original art. Our unique works of art are created exclusively by LeSoleil Fine Art Gallery’s talented artists.
In the soft painting technique the artist uses synthetic acrylic fibres made from recycled plastic bottles in a wide variety of shades (substituting the familiar oil or water based colors which artists use in a standard painting). For the purpose of rendering the image, the artist makes shapes using these fibres, pieces of synthetic felt or burlap and colourful acrylic strings of different thicknesses, thus effectively waiting with these materials to create their ideas.
Replacing the painter’s brush, the artist uses a needle to fasten the materials to the ‘canvas’ which is either synthetic felt or burlap. The artist starts with a single needle and paints his work using strings instead of the pencil and fibres instead of colors.
When the painting becomes thick with the layers of fiber, the artist uses a special punch with a hundred needles to work the fiber in and this allows for complex shading of layer upon layer of different coloured fibres. The beauty of this technique is that at any time prior to finalizing their creation, the artist can easily remove these fibres and continue working without any waste of materials. After the artist complete their work, the canvas is backed with an industrial felt and placed in a press with 14,000 needles which completely compresses the work and pushes all of the fibres and materials into the fabric, making an endurable and unique piece of art which is one of a kind.
The special effects achieved with this unique technique are based in the creative process and the combination of layers and materials;the creation of new shades, transparencies and forms which can not be achieved in any traditional method of painting. Because these works are all done free hand by the artist, each work is an Original.