Sometimes life just gets in the way -and then there were oil pastels
|3" x 5" image|
Today, we ventured into the studio -what a unique place. Long time no see. And I spent time readjusting the thermostat as it was not working. Finally, I got down to work after reconfiguring my work station.
In order to get my hand back to working I am embarking on a series of small art pieces. Oh, by the way, I got a full set of Sennelier oil pastels for Christmas and I am going to explore this medium in my art works for the year.
I had gone out a few days ago when the whole world was a little grey and snow had bent most of the trees over into new shapes that seemed to be on the point of cracking.
I took photos and did a small sketch on a 4" x 6" artists' postcard. I used a Staedler marker to render the sketch.
Today, while in the studio for the first time in a long while, I used the Sennelier pastels to render a drawing/painting of the sketch I had done on yet another 4" x 6" postcard. Boy, are these pastels buttery. I drew the image with pencil and used fixative to stop pencil bleeding into the pastel. I put light coats of underpainting, then blended using light grey and then white. I pushed white oil pastel onto the card to create that thickness of the heavy snow.
After I have done a number of the smaller pieces, I will do some larger pastel art works for a new art show.