Oil Pastel Reflections in the Grand River Water Amongst the Ice and Snow

Finished oil pastel on artists' postcard paper.

Well, I have been getting into the studio each day and completing an oil pastel art piece on 4"x 6" artists' postcard paper.  Each piece has its challenges: reflections in the river water and the soft, thick textural nature of the pastel stick are the challenges.  I have been used to the crisp lines of my burnt images that have then been painted with thin, fluid acrylic paints.

Ink and marker drawing.

I used solvent to develop the dark values -and some medium areas.

Looking at these oil pastel pieces on the internet, I see where improvements can be made should I do a larger painting or pastel piece.


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