Saturday, December 26, 2009

Playing with Oil Pastels

In July of this year, I participated in Pam Carriker's Pursue Portrait class.
Well, participate is a broad term. What I did was make several pencil drawings.
At that time, I just could not bring myself to add color to any portrait work at all.
So, for most of the class I monitored and observed what my class mates were doing and I guess I stored it away for future use.

As I was attempting to put some order in my garage/studio yesterday, I came across the sketch book with the portraits I had drawn.

And, having just gotten some Sennelier Oil Pastels over the past few weeks from Dick Blick on-line art supplies, I stopped cleaning and just sat down with this.

I soon had a sore index finger. These things are crayons. Very soft. Buttery, in fact. Nice to apply, easy to smoosh around, but doing an entire 9 in. by 12 in. area is too hard to do with one's finger!

I took up a couple of stencil brushes and used them instead of my finger and blending the oil pastel colors was a lot easier. I used the very edge for detail work around the eyelids and for coloring the iris.

The whole process was a lot easier than I anticipated. However, next time I'm going to use them on studier paper. The sketch pad paper was only 65 lbs and it didn't take long to fill up the surface and it felt as if the colors were sliding around on top of each other.

Not that it really mattered. This was an experiment and it went well.

This is what it looked like as a pencil sketch. Pam Carriker gives you a basic face to try out at the beginning of her course, so it's good for all us beginners.

I see improvements in my sketches now and thanks to Mystele's Gut Art class, I finally, finally got the courage to work with color.

So, now I have a small amount of experience with graphite pencil, colored pencils, acrylic paint, water soluble oil pastel, PanPastel and now, oil pastel.

It's no wonder my garage looks like an art supply store.


Diane said...

Beautiful, Adrian. Isn't it great what we can learn through the online workshops and classes. I've learned so much this year. I'll be anxious to see what this coming year brings!

bluegiraffe (Sherry) said...

Very, very nice, Adrian! I wish I'd "pursued" portraits as far as you have...maybe someday :)

Adrian said...

Thank you, Diane. Yes, it has been a wonderful year for new art experiences. Like your new blog, beautiful!

Adrian said...

Thank you, Sherry! It all just takes time, so just follow your inner artist and soon you will see the birth of your inner imaginings.

milkcan said...

Gorgeous! She's a beauty!!!

Anonymous said...

Necessity is the mother of invention..........................