Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Mixed Media Dancer - female dancer using colored pencil along with the oil pastel

Female dancer in flowered skirt kicking foot back in colored pencil with oil pastel
Okay, this is not totally oil pastel, but also contains lots of colored pencil along with the oil pastel.  I outlined her with a colored pencil, which gives it the sketchiness, then filled it in with the pencils and  added oil pastel.  I could have changed some of the outlines to make them tighter, but I left them alone because I think that adds to the liveliness and "drawingness"of the piece.  This is probably more pencil than op.  14 x 11".  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Nude Against a Flowered Screen - original oil pastel drawing of a nude

I love drawing nudes and I love patterned backgrounds, so when this pose was before me, I couldn't resist.  It was actually two pieces of similar fabric which met behind the model  - they were enough alike that I was pleased with the choice.  I used Sennelier with a few CrayPas oil pastels on an 8 x 8" sanded pastel paper panel.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Standing Nude - original oil pastel drawing of a nude model

I started this with a pencil then went over most of it with oil pastel and did a bit of "coloring outside the lines".  Also there is some restating, which I love to do - sort of a fun with line drawing.  Always so satisfying to me!  And it's on 8 x 6" Strathmore Blue, which, when I take the photo, comes out somewhat different than it is in real life.  Oh well.  Thanks so much for looking!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Girl Sleeping - oil pastel figurative painting

a girl sleeping on her stomach and is covered with red and blue quilt
This was done on 9 x 12" Colourfix paper, which, if you haven't tried it yet, you definitely should!  I think Colourfix now has probably three grades of grittiness.  This is the original and I love the way the Sennelier oil pastel just "melts" onto the paper.  And it holds a lot - and I mean a lot - of oil pastel!
Sleeping poses are always a pleasure to draw/paint because often the model actually does go to sleep and that makes it so easy to work.  She's comfortable and I just keep on drawing till she wakes up!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How I Start a New Ballet Drawing - beginning gestural figurative sketch of ballet rehearsal


This drawing seems so much more stark than in real life, but as I've mentioned before, I'm not the best photographer.  Anyway, this is another in my ongoing obsession with ballet.  I took ballet for years and years, through college and even after, so I have lots of memories stored in my head and lately, I also have sketches.  

My central characters are of course, the two girls in the center, the other two will probably show up in a later drawing.  Mainly, this is the gestural basis for my piece and now that I look at it, I think the figure on the left needs to be moved closer to the edge a little.  I was looking for a casual chat between these girls and think it's a successful gesture.  

This piece is sketched on grey Colourfix paper (9 x 12") and while I may end up doing a bigger version, this is it for now.  I just drew freely - my favorite part - and then will use my finger or my finger wrapped in a paper towel to smooth out the background - and also not leave it that white.  I have a big white Sennelier oil pastel and it's so easy to just madly scribble with it.  Usually I use the regular size Senneliers, but I do have some of the big ones and they are also great to work with.  Give them a try! 
Will fill this in day by day and post my progress here.  Thanks so much for sharing my oil pastel journey!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Three Blue Nudes - using Sennelier oil pastels over acrylic paint on acrylic paper

I coated a piece of Strathmore acrylic paper, which is a really nice paper, btw, with some acrylic paint in 'Light Blue Permanent' (Liquitex Basics that I bought at Michael's) and it's very turquoisy, so I love it.  Then I drew from life the quick poses that the model took before she settled down for a long pose.  First I noted where I wanted the figures to be on the page with graphite pencil, then I began drawing with my black Sennelier lipstick-like oil pastel. Originally I had intended to just use black and white, but then decided the piece needed a little color, so added flesh tones and some darker blues in the background.  One thing always leads to another!
A note about drawing with oil pastel on this surface (acrylic paint) - it's kind of slick and the oil pastel can really slide around, which can be good or bad, depending on how you like to work with this medium.  Also, I have some of these pieces on this same kind of surface and have never sprayed them with oil pastel fixative,  but I'm going to wait a couple of weeks, then spray this one and report back on how it accepted the fixative - (does it seem well-protected?).  Whether I'm happy with the fixative result or not, as long as I frame it under glass (plexiglass), it doesn't really matter.
I really do encourage you to try working over acrylic especially on acrylic paper if you haven't already - it's soul-satisfying if you're a lover of working in oil pastel because the sticks are even more responsive than usual - and that's saying something.  Of course, this one is done with the very creamy Sennelier oil pastels, but if you would rather not have the slick feel, then one of the less oily feeling ones should do perfectly.  This piece is 12 x 12" - thanks for stopping by!
NOTE:  I sprayed with fixative and it accepted the spray perfectly - no worries!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tango Demo - original oil pastel figurative tango dancers

I have attended a few tango demos and have tried to remember all the other watchers, since it would be so obvious to be standing/sitting there drawing the other viewers.  This scene is from a tango studio which often featured guest dancers, who then gave instruction in the finer points of particular tango steps.  This piece is on 9 x 12" Art Spectrum Colourfix paper.  I used my unsharpened Sennelier oil pastels as well as a few CrayPas Specialists, which I really like to use on their sides.  They also have those corners that are good for details - maybe I should start using them in that way, too.  Not sure they would work very well over the Senneliers - will give that a try and report back.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Combining Sennelier and CrayPas Specialists



Just did this little sketch to show the CrayPas Specialist oil pastels in the background.  They work really well, especially with the square edges which lend themselves to drawing.  Plus they're not creamy, so the background greys are lovely to work with.  And they can also be used under the creamier brands.  I really enjoyed the Specialists and will keep using them.  PS - if you're wondering what the model was doing, she was smoothing lotion on her hands.  And, looking back at how I began this drawing, I've really changed her.  That's what happens when - in this case - I changed the channel, or when the drawing group is over.   Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

On My Easel - A Chat After Class - oil pastel figurative

A lot to do on this one, but I just decided to post it - I'm always spurred on to finish when I share the stuff I'm working on.  This piece comes from something I saw the other day - I had to remember it, because the "pose" was only for a minute or two and then there's the problem of being obvious when I sketch people, so it's a memory drawing.  On MultiMedia pastel panel, it's 8 x 6".  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

What I'm Working On Today

I keep having visions of a girl in a kimono drinking tea, with a Chinese lantern or two in the background.  The beginnings of paintings are always the best part for me, maybe because it's mainly at the drawing stage and I am basically a "drawer".  This is pretty small 8 x 8", but really a favorite size for me.  On this one, I'm not drawing from a model, but from a TV movie when one of the actors had her hair in the same style and, well, I just took it from there.  And I love kimonos.  Will post this as a finished piece.  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Couple of Drawings - portrait drawing and painting prep

I love scarves and let this one be the centerpiece here on 8 x 6" mixed media paper, which is thick enough for oil pastels and very smooth.
The next drawing is a preparation for a painting on my Hackberry Street Studio blog - click here to see the finished piece.  I always LOVE the start of something and it's my contention - based on my experience - that the beginning of any artwork, if it's based on gestures, has so much life that is easy to destroy as one approaches the end of the painting.  I guess I'll just let you be the judge - and you will NOT hurt my feelings if you think I ran true to form on this one!
 Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Sketch of Mayre - oil pastel portrait drawing

I did this quickly on Strathmore 403, which was originally a surface for oil pastel, but doesn't seem to be any longer.  Gosh I see so much I could have done if I'd had more time.  The artist's lament, I guess. Thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 11, 2017

ACEO - Red Against Green - oil pastel portrait

Just about my all-time color combination - red/pink and green.  Trying to keep this tiny piece (3.5 x 2.5") loose, I used unsharpened Sennelier oil pastels and didn't completely cover the support.
  Thanks for dropping by!