Sunday, April 14, 2013

On My Easel - Girl Looking Down - original oil pastel portrait painting

My latest experiment is a sweet 7 x 5" portrait on Pastelbord, but how it began is much more interesting and exciting.  I do realize, of course, that it wouldn't be a very good finished painting, since it resembles an alien, but I love the looseness of it.  My goal, henceforth, is to try and blend the two together - to make a recognizable portrait of the model without losing the freshness.  I will post the results  here.  Stay tuned and thanks so much for stopping by! 

8 comments:

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

she is soooo beautiful!

Lucy Chen said...

Connie, you keep posting these beautiful oil pastel portraits and every time I see your new post, I want to buy some oil pastel to try.

DonaS said...

I am so pleased to find this Oil Pastel Review!
Your portrait and figure work is smashing! I love the Tango Dancers
I wonder if you ever include work from other oil pastel artists.

Connie said...

Thank you, Myra, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Connie said...

By all means, Lucy, get some oil pastels and give them a try. I guess they're not for everybody, but I LOVE them and they're worth trying, I think.

Connie said...

Hi Dona - great to see you here! I have actually had a guest artist once and wanted to have more, but when I asked people, it was like pulling teeth - they just didn't want to, I guess. But I'm still open to it!

DawnMcL said...

Hi Connie,

Beautiful work! Would you be willing to share a bit about your process?

I, too, love to do portrait and figure work. I actually started out with oil pastels, but eventually began using them supplementally over gouache or acrylics because I was frustrated with their imitations. Rendering detaill was difficult, and the colors muddied easily. Do you have any advice? I would like to experiment with portraits and figures in OP again.
Thank you,
Dawn

Connie said...

Hi Dawn - thank you for stopping by! I mostly use Senneliers, which will cover just about anything and I really think that helps prevent muddiness. Also, I like to use a medium that doesn't readily allow me to get a lot of detail, because I tend to overwork, so Senneliers are perfect for me. But if you like to get more detail, they can be sharpened. There are even oil pastel sharpeners, although you can use any sharpener for large pencils. Caran d'Ache, Holbein, and CrayPas Specialists especially Holbein and the Specialists, with their square shape, lend themselves more readily to getting detail. Also, I try to remember not to blend, unless I just want some mud. Better to scumble over a color - but I often forget - still trying, though. Hope this helps! Great hearing from you!

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