How to get rid of useless oil pastels

February 2, 2008 § 7 Comments

I still had this old set of very hard oil pastels and I did not know what exactly to do with them. For painting with OPs I clearly prefer artist quality oil pastel sticks that are much softer. So what to do with these hard and waxy pastels?

 It was this morning that I realized, that slightly melting them in a flame and smearing them all over a piece of paper is an option, too :).
oilpastelencaust2.jpg And it creates very nice impasto effects as you can see here:

Oil Pastel: Portrait of a girl (WIP)

January 29, 2008 § 2 Comments

I promised you some updates on the portrait:


And that’s where I am now. It still needs many, many corrections, but at least I layed down my color scheme. This painting turned out to have a strong red/green contrast. I always work with complementary contrasts, yet only seldom with the red/green one. So it’s a kind of new territory for me. Hope that I will be able to finish it soon.


Another fantastic portrait tutorial on WetCanvas

January 27, 2008 § 1 Comment

This time it’s an tutorial for portraits using oil pastels.
Join the class and watch Pat as she goes along doing the portrait of a young girl.

I’ve started this portrait as well. And it’s almost finished (I’m going to show it to you as soon as I got new batteries for my camera). This was the preliminary sketch:


(oil pastel and pencil on selfmade pastelboard)


January 10, 2008 § 4 Comments


Bastet (also spelled Ubasti, Bast or Pasht) was an ancient feline Egyptian goddess of war. She was highly revered, especially in the lower parts of Egypt. Originally she had been depicted as a lioness, but later generations turned her image into that of a domestic cat :).

This is my very first attempt at painting an artist card. With oil pastels it is a quite difficult thing to get details done while working on such a small size (2,5″ x 3,5″). Nevertheless I had much fun doing it.

I’m bad…

January 10, 2008 § 4 Comments

…I know, but I still don’t feel like posting at the moment. So perhaps I’ll just have to make a little effort?

Well then, that’s one of my latest oil pastel paintings. It’s a squirrel (just in case you couldn’t tell)


I just cannot get enough of those bold colors :)!

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