Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Red Oil Pastel

Have not been doing much artwise lately .. not enough energy!  So here is one from many years ago .. it's an oil pastel on canvas.  I do remember how I made this one.  Firstly I painted a red background onto gessoed canvas.  I painted some pinkish paint onto a stencil and lay it down the side of the canvas and lifted it off to reveal the pattern.  Then I drew the girl on with a pencil and painted over the pencil lines with burnt umber.  Finally I worked the oil pastel over the top and scraped it back a bit to reveal some of the pattern.  The oil pastels were a very cheap brand but they worked well.  I remember that I used a small palette knife to push the oil pastel about.  This was a first for me and I don't know what possesed me to follow this method but it worked quite well and I would like to do some more.  Interesting things those oil pastels.  Size is approx 6 1/2" square