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My Oil Pastel Addiction

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Detail of page 3 of my new art journal.  Oil pastel and pencil on watercolor paper.

 

So what I enjoy the most about oil pastels is layering the hell out of them and then coming in and scratching away!  For this piece above I started with the circle pattern only in the background, then I thought–what the heck–just go for it–and carried it across the entire image.  I like it!

Page 2 of my new art journal.  Oil pastel and pencil on watercolor paper.
2nd page of my new art journal (detail).  Oil pastel and pencil on watercolor paper.

My second art journal page certainly has a Marc Chagall / Jessie Reno feel to it.  It wasn’t intentional–because actually I was more inspired by my FEARLESS™ Painter Tracie Hanson.  She was at Total Alignment and had this fascinating way of creating her paintings.  It started purely with just putting paint down on the paper with a palette knife–and then letting the images come through.  So that’s basically what I was experimenting with myself in page two as well.  Playing with the color and then seeing how it spoke to me in images.  What arrived was some kind of figure draped in blue carrying a baby (of course) with two morbid looking angels by her/it’s side!!

Don’t you just love art!  You never know what’s gonna happen!

4th page of my new art journal. Oil pastel on watercolor paper.
4th page of my new art journal (detail). Oil pastel on watercolor paper.

 

(Psst…I put together a whole set for my oil pastel drawings to collect in over at Flickr.

 

 

You can check it out HERE.  Plus–have you joined my Art Journal LOVE Flickr group yet?

 

 

Annnnd–I’m planning on throwing together a little oil pastel video tutorial soon.

 

Yep,  said I’m addicted!!!!)

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