Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thoughts about creating oil pastels

I need something to motivate me to paint and create more than I currently do. I've enjoyed creating a variety of oil pastel paintings and plan to continue painting, but my paper supply and money is low. Perhaps the solution is to cut the remaining stash of paper into quarters and make smaller paintings.

I like creating larger paintings--around 22" x 28" sizes, which is the full size of the sheets of paper I use. In the process of creating oil pastel paintings, I've tried a variety of papers. Stonehedge is the one that produces the best paintings. Its smooth texture and sturdy structure are perfect for this type of work.

Blending by hand and with fingers is a pleasure over the smooth surface. I work the colors in with a bit of odorless turpentine.

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