Blobs and Scribbles

A journal of my art.

Location: Germany

I have only recently started to use oil pastels. I use Caran d'Ache Neopastel oil pastels, but I've already got my eye on the Senneliers as well ;-) Freue mich auf Eure Kommentare, ganz gleich ob auf Deutsch oder Englisch :-)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Got them!

Got my Senneliers today!! :-))

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Oil Pastel - Autumn Fields - finished/fertig

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Oil pastel on oil painting paper.
Ölpastellkreide auf Ölmalpapier
April 2006
So, this is it. My first attempt at a landscape in oil pastels.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Oil pastel: Autumn Fields - Work in Progress/In Arbeit 2

OK, here's my next step. (Click here for the first steps: Atumn Fields WIP 1) I started layering the colours for the fields but didn't like the result. So I blended/scraped them off with the palette knife. Then I used the knife again to smear on the stuff I had scraped off. (You with me? :-) I sort of like the effect and the idea of layering more colours on it.

I added some of the dark brown I used for the fields to the darker parts of the clouds and blended them with the greys.

I don't like the position of the house yet. I think it should go further to the right.

And I feel that at this stage the sky and the field are falling apart. Maybe more of the sky's colour should be repeated in the fields?

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work in progress / in Arbeit

previous step

next step


Saturday, March 18, 2006

Got my eyes on the Senneliers ;-)

I bought four sticks of the Sennelier oil pastels yesterday. They are a lot greasier than the Neopastels. On painting with the Senneliers has been compared to painting with lipstick, wet soap or greased pigs. Can't wait to try them out :D

Oil Pastel: Autumn Fields - Work in Progress/In Arbeit

Oil pastels on oil painting paper
Ölpastell auf Ölmalpapier
I feel quite clueless about doing landscapes in oil pastels. That's why I've now started this painting from a demo (which was originally done in gouache and soft pastels). I'm not quite sure whether I've really understood the concept of layering. Also I find it really difficult not to just blend everything in but let the different kinds of pastel marks "speak".
To start with I wanted to do an oil pastel/turp underpainting. So I blocked in the colours for the sky (light blue and jeans blue, some white near the horizon) and the fields (golden ochre).

For the second step I blended everything with turpentine. However I found the wash way too dark and thus tried to remove as much of the dissolved colour as possible with plenty of paper towels.

After that I started layering the colours for the sky.

Now, this is what happened after I had stopped wondering what I was supposed to do. I grabbed my palette knife and started to use it for blending and applying more colour.

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work in progress / in Arbeit

next step


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