View Full Version : The Oil gusher Chat & Challenge for May

04-30-2017, 12:58 AM
It's May already :clap: I hope you are having a gorgeous spring with beautiful flowers and green landscapes. It's harvesting time here and everything is turning brown and dry where I live.
Here are some photos that might inspire you to have some fun with your oil pastels. Feel free to add to this assortment.
Kingfisher from Reiver
Cassowary from Crias
Namaqualand from dewarp
Lower fallsfrom Lisilk
Protea from Jasminerose
Japan from Stevie20
Pear and grapes by Creativevintage

05-01-2017, 09:10 PM
Great Selection! I might try the pear and grapes.

05-01-2017, 11:23 PM
Wow...those really are gorgeous photos!

I used to work with OPs and posted a lot here in the forum, but I moved to oils quite some time ago. Recently, I got out some old OP paintings and found that one of my favorite OPs (never framed) now has some problems. I think it's called "blooming" but I'm not certain. It looks like the wax has come to the surface and covered or separated from the pigment in areas. Do you know what I mean? I'm just hoping that someone might be able to suggest a way to restore it. I also hope this is the best place to post this question. I seem to remember a separate place for technical OP questions, but I can't locate it now. TIA for any help you may be able to offer.

05-01-2017, 11:43 PM
Thanks Ratchet! Looking forward to seeing your art work.
Hi Annie. I haven't had that problem of blooming before. It may be that the oil pastels are drying out. If it isn't too bad yet, i think I would try to lightly add a thin layer of oil medium which would seal it but it also leaves a gloss finish.

05-02-2017, 03:14 AM
Hi Christel. I came to the same conclusion - that the problem had something to do with the OPs drying too much. So I took a big chance a little earlier this evening and used a hair dryer with the hot setting on it. And it worked! The color came back nicely, and the whitish waxy-looking areas disppeared. Probkem solved! Thanks for your reply!

05-02-2017, 10:47 AM
Great pictures Christel. I'll probably do one the landscapes here. Thanks!

05-03-2017, 12:25 AM
Looking forward to seeing your version, Rich.
The kingfisher 6x8

05-03-2017, 02:00 PM
Lovely Bird Christel

Wax Bloom? What brand of oil pastels?
I use Minwax on the furniture and kitchen cupboards. I use the hair dryer set on high to smooth the wax. When the wax blooms, I touch it up with heat without rewaxing. The heat restores the shine and polish. The finish is good for several years before I have to reapply wax.

Minwax is carnuba or a mixture of petroleum waxes.

I haven't had the problem with bloom on the finer funiture, wood carvings and cutting boards when I use a mixture of beeswax thinned with mineral oil.

So it may be the wax in the Oil Pastels. I wouldn't expect that problem with bees wax based oil pastels but I am not certain which oil pastels use bees wax, if any.

I have used the hair dryer to blend oil pastels that were showing white. It smooths the surface but that isn't always desirable.

05-07-2017, 09:39 AM
Nice job on the kingfisher, Christel! That's quite a lot of detail you got from your sticks! Did you sharpen them? What surface did you use?

05-07-2017, 09:43 AM
I wanted to say hello here...been awhile since I posted. I seem to find ways to do things that take time away from my art. For instance, I started a podcast last year interviewing artists local to my area. It takes so much time it was almost like getting a divorce from my art. To get back in the swing, I have been doing teeny watercolor abstracted landscapes from the imagination, sometimes enhanced with OP. But when I dream of really doing my art, I dream of doing more with my OPs....maybe today....:) Anyhow, I feel badly about how I sort of start and stop with this community...I do come to see your work and get wow'd when I have a chance to look!


05-07-2017, 10:38 AM
Hi Meredith. You're always welcome here and do show us some of your op art.
My kingfisher is painted on Rolfes sketchpad.
I paint with my sticks lightly as you would do with cp's. I then work into the paper using tortillion and the folded edge for finer lines. I then add more op lightly as needed, working in if needed, and finally add blacks using either Dermatograph marker and pencil in this case.
My op's are Reeves, Pentel and Rolfes which I try to use so there's always a sharp edge - I don't sharpen my op's at all.
The background I used turps as solvent to get that washed out look.

05-08-2017, 01:17 PM
The protea 11x9.5

05-09-2017, 05:47 AM
Thanks, Christel, for the welcome! Sometime I'll post an OP again :)

Thanks for sharing your process, too. I've never heard of Rolfe's brand, will have to look it up!


05-12-2017, 04:39 PM
Done, good bad indifferent! Rice Paper, homemade OP's


05-12-2017, 11:58 PM
Lovely, Ratchet. I like the highlights on the fruit. Good color choices. The rice paper has a lovely texture. The only thing I might change is to darken the value of the shadows on and around the plate.

05-13-2017, 12:20 AM

I agree about the shadows. I will darken them on the original.

05-19-2017, 12:50 AM
The landscape by dewarp a3

05-19-2017, 10:25 AM
Nice job Christel. I like the detailed work on the windmill. Also like the movement within the sky.

05-19-2017, 11:12 PM
Great colors and good perspective. The sky and windmill are outstanding but I particularly like the way you did the plains, not much detail but truly looks like scrub plains.

05-20-2017, 12:47 AM
Thanks Rich and Ratchet.