View Full Version : KISS Comp OilStick Exercise, Violet Oak

02-19-2018, 06:08 PM
Hey All -

This composition was guided by the principle of KISS; (KeepItSimpleStupid) so as not to give additional problems to my elementary abilities with Oil Sticks.
I needed simple shapes to learn how to fill with blended sticks; now I kind of like it.

I also invented the species of oak, Violet, but I understand that there are over 600 kinds of oak trees, so maybe one of them is named Violet already.

Anyway, the main objectives here were to continue blending to get the colors I wanted without using blending medium, just to see how far I could go.

This has been a WIP off and on for about 10 days now, and for those who may be interested, I have posted the earlier versions on the Oil Pastel Forum in the Oil Stick thread.

13.5 x 18 ins Shiva OilSticks on paper

Not quite exhibition quality, except maybe for a 3rd grade bulletin board, but hey, we're among friends aren't we?
C&C of course.


02-19-2018, 06:17 PM
I think the colors are working very nicely together. Very strong but still harmonious. I like it.

02-19-2018, 06:35 PM
I love your violet oak and that undulating sky is very cool.

02-20-2018, 09:54 AM
Trier, wow, I think this is one of your best pieces ever, very impressive and striking. Totally love your colors.

02-20-2018, 10:21 AM
Vibrant with wonderful movement.

Katie Black
02-20-2018, 01:03 PM
Trier, there is nothing 3rd grade about this!

Beautifully executed with your usual inimitable style.

02-21-2018, 04:24 AM
Looks like you've mastered the oil sticks - nice work

02-21-2018, 11:45 AM
I really like this the colours are wonderful.

02-21-2018, 01:37 PM
This painting has a special magical quality:
every time I start to comment on it the phone rings, someone shows up, etc etc etc...

I love the darkness of this, very rich.
strong colors always attract me.
Violet is so much better than violent.
I feel I am the road to OZ or somewhere in the neighborhood.

Actually, this has sale potential,
surely I am not the only person who is in need of color in their life.
I would not change anything, nothing, nada.

so glad you keep creating these paintings


02-21-2018, 02:34 PM
Hey Cliff -
Glad you think it hangs together colorwise, that was a concern as I went along.

Thanks Jim, seems like I can't look at a plain sky without seeing/feeling things like that.

Hi Kay, pleasing to see that you like the colors, they are pretty close to what I was shooting for; not exactly sure how I did it.

Anthony - Thanks for the nice evaluation, appreciated.

Dear Katie, its wonderful that you say that!; now I can tell the critic in the mirror that he has been overruled by Katie, and that the painting is worthy of the 5th grade gallery at least.:)

Thanks, Lyn. You are very kind, and I will continue to try for that ability. The Oil Sticks are still on trial as far as I'm concerned.

Hey greggo -
Your reference to Oz means that you have seen my underlying thoughts in doing this. The strength of the colors is meant to reflect the strength of the feeling that somehow, and for some reason, I must make it to that Oak tree and beyond.
You have settled the question of whether this is a finished work or not.

Thanks to all

02-21-2018, 02:39 PM
Hi SnapV -
Happy to get your input.
Your Peacock post is very nice, glad I did't miss it.


02-21-2018, 07:15 PM
Great design and vivid color. It's a little Van Gogh-esque.

02-22-2018, 04:41 PM

02-23-2018, 12:20 PM
Hey Chris -
Thanks for the feedback; Vincent is never far from my thoughts.

Thanks, I'm glad that you saw one of my aims in painting this.


02-24-2018, 08:58 AM

02-24-2018, 12:10 PM
Hey drorn - Thanks for looking and comment.