View Full Version : Hello a few xposts from oil pastel forum

08-27-2007, 04:22 PM
Great to see this forum. Here are a few I've posted recently in the oil pastel section. The first two are more my usual style (to the degree I have one)-- mixed media with colored pencil underpaintings and water soluble OP and regular OP on top. The last (the red lilly) was an experiment in pure watersoluble OP-- and was almost like doing a watercolor (i.e. HARD TO CONTROL ;-) !). It is the clunkiest of the batch ;-) All 3 are about 9x12" or so.


Prickly Pear Cactus


Charlie's Mum
08-27-2007, 04:40 PM
Welcome to the forum Rich ........ I'd say you definitely have a style!

I like the chunky use of the OPs - I admire anyone who can use these!

I particularly like the Prickly Pear -such a lot of form and character there.
I also like the first - lovely mix of colours and tones.

Haven't used the water soluble ones - but this lily has a lot of detail for OPs ..... well done!

Please come back with more! :D

Lady Carol
08-27-2007, 06:10 PM
These look terrific. I am totally impressed by your use of OP. I confess that pastels reminded me of crayons that I used as a kid, but clearly these are at the next level. Actually to be honest way above the next level.

08-27-2007, 10:08 PM
All are lovely paintings, but I'll cast my vote for the first.

08-28-2007, 02:28 AM
Welcome to the forum Rich. These are all lovely but I love the lily best, they are my favorite flower, and this one is gorgeous.

08-28-2007, 03:01 AM
I tried oil pastels when I was younger, and never achieved anywhere near your mastery of them.

Simpy beautiful. http://skins.hotbar.com/skins/mailskins/em/google_emoticons/emoti_408.gif

Katherine T
08-28-2007, 04:17 AM
Rich - I love the first one. Lovely painterly effect

I'm intrigued by the way you build these up. Have you done a WIP of how you do these?

Terry Wynn
08-28-2007, 10:53 AM
Love your style. And all three of these are excellent. I can't pick a favorite. Love the use of color in the first but then I'm attracted to the prickly pears. But the lily is gorgeous, too!

Looking forward to seeing more.


08-28-2007, 10:56 AM
Thank you all for the kind comments! It took me quite a while of experimenting with OPs to come up with an approach that I was reasonably happy with. I haven't done a WIP but I'd be happy to give it a try.

Sue, I'm so glad you like the Lilly-- it was by far the most difficult for me since I didn't do my usual colored pencil drawing first.

Here's one more I forgot to post. This one has no colored pencil-- just OP. The background bothers me, but others who've seen it in person have asked me not to smooth it out so I've resisted the change. This one is much smaller-- just 4x6" Certainly nowhere near the detail of a lot of the incredible Bird of Paradise paintings I've seen on WC. Anyway, I love to experiment so try not to fret too much over any 1 piece.


08-29-2007, 04:37 AM
Rich, all four of your paintings are wonderful -- I really love the way you work. My favourite is the third one -- such a vibrant beautiful red lily. Keep up the great work, and I hope we will be seeing a lot more from you. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

08-29-2007, 10:49 AM
great work in OP's :)

08-29-2007, 12:50 PM
very nice macros. my favorite is the first one! you really managed to create a lot of depth in it.

08-29-2007, 11:29 PM
I like all, but the red lily looks like velvet. I have some oil pastels, but like Lady Carol, I only got the crayon effect when I tried them. Will get them out again though. Didn't realize there was a water soluble oil pastel.


08-30-2007, 02:48 PM
Thanks all! I love the watersolubles (Jerry's has several brands in stock now if you're curious) because once they have dried they don't smear when new layers are applied. That was my big problem with just using pure standard oil pastels-- it was easy for me to make mud very quickly. (Other OP artists have been able to deal with this much better than I-- but the watersolubles were my salvation in this regard).

08-30-2007, 09:24 PM
Beautiful work, I really like the Lilly!