View Full Version : Viilage Boy on the Cow

01-18-2000, 09:04 PM
This painting is done using Oil pastels on the canvas panel
This is the first time I am using Oil pastels
Welcome all Comments and Critique suggestions.




01-22-2000, 10:36 AM
Hi Poet... beautiful painting.
I love this painting because I was very pleased at first sight. The oil pastel create a mood and a texture that is very cool.
Besides that, your kid-like ;0) drawing and color use gives the painting a strong feel of
honesty and tenderness. This unpretensious look and feel gave this forum a lot of fresh air. Keep going... make some more.

01-23-2000, 04:54 AM
hi Urbanpoet http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

your subject of the boy on the cow looks very nice..you have gotten their shapes well, I would suggest that they be smaller in the picture, setting them back a bit///and/or having the background somewhat dulled so that the viewer is not trying to focus to see both..this is all to do with composition..maybe someone else could add to this ??..or give tips on the use of pastels??

keep working at it http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

01-25-2000, 11:37 PM

great name.
i really enjoy this piece. i have to agree, though, with the previous post about the composition. it's not bad, but it could use some work.
obviously the focus is the cow & boy, yes? so make that the focus.
it's in competition with the tree right now. I'd suggest moving the tree back just a bit and possibly muting the colors (though it, by itself is just fabulous now).
keep up the great work!

irene clark
01-26-2000, 07:18 PM
Hi there Urbanpoet,
Great handle, I guess that would make me a Ruralpoet.
Anyways, I've used oil pastels in some of my art and find it difficult to work with. that's probably because I like to achieve as much detail as possible and the oil pastels just don't deliver, for me anyway. Perhaps there's a technique to achieve that, that I'm not aware of. I'll post one of my paintings done in this medium, seeing you and I seem to be the only ones so far that have used it.
The only thing I can suggest, is to use a small scraper and or a toothpick to get some finer details. Oh ya, I've also used a fine toothed comb to do hairs, but not in the painting that I'll post on this forum today.
Irene Clark with a heart for art.

[This message has been edited by irene clark (edited January 26, 2000).]

01-26-2000, 09:38 PM
Hi all

Thanks to all of you for your comments. Really appreciate it.

You are right Rural Poet, Sorry Irene Clark http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif, I find Oil pastels are difficult to work with when you try to paint so much detail.

I paint usually using Acrylic, but I decided to use pastels for this painting after seeing and inspired by the works of Tom Sireak (http://www.stsfineart.com/). But I am not sure whether he is using oil pastels or soft pastels or any other combination