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Old 01-03-2017, 06:07 PM
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My Oil Pastel Paintings

In here I will put my oil pastel sketches, they will be finished with oil pastels, but started with ink and grayscale pens.

"Study of Candle Holder"
3×6 inches
Micron 03 pen
Faber-Castell gray scale pens
Caran D'Ache wax pastels

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Old 01-03-2017, 09:19 PM
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Re: My Oil Pastel Sketches

The glow of the color intrigues me. I assume this is Neopastels II and heat. How do you apply heat?
The colors lends a charm to your drawings without obscuring the basic sketch. The piece looks more washed like water color or one of those mediums. I like the choice of colors.
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:27 PM
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Hey, Ratchet. I haven't tried that candle to the Neon 2 crayon in awhile. Maybe I should stay away from candles. I complained to my wife that it was so tricky to light the candle without getting burned. She grabbed one of the jars the candles sit in and said "Honey, tip the jar like this" as she proceeded to touch a match to the wick. When I was playing with this one, I had that same thought about watercolors. I read elsewhere that Neon 2's don't play well with water, though they're advertised as water soluble.
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Lovely abstract! I like your textures combined with the blending.
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That wasn't my intention, haha....but thank you It is a very thick glass object, and I was trying to paint in the distorted shapes of color.
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Christel, please rename my thread to My Oil Pastel Paintings. Thanks
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Hi George, this is an intriguing piece. Awesome way to work with pens and bring in a heavier paint like oil pastels - the compliment of these two mediums is great. I recognize the candle holder, the crystal is like a burst of flower that the candle sets in the middle - you worked in the crystal colors nicely, it's taking on a rich feeling.

Looking forward to seeing more in this series.
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Work in progress
8 x 12 inches
Oil Pastel on MDF

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Looking good so far. What is MDF?
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Medium Density Fiberboard. Mine is 1" thick , so it is really heavy.
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Hi George, looks good - I like how the elements are coming along, a bit of detailing here and there. One area that I wanted to mention (and it could be my eyes) because the floor is of the same value it feels like floor/scene it tilting up toward the door rather be on the same plane.

If the board is that thick what will you do with the sides, are you painting them? Even having my boards cut 3/8" at home depot the boards are still kind of heavy. Makes for an issue with framing and hanging.

I like this thread!!
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Mary, I think I'll just gray gesso the lines. This MDF material doesn't feel very rough, but somehow the sucker is chewing away at the sticks. I'm painting on top of gesso, it feels slightly gummy when using the stick. I can not imagine this board being hung, it's that heavy. Can you imagine it landing on someone? 🙁

Maybe I should adjust the angle of the baseboard upward? It is a very dark scene. Dark house, dark photo. There is light under the door, what if I moved that light closer to the viewer? My wife mentioned that the wall on the right, behind the dresser, is too flush with the door, but that's just a matter of value difference between the wall and the door. It's also one of those things where people are not here, so I am limited with the information I can find.......yet I am trying to let the viewer fill in the blanks.

I really like your rose series. I go from subject to subject so often, one would think I was from Utah. 😁
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Here is an update on the painting I've been working on.



In the post above, I meant I'll just gray gesso the sides. I bet Mary looked and that post and said "I am done for the day" 😅

EDIT: the actual colors of this painting are closer to the previous photo. I forgot that the lighting in the bedroom, where I work on the painting, is incandescent, while the lighting in the studio where I took the photo is under "daylight bulbs". My day is starting off super.
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What a difference in lighting! Looking forward to seeing it finished.
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Do you guys like the first version or the second? I know every poll has its heroes who work to skew the results. 😁
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