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View Poll Results: What needs do you have that you would like to see an Oil Pastel Association meet?
Opportunity to be a part of worldwide group of oil pastelists 63 77.78%
Membership recognition with accreditation 38 46.91%
News of what's happening in the oil pastel realm 55 67.90%
Online Demonstrations 56 69.14%
Member bio/artist statement with artwork on group site 39 48.15%
Opportunity to participate in juried shows 46 56.79%
Opportunity to participate in online shows 56 69.14%
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As individual oil pastel artists, we each have needs. I'm interested in finding out what needs you have that you feel an oil pastel association could or should meet. I've set up a poll so that you can get some ideas and just choose or if you want to add other priorities which you feel a society could address, please add that to the discussion.

This is not a discussion for the business of setting up a group....it's purpose is to give everyone the opportunity to say why they would want to be a part of an organization and how that organization could meet their needs.

As an update, I can say that a website is being set up to make it easier for us to grow toward becoming an oil pastel society, and this will help tremendously in knowing what our priorities should be toward members (when we have some )
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Re: What Needs Should an oil pastel society fill?

....oh....and purchasing every new member a set of Sennelier is not an option!!
Although it's a legitimate need
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Re: What Needs Should an oil pastel society fill?

Okay, if you won't spring for the Senneliers, then I guess the full set of Holbeins is totally out of the question.

One more need I can think of is to expand awareness of oil pastels as a legitimate medium. So that when I say I work in oil pastels, I won't get that confused, blank look from the listener, or the reply, "Isn't that what the kids use?".
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I didn't think online demos were so important but the rest were and agree with Eileen...my husband teases me about my 'crayons'. The society needs to promote understanding and acceptance of oil pastels as a legitimate medium first and foremost. This benefits every member.
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One more need I can think of is to expand awareness of oil pastels as a legitimate medium. So that when I say I work in oil pastels, I won't get that confused, blank look from the listener, or the reply, "Isn't that what the kids use?".
I agree that this is a very important goal. I also get the blank stare and have to fall back on describing OPs as drawing with crayons or lipstick.
And within the WDE forum, there has been a lot of surprise that my paintings are OP.
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a good point...we all need to show the capabilities of this medium and that means getting it out in the public eye as much as possible.
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I didn't think online demos were so important but the rest were and agree with Eileen...my husband teases me about my 'crayons'. The society needs to promote understanding and acceptance of oil pastels as a legitimate medium first and foremost. This benefits every member.

Ditto....
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Re: What Needs Should an oil pastel society fill?

Great feedback! everyone. Believe it or not the awareness of soft pastels is also very limited (not with the pastel artist...but with the public). I am constantly explaining what soft pastels really are....even to some who want to take classes with them. So, if a medium which is older and more well known also has a problem with 'understanding', think how much more oil pastels would be unknown.

One thing I've begun to say when anyone asks me what I'm painting with is...
"I'm painting with the same medium that was created for Picasso...it's oil pastels"

They seem to think that if Picasso had something to do with them...they must be more legitimate
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I don't know my art history well, did any other famous artist use them much? Not everyone gets thrilled at cubist work lol....
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I don't know my art history well, did any other famous artist use them much? Not everyone gets thrilled at cubist work lol....

Picasso did a lot of really wonderful non-cubist figure work as well.

I looked through a gallery of his work, and the mediums are listed as oil or pastel, but not "oil pastel." If Picasso had these things *made* for him and HIS work isn't listed as "oil pastel," I have to wonder how many oil pastel paintings are misattributed as either oils or pastels....
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anyone else think the colored bars for the poll responses look like an introductory pastel set?
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Re: What Needs Should an oil pastel society fill?

Sue, the reason I throw out Picasso is because it's a well known name and he's accepted as a 'famous' artist! Of course, Sennelier did create oil pastels to meet his needs as an artist...so the connection is there.

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I know I just know some people that wouldn't think it was a good connection lol! I saw once that some other famous artists used them too, but forgot where I saw it...really, I've mentioned Picasso too, but does anyone know who else famous has used oil pastels, for curiosity's sake? It's good to know our oil pastel history

ok...back to the discussion at hand!
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Re: What Needs Should an oil pastel society fill?

Frank Stella and Rothko are two that come to mind right away.
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