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Prairie Elevator: Oil Pastel

Where has the time gone!  I finished this one about a month ago and finally got around to framing it.

I really love the bright colours and am liking the composition.  I debated composing it in landscape orientation, but am happy with how it turned out in portrait orientation.

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Materials:

  • Grumbacher oil pastels (set of 32)
  • Canson bristol paper 9″x12″
  • Spectrafix fixative

The reference photo is courtesy of Trudi Olfert from PaintMyPhoto.

Below is my scrap paper with some experimental scribbles and colour tests.

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Aspen: Rework of an old Favorite

Yesterday, I published a post showing some old sketches of mine.  Amongst them was this pretty little watercolour of a poplar (aspen) tree.  I decided to redo the painting with oil pastels, just for fun.

I am fairly new to pastels and am still trying to work out the glitches.  I would like to master making a seamless background, but all in all, I am really happy with how the painting (drawing? I’m never sure which a pastel piece is) turned out.

Below is the oil pastel artwork made with:

  • Grumbacher oil pastels (set of 36)
  • Canson Bristol paper
  • Derwent Coloursoft coloured pencils

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Below is the watercolour from 2008.

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Only, one month to go until my art show.  Ever year, the small town (Hamlet) I live in hosts one or two art shows and this year I am so excited to be showcasing my work.  I have been busy making artwork, as well as matting and framing and trying to figure out how to price and sell my pieces.  Making the art seems to be the easy (and fun) part.  They rest is a lot of hard work.  I have a new found respect for professional artists, who do this kind of thing all the time.

Early Morning Sky: Pastel

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Now that the weather is starting to warm up in Alberta, Canada, I have been taking my baby on longer walks.  I always take my phone with me, just in case there is something that captures my interest and I would like it as a reference photo for later.  Eventually, I would love to be able to sketch or paint en plein air when out and about, but my baby has little patience for sitting still when there is so much to see.

One thing I love about living on the prairies, are the magnificent prairie skys.  I tried to capture one such sky in the drawing as seen in the picture above, but you really have to see them to believe them.

This piece was completed on Canson XL mixed media paper, using Grumbacher oil pastels and Holbein oil pastels.  The finer details of the trees were drawn using Derwent Coloursoft coloured pencils.  Some Spectrafix workable fixative was used between layers.  My name was etched using a pen lid (high tech stuff)!

I hope you enjoy.