Oil pastels: Learning by Doing

Another experiment with oil pastels.

This is not an art piece. I am not presenting it because I think it’s good. I am presenting this piece because I want to learn from my failures.

With this piece I learnt several things:

  • You can shade by using a darker pastel over the lighter one. You can then leave the strokes as they are or blend them with a paper stump (or your fingers).
  • When you use a paper stump you have to be very careful to use a clean one. Otherwise you get mud instead the lovely colour you are wanting to achieve.
  • When shading you have to be sure where the light comes from and then continue to shade in the same direction.
  • Imagination is fine, but doing a pencil sketch before painting with the oil pastels is not bad at all. It might be helpful for getting a decent composition.

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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

One response to “Oil pastels: Learning by Doing”

  1. plrang says :

    Right, experiments are the best way to know the tool, oil pastels are great , next time I need to check some solvent like a turpentine

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