Fish with Oil pastels
I did this fish quite some days ago in a phase where I focused on oil pastels. I had no photo reference, just a vague idea and a lust for slinging colours.
Now that November has gone and the end of the year is approaching very fast it is the time to look back on 2013. The first half of the year was dedicated to prepare my first group art show, which not only meant producing the paintings I had to show but also thinking about frames and mats. All my exhibits were done with coloured pencils.
In October I bought Neocolors II, the watersoluble crayons from Caran d’Ache and played around with them. And I rediscovered my oil pastels, as you can see in the painting above. At the same time, however, I went digital again with Inkscape and did some vector pieces. I learnt a lot about gradients, opacity and blurs, and how to make a drawing look three dimensional.
In the end, I found out one thing: Whether I draw and paint with pencils, crayons or oil pastels or whether I do it digitally I want to tell stories with my art, and I want to do this in a way where the beholder looks at the piece and invents his or her own story which can be very different from the story which another person looking at the same piece will see in the painting.
I might be tempted to not only draw and paint but also tell a story going with the illustration. Maybe this is something I could do in 2014…