Day 16 – Radishes

16/100 My friend and I were talking about what we are growing in our gardens, and she sent me a picture of some radishes she had! I was so inspired by their beautiful colors I had to paint them. I just sketched them out with oil pastels – I may do an acrylic version later.

Day 85 – Watermelon

I’ve started looking into some more impressionist styles, and I’m trying my hand at it. I’m really loving the work of Erin Hanson. I’m also really loving oil pastels, though it seems they’re a less popular medium. I’d love to start getting into some more complex pieces, but one at a time! Next I might try it with acrylic.

Sennelier oil pastels.

Day 81 – Snow Day

Here’s a little bit of a snowscape to go along with the weather we’ve been having. Sennelier oil pastel. I really worked on layering here, then creating a lot of texture in the clouds and snow. I’m normally not very good with skies but I liked this one.

Day 77 – Aurora Borealis

I used a full range of oil pastels for this piece, unlike the limited palette I’ve used in my last few pieces from my SketchBox. I really enjoyed this one. I could have used pencil to achieve some additional detail but I liked the painterly effects of just the oil pastel.

Day 75 – Lotus

This was another one I did with my SketchBox supplies, 6 colors of oil pastels. You can see my other piece from this month’s box here. I’m not super happy with it, but I kind of gave up because I wasn’t sure what else to do.

Day 72 – Mountains

This was made with the supplies I got from my SketchBox this month- a limited palette of 8 colors. Oil pastel on an itty bitty 4×6 inch Strathmore oil painting paper. It was nice to work on such a small size, since oil pastels in the past have taken me a significant amount of time to complete due to all the layers. I haven’t played with the medium much, but after experiencing the artist grade Sennelier pastels, it’s changed the game for me and I want to learn more.

Day 57 – Horse

This one I was experimenting with trying to do something looser, and doing it in layers to minimize the white underneath. I would change some things next time, but it was a fun piece to do. I’ve included my step photos below.

This is the final layer of pastel.

This was the layer underneath of water soluble oil pastel. I didn’t like the texture and hard lines of the oil pastel – I would probably coat the paper with gesso next time.

This was the painting before applying water to the oil pastel.

The underpainting was done with watercolor pencil.

This was the initial sketch with watercolor pencil before applying water.