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Oil Pastelist

Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: All 15 Painting Studies


Here is the collection of all 15 oil pastel paintings for the rocks and boulders studies.  It was a good challenge, with a wide-range of subjects allowing me to learn about their shapes, forms, textures and values. Thanks for following … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: The Range, #15


Well now I finally reached the end of the 15-painting rock/boulder challenge – took a bit more time than anticipated but I’m happy that I undertook it. The Range, (6×8) oil pastel was completed on cream tinted Mi-Teintes Pastel paper … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – rocks/boulders: Secret Doorway, #14


Coming to a close with my study of rocks and boulders, here’s #14.  This particular scene attracted me because of the wall of rocks and what looks like a boulder doorway  .  .  .  thought this could be interesting for … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – Rock/Boulders: Autumn Steps, #13


Well what do you know, finally got #13 done in my rock/boulder studies!  I can’t give up on the studies especially when I only have two to go ~ so I was thrilled to get this scene done.  I’ve wanted … Continue reading

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Study of Dark Skin Model – (original drawing by William Maughan)


My latest study, as I continue to learn how to draw portraits, was from a book that I’m reading by William Maughan, that I’ll be writing a book review post on at a later date. This portrait (9×6) was drawn … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing: Strands of Silk, a pictorial of the process


Here is a pictorial of the process for drawing Strands of Silk – it was a great project to work on.  Stay tuned for next Thursday’s start of a brand new drawing project. Thanks for checking in and sticking with … Continue reading

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Practice – Slanted Head Drawing


A quick practice drawing today of a slanted head:   graphite pencils 2H and HB on sketch drawing paper.  Going forward I’ll pay attention to proper proportions, forms and correct value placement and expect my learning curve to get real steep … Continue reading

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Charcoal Study of Richard W. Hale, Jr. – (original by John Singer Sargent)


Whoever said portraits are easy?  This little guy gave me a run for my money – the challenge was keeping Richard Jr. looking like a youngster (of perhaps 10-12 yrs) instead of a middle-age teenager with worry.  John Singer Sargent … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing – Strands of Silk, final


Here she is, my final second seascape in graphite and again I’m amazed at how rich a seascape can be developed with this medium. Strands of Silk (6×9) was drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum using graphite pencils 4H, 2H, HB, … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders: Brown River Rocks, #12


Here’s #12, getting close to my goal of 15 studies of rocks and boulders. Brown River Rocks is an oil pastel (5×7) painted on beige Mi-Teintes pastel paper using mainly Senneliers brand of OPs.  Because it’s a small painting clay … Continue reading

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