Splendid, oil pastel


“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”  – Leonardo da Vinci

Splendid, an oil pastel (10×8) painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using Senneliers, Holbeins and Mungyo-Gallery oil pastels.  This was an interesting painting to develop, I was nearly done – when all of a sudden the background screamed “change me” (had to wait until the end, lol).  So a few good scrapes with a razor took many layers of paint off and on came some darks to the lower right-hand side of the background of prussian blue, magenta and sap green – hopefully giving the flower what it needed to standout.

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Splendid

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Lily of the Valley, oil pastel


 “You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.” Pierre Auguste Renoir

Lily of the Valley, an oil pastel (10×8) was painted on black Mi-Teintes pastel paper with Sennlier, Mungyo-Gallery and Holbein brand oil pastels.  Tools used were my fingers for spreading the paint and a razor blade for special effects.

I used to struggled getting a rich dark background to show on black paper, then I made a little discovery – begin lightly coating the background with Senneliers Mars black pastel – the OPs has an oily feel to it and is a wonderful rich black.  From there you apply/layer whatever background colors you want to use – the Sennelier black underneath gives a nice foundation to mix with top colors.  In this case Indio Blue and Magenta were used to get a rich and very dark feel to the background, although I’m not too sure the photograph has picked up the colors all that well.

Thank you for checking in – hope you enjoy this special bunch celebrating summertime.  Click onto the image for a larger view ~

Lily of the Valley

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Field of Flowers, oil pastel


Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” Georgia O’Keeffe

This painting was started in May and left against a wall in my studio because I couldn’t quite produce what I was envisioning.  I happened to notice it today and thought why not give it another go ~

Field of Flowers, an oil pastel (11×14) that was painted on a gessoed-prepared hardboard using mainly Neopastels, Holbeins and Senneliers.  There was a lot of scraping with a razor and a painters knife for a variety of effects.  It was a scene from our Spring trip to Ennis, TX this year to see the wildflowers.

You might not have seen me around, I’ve been recovering from a shoulder injury so painting and blogging these days have been limited.  Thanks for checking in ~

Field of Flowers

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Flowers in a Teapot, oil pastel


WordPress notified me that I’ve hit my 4th anniversary in this wonderful blogging community, that’s cause to celebrate.

Thank you to all who have followed and/or visited my blog, the last stat shows some 204,300 visits – a number that blows my mind.  Thank you also for taking such an active interest in my art, all your comments mean the world to me and are appreciated more than you know.  My virtual friends, you are the only ones who get to see my work – your time and response is something I don’t take for granted.

The original purpose for the blog was to see how people would react to my art, but over time I also use it to maintain a level of discipline to keep producing and posting.  It allows  me to stay in the game and develop my creative muse.

I’ve enjoyed and am grateful for our unique friendships, it’s time then to start year #5.

Flowers in a Teapot (oil pastels, 8×10) – painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper.  My gift of thanks to you ~ click onto the image for a larger view. 

Flowers in a Teapot

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Red Rose Series #5, oil pastels


“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.”  Henri Matisse

Perhaps Matisse was speaking to me as I painted the latest in my red rose series, as the oil pastels melted between my fingers and one line stroke blurred into the other.  Painting a rose today was a lesson in forgetting every rose that came before ~

Red Rose series #5, an oil pastel (7×5) was painted on ochre tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper using mainly Sennelier and Holbein brands.  Besides using my fingers as a painting tool, a painters knife and razor blade helped to create depth, and fractured color and light within the painting.

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Red Rose series 5

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The Iris, oil pastel


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

When I started painting, the medium I choose was oil pastels and I was lucky to have found Wetcanvas.   The online artist community has an oil pastel forum that was run by Pat Isaac, an incredible artist, teacher, and who for years tirelessly gave of herself to many of us trying to learn the medium and get better as artists.  Not only did she devote countless hours to the site, but also was co-founder of the international Oil Pastel Society.

Pat recently passed away, I lost a mentor and someone whom I held in the highest esteem – a friend who will be missed.  Pat had enough confidence in my ability, as a young artist, to ask me to become a guide to others on the Oil Pastel Forum (Wetcanvas) – the quote from Benjamin Franklin seemed fitting here.

The Iris, an oil pastel (10×8) was done on cream tinted Mi-Tientes pastel paper using mainly Senneliers and Holbeins oil pastel brands.

I was very fortunate to have had Pat visit my blog a couple weeks ago, knowing that I was struggling she left an encouraging comment – I like to think a beautiful gift.  Here’s to Pat – thank you my friend  .  .  .  click onto the image for a larger view.

The Iris

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Pink Roses Study, oil pastels


Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.”  Rembrandt

Couldn’t have said it any better – he knew.  Each time I paint with oil pastels they show me what I really don’t know – practicing and learning, the combination that keeps me moving forward in creativity.

Pink Roses Study, an oil pastel (4×6) was painted on cream tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper.  The study is small (photograph taken quite close so it’s a little distorted especially when you view the image in a larger size) because I wanted to try a new technique, but also to see whether the composition would hold up for a larger painting  – I like how it developed.  No white was used in this painting, the petal highlights were done with cream.  I’m not sure whether to keep with the cream or go deeper with the values of the petals to eliminate some of the lightness w/the highlights – have to sleep on it.

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Pink Roses Study

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Red Roses Series, #4 – oil pastel


It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

The red rose painting series continues.  This painting idea came from a photograph I took of red roses picked from yes, my famous red rose bush.  I really enjoyed placing small bundles of these red roses throughout our home ~ they were gorgeous roses to look at during the summer months.

Red Roses Series #4, is an oil pastel painting (10×8) done on red poppy tinted Mi-Teintes pastel paper.  When my photograph was taken the vase of roses was against a light colored wall – that didn’t work for the theme of my series.  Creatively the painting developed in much the same manner as the others – in this case I substituted the colors for what I saw in my minds-eye, but used the same values.

We’ve been away to attend a nieces wedding, a beautiful blushing bride and happy couple. I might add!  Glad to be back and looking forward to catching up with everyone.

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Red Rose Series 4

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Red Roses Series, #3 – oil pastel


“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art”, Paul Cezanne

This painting happened to be based off of a photograph I took of a bouquet of red roses I picked from a gorgeous rose bush we had in our front yard.  It was our favorite bush, but sadly this was the last batch of roses I was able to cut as the bush succumbed to the rosette virus that is deadly to rose bushes.   So you could say that a lot of emotion went into the making of this painting ~ thank you Mr. Cezanne, he was so right.

Red Roses Series #3, an oil pastel (10×8) was painted on Mi-Teintes pastel paper (poppy red).  The paper provided an overall warm undertone to the otherwise dark background that allowed the bouquet of red roses to stand on their own as they are surrounded with a soft warm glow of light reflecting off the table surface.  Sennelier and Holbeins OPs were used because of their creaminess and beautiful array of colors – both brands worked well for the look and feel I was after in this piece.

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Red Roses series #3

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Red Roses series, #2 – oil pastels


Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet

Mr. Monet, to me was the master of color – he spun the universe of color letting us marvel in his dazzling creations.  Can’t help but chuckle thinking of Monet, I can appreciate where he was coming from as I worked with red in my latest painting.  Red, the color of passion and romance – but in this case I was feeling a bit of torment as I tried developing an intensity and richness to the roses.

Red Roses series, #2 is an oil pastel (10×8) painted on Mi-Teintes pastel paper (poppy red).  This paper allowed for an overall warm undertone to the painting, giving way for a nice dark background letting the roses take center stage.  Sennelier OPs were used because of their creaminess which works beautifully on the pastel paper.  The roses in the painting took on a very warm orange-red and I ultimately thought, well-okay let them have their day in the sun.   The tools used were my fingers, clay shapers and a straight-edge razor blade for scraping/scratching back and revealing the poppy red paper surface to come through.

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Red Rose series # 2

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