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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Red Rose Series #1, oil pastels


The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle

Who doesn’t like a rose, I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember – they hold a special meaning for me and that is why I’ve decided to do a series of paintings with a concentration on red roses, the symbol of love ~ thank you Aristotle!

Red Rose Series, #1, an oil pastel (5×5) painted on Mi-Teintes pastel paper (poppy red).  I was looking for a way to really warm the background of this first painting that would soften the appearance of the rose.  Sennelier oil pastels were used because they are the creamiest of oil pastel brands and spread very easily on pastel paper; my fingers and clay shapers were the tools of choice to paint this piece.

This particular rose was from a dozen that I received from my husband.  Hope you enjoy your weekend.  Thank you for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

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Pink Roses in a Vase, oil pastel


A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” Paul Gardner

Pink Roses in a Vase, an oil pastel (8.5 x 5.5) was done on a gesso-prepared hardboard.  The underpainting background was painted with acrylics and the main medium, oil pastels, were mainly Senneliers (creamy) and Holbein (soft) oil pastels.  Tools used to manipulate and spread the OPs were my fingers, clay shapers and a palette knife.

I’m fascinated with 19th century florals, whether they are painted in a traditional style or impressionist, I feel nothing but admiration for those master artists.   Their ability to control the details, mix colors and manage the technicals like values and edges, etc. is the reason they are considered the top class of their time.  Simply put, their work is fascinating to analyze and learn from.

In the case of my painting, I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Gardner.  I was ready to go in and make a few minor adjustments and realized an “interesting place” was achieved so it was time to stop and let it be.

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Pink Roses in a Vase

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Tulip and Glass Study, oil pastel


I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin

Mr. Rodin described perfectly what I’m striving for, to rediscover our precious world through my paints.

Tulip and Glass Study, is an oil pastel (8.5 x 5.5) painted on a gesso-prepared hardboard.  For this painting the goal was all about developing contrasts in both values and colors – allowing the tulips and vase to standout against a supporting rich dark background.  It was done as a study, I think for a larger size I’d paint the tulips more fluid with taller stems and the vase as long-necked – that would probably get me the vision for this piece I’m after.

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Tulip and Glass Study

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Sunflower Study, oil pastel


I’ve been missing from blogging for the past month or so – my apologies to everyone.  We’re busy with personal projects and I’ve had a bit of an artist block and one really bad painting, so bad in fact that it shook my confidence to continue painting.  A break was needed from both painting and blogging giving myself a little space.

I’m slowly getting back into painting.  For now I’m concentrating my work on developing studies devoted to backgrounds and still life’s mainly flowers, but I know that other subjects will come into play.  Not all of the paintings were successful, but elements in each are definitely useful for developing larger paintings.

Sunflower Study, is an oil pastel (8.5 x 5.5) painted on a gesso-prepared board.  The background was done with acrylics with the flower, leaves and vase produced using oil pastels.  It was an interesting project, because the background kept revealing some neat patterns that I was able to develop the leaves and vase off of.

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Sunflower Study

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Bluebonnets in Texas Springtime, oil pastel


Beautiful quiet expansive fields are not unusual to find in Texas, but in the Spring these barren fields come alive with large patches of wildflowers.  Truly a sight to see ~

Bluebonnets in Texas Springtime, is on oil pastel (8×10) done on a gesso prepared hardboard.  This scene is one of the fields that we saw during our recent trip to Ennis.  It seemed rather ordinary, but taking a second look there were some elements that made this scene real interesting.  This little beauty showed itself to be a great subject for a painting.

Using acrylic a three-toned purple underpainting was layed down (very light for the sky, slightly darker for the mid-ground and then darker still for the foreground) – I wanted to cool down the yellow and greens.  The sky was completely clouded, so blue was added to harmonize with the bluebonnets.

Did you know that Texas wildflowers love any kind of dirt to grow?  You’d be surprised to see how easily they come up year-after-year in hard Texas black clay and rocky fields – talk about determination!  Thanks for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.

Bluebonnets in Texas Springtime

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