What an Oil Pastel Stick Looks Like

Yesterday you were introduced to oil pastels (OPs).  Four manufacturers that I use were mentioned:  Sennelier, Holbein, Neopastel, and Gallery-Mungyo.  I’ve attached two photo’s at the bottom of this post for you to see what OPs look like.

All four manufacturers sell their OPs either as a set or as individual sticks.  Below are two photos, the first is a Sennelier set I received to use for  landscape paintings.  The next photo shows some Op sticks representing all four brands, as mentioned above.   The Sennelier OPs are in the upper-left corner, Holbein OP is in the upper-right, Neopastel OP is in the lower-left and Gallery-Mungyo is in the lower-right.
OPs can be tacky (sticky in some cases)  and when used can leave paint on your hands (we’ll discuss how to care and paint with Ops in a future post).  Some artists take off the paper wrapping when painting, others don’t.  Still other artists just snap off a piece to paint with.  See the Cerulean Blue Holbein below, I snapped this small piece off when I was painting a sky in an ocean scene.
Have you ever painted with oil pastels?  Have you used OPs from any of the manufacturers mentioned above?

Sennelier Oil Pastel Sticks  

 Oil Pastel Sticks

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2 Responses to What an Oil Pastel Stick Looks Like

  1. cindy knoke says:

    I used to use these! Trust me not well like you!! lol~

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cindy, you are very nice – thank you for the compliment. Although – they are a fun medium, I hope you pick OPs back up and paint with them. You have gorgeous flowers, plus the hummingbirds – they would make fantastic subjects. I hope you have a go at them again!

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