I thought I’d share my latest work-in-process (WIP) called, Tulip Stems, in oil pastels. This painting will probably take three or four more days, so I’ll try to get one or two more updates before I post the final.
There are several reasons for this particular oil pastel being painted on a 12×16 surface. First, I am experimenting with a different larger-sized surface, it’s a light blue pre-tinted pastel paper (normally used for soft pastels) that won’t allow for a wet underpainting of any kind and it’s semi-textured, without a sandy-grit surface. This means the oil pastel is applied directly onto the paper, the number of layers will be limited because of the light texturing and will make spreading the OPs more difficult and challenging. Second, I wanted to try my hand at a larger floral without a lot of complexity, I haven’t painted flowers in 12×16 size before so this is my second challenge.
I’ve attached three images. The first image is my sketch of the still life done in white pencil so it blends into the oil pastel as the OPs are applied:
The second image shows the initial background layers (~ 4 layers) of oil pastels have been applied so far. The background for this piece is a cloth – so more detail will be applied once the flowers are completed. Because it’s a no-grit surface it’s very difficult to spread the OPs – about three hours of work on this stage. What you see doesn’t show too much different from the tinted paper, but it actually is and will show itself as the WIP progresses. The three hours was because there’s no grit to grab the oil pastel:
The third image shows the first tulip stem and leaves being worked on. This first stem is my basis for color and technique for all the rest of the stems: