The word challenge this week had two that I thought would fit perfectly with an old cement entryway.
Old Gate is an oil pastel painting is 5×7 in size. The piece was painted on tinted Yellow Ochre pastel paper. The surface is not one that accepts a wet underpainting so this was painted with only oil pastels. Because there is no grit on the surface it makes for pushing oil pastels around a bit more difficult, so I used mainly Senneliers which is a very creamy brand of oil pastels that eased the tension for spreading the OP around. The texture on the cement walls came about by adding many layers in a variety of colors, using a stump to spread and drag across the OP, and then dragged harder oil pastels across the last few layers. This left the impression of cement cracks/crevices and old stains.
Outside gates and entryways have always held an appeal to me and for the longest time I’ve wanted to do a painting series on outside gates and entryways. I thought with this weeks challenge it would be a good time to get my feet wet with this subject – this is my first time painting an old cement entryway. I learned a lot with this piece and will definitely do more in the future using a different surface so it can be prepared in a way that’s more conducive for painting this type of subject.