Wetcanvas has a running monthly challenge in the oil pastel forum and one of the subjects for June was a Hummingbird. I couldn’t resist the little guy.
This 5×7 oil pastel was painted on an artist canvas board, quite cheap – but okay for today as this was only for the challenge and I wanted the practice. But, here is the problem with this little cheap board – a coat of clear gesso needs to be applied before layering oil pastels or the surface goes slick real quick. Then you’re constantly running after the paint, it bleeds and all sorts of bad things – forget fine details they aren’t going to happen. Let’s just say it was my last board and I didn’t take the time to clear gesso it – so I got what I paid for. I’m very happy to move onto my more reliable surfaces.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy ~