Ever say yes and then wondered “oh no, what have I gotten myself into?” Well I was asked to take part in a Wetcanvas Oil Pastel forum monthly challenge – these folks are near and dear to my heart, I really couldn’t say no. I decided to take a normal beautifully focused reference photograph and change the flowers to a more impressionist – loose style. Yep and then I wondered whatever did I get myself into – this is where working loosely with charcoal helped me out.
Wild Strawberry Flowers, an oil pastel (10×6.5) was painted on a gesso prepared hardboard surface using mainly Senneliers, Holbeins and Neopastel OPs. For this painting I started with an acrylic underpainting, then two coats of clear gesso to give the surface some tooth. A paint brush was used for the watery underpainting that allowed some of the surface to show through, plus the brush gave the surface some nice textures that I used to the advantage of the look I was after. The underpainting helped establish a base for the background of the scene. Once set, oil pastels were used to complete the painting.
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Reference image was from Paul Anderson, moderator of the Wetcanvas OP Monthly Challenge.
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