“You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat.” Pierre Auguste Renoir
Lily of the Valley, an oil pastel (10×8) was painted on black Mi-Teintes pastel paper with Sennlier, Mungyo-Gallery and Holbein brand oil pastels. Tools used were my fingers for spreading the paint and a razor blade for special effects.
I used to struggled getting a rich dark background to show on black paper, then I made a little discovery – begin lightly coating the background with Senneliers Mars black pastel – the OPs has an oily feel to it and is a wonderful rich black. From there you apply/layer whatever background colors you want to use – the Sennelier black underneath gives a nice foundation to mix with top colors. In this case Indio Blue and Magenta were used to get a rich and very dark feel to the background, although I’m not too sure the photograph has picked up the colors all that well.
Thank you for checking in – hope you enjoy this special bunch celebrating summertime. Click onto the image for a larger view ~
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