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Oil Pastelist

The Iris, oil pastel


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin When I started painting, the medium I choose was oil pastels and I was lucky to have found Wetcanvas.   The online artist … Continue reading

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Pink Roses Study, oil pastels


“Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.”  Rembrandt Couldn’t have said it any better – he knew.  Each time I paint with oil pastels they show me what I really … Continue reading

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Red Roses Series, #4 – oil pastel


“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau The red rose painting series continues.  This painting idea came from a photograph I took of red roses picked from yes, my famous red rose … Continue reading

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Red Roses Series, #3 – oil pastel


“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art”, Paul Cezanne This painting happened to be based off of a photograph I took of a bouquet of red roses I picked from a gorgeous rose bush … Continue reading

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Red Roses series, #2 – oil pastels


“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” Claude Monet Mr. Monet, to me was the master of color – he spun the universe of color letting us marvel in his dazzling creations.  Can’t help but chuckle thinking of Monet, … Continue reading

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Red Rose Series #1, oil pastels


“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle Who doesn’t like a rose, I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember – they hold a special meaning for … Continue reading

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Pink Roses in a Vase, oil pastel


“A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” Paul Gardner Pink Roses in a Vase, an oil pastel (8.5 x 5.5) was done on a gesso-prepared hardboard.  The underpainting background was painted with acrylics and the … Continue reading

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Tulip and Glass Study, oil pastel


“I invent nothing, I rediscover.” Auguste Rodin Mr. Rodin described perfectly what I’m striving for, to rediscover our precious world through my paints. Tulip and Glass Study, is an oil pastel (8.5 x 5.5) painted on a gesso-prepared hardboard.  For … Continue reading

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Sunflower Study, oil pastel


I’ve been missing from blogging for the past month or so – my apologies to everyone.  We’re busy with personal projects and I’ve had a bit of an artist block and one really bad painting, so bad in fact that … Continue reading

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Bluebonnets in Texas Springtime, oil pastel


Beautiful quiet expansive fields are not unusual to find in Texas, but in the Spring these barren fields come alive with large patches of wildflowers.  Truly a sight to see ~ Bluebonnets in Texas Springtime, is on oil pastel (8×10) … Continue reading

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