Sunrise and sunset are the highlights of my life. They are the epitome of pure beauty and excitement & they are endlessly unique. If you couldn’t tell by now... I’m really into the sky. 😂
I love oil pastels for their vibrant color and immediacy. After doing watercolors of the sky for so long, it’s been exciting to try out oil pastels on sky scenes instead. It’s a totally different feeling. I’m curious what it will be like to use them en plein air... it’s a little too cold for that right now. (I keep trying, and my fingers only last about 5 minutes before getting painfully cold!) Thankfully I have thousands of photos of the sky to reference until the spring... 😁
This piece will be for sale at @chanceonmain in Pennington this coming Saturday at my pop-up show! Come check it out in real life. ☺️
Colurs: Oil Pastels.
It is one of the many paradoxes of Abstract Expressionism that the roots of the movement lay in the figurative painting of the 1930s. Almost all the artists who later become abstract painters in the 1940s and 1950s were stamped by the experience of the great depression, and they came to maturity whilst painting in styles influenced by Social Realism and the Regionalist movements.
Title "The life of Eve": He took some clay from the ground and made the shape of a woman. Then he breathed gently into the shape. The woman began to live. He called her "eve".
“Looking at Celebrities and Smiling”
9”x12”, oil pastel on Bristol 🌀
“Well, all the Apostles, they’re sitting in swings saying 'I’d sell off my Savior for a set of new rings, and some sandles with the style of straps that cling best to the era.'”
Let's talk oil pastels.
For those who have never used them, they are like crayons but are a bit softer and so you can blend the colors with your fingers.
There are a wide variety of types of oil pastels. Most are made with oil and pigment and are smooth and blendable. Some are not as smooth as others and resist blending. Some are water soluble so after you put them on paper you can add a little water to gain a water color effect.
A lot of adults haven't made art since grade school. If you are one of said such people, try out some oil pastels. They can be quite easy and fun to work with. If you don't like to get your hands dirty, just wear some gloves :) #oilpastels#drawing#art#adult#create#creativitymatters#makeart#arts
Whenever I am starting a new project or series I tend to start by just sitting with my sketchbook and grabbing whatever colours pull me. This 'intuitive' process helps me to organically navigate through an unformed concept/ image that lives only in my mind.
I love starting small, working out all the kinks, figuring out what a piece is "saying" and slowly and gently walking through the process. I've found that by intentionally slowing down and starting from a blank page, I am able to then (when the time is right) translate my little sketches into the larger works, until they reach their final form.
Often people think that with abstract art it's just random marks on a page, thrown together quickly and with little thought.
But I have found that whilst sometimes that may be the case, more often than not, the final painting is the product of weeks (sometimes months) of lingering with an idea and then slowly cultivating till it becomes fully formed.
Each mark I make is considered, each colour I choose, felt. There are only a few happy accidents but for the most part, this process is a labour of love. It takes time and intentionality, and many many draft pages before we reach the end of the story.
I got oil pastels for christmas, and i tried using them. Here is the result.// I can't remeber who this person is. I saved a drawing of them and they were tagged to the text, but since then they have changed their username so i'm really sorry i can't tag them.