Thursday, January 29, 2009
Morning Becomes Electric in Oil Pastel
The subject matter fascinated me, and I decided to try it in pastel on black paper. Perhaps it's the learning curve with a new medium, but I'm not entirely sure I like oil pastel. I really detest my light green, which was too close to hospital green, and I struggled to mix it in with yellow and white to bump it up. My colour range is much more limited in oils but I expected to mix any colour I wanted. It wasn't so, as my colours just seem slightly off from what they should be. I have some really good colours in pencil that mix just like my watercolour palette so I was surprised when the oils didn't behave the same way. They seemed dull and slightly chalky, and more than two layers got muddy. Also, I think the size I worked in (11"x14") along with the details would have been better in pencils. While I still prefer the freshness of my coloured pencil work better, I do like the painterly effect happening in the trees.
It's a learning experience.
PS. For those that know about these things, the brands of pastel are Holbein & Mungyo.