Art Blog » Category: pastels
Well over a year ago, nearly two years ago now, I think, a friend sent me some photographs of her boat to render in watercolor. Somehow the project never actually got off the ground. I’ve pulled the photos out now, and am sketching them in oil pastels. Perhaps they’ll live in watercolor someday as well. Here’s the boat and here’s the paddle.
Looks like I’m getting sucked in by oil pastels, a medium I haven’t worked with in a little while. This drawing is based on a photo I took of Luna, a wonderful canine living in Santa Cruz, CA. She’s mellow, though always up for a walk, and is here captured while taking a nap on the couch.
Here’s the second piece inspired by the lovely photographs of Mary Schwalm. This elephant turned out to be more colorful than I’d anticipated. As usual, I tried to match the colors of my drawing to the photograph, but find myself quite constrained by the colors available in my oil pastel box — this is different from watercolors, where I can create any color I want. I think it’s a blessing in disguise.