Monday, January 07, 2008

Nude with Greens and Blues - oil pastel nude

I often use oil pastel on black paper, but this time I gessoed a 5x7" "Hardbord" panel and then brushed on black acrylic. When that was dry, I used oil pastel to paint the nude from a drawing done in a life drawing group. It was really tough to get the acrylic to accept the oil pastel, especially the Sennelier. I think it was because of the pronounced brush marks I left when I applied the acrylic, plus I applied the gesso with a roller that was really for a rough surface. So I brought this on myself. Working with tiny strokes, however, got the job done, in addition to using some Caran d'Ache oil pastels, which sometimes seem to work better on rough surfaces.
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