Wednesday, February 07, 2018

On My Easel - Cowhands - oil pastel figurative

I've been fooling with this oil pastel on Pastelbord, 6 x 12".  Don't really know where it's headed and I may just paint a similar one in oil - yeah, the more I think about it....with much more work to do, especially on the cattle.  Thanks for stopping by!

10 comments:

John Simlett said...

Like the way this one's going, Connie. Will watch out for the oil painting

hmuxo said...

I think an oil painting similar to this scene would be amazing. I love the way you painted the cattle... Nice work Connie.

Jessrose21 said...

Hi Connie, I've been lurking around your blog for a few months and just love your work! I especially love your oil pastel portrait paintings. The way you paint skin is just stunning. I have a set of Mungyo Artist oil pastels and six Senneliers that I've played with a little. Do you have any tips for beginners for surfaces to practice on? Most of the time I don't even know how to begin an oil pastel work! I'm only familiar with watercolor.

I also wanted to alert you to a sale on all oil pastels at Jackson's Art website in England. $1.77 for a Sennelier oil pastel! Super cheap shipping to America too, though it takes a couple weeks, it's worth the savings.

Jessica

hmuxo said...

I think an oil painting similar to this scene would be amazing. I love the way you painted the cattle... Nice work Connie.

Jane said...

Definitely not an easy painting but wonderfully done, and in oil it is going to be amazing !

Connie Chadwell said...

Thank you, Jane - I'm so happy to hear from you - delighted you visited my blog!

Connie Chadwell said...

Hi Jess - so happy you found my blog! As for oil pastels - maybe a good way to start is to just to smear them on a piece of paper - Sennelier is great for this - and treat as a sgraffito by scratching into the support underneath, making a design. That's always fun. Then try blending two colors together to get the feel of oil pastel and how it works. Sennelier is really the top brand, although I also use Caran d'Ache, Holbein and CrayPas Specialists now and then. Never had much luck with Mungyo. I always just draw a gesture or a 'sort of' figure and go from there, painting loosely and without getting too tight. Maybe toward the end, I make it more distinct, but I see so many great oil pastels that are more abstract and/or atmospheric, which is one of the wonderful things about this medium - it can be used however you want to use it. So just play around with it and I'll bet you end up loving it!

Connie Chadwell said...

Hi Hilda - the cattle gave me fits - glad you think they're okay - thank you!

Connie Chadwell said...

Hi John - this one was a challenge - thanks so much for your kind words!

Aimeslee W. said...

It's gorgeous but it hurts my eyes, looks fuzzy, out of focus. I am curious to see what you do with this because it is a very nice rendering so far. xoxo