Digging (into) oil pastels

While getting my feet wet with the ROCKETEER podcast I’ve also been working hard at my art. I’ve become interested in oil pastels recently, in an effort to jump out of a painting rut and also to improve the quality of some elements of my portraiture work. Oil painting has a lot to offer, but is unsuitable for my current small studio. And while you can get similar effects from Acrylic paints, there is something very satisfying about oils that I miss. I decided to try out oil pastels and see where they took me. I’ve done several pieces to date and am pleased with the results. Here they are, in order of creation. I have a new piece on my easel right now, I’ll show it off when it’s done.

“Perlino,” Oil pastels on Pastelmat. Copyright Sara Light-Waller, 2024. All rights reserved.
“Cremello,” Oil pastels on velour paper. Copyright Sara Light-Waller, 2024. All rights reserved.
“Myrna Loy,” Oil pastels on velour paper. Copyright Sara Light-Waller, 2024. All rights reserved.
“Archery Girl” Oil pastels on velour paper. Copyright Sara Light-Waller, 2024. All rights reserved.

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