I have really appreciated the feedback you give me for my oil pastel trees. You have left me so many positive comments, as well some sales.
Oil pastels as a medium still excites me. In fact tomorrow I am going to a workshop where watercolour and oil pastels as mixed. You can imagine how my eyes lit up when I saw that one advertised!
I still have a lot to learn about colour, but I know that putting some colours side by side will make each one sing. To create with oil pastels I layer marks over other marks, as well as sometimes smudging the marks together. My usual method is to just pick up the colour that seems right; usually this works, but sometimes it doesn’t. I have decided to try more rigour.
So I started my experimenting with a colour wheel.
The triangle in the middle of the wheel shows the hues that make up a split complementary. Those three were my my dark, middle and light tones. What would I get if I limited myself to these six pastel sticks?
First layer were the blue and purple, to create the dark park underneath the canopy. Some smudging to merge the marks.
The browns add some vibrancy.
Adding the light pastels creates the magic because they also smudge the other marks. Can you see how the yellow over the blue has created a blue-green? And how it changes the colour of the browns? So the six original colours have mixed to create more, and unexpected ones too.
The next stage is to draw the ink branches and trunk. In black ink or brown? Probably brown, but maybe not…..
And after that I might have a play with another split complementary.