Brilliant greens, blues, yellows and reds--oil pastels have a wide range of beautiful colors to work with. Compared with traditional pastels, which are harder and have a chalk-like consistency, oil pastels are soft, oily and are a more "painterly" medium.
Instead of mixing colors, as you would with oil paints to get a specific color, you can overlay colors to achieve the color you want. Oil pastels present a very direct way of working and can produce a variety of effects, including, soft, muted shading, subtly blended color passages, vibrant, sweeps and slashes of pure color.
My fun learning project videos show you various oil pastel techniques that can produce stunning drawings.
There is a list of the art materials you will need and which, if you wish, you can easily purchase online at Amazon.com.
The following videos will help you achieve the skills you will need: "A Circle Becomes A Sphere: Shading Exercise," "Working With Oil Pastels," Drawing An Oil Pastel Of Gardenias," Oil Pastel Doodle: Imagination Exercise."
Your demos are great. What a fine way to get used to working with oil pastels. Dave Cornwell
Hi, my name is Pam and I just came across your website, surfing for information for wall mural stencils! I was just lucky with this search, I guess. I currently use acrylics to paint figures which I make from Sculpey/Fimo clay, mostly miniatures. But I have also painted with acrylics trying to learn from art books, but I have never painted anything I really liked that much. So I feel I need to start at the beginning and learn from a pro. Since I am now retired I have a lot of time to do this. Thanks a lot for providing this opportunity. Pam Castanera
Lois, I enjoyed your newsletter and get a lot out of the visual you tubes. Your help and interest in my work keeps me challenged. Janice Stratton
I have always had an interest in drawing, but never the time to take a class. One day I decided to search the web and found your site. I love the fact that it offers not only drawing but other types of art classes. I can't wait to get started, this is soo exciting!
Thanks so much for providing this resource!
Hello Lois....In your introductory e-mail you asked about who I am. I'm retired. As I watched my triplet grandchildren drawing and creating fine looking artwork, I got to thinking about how much I had enjoyed drawing when I was about their age. My recollection is that I was pretty good but in truth probably not as good as my aging memory recalls. I do know, though, that I enjoyed it very much. So one day I sat down with paper and pencil to sketch a masterpiece only to find that all the talent I had as a teenager had been lost somewhere on my journey to senior citizenship. The desire, if not the ability, was there so I began searching the net for drawing lessons. I was surprised to find sites that actually provided free lessons. (I fully expected to pay for lessons) I was most impressed with your site so here I am....hoping to reawaken a long suppressed interest in the art of drawing.
I am a software developer, working at Propalms, living in India.
I decided to go for further studies in industrial designing and visual communications, thats why I searched for some drawing tutorials..and found your website.
Your website is like a treasure. Am happy reading it. This is exactly what I was looking for. I will read it and will keep you posted with my progress.
Again, Thanks a ton