18 May 2015

Spring Vines in Provence oil pastel painting

Spring Vines in Provence
Oil Pastel landscape painting
20x15cm (approx 8x6")
On black card coated with pastel ground

It's always a nice drive through the vineyards and one of my favourite things to do. In the spring time the bright greens give a lively impression bursting with life full of promise for the next harvest.

About this painting
I coated the card with colorfix primer which gives the surface a tooth that the oil pastel can grip onto. It allows layering with the oil pastels without mixing.

I used harder pastels, mostly galleria to begin and finished off using Sennelier oil pastels. The Senneliers are soft and buttery and 'sit' on top of the harder pastel.

How it would look framed

08 May 2015

Provence Pines, next in series of colourful trees

Provence pines
oil palette knife painting
30x30cm (approx 12"x12") on 1.5" deep gallery wrapped canvas.

The third of my impressionist/expressionist treescapes this time painted in oil with a palette knife. I'm finding it hard not to over blend those strokes but the colour is definitely more vibrant.