But I've also been busy working - just finished playing with the Sennelier Oil Pastels again (hence the title, painting with lipstick), this time on canvas. I did a portrait of my son Caleb, who's 26.
While I enjoyed working on canvas with the oil pastels, I didn't think about the ramifications until after I had framed the piece.
Oil pastels never dry out! They stay sticky!
The canvas is framed in a beautiful frame - but it is open to the air. And because the pastels are applied fairly thickly, there is a relief to the image.
Now this might not seem too bad , except for the following:
- I have a dog
- I have a dog that sheds copiously
- I like to open the door/windows to let fresh air in
- I have a fireplace I use on a regular basis
Since oil pastels don't dry out, they can't be dusted, because the dust will adhere to the sticky surface, which stays movable - so if I try to 'rub' the dust off, I end up mushing the pastels, and messing up the portrait.
OY! Guess I'll have to figure out how to put it under glass.
In the meantime, I will start using paper as a base, and coat it with gesso to seal the surface so the oil doesn't affect the paper. I'll also do larger paintings - Sennelier pastels are about the size of lipsticks, and so soft you can't really get a point on them - so they're suited to larger images. Think I'll try a landscape next :-)
I've started work - finally - on the charcoal portrait of Yves that I talked about some 3 or 4 blogs ago. Should have it finished within the next couple of weeks, and will post it to the Transom then.
In the meantime, happy St. Patrick's Day!