For my Sweetheart’s birthday, we went to Blick Art Materials (we’re living the high life, I know!). I could not tell you for a million dollars what he bought because I was in an oil pastel trance. There was a wall of color. The deep, rich, velvety sticks were like little, hypnotic jewels. Except that I wanted to scribble them all over a canvas and grind them into one another and them smear on paper which I don’t normally do with my jewelry.
The sparkle oil pastels were the best. Lightly shimmering in their little trays, I got the feeling they would do all the drawing themselves if I just touched them to a page. I started adding up the cost of taking one each of the pastels home. Yikes.
Better to experiment with the ones I have before selling a kidney to buy more. A few YouTube videos and a box of a friend’s cast off pastels later, I was hopelessly confused. As with most things arty, it’s best to just jump in with both hands (I think).
I like the places in this where the colors overlapped when I smeared them. Which surprises me: I tend to like things cleaner than that. But I think the blending is the best part of pastels. And I promise I didn’t cut the edge off when I was scanning it. I drew this on the edge of my sister’s birthday card and I ‘let’ the card cut off the edge.
I really like this one again because of all the blending. I just love the parts where the colors overlap and become something else. I like how, even when I intend to blur something, I still don’t really know what it’s going to look like until I do it. And this is my favorite. It reminds me (very) vaguely of the fireworks that look like a weeping willow. It looks like a close-up of a flower where the outside petals are out of focus and the inside ones are sharp.
I had a lot of fun doing these. The more messy I made them and the more smearing I did, the more I like the results (for the most part). However, I have almost zero control over what I’m doing neither can I predict what the results will be when i set out to draw something with these. That will come with practice (right?) but I don’t think it’s time to plunk down my life savings at Blick.
Although, there was a large, transparent oil pastel that I have a lot of plans for…