Oil Pastels

What are Oil Pastels?

Often oil pastels are mixed up with soft pastels but in terms of their qualities they are very different.  I explain the differences and give some tips about oil pastels and how they can be used.

Oil pastels I’ve found in my teaching experience are often overlooked and an unpopular medium, usually purchased by mistake instead of soft pastels.  There is great potential with oil pastels however and they are worth a try at least once to explore their possibilities.  

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How can I Learn Painting Techniques?

This was a question I have been asked a few times, especially when a learner wants to be able to paint something specific like hair for example.  Learners can get very hung up about techniques and how to learn them.  Techniques need to be thought of as ways to apply or remove paint to create a visual effect, that is all they really are. Some techniques are extremely simple although at first glance you may not be able to tell how the painter achieved the effect.  Some techniques are more complex and require more of a knowledge of materials.

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