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Oil pastel selfie

Oil pastel selfie

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  • Warming them with a hair dryer as you go works well for soft blending oil pastels Marjorie. The red makes the overall image work nicely.

    Posted by John Inkson on Fri 10 Mar 19:49:43
  • Thanks for that tip John, I would never have thought of that.

    Posted by Marjorie Firth on Fri 10 Mar 19:51:44
  • A lovely self portrait Marjorie

    Posted by David Johns on Fri 10 Mar 19:53:00
  • Nice work Marjorie

    Posted by Jim Morris on Fri 10 Mar 20:03:55
  • Beautiful self-portrait, Marjorie, lovely skin tones.

    Posted by Cesare Romano on Fri 10 Mar 20:53:40
  • Love the smoothness you've obtained with the oil pastel for the skin tones Marjorie. I have a starter set but haven't a clue how to use them. I did do a few experiments and for some reason I was under the impression that you could use a solvent of some kind to thin (?) them out on the support after application. I must have dreamt it because it didn't work!!

    Posted by Fiona Phipps on Fri 10 Mar 21:22:12
  • Lovely work Marjorie. I didn't know about the hair drier either. I've heard about steaming dry pastels though. Well done.

    Posted by Linda Wilson on Fri 10 Mar 21:24:07
  • This is beautiful, Marjorie. Well done!

    Posted by Mia Ketels on Fri 10 Mar 21:28:13
  • Thank you for the positive comments David, Jim and Cesare. Fiona, you weren't imagining it, you can use thinner but Unless you've used a helluva lot of pastel, I think it looks a mess. John and his hairdryer tip sounds promising, I'll try that. I've got some torchons somewhere but just used fingers today. I felt that as the pastel warmed up it moved around better. Also, I used pastel paper - not a good move, you need to use lots to fill in the texture. Mountboard next time.

    Posted by Marjorie Firth on Fri 10 Mar 21:30:27
  • You look so good Marjorie! A brilliant portrait though not as pretty as your photo!!

    Posted by Margaret Beynon on Fri 10 Mar 21:49:44