Oil pastel in progress

Trillium, Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

Recently I started working with oil pastels and found I really love them. They are like drawing and painting tools put together, and very immediately expressive. I’m still learning how to use them, but like the progress I’ve made so far.

One of the things I enjoy that’s also a challenge is blending colors on the paper. There’s no pre-mixing like you can do with paints. It all happens when you put the colors down. It can turn out great, or not so much.

But it’s fun and gotten me interested in in working more again, exploring what I can do with them. I’ve been looking a long time for a medium that really speaks to me, one I can use to express images and feelings, without the need to be too perfect about it. Hopefully that’s where I’m headed with this new tool.