I enjoy using oil pastels to create portraits in addition to coloured pencils and acrylics, and I find it to be one of the most versatile mediums available. When it comes to creating beautiful and unique works of art, oil pastels offer an unmatched finish that can be applied to any subject with ease.
One of my latest portraits is of our late black Labrador Haze.
When creating my oil pastel paintings, I use professional pastel brands such as Sennelier and Caran d'Ache. One of the most significant advantages of using Sennelier and other soft pastel brands is their superior coverage and pigmentation. These pastels offer a rich and vibrant color that makes each stroke stand out and come to life. On the other hand, harder pastels such as Neopastel enable me to produce fine lines, which is essential when creating intricate details and textures in my portraits.
When it comes time to store or frame my oil pastel portraits, I always take great care to ensure that they are protected. Since oil pastels never dry, it is highly recommended to store them in a secure location until they are framed. When framing, I highly recommend using glass to prevent debris such as hair and dust particles from damaging the painting's surface. Improper removal of debris can damage the painting's surface, but using glass can prevent this from happening.
It is important that a spacer is present between the painting and glass. This is done to prevent them from touching and adhering to each other, which can cause irreversible damage to the artwork. The spacer is a thin strip that adheres to the glass surface, creating a gap between it and the glass. When viewed from a close distance and at an angle, the spacer can be seen, but it is designed to be discreet and does not detract from the artwork itself. The material used for this oil pastel painting is known as acrylic glass. This particular product boasts exceptional durability and a reduced risk of breakage.
Overall, oil pastels are an incredibly versatile and beautiful medium that can create stunning works of art. Should you wish to inquire about ordering an oil pastel portrait, please get in touch.
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After recently losing our Springer Spaniel, Christmas will be a little subdued in our house, but our three Labradors were still happy to open their presents. I took three old gift bags, and put sellotape over the top so they had to work out how to get to the smelly bone inside. It was rather eventful and I thought I'd share some photos of the unwrapping.
Storm - Happy with the world!
Our Storm is about 8½ and an extremely affectionate dog. He loves toys, particularly furry ones, having dragged our Springer round the garden one evening, because he found the fur around the neck of his winter coat, and thought it was for him. When I gave him his gift bag with the bone in the bottom, he was simply happy to carry the gift bag around the garden for a bit before laying on his back for a tummy tickle.
When I attempted to take his gift bag off him, he then thought we were playing a game of tug before the bag began to give way. At that moment, he shredded the bag to pieces, enjoying every moment, and then grabbed the bone. He was off, leaving me to tidy up after him!
Haze - The greedy dog
Haze is 7 in January and an absolute gannet! He knew there was food in his gift bag, and desperate to get to it ignoring my calls of 'Sit' for the camera. He wasn't interested in playing with a gift bag that he had never seen before, he could smell food and that's all he cared about.
He ripped the bag only as much as he needed, before sticking his nose right in and pulling the bone out. I can tell you that it did not last long after that.
Switch aka Titch - A bit confused...
Titch is about 12 now and his eyesight isn't as good as it was. Having never seen a gift bag before, he had no idea what he was supposed to do with it. Should he chew it, avoid it or wee on it? He could hear me encouraging him to play with it so picked it up and tried to give it to me, knowing he usually gets a treat for such tasks.
After more coaxing he gently put his head in the bag...was he going to get the bone? No, he was somewhat confused because now the gift bag was stuck on his head, and took it a walk round the garden, banging into the dustbin before I took it off him and gave him his bone.
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2019!
Karen M Berisford
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