12"x14" Pastels on watercolor paper, FirstPastel @ 2009 NinaRuthie
I took an afternoon workshop last weekend at The San Diego Art Department on Ray Street in North Park, which is in my San Diego neighborhood. I learned all about the wonders of oil pastels. After we experimented using oil pastels with different mediums, we were told to copy a Georgia O'Keefe painting. I choose a bright orange and red flower. I ruined the top half of the flower, so I folded the paper in half and am showing only the bottom half; which was done entirely with oil pastels. I fell in love with them and went to Dick Blick's to pick up a set of the best oil pastels for the money, as recommended by the teacher, Susan Osborn. I chose Expressions by Cray Pas, which cost only $22. I'll definitely be doing a lot more drawings with this medium. The colors are much brighter in person. I used my BlackBerry camera phone to take these pics, so they are aren't exact. I'll use my good camera for the finished images. And yes, I intend to finish each of these pieces.
12"x12" stretched canvas; working title Pink Dress @ 2009 NinaRuthie
I painted this after my class last month with the wonderful artist Pam Carriker. She has the softest, prettiest backgrounds, so this is close to how we did it in class. I painted the base yellow ochre with nickel azo gold over it. Then I collaged vintage and music text, added more paint, including a burnt sienna to darken the edges. I stamped with permanent ink some birds, a feather and more text. The next step will be to cover a foam stamp with white gesso and add more paint layers over that, more stamping and some neocolor 2 crayons over that, before the final image is added. I'm building a female in a pink dress as the focal point. I used Golden fluid acrylics in all of my paintings in this post.
I added more layers of paint, then painted white gesso on three different stencils. I'm not happy with this color, so many layers of paint will go over all of this until I'm happy with the color. I want a pinkish-yellow color like I had in part 1. I used rose madder and nickel azo gold. After more layers of paint, added collage music and vintage text, some German scrap in a copper colored and some keys; I'll add some stamping, punchinella and words to finish it. I think it will say, "Love is the Key."