I recently found my oil pastels and decided to have a play. Do you remember when you were a little kid making images with crayons where you would put lots of colours on the page, cover them with a darker colour and scratch an image out? Maybe it was just me! The images I produced became more developed as I progressed in this experimentation, for instance the tree in the first image is less intense in colour than the second image of the tree.
I love the way you can produce an image by scratching your particular method of mark making onto
the oil pastel. It is almost a way of sculpting an image by using a sharp tool. No two images will ever be the same as the mark making is random.
It is possible to manipulate the random nature of the colour by choosing where to place the colours on the bottom layer.
The image above had the hue changed in Photoshop to produce a different feel.
This method of image making produces images which are full of texture and which have an ethereal feel.