It is autumn here in Australia right now, warm and pleasant days followed by cold nights. In fact our clock went back one hour last night giving us a delicious extra hours sleep. So why you may well ask am I drawing robins with all their winter connotations? I think it is a throw back to my recent winter holiday in Ireland where I was inspired by the sights and sounds of winter.
I have been continuing to explore the oil pastel medium where I scratch the image onto the paper through several layers of pastel. It feels really intuitive for me to use this technique so I would like to see how far I can go with it. It is challenging to place colours where I want them to be when I scratch through the surface. It is also challenging to have a top layer that isn't black so that is what this little experiment has been about.
I love the velvety texture of the oil pastels which gives a mellow bloom to the surface of the paper.
Sorry that the pics are not very sharp but I photographed them rather than scanned them as I am waiting for a new scanner.