Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Box of Oil Pastels

Woman on Black Beach
Oil pastel sketch on newsprint, 1998

When I created the above sketch I was just beginning to rediscover my painting and drawing after two decades of focusing on making ends meet in San Francisco.
I'd just purchased a box of oil pastels and was the first time I'd used this medium. I remember standing over a large and very blank piece of newsprint and, after staring at it for a few minutes, I opened the box of pastels and randomly selected one of the large crayons.  I immediately responded to the fluidity of this new medium and before long a woman standing on a black beach wearing a pink tutu began to emerge.