Using Oil Sticks to Create Dramatic Effects

I’ve been experimenting with the use of oil sticks to achieve interesting highlights and effects.  Because of the sticks’ thick, pasty consistency, you can use them like crayons to create an impasto. Combining oil sticks with other media – watercolor, acrylic and oil paints -- opens up all kinds of possibilities.

In these water-based works, I applied oil sticks under highly-diluted paint.  I then blotted the surface with paper towels or a soft cloth to soften the look and blend and enhance the effected areas.  The oil sticks acted as a resist in achieving the ethereal sky in “First Night” (see image on right: mixed media, 10.5 x 13.5, 1014)  In some areas,  I dipped the oil sticks directly into a medium or solvent to achieve unique marks like the light reflecting off the buildings and icy surfaces in “Winter Glow” (see image on left: mixed media, 13.5 x 10.5, 2014)

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Pueblo Village, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24, 2017

 

Cactus Blossom III, acrylic on silk, 12 x 12

2017  See more of the Cactus Blossom series on Small Works page.

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