Old Man Jim, oil pastel portrait painted in Lakewood, Illinois
Old Man Jim, 12×16, Oil Pastel on Canvas, 2/15/2012
Jim posed 2 1/2 hours for us in the Lakewood group. He was a rock solid model and had a lot of interesting features to render.
This was my first foray into the world of oil pastel in a long while. There were a couple of short pose session that I brought oil pastels to, but this was one of the first longer sessions. Oil pastels and canvas boards are a nice combination, and the addition of brushes and oil solvents adds many more textural possibilities. I used the solvent and brushes to blend some of the tones and to even out the background very much like one would do with oil paints.