Ladybug drawing in oil pastels

Ladybug drawing in Oil Pastels
Ladybug drawing in Oil Pastels

My latest oil pastels art … a ladybug drawing for Drawing 2 class. The assignment was to draw a bug, really up close, using oil pastels. I wish I could post some of the pieces that others did for class too. Several of them were amazing! This one turned out pretty good, I think. I am pleased with how the reflection and shininess worked out, and the water drops seem fairly realistic.

This time I used mostly Sennelier oil pastels. A few Cray-Pas Expressionist were used for coloring in major areas, also some black from that set. But I think from now on I’ll be using Senneliers for the majority of my artwork in oil pastels. They’re richer, blend better, and I also am noticing they actually stick to the paper better.

I didn’t do anything for a background. The green is 100% from the toned paper (Canson Meintes).

I have listed this piece for sale at ArtWanted.

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TCC Student Art Show Award

Visual Arts CenterOn Saturday, I won an award at TCC’s 38th Annual Student Art Show.  The award was in the drawing category, specifically, the Tidewater Art Alliance and One Eleven Art Award of Excellence in Drawing.

It was a tremendous honor to be selected as an award winner.  There were some seriously amazing pieces by all the students in the show, and some of my personal favorites there did not take any awards (which made it an extra honor for me).  It came down to judge Nicole McCormick Santiago’s personal tastes and choices, and as she mentioned during the show – if it had been another judge, there would very likely have been a different list of award winners entirely.

My piece that won was “Cow Skull Drawing“, in India Ink Wash.

India Ink Wash (links to 800x600 size)
Cow Skull (links to 800×600 size)

The full list of award winners for the show is as follows:

  • President’s Award – Michelle Bradford (“Toy Collection”, oil on canvas)
  • Purchase Award – Wendy W. Maness (“Sunflower”, photograph)
  • Vice President’s Award – John Gregor (“Rich”, oil on canvas)
  • Provost’s Award – Jennifer Ditona (“The Price of Gas”, photograph)
  • Provost’s Award – Kelly Conway (“Stop, Caution, Go”, glass)
  • Provost’s Award – Jacqueline Poutasse (“In the Moment”, charcoal)
  • Provost’s Award – Heidi Kerger (“Crane in Water”, stoneware)
  • Dean’s Award – Jerry Whitehurst (“Fountain Ballet”, alabaster glass)
  • John and Karen Kise Award of Excellence in Graphic Design given in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Mearl A. Kise – Melissa Murch (“Stravinsky Poster”, computer generated image)
  • Director’s Award – Donald McIntire (“”, web design)
  • Jerry’s Artarama Award of Excellence for a Master Interpretation – Brittany R. Callis (“Van Gogh’s: Road With Cypress and Star”, oil pastels)
  • Shelley Brooks & Chrysler Museum of Art Award of Excellence for Expressive Content – Kavita John (“Unrevealed”, photograph)
  • Award of Excellence in Design/Foundations & Peninsula Fine Arts Center – Michael Draeger (“Foundation Compilation”, mixed media)
  • Darrell and Sally Craig Award of Excellence in Drawing – Ferracino Freeman (“Mos Definitely”, silverpoint, chalk)
  • Brutti’s & Chrysler Museum of Art Award of Excellence for Craftsmanship – Shela Edmonds (“Spring”, clay)
  • Richmond Camera & Portsmouth Museums award of Excellence for Photography – Samantha Crow (“Cake”, photograph)
  • Award of Excellence in Photography – Clara D. Pennix (“Bricks in Ice”, photograph)
  • Award of Excellence in Painting – Stephanie H. Jones (“The Naro”, oil on canvas)
  • Award of Excellence in Graphic Design – Patrick Spalding (“In Our Shadow”, computer generated image)
  • Award of Excellence in Glass – Meghan Justice (“Orange and White Vases”, glass)
  • Tidewater Art Alliance & One Eleven Art Award of Excellence in Drawing – Eric D. Greene (“Cow Skull”, india ink wash)
  • Award of Excellence in Ceramics – Erin McDonald (“Blistered”, stoneware)
  • Everett and Ann Johnston Award of Excellence in Animation – Trisha Midgett (“Glass Animation”, digital movie)
  • Hartung Gallery and Art Supplies Award of Excellence for Color – Lynette Lavallee (“Emo”, oil pastels)

Congratulations to everyone.  The show will continue to be held at the Visual Arts Center, through April 26th (9am to 8pm).  The address is 340 High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth.

By the way, if anyone listed above would like a link back to their site, I will be happy to oblige.  Just let me know at

Oil Pastel Flowers

Flowers in Oil Pastels
Flowers in Oil Pastels

Oil Pastel Flowers!

I did these in 2009 while learning how to use oil pastels in art school.  I find oil pastels are so much fun to work with — if you have artist-quality pastels!  Otherwise, it can really be frustrating and even hamper development of the piece.

The base colors here are done with Cray-Pas Expressionist, which are so-so quality in my opinion.  I used Sennelier oil pastels in white almost exclusively for the white areas of the flowers.  Also added Senneliers for greens reds and some yellows.


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