mARTa with diamond earring

Friday, May 1, 2009 at 6:15 PM

mARTa with diamond earring, originally uploaded by martasart.

Today we were to do something experimental in figure painting class. I chose to do a self portrait using cray-pas oil pastels on Walis paper. I used the cray-pas to sketch out the portrait and used turpentine for blending and toning. I also used a little oil paint in areas like the shirt and the eyes. I loved the Walis paper. the oil pastel/paint lifted easily when dabbed with turpentine and lifted with a rag. I don't know how good the cray-pas oil pastels are, as far as artist quality, but this was lots of fun to do!


  1. Claudia Says:

    Marta, your self-portrait is excellent! Very well done!

  2. Joan Says:

    Great job on the self-portrait!!! I can't imagine using cray-pas to work on it.

  3. Linda Says:

    Marta, I wouldn't have thought to use cray-pas on Wallis paper. Great effect!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    You are going great with the oil pastels. I like them too. I got a great book that I read about on wetcanvas. Out of print but got it on ebay. These portraits of yours are just gorgeous.

  5. Ai Says:

    Wow, great effect. I love to see your portrait. I never seen this paper before but I see one of my Wetcanvas friends, who use Cray-pas so superbly. I don't know about the archival quality but I think that should not stop us for having fun.

  6. Judybec Says:

    Hey Marta- this is nice! beautiful tones and I love your very shiny earring!

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