Oil pastel on paper
After stumbling upon Connie Chadwell’s blog, The Oil Pastel Review, I fell absolutely in lust with oil pastels and the magic she works with them! I mean, just look at this beautiness!
So I promptly spent WAY too much money ordering the very best oil pastels and got to work completely stealing Connie’s style, and this is the first of several of my obsessive string of Connie-esque beauties…
This is Josh’s favorite piece of mine. In case you don’t know, Josh is my husband, and he has the absolute WORST reactions of anyone I’ve ever known. If you give me a dollar for a water on a day that I’m kinda thirsty, I’ll, like, hug you and tell you how incomplete my life would be without you. On the other hand, I could wake Josh up tomorrow morning with two round-trip tickets to Tahiti and tell him the car is packed, and he would probably say, “Oh babe. That’s great. Thanks.” And that’s it. So it’s no surprise that he doesn’t get overly excited when I show him a piece I’ve worked on for eight hours straight and that I think may belong in the Louvre.
But when he saw this painting – one that only took me about 45 minutes – he freaked out. He loved it! He says it reminds him of when we were young and truly, madly, deeply in love. Not that we aren’t still, but you know that new relationship phase I speak of. I was a dark, artsy girl back then, and I had a red velvet(ish) coverlet on my bed and was obsessed with cobalt blue.
Anyways, thank you, Connie, for being a constant inspiration to me since that fateful day I found your precious blog. I can only dream of being as freaking awesome.
Let me also give credit to Freda Austin Nichols, the photographer who took the photo that inspired this work. I found her on paintmyphoto.com – a great photographer that I bookmarked right away!