Stephen gave us an interesting demonstration yesterday evening, painting a picture of cyclists in oil pastel on coloured paper. The paper he used was Canson Mi-Teintes and the oil pastels for the main painting were Sennelier, although he did use Pentel oil pastels to do the initial drawing. Stephen explained that cheaper oil pastels (like the Pentel pastels), tend to very hard in use and the pigment quality is lower, in his opinion, Sennelier oil pastels are the best as they are very highly pigmented and being softer, release their colour very easily.
Stephen made up his painting from a set of three black and white photos, his preferred method when producing his paintings, as he likes to choose his own colours to make his paintings his own.
Below are a series of photos that show the progression of his demonstration from start to the finish of his impressionistic picture of a group of cyclists racing in France.
Thank you for a very interesting evening, Stephen, we all know a lot more about oil pastels and their use than we did before.
Report and photos by Colin Mossman