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ACEO Sunset Shore is in Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils on beige Canson Mi-Tientes, and it's listed for only $4.95 with free shipping as part of my continuing holiday super sales on eBay. I'm going to list a whole bunch of my other ACEOs too, so search on Robs Art at eBay for art you wanted but couldn't afford before.

An eBay friend wistfully said the only up side to the pathetic sales lately was that she was able to purchase art from artists she loved but couldn't afford before -- so I felt generous enough to start this sale and will be continuing to put low minimum bids on my originals and my prints right till the end of the month (meaning some will end in the first week of January). After that my prices go back to what's usual for me, $9.95.

Then I got going on Explore-Oil-Pastels-with-Robert-Sloan.com again and did a page on Sketching that shows how to develop a good underdrawing for an oil pastels painting. It's a good long how-to with a nice photo of my sketching supplies that I also used as the photo to sketch from doing the demo. Comments and critique are appreciated -- just comment to this LJ post or message me here or email me if you have my email.

I also edited the link into the nav bar page labeled "Techniques" so you can get to it by going to the site, clicking "Techniques" and then clicking the "Sketching" link close to the top of that page.

It's growing! And it's looking good. I think I need to go sideways now and do a nav bar page on Basic Drawing while continuing the Techniques page with more specifics on oil pasteling.
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Interesting art blog: Patrick's Art Blog focused on realism!
New Topical Blog: www.robs-art-supply-reviews.blogspot.com for all the cool art stuff that isn't oil pastels!

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anniefancy
Dec. 26th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Your new oil pastels site is great. I had to skim it for now and will be back after the holidays to settle in for a good read. I always like learning new things about old favorites, like your tip about heating them up and then cooling them down in frig - I never would have thought of it on my own, but I'm looking forward to trying it out. Very clear and concise. I'll be back to read more.
Annie
robertsloan2
Dec. 26th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
When you heat them, be very gentle about it. Too much heat will melt them or even burn them. I'm thinking that putting a towel over a heating pad and then setting it on low with the box on it and turning the sticks over every few minutes is probably the best way to heat them -- check them often.

The fridge is different, you can even put the art into the freezer to make it more firm and easier to put warm layers over it. I've tried that already and it helped a lot with the third layer on Apples in Blue Silk.

If the Senneliers are too soft for you, putting the box in the fridge for a while makes them more firm.

Thanks for reading! I'm so glad you're enjoying it.
anniefancy
Dec. 28th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Yes, I'd be careful when I heated them up. I like the idea of a towel over a heating pad set on low. Possibly even sealing them in a baggie and running warm/hot tap water over the bag may work too, I'll give it a try and post my results.
Annie
robertsloan2
Dec. 28th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
Oh please do! That sounds like a great method -- keep them dry and clean.

Kenneth Leslie, author of Oil Pastels: Materials and Techniques for Today's Artist (one of two good resource books on them that I have) suggests just warming them in your hands. I took that a step farther thinking of ways I've warmed other things in the past, but your suggestion could be gentler than the heating pad.

It might help to keep them in their tray inside the bag though so they don't start sticking to each other when they soften, and just run the water over the top.
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