Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Salud, Dinero y Amor

Work in progress

Last weekend we were invited for a Paella lunch at our friends place in El Burrero. After the meal, I decided to paint with oil pastels. This time I chose three main objects; a mango, a wine bottle and a rose flower, which represent "Salud, dinero y amor" (health, fortune and love) in this painting. Additionally I added a complementary object, a scent candle. (see pic above) I used a heavy-weight draft paper which holds the layers very well. My oil pastels are artist grade Cray-Pas 50 color set. Additionally I used a black pastel pencil to create sharp edges in some areas. But I kept the colors of the objects soft and not competing each other, in other way of saying I tried to keep the harmony of the colors. I softly layered 2 colors and 3 colors in some areas and avoid to smudge too much as I like to give the viewer to enjoy the oil pastel texture. I hope you enjoy it, if you have any questions leave in the comments please. Have a great week!

finished artwork


"Salud, Dinero y Amor " by Birsen Ozbilge
Oil Pastel on Craft Paper, 24 x 32 cm
Available as Limited Edition Reproduction Print
12" x 16" on an acid-free heavy-weight matte paper made in USA.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Would you like to make a wish?

Last Saturday night I worked at my friend Gemma's kitchen. I challenged myself drawing a candle light this time. I picked a beautiful cross ornament and a sea shell from her shelf to accompany the candle light. And there at the background, I added a touch of "El burrero" scene. While I was drawing I made a wish and that's why I gave the title "Make a wish" to this painting. Have a great week!

Work in progress

"Make a wish" by Birsen Ozbilge
Oil Pastel on Craft Paper, 24 x 32 cm
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Plein air painting day with my nieces

Drawing of my niece (6 years old)

On Thursday we went to a lovely park called "El Parque Cruce de Arinaga" to have a picnic with the family and kids. We had done this meeting with them last year as well... It is very relaxing, sitting on the grass, enjoying plein air painting with my nieces. The youngest niece is 6 years old now, this is her drawing. It's incredible how she advanced a lot in a year. (See last year here)


Girls like to draw

There was a nice breezy weather in the park that day. We set our picnic under a big tree by the play ground. After the lunch meal, I started to work with oil pastels (see pic below). I tried not to fill the composition with too much details, so I took out a few objects, like a trash can, a bench... This way the pastel painting will reflect the peaceful atmosphere in the park. Enjoy your weekend!

Work in progress

"Under the shade of a tree" by Birsen Ozbilge
Oil pastel on craft paper, 32 x 24 cm.


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