Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year: The Year of Rooster

Chinese New Year celebrations began on last Saturday the 28th, so I decided to create a piece for "the Year of Rooster". First, I checked my scarves and found something really nice, a red and black colored silk scarf with Chinese characters on it which was a gift from a long time dear friend. I used the ceramic chicken teapot as the main object. It is a very colorful object and I knew it would be challenging to bring it out with the red background behind. I added two eggs by the side of it, as completion of the still-life and lastly the eucalyptus branches with leaves tied with a chiffon bow. My sister-in-law sent me these and they smell fantastic!

Once my composition was set, I was ready to sketch and paint with oil pastels. I like to draw a 2 cm frame area on the paper so when I hold it I don't touch on the painting. I used Sakura Cray-Pas Expressionist 50 oil pastel set on an acid-free heavy-weight craft paper. I had 2 hours of good afternoon light in my studio at that time so next day I continued painting where I left from. (see pic 1, 2) Hopefully the year of the rooster comes good for all of us. Have a great week! (Sign up on my newsletter to receive latest blog posts, link is at the end of this article).

first day of work in progress
second day of work in progress


"Happy Chinese New Year! The year of Chicken" by Birsen Ozbilge, 2017
Oil pastel on acid-free heavy-weight craft paper, 29 x 20 cm ( 11" x 8")
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