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Discoveries in oil pastels

Jeremy teaches his oil pastel techniques at Murdoch and Edith Cowen Universities in Perth as part of the Jan Cross Art School.  He teaches the same techniques to guests on holiday with us at Thailand Painting Holidays.

The students will use techniques described on my website and my article published in Artist's Palette magazine.


These involve working from thumbnails to a full sized 57 x 76 cm painting on Arches cotton rag paper.  They are taught to make and use reed pens working loosely with Indian ink creating marks inspired by Van Gogh's ink drawings.

Then create a colourful layered oil pastel painting with colour patches influenced by Pierre Bonnard and the Fauves.

The painting is then destroyed with archival pigment based ink and allowed to dry.

Through a process of discovery using a palette knife and scraping listening to the painting, a new work emerges from your imagination.