New- Wildlife/Nature Inspired Impressionistic Oil Pastels

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Alleghany14 wrote
on 2 Feb 2014 9:36 PM

Hello! I'm new to this site and completely new/green to the world of oil pastels. I am not a visual artist but rather an environmental science/experiential outdoor educator and I adore wildlife ecology, the natural world, and impressionistic/naive style art.

I recently came across a lovely book of wildlife photography by Thomas Marent entitled Rainforest and was struck by the richly saturated, vivid colors of the cloud forests/ rainforests of Costa Rica. I kept dreaming of these colors and so the book proved to be inspirational color-wise. I also was reading a biography on Van Gogh at around this time and decided to tip my (very, very amateur lol) hat to Starry Night via the swirls in one of these pieces.

I just wanted to channel appreciation for the natural world creatively so I tried something new in the form of oil pastels. 

This site seems like a great place and there are many incredibly talented, experienced artists who I look forward to learning from. 

 

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Alleghany14 wrote
on 2 Feb 2014 9:44 PM

"Vincent's Lighthouse"

 

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Alleghany14 wrote
on 2 Feb 2014 9:44 PM

"The Cathedral in the Woods"

 

 

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Alleghany14 wrote
on 2 Feb 2014 9:45 PM

"Marent the Cloud Forest Frog" 

 

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Alleghany14 wrote
on 2 Feb 2014 9:46 PM

"Sioux Vision"

 

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Alleghany14 wrote
on 2 Feb 2014 9:48 PM

"Peahen in Holland Park"

 

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Alleghany14 wrote
on 2 Feb 2014 9:50 PM

"Dark Night of the Soul-Redux"  (not completed yet)

 

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Alleghany14 wrote
on 2 Feb 2014 9:58 PM

Mixed Media w/ oil pastels. "Alaskan Night- Perseid Meteor Shower"

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