Studio Diaries / 001

Studio Diaries / 001
July 14, 2016 Sabra Awlad Issa
In Studio diaries

I have a mild obsession with series. I need things to fit together. A friend gifted me a nice Ikea Ribba photo frame that holds 5 seperate works and that was the perfect excuse to create a 5 part…series yes. 😀

For a while I wanted to paint a couple of sculptures that I really like. The ones I chose to do were: Hebert’s Death and the Maiden, Rodin’s Gates of Hell (detail), Cody Swanson’d Adam, Scott Eaton’s Hephaestus and Pio Fedi’s Rape of Polyxena. You can find them here on my Sculptures board.

I started out with the intention of doing these in watercolor. But I’ve been thinking about oils for a while and I can’t get them out of my head. Just like with most things in my life, I need some kind of validation that it’s ok to purchase something new, even when I’m not sure it going to ‘work’. That’s why I’ve been putting off working with oils for so long. I’m terrified honestly that I’m going to fail at it.

But during my painting, something in me said that I was never going to achieve the color depth I was looking for with water-based paint. The three dimensional nature of sculpture, in my view, requires a strong color depth and contrast. Preferable with some shine here and there, to catch the light. Only oil based materials have those characteristics. (acrylics with a glossy medium aside)

As a compromise with my doubtful self, I decided to settle on oil pastel. I’ve worked with soft pastel before so I figured oil pastel might be a good transition to eventually working with oil paint. After some research I purchased a couple of Sennelier oil pastels. These are incredibly soft, color intense and easy to blend as it turned out. I was so impressed with these pastels that I actually ordered a whole box more this night. I’m absolutely in love with them. They also have a number of iridescent colors which are perhaps even more fabulous!

Look at that color depth! My only regret is that I didn’t purchase them sooner. I’m so happy I overcame my fears and tried something new, something that really inspires me. I’ve finished all 5 works in record time haha. They look nice in my bedroom, colorful but calm at the same time.

Until next time!

Much love,
Sabra

During my painting / drawing periods I keep a short diary of what I’m working on, new materials I’m trying out and any trials I face. If you’d like to read more diary entries, click on the Studio Diaries category.

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