Reflectivity and Color on Makeup: An Oil Pastel Color Study

My goals and intentions for this artwork were to recreate the still-life by adding lots of light and color using oil pastels. I accomplished this by having a light shine down on the still-life and coloring in the colors I saw and the light and colors reflecting off of the mirrors. What surprised me the most about this experience was how I was able to recreate the colors and make them look how they were on the still-life. My drawing is about reflectivity, color, and realism. The most difficult challenge I had to face while working on this piece was making the correct colors that were reflecting off of the mirrors. I met that challenge by really looking at the still-life and recreating it the best I could. I experienced artist thinking while working on this piece by being able to see and emphasize color in the reflective objects. My drawing really works in the sense that it really emphasizes lots of color and the reflectivity from the mirrors. From this piece, I have learned how to emphasize color in reflective objects instead of seeing them as neutral colors. I really liked how Annie set her still-life on a colorful cloth to create lots of color reflecting off of her still-life. If I had a do-over, I would have probably made the top mirror a bit more round. I feel best about the lipstick in the piece.


Oil Pastel Spread: "Fruit and Jug on a Table" by Paul Cezanne

This is my two-page oil pastel spread. On the left side, I used watercolor for the background. Then, I drew a full size picture of the work I was recreating and then I picture of the part of the piece I blew up for the  oil pastel part. I also wrote facts about who Paul Cezanne was and why I chose him as my mentor. On the right side, I used oil pastels to recreate a section of his painting. I chose Paul Cezanne as my mentor for this spread because I was fascinated by the colorful bowls of fruit in the still-lives he painted and I really liked how he blended the colors together.