Thursday, 4 February 2010

Shiva Paint Sicks

I have some very old oil bars by Windsor and Newton which are still usable, but have gone sticky so are incredibly messy to use. I ordered a basic set of Shiva Paint Sticks (oil paint in a crayon form) from America and mainly used these. They are lovely to apply but initially messy as you have to get the hard skin off first. Yesterday I just used my fingernails and got in a big mess. Today I used a palette knife and still got in a mess but not as much! The oil paint is lovely and creamy and can be blended with fingers, a brush or a blending stump. I used my fingers. I love the way the colours blend in unexpected ways. The effect is different to anything else I have used. The face above is a made up one. The one below is from a photo of Alice Liddell.



16 comments:

Linda Sue said...

WOW these look three dimensional! Awesome colour! I need sme of those oil sticks...and then I need your talent! Really nice, these!

Candace said...

I am looking for some as soon as I can get to the art store, trust me. WOW. These are just incredible... of course, so's your art!
Another great job, Sarah.
I love the richness of the colours, but I also really enjoy seeing what you are up to.
Good things, that's what.
Candace x

Julie Hendriks said...

Hi, beautiful eyes!

Yiota said...

These colours have a great effect; so vibrant! I love the eyes, too.

Tracy said...

YOU do have a great gift for expression of eyes, Sarah! The depth and vibrancy of these oil sticks is incredible! I may have to get some of those to play with. Fun departure for my chalky pastels... Thank you for so much inspiration! :o) Happy Weekend ahead ((HUGS))

Anne said...

Hi, Sarah! Looks like you are having fun! Great portraits! :-)

Lynne said...

Hi Sarah,
They certainly give your work a different look. It sounds as though you don't mind getting messy.
Enjoy your weekend.

ADonald466 said...

fabulous!

Mar said...

i have never had much success using that product
looks like you DO!!!

snoopydog said...

Fabulous faces! So much expression and depth. Love them! Have a great weekend. Ros

Janine said...

Geez Sarah, now you've got me interested once again in another product! I have been thinking of ordering some of these through Interweave Press for some time and may have to give in. Won't my husband be happy! (evil grin here)

aimee said...

beautifully done! i am impressed!

Sam said...

Oh these are terrific Sarah!

kendalee said...

I'm really loving your portraits Sarah! They have a real richness and depth to them. I've never tried oil paint sticks but I have enjoyed playing with pastels and love how tactile they are. It was such fun getting stuck in with my fingers to blend them - lovely.

This redhead of yours looks a little sad to me but I like it. Maybe pensive more than sad?

Liz said...

Those are beautiful!

Nishant said...

I love the richness of the colours, but I also really enjoy seeing what you are up to.

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