These vases are admittedly wonky — but, actually, the vases in my reference photo were wonky-looking, so I was quite happy with this oil pastel drawing.
Yes, the vases — a trio of metallics — were actually wonky. They’re what’s referred to as “organic” vases. Don’t believe me? Well, take a look for yourself at my reference photo.
I had a lot of fun with this drawing. First, because the vases were wonky, I didn’t have to concern myself with getting them just right. Yes, even my wonky vases are a bit off in their proportions, but it was still lots of fun to draw these vases.
The reference photo immediately caught my attention — but then I nearly passed it by. Metallic vases? How could I do that with oil pastels? I wasn’t sure, but I knew I wanted to try, so instead of skipping over the photo, I took a deep breath and started thinking through the process.
I chose to do my wonky, organic, metallic vases on black construction paper. I felt this would really make the colors stand out, and in looking at the finished drawing, I think I was right. I drew the “weird, wonky” branch after completing the vases, and I had originally planned to just leave it that way. But then it felt like something was missing, so I went ahead and added the white sphere. I tried going over the branches a bit, but mostly, as you can see, those branches are disappearing into the white. Overall, though, maybe it adds to the wonky weirdness. That’s my story, anyway, and yep, I’m sticking to it.
I was having so much fun creating the metallic surfaces of the vases that I also added a metallic texture to the table. And lo and behold! It worked. I did it.
For me, this was a very successful oil pastel project, one that gave me the courage and confidence to keep pushing myself, to ask “How can I create this…” Little challenges like this give me a chance to think things through, to take the knowledge I’ve gained and see if I can put it to good use. I felt I succeeded with this oil pastel drawing, and I’m happy to share it with you.
Now, I’m looking forward to trying more new things in art.