This is my first oil pastel art that I was able to use my new set of Fabel-Castell Polychromos pencils. I am loving this combination. You cannot deny the vibrancy you can achieve with Sennelier oil pastels and the Polychromos. The reference I used was a black and white photo which gave me the freedom to play with the color. I find I get the best results when I use black and white photo references because it gets me out of trying to replicate the source and allows me to just use it as a launch point.
I am old enough to remember having to wear swimming caps and hating it. Yet, swimming caps used to be works of art on their own. Swimming caps could be wonderfully playful like the one in this oil pastel.
I am really feeling my own color choices here. I love the green in the cap and her eyes, and it would totally make sense for her to wear a cap that matches her eyes. The plumb like color details really is a great contrast. It really makes the other colors pop.
D.K. Castellucci is an artist living in Marin County who works in acrylic, oil paint, oil and soft pastels, charcoal, gouache, watercolors, graphite and