White Magnolia

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”
– Orison Swett Marden

White Magnolia

Oil Pastel on Art Spectrum Colourfix

Whenever I see someone do something beautiful in oil pastel, I want to dig mine out and try them again.  There’s something fun and magical when it works.  Most of the time, it doesn’t work for me.  I think because they are so big and awkward to a detail oriented watercolor person.  They just feel foreign in my hand.  I do still get them out from time to time and I have a lot of respect for pastel artists.

About Orison Swett Marden

Orison Swett Marden, the American writer who is considered the forerunner of motivational authors, wrote an average of two books a year from 1894 to 1924. He was born on a New England farm in 1850. During college, he worked in hotel management. He then used his seed money to buy a resort in Rhode Island. Wanting to inspire people as he himself had been inspired by British author Samuel Smiles, he began writing books like You Can, But Will You? and founded Success Magazine. He died in 1924.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. asmalltowndad
    Feb 27, 2011 @ 14:27:03

    Beautiful job Beth,
    I don’t believe that I have ever used oil pastels. Colored prisma color pencil in high school, but that was it. This might be something that I’ll have to try in the future.

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  2. lesliepaints
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 11:07:53

    I totally agree with you about pastels, Beth, especially oil pastel. Good job on your flower with this media!

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