The Flame Oil Pastel Painting


I got a new box of oil pastels and I was super excited.  I ripped the box open before I even had my desk cleaned off and created this blending joy while holding my notebook on my lap.  I’ve been calling this ‘The Flame’. 


How many colors,

Can one fire be?

I’ve seen yellow,

Orange red and blue.

I’ve seen green a time or two.

I hear they can burn purple

That may be a rumor though.

Every fire is combusting.

Every car is slowly rusting.

Eating, feeding, and depleting.

It will slowly stop my heart from beating.

Burning on and on and on..

Built it up to watch it fall.

Grew the trees to burn them all.

Make the meal to watch it rot,

It’s like we all just forgot.




I think I was just inspired by the new colors I got.  This may be a boring inspiration section.

I like fire.  Watching it burn is a good past time, at least for me.

I love blending.  I wanted to see how the warm colors blended together and outward.

I started with the red swatch and decided it looked like fire.  I just continued on from their experimenting with the different shades.

Once I was done laying down color I used my fingers to blend out into the white section on the right edge of the page.

Closing Thoughts

I really enjoy how this one turned out.  I like the blending on the far right the most.

I am also glad I left the edge of the paper attached for the scan.  I feel like it gives the piece a funkier feel overall.  There is also some cool shading effects that you wouldn’t normally get on a plain flat sheet.

I guess I could have finished coloring the rest of the paper once I removed it from my notebook.  But I did not.  Oh well!

I want to do a bunch more of these pieces based on flames. But with this abstract style, nothing to realistic.  It’s not that I’m not impressed by realism, it just doesn’t make me happy to chase perfection in my art anymore.

I just like color and the process of getting it on the page these days.  It makes me happy.

I really like bright colors, that’s the most important aspect lately.

Something about a dark piece of work with bright spots is nice too.

The flame is all about being super bright though.  Nothing too dark in this piece.

Next time I hope to incorporate some blue and yellow together and somehow avoid green if I can.

I’m not entirely sure that is possible but I am going to give it the old college try.

Please check out The Leaf if you are enjoying the flame!

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Peace and pieces my friends.

♡ Bekkerz

PS: Check out another art post here.



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