A Nature Study

Last Friday, I had a little time to create one of Carla Sonheim’s assignments from the year long online class I’m taking from her.

We were to collect some items from nature and arrange them in a pleasing manner:


I collected the above items from my yard.  🙂

Next, I drew them quickly with pencil:


I added oil pastels to my pencil sketch by starting with a light color and layering a darker color on top.  I added details by scratching into the oil pastels with a wooden pencil.


I wasn’t totally liking the oil pastels so I scraped white acrylic paint over it:


I like the muted look better… I’d like to try my nature study in watercolor too!


Happy Monday!  I hope your day is blossoming into a good week…

Cheers! 🙂

18 responses to “A Nature Study

  1. The muted one is my favorite too:-)

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  2. Nice work, Jill. I haven’t tried this yet but I did go out and collect materials a couple of nights ago. I think mine will be more abstract when I’m done with it. We’ll see.

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  3. Wonderful practice Jill…I like there idea of using the white acrylic to tone down the pastel. Have a good day. 🙂

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  4. I love your drawing! So free and still accurate!

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  5. The beauty and inspiration of nature! nothing like it. (K)

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  6. Love how the white muted. Can’t wait to see In watercolor.

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  7. I like both the real layout, and your painted one! Nicely done. Can’t wait to see your watercolor one too.

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    • Thank you, Deborah, you are always so kind! 😍
      I thought the oil pastels turned out, UGLY! But I just went with it… I guess not everything I do will turn out looking beautiful! Lol! 🤣😂
      I hope to paint it in watercolor this week! 🎨👍

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  8. What a fun project! I have never liked oil pastels but your unmuted version looked great I thought. I admire how you keep experimenting though and trying different effects!

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    • Hi Jenna, thank you for your encouraging comments! 😃 Yes, oil pastels can be quite messy…maybe this is why I don’t like them that well. Yet, I love to experiment! 🎨💕


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