Today’s Project – Dark Pony in Oil Pencil

I became so enamored of the last project on black that I just had to try another one. The practice is all good since I have an upcoming commission on black – YAY! Just waiting for the larger sized paper to arrive.

Anyway, here’s a Shetland pony. He is listed on eBay.


About Nancy J. Bailey

Artist, author, bad karaoke singer. Woodsy ragamuffin. Mom of a horse named Clifford who plays fetch and paints with watercolors. He visits libraries and schools with me, to promote literacy and making the world a better place. Yes, he is house trained, no, he doesn't live in my house! I have written three books about Clifford. But my newest book, THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN, is co-written by my awesome sister Amanda, who has Down syndrome. Her unexpected one-liner wisecracks can always make me laugh. If you make me laugh, you've made my day!
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5 Responses to Today’s Project – Dark Pony in Oil Pencil

  1. This is absolutely beautiful. I just love oils. I don’t think you need any more practice, it is perfect.


  2. jme says:

    i love painting in oils, but i almost never do these days because the cleanup is such a project! i’ve never tried oil pencil, but they look amazing – such great blending and texture – and the effect on the black paper is wonderful. hope to see more 🙂


  3. Nancy says:

    Thanks to you both for the nice comments on what has become one of my favorite pieces! JME, I tried the non-stinky brush cleaner with oils that was much nicer than turpentine. However oils still take forever to dry and still are a mess to work with. 🙂 I *LOVE* the oil pencils. They blend beautifully and are more precise and less “greasy” than pastels.


  4. This pony’s soul shines through– it’s lovely. Oil pencils – I’ve tried watercolor pencils and I really enjoy them. I’ll try them. I love painting in oils but it is a complicated, long-term project. I confess that I kind of like the smell of it. Unfortunately, no one else in my house does.


  5. Nancy says:

    Hi Victoria, thank you for the nice comment. I had no idea you were an artist! You should post some of your stuff.


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