An oil pastel painting appears very much like an oil painting. In the form of sticks, oil pastels are made of pigment, mixed with non-drying oil and wax binder. Mineral spirits or turpentine can be used to blend the colors, or blending can be accomplished by simply using fingers and other techniques.
There are numerous ways to manipulate oil pastels to create different textures and surface affects. The build up of colors can be very bold and brilliant, creating a striking piece of artwork that makes a statement when displayed in any room.
Creating artwork with oil pastels can satisfy the painterly approach to composition. It’s great for the artist who wants a dynamic painting, with minimal supplies.