For the next small oil pastel sketch in the woods I selected a detail view of some trunks in the background. Is started with black and a dark grey as basic colors for the trunks and added other, lighter colors on top. Over time one learns about layering and depending on the wanted result may start with a lighter color and add dark on top or vice versa.
I put those colors I have used a bit outside of the tray so I can keep the color scheme coherent. It helps to reproduce same color mixtures where necessary.
Also I learned to make notes of the color numbers/product codes, because it is much easier then to re-order your favorite olive green.. or similar.
I love these oil pastels and the effect of the irregular “tooth” or roughness that I got on the pages primed with thinned oil color. It is not necessary to press or rub with the pastel pieces, the light touch is the best, but sometimes it can be necessary to apply pressure on the top layer.
The dark brown underground made a great match to the woody debris and the old,dry foliage and inspired some still life photography.