My name is Paul deMarrais. For many years I was a pastel painter and wanted to learn how to paint with oil paint. The brushes, gear and techniques were foreign to me and my efforts were discouraging. I became interested in making oil sticks so I could learn to paint with oil with the pastel like techniques I was very familiar with. Thus began a seven year journey of trial and error, testing, tweaking and experimentation that continues every day. My oil sticks are bright, easy to hold and to use and I hope you will consider giving them a try. Artists around the country and the globe are creating exciting paintings with them in a variety of styles. Maybe I will meet you at one of my workshops! I enjoy working with other artists and sharing what I can to help them create the paintings they would like to create. As a veteran painter, it is now my mission to try and inspire others to enjoy the challenge of making paintings like I have. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have. Each painting I make is a journey and a chance to learn something. It is learning that keeps all of us moving forward in life!
If you're ready to take the plunge into this incredible medium, my New Horizons Collection is made just for you. This set of 35 Oil Sticks in an array of color that can only be described as potent and luscious, is just waiting for you to jump in and start creating rich immersive paintings. This collection will give you a solid foundation of color to work with.
I confess I am not an expert at color theory, elaborate color wheels, or the science of color and optics. My training in color theory was minimal in art school. I suspect that many artists had a similar experience. We looked at famous paintings, learned surface knowledge of complementary colors, and the very basics of mixing paint. At that point, we were turned loose like lions who were never taught to hunt.
My friend Jerry at Cold Wax Academy was kind enough to include me in one of his email blasts and during the last few months I've gotten to know a number of artists who use this Cold Wax technique which my Oil Sticks seem to work very well with as artist response has been very positive. If you'd like to explore what you can do with Cold Wax, you can find all sorts of amazing resources and instruction at their website.
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