I don't have any formal training on how to use oil pastels or how to give something depth. So, I just played with blues like I've seen other artists do. When I thought it was too bright, I softened it with grey, black, white or a olive green. I used bright kelly green and lime green and white to create accents of light. Then, I added the words that kept running through my head and made up a poem about oak leaves and thought of how the strength of the oak can help my mom continue her success as an artist.
I'm very pleased with the results. I like the look of oil pastels over watercolor pencils. I'm enjoying this challenge. It's inspiring me to break my own "can't" rules and just dig in and try regardless of whether the outcome will be good or even successful. Quite freeing. 'Bout time I relaxed and let myself create.