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paul444
03-31-2012, 01:52 PM
Welcome to the oil pastel challenge for April.
I will be posting 6 images for you to choose from. Please feel free to crop, modify, or use any of the references.
All the photos are mine so there will be no copyright issues.
I look forward to seeing how everyone interprets the reference photographs.
We are happy to have all skill levels so please join in. No more lurking :lol: .
Grumpy.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2012/82968-Grumpy.jpg

The River Itchen at Winchester.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2012/82968-River_Itchen.JPGwc.jpg

Owl.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2012/82968-Owl.JPGwc.jpg

Magic garden.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2012/82968-Magic_garden.JPGwc.jpg

Bits and pieces.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2012/82968-Bits_and_pieces..jpg

Red beauty.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2012/82968-Red_beauty.jpgwc.jpg

Have fun and be creative. :wave:

Pat Isaac
04-01-2012, 07:16 AM
Thanks, for hosting, Paul.

Great photos.

Pat

halthepainter
04-01-2012, 09:29 AM
Thank you for hosting Paul. I have my eye on a couple of them.

oldrockchick
04-01-2012, 11:18 AM
ha you didn't leave a space after your intro Paul so I thought you were signing as /grumpy lol - I assume that is the name of your fantastic fish - what type is it?

My son loved keeping tropical fish when he was younger.
He had some gouramis that grew quite large.

Grumpy is quite a handsome specimen :D

gakinme
04-01-2012, 03:12 PM
Thank you, Paul, for the great photo references.

First one has Portfolio watersoluable oil pastel first and I shouldn't have used it because it's too greasy. Holbein and Sennelier on top didn't register as well thereafter.

Fabriano Artist Journal 6x9 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Apr-2012/86669-op_challenge_apr_2012a.jpg

This one is purely Holbein oil pastel.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Apr-2012/86669-op_challenge_apr_2012b.jpg

halthepainter
04-01-2012, 05:18 PM
Sandra, you are quick.... great job.

paul444
04-02-2012, 09:48 AM
Lin, I forgot about the space so it does look like i signed it grumpy Lol. maybe I'll adopt it, I'm sure some days I look just like that... lol.

Sorry I don't know what type of fish this is, all I can tell you is that I took this photo while on a visit to London zoo.

Grumpy.

paul444
04-02-2012, 10:02 AM
Wow, Sandra you are quick. Two lovely paintings. I particularly like the owl, the eye is awesome and really sets it off.
I have never used watersoluable oil pastel before, I take it, it does not mix to well with normal oil pastels. You still made a great job of the flower.

halthepainter
04-02-2012, 11:07 AM
Paul, I have used watersoluable oil pastels and found them too slick to be able to add additional layers of oil pastels over the soluables???

At the time I didn't have any Senneliers so I'm not sure how compitable they would be soluables.

talinka
04-02-2012, 12:41 PM
Sandra- love the drawing, especially the owl! Looking forward to joinging inthis month, I have my eyes set on "Grumpy".

Doobi
04-03-2012, 01:35 PM
Hi All,

This is Grumpy WIP. My phone camera has made it little lighter.

Any suggestion?


Cheers,
Doobi

Pat Isaac
04-03-2012, 02:52 PM
Grumpy is loooking good. I might make the rocks behind him a little darker so that he stands out more.

Pat

robertsloan2
04-03-2012, 03:06 PM
Sandra, beautiful rendering of the red flower and that owl's profile. It's an interesting challenge seeing an owl in profile, he looks great!

Doobi, beautiful painting of the grumpy fish. He's well camouflaged in nature but if you darken the background as Pat suggested, he'll stand out even more.

halthepainter
04-03-2012, 03:53 PM
Hi Doobi, your grumpy fish is looking great.

I've thought about doing that one with a completely abstracted background.

VladK
04-03-2012, 10:06 PM
Paul, beautiful photos :thumbsup: I'll definitely do some

Sandra, excellent works, that eye is magnetizing

Doobi, nice work, and I agree with Pat on the background rocks

gakinme
04-03-2012, 10:43 PM
Thank you, Vlad, Hal, Robert, Paul and Tali for your comments.

The Portfolio watersoluable oil pastel is very fun and soft to use on its own but it has the slipperiest formula so even Sennelier has a hard time going on. Even though it's watersoluable, I don't usually apply water to it either because it's not very bright clean colors when wetted. I usually prefers it on its own.

Doobi, Grumpy does look a bit grumpy there but great colors and scales.

Doobi
04-04-2012, 01:33 AM
Hi All,

Latest version of Grumpy.

Suggestions please. Thx.

Cheers,
Doobi.

stee71
04-04-2012, 03:13 AM
Doobi your subject really stands out now.
Sandra nice work with the portfolios, I've not seen them on sale in the uk, they sound fun

paul444
04-04-2012, 08:00 AM
Doobi,
Grumpy looks great I especially like the changes you made to the background. It really makes him stand out. Well done.

Doobi
04-06-2012, 06:38 AM
Hi All,

This is my version of the owl. How can I make the feathers more real?

Cheers,
Doobi

halthepainter
04-06-2012, 10:43 AM
Doobi, I think your feathers look just fine.

talinka
04-07-2012, 06:20 AM
Hi All,
Doobi- I likw your fish and the owl
Here is my version of "Grumpy". Might work a little more on the BG and the scales- got sloppy there towards the end.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Apr-2012/973048-Grumpysmall_.jpg

Have a good weekend,

cfo
04-07-2012, 06:44 AM
Haha! Also thought you are "Grumpy" Paul!! Thanx for the lovely ref pics, a hard choice. Well done, Doobi and Sandra!! You set a good example for us other "lurkers".
Happy painting,
Charri

cfo
04-07-2012, 06:48 AM
Nice, Doobi, Grumpy now really has attitude! Nice, painting, Tali, the purple support adds to the beauty of it!
Happy painting,
Charri

Pat Isaac
04-07-2012, 08:17 AM
I think the feathers are just fine Doobi and what a wonderful "grumpy", Tali.

Pat

paul444
04-07-2012, 08:22 AM
Doobi, Your owl looks fantastic. Very majestic, an Owl with attitude. I agree with Hal, your feathers look fine.

Tali, Your 'grumpy' looks great, you have achieved a very solid 3D looking body. Well done.

Hi Charri, thanks for commenting. Hope to see your interpretation of one soon. I promise not to be too grumpy. Lol.

halthepainter
04-07-2012, 08:59 AM
Tali, your Grumpy looks great.

LADickerman
04-07-2012, 12:00 PM
here is my attempt at Grumpy. I always think it looks pretty good until I take a picture...then its like UGH!:(

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Apr-2012/188330-Grumpy_400x300.jpg
I really need to learn how to smooth out my oil pastels. I'm using a stump...maybe I need to try mineral spirits???? Do most of you use that?
Lorianne

halthepainter
04-07-2012, 01:03 PM
Lorraine, your Grumpy looiks great. There is nothing wrong with some texture. Some artists are defined by the texture in their art.

Look at Russ's rose in last month's challenge. His blending is incredibly smooth by just using fingers and color shapers...no solvents.

He also has a thread:http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1055502&page=4

where Russ describes his porcess for blending oil pastels.

raizes
04-08-2012, 12:47 AM
Hey Everyone,

First timer on the Challenge Thread. I decided I like the river scene. This is a nice size, 12" x 17" on Fabriano paper. Holds up well to my scrubbin and rubbin. Oh and I used Sennelier's. Thanks Paul for the thread and pictures. I decided to crop a bit. I wanted the river up closer. It was a lot of fun. Thanks again.

paul444
04-08-2012, 04:43 AM
Hi Lorianne,Your grumpy looks fantastic,the background really sets him off. well done.
I use a colour shaper to mix and smooth my pastels out, for larger areas I use my finger, but as Hal as already said some texture can be left on purpose to add to the painting.

Hi Rich,
An awesome painting of the river. You have captured the scene beautifully. I particularly like the water, the reflections and colours are superb.

talinka
04-08-2012, 04:45 AM
Pat, Charri, Hal and Paul- Thanks for the comments.
Lorainne- I like your Grumpy. The color blending looks fine to me. Perhaps you could attach a larger photo?
Rich- love the landscape. Looks really nice and smooth.

Pat Isaac
04-08-2012, 07:12 AM
Beautifully done, Rich. Water and reflections are perfect.

Pat

halthepainter
04-08-2012, 08:45 AM
Rich, fantastic job. I was going to do that one but now I'm not so sure. Your painting is so good and mine won't be. :rolleyes:

raizes
04-08-2012, 01:56 PM
Thanks guys. I'm not sure about that Hal. From checking out your work, you're a master in your own right.... Beautifully done! I was tempted to paint grumpy fish, but I saw most everyone took to him also. And I love what you guys did with him.

halthepainter
04-09-2012, 08:45 PM
Wonderful work everyone.

Rich scared me away from the river scene so I thought I would try to paint the Russy.... I mean the grumpy. :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Apr-2012/140488-grumpy2_wc.jpg

I was going to try to put in some scales but I got to this stage of the painting and liked it as is. The colors are a bit subtle. I liked that as well.

Anyway the painting is on an 8 by 10 inch masonite panel gessoed with clear gesso. The masonite under the clear gesso is naturally toned. I like that. The clear gesso created almost too much texture.

Anyway the pastels were a combination of Gray Pas and Senns.

Suggestions welcome.

PJjr
04-10-2012, 12:21 AM
RICK. Your river scene is unbelievable. Great job it looks like something you spent months on.
I like Doobi's owl also. In fact I like them all so far.
Hal your grumpy fish is awesome! I like how you set the background.

Nice set of pics Paul ... I will try a stab at a couple. :)

paul444
04-10-2012, 03:58 PM
Hal, your version of grumpy is superb.. I like his eye and the way you have changed the background.It really makes him stand out. Excellent.

Looking foreword to seeing your version of one of the photo's Paul.

Pat Isaac
04-10-2012, 04:09 PM
I like your Grumpy, Hal and the change of background. He definitely has an attitude.

Pat

halthepainter
04-10-2012, 05:38 PM
PJ, Paul, Pat, thank you.

raizes
04-10-2012, 08:57 PM
Hal, great job on grumpy fish. Nice soft touch. He really looks like he is underwater, which is not easy to do.

halthepainter
04-10-2012, 09:10 PM
Thank you Rich.

VladK
04-11-2012, 09:42 PM
Doobi, great works
Talinka, so lively
Lorianne, very nice
Rich, great job on difficult subject, real challenge, I put my eye on it, too
Hal, great work on grumpy, I started mine, too :)

halthepainter
04-11-2012, 09:58 PM
Thank you Vlad, I look forward to yours.

VladK
04-11-2012, 11:36 PM
Grumpy, Erengi and Sennelier oil pastels on 9x12" Colorfix primed tinted paper, painting size is about 8x10"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Apr-2012/204616-IMG_9218_s.jpg

Thank you for comments

...forgot to put a bubble;)

halthepainter
04-12-2012, 09:47 AM
Vlad, great job on the Grumpy. Great job suggesting scales.

Vlad if you were to add a bubble, on which end of the grumpy would it appear??? :evil:

oldrockchick
04-12-2012, 09:54 AM
I'm going to paint Grumpy -

Pat Isaac
04-12-2012, 10:30 AM
Wonderful Grumpy, Vlad. I like the suggestion of the background rocks.

Pat

halthepainter
04-12-2012, 10:32 AM
I'm going to paint Grumpy -

"Grumpy"... is that the subject or the attitude Lin? :D

paul444
04-12-2012, 11:05 AM
Vlad , I like the browns and yellows you have put into his fins and the suggestion of scales, a very solid looking fish. A beautiful version of grumpy.

paul444
04-12-2012, 11:08 AM
Good question Hal... Lol , either way I'm looking foreword to your version Lin.

raizes
04-12-2012, 12:19 PM
Vlad - He looks great. I like the color you used in the fins. Nice job

VladK
04-12-2012, 10:58 PM
Hal, thanks, hahaha, yes, the bubble would appear on the right side :lol:
Pat, thank you, I wanted the rocks not to overpower the painting yet to make strong visual contrast
Paul, thanks, I'm thinking now of oil version, with a couple of layers of glazing, but make it bright red orange, don't know how it'll play...
Rich, thank you, tried my best in a limited time frame

talinka
04-13-2012, 04:25 AM
Hal- I love your sloumn looking grumpy with it's subdued tones. I also love how you did the water in the background
Vlad- love your grumpy too. The texture on that fish is incredible

oldrockchick
04-13-2012, 09:04 AM
haha :lol:

Here is a happily painted 'Grumpy'. I have been so overwhelmed by paintings I want to finish and do I was rushing to post. :rolleyes:

Here he is...what sort of fishy is he?


'Grumpy'
10" x 7" wc paper prepped with Colourfix
U/paint Derwent Aquatone and Graphitint
Oil Pastels: Neopastels and Senneliers

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2012/179312-OP_April_12_-_Grumpy_1000px.JPG
Might get to do another if I have time.

I'm also using OPs for the Fur, Scale & Feather challenge for a KOI.

It's an any media 'subject' challenge over in animals.

Must rush.....painting to be done - lost a week with being away.


hmm still not grumpy :P:D

Pat Isaac
04-13-2012, 09:13 AM
What a colorful Grumpy, Lin. I also like the painterly feel to this.

Pat

oldrockchick
04-13-2012, 09:30 AM
i'm trying to 'loosen up' Pat

halthepainter
04-13-2012, 09:35 AM
Tali, thank you.

Lin your happy grumpy looks great. Nice bold colors, boldy applied. Well done. :thumbsup:

oldrockchick
04-13-2012, 09:37 AM
Thanks Hal/Pat

I'm wondering if Paul has told Grumpy he is modelling for us - would it cheer him up - or would he ask for a modelling fee?

Doobi
04-14-2012, 02:23 AM
Lin, your grumpy looks awesome!!

Lucylove
04-14-2012, 09:40 AM
Might get to do another if I have time.

I'm also using OPs for the Fur, Scale & Feather challenge for a KOI.

It's an any media 'subject' challenge over in animals.

Must rush.....painting to be done - lost a week with being away.


hmm still not grumpy :P:D

Oooh.. Busted! Can't wait to see your Koi.. I did the Koi, too.. :) I love your Grumpy! The colors just burst. I love when I catch you on here... You never cease to surprise and I am starting to become a fan of your work.

paul444
04-14-2012, 11:16 AM
Lin , your 'Grumpy' looks awesome, very bright and colourful. This would certainly cheer him up if he saw it. he would probably ask for a bigger tank just for two. Lol. I don't know what kind of fish he is. I failed to note it when I took his picture at London zoo. Sorry.

PJjr
04-14-2012, 12:44 PM
I tried to make a picasso fish but ended up with some sort of fusion baked pop art version which is completely out of my style haha!! anyways... here is my off-kilter attempt at Grumpy--

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Apr-2012/625152-fish.jpg

halthepainter
04-14-2012, 01:12 PM
Paul you at least got both eyeballs on the same side of the head. :D :wink2:

adamsaso
04-14-2012, 01:32 PM
My tryout with Grumpy... Background could be better but I do not care about it :)

C&C welcome

halthepainter
04-14-2012, 03:08 PM
Well done Adam. Quite a nice piece.

paul444
04-15-2012, 07:24 AM
Paul, your Picasso style fish looks fantastic. A great fun piece and one of my favourites. Are you going to fill in the background or is this done ?

paul444
04-15-2012, 07:27 AM
Well done Adam, a lovely version of ' Grumpy ' . The background looks fine to me, understated, so all the attention goes to grumpy.

PJjr
04-15-2012, 11:44 AM
Hal- lol! I guess the eyes should be diagonal and off the head for a real Picasso huh?

Paul- thank you.. no I think this is done... I thought of coloring in the background but I wanted to keep the fish completely separated and couldn't figure out what colors to use to achieve that separation.

VladK
04-15-2012, 10:42 PM
Lin, nicely done
Paul, this is amazing, nice vision:wink2:
Adam, good job


This is a cityscape, The River Itchen at Winchester, all Sennelier, the oil pastels pad (9x12") and oil pastels:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Apr-2012/204616-IMG_9220_s.jpg

All comments are welcome. Thanks

raizes
04-16-2012, 01:56 AM
I like your style Vlad. Nice color and looseness to it. Great paintings on your website as well.

Pat Isaac
04-16-2012, 08:11 AM
I do like you Picasso version of Grumpy, Paul. He is quite fun.
Nicelu done, Adam. Very delicate.
Your river scene has a nice painterly feel to it Vlad.

Pat

paul444
04-16-2012, 10:03 AM
An excellent painting Vlad, You have captured the scene beautifully and as Pat has already said, very painterly.

oldrockchick
04-16-2012, 11:06 AM
Grumpy isproving popular as for my Koi I think it's bin fodder atm. Wrong surface for waterbased neocolour I think. Not doing well.

Well done guys on some excellent paintings!

halthepainter
04-16-2012, 11:50 AM
Vlad, a wonderful painterly work. I like what you've done.

PJjr
04-16-2012, 05:00 PM
ADAMSASO- I like the background on yours... great job .
VLADK- as always wonderful painting... I particularly like the left side and water.

ullahennig
04-19-2012, 01:37 PM
It is the first time that I participate in a monthly challenge at Wet Canvas. There are so many beautiful paintings in this thread, and I am an absolute newbie to this medium. So I rather humbly present my fish:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Apr-2012/984492-fish_fertig.jpg
C&C is always welcome and appreciated!

Pat Isaac
04-19-2012, 01:45 PM
Oh, here is that lovely fish, ulla. I do like the background that you created almost as if he is in an aquarium.

Pat

halthepainter
04-19-2012, 01:48 PM
Ulla, a delightful piece. It's wonderful that you decided to join us.

paul444
04-20-2012, 11:23 AM
Ulla, A lovely fish and a great background. Thanks for joining in, hope to see more of your work soon.

ullahennig
04-20-2012, 12:57 PM
Thank you so much, Pat,Hal and Paul! I had to try out my two new Caran d'Ache neopastels on that piece (turquoise and jade-green). I feel very honored to be a part of this challenge!

VladK
04-20-2012, 11:10 PM
Thank you Rich, Pat, Paul (444), Hal and Paul (Pjr)
Ulla, very nice, I like your colors

gakinme
04-21-2012, 11:24 PM
Doobi, Grumpy definitely looks better in the second one and great looking owl!!

Tali, that luminiscent eye is very attractive. Good colors too.

Loriane, I like the rock background underwater as it is. The spreckles read well.

Rich, wow, what a cheery sunny piece compared to the photo. I'd love to visit on a day like that too. Great details!

Hal, I like Grumpy without scales too. Magical colors in the background.

Vlad, this got to be my favorite piece of your challenges so far. What a great looking fish. It looks so sad!!! And you even got the colors to match it. It's really very good!! And the background contrasts it so well!!!:clap: :clap: Your cityscape looks so storybook like! Very entrancing.

Lin, your Grumpy looks so cheerful and bright. I love the shiny bits all over!!!

Haha...Paul, love the abstract piece of yours. Totally whacky but so fun to look at!

Adam, your Grumpy looks so dangerous!! Nice job. Brilliant color use. Almost piranhna like.

Ulla, I think I know why he's grumpy. He looks a bit starved. :lol: Good colors though.


This one has pastel ground and General's graphite powder mixed into it first.

Pentalic 70 lb 5.5 x 8 inch sketchbook
Erengil oil pastel
Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencil

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2012/86669-op_challenge_apr_2012c.jpg

This one is in same sketchbook without pastel ground but I used a bit of solvent.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2012/86669-op_challenge_apr_2012d.jpg

This one was the awful looking piece of nude done with graphite powder and watercolor. Now I salvaged it by putting Erengi oil pastel and solvent all over it.

Stillman & Birn Alpha 9x12 inch hardbound sketchbook with Golden Coarse ground.

Some colored pencils for details.

The orange is neon and it doesn't show if I scan it. Only photographing it will it come out with the right colors.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Apr-2012/86669-op_challenge_apri_2012d.jpg

halthepainter
04-22-2012, 09:32 AM
Sandra, great to have you chipping in with your work. Is that a whale???:lol:

VladK
04-22-2012, 05:20 PM
Hello, this is what i would call The Meeting, Sennelier oil pastels on 9x12" Sennelier pad. I realized(but it was too late, actually, it's the bottom of paper:D ), that I missed proportions on the closer to us fairy if compared to the one sitting on the top..., but nevertheless, I wanted to connect still life with the real one. Your comments are highly appreciated. Also, I've redone the background about three times, from grayish green, to mute red, to the one you see.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Apr-2012/204616-IMG_9236_s.jpg

Thanks for looking!

Oh, and by the way, The Sennelier (outlet:lol: ) store just across the Seine from Louvre:wink2: , I took this photo in 2010 for our community (for you) but somehow lost it on a disk (:o http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Apr-2012/204616-IMG_4010.JPG ) and now I found it:music: :

gakinme
04-22-2012, 05:36 PM
Hal, it's acutally some strange water creatures.

Vlad, how big is this piece? How did you manage to fit so much details in? Great looking statues.

VladK
04-22-2012, 05:47 PM
Hi Sandra, just crossed your post, I did the small sculpture details with the oil pencils, Walnut Hollow (had to check the label, bc I call them "sleepy hollow", they don't do much color, but are very helpful with details and sometimes with blending, I found them by Robert's website recommendation long ago although, I believe, they are no more in production) then went over with pastels. You're right, this size should be done on a bigger format:wink2:

Your sketches are very good, I like the fish, very dynamic. But your fairy is sad:wink2: like my fish :lol:

halthepainter
04-22-2012, 06:40 PM
Fantastic job on this latest work Vlad. It is quite impressive.

Pat Isaac
04-23-2012, 09:32 AM
Sandra, I like all your work on the challenge and especially that neon grumpy.
Vlad, beautifully done rendering of the sulpture. Thanks also for the image of the Sennelier store.

Pat

paul444
04-23-2012, 11:07 AM
Sandra, three great paintings, thats a very colourful Grumpy and he stands out well against the background.

paul444
04-23-2012, 11:14 AM
Vlad, An excellent painting. You have captured the details beautifully, the butterfly adds something special to it and the background really sets it off.

Thanks for the Sennelier store image.

oldrockchick
04-23-2012, 12:37 PM
hi Ulla
So please your participated and showed us your lovely version of the fishy. I especially like his flowing tail fins.

When I started i was constantly struggling with papers etc. I used 'pastel' papers like Tints and Murano and found I couldn't do more than one layer.
I think you will find the medium a lot easier if you try a more 'toothy' surface.

There are some threads on here about good papers/supports to use (and bad ones) we have all learnt by trial and error - when I first landed here the only advisde I had was from a book by John? Elliot. But people on this forum taught me so much.
Persevere and experiment.

......
Thanks all for comments on my 'Grumpy'. I did snag another ref, but doubt now I'll time to do a second thios month.

Sandra - you have been really busy! love your fairy - you brought her to life.

Vlad - wel fairies are supposed to be small :D . Lovely fantasy piece... and thanks for the photo of the Sennelier shop - it is so smalll!!! Still i guess if it is the original one that Picasso visited when he first asked them to make oil pastels, it wasn't a multi-national corporation. But I like that they have kept it tiny.

VladK
04-23-2012, 09:31 PM
Thank you Hal, Pat, Paul and Lin

paul444
04-26-2012, 12:51 PM
Its 6 X 10 using Senneliers on gesso coated watercolour paper.
I decided to crop this picture down and concetrate on the bouy's.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Apr-2012/82968-Bouys_wc.jpg

oldrockchick
04-26-2012, 12:53 PM
Paul - that is interesting - very different - I like it!

halthepainter
04-26-2012, 01:06 PM
Interesting crop on the bouys. If I didn't know ahead of time what they were it would have taken me some time to identify what they were. It would have kept the viewer engaged.

Pat Isaac
04-26-2012, 04:22 PM
I always enjoy your crops, Paul and this give a very abstract feel to the painting.

Pat

halthepainter
04-29-2012, 11:43 AM
OK, Here goes.

First I have to start out with my usual laundry list of excuses as to why I didn't do a better job on this one.
1. I had only intended to do this as a loose sketchy piece. That is, until I saw the fantastic work put out by Rich, and Vlad.
2. Since I hadn't intended this to be a keeper, I had already started the piece on Soho artboard before I saw Rich's and Vlad's work. I hadn't gessoed nor applied any surface treatment to help grab the oil pastels.
3. Without marble dust and no gesso, the Soho board was not at all receptive to extra layers of oil pastels and I had great difficulty in applying additional layers.
4. So until I can think up some more excuses:

"Down by the Riverside"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Apr-2012/140488-by_the_riverside_wc.jpg
11 by 14 inches on Soho artboard, Erengis, with a couple of Senneliers at the end.

Notice how I waited until the end of the month to get some separation between my piece and Vlad's and Rich's. :evil: :rolleyes:

Pat Isaac
04-29-2012, 03:56 PM
No more excuses, Hal. This is a fine piece. The only little nit pic I have is the pine tree on the left. I think the part over the roof might be darker.

Pat

LADickerman
04-29-2012, 04:18 PM
Hal, I love your colors in Down by the Riverside. I like how the ripples in the
river turned out.

Here is my Magic Garden on Blue Canson Pastel Paper in mostly Senneliers and some other mixed brands. I really struggled with the face and should have just left it alone the first time. It was better.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Apr-2012/188330-Fairies_watering_can.jpg

lorianne

paul444
04-30-2012, 05:13 AM
Thank you Lin,Hal and Pat.

paul444
04-30-2012, 05:20 AM
Hal, the separation was not necessary it is a lovely drawing in its own right.
Well done.

A lovely drawing Lorianne. Her face looks fine, as if she is smiling down at her struggling companion.
Thanks for joining us.

halthepainter
04-30-2012, 02:23 PM
Hal, the separation was not necessary it is a lovely drawing in its own right.
Well done.


Oh yes it was Paul. You see what a fantastic job those two did!!!:eek: :wink2:

Thank you Pat, Lorriane ( your painting came out quite well) and Paul.

Paul great job of hosting, thank you.

oldrockchick
04-30-2012, 04:04 PM
Hal
this is the 2nd time I've heard the expression Laundry List today ( twice of an American. Why do you have to 'list' your laundry - is it in the habit of going missing and needs to be inventoried? :confused:
I do know how hard it is working on an unsuitable surface. Frustrating!
Nevertheless it is still a good piece, impressionistinc and loose but serene.

Lorraine - always lovely to see new faces here in OP
What a delightful interpretation....lovely

oldrockchick
04-30-2012, 04:24 PM
I have to go to the studio tomorrow so it would be quite late posting so if it's ok I'll psot May a a little early rather than late.

Thanks Paul for hosting.

Pat Isaac
04-30-2012, 05:32 PM
Welocme, lorianne.....nice little painting and the face is just fine.
Not sure where you heard the term "laundry list" Lin. I live here and have never heard it.

Pat

halthepainter
04-30-2012, 06:40 PM
Pat, Lin really??? You've never heard the term laundry list??


(archaic (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Glossary#archaic)) Originally, a list of articles of clothing (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/clothing) that had been sent to be laundered (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/launder). [quotations ▼ (javascript:(function(){})())]

1920, Scouting for Girls: Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts, First Edition, The Girl Scouts, Inc., page 126 (http://books.google.com/books?id=48UiAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA126&dq=%22laundry+list%22):Learn how to make out a laundry list and to check it when the laundry comes home.
(idiomatic (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Glossary#idiomatic), by extension) A long and often tedious (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tedious) list (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/list) of items. [quotations (javascript:(function(){})())Often a list of tedious tasks or onerous items to be delt with. It generally has a negative connotation.

oldrockchick
04-30-2012, 06:47 PM
I was never a girl scout - I do send my launder for service wash - but never felt the need to list it .... who thought of that idea.....some odd scullery maid?

paul444
05-01-2012, 07:43 AM
A big thank you to everyone for taking part this month and producing such beautiful works.

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to seeing whats in store for this month.

*j9*
05-03-2012, 11:25 PM
Sorry I'm late to the party! Finally got around to "Grumpy."

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-May-2012/222656-GrumpyFish.jpg

Caran d'Ache Neopastels on rough watercolor paper primed with Art Spectrum Colourfix primer in elephant.

Pat Isaac
05-04-2012, 07:32 AM
Welcome j9.....:wave: This is a great Grumpy and you are obviously not new to oil pastels. Nice use of the medium and hope to see more of your work.

Pat

oldrockchick
05-04-2012, 11:19 AM
welcome j9
you know it's great to see so many new people joining us on OPs!!

I love your grumpy. it reminds me of one of those fish anglers mount in a case and put on the wall

halthepainter
05-04-2012, 11:32 AM
J9, delighted to have you join us. Your Grumpy is great.

Now get busy on the May Challenges!!!! :wink2:

talinka
05-04-2012, 03:17 PM
J9- this is a very nice "Grumpy". I love the texture and the soft lighting.

paul444
05-05-2012, 06:18 AM
Hi J9.
Welcome to the oil pastel forum, so glad you could join us.
A fantastic version of ' Grumpy ' you have captured him beautifully. I particularly like the light underbelly.
Hope to see more of your work in the future.