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oldrockchick
04-30-2012, 05:00 PM
:wave: Hi all

Welcome to the Oil Pastel Challenge for May

The 'challenge' is for ALL abilities and you can experiment or sketch or leap out of your comfort zone. It's up to you.

These are ALL my own photos so no copyright issues.

Please feel free to post as you go.... 'WIP', either if you'd like to show us your process, which we love to see, or if you get stuck and need help and advice. We are all friendly and happy to help. We don't bite!

When you post your finished piece please state:
Support including any prep
size
OilPastels used
if you have used any thing with the OP for undercoat

Other mediums may be used to complement, but the work must be primarily Oil Pastels.

OIL BARS may also be used

You have the whole month, but if you are unable to post by 31 May the threads do remain open..

I am currently uploading larger refs to the RIL,



First as it is spring let us start with this newborn baby lamb that I photographed just a couple of weeks ago in a farm high up in the Yorkshire Dales

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=151492&ppuser=179312

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Apr-2012/179312-animal_10_April_12_Malham_Cove_Area__41_1024x768.jpg


Some landscapes....

this one is a mountain overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake in the English Lake District in Cumbria. I took it on a rainy day in the autumn.
no idea why but it is a peak called 'Barf' officially on the OS map :eek: .

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=151552&ppuser=179312

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Apr-2012/179312-lands_5_Oct_11__a_Bassenthwaite_Lake__1_1024x768.jpg

I've posted this place before but not the same photo. I'm hoping this will be quite an easy one to do...
Beach at Freshwater West

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=151562&ppuser=179312

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Apr-2012/179312-landscapes_Wales_2009_Day_9_-_Freshwater_East006_32_1024x768.jpg
The obligatory Flower - A clematis bloom

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=151502&ppuser=179312

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Apr-2012/179312-floral_3_May_09_Arbury_Hall044_5_1024x768.jpg
A still life you can play around with..some rather manky (past their best) cherries

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=151582&ppuser=179312

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Apr-2012/179312-Still_Still_Life_Grapes__cake__best_light_2_1024x768.jpg

And finally, a touch of nostalgia....
A teenage girl's bedroom, and a 70s guitar.... sorry this photo is too old to have a higher res image.:o

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Apr-2012/179312-objects_Wales_2009_Day_16_going_home_-_Candid_and_bizarre_camp_site_shots030_16_513x772.jpg

I can't wait to see what you do with these and I've tried to choose a selection with varied interests and hopefully not too difficult as we have some new to the medium.

ENJOY!!!!!

Pat Isaac
04-30-2012, 05:34 PM
Thanks, Lin. Great photos and a little early is just fine.

Pat

oldrockchick
04-30-2012, 06:25 PM
cool thanks Pat

btw i meant to say I stitched that quilt myself - knitted every single square and crocheted them together - still had it until I moved house a few years ago!!

halthepainter
05-01-2012, 10:14 AM
Hi Lin great photos, I'll definately will have to at least have a go at the lamb.

adamsaso
05-01-2012, 12:59 PM
Beautifull ... I will definately try landscapes :)

oldrockchick
05-01-2012, 01:18 PM
Hi adam so nice to see you. We love new members to our freindly little OP family. I look forward to seeing yoru work:)

stee71
05-02-2012, 10:39 PM
Ok I'll start off the month with my rather unsatisfying effort .....Neos on A4 bright pink canford card.....it's nowhere near the mental image i had in my head but as a sketch it served as a useful exercise for playing with the oilies on a smooth unprimed surface, only a thin layer of colour goes on but scraping off unwanted areas is easy. As you can see I removed one of the cherries and went to town scribbling all over the background, shame it didn't work as planned.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2012/177539-may-challenge-pic-enhanced_1.jpg
Sorry about the pic quality I'm working away so only have my phone camera on hand

halthepainter
05-02-2012, 11:05 PM
Steve the cherries are wonderful. Their texture and highlights are right on.

Pat Isaac
05-03-2012, 07:38 AM
Well, I think those are awesome cherries, Steve and interesting effects with the smooth paper.

Pat

AnnKB
05-03-2012, 04:08 PM
Wow, the cherries are great. I love the contrast with the background and the 'scribbly' textures of the cloth. I would be very happy to have produced this!.
Ann

oldrockchick
05-04-2012, 10:27 AM
Steve - grats on being first.
Sorry it has taken me a while to check in. Wasn't onm line all day yesterday and for some reason some of my subscribed threads don't highlight new posts.

i love this... I love th4e composition and the squiggly background,. Excellent likeness on the scarf and those cherries look real enough to eat.

I've used DR Canford for Cp but never considered it for OPs as it is totally toothless.

Well Done.

Mmadsen
05-04-2012, 01:18 PM
Totally toothless, that sounds like retirement!

Unbelievable job on the cherries. I bet if you put this aside and look at it in a month you'll be impressed (but maybe that only works with me).

Thanks,

Mark

talinka
05-04-2012, 03:20 PM
Steve- I like your drawing of the cherries. In my opinion, the contrast between the smoothness of the cherries and the texture of the BG is really cool.

lumiere33
05-05-2012, 04:44 AM
hello everybody,
Stee, :clap::clap: your fruits are lovely
I love the guitar and the fruit photos, I'll try to do something.

Evalisa
05-05-2012, 08:51 AM
Hi,

Steves cherries are wonderful, nevertheless, I also gave them a try.
Thanks, Lin, for the interesting photos. I also like the newborn lamb very much.

Best,
Evalisa

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2012/981407-Cherries.jpg

oldrockchick
05-05-2012, 09:02 AM
Hi Evalista - so glad to have you on board - lovely to meet new friends in Oil Pastels.

You have done a fine job on this still life. Lovely rounding form and lights. Well done. Now just frame and hang it!

halthepainter
05-05-2012, 11:00 PM
Evalisa great job. Delighted to have you join us in the oiil pastel forum.

I've been working on the "Poor Little Lamb" for two evenings. It's late, I'm tired and this is all I'm going to do to this for a day or two. I'll let it age and look at it with fresh eyes.

Mostly Sennelier Oil Pastels on 8 by 10 inch, gessoed masonite.

The imaged photographed lighter than IRL.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2012/140488-Lamb_OP_chal_May_wc.jpg

Lighting wasn't good for the photo and I may be able to get another one tomorrow.

Suggestions for improvement welcome.

Pat Isaac
05-06-2012, 07:26 AM
Welcome evalista......great job on the cherries. Nice deep reds.
I love this lamb, Hal. The white fur is wonderful with all the subtle pinks and blues and the grass and shadow work well also.

Pat

halthepainter
05-06-2012, 09:59 AM
Thank you Pat. Well we finally have a sunny day today.

Evalisa
05-06-2012, 12:47 PM
Hi,

Hal, I really like your lamb. Indeed, especially that you spent him some sun and grass. :clap:

Dear Lin, Hal and Pat, also thanks for your nice comments on my cherries.

Best,
Evalisa

halthepainter
05-06-2012, 12:56 PM
Hi,

Hal, I really like your lamb. Indeed, especially that you spent him some sun and grass. :clap:
Evalisa

Thank you Evalisa, the poor little guy needed some grass to munch on. :D :wink2:

Hal

Mmadsen
05-08-2012, 12:31 PM
Hi all,
Here's where I'm at, just greyscaling it in at the moment on terracotta colorfixed watercolor paper 8x10. I thought a fisherman fixing a net was in order so the sketch I'm using you see at moment. I'm thinking I maybe should have had him facing to sea. Hmmmmm . . .

Thanks for the inspiration and scene Lin.

Senns and Neos.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2012/131193-op_may_I.jpg

halthepainter
05-08-2012, 12:51 PM
Yeah Mark, It's hard to imagine a fisherman turning his back to the sea.:wink2:

Pat Isaac
05-08-2012, 12:54 PM
Nice start and looking at the sea would be good.

Pat

Mmadsen
05-08-2012, 01:44 PM
OK, thanks for the concurrence. He's good as switched.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2012/131193-photo_17.JPG

halthepainter
05-08-2012, 02:50 PM
This is a work in progress based on Lin's landscape photo with buildings (honest... really it is.):rolleyes:

I decided I wanted some sky, then I decided I wanted a back lit scene and of course I wanted to change the buildings and add red roofs.

There are a large number of issues to be dealt with before I decide it's a keeper or a trasher. The big tree is a disaster, the area to the right of the big tree, I smeared out last night and when my Senneliers set up a bit I'll work on the scene again.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2012/140488-may_chal_bldgs_wc.jpg
Senneliers on 8 by 10, gessoed masonite panel.

Am I the only one who gets really depressed when I feel I've badly blown a painting. And I'm really depressed at the moment. (It's a dreary, rainy day as well which doubly compounds my depression.)

talinka
05-08-2012, 03:22 PM
Hal- I love your drawings- especially the lamb. The soft tones you used to do its hair coat are fabulous.
Mmadsen-I like your scenery with the lonely fisherman

stee71
05-08-2012, 05:07 PM
Thanks for the feedback on the cherries guys n gals, i was a bit disappointed as i had a really cool idea in my head but my skills didnt live up to my vision, more practice required methinks haha.
Great painterly effect on those cherries Evalisa,
Hal the lamb has your style written all over it, lovely texture holding it all together.
Mark I like where your seascape is going, that fisherman will make a great focal point.
Hal I know you're still working on it, but as it stands to my eye, the top of your landscape seems less successful than the bottom, you say the tree is a disaster but you know what if you crop the image in half vertically, I think you have a really great painting, the tree, the buildings everything works, you can tell the scene is back lit even without seeing any sky..... the downside is if you did crop it, then it would likely need a bespoke frame....but I think it would be a quick seller.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2012/177539-140488-may_chal_bldgs_wc-1.jpg

See what I mean, that tree you say is a disaster looks fantastic!

halthepainter
05-08-2012, 06:51 PM
Thank you Tali.

Steve, great idea about the crop. It does look better without the top half of the painting. :eek:

Doobi
05-09-2012, 05:02 AM
Hi All,

This is my version of the cherries.

Suggestions are welcome.

Cheers,
Doobi

halthepainter
05-09-2012, 10:16 AM
Doobi, great job on the cherries.

Mmadsen
05-09-2012, 12:42 PM
Man . . . now pointing towards the sea . . .http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-May-2012/131193-opmay_III.jpg

This is getting fun . . .

All harassment still very welcome . . .

Mark

Pat Isaac
05-09-2012, 12:50 PM
Yes, like this better.

Pat

halthepainter
05-09-2012, 01:56 PM
Mark, no harrassment from me.

Your painting looks good to me.

*j9*
05-10-2012, 02:05 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2012/177539-may-challenge-pic-enhanced_1.jpg


I really dig this one! The textures are great, especially in contrast to the ultra-smooth and glossy cherries. Have you checked out John Smolko's (http://www.smolkoart.com/gallery.htm)work? He does amazing stuff with scribbles... :-)

halthepainter
05-10-2012, 03:05 PM
I really dig this one! Have you checked out John Smolko's (http://www.smolkoart.com/gallery.htm)work? He does amazing stuff with scribbles... :-)

Yes I have. Everyone seems to have a terminal skin disease. :eek:

stee71
05-11-2012, 06:36 AM
I hadn't heard of John Smolko, but I like a lot of the work in his online gallery....they're far more refined than my efforts

Mmadsen
05-11-2012, 01:33 PM
Sorry to keep posting this but . . . I finally tried turpentine to soften. Wow.

So here it is for today as my eyes get a little more open . . . should have tried this years ago.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2012/131193-opmay_IV.jpg

Still have to try and (or maybe not) to try and put the net he's fixing in. Hmmmmmm. . .

Thanks,

Mark

oldrockchick
05-11-2012, 01:40 PM
Mark - lovign what you have done with this. 'Staring at the Sea' - great 80s album by 'The Cure' this would be a much better albunm cover

Cherries seem popluar.

Nice work Doobi!!

Hal - was looking at your lamb again and realised just how well you have got the light on the grass and love the squiggly background. Dont' worry about your landscape - it's getting there. play around with it. Get some pieces of paper and cover areas up from side/top etc.

Pat Isaac
05-11-2012, 02:18 PM
This is looking just fine, Mark. I'd put the net in for interest...

Pat

halthepainter
05-11-2012, 07:36 PM
Mark, it's looking great. The suggestion of a net would be great.

gakinme
05-14-2012, 02:07 AM
Steve, incredible cherry painting. Almost photorealistic.
Eva, your cherries look ripe and sweet ready to eat!! Nice highlights.
Mark, love the changing of direction of the man and the sea. So creative.
Hal, your lamb is so adorable!!! It would be perfect for a Christmas book cover. And the landscape has such vibrant colors! It's very storybook like with the rising sun. Love how you did the hills of trees behind the houses.
Doobi, your cherries look equally tempting.

Lin, thanks for the photo references.

Here's mine. Dollar store oil pastels and Mungyo student grade oil pastel on 65 lb cardstock black with colorfix pastel ground.

This used to be a piece of Delacroix soft pastels but I just painted all over it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-May-2012/86669-op_challenge_may_2012c.jpg

oldrockchick
05-14-2012, 08:57 AM
Thanks for participating Sandra.
That is lovely and seems a little different style for you - but I do like it. It's not always the highest quality OPs that are needed - you have proved it.

Thanks to everyone participating. I only have a few in the 'gallery' so far.

Where is everyone?

Admitedly I haven't started yet but hope to

halthepainter
05-14-2012, 10:22 AM
Sandra, it's a lovely piece of work.

alangraham
05-15-2012, 10:54 PM
Sorry to keep posting this but . . . I finally tried turpentine to soften. Wow.

So here it is for today as my eyes get a little more open . . . should have tried this years ago.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-May-2012/131193-opmay_IV.jpg

Still have to try and (or maybe not) to try and put the net he's fixing in. Hmmmmmm. . .

Thanks,

Mark

Mark,
I like the look of this a lot! Have you tried Gamsol instead of turps? I like it better. I just dip a rubber blender in, and dab a dash here, and then spread about. You can get some really cool textures.

regards,
Cory

alangraham
05-15-2012, 10:55 PM
Evalisa great job. Delighted to have you join us in the oiil pastel forum.

I've been working on the "Poor Little Lamb" for two evenings. It's late, I'm tired and this is all I'm going to do to this for a day or two. I'll let it age and look at it with fresh eyes.

Mostly Sennelier Oil Pastels on 8 by 10 inch, gessoed masonite.

The imaged photographed lighter than IRL.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2012/140488-Lamb_OP_chal_May_wc.jpg

Lighting wasn't good for the photo and I may be able to get another one tomorrow.

Suggestions for improvement welcome.

Hal, I love the lamb. I like the shadowing, too beneath her. Looking good. Your landscape is great, too. They look like buildings to me.
regards,
Cory

alangraham
05-15-2012, 10:57 PM
Ok I'll start off the month with my rather unsatisfying effort .....Neos on A4 bright pink canford card.....it's nowhere near the mental image i had in my head but as a sketch it served as a useful exercise for playing with the oilies on a smooth unprimed surface, only a thin layer of colour goes on but scraping off unwanted areas is easy. As you can see I removed one of the cherries and went to town scribbling all over the background, shame it didn't work as planned.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2012/177539-may-challenge-pic-enhanced_1.jpg
Sorry about the pic quality I'm working away so only have my phone camera on hand

Wow, these are fantastic. Way to go! As someone else said, the textured background and the smooth foreground/cherries works well.

regards,
Cory

gakinme
05-15-2012, 11:00 PM
Thank you, Hal, Lin, for your comments. Scenery is really not my scene but I showed myself that oil pastel could achieve just as much as soft pastels without the dust.

alangraham
05-17-2012, 09:01 AM
I like it Sandra. Are you going to smooth in the ops more or leave it be. Either way, it's fun. I agree as scenery isn't my thing either. I've been thinking about the mountain/ocean/beach one, but I don't know. I've been a kick of doing people and shoes of all things, so it may be a nice break.

regards,
Cory

halthepainter
05-17-2012, 09:18 AM
I've been a kick of doing people and shoes of all things, so it may be a nice break.
regards,
Cory

Careful Cory, I've heard strange stories about people with shoe fetishes. :eek:

alangraham
05-17-2012, 10:04 AM
Careful Cory, I've heard strange stories about people with shoe fetishes. :eek:

:)

I've heard strange stories about artists in general, haha.

Mmadsen
05-18-2012, 04:14 PM
Oh but life would be so boring without a little strange sprinkled in for spice!

halthepainter
05-18-2012, 05:48 PM
I couldn't leave my backlit landscape alone and have tweaked it over and over and now the devil with it, I ain't gonna do any more to it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2012/140488-landscape_backlit_wc.jpg

8 by 10 inches, Senneliers on gessoed masonite.

I'm upset with Steve who suggested that the image be cropped.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2012/140488-landscape_backlit_wc_cropped.jpg
Dad gum it, (a phrase a very religious friend used a lot) Steve is right.

Now, I'll probably have to make a custom frame, if I decide to include this piece in my art fairs.

This one is a wrap, any suggestions for improvement will be applied to future endeavors.

LADickerman
05-19-2012, 08:16 AM
Wow...Mark your piece is so moving. My brother is always telling me that my paintings don't tell a story because I usually choose objects to paint or draw...Yours sure tells a story. Fabulous!

alangraham
05-19-2012, 10:30 AM
Oh but life would be so boring without a little strange sprinkled in for spice!

You're telling me! Strange is so much fun :)

alangraham
05-19-2012, 10:33 AM
Hal, I think the landscape turned out great! I like both pics as they each give off a different vibe. That tree is amazing as it keeps drawing me in.

One suggestion: If you darkened the foreground tree some, how would that look? Maybe some more shadows in between the branches/leaves? It would stand out more.

regards,

halthepainter
05-19-2012, 11:48 AM
[quote=alangraham
One suggestion: If you darkened the foreground tree some, how would that look? Maybe some more shadows in between the branches/leaves? It would stand out more.

regards,[/quote]

Cory, my tree was so squishy I couldn't get anymore dark into it. It is a good idea and I'll do that once things have set up a bit. (and I can get back to it...too many irons in the fire at the moment)

halthepainter
05-21-2012, 12:29 PM
Sorry to hog this thread. The crop (Steve's suggestion), darkened foreground tree mass (Cory's suggestion).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-May-2012/140488-Back_lit_landscape_wc.jpg
The tree was still a bit squishy and my darkening was a bit ham handed as a result but I ain't gonna do no more. :lol:

Pat Isaac
05-21-2012, 01:23 PM
I like your changes, Hal.

Pat

vc joseph
05-23-2012, 11:34 AM
Dear stee71
I think your cherries are better than the original and real work of art.Kindly accept my applause

alangraham
05-23-2012, 08:41 PM
Looks good, Hal. The tree draws my attention for sure. Well done, sir.

regards,
Cory

halthepainter
05-25-2012, 12:32 PM
Thank you Cory.

oldrockchick
05-28-2012, 12:54 PM
Liking the landscape Hal....

I've been so bus I haven't even had a chance to do my own challenge :eek:

Thought a few more folks would have joined in so I guess others are busy too. But many thanks to those that have and just a reminder that even when we start a new monthly challenge you can still post your completed pieces form this one on here.

halthepainter
05-28-2012, 04:01 PM
Thank you Lin, we're missing you.

Of course I know you have a show to prepare for. I just checked my inventory of new paintings and have 18 to frame before my summer fair season starts in a couple of weeks.

stee71
05-28-2012, 06:30 PM
Just catching up with the latest submissions,
Sandra i like your colour scheme for the landscape you have totally changed the mood almost like a nocturne scene.
Hal, I like the final additions (and the crop :evil: )
Mark, your fisherman looks great, i can't wait to see what solvent inspired masterpieces you produce now you have dipped your toe in the water/turps :D

Vc Joseph, thanks for the very nice comment on my cherries, I wish i liked them as much , all i see is abject failure, but I guess we don't learn unless we try new things :cat:

halthepainter
05-29-2012, 02:51 PM
[quote=stee71

Hal, I like the final additions (and the crop :evil: )
[/quote]

Steve gloating doesn't become you....:wink2:

When I sell this at an art fair, this summer, you ain't getting any of the credit. :evil:

Evalisa
05-30-2012, 03:54 PM
Hi all,

Oh yes, I too have very busy times. I would be happy to be more present in the forum but there seem to be no chance.

Nevertheless, today evening I sketched the lamb. It is only a fast sketch, about postcard size.

Best,
Evalisa

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-May-2012/981407-Laemmchen.jpg

halthepainter
05-30-2012, 03:57 PM
Evalisa, delighted to have you join in. You created a real cutie.

Pat Isaac
05-30-2012, 04:05 PM
Thanks for joining in and this is a very nice fast sketch.

Pat

oldrockchick
05-31-2012, 02:15 PM
Yes thanks for joining in - all welcome. Lovely lamb :)

Sorry I've been unable to participate myself. We've had this rare thing happening - called Sumnmer! yes nice weather so i've been out and about in it. Too hot for Ops in the garden. So been busy with CPs to get bits done for the UKCPS exhibition submission

Thank you all for joining in.

Will get round to a gallery as soon as I can.

WickedGlindaGrl
07-05-2012, 11:31 PM
Here's my freshman attempt at oil pastels... any words of wisdom would be appreciated. This was a pretty fun drawing to do! I don't really like how my leaves turned out, and I didn't have all the right colors, so those are off.

Stephanie

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Pat Isaac
07-06-2012, 07:38 AM
Quite nice for your first attempt at OPs...I'd be careful of your values in the upper left corner as the yelow is the same value as the flower.
What kind of oil pastels are you using?

Pat

halthepainter
07-06-2012, 08:12 AM
Stephanie, it's a lovely piece of work especially considering the surface you worked on. You've handled the medium nicely.

WickedGlindaGrl
07-06-2012, 10:48 PM
Thanks!

Pat, I'm just using the crappy Pentel set that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I thought that the oil pastels would be an awesome medium to try, so I figured I would buy and try. Trying to learn as much as I can, and then I came across this site and was amazed!!!

Stephanie