View Full Version : Oil Pastel Challenge Nov 2012

11-01-2012, 01:43 PM
Hi all
Please join in the fun with this month's challenge. I hope you like the references andI have tried to find something for different subjects and abilities.

I have uploaded large high res versions to the RIL for you.

Here is a chance to blow the dust of the old metallic set....


http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172518&cat=3325 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172518&cat=3325)


RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172519&cat=556 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172519&cat=556)


http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172520&cat=3498 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172520&cat=3498)


http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172521&cat=3498 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172521&cat=3498)

For those who would like to have a go at a portrait - here is my niece Martine... laughing as usual.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172522&cat=55 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172522&cat=55)

and finally - a still life I set up....


http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172523&cat=3623 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172523&cat=3623)

Please tell us: What support you used including any surface prep.
The finished size of your painting or sketch.
The brand of Oil Pastels used.
Whether you have used anything as an underpainting.
This is not mandatory, we're just nosey :) .

Other mediums may be used to complement, but the work must be primarily oil pastels.

Oil sticks and oil bars may be used.

You have a whole month, but if you are unable to post by Nov 30, the threads do stay open....So come on in and give it a go.


11-01-2012, 01:48 PM
Lin thank you for hosting. There are a couple there that I hope to get to this month.

11-01-2012, 01:48 PM
Finally! Been waiting the entire day for this. Gonna be fun!

11-01-2012, 01:48 PM
I hope you can join in too Hal but don't overstretch yourself after your op.

11-01-2012, 01:50 PM
Ru.dA.Ra - great to see you so keen. It's not yet 6pm here - had some stuff to do before I could get round to WC... are you ahead on timezones? I look forward to seeing which you choose and welcome to the OP forum family.

11-01-2012, 01:54 PM
I'm 5:30 GMT. I'm gonna try to bring something intresting... Can't wait to start but need to stock on supplies first!

Pat Isaac
11-01-2012, 04:11 PM
Thanks for hosting, Lin. What beautiful images...


11-02-2012, 12:54 PM
So good to hear from you PAt and to know you are safe.

11-04-2012, 03:10 PM
I'm going for the cherry one. This time I really want to take things slow. It's my personality to go, go, go, but looking back at my previous oil pastel attempts I already see an improvement over them. It's quite interesting to hop around to different mediums and take what you learn from them and apply to whatever you're currently working on.

11-04-2012, 03:57 PM
I had forgotten to mention the impression left in the paper by and old piece of scotch tape that had been stuck to the drawing board underneath. is there any way to remedy that? otherwise maybe this will.become the famous "scotch tape painting" :)

Pat Isaac
11-04-2012, 04:16 PM
This is a nice start. I really do like the shine you have on the cherries.
All I can thin of to get rid of the impression is to layer the OPs more in that area. What kind of paper are you using?


11-04-2012, 06:51 PM
Yes this looks good TX i like the layout and the scarfs. As for the tape - depends on the surface I guess. A little sanodor on a cocktail stick perhaps then overlay with more OP and blend in, is all I can suggest.

11-04-2012, 06:57 PM
Valiant you're off to a good start.

11-06-2012, 08:27 AM
Come on, you all! Join in!

Pat Isaac
11-06-2012, 08:36 AM
I will one of these days....very busy getting ready for Open Studios....and the new gallery show.
Who knows maybe even after Thanksgiving.


11-06-2012, 09:58 AM
I'm not very happy with this one but I have to do something to support Lin.

This is an 8 by 10 inch, green toned masonite panel, senneliers.

I would have liked to get more variety in my greens but my set of Senns is pretty limited.
Also the colors, especially on the right side washed out. The lighting wasn't very good for this photo.

I still consider this to be a WIP, although at the moment I'm not sure what I'll do with it.

Suggestions for improvement welcome.

11-06-2012, 02:24 PM
Thanks for joining in Hal .... it is quite green isn't it.... that little hint of red is a good focal point. All I can suggest is you add a little red itno it elsewhere.... although it does look quite calming as it is and additional red may make it too loud.

i'll hope to join in now I've got my exhibition underway but not this week as I have something on every day.

Pat Isaac
11-06-2012, 03:40 PM
I also like the red focal point....and I agree re: the greens. How about adding some ochres,,


11-06-2012, 05:15 PM
I also like the red focal point....and I agree re: the greens. How about adding some ochres,,


I've run out of the warmer yellows in this set and my Erengis are probably too firm to work over the softer Senns I do have some warmer yellows on order for my Senns.

11-06-2012, 06:46 PM
Ochres is a good idea of a few muted earth tones...it is looking like quite a serene place to meditate....
I'll join in next week when things slow down I feel like I'm caught up in a whirlwind at the moment.

11-07-2012, 02:37 AM
Very nice ref pictures! Hal, I love it just the way it is and my favourite bit is that red focus point! A bit of ochre will propably help if you must:) .
Valiant, I like your dramatic little painting of the cherries, I might also give them a try.
Happy painting,

11-07-2012, 09:14 AM
Thank you Lin and Charri.

11-07-2012, 09:47 AM
Hal the green of the base support is probably giving your piece that underlying green tone. That said this has your characteristic 'Hal' style about it

I hope to get round to doing the Japanese Garden too, no promises though, but I will try :)

11-07-2012, 11:51 AM
So my Sakura Gesso was getting over so I bought a bigger container of a different brand... Big mistake.. I applied it with a brush without caring about the lines the brush makes as I would just sand it later.. Tried sanding it the next day but it just wouldn't.. It was rubbing off like rubber and I feared it would rip the paper off.. So I just started painting on it as I just wanted to start. Now that I see who made it, its an Indian company ,no wonder it costed less than half of other brands. Also I'm gonna get colour shapers and better colours this saturday as I want my colours to be more saturated. I have a choice between Sakura Specialist 50 shades or Sennelier 12 shades.. Sakura seems the obvious choice?

11-07-2012, 01:23 PM
halthepainter, I would like to know why did you select the mesonite panel? (I've never used one) and did you go for the green tone because of the abundance of trees?

11-07-2012, 01:44 PM
Ru.da.Ra I like masonite (hardboard) because it's cheap, it stands up to my heavy handed techniques, I don't like to paint on white with anything but watercolor. I sand the smooth surface to take off the shine and either gesso with clear gesso (I like the warm undertone, or if one color will dominate a painting I will gesso with a Matisse Background Color (colored gesso). If I don't get full coverage with the oil pastels, I don't mind if a colored speck shows trhough here or there.

In my case some of the blue green underpainting is showing through in the foreground. As I said previously, I'm not sure this peice is finished as yet and may make some changes later. My painting was photographed in bad light and a lot of the color and darks washed out?????

By the way, I quite like your painting.

11-07-2012, 01:59 PM
Thankyou for the info,hal. I actually liked the right side more than the left. To me it goes along with the rest of the painting and the left seems more forced. But since you are saying the colours washed out, I guess it looks different in person. After taking a look at your painting I feel there is too much going on in mine, I'll try to reduce that the next time. Hal, how do you store these masonite panels? Do you frame all of 'em?

11-07-2012, 02:30 PM
Thankyou for the info,hal. I actually liked the right side more than the left. To me it goes along with the rest of the painting and the left seems more forced. But since you are saying the colours washed out, I guess it looks different in person. After taking a look at your painting I feel there is too much going on in mine, I'll try to reduce that the next time. Hal, how do you store these masonite panels? Do you frame all of 'em?

No I'm not happy with the left foreground. When, I find time, I may scrape it away and try again. I was rushing through the other night and frustrated with the colors I had available in the oil pastel set I was working with.

I only frame the paintings that I intend to try to sell at art fairs. If the painting is not an out and out throw away, I'll store it vertically with glassine or other slick paper between sheets. There is very little smudging or color transfer. I don't store any painting horizontally, stacked on top of one another.

11-07-2012, 02:53 PM
Hal - I know about photographing in the wrong light. I usually alter the white balance but sometimes forget. It compensates for flourescent or incandescent light and can throw a misleading cast.

Ru I really like what you have done with this. It has a very painterly effect as if it is on canvas.

11-08-2012, 01:00 PM
Ru.da.Ra this is a very nice rendering , I notice that you managed to squeeze in the orange lillies too :)

11-08-2012, 01:14 PM
Believe it or not there is the Vintage car drawn below the grass and the lillies but I had to quit that because I had messed up its perspective. Maybe I'll make another similar painting with the vintage car when I get the Sakura Specialists.

11-09-2012, 02:36 AM
I worked a little more on the cherries. Sometimes I think I'm seeing a deep purple, other times I'm thinking it's a deep red. One thing that I'm trying to keep in mind is that rarely in real life is there pure white or pure black. This one is a lot of fun.

11-09-2012, 02:48 AM
Hal, you have some perspective issues in that painting. The bowl looks like it's floating. The front panel of the shelter, where you walk off, looks 'off'. I don't know enough about oil pastels to know if you can fix it or not. If it weren't for that it would be a completely different story. It really seems like you rushed this one. The colors are there, the blocking in is there. I would love to see you give this one another try. You'll be happy about it the next time around!

Rudara, smok'n. ;) A lot of detail you have there. Are you using oil pastel pencils, by chance?

The rest of you LAZY BONES, get the move on it! :lol:

11-09-2012, 05:17 AM
Oil Pastel pencils ? I wish.. No its just the oil pastels and scratching it with odd objects.. Also it is a large surface as I'm a newbie and trying different surfaces.. This is about 20 x 13

11-09-2012, 01:09 PM
I worked some more on the cherries and lightened the color of the ones in front. One thing that I now see is how important it is to get the colors right in the first place. You only have so many layers to work with.

Other than working some on the leaf attached to one of the back cherries I'm going to start working on the blanket in the front. I would rather tackle layers of clothing first, the more difficult in my opinion, than the ridges of the blanket in the back.

11-09-2012, 05:34 PM
Well done so far Valiant there are purples and deep reds in those cherries.

I hope to join in too if I can - been so busy so far.

11-09-2012, 08:04 PM
Thanks for all the compliments on my challenge. :D I was just telling my wife this morning how I enjoy working on various pieces at a time, and seeing the progress that is made when I take something I learned on one piece and apply it to another piece. Because of the different mediums, the basics might be the same but the results can be quite different.

Pat Isaac
11-10-2012, 02:18 PM
This is coming along very well. I do like the modeling and color of the cherries.
Good emough to eat.


11-12-2012, 05:37 PM
This is progressing very nicely Valiant, if I was to make one suggestion it would be to consider altering the shape of the foremost cherry, its not a fault on your part as the cherry in the photo is exactly as you have portrayed it, but... and this may just be me, it seems more olive or plum shaped which somehow makes it less cherry-like than the others.

11-13-2012, 07:19 PM
Stee71, thanks for pointing that out. Now that I see what you're seeing it's bugging me. Funny, I need to google "cherries", some things in life we know what they are, but we don't REALLY know. :D

I'm bored with the top blanket, but it might just be that I'm overwhelmed with it. Maybe I should just work on a section at a time, get a feel for it, then do the same for the bottom blanket before I go back to working the entire painting.

For the first time my mother-in-law told me that I should frame this one.

11-15-2012, 07:31 PM
I'm finished with the cherries. (note the tension). At the bottom of the piece the white become too dominant when I tried to do the embroidery, so tried to lighten it with green, but .... it was the wrong green, not the green I started with. When I tried to scrape some of the white design off with my fingernail, the painting started to look like the painting of "Whistler's Mother" that Mr. Bean messed up. :lol: So I cut that part off and told the wife she can do with it what she wants. She said we should frame it, but her tone had the air of "you suck, but great effort!". :D

11-15-2012, 07:40 PM
I'm giving Martine a shot. She may end up looking like Joker's wife, I hope that's okay (with her). But, she is really very pretty so that should make this easier. ;)

11-15-2012, 07:53 PM
So far Martine looks like Gumby. I'm pleased with my progress, she could be looking like E.T. :lol:

11-15-2012, 09:00 PM
Here is Martine. She's gone gothic, but retained her beautiful hair. Not too bad for a my second portrait attempt ever, huh?

11-16-2012, 11:55 AM
Valiant - I do like the composition of yoru cherries and you are too hard on yoruself.... the cheries against the green you chose workS

As for Martine going gothic - she'd definately approve of that, although she doesn't dress like one she does lean towards the goth genre, certainly in her music and reading tastes... It is pretty stylis actually, sort of 'Turn Of The Century' Well done you. Portraiture is so difficult....

11-16-2012, 01:37 PM
Give it a go at this portrait...

11-16-2012, 02:26 PM
This is awesome. Do you first sketch it or go at it right away? I hope to paint like this someday looks fun. Size of the surface and the colours used?

11-16-2012, 06:37 PM
That's really good ai

11-16-2012, 08:32 PM
ai2ai, was that done entirely in oil pastel? It's very nice looking! See, folks? You don't have to have great detail to make something look realistic. :D

Pat Isaac
11-17-2012, 07:54 AM
I love your portraits, they are so full of life.


11-17-2012, 08:32 AM
Thank you all. Good work from Hal, Ru, Valiant. I usually work straight on, making changes here and there - that explains why my work looks sketchy most of the time, a bit of spontaneity perhaps.

11-17-2012, 11:07 PM
this portrait..is wonderful

11-18-2012, 12:11 AM
I did this sketch before go to bed:)http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Nov-2012/1111142-533800_428197663908524_1782975580_n.jpg

11-18-2012, 10:35 AM
Yannse, your peacock looks great, beautiful plumage.
Just a rapid impression on this car, a bit messy.

11-18-2012, 11:55 AM
Awesome car. I like your style.

11-18-2012, 01:39 PM
I like your CAR,also your style,I am looking for my style,it 's hard to me for own a stye.

11-18-2012, 02:16 PM
ooh very elegant peacock Yannse

Ai - well done on the car you have the form just right.

11-19-2012, 11:19 PM

Pat Isaac
11-20-2012, 08:16 AM
Love that peacock....full of energy . Wonder what he is watching?

Ai your sketches are just great and nicely done.


11-20-2012, 10:07 AM
Thank you Pat:),he is looking for feeder,ha ha.I just thought to change a little bit his posture would be more grace.

11-20-2012, 11:37 AM
Another quick impression.

11-20-2012, 02:58 PM
Ai haha very good - The lovely meditative japanese garden. Well done, lovely
It's about time I got out my OPs again! Been waiting to get some decent supports.

11-20-2012, 10:20 PM
Thanks all. Here's cherries.

Pat Isaac
11-21-2012, 07:34 AM
You have been very busy ai2ai...fantastic impressionistic sketches...


11-21-2012, 08:42 AM
Yeah, unusually so, restless mind I guess...feather-kind next?

11-21-2012, 10:51 AM
Oooh YUM look at thos luscious reds. Nice fresh cherries.

I am glad you are enjoying the challenges.

11-22-2012, 12:02 PM
Thanks Pat & Lin, not quite satisfactory with this bird, anyway...

11-23-2012, 01:11 PM
Awesome peacocks Yannse and ai2ai. ai2ai, what surfaces are these on?

11-30-2012, 12:10 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Nov-2012/1111142-63181_432728856788738_440625788_n.jpg :clap:

11-30-2012, 01:52 AM
Very nice...that patch of red just the right touch to pull the colours together. The light soft treatment of the grass on the right is beautifully done.

11-30-2012, 04:38 AM
Yes nice indeed yannse.

Pat Isaac
11-30-2012, 07:49 AM
Really like the energy in this sketch and that touch of red is perfect.


11-30-2012, 12:20 PM
jiemin I do like the rendering of your Japanese garden. I like the added colours too which gives it a lot of interest.

11-30-2012, 09:36 PM
Thanks everyone,day by day time flys.today is the first snow in my city,school text time is over, I have more time for painting now,see you next monthly challenge,see your guys next mouth challenge,I,should spend more time to do better.

12-01-2012, 12:02 PM
Thank you all for joining in with my challenges. i shall try to do a gallery and post it on here, but give me a few days.

i hope you will all join Tatiana for her challenge


12-02-2012, 12:03 PM
Here is the gallery for this month's challenge



12-02-2012, 02:45 PM
Congratulations everyone on excellent work! WOW!

I hope I can get to the pagoda sometime and do it justice.

Pat Isaac
12-02-2012, 03:21 PM
Thanks, Lin. I love seeing them all together.


12-02-2012, 06:10 PM
Lin, Nice work making the gallery views.


12-03-2012, 08:52 AM
you're welcome :)