View Full Version : December 2012 Oil Pastel Challenge

11-30-2012, 06:12 PM
Hi everybody and welcome!

My name is Tatiana and I will be hosting the December challenge for Oil Pastel forum.

The rules of challenge are simple: use Your imagination and show us what can You do with those Oil Pastels. We will work side-by-side and learn from each other.

You are free to post a "WIP", either to show us your process or if you need help and advice. We are all friendly and happy to help.

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.

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 Dec. 31, the threads do stay open....So come on in and give it a go.

Most importantly - ENJOY and have fun!

I'm starting this thread a day early, because tomorrow I'll be very busy and not sure when I'll ave time to get to my computer...

Therefore here we go.. like usually I'll give You variety of subjects, so everyone can make a pick...


First one - my two mares... again! How not to love them?...I do and hope You will have fun painting them two (or one).


Now we have some nice looking caws from Lancaster.


More flowers... another subject many of us like to paint.

Lastly I'm adding two photos from my recent trip to Carmel, California. Enjoy the colors and forms!



Once again... HAVE FUN!

11-30-2012, 09:37 PM
Some great images...especially the last one! I think this runs thru Dec 2012!

11-30-2012, 11:18 PM
I may go for one of the two seascapes! Gorgeous photos!

12-01-2012, 12:34 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Dec-2012/1111142-27916_433153793412911_511755362_n.jpg I am in.:wave: :clap:

Pat Isaac
12-01-2012, 08:06 AM
Thanks, Tatiana for hosting this month and thanks to whoever stuck the thread.
Wow that was fast, Yannse...lovely painting.


12-01-2012, 09:17 AM
That is beautiful Jiemin!!!

12-01-2012, 10:20 AM
That didn't take long, Jiemin!

Beautiful use of color! Could You please tell us more about Your painting? What brand of pastels? what support?

12-01-2012, 12:04 PM
Hi,I us Pastello pastel paper to do it, 90g/m2,401bs.it is 24*32cm(9"1/2*12"1/2).one box of mungyo oil pastel (48colors)and a small box of gallery oil pastel( 12colors),still very new on us oil pastel.the cloud and hill usually should avoid,yesterday was rush,I need work on it a little more.

12-01-2012, 01:05 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Dec-2012/1111142-530433_433355863392704_1155081785_n.jpg hi,go out to play:clap: :)

12-01-2012, 01:18 PM

I love your lose painterly approach! Well done on both!

12-01-2012, 02:23 PM
Oh WOW! lightening speed, Jiemin!
Once again - great use of color!

12-01-2012, 02:44 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Dec-2012/1111142-224084_433383703389920_1402116439_n.jpg :lol:

12-02-2012, 12:06 PM
some lovely refs here - horses !!! and great seascapes. i will try to join in (I know I always say that) the trouble is I'm short of supports except for some expensive stuff i'm svaing ffor some pastel projects I have planned.

Yannse - gosh you have been busy 3 lovely works alread...

Tatiana I hope you don't' mind me posting this here...

but I have compiled a gallery of the work from last month which can be found on the old November thread or click here....


12-04-2012, 12:45 AM
Fantastic job on all three. Wow!
I especially like the colors on the warm horse and the subtle pinks for the path. On the landscape, the colors in the clouds and the foreground.
Great job.


12-04-2012, 11:31 AM
Lin, no problems with Your thread post. Sure I'm fine with that.

12-05-2012, 07:31 PM
Why no images of things Christmas-related? (surely around here at WC we're not supposed to say "Happy Holidays!"?)

I did about five double-takes to make sure that what I wasn't looking at was a cow straddling an electric fence. :D

12-05-2012, 10:39 PM
Dear thevaliantx!

We don't have to stay totally true to the reference. If You want to put Santa on a filed with caws, please feel free to do so. Creativity is welcomed here. Go ahead, paint something with Christmas twist to it, no problem.

12-06-2012, 03:30 PM
aolaranora, its "cows", not "caws". Caws are noises that crows make. :D

12-06-2012, 06:15 PM
I'm happy in Your festive mood You enjoying my "English as Third language"!
Very generous of You! :thumbsup: :clap:

12-06-2012, 10:07 PM
Working on that first seascape but still a work in progress. It has been so much fun. I must say that landscapes/seascapes is what I've enjoyed the most painting in oil pastels.

12-06-2012, 10:24 PM
Have fun, Michelle! I personally think: for Oil Pastels I still like florals the most, but landscapes are my #2 favorite.

12-09-2012, 09:05 PM
Here is my attempt at the first seascape. I used Erengis, Mungyos and Sennelier OPs. It's on clear-gessoed matboard with an Ultramarine Blue underpainting (about 12 x 16 inches).

In real life, the sky is very smoothly blended but looks grainy due to glare. Also, the back cliff is not as bright IRL.


12-09-2012, 10:14 PM
Totally beautiful, Michelle!
I love reflections of yellow and all that movement all around in the water and grass... lovely!

12-09-2012, 11:11 PM
Thank you Tatiana for your comments and for the excellent image!

Pat Isaac
12-10-2012, 08:03 AM
Nicely done, Michelle....and it has a feeling of a nice clear day over the ocean...


12-10-2012, 09:12 AM
Thank you Pat!

12-11-2012, 04:44 AM
Hi All,

Decided to take up the seascape as I need to improve my landscapes. Landscapes seem daunting to me. :-(

This is my attempt. I am not very happy with the grasses. Please provide few suggestions.

Thanks alot!
Merry Christmas in advance.
Happy holidays!


12-11-2012, 09:35 AM
Just beautiful Doobi! The grasses look great to me!

12-11-2012, 10:47 AM
I think it is looking good, Doobi!

The only thing I would want to see different with that grass - you have two lines of it on a right going totally in parallel with each other (plus both lines of the grass methodically repeating the configuration if shore-line)... It looks sightly odd, unless it is in the garden planted this way for purpose... I would brake up that parallel pattern a bit and you should just fine with the rest.

Pat Isaac
12-11-2012, 03:59 PM
This is looking good, doobi...I'd soften the bottom of the lower cloud a little.


12-11-2012, 08:52 PM
Beautiful job,nice clearly day ,Mizoram.
Well done ,Doobi. I want say something,but my English is not good to descibe. I saw one line very clearly between the sea and the hill, maybe you can reduce this feeling,waves or grass may works. I guess.

12-17-2012, 12:18 PM
Thx Tatania,Michelle,Pat & Jiemin.

12-27-2012, 01:22 PM
Jiemin, lovely sunny colors on the cove scene. And the horse is so solid in anatomy. Nice job.

Michelle, great reflection on the cove scene and I like the color you chose for the foilage.

Doobi, the sky looks good in your piece and the little waves look real to me.

dollar store oil pastels.




12-27-2012, 08:35 PM
Nice sketches, Sandra!
Good You decided to jump in before the end of month!

01-01-2013, 07:53 AM
Thank you, Tatiana.