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Lostjedi
02-28-2013, 10:55 PM
Hi everyone this is LostJedi, my name is Mike and I'll be hostingthe Oil Pastel Challenge for March 2013

:wave:


The 'challenge' is for ALL abilities and you can experiment with newtechniques, just sketch or leap out of your comfort zone and try an unfamiliarsubject. It's entirely up to you.

Of the following photos some were taken by me in Kentucky or on one of my manytrips abroad to Europe or Asia.

You're free to post as you go as a 'WIP', either if you'd like to show us yourprocess, which we love to see, or if you get stuck and need help and advice. Weare all friendly and happy to help. We don't bite!

When you post your finished piece it's really useful if you state.


The type of support you used including any surface prep,
The finished size of your painting or sketch,
The brand of Oil Pastels used,
Any tips or special techniques used. This may include whether you used anything under the OP as an under painting or wash. Other mediums e used to compliment.While I is not mandatory, but it would be neatto know why you chose the image or what it means to you. I have a strong belief that art is aboutreleasing the inner beauty or meaning of a subject not always about capturingan image.

Lets have some fun, can't wait to see some fabulous oil pastels, and with that here are the photographs I've selected for this month:

Pics will be posted below:

Lostjedi
02-28-2013, 11:47 PM
A rock area in KY.

Lostjedi
02-28-2013, 11:52 PM
A castle in Dover.

Lostjedi
02-28-2013, 11:53 PM
My cat tiger who has passed on.

Lostjedi
02-28-2013, 11:54 PM
Boone statue

Lostjedi
02-28-2013, 11:54 PM
balloons from the a derby

Lostjedi
02-28-2013, 11:56 PM
Mission in San Deigo

Lostjedi
02-28-2013, 11:57 PM
lost pumpkin in a creek in KY.

Lostjedi
02-28-2013, 11:58 PM
daughter in the woods as a kid

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 12:00 AM
Pumpkin on a table

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 12:01 AM
steamboat smokestack

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 12:04 AM
kY grey squirrel

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 12:05 AM
rail road sign at nightfall

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 12:07 AM
Hamburger still life for a local burger joint

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 12:09 AM
Sunset in Hong Kong thru the smog

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 12:10 AM
Small statue in Hong Kong

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 12:12 AM
Prey mantis in my flower bed

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 12:22 AM
To be clear I took all of these images. Photography was my first favorite medium.

moscatel
03-01-2013, 03:53 AM
Wow, what a photos! Can we do several of these refs.? No fabulous oil :angel:pastel paintings is promised from me .. I tend to do average :lol: .. But I mess around :rolleyes: with oil pastels just for fun! :thumbsup:

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 08:04 AM
You can do as many or as few as you like. I would suggest doing one at a time so you can post your results as you go. All levels of artists are welcome. Don't be afraid to post as a beginner because you will get lots of encouragement and suggestions from the form. It is a very positive group.

Welcome to the form!

:clap: :wave:

Shirl Parker
03-01-2013, 09:37 AM
Great photos :clap:

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 10:47 AM
Thanks, I can't wait to see then done in O.P.

mirizar
03-01-2013, 11:15 AM
Great pics! Thanks!

Flycatcher10
03-01-2013, 04:24 PM
Wonderful pictures Mike!

Pat Isaac
03-01-2013, 04:32 PM
Thanks for hosting the challenge this month. These are awesome photos.....so many great subjects.
At this time I can't access the sticky feature, but hope it will be fixed soon.

Pat

mirizar
03-01-2013, 04:40 PM
I'm going for the squirrel and the cat :)

mirizar
03-01-2013, 05:44 PM
Ok, so here's the squirrel on gessoed 9x12 in watercolor paper. Actually there was a failed watercolor underneath with some mud which I think still shows through the OP. Anyway, this one was for practice. Background is not as smooth as shown in the photo. Added a few acorns for interest.

Michelle

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2013/31994-squirrel_OP.jpg

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 07:17 PM
Thanks Marry and Michelle. Photography has been my first love since I was a kid and has been something I have turned to for years. I have to give credit to my Dad for teaching me how to use a Pentax K1000 manual camera with Tri X Pan black and white film when I was 9-10 years old.

Michelle, Awsome Job your O.P. looks as good if not better than the original. I am jelous as you make it look so easy. I can't wait to see Tiger brought to life in O.P.

theopolis
03-01-2013, 11:19 PM
Wonderful squirrel painting! I love it!

Yannse
03-01-2013, 11:35 PM
:cat: It's on art board . 8*8in, MUNGYO and REEVES oil pastel http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2013/1111142-577173_474422225952734_199817495_n.jpg
Michelle! Nice painting! You are super fast !:heart:

Lostjedi
03-01-2013, 11:42 PM
Nice mission Yannse! I like the sky and trees. Good color blending in the building.

:thumbsup:

mirizar
03-02-2013, 09:01 AM
Wonderful painting Jiemin especially the white of the building!

Pat Isaac
03-02-2013, 09:46 AM
Great work here....you guys are fast!
I taught B&W photography to HS kids when I was teaching. A K1000 was the camera I recommended. Brings back memories.

Pat

Flycatcher10
03-02-2013, 01:03 PM
Wow once again Jiemin and Michelle lead the pack - you guys are good!!!

The paintings are wonderful - nice quick, but you both knew where you were taking them.

cfo
03-03-2013, 12:11 PM
Wow, beautiful reference pictures!!! Thanks for hosting, hope I can take part,
Happy painting,
Charri

oldrockchick
03-03-2013, 01:58 PM
Love the cat aww he is so cute.....
'Smokestack Lightening' - Howling Wolf ..yeh!
Great refs....

Lostjedi
03-04-2013, 12:10 AM
Thanks Everyone. I hope this will inspire some grand paintings. Everyone is welcome to submit their paintings. I am eager to see the paintings. I am hoping to see everyone try at least one maybe more if you have time. I have been swamped this weekend, but started the pumpkin tonight. I will post it soon. Most importantly have fun and enjoy the challenge. There are some hard ones in there. go for it, step outside your box!

:clap:

Lostjedi
03-04-2013, 02:29 AM
ok, I couldn't sleep so I got up an worked on my pumpkin. 8x10 Mat board coated in clear gesso. The board is a dark red which worked well out much blending. I used cray pas OP.

Let me know what you think?

:cool:

os2013
03-04-2013, 03:28 AM
Great pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

os2013
03-04-2013, 03:37 AM
Hello everybody :wave:

I just started painting about a month ago after buying a
set of oil pastels (Mungyo for Artists 48) for my toddler and getting curious how they work. Tried doing balloons from the challenge but it does not
look right at all (and feel kinda embarrassed to post looking at all the great works posted already). Will post the image in the following post as I'm not allowed to post images yet.

Couple mistakes I already discovered: went too small for the
amount of details I wanted- no place to do
proper shade/highlight for each segment, also sketching by
hand instead of tracing.
Please help me try to rescue the rest:
1. I cannot seem to find proper shade and highlight color to
show the depth I need - ended up with doing dark brown and
white on top of the main color - does not look right shade -
any ideas?
2. Also, with balloons specifically how do I make
sure that the dark shade is common intensity for all bands-
right now I just colored all bands in respective colors
with some darker layers where shades were and then used
common dark brown to unify and deepen shade on top of all
layers together- but this blurred the edges between bands
and does not match all colors properly, any suggestions here?

Thanks!

os2013
03-04-2013, 03:37 AM
here goes the image
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2013/1191556-mar3_4_scan_sm.jpg

mirizar
03-04-2013, 10:31 AM
Looks good Lostjedi! I like how you took advantage of the support color and used that for dark tones.

os2013, it's looking very good!!!

Pat Isaac
03-04-2013, 10:39 AM
Both of these are a great start. Love that pumpkin stem.

I do think the darker tones on the balloon are working and it is okay if the edges are a little indistinct as they are in shadow.

Pat

Lostjedi
03-04-2013, 10:48 AM
Thanks Pat and Michelle. While I like the background showing through, I may go back and put some more layers and blend. I haven't decided. If I hold it back three feet, it looks very realistic, but upclose and in the picture it looks unfinished to me. What do you guys think? I did do it in the middle of the night because I could not sleep.


os2013 Welcome to the form. It is great to have new members partisapate. I actually like the look of the lower balloon. If you do the came on the top one and blend the backfround with more layers it will look great. The dark brown are good colors because they go nicely with the yellow and reds. O the black, I might use some greys and dark blues to offset the curves. I like to have a test paper handy to do some quick color tests before adding colors. Just watch out using lighter transparent colors if you are using a cheap set of O.P. Overall great start!!!!

Lastly, we are all here to learn and hone our craft. Never be afraid to ask a question or post a picture in progress. We are all here to help.

gakinme
03-04-2013, 11:16 AM
Thank you, lostjedi, for the great references. Your pumpkin looks good with the red color coming through.

Michelle, the squirrel glows with the lighting.

Jiemen, great lighting and rendering on your piece.

OS, good shine on the balloon already.

Here's mine.

Holbein and Cara D'Ache Neopastels
Fabriano Artist Journal 6x9 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2013/86669-op_mar_2013a.jpg

Added Chinese brush and sumi ink

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2013/86669-op_mar_2013b.jpg

Lostjedi
03-04-2013, 03:36 PM
Sandra,

Nice castle and floating pumpkin.

Lostjedi
03-04-2013, 03:38 PM
revised pumpkin with colored background.

Lostjedi
03-04-2013, 06:12 PM
Here is a first draft of the smoke stack. 8x10 black Mat board covered in clear gesso with cray pas o.p

os2013
03-04-2013, 11:08 PM
Thank you everybody for the warm welcome and suggestions.

Lostjedi, thanks for the tip regardin black balloon- I also had greys and blacks for shadow in mind there. I like your pumpkin very much- the stem looks so realistic!

Lostjedi
03-04-2013, 11:44 PM
Thanks os2013! I agree the stem is the best part as it is the focal point of the painting. I can't wait to see your balloons finished. I bet it will be awesome. :thumbsup:

Lostjedi
03-06-2013, 01:14 AM
Railroad crossing 9x12 multi medium white medium tooth sketch pad with cheap $4.99 generic O.P. (I am out of town traveling without my supplies, so I picked these up to keep me occupied at night.)

os2013
03-06-2013, 04:00 AM
This is my final. I initially planned to smooth the background with spirit but this did not work well- instead of smooth background as I thought I would get, I just got pale blotchy one, so I put a few more layers on top until the paper could not hold anymore. Blending with the tools I have also does not look right to me (you can see the results in the lower right corner). Any tips for the future on how to get smooth background?

Overall this was very valuable lesson for me- learned a lot of new :thumbsup:
Materials: Mungyo OP for Artists, Canson Mi-Teintes 9x12 Light earth-yellow colored paper (rough side)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2013/1191556-mar5_sm,jpg.jpg

Lostjedi
03-06-2013, 07:42 AM
oS2013,

That is a great painting. You put a lot of detail into the balloons. It looks very realistic. I understand your blending issue first hand, as I did the railroad crossing picture while on the road in a hotel. I used a combination of tissues, fingers and a white O.P to blend. I am not happy with it as it could be better, but it was all I was limited by my tools.

At home I have some color shaper tools that may be used of Oil Painting or clay molding along with a special colorless O.P. blending stick. I have also used Turpinoid to blend but I feel there is an art to using it so I don't use it much.


Can't wait to see you try another picture. maybe the railroad crossing or the castle?

:clap:

Pat Isaac
03-06-2013, 08:06 AM
The balloons came out wonderful and it is always good to learn something from each painting. I am sstill learning and hope never to stop.
I like the sky in your railraod crossing and you did a great job with the materials at hand. We do get spoiled with our studio materials...

Pat

Lostjedi
03-06-2013, 08:21 AM
Thanks Pat. We do get spoiled with our special tools and Artist quality O.P. But it I was just thinking that that is a way to push yourself outside the box. If you can paint with the cheap stuff your other works should be awsome as it us the artist not the tools that had the eye for art.

os2013
03-06-2013, 07:12 PM
Thanks for the comments. Lostjedi, I like the job did on the sky in the crossing sign- both colorwise and in terms of smoothness of texture. It looks like you managed to get much more OP on paper even than I did.

All, I went with patterned rough side in hope that it will allow to put more OP on paper and gives better blending, but it looks like it makes no difference in terms of amount of color - the ridges do take bigger crumbs from OP sticks but those do not hold well in ridges during blending anyway. Is that your experience as well?

os2013
03-06-2013, 07:30 PM
A rock area in KY.

Lostjedi, do you have a higher res version of this picture? I would like to give this a try.

Thanks!

Yannse
03-06-2013, 11:36 PM
Good job every one! I did this for fun;). It's on art board , 9*11.5 in. Reeves and Mungyo oil pastelhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Mar-2013/1111142-image.jpg

Lostjedi
03-06-2013, 11:56 PM
Yannse, That is one heck of a burger! awesome job. It looks like one of the more difficult pics of the month.
:clap:

oS2013 I do have higher quality, but the size is maxed out per the limits set on the form.

Lostjedi
03-07-2013, 12:00 AM
Here is another one I did today on the road. Generic O.P. in a multi medium sketch book. At leat it is portable so I can practice while I. Am on the road.

os2013
03-07-2013, 04:41 AM
Yansee, awesome hamburger!

gakinme
03-07-2013, 06:07 PM
Jiemin, great looking burger. Quite realistic.

Lostjedi, you have so many good pieces. I really like the smokestack.

OS, your balloons came out well.

Here's mine.

Mungyo oil pastel and Prismacolor pencil
Fabriano Artist Journal 6x9 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Mar-2013/86669-op_mar_2013c.jpg

Lostjedi
03-07-2013, 07:57 PM
Awsome warrior!!! Great use of a reference image to create a life like figure out of a statue.

Yannse
03-07-2013, 08:00 PM
Sandra, I like the emotion in your painting! Really good catch !:cat:
Is,you did good job!:thumbsup:
Lostjedi, this time, it looks more like a good sketch, well done!I guess you are busy working on waves , your waves became great !:)

ai2ai
03-07-2013, 10:58 PM
Sandra, like your drawing, some dynamism with the angled pose and love your use of colors very appropriate to this asian subject, well done.

Lostjedi
03-07-2013, 11:16 PM
Thanks Yannse,

It is more of a sketch. I like the mountains like that and I got tired of fighting these cheap O.P. with only a tissue to blend with. I was traveling for work and did not want to take my good stuff on the road so I bought one of those 3.99 generic sets to use in my sketchbook. I did more blending on the rail road sign, but decided to only blend the waves and center of the sun on this one. Either way it was fun and I like the way this one turned out with my limited tools.

Lostjedi
03-09-2013, 10:58 PM
Here is a W.I.P. 8x10 gesso coated Matt board with assorted O.P.

Open to guidance on the fur. This is just an undercoat, but I'm not sure how to handle the fur. Thanks

AJC302010
03-09-2013, 11:52 PM
Oh I can't wait to give some of these pictures a go!

Lostjedi
03-10-2013, 10:40 AM
Oh I can't wait to give some of these pictures a go!

Welcome to the form AJC!

Feel free to do as many as you like. There are still a few that have not been done or just choose your favorite and paint it in your own style.

Looking forward to seeing your work!

:wave:

Andrew
03-10-2013, 02:40 PM
Some marvelous images this month! I will have to see if I have my OPs in my box of art goodies since I am living/working away from my studio at the moment.

Really like the grey squirrel. I have to confess that grey squirrels we have up here are bigger and bulkier than that one. They would beat that poor guy up and take his nut money.

Andrew

Lostjedi
03-10-2013, 04:34 PM
Here is my updated cat. 8x10 on brown Matt board coated in clear gesso with assorted O.P. I think it looks better, but I an still open to comments or suggestions on the fur. It has a neat look ASIS, but I am not sure it looks right.

Pat Isaac
03-10-2013, 05:14 PM
Coming along just great. The eye is very good. I'd just keep adding more layers to the fur.

Pat

Lostjedi
03-10-2013, 08:57 PM
Update3 added other layer to the fur. Is it getting better or worse?

os2013
03-11-2013, 05:52 AM
Update3 added other layer to the fur. Is it getting better or worse?
Great progress! :thumbsup: The fur color and texture are great, but I think it might have lost some of the volume and shading differences that were there in the previous pic.

Have you tried converting both the reference image and your scan/ picture to black and white? I read this tip in one of the books on doing portraits. For me this helped to see clearly where the values are too light or dark in my bird project before.

Lostjedi
03-11-2013, 10:20 AM
Thanks OS2013,

I agree. Version 2 did not have the color I was looking for in the fur. The texture and value was good and I could have stoped there if I wanted more of an abstract version. Now the color is getting close and the value is messed up. It is just hard because I do not have the color tones I want. I am having to mix and blend the colors without messing up the texture of the fur. It would be a lot easier if I had three premade tints but I like the challenge.

Thanks again comments are always welcome.

Mike.

Pat Isaac
03-11-2013, 04:13 PM
It is a challenge, Mike and I think we learn a lot from challenges. I agree that some of the values have been lost and converting to B&W is always a good idea to get a better idea of the values.

Pat

Lostjedi
03-11-2013, 08:00 PM
Update 4 lots of layers and ended up blending. Open to comments.

Pat Isaac
03-12-2013, 07:57 AM
Yes, I like it.....looking good.

Pat

Ru.dA.Ra
03-12-2013, 08:40 AM
In Soviet Russia the hamburger eats you!
HUNGRY BURGER- Sakura Cray-Pas Specialists on 16 inch x 12.5 inch paper.

I'm thinking of adding something on the lower right corner(not fries) do you think I should leave the painting right now or add?..... Also, No I've never eaten a hamburger.
-Rudra.

Lostjedi
03-12-2013, 09:41 AM
Rudra,

That is a neat take on the hamburger. I like the out side of the box thinking. It looks great. I agree it needs a side to fill the space on the plate. Maybe some over the top onion rings instead of fries.

MAS

:thumbsup:

Pat Isaac
03-12-2013, 09:44 AM
Great job....I like the idea of the rings....

Pat

Yannse
03-12-2013, 11:00 AM
Lostjedi, now your cat is more peaceful, it looks good. I like the second step , looks more like sketch , but more passion, I like the fresh feeling. Both of the are very good, just my hobby.
Rudara , althought I don't like nightmare, but I like your art , good job and great imagination.

Lostjedi
03-12-2013, 12:00 PM
Thanks Yannse,

I agree they are two different looks. They are both interesting. I almost hate that I kept going as I love the rough sketchy look, but in doing so I have learned a lot from this drawing.

Originally I wanted to focus on a rough painting with lots of layered fur marks. The problem was the color. Without exact tint O.P., I had to blend the colors and in the process the entire painting got blended.

Keep in mind, I wanted it to match my cat's color more closely as it is "Tiger" not just a street cat. I do like how it turned out. It is peaceful. It looks more like a painting than a sketch. In the end Tiger is resting in peace so a more peaceful look is a better choice for me.

I am debating on adding some darker browns to the right side to add more tone. Or maybe I will use this as a concept proof, order some new shades of O.P. and do a larger version for my wall. Either way it has been fun and has helped me grow. On a side note, this form helped me document the process so I can have these types of conversations.

:cat:

os2013
03-13-2013, 05:03 AM
In Soviet Russia the hamburger eats you!
HUNGRY BURGER- Sakura Cray-Pas Specialists on 16 inch x 12.5 inch paper.

I'm thinking of adding something on the lower right corner(not fries) do you think I should leave the painting right now or add?..... Also, No I've never eaten a hamburger.
-Rudra.
I would add a line of people to be eaten to the plate instead...

Ru.dA.Ra
03-13-2013, 05:29 AM
I would add a line of people to be eaten to the plate instead...
ha that was one of my ideas.
-Rudra.

Lostjedi
03-13-2013, 09:06 PM
Castle sketch with neopastel and cheap o.p. in multi medium sketchbook blended with solvent and brush.

Yannse
03-13-2013, 11:48 PM
Lostjedi,I like this Castle,it looks like someone ride a carriage then see it. The sky and glassland are moving.
I tried the jogging girl before go to bed. I think I should paint more people, it is too hard to ues oil pastel to painting them.
This one is on Ingres paper,7*10in. ,REEVES and MUNGYO oil pastel.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Mar-2013/1111142-644422_479698875425069_683835551_n.jpg :heart: :confused:

Lostjedi
03-14-2013, 12:01 AM
Thanks Jiemin! It was a quick sketch but I wanted to experiment more with solvent blending. I like the smooth flowing look it creates.

Your girl or should I say my girl when she was little looks awsome. I agree oil pastels can be difficult at times. Anything with tiny details is a Challenge. Figures are hard in general but you could have fooled me as you make it look easy. You captured so many details, even the plaid stripes in the shores.

I think that Boone statue is calling your name for more practice drawing figures with O.P.

Mike

Yannse
03-14-2013, 08:13 AM
Thanks, Make! yes, Jiemin is my name. I should noticed your name is Mike in the paper of host. I noticed the kitten, imagine you are a lady, haha.
I used knife on the background to work on some details,but when I focus on details , I lose something which looks like style .
I like you created the smooth. It is a good idea to use brush. I will try to use brush later.
Thanks;)

Lostjedi
03-14-2013, 09:41 AM
LOL No, I am a guy who happens to like cats and drawing.

I do have to saw I have noticed the same "style" in your work. With an engineering background I deal with details every day. It is part of why I constantly revise my drawings as I am never satisfied. It could always be better or I might just want to try something to see what happens. It reminds me of a quote from Leonardo da Vinci, "An artist's work is never finished. It is only abandoned for more nobal pursuits."

I guess I need to find more nobal pursuits.

theopolis
03-14-2013, 11:29 AM
Lostjedi, I love the cat portrait. I think you captured the texture of cat fur well.

Pat Isaac
03-14-2013, 11:36 AM
Nice work on the castle, Mike and Jiemin your jogging girl is nicely done. You have captured the gesture.

Pat

Lostjedi
03-14-2013, 12:27 PM
Thanks Theopolis... I kept debating how to do the fur, but I like how it turned out in the end.

Thanks Pat... It was another quick sketchbook drawing for practice.

DerRickster
03-14-2013, 08:21 PM
Hamburger still life for a local burger joint

Yea...stay away from this...even painting it will pack on the pounds...

os2013
03-15-2013, 05:29 AM
This is my picture based on stones in KY. Any comments, suggestions? Thanks!

Canson MiTeintes dark brown (should have gone for black but does not have any now) smooth side, Mungyo oil pastels for Artists.
This is a scan, looks smoother to the naked eye
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Mar-2013/1191556-stones_mar13_final.jpg

Lostjedi
03-15-2013, 07:50 AM
Very nice stones os2013! I really like the texture in the rock. :clap:

Yannse
03-15-2013, 02:28 PM
I like it !o s 2013,the sunlight on the stone looks great! you did good job!

os2013
03-16-2013, 02:04 AM
Thanks all! I'm pretty happy with it so looking for some comments on mistakes i could address in the future, any ideas?

Lostjedi, like the final cat, good color match! Yannse, great girl picture, very dynamic !

Lostjedi
03-16-2013, 11:37 AM
Os2013 it looks good as is but thinking outside the box it needs a lizard or something on one of the shiny rocks as a focal point.

Dsharp
03-16-2013, 07:35 PM
Wonderful pics Mike, do I see some corn shooting up by those rocks? :)

Lostjedi
03-16-2013, 11:45 PM
I believe so, rocks, corn, grass and pine trees.

Ru.dA.Ra
03-21-2013, 05:18 PM
Cray-Pas Specialists on paper
go here for more information... http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1311812

-Rudra.

Pat Isaac
03-21-2013, 05:26 PM
Nice combination of images, Rudra....
os2013...nicely done rocks....good modeling. I would like to see a little more color in them..some warmer tones.

Pat

os2013
03-22-2013, 01:28 AM
Nice combination of images, Rudra....
os2013...nicely done rocks....good modeling. I would like to see a little more color in them..some warmer tones.

Pat
Pat, thanks for suggestion. I will try that in other rock themes, I definitely like colorful rocks in OP. That's what I though initially too to make them more lively and sunny, but after I did first two large ones decided to go for alone and dim version instead, that's why I intentionally did not add highlights to the tree and added corn in the front. I also thinking of doing a crop just below the bottom of the large stones to cut off all light tones in the front.

Lostjedi
03-22-2013, 08:40 AM
Ru.dA.Ra (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/member.php?u=1144632)

Awsome image. I like how you were inspired by multiple images and in turn created your own vision. It has a Wizzard of Oz look to it. I love the outside of thebox thinking.


:clap:

Lostjedi
03-22-2013, 08:47 AM
Wow I have to say this month as been a great month for challenge paintings. Everyone has been doing an awsome job so far.

The month is not over yet! We still have a little more than a week remaining in the challenge and thee are a lot of reference images to choose from. There are also some that have not been attempted. So, you could be the first to do them. I lncourage everyone to do push themselves this week.

Think outside of the box like Ru.dA.Ra did on his painting or pick of the images that you would normally pass on because it is hard or unusual and learn from the experience.

I also encourage anyone who is new to O.P. and is viewing this form to give it a try. While there are some awsome painting in this form, we are all here to share and learn on all levels. So pick up your favorite O.P> and the surface of your choice and have some fun.


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Yannse
03-22-2013, 12:47 PM
An other cool piece! Ru.dA.Ra, I like your science fanciful piece! Wonderful !

Meieira
03-24-2013, 06:11 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Mar-2013/856052-forest_walk.JPGAm quite a newbie to the forum as far as posting paintings go, have been lurking around for a while though: )).
Here's my entry-Done on a canvas sheet,12"X16". Used a thin coat of green and brown acrylic to cover the white. Use a brand of oil pastels called 'Gallery'. It has served me pretty well for the past 5 years:).
I think the child looks like a bit older than what she is in the reference....

Meieira
03-24-2013, 06:20 AM
Love the fusion work Rudra, great creativity, am not there yet: ). Your work 'rocks' os 2013:clap:. Lostjedi, love the way you have built up the layers on the cat..great! Thanks for putting up the details.

Meieira
03-24-2013, 06:22 AM
The pumpkin and smokestack are also lovely, still life is my first love!

Meieira
03-24-2013, 06:26 AM
Yannse, your burger looks good enough to eat!!

Lostjedi
03-24-2013, 08:27 PM
Meieira, nice running girl. It looks good. I agree the proportions are off for a young girl as it looks more like a young teen. Either way it is a neat painting.

Yannse
03-24-2013, 11:32 PM
Nice paiting ,Meieira! I like the strong feeling of the pathway , good job!
I still have six colour Gallery colors now , I bought some of them, first time ,they were worked very well,at that time better than Mungyo, but later I bought other three colors , it is not good as beginning , so I begin to use Mungyo now. I miss the quality when I first use it!

Pat Isaac
03-25-2013, 08:01 AM
Nice gesture on the running girl, Meieira....and welcome.

Pat

Meieira
03-25-2013, 09:41 PM
Thanks to all of you for taking the time to look and comment. Am trying to improve on the work..the greens look so flat..:confused:

Lostjedi
03-27-2013, 01:21 PM
Not a problem. We are all here to help each other learn and grow.

Lostjedi
03-31-2013, 06:59 PM
As the saying goes... All good things must come to an end. As a first time host I want to thank everyone who contributed or commented this month. I enjoyed the process and saw some amazing paintings. Feel free to post you comments on this Month's challenge and if you still have a work in progress you can still post it here.

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Lastly, look for the new April challenge which it already posted.


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Goog job :thumbsup: