View Full Version : Oil Pastel Challenge July 2013

07-01-2013, 11:06 AM
Hi all you oilers...:wave:

It's July and I am your host for this month's OP challenge. Now you might not have seen me around much, but if you check out the Gusher you'll know why and my apologies. However, I will be around to guide you through this month's challenge.

I know we have newcomers to the medium and some old masters too. We all like different subjects too, so I've tried to offer a diversity and hope there will be something that catches your eye.

So here are the 'rules', well guidelines......

First you can do as many as you like. The refs are all mine and therefore no copyright issues as long as you don't use the photo as it is. It is for your reference so interpret it however you like!! Crop, add, remove, turn it sideways, inside out, or whatever....

You may post your progress as you go along (WIP). We like to see these, and to see your working process, so please feel free to share. Likewise if you get stuck, feel free to ask advice....we're a helpful and friendly bunch.

When you post your finished image, please tell us the support, size and pastels used.

You can apply other media but OIL PASTELS must be the dominant medium used. OIL BARS, OIL STICKS are also allowed on this forum.

Finally........Do not critique unless asked. If you want a critique....do ask. Advice is usually welcome though, so feel free to ask. Keep comments friendly. Comments are encouraged....

So here are the refs..... HAVE FUN WITH THEM. There are larger res in RIL click on links.

First a couple of critters


RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176333&cat=3335 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176333&cat=3335)

I know one OPer who is a huge fan of these:-

BONOBO at Twycross zoo:

RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176334&cat=3331 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176334&cat=3331)


RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176335&cat=3564 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176335&cat=3564)

by the castle at Laugharne (where Dylan Thomas the poet wrote 'Under Milk Wood' and many others) in Carmarthenshire, Wales

RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176336&cat=3534 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176336&cat=3534)

LAUGHARNE CASTLE with this magnificent tree


RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176337&cat=571 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176337&cat=571)


RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176338&cat=37 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176338&cat=37)

ENGLISH NARROWBOAT at Alvecote marina, Boats are built here.

RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176339&cat=66 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176339&cat=66)

This cute dolly was in the charity shop at the steam railway.


RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176340&cat=3423 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176340&cat=3423)

and people..... this is the lead guitarist in my son's band Heritage. this is Graham, known as the old silver fox...



RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176341&cat=57 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=176341&cat=57)

I do hope you enjoy this month's challenge and I shall be popping in to check progress :wink2: . Please spread the word........

07-01-2013, 11:53 AM
Nice! Liking the doll and castle :)

Pat Isaac
07-01-2013, 12:03 PM
Great pics, Lin. Thanks for hosting this month.


07-01-2013, 04:01 PM
Great references, Lin! I got out some oil pastels so I'm tempted by quite a few of these. Love the castle and the big fish. Narrowboat's fascinating but all that text is intimidating!

07-01-2013, 06:55 PM
Wonderful pictures Lynn! I like the castle w/tree

07-01-2013, 08:33 PM
I'm working on the flower one.

07-02-2013, 11:46 AM
excellent. Glad you are so enthusiastic, can't wait to see what you all do.... :D

07-02-2013, 12:52 PM
ORC (Old Rock Chick), you say that like I just managed to get out of bed. :lol:

07-02-2013, 03:23 PM
us Brits are sarcastic - but it wasn't meant that way on this occasion :P

07-03-2013, 11:03 PM
Bores ~:eek: Mungyo and Reeves oil pastel on Canson pastel paper,10x14in.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jul-2013/1111142-image.jpg

Pat Isaac
07-04-2013, 09:34 AM
Nicely done and that's a great sleepy expression.


07-04-2013, 10:19 AM
Thanks, Pat! It is fun to join the July chanllenge. I may should do a little more on its face. I focus on color contrast, the face is not good likeness .

07-04-2013, 12:50 PM
Jiemin, real nice work on the monkey - like the fur, hay textures and sleepy body form. I saw the bottle :lol: great touch!

07-04-2013, 01:37 PM
Nice work esp. the textures and expression and love the addition of the bottle.

07-05-2013, 11:09 AM
There comes the fish. 8x10in. Mungyo and Reeves oil pastel .;) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jul-2013/1111142-image.jpg

07-05-2013, 11:42 AM
Hi Jiemin, very nice painting - wonderful soft color palette used here. Nice reflecting light.

Pat Isaac
07-05-2013, 11:54 AM
Love your rich color and the addition of more fish in this one...


07-05-2013, 05:32 PM
hey Jiemin

Love what you did with that bonobo, he could be drunk instead of bored depending what he had in the bottle :D :evil: . Great work on the face as it is. Great expression.

Your fish has turned out really well too. Great sense of movement.

Glad to see you are having fun this month with my refs :clap:

07-11-2013, 09:14 AM
Hoping to get on with mine soom but everyday life, and nice weather have been prohibitive....after not having a summer in the UK for 4 years i'm making the most of it... in the evenings I am trying to finish off some gouache ATCs for an exchange project....

will keep looking in

Feel free to post your progress shots

07-13-2013, 02:18 PM
People are busy in the summer time.Or they maybe are busy in vacation, they will back soon.
I am here again ! :wave: It is a hot summer, so here is the farmer place~ 9x11in. Mungyo and Reeves oil pastel .http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jul-2013/1111142-image.jpg

Pat Isaac
07-13-2013, 05:02 PM
Nice pastoral landscape...I really like how you have carried the reddish color into the sky. Helps to unify the painting. It is a hot summer, but that's okay with me.


07-13-2013, 07:06 PM
Thanks Pat, recently I begin plein-air, wheather is an issue for oil pastel , I got an idea for how to keep oil pastel set cool and useful , but still not like hot wheather to go outdoor paint.
I went many times to your website. I like your paining, the rigorous composition style, that is something form nature I didn't have. And I like the fresh color you uesd and cheerful thought. I learn lot after I join this group. Thanks every time encourage me.

Pat Isaac
07-14-2013, 07:49 AM
Thanks, Jiemen for you nice comments. I don't do plein air or even landscapes. Much prefer my studio.


07-14-2013, 09:27 AM
Jeimin - I'm so glad someone is taking part! Another lovely piece. I think I like this one the best... quite some narrative here.....

I've been working in the garden, but it's been too hot for my OPs out there esp the Senns,..... will finish off soon.

07-15-2013, 09:29 PM
Yannse you are just doing so good with all of your paintings that you are I intimidating everyone. I'm just kidding. It is summer and vacation time. I know I have had a hectic schedule since the middle of June and it will not ease up till school starts. Except for the quick sapphire sketch, I haven't had time to paint or even draw anything. I have been adding comments and such to the form to stay involved where I can, but Everytime I pass my dining room table I see my supplies stacked up where I put them a month ago. It's ok, summer will pass and I will get more time to paint.

Thanks everyone for keeping things going. I am inspired by everyone's contributions.

:clap: :clap: :clap:

07-16-2013, 06:58 PM
Jiemin these are 3 great oil pastels ....of course my favourite is the Bonobo :) (great ref choice Lin)
Sorry that for yet another month i won't be able to join in ....work schedule and high temps mean i have little time and what i do have , is too warm to use OPs comfortably .

07-16-2013, 07:46 PM
Hi Jiemin, the farm is wonderful - filled with summer light. Real nice work on the background structures and trees, your colors tie the whole painting together nicely.

07-17-2013, 02:06 AM
Jiemen, you have three very good painting there. Your monkey has such character. You are very skilled in making your subject come alive. The fishes pop out so well against that background. I almost didn't notice the smaller fishes but when I did, I realize how skillfully painted they are. :thumbsup: The farm scene looks even better than the photo.

Lin, thank you for the nice references. Just a couple of doodles.

Classic cachet 5x7 inch sketchbook black

Mungyo oil pastel


Mungyo and Sennelier oil pastel


Pat Isaac
07-17-2013, 07:49 AM
Nice doodles Sandra...I especially like the portrait.


07-20-2013, 12:39 PM
Thanks for joining in Sandra.... I like the portrait best... that's Graham, he's in hospital at the moment.... He's not been too well lately.

Only 2 pages this month.....Where is everyone? Enjoying the weather I guess like me...

Having managed to prep some surfaces a couple of weeks ago I had been able to participate this month, although the weather has been rather hot for OPs, my Senns have gone really mushy.

Here is my entry for this month....

'Seen Better Days (Laugharne)'
10" x 14"
300gsm wc paper prepared with gesso and gesso with marble dust
CD Neopastels and a couple of Senns


Pat Isaac
07-20-2013, 04:49 PM
Very nice, Lin. I do like all the color in the stone work on the castle and that tree is outstanding!


07-20-2013, 06:51 PM
Thanks Pat - I have loved that tree every time I see it

..and for taking us to 3 pages :P

07-20-2013, 11:47 PM
I love it,Lin , you did great job! These color just wonderful ! :thumbsup:

07-21-2013, 12:51 AM
Thanks for comments.

Lin, very lively tree. The trunk is very well done and the foliage too. The building really looks like it's going to crumble any moment.

07-21-2013, 02:27 PM
Sandra , I like your paiting, also like your writing. :wave:

07-22-2013, 12:25 PM
Hi Everyone, This is my first time posting my work on WetCanvas. Hope you like it. I used Pentel pastels on Strathmore paper. Please let me know what you think.

07-22-2013, 02:44 PM
1artsydad - wow well done... fantastic tonal work and a beautiful striking finish.... lovely... It just shouted at me.....

and welcome to our forums..... please feel free to join us on the Oil gusher for a chat

Pat Isaac
07-22-2013, 03:04 PM
Welcome to the forum artsy dad....:wave: Nicely done and with Pentels! Good sense of color and value.


07-27-2013, 04:56 PM
OK, here is my attempt at the bridge.


It is holbein and Sennelier on Fabriano Accademia 200gsm 5.5x8.5" This was done in a notebook for sketching and planning. The size is great for writing but I found it hard to get the detail I wanted as I painted. The next notebook will be 8x10" I am not happy with the bushes, but it should be finished at least for now. My wife had the good idea of extending the river behind the bridge. C & C welcome.


07-27-2013, 06:31 PM
Lin awesome! I really like the stone castle - just enough variation with the values w/o overdoing the details, it's beautiful. The tree is gorgeous - WOW, love the depth, shape of the branches and the light hits those leaves just right. This is so wonderful to see.

1artsydad, welcome to the oil pastel forum. Fabulous work on your floral - you've given it a nice 3-d look to it by effectively using your value ranges and the leave veins look delicate and natural. It's great to see your work, looking forward to more!

Hi Rick, very nice water scene - I like the flowing water, going under the bridge works well. Good stone work on the bridge also.

07-28-2013, 08:47 AM
rick - well done - I'd never dream of even trying an OP that size! The stream does look better against the green... nice harmonious colours...

07-28-2013, 01:25 PM
Hey Sandra I forgot to mention your doll and portrait - very nice work on both pieces.

I especially like that you painted the doll on a black surface shows it off beautifully - nice vibrant color combinations. And the position of the doll makes for an interesting angle.

07-28-2013, 11:19 PM
Thanks for the complement Mary, the water came together immediately and I knew that was good.

Lin, I saw that great piece you did with the castle and I was not sure I could make it work in that notebook. The bridge was a pic that I liked when you first posted it as a travel pic.


09-01-2013, 03:34 PM
Hey all thank you for comments on my work.

But mostly thank you all for joining in on my July Challenge. i'll try to put together a gallery soon. i'll leave a few days to sneak in any last minute pieces.

Now onto the august challenge hosted by Flycatcher... pop along to join in...