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oldrockchick
02-01-2014, 12:40 PM
Hi there,
Happy to jump into the breach and host this month (instead of March). I'm usually prepared well ahead.


The 'challenge' is for ALL abilities and you can experiment with new techniques, just sketch or leap out of your comfort zone and try an unfamiliar subject. It's entirely up to you as long as 75% of your painting is completed with oil pastels.

You're free to post as you go, even if a 'WIP' 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 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 and whether you used anything under the OP as an underpainting or wash. Other mediums may be used to compliment, but the work must be primarily Oil Pastels.
Oil bars are also acceptable here
There is no extra challenge this month.

All these images are my own so free to use, but where stated for 'this challenge only' please use only for this. I've tried to select something for varying tastes and abilities.

I'm sorry I haven't had time to upload to the RIL, but if you need a higher res version, inbox me your email and I'll send the one you need.

ENJOY!

A Stag in the grounds of Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2014/179312-animal_5_Sep_13_Calke_Abbey__Agfa__107_1024x768.jpg
Test your whites and lights with this swan on our local water
(no higher res to hand)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2014/179312-animal_Wales_2009_Day_13_-_Wet_and_soggy_Saundersfoot_Thursday_16_July001_14_848x640.jpg

Wild poppy

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2014/179312-floral_9b_110712__Nat_Bot_Garden_Wales____129_1024x768.jpg
Goodwyk Pembrokeshire, Wales and Fishguard ferry port.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2014/179312-lands_2b_040712_-_Goodwyk__39_1024x768.jpg
Beach huts at Bournemouth

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2014/179312-lands_Day_1_-_30_Sep_12_Bournemouth_Boscombe__74_1024x768.jpg

Woodland Walk, Wales

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2014/179312-landscapes_Wales_2009_Day_9_-_Freshwater_East006_43_1024x768.jpg

Old fashioned 'bubble car'

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2014/179312-object_Day_3_2_Oct_12_Beaulieu__363_1024x768.jpg
Fruit basket, a still life I arranged

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2014/179312-Still_Still_Life_Grapes__cake__best_light_10_640x480.jpg

THIS CHALLENGE ONLY.

One of my colleagues at one of our outdoor broadcast events for the station's 30th birthday.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Feb-2014/179312-people_30th_Anker_Party_9_July_11_-_Atherstone_25_768x1024.jpg

ENJOY!!

Flycatcher10
02-01-2014, 12:42 PM
Thanks for hosting Lin. What a great mix of photographs - got my eye on a few.

aolaranora
02-01-2014, 12:57 PM
Beautiful choices, Lin!
Thank You for hosting!

Pat Isaac
02-01-2014, 03:02 PM
Thanks for hosting, Lin. Nice group of pirctures.

Pat

Joanne_N
02-01-2014, 04:29 PM
Thanks for jumping in to host Lin! Great set of references. Everything's out of my comfort zone, so I'll just have to pick one and dive in. :D

poulpi
02-01-2014, 07:18 PM
I tried the ferry port on small sennelier oil pastel pad with caran d'ache.
I am quite satisfied with the clouds, but it was so hard to make others elements. The hill in the background is maybe too dark, and I have no idea how to render the grass in the foreground.
I tried a new technique to make the first sketch and position the main areas : I have one eye with myopia so I drew only with this eye that make the shapes fuzzy/blur. How do you find the result in term of proportion ?

poulpi
02-02-2014, 10:40 AM
I made the background hill less dark and worked a little more on the foreground (adding more contrast to the grass). Is it better ?

oldrockchick
02-02-2014, 12:32 PM
Yes that looks a lot better.
When I first joined these forums way back I was still experimenting, but by jumping in and having a go, I learnt so much from my new OP family.
never give up.
I see you also knocked ban the white in the waves which makes the expanse of the beach look better.

oldrockchick
02-02-2014, 12:39 PM
Thanks for jumping in to host Lin! Great set of references. Everything's out of my comfort zone, so I'll just have to pick one and dive in. :D

If you feel that the whole image is a little daunting why not crop out one piece, such as maybe an apple from the fruit basket?

Joanne_N
02-02-2014, 01:30 PM
If you feel that the whole image is a little daunting why not crop out one piece, such as maybe an apple from the fruit basket?

Yes, thanks for the tip, it's a good idea.:thumbsup: Baby steps. :D

Lostjedi
02-02-2014, 03:00 PM
Solvent washed oil pastel sketch in a multi medium sketchbook 9x12,

DLT
02-02-2014, 08:33 PM
Thank you for hosting and such wonderful photos too. I will try to do at least one this moth.

purpletrader
02-02-2014, 08:37 PM
i'm trying to download my picture but it is too large and i cannot get it to resize so i can download it. any suggestions?

purpletrader
02-02-2014, 09:41 PM
i believe i got it to work this time by resizing it myself. all comments appreciated.

ed

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2014/1580605-try_2_lower_resolution.jpg

oldrockchick
02-03-2014, 09:20 AM
nice piece on the walk jedi.

Purple - well you invited comments so I'll add one... I can't quite put my finger on it but to me it looks like the path has a steep camber on it like going down a steep hill.....? I think it's the large nit at the front right? The distance works.... hmmmm... anyone else know what I mean.? Love the treework though esp the foliage.

purpletrader
02-04-2014, 01:40 AM
thanks for your comments, Lin. after I finished this I thought something was off as well, although I cannot determine exactly what it is. I would like to get it right the next time out. also I forgot to mention I used mungyo OPs on the back side of used copy paper.

ed

truck driver
02-04-2014, 01:55 AM
nice piece on the walk jedi.

Purple - well you invited comments so I'll add one... I can't quite put my finger on it but to me it looks like the path has a steep camber on it like going down a steep hill.....? I think it's the large nit at the front right? The distance works.... hmmmm... anyone else know what I mean.? Love the treework though esp the foliage.

The paths perspective is slightly off. If i get a chance I'll show how to do this.. but have to get a card reader first.. ahh technology..

poulpi
02-04-2014, 05:10 PM
Here is work in progress for the portrait. CC welcomed.

Lostjedi
02-04-2014, 09:22 PM
The cray pas oil pastels in a multi medium sketch book 9x12 some solvent blending.

ballerina artist
02-05-2014, 05:03 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2014/1483947-Wednesday_Snow_2_Feb_5_5774.jpg

Lostjedi
02-05-2014, 09:00 PM
Cool swan ballerina.

poulpi
02-06-2014, 03:31 AM
The finished version.
This is my first portrait, so... The colors are maybe a little too colored, especially the skin tone around the eyes. But the subject was fun !
(and I had no courage to make a realistic background)

Lostjedi
02-06-2014, 07:27 AM
The painted face looks good with the pink background. It puts more focus on the face by removing the busy background.

tuscanny
02-06-2014, 09:54 AM
Poulpi, lostjedi, purple trader and ballerina artist - great paintings!
Here is mine, black pastel board with white primer under the flower.

tuscanny
02-06-2014, 09:56 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2014/1256189-poppy.jpg Christel

cem
02-06-2014, 03:54 PM
pouli....nice work on the fairy port and the portrait.
MAS....I agree with Lin on the path, nice work anyway. Cool swan too.
ed....I like the various greens in the foliage.
ballerina...good work on the swan.
Christel....Beautifully done flowers!

The swan was a popular choice of subject. Here is my effort of it. Neopastels on black matt board. (I have no clue how to do water)807900

Lostjedi
02-06-2014, 09:37 PM
Nice flower Tuscanny.

The swan is also nice cem.

Yannse
02-07-2014, 09:59 PM
It seems everyone love swan.There is mine.It is on art board.9x13in. Munygo oil pastel.:heart: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2014/1111142-swan.JPG

tuscanny
02-07-2014, 10:41 PM
Cindy - very nice! The water is good too.
Jiemin -I like the shades in the feathers. very nice!

Lostjedi
02-08-2014, 12:33 AM
nice swan Jiemin! I love your style. It is so loose and impressionist.

Flycatcher10
02-08-2014, 01:15 PM
pouli, I like your work on the fairy and the portrait - both difficult subjects and your doing great.

Mike, nice Swan! If you darken some of the foreground with in the path painting, it will give the background some additional distance and depth.

Beautiful flower Christel - like the pinks used in this piece.

Ballerina, nice swan. Don't be afraid to show the rest of the swan body on the bottom-right - bring the OPs straight out (you have the upward portion to show that part of the wing). does that make sense?

Lovely Swan Cindy. Beautiful shape to the body and for someone that doesn't know how to do water, well this was very well done.

Beautiful painting Jiemin on the swan, lovely colors of white and as Mike has said, wonderful loose style.

purpletrader
02-08-2014, 08:53 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Feb-2014/1580605-scan0022.jpg

i tried the flower. mungyo OPs about 6 by 8 in. i think it came out fairly well considering i never did this type of subject before. some of the petals i got the way i wanted, others needed more work but i wanted a more casual look so i stopped when i did. i didn't get the darks and lights the way they should be and i left out the other bloom. i wasn't sure how to do the background so i just threw out some greens, blended them and hope it worked. feel free to comment.

ed

Lostjedi
02-09-2014, 12:59 PM
I like the flower ED. I would add some darker colors in areas to add depth. I would do the same in the background. I like how you circled the flower in a sketch pattern. It just needs more contrast in areas. Over all it is great for a first attempt.

Mike

purpletrader
02-09-2014, 05:30 PM
mike, thanks for the comments.

i realized after i finished it that it should have had greater contrast. i used to write computer code and the first 90% is easy but the last 10% is hard getting everything to work correctly. i think art may be somewhat the same way.

ed

Flycatcher10
02-09-2014, 09:04 PM
Hi purpletrader, you are so correct it is the last 10% that brings a piece together. For your first flower, this is very nice - you have all the elements, nice details with lights and shadows. Mike mentioned contrast and I agree - if your desire is to bring a bit more drama to the flower, blend in some deeper shades of colors being mindful of the value ranges that will give depth to each petal (darker toward middle and lighter moving out to the outer edges. Hope this makes sense - very nice work.

purpletrader
02-09-2014, 11:33 PM
mary, yes it does make sense. thanks for the comment. each time i do something it gets easier but i also become aware of additional problems.

helcahisie
02-10-2014, 02:56 AM
I mostly draw birds with watercolour pencils and coloured pencils, and am new to oil pastels. I drew this with a 25-set of Sakura Expressionists, which I got from a local art supplies store at a very cheap price. They are quite smooth and soft, considering the price!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2014/1143252-DSC04339_1.jpg

helcahisie
02-10-2014, 03:18 AM
Because birds are my greatest inspiration, I thought I would throw in the swan. This was hastily drawn.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2014/1143252-DSC04344_1.jpg

Flycatcher10
02-10-2014, 10:36 PM
Hi helcahisie, so nice to meet you! Welcome to Wetcanvas and the Oil Pastel Forum - so happy that you decided to join us and give oil pastels a try. :wave:

Nice going on your first paintings with the OPs - glad you gave the seascape a try. Very good looking sky - I like the fluffiness in the cloud structure, nice landmass in the background - consider graying it down a bit so it doesn't come forward in the scene, fun colors and lightness in the grasses.

Lovely work on the swan - good white colors and body shape.

Hope to see more of your oil pastel paintings!

tuscanny
02-10-2014, 11:39 PM
Hi Ed - your flower is looking good. What I often do, I compare my photo of my painting with the original photo on screen using FastStone.
Helcahisie - a good start. My favorite is the swan. Lovely colors for the feathers.

oldrockchick
02-11-2014, 01:26 PM
Sorry I've not checked in for a few days, had some health issues, then of course I had to catch up on all the things I was late doing otherwise.

It is so wonderful and refreshing to see so many NEW MEMBERS :clap:
Welcome one and all and thank you for participating in my challenge.

I HAVE seen all the works and taken them off to put in a 'gallery' at the end of the challenge. (except poulpi whose files dont' seem to be JPEGs and I can't 'see' them properly)

The swan has proved popular and so many different versions is nice to see. Itsn't it great that people see the same thing and interpret it so differently.

Good work from you all :thumbsup: poulpi, helcahisie, (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/member.php?u=1143252) purpletrader, tuscanny, ballerina artist (appropriate for the swan 'Swan Lake'), lostjedi, yannse,

tbezesky
02-11-2014, 11:13 PM
I haven't been back here for some time, but got the desire to use my OP's and visit again. I'm looking over the nice photos and thinking of giving one a go.
Your swan has lots of personality, ballerina artist!
Poulpi, that's a challenging portrait, looking good!
You've made some nice improvements to the composition of the flower, Christel.
Very lovely swan Cindy
I love the painterly style, and vibrancy of your swan, Jiemen.

tbezesky
02-11-2014, 11:18 PM
I like your line work, Purple Trader.
Helcahisie, you're doing well on your first attempts, very lively.

tbezesky
02-12-2014, 10:01 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2014/11381-image.jpg
I got the sky mostly done, except for filling in some of the weak areas of the blue. Used senneliers on Strathmore Toned Tan spiral tablet paper. Has anyone else tried this new paper? I like it!

Flycatcher10
02-13-2014, 09:01 AM
Hi Tracy, nice start to your painting - good-looking fluffy clouds. Looking forward to the final.

I haven't used the paper. Is it heavy textured? Senneliers works really well on non-grit papers, so this is another that I'll have to look up.

tbezesky
02-13-2014, 12:06 PM
It reminds me most of the Sennelier Oil Pastel Card except it's a light beige color and the Strathmore paper is cheaper. Just a little more tooth than bristle. Acid free.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-400-series-recycled-toned-sketch-wirebound-journals/

tbezesky
02-13-2014, 02:43 PM
bristol...Lol

Pat Isaac
02-13-2014, 03:05 PM
Nice start to your painting Tracy....Like the puffy clouds and sky.

Pat

AnnKB
02-14-2014, 12:42 PM
couple of hours sketching session on a very wet and windy afternoon. basic drawing could have been better (i.e. basket not very accurate shape) . Haven't played with my oilies in such a long time. Great selection of photos, am tempted by the beach huts as well. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2014/973128-OPfruitFebChallengewfash.jpg

Pat Isaac
02-14-2014, 04:44 PM
Nice session with the oilies....the basket weave is great, nice detail. There could probably be an little more suggestion of values on the fruit. Nice background.


Pat

poulpi
02-14-2014, 06:33 PM
This is the deer, on small sennelier oil pastel pad 6" 9" with caran d'ache.
I had some difficulties with the fine details (the eyes and the ears of the deer), and no courage to make fine trees (and I have no ideas how to make some background trees).

tuscanny
02-15-2014, 01:13 AM
Ann - lovely stillife. I like the basket weave.
Poulpi - great start on such a small scale! I like the vivid colors of the deer in contrast with the green surrounding. As far as I can see you have 2 options: turn the top green into leaves of a foreground tree or add light grey/blue and pinkish hues to mould the tops of the trees where the light catches them.

Lostjedi
02-15-2014, 02:28 AM
I tried the toned strathmore for conte sketches but not oil pastels. It did not have much texture and I like a lot of grit for My oil pastels.

os2013
02-15-2014, 03:46 AM
hi all! great pictures everyone! here is my take on the bubble car.
i hate how the window reflections turned out. the picture looks much better than original actually, people who saw the original ask what those white splashes are on top, nobody recognizes the windows. i'm now thinking of removing all the window reflections altogether and change to simple highlights here and there. let me know what you think.

question: how do you make the reflections believable on such surface? i just used white and blended, but could not get it perfectly straight on such a scale and also wonder if i should have used grey/blueish tint in many places instead of white? maybe should have done smoother blending and that would work? any tips from experience of doing reflections on car surfaces?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2014/1191556-photo_2.JPG

holbein op and sennelier white op
gessoed watercolor
7x10

Pat Isaac
02-15-2014, 08:53 AM
Poulpi, you have some good suggestions for the trees and I do like the contrast of the deer against the light background. If you want to keep the trees in the background I would tone the green way down and just look at the shapes they make, forget branches.

That is a great car os, love the electric blue color. I am not having a problem with the lights on the car itself, but the window reflections could be reduced in value. They should probably not all be so white.

Pat

os2013
02-15-2014, 01:35 PM
pat, thanks. will try to adjust the window.

it's done with holbein viridian light (shade 5) where light hits and turquoise green and darker viridian in indirect light and shadows.

os2013
02-15-2014, 07:18 PM
pat, what do you think about the right headlight (the farthest)? i think something is not right there. i checked the shape by tracing mine and original's and they seem to be very close, but mine doe snot work properly there... any suggestions?

Lostjedi
02-15-2014, 09:14 PM
OS don't be so hard on yourself. I like your picture very much. It is very realistic yet has a painterly look. Considering its only 7x10 it looks awsome.

tuscanny
02-15-2014, 11:59 PM
Great painting Os. You have a brilliant 2 dimensional perspective. If you draw lines on the horizontals, they intersect at 2 vanishing points.

os2013
02-16-2014, 03:59 AM
Tuscany , lostjedi, thank you for nice comments.

Tuscany, I actually checked this at some point and had to adjust the angles in few places or it was looking funny. I guess man made complex shapes like cars are very demanding to have proper perspective :)

poulpi
02-16-2014, 05:17 AM
os2013, your car looks so nice. I am very curious about how did you succeed to have such fine details on such small piece of paper.
The stag I made (see my previous post) is approximatively the same size, and I struggled when it comes to make the head of the animal.
Can you tell me your technique, which tools did you use ?
Thank you !

oldrockchick
02-16-2014, 01:32 PM
hi
just checking in. I haven't been up to much as I've been looking after a rather poorly puddycat :cat: . Now I'm having to catch up! :rolleyes:

Ann - good to have you along and I really like your interpretation of the fruit basket. Wiltshire is suffering at the moment isn't it? Have you managed to avoid the floods? It's awful the floods and storms in the West Country. We're so lucky here :crossfingers: , although we've had high winds and trees down and the local riding centre for the disabled had their stables destroyed by a mini tornado the other week. We have a small river but good defences.

poulpi - I think the detail issues is because of the small size of your paper. Sometimes you need to work bigger. It's a good crop though and nice gesture.

os2013 - the reflections on the paint have worked out fine. The secret to relfections is to forget they are 'reflections' and draw what you see, whatever, or however, strange the shape or colour may be.

os2013
02-16-2014, 10:59 PM
poulpi, thanks for feedback. i'm glad you liked it.
regarding your question: i used color shapers for placing details. mostly size 2 tip and in some places size 0, for the some details i used pablo oil pencils- but this maybe less than 5% of all details in this one, you can do very fine and precise details just with color shaper by using this technque: get a dull thin point like a dental pick or similar, scratch the surface where you want the thin line and then use the color shaper to place bits of color that you pick from a pastel stick (works best with creamy sennelier) or use a side of the stick (works best with harder ones like neopastel and holbein) to place dots of color inside the line (since you scratched the surface it grabs the color better inside and not around) and then use size 0 color shaper to spread it. and of course if it comes out of the line just cover with original color that was there and push to the line to cover. for all this to work you need to build up a thick opaque layer of colors - then you can push them around to the desired effects and scratch as you wish; with thin unblended sketch it would not work and best bet for me was in such case the oil pencils
just remembered, one more tip- after spreading colors for larger areas wait overnight for the colors to set before going for details on them, or otherwise the details will blend instead of staying separate (even if you scratch first). when i forget this i end up scratching back polluted colors and then waiting overnight anyway:)

os2013
02-16-2014, 11:03 PM
thank you Lin, i already came to this but i guess this time what did not work to my liking is execution (value/shape), also when double checking the reflection on the car found it to be of different shape, so i will need to adjust,

poulpi
02-17-2014, 12:22 PM
os2013, thank you so much for your detailed answer !
I have color shapers, but didn't scratch the surface first.
And I also have no patience to wait overnight, so I will try to become more patient :smug: : for finer details, it is worth.

Yannse
02-17-2014, 01:03 PM
AnnKb,your still in life is pretty well!
so, I love your car! You did every detail so well! Wonderful!
Poulpy, I am looking foreword you finish it!

os2013
02-18-2014, 02:22 AM
poulpi, you are most welcome. fine details are hard/tricky every time. if you do not already have them, do get some oil pencils like caran d'ache pablo or similar. you do not need many- just basic set of 12 would do. they do work sometimes very nicely for dark colored details and lines (black, brown, red, etc), but i do not expect them to work for light colors, never worked for me actually.
also what helps with details is using fine sanded surface like ampersand pastelbord, colorfix, uart and similar- the tooth is very good and grips the pencil color quite well even in subsequent layers.

poulpi
02-18-2014, 03:42 AM
I refined the background trees (the photo make the greens quite blue) and a little the nose and eyes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2014/1350140-photo_1.JPG


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2014/1350140-photo_2.JPG

cem
02-18-2014, 08:09 AM
I haven't checked in here lately as my computer bit the dust. Finally got a new one and trying learn Windows 8, grrr. Everyone is doing such fine work. I especially like the car by os, very well done indeed.

Flycatcher10
02-20-2014, 07:56 AM
I put this comment under the wrong section, think I've lost my mind.

Hi OS2013, totally forgot to comment on your car. You nailed it, really effective blending to the point that the car finish looks like smooth painted metal, nice going. Do like the perspective you captured and the detailed lights and grill, nice work. Viewers won't know what the reflections are of, only you, I think Lyn gave great advice on this - paint what you see. As a viewer I saw sunlight reflections.

Hi Poulpi, the deer painting is looking more defined - nice work on the background trees, foreground shadows and grasses.

cem
02-20-2014, 03:54 PM
Thought I would try one more before the end of the month. Neopastels on matboard, 8x10.808492

Flycatcher10
02-21-2014, 10:32 AM
Beautiful Cindy, makes me long for Spring. Very nice grass work and trees - the chair color is a perfect contrast and compliment to the scene.

Pat Isaac
02-21-2014, 10:41 AM
Lovely and can spring be far behind.....?
Nice use of values moving from dark to light.

Pat

tuscanny
02-21-2014, 12:14 PM
Beautiful scene Cindy. Nice touch of orange.

lorigina
02-24-2014, 12:46 AM
Hi everyone. Lots of great pictures this month :clap: - Here's my attempt at the landscape with trees.

Pat Isaac
02-24-2014, 08:30 AM
Lovely colors...and very springlike. I'd make the grass around the tree a little darker so that it is grounded.

Pat

lorigina
02-24-2014, 11:01 AM
Thanks Pat. I was trying to figure out what the problem was- I just couldn't put my finger on it. I'll do as you suggested and post again.

lorigina
02-26-2014, 12:26 AM
Hi again. I darkened the area under the tree, the foreground and the leaves closest to the viewer. It still needs work, but I am losing tooth - due to a lot of rubbing out with an eraser :eek:

AnnKB
02-26-2014, 08:51 AM
some great pictures this month. I especially like Yannse's swan, lorigina's trees and Os's car. my fruit was a quick sketch really, I find I have to do them over a few days to be really satisfied but I have so little patience!
I have been favouring soft pastels lately <gasp> and have been struggling with inspiration but this forum and site is so helpful.

Oldrockchick- floods are bad to the west and south of me(most of roads to Salisbury are closed) but I am lucky where I am . thank goodness the weather has eased off a bit. a few sunny days makes a lot of difference! I feel for those in flooded homes in Somerset, and the coasts where the storms were really bad.
and yet I was just reading about drought in California seeing dead almond trees ripped up. heartbreaking.
I hope we don't have a repeat of last March with farmers having to dig sheep out of snowdrifts. looking promising so far.
keep up the good work everyone!
Ann

Pat Isaac
02-26-2014, 08:55 AM
Much better......the tree looks grounded now. I love looking at this with those nice spring colors.

Pat

Flycatcher10
02-26-2014, 09:51 AM
Hi Lorigina, you have a beautiful scene developing here. Consider adding lower values in the foreground the give the background a great sense of depth. Lovely tree and leaf work.

I don't know what the surface is that your painting on, but if you have an area that is getting muddy (not by choice) you can try using a razor blade to scrape the oil pastel off (hold at an angle, not straight up and down it will tear the paper). You can scrape right down to the paper or individual layers of OPs. Another suggestion is to let the OPs set up over night, the oil pastel will harden a little and allow additional paint.

SarahY
02-26-2014, 11:44 AM
Lorigina; I love the softness and colours in your scene, t'is beautiful.

lorigina
02-27-2014, 10:45 PM
Pat, thank you for the kind words. I'm glad to bring a little bit of spring to all our winter-weary souls.

Mary, Thank you for the advice. I used card stock coated with liquitex clear acrylic gesso - 3 coats. I'm afraid that lots of vigorous rubbing with an eraser removed some of the texture. The blade is something I haven't tried yet, but I am going to give it a go on the next challenge- I also want to try using solvent; still have a lot to learn about oil pastels.

SarahY, I'm thrilled that you think its beautiful. Thank you.

AnnKB, I liked your basket, I thought it was well done. Your apples look really good too. Thanks for giving my tree a favorable review.

os2013
02-28-2014, 03:50 AM
lorigina, very nice landscape. i like the color scheme

i made some changes to reflections in the car picture. tried to lower value for the window reflection first but it was not looking right, so it is still a bit bright, but maybe not everywhere. used some green grey and blue grey instead of white as well. changed the shapes a bit and added a few highlights to the window. do you think it is looking better or worse than before?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2014/1191556-photo3.JPG

Flycatcher10
02-28-2014, 08:48 AM
Hi os2013, nice work. I uploaded Lynn's photograph and both your second and third versions to analyze all three against each other. The detailed you achieved is incredible from the tiny nuts/bolts, to the mirrors/lights and gleaming car surface.

The reflections are fantastic, I agree with the subtle changes you made on them and would probably leave the windshield as is - it's very effectively painted and any more reflection might take away the dramatic visual you've been able to achieve.

I like your final version better than #2 - it's an awesome painting.

Pat Isaac
02-28-2014, 08:50 AM
Nice changes and I agree with Mary.....leave it alone, it all works together. Love that blue.

Pat

lorigina
02-28-2014, 12:28 PM
WOW OS2013, your car looks amazing! The reflections on the hood and glass came out perfect, IMHO, and the headlights are spot on. Nice:thumbsup:

os2013
02-28-2014, 01:28 PM
thank you very much for kind comments. learned a thing or two about this when doing reflections :)

tuscanny
03-01-2014, 12:50 AM
Lorigina, lovely soft colors.
Os, great work. Still love that perspective you have achieved.

tbezesky
03-02-2014, 03:15 PM
Lorigina, I love what you did with the composition and colors, and nice soft light.
The bubble car turned out great!

oldrockchick
03-02-2014, 04:43 PM
Well we come to the end of another challenge and what a superb array of work. Thank you so much for joining in!

AnnKB - poor Wiltshire has had it bad with the floods. Glad you came through unscathed and good to see you working with the OPs and producing such a lovely still life. We've had the high winds and a mini tornado very close to us, but we were lucky too. I hope we actually have a real SPRING this year and not just a continuation of winter.


os2013 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/member.php?u=1191556) - with regard to reflections, they may usually be white if outdoors and they are reflecting the sky, there are often other colours in there, although often nondescript. reflections can be what you want them to be if we cannot see the setting. The paintwork is very well done. Those numbers are clear and crisp.

cindy - nice scene.

lorigina - that's a beautiful soft woodland scene.

and so to the next.......

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1344547

tbezesky
03-02-2014, 06:20 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Mar-2014/11381-image.jpg
I was sick and then busy and didn't get back to it for awhile. Thanks for lending us your pics.

artefice71
03-27-2014, 05:16 AM
These challenges are so much fun, can't wait to join one! Especially love tbezesky's landscape and os2013's car.

Flycatcher10
03-27-2014, 07:20 AM
Hi artefice71, very nice to meet you! Welcome to Wetcanvas and the oil pastel forum :wave:

Thanks for your comments, looking forward to having you join us and seeing your work.

tbezesky
03-27-2014, 11:23 AM
Mary I just visited your website, your oil pastels are amazing! You're very prolific! I didn't see any sizes, generally about how big are your landscapes? One of my favorites was Mist over the moors.

Flycatcher10
03-27-2014, 02:53 PM
Hi Tracy, very nice of you to visit - it means a lot that you would take the time to look at my art.

The majority of winter scenes are 5x7's and 8x10's. Many of the other landscapes are 11x14 and then some at 8x10's and 16x20. Seascapes are 11x14 and 16x20, unless it's a close-up of a wave then they are done at 8x10.

The Morning Mist that you referred too is 8x10 - it was one of those scenes that I wasn't sure which direction I was going to take it. I think it could have filled an 11x14 nicely.

Thanks again Tracy.