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04-01-2014, 11:26 PM
Good evening everybody!

I have to take hosting responsibility for this month, due to the fact that our scheduled host is lost in space (and hopefully nothing wrong happened, but I can not reach the person).

Mean while for those of You who doesn't know, my name is Tatiana and now You stuck with me and my stuff for whole September.

For our new to this forum people I will briefly go over rules of our monthly challenge.

The rules of this challenge are pretty 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. Wax pastels are welcome too.

You have a whole month, but if you are unable to post by the end of month , the thread will stay open....so You can do it at later time.

Most importantly - ENJOY and have fun!

Here is my selection of images for this month, like usually I'll attempt to give You variety of subjects, so everyone can make a pick...






04-02-2014, 12:51 AM
Thanks Tatiana! Great selection of photos.

04-02-2014, 04:41 AM
Nice selection Tatiana ... not sure wich one to pick first ... could take a while to decide!

04-02-2014, 06:36 AM
Thank you Tatiana for doing the challenge. Wonderful photographs!

04-04-2014, 08:22 AM
Thank You to all! Hopefully will get some nice paintings here!

Pat Isaac
04-04-2014, 10:34 AM
Thanks, Tatiana....great photos.


04-04-2014, 02:48 PM
My iris is on A4 gold cardboard. The white of the flower I primed with gesso Ops used are Pentel. The gold background was too warm and I cooled it down with grey and green.

04-04-2014, 03:24 PM
Beautiful work, Christel!
Really can not find much of anything to critic here... just lovely!
Thank You for participating!

04-04-2014, 05:37 PM
Lovely painting Christel - I like the changes you made and how you handled certain technicals.

04-04-2014, 07:51 PM
You are fast, Christel!
I admire how you succeeded to represent the delicacy of the petals of your iris.
Besides, I am curious to know why you primed the white of the flower with gesso.

04-05-2014, 01:09 AM
Thanks Tatiana, Mary and Marie.
I prime my light colors to aid in covering the background because of the sometimes annoying, other times very pleasing translucency of the oil pastels. The priming need not be gesso, I use watercolor, pastels, acrylics and sometimes even oils as an underpainting. I'm looking into using inks too. This underlayer helps also to close up holes in textured paper. It's fun experimenting with the different approaches of ops painting.

04-05-2014, 08:11 AM
Awesome painting Christel! I was thinking about that picture too, but now ... You nailed it! I'm more afraid of the result I could get! :-))

04-05-2014, 09:16 AM
Thanks Paolo. But just because I painted this pic does't mean you can't do too! It's always very interesting to see the different versions or interpretations of one photo.

Pat Isaac
04-05-2014, 04:09 PM
Lovely iris and the gold background is an interesting addition. Nice work on the petals.


04-06-2014, 01:29 PM
Well done, Christel!

04-07-2014, 03:26 PM
Hi All,

Its been a while since I tried one of these, so I figured I would experiment with OP over WC. Its still a WIP and I don't think I held my Iphone straight, but here is my progress.


Pat Isaac
04-07-2014, 04:20 PM
Looking good....doing it over watercolor puts your whole background there first.


04-07-2014, 06:11 PM
hi there.
Mixture of bad health days and trying to get a CP work finished A whole week has vanished. Thanks so much for hosting. That pup is so gorgeous, and so are the meerkats.

Hope to join in.

Thanks for stepping in Tatiana.

04-08-2014, 03:39 AM
Progress pic.


04-08-2014, 05:01 AM
wow! dprnj I really like your work. The colours are so vivid. Just keep going this way!

04-08-2014, 08:45 AM
Beautiful work DP - this progressed so well. Very nice receding background, the foreground grasses are great with your choice of green and brown/burnt sienna flecks. I like how you treated the trees.

Looking forward to the final.

04-08-2014, 12:47 PM
Wow, good work so far DP!

04-09-2014, 09:19 AM
Paolo, Mary Christel - Thanks for the encouragement.

Green and I are not friends, which is why I typically avoid landscapes and stick to portraits/figures.

I'm calling this one done. The photo makes the right side of the field look bare, but the paper looks fuller in real life. I'll leave it on the board for a few days and maybe add some touches.

Overall, this was an experiment that turned into a rather fun painting. Maybe I'll try a few more landscapes with a little more concentrated effort in the future :)


Pat Isaac
04-09-2014, 10:15 AM
This actually came out quite well...nice sense of distance. Greens are hard because of their transparency, takes patience.


04-09-2014, 10:54 AM
Wonderful painting DP, you should do landscapes more often - this turned out great. While green and you aren't friends, I see a budding friendship in the making.

For future landscape paintings, you might want to consider adding bits of other colors (in various value ranges) over some of your greens to breakup the green and add some depth - like blue, magenta, purple, burnt sienna, red, orange, etc. Not necessarily all in the same painting, but these are some suggestions - by adding some other colors you'll give the eyes a rest from green and add interest.

Great to see your work again, a beautiful piece.

04-09-2014, 12:46 PM
Thanks Pat and Mary.

I'll take your suggestions in mind for adding variance next time. My other take away is to go darker with the underpainting for the grasses. and trees. Putting the mids and lights over dark OP's equals mud for me unless I am really careful. If I do the darkest darks in wc, then I expect the mids and lights to pop without becoming to neon.

I'll do some tests on the next. Right now I've got a portrait sketch prepped for a water color. (My back is out, so I can't sit down ... and paint standing up :) )

04-09-2014, 01:25 PM
Very nice landscape DP. You handled the greens very well. Only suggestion I have for greens is undertake a few pics until you feel comfortable with greens.

04-09-2014, 01:51 PM
Very nice dp.

04-09-2014, 11:42 PM
You are welcome, guys! Somebody had to do it, I'm busy this month, but not that busy... I can handle this thread.
dpnrj, nice painting indeed. I did few of my own from this reference, but none were Oil Pastels. I think my best one was a quick oil study... I almost turned it into "study in red and orange", instead of green... I think It worked out lovely, but no reason to post it here.

04-10-2014, 09:54 AM
Cristel and dp, those are beautiful. I haven't ever tried OP over watercolor, but have meant to one day.

That puppy pict is adorable!

04-10-2014, 04:12 PM
Here is my contribution this month;
Purple & white Irises, 12" x 18"

04-10-2014, 04:30 PM
Carol, nice work on the irises. That green background really pops.

04-10-2014, 04:33 PM
Tried the prairie dogs? 8x10 mat board, Neopastels. C&C please. I need lots of help learning to use these.810538

04-11-2014, 02:34 AM
Lovely irises, Carol. Those pinks are great.
Cindy, great start to the prairie dogs. If you use the edge of the op you can add some more shade of fur. The blueish rock I find is cut off too low making the one dogs head "kiss" that line. Looking forward to see more.

04-11-2014, 08:36 AM
Beautiful irises Carol, the petals deep shading are really lovely.

Cindy, so cute - love these little guys, nice form and fullness of fur. Christel gave you good advice on the dogs fur and rock.

04-11-2014, 10:22 AM
Carol - wonderful irises!
Cindy - very expressive Prairie Dogs (I just love to watch them when I have time. Fascinating little creatures).

My version of the same floral reference...
U-art, watercolor underpainting, 10x8"
I'm cheating a bit, I did NOT paint it this month, but month on prior or so.
Forgive me that, I think I'm allowed to cheat a bit... privilege of the host! :lol:

04-11-2014, 11:11 AM
Beautiful version of the iris Tatiana!

04-11-2014, 06:38 PM
I love the painterly look that you gave to your irises, Tatiana! Beautiful!

04-12-2014, 12:02 AM
Beautiful Tatiana!

04-12-2014, 03:34 AM
Tatiana- I took a peek at your version of the landscape and it is VERY well done. Thanks for not posting it along side mine - I'm not worthy :thumbsup:

04-12-2014, 03:24 PM
Thank you to all!
dpnrj, You should have look at my landscapes what I did just few years ago... You will feel bad no more. I just got very lucky to be able to learn from some very best...Not my personal achievement by any mean, when it comes to landscapes. Florals... yes, I can take credit for those.

04-12-2014, 06:29 PM
Irises - 6'' X 8.75'' - Colourfix paper - Holbein pastels - a good Colour Shaper!

Here I am...finally,

This challenge is a huge one for me. Other than being new to OPs, I am a VERY shy person thus, it is also the first time that I «post» a part of me worldwide!

Other than that, I learned my lesson: next time I paint such a detailed subject, I will go larger...

I will paint irises again. To make a change I will go back to Senneliers and Arches Oil paper to achieve the painterly look I like so much.

Finally, please accept my apologies for the quality of the picture. It is very blurred. After many attempts, that is the best I could do. If I wait for everything to be perfect to post, I never will!

Thank you for looking.


C & C are welcomed.

04-13-2014, 12:52 AM
Your irises are absolutely beautiful, Marie.

04-13-2014, 08:18 AM
Beautiful irises work from everyone, lovely colours and details. I struggled with the details and had to resign with just an impression of the floral.


04-13-2014, 09:11 AM
Marie and ai2ai - perfect job!
We have this place in full bloom with those irises. Almost feels like we are on Florals & Botanicals forum. Absolutely love it! Spring is in the air!

04-13-2014, 11:47 AM
Marie, so wonderful to see you post your painting, at 6x8 it stands tall and is a beautiful rendition of the irises. Real nice work on the petals with the light and shadows. Those white heads can be very challenging, but you worked the blended purple colors nicely. As artists we wear our hearts on our sleeves every time we post, glad you took the opportunity to let us celebrate your painting.

Wonderful to see you ai2ai again! Beautiful painterly dynamics with your painting, your improvising worked perfectly! Really love the magenta you brought out in the petals and only hints of the stems showing.

04-13-2014, 02:52 PM
Good afternoon!

Christel - Thank you so much for your compliment. It is very appreciated!

Mary - Your feedback is a precious source of confidence. I will keep painting!

04-13-2014, 04:15 PM
Hello ai2ai,

I very much like your interpretation of the irises. Is it colored pencils & oil pastels wash with turp?

04-14-2014, 01:43 AM
Thanks Tatiana, Mary, Marie for your comments.
Marie, my work is usually messy and brief impressions of subject matters are often my intention, sometimes not quite worked out. Fair bit of blending in for effects but no turps with pencils for initial sketch. You did very well with your beautiful renderings.

Pat Isaac
04-14-2014, 08:47 AM
Truly wonderful iris paintings throughout and i really like your loose interpretation, ai2ai.


04-14-2014, 11:27 PM
Thank you Pat, might try another soon.

04-15-2014, 12:18 PM
Sorry guys and dolls, I've been busy for a while. Actually I went to Paris with my wife and daughters, and it took me a couple of days to assimilate all the things (and hundreds of paintings) I've seen there. Plus this morning I hit the art shop and finally bought my first Sennelier OP along with a couple of whipeouts, some color bars and pencil pastels. (I'm a happy man now).

Carol - I like your irises, especially the purple areas: they are really vivid and look like velvet.
Cindy - Good job with your prairie dogs, I thought that was one of the most challenging pic, but you nailed it.
Tatiana - Really love your irises and I think the backgronud painted in long vertical lines gives even more twist at the painting.
Marie - Nice job, though I think the red areas are too similar to the color of the paper. Maybe another background color would help your irises to pop-up.
ai2ai - great, really well done. That is the perfect evidence that less is more. I really like the way you worked with the whipeout tool.

04-16-2014, 03:35 PM
Nice to see you back Paolo!

I've tried my hand with the Hay Field, oh my never painted a hay stack before, let alone several!

9x12, Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper - that is tinted Cad Yellow, but actually looks bright orange.

I thought that the paper would give a warm glow to the overall painting, you'll see the paper showing through. While I like the effect it took a lot of OPs to cover it.

C&C are welcomed. The sky has salmon in it, but for some reason it's showing up pinkish? Who knows ~


04-16-2014, 06:52 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap:
Mary, I love it!

04-17-2014, 02:25 AM
Aiai, beautiful iris. Lovely style.
Marie, the translucency of ops is so unpredictable at times. Actually I like the pink in the sky. I find I need to approach ops very much the same as glazing in oils. Your haystacks are great. Lovely warm colors.

04-17-2014, 08:20 AM
Thanks Tatiana and Christel!

Pat Isaac
04-17-2014, 08:41 AM
Beautifully done, Mary....and such a nice warm glow. Yellows help with the translucency.


04-17-2014, 11:30 AM
Thanks Paolo, Christel.
Mary, that is stunning, colours so rich and striking and you handled the distance perspective so well. The sky hues are great too. Love it!

04-17-2014, 01:53 PM
Your landscape is soothing with all its harmonious curved shapes all the way through. It is striking.
It is an invitation to go daydreaming by the trees which I particularly like, not forgetting the hay stack!

04-17-2014, 04:02 PM
Welcome back!
Glad to know you had a good time and did fun shopping!
Thanks for your feedback.

04-18-2014, 09:54 AM
Thanks Pat, ai2ai and Marie for all your comments and feedback!

04-18-2014, 11:19 AM
I like your landscape Mary, looks like a quiet place to lie down and take a nap!
In the end I gave up and made my own version of the liles :). Last tuesday I bought some Senneliers and OMG they are totally awesome! I wish I had more money to buy them all! I had problems painting the irises with the purple petals, 'cause I don't have a decent dark purple OP :angel:.
Have a happy Easter, all of you.


Maimeri and Sennelier OP on Fabriano Tiziano A3 coloured paper

04-18-2014, 12:30 PM
Hi Paolo,
Good work on the shadows and lights of the white heads but the dull color of the background does not bring out the irises.

04-18-2014, 03:50 PM
Paolo, this is a total beauty! Thank You for taking a challenge! Our beautiful collection of Irises continue to grow...and they all so beautiful!

04-18-2014, 05:40 PM
My contribution to the challenge: the little dog
(neopastel on small sennelier oil pastel pad 6x9in 16x24cm)
I focus on the head because the size of the paper is so small, but I use the purple color of the ball to make the background.


04-19-2014, 01:32 AM
Beautiful iris Paolo! The whites are done well.
Very good dog portrait, Poulpi.

Pat Isaac
04-19-2014, 08:31 AM
Nicel done....he looks a little sad...


04-21-2014, 08:43 AM
Lovely Iris Paolo - I really like your whites (good choice of colors) and the petals have a nice soft-like appearance, nice blending.

Poulpi, sweet dog portrait - good work on his fur. Definitely has the look of a terrior.

04-23-2014, 12:14 PM
poulpi, nice work on this Fox Terrier puppy! Love what You did with fur and eye expression! Thank You for participating this month!

04-26-2014, 08:25 PM
Hi All.

My first challenge in oil pastels. Vangogh's & Senneliers on Ampersand pastel board 5"x7". Usually I take days to finish one of these, this time I forced myself to go through to completion in one afternoon. I am new to OP's so C&C is welcome. Still trying to tame my greens.



04-27-2014, 12:02 AM
Well done, Mark!
regardless of many other strong sides of this painting, I like how You rendered sky the most... very luminous, love it!

04-27-2014, 01:03 AM
Well done Mark! Yes, taming the greens is quite a challenge!

Pat Isaac
04-27-2014, 10:27 AM
Yes, very nicely done, Mark. You have done a good job with the greens. One problem I have with them is their transparency...difficult color.


04-27-2014, 11:10 AM
Lovely scene Mark, distance is real nice and the background trees full and with good depth.

Nice work on the greens, takes a bit of trial and error w/OPs in mixing/blending with purples, blues, browns, oranges, yellows, white or black. Try mixing the colors on a piece of scrap paper to see what colors start to unfold.

Great to see you join us - welcome to Wetcanvas and the Oil Pastel Forum! :wave:

04-28-2014, 12:06 PM
Well despite having been away and other issues I still managed to get my act together yesterday to do a quickie.

I decided a few days ago it was about time to get some 'oilies' out.

'Fields Of Gold'
Neocolour II watersoluble Oil Pastels
Qtr Imp (approx 10" x 12")
Hahnemule wc paper 300gsm

Thanks to Tatiana Myers for the reference.

Just about snook it in in time.
thanks for the refs Tatiana.

04-29-2014, 08:41 AM
Hi Lin, beautiful painting - love the soft atmosphere and your play with warm and cools, works perfectly in this scene.

Pat Isaac
04-29-2014, 08:55 AM
Just lovely, Lin. I do kike the warm glow you have created throughout the painting.


04-29-2014, 11:27 AM
Beautiful, Lin. I have only thing to say "color harmony"!

04-29-2014, 02:19 PM
Lovely landscape Lin! I like how you brought in the red hues.