View Full Version : Oil Pastel Challenge Aug 2014

07-31-2014, 06:00 PM
I'm posting early as I have the AWFFS to host too and I want to get them done before I go to bed as I'm busy tomorrow.

I hope you like my selection, I've tried to get something to suit different abilities and a variety of subjects.

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!

Never be embarrassed to post, because we all had to start somewhere, and sometimes fresh eyes can see what is needed to fix etc if you ask for help.

Please only critique if asked.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Oil Bars, (solidified oil paint sticks may also be used in this challenge, as they are so similar and not included in other for a)
It's not mandatory, we are just a nosey bunch.

I learned so much from my first posts here many years ago. It is a great way of trying and testing materials and methods.

Please wait until I have posted all.
RIL links are below each photo for higher res versions.


Here is a photo I took on holiday with my new camera. It is an artichoke growing in the Mencap gardens in Wales. The garden is kept by the mentally handicapped where they learn garden skills. There is also a shop and the gardens are beautiful. They get to learn to grow things and anyone can buy the produce, fresh.



RIL http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=180616&ppuser=179312

Water lily. taken on holiday at Hilton Court Gardens.



RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=180617&ppuser=179312

This is one I took in Spring at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. This is in the lion enclosure



RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=179988&size=big&cat=&ppuser=179312

A cute Zebra - this one liked to pose for me.



RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=180588&ppuser=179312

A fruit still life I set up



RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=179976&ppuser=179312

My beautiful neice Martine



RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=179208&size=big&cat=&ppuser=179312

and finally.......

A renovated castle near me where Lady Jane Grey once stayed who was Queen for merely 9 days before she lost her head (literally)



RIL: http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=178295&size=big&cat=&ppuser=179312


Pat Isaac
07-31-2014, 06:55 PM
Thanks for hosting, Lin.....beautiful photos.


08-01-2014, 07:51 AM
Beautiful photographs Lin!

08-02-2014, 02:24 PM
Nice pictures. I lean towards the waterfall or the zebra.


08-03-2014, 06:41 AM
Lin, good selections, here's Martine, a challenging pose, hope doing justice to the photo.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Aug-2014/315161-martine1.jpg .

08-03-2014, 11:31 AM
Gorgeous ai2ai - you used the paper so effectively and especially with your loose style. Brilliant work.

08-03-2014, 03:07 PM
a12ai that is brilliant. You've captured the pose so well. Yes it was a challenging pose and an unusual one but sums her up. Such a good likeness
VERY well done!!

Pat Isaac
08-03-2014, 04:05 PM
Nicely done ai2ai....The gesture and likeness are right on and your work is always so full of energy.


08-04-2014, 07:32 AM
Thank you Mary, Lin, Pat for your encouraging comments.

08-06-2014, 01:56 AM
beautifully done :)

08-06-2014, 07:58 AM
Wonderful photos, beautiful done!

08-06-2014, 09:04 PM
Thank you Theopolis, Jiemin. Looking to more posts.

08-10-2014, 06:48 PM
anyone else going to join in this month?

08-15-2014, 05:33 AM
I wish we could create some sort of ranking system to compliment the challenges. Each member who creates a piece (not use one from the past) would rank all of the other pieces in the challenge, and submit the rankings to the scorers. A first place vote would be worth the inverse of the last ranked piece.

For example if there were 11 participants in the challenge each voter would be ranking 10 paintings, and soa #1 ranking would be worth 10 points while the #10 ranking would be worth 1 point. Each piece would get its official ranking from the total ranking votes submitted. Each participant would HAVE to submit a ranking sheet and only one ranking sheet.

Such a system strongly helps to avoid voter fraud and a #1 (or even a #16) painting rightfully earns its place. As participants get better at their craft the rankings of their paintings would rise, or at least the overall competition would be that much better. To earn a #1 ranking in a challenge with 20 participants is definitely hard and worth pursuing! This, in my opinion, would be far more fun than any "juried" competition. As I am really into numbers and tracking patterns I would be very much up for the task of doing the tallying and displaying the rankings.

Pat, please feel free to move this post to its own thread if you desire. I feel that the challengesin here and every forum on WC aren't as nearly participated in as they could be, and I think it is mostly because many folks (including myself) find little inspiration in painting other peoples' dreams or photographs, and so we must either force ourselves to paint in such scenarios or find some other reason to paint!

There should be no reason for someone to feel ashamed of coming in last place. If it's a competition of 2 or 3 painters then there can be cause of concern for favoritism, but if there are many participants then there are most assuredly technical reasons as to why a piece did not place well. As a community we should raise up and encourage one another to get better at our craft. Healthy competition is a good thing!

Pat and Mary would not be allowed to participate in the ranked challenges because otherwise it would have to be titled "The Fight For Third". Just kidding ;)

08-15-2014, 05:07 PM
Sounds a little complex.
But we do need to encourage more participents.

08-16-2014, 04:30 AM
It isn't complex, lol. It just sounds that way because I took the time to explain it. The 'ranking' system is used in professional sports when polls are done. For example:

August Challenge (votes tallied on September 1st)


Painting1 Voter: (doesn't vote for own piece)
Painting3 #1 (2 pts)
Painting2 #2 (1 pts)

Painting2 Voter:
Painting1 #1 (2 pts)
Painting3 #2 (1 pts)

Painting3 Voter:
Painting1 #1 (2 pts)
Painting2 #2 (1 pts)

Painting Totals:
Painting1: 4pts
Painting3: 3pts
Painting2: 2pts

Just something that could be tried. While painting can be, and should be, pleasurable I think most painters at least try to do their best on each piece and they do look back to see how much they have improved, and since painters do participate in juried competitions it's just the competition participants doing the voting, and not the "jury". I think it would encourage more participants and help to give members an idea of how their work compares to other work. If no one wants to try it, no biggie. :)

08-16-2014, 07:25 AM
Let's stay positive. The idea is to challenge oneself no matter what piece to work on, to enjoy the enormous possibilities a medium can produce with imagination and the satisfaction that a creative mind can enjoy and share.
Here's the next piece where I tried to explore the diagonals and interplay of lights and darks for interest. Hope more could join in soon.


08-16-2014, 03:29 PM
Nice work ai2ai! Love how you simplified the scene and went for the lights and darks to illustrate the artichoke surrounded by leaves - the thin lines are great.

08-16-2014, 03:29 PM
I need to get down to business and see if I can't push one out this month - thanks for the nudge.

08-17-2014, 12:13 AM
here is my take on the waterfall. i was basically just trying to get the idea of water flowing over some rocks. i think i could have gotten the light and shadow on the rocks better and when i look closely i can see many things that might be better a different way. however for a quickie i think it worked out well.



08-17-2014, 12:18 AM
Thanks Mary. Nice work ed.

08-17-2014, 12:05 PM
Nice work Ed! For a quick sketch, this turned out real well.

It's all about the values, doesn't matter so much about color as long as the values are proper and you worked the lighter values nicely, with the darks identified for the shadows.

I like your loose strokes, they show direction of subjects nicely.

08-18-2014, 02:55 PM
Thanks mary and ai2ai for the nice comments.


Pat Isaac
08-18-2014, 03:02 PM
Really like your fresh approach ai2ai....and I agree that this is all about challenging ourselves and trying new things. WC is not really into competitions, but sharing, helping and improving.

Nice work on a tough subject, Ed, and it is all about the values. I'd get some more darks into the grasses.


08-18-2014, 10:21 PM
Tried the waterlily a quick sketch on Strathmore pastel paper. 8x10in. Gallery and Reeves oil pastel.:heart: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2014/1111142-image.jpg

08-18-2014, 10:47 PM
Hey Jiemin, wonderful piece - nice loose strokes and great vividness. Happy to see you again!

08-19-2014, 12:15 AM
Beautiful portrait and artichoke, Ai2ai!
Ed, very nice version of a difficult subject!
Jiemin, great color combination!

Pat Isaac
08-19-2014, 07:49 AM
Nice to see your work again Jiemin. Love your painterly feel and energy. Lovely colors in the leaves.


08-19-2014, 11:55 AM
Thanks for the nice comments Pat and Christel.

You are right in that it was a difficult subject, at least for me. I tried to focus on the main points and not get bogged down in the details. I'm sure if I did something similar again I could do it better.


08-19-2014, 03:25 PM
The photo of the zebra made me look at other zebra photos and I came across this one which I just couldn't resist. A4.

08-19-2014, 04:19 PM
Beautiful work Christel - love the composition of these two. Beautiful work on the stripes and body forms.

08-19-2014, 07:41 PM
Jiemin those brilliant colours and textures really take off, well done.
Christel, thanks for your comments, your zebras' stripe details are great, perhaps a little cast shadow from the top head would help to bring it out more.

08-20-2014, 01:30 AM
Thanks Mary and Ai2ai!

08-20-2014, 09:03 PM
Thanks,all! I always love to watch different art style work.It is so exciting to feel everyone though some details .; )

08-24-2014, 02:06 AM
My floral attempt.


08-24-2014, 10:20 AM
Lovely waterlily Ai2ai!

Pat Isaac
08-24-2014, 10:22 AM
Lovely lily, ai2ai, and I like your strokes.


08-24-2014, 11:06 AM
Lovely lily ai2ai!

08-24-2014, 02:02 PM
Some lovely work going on here. thank you all for joining in and if you haven't yet there is still time.
Now I've finished my 2 commission pieces I'm hoping to catch up and join in myself.

I love that you have taken up the challenge with the artichoke, with the geometry and texture - well done. Another lively and expressive piece.

Another lively piece. Rocks are really hard but you have created form well.

Lovely swirling action, lots of movement and nice colour rendering. I find the gallery good medium pastels but the Reeves quite hard. How did you enjoy working with them?

Great composition and I love the interaction between these two. Did those stripes make your eyes go funny? They do with me!

Lovely waterlily. Such a peaceful scene.

08-25-2014, 06:10 AM
Thank you all, much appreciated.

08-28-2014, 12:13 AM
ai2ai, Nice work. I like the shadow in your work, the different layers can feel the air and light.
Lin.Reeves are soft, hard to control,but I don't want wast color, still have a box of Reeves didn't finish!so I just use them on the background Sometime I use an oil knife to move oil pastel or draw some lines ,it is very useful.

08-29-2014, 07:36 AM
Thanks Jiemin always a pleasure to view your brilliant work.