View Full Version : Monthly OP Sketch Thread November 2014

Shirl Parker
11-01-2014, 09:53 AM
This sketch thread is open to all Oil Pastelists. You are invited to share any sketching you've been doing this month, be it detailed ones, quick ones, ideas for paintings or value studies. Basically, just show us what you're working on! There is NO time limit, so knock yourselves out!

It would be great if you could share with us the paper and pastels you are using, as well as the size of your sketch. We do love the details! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Pat Isaac
11-01-2014, 01:23 PM
Thanks for starting the thread, Shirl....holidays are nearby...


11-01-2014, 10:02 PM
Hey everyone :wave: I started this one today senns on mi-tientes smooth side. I think it's 10"x12". so far so good....

Pat Isaac
11-02-2014, 08:50 AM
This is a great start Rich and a great scene.


11-02-2014, 08:56 AM
Oooh, this is lovely so far. I like the way the rays of sun radiate out. Looking forward to seeing the rest!

11-02-2014, 11:03 AM
Oh Rich, this is going to be a beauty. I'm loving that great distance and perspective with the village at the edge and mountain backdrop. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

11-03-2014, 12:21 PM
i like how this is coming out already. really pretty sun glares. inspiring. makes me want to do an antiqued looking painting in copper colors. thanx 4 sharing.

11-04-2014, 12:37 PM
Very interesting lighting! I'm looking forward to seeing the final!

11-05-2014, 12:37 PM
Thanks everyone. Here is the latest and probably finished for the most part. I painted from the Nov challenge over in landscape forum. But like most paintings I do from reference, I stop looking at the photo about half way through. I just get lost in it and realize..."oh yeah....there is a photo I can look at...." :lol:

11-05-2014, 01:10 PM

11-06-2014, 09:34 AM
Nice work!

11-06-2014, 09:35 AM
I also like the background colors.

11-06-2014, 09:38 AM
This is my first post so I apologize in advance if the jpeg is not posted correctly. I tried to follow advice given to other new posters. This was a quick sketch only 4 x 9 medium weight paper in a sketch book. The scene was a cottage in the country. I have more expensive oil pastels but this was done with Cray Pas Expressionist. Since it was quick, I didn't do an underpainting. I did try to overpaint with burnt sienna watercolor on the edges and a light ochre in the middle. I forgot how much oil pastel I had already laid down so the water color wasn't able to penetrate in a lot of areas. I wonder if I just ended up muting the sketch with the watercolors. Not really the effect I was going for. Also, I have just ordered some color shapers to help with the details as I was just using stumps with the sketch and since it was a small sketch already, it made it hard to put in details. Any comments appreciated!

11-06-2014, 09:46 AM
My posted pick came out small. I didn't want it to come out oversized as it was a small sketch and they don't look great when they are blown up in size. This was smaller than I was intending it to be though. Also, I don't think I was supposed to post under Rich's thread but I tried posting to the original and it ended up here. As I said, I am new!

11-06-2014, 10:00 AM
I'll try once more to post a bigger picture.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Nov-2014/1963873-cottage2.jpg

11-06-2014, 06:35 PM
Great little sketch dmcdona.I like it. Quick ones like these are fun to do and really help sharpen skills over time.

11-06-2014, 09:01 PM
Rich, I loved your painting and enjoyed seeing its progress. I just finished the enclosed using Kama art sticks. The colors are beautiful ,the quality excellent. The holder is not good and they break easily for that reason. This painting was from my photo of a park in Philadelphia. Eleanore

11-06-2014, 09:05 PM
Thanks! The quick ones are all I have time for sometimes. Like you said though, let's me work on skills in this medium. And I have a lot to work on!!

11-06-2014, 09:30 PM
The sketch gives me a cozy feeling with the house tucked away in the trees. I like the very basic colors.

11-06-2014, 09:33 PM
Here is my first ever fall landscape. 9 x 12 watercolor paper that I did with an underpainting. This is a park near my work where I walk for lunch break almost every day. I fudged the hedges because there are really some ugly apartments back there. If anyone has suggestions for how to make the form of my trees better, I am open. I have been struggling with trees...


11-06-2014, 10:36 PM
Lovely little sketch dmcdona. To get more detail you could use the edges of the ops and/or use cp or pastels with little or no blending.
Great going Ruby! To get texture into the trees and leaves, use the rounded point and add leaves and bark lightly where needed with little or no blending.

11-07-2014, 01:35 PM
Thanks for the kind words Ruby. I like the colors in your sketch. It looks like to me you might want a little more work with the values and shadows to give more three dimensional look. I like it though! Great job!

11-08-2014, 09:39 AM
Thanks for the feedback, Christel and dmcdona60! Christel, with adding texture with no blending, do you think I should have a smooth layer underneath? I have tried to do minimal blending with leaves before, and it always comes out strange on mine (don't know if another issue could be causing it).

As far as a more three-dimensional look, it seems like when I add different values it STILL doesn't look three-dimensional, just with blobs of different color looking flat. Do you think I need to add even more value changes in one place? I might need to study some other people's trees carefully.

Pat Isaac
11-08-2014, 09:57 AM
Nice bright color, Ruby. You might want to check out this thread for some pointers on trees. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1352943


11-09-2014, 09:16 AM
Thanks Pat!
A5 landscape and sunset
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Nov-2014/1256189-sunste_ops_nov.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Nov-2014/1256189-ops_nov_landscape.jpg

11-09-2014, 11:26 AM
Thanks for the link, Pat!

Christel, I like these sketches. The clouds in the sunset scene have a nice atmosphere and love the trees in the daytime one.

11-09-2014, 12:22 PM
Christel, I like both the subjects and the techniques you used. The sky scene is particularly colorful . Maela49.

11-09-2014, 12:43 PM
Beautiful finish Rich - really like the building of perspective for the distance, works so well, but my favorite is your lighting as it graces the whole scene.

Hi DMC, welcome to the oil pastel forum - it's nice to meet you. Wonderful painting. I like painting smaller sizes and your cottage scene is beautifully rendered. Interesting to put a sort of watercolor glaze over the painting - I've not done that before.

Lovely landscape Ruby, I can' only imagine how much foot traffic this beautiful place gets. Nice painting. Leaves lying on the ground is not easy, but you managed to get their distinction - values will be important in capturing this. Considering starting with medium values then add the lower and higher values to give them depth and 3-d appearance. You have some good advice on tree bark rendering. I like your light and shadows on the ground and pathway - very nice work!

Eleanore - I'm wondering if you posted a painting here, you mention it but I don't see anything.

Christel - two beauties! Wonderful sunset - has the shining golds that bring magic to the setting. Nice distance to the scene and water reflections. Very cool scenic pathway - perspective with the wood rails leading down to the water reads really well. Love the atmosphere of the place.

11-09-2014, 01:25 PM
Thanks Maela, Ruby and Mary! I think I should post it again to the monthly challenge thread:o

11-09-2014, 01:45 PM
Having problems with posting. Please forgive .Enclosed oil sticks of local park. Kama and shiva on wood 24 x 30 Eleanore

11-09-2014, 06:52 PM
Lovely loose painting Eleanore - love the atmosphere and Autumn scene. The only recommendation I would make is to the very back of the river - on the left side I'd lower the green trees (lowering the left-side of the river) by doing this the river will flatten, it's reading as though it's slanted at a downward angle.

Really like your loose style with this piece and the trees are nice with full foliage.

Great painting!

11-10-2014, 01:45 AM
i like the daylight painting with the fences alot. came out nice.

11-10-2014, 05:44 AM
Lovely painting Eleanore. I do see the photo is tilted? Maybe adjusting that would help.

11-10-2014, 09:17 AM
Hello, I am new to this forum, and really admire all the beautiful Oil pastel paintings! I've used OP to paint a pair of blue birds on a slice of pine wood, I think that my sister sent me from USA. I used the grain of the wood, and the circular lines to show the hollow in a tree, and a pair of birds. Would like suggestions for improvement. Do I need to glaze with a fixative? Thanks :-) Prabha:wave:

11-10-2014, 10:43 AM
While I can't comment on the fixative, I can say that is the most beautiful and unique rendering I have ever seen. :clap:

11-10-2014, 01:18 PM
Great work, Prabha. Those circular lines add a very interesting texture.

11-10-2014, 01:33 PM
Hi Prabha, so nice to meet you - welcome to the oil pastel forum! :wave:

What a great use with the piece of wood, your creativity was spot on perfect - the birds are well done (lovely detail) and cool use of the wood rings. Lovely work!

Oil pastel does not dry, it slightly hardens - a bit of a skin forms, but 10 years down the road the paint will still smear. Some artists use a fixative on the OPs paintings, I haven't seen convincing evidence that it doesn't ruin the painting (by yellowing, etc.) so I don't use it with my work.

11-10-2014, 02:20 PM
Panth, that is a beautiful and unique pastel. Great skill. Mary and Christel, thank you. Yes I think I was careless with the tilt. Al;so Mary, took another look at back of creek and realized that the stone wall bordering is not where it should be. Can fix easily with oil sticks. I love them because I make so many mistakes and they are super easy to paint over. Eleanore PS I am no pro but I varnished over my oil pastels and they look fine. I don't know what they will do ten years from now. I read somewhere that an oil pastelist also does this as transporting them to fairs is otherwise problematic.

11-11-2014, 04:15 PM
Today's efforts, which I have mixed feelings about. Sennelier OP on 7.5 x 10 in. cheap, black, pastel paper. I like the way the colors came out on this one but the proportions on the petals are off. I will also include the reference photo.


Reference photo:

Some of the petal shapes are "off," but I think I've pulled off a 3D look, which is something I am glad for.

Pat Isaac
11-12-2014, 08:41 AM
Nice work, Riby.....I would try and add some of that yellow to the center of the flower around the petals. Might help with the glow look.


11-12-2014, 09:23 AM
Thank you all, Maela, Mary, Christel, and Barbara! Your appreciation really helps me, and encourages me. Thank you Mary for the suggestions regarding fixative. Hope to participate in more of your great forum. :-) Bye, Prabha.

11-13-2014, 10:16 AM
Love the colors on your lily, Ruby. Lovely painting.
When i saw this horse i had to smile. I hope it brings a smile to you as well. 7x10

11-13-2014, 07:29 PM
Pat - thanks for the feedback. I love the glowy look, so will try to go back in and add some yellow. :-)

Christel - thanks for the compliment! I love your horse; he is adorable.

11-17-2014, 02:52 PM
Here is my lily again with Pat's suggestion to add some glowy yellow. It's a subtle change, but for the better I think. :angel:


Pat Isaac
11-17-2014, 03:52 PM
Ues, that is better...lovely.


11-19-2014, 07:52 PM
Thank you Pat - it was a good suggestion that MAYBE took 10 minutes to execute, and made a difference for the image.

11-21-2014, 12:26 PM
I am new to oil pastels. This is my very first Oil Pastel that was done with Artist Quality materials. I did use some student quality goauche as a base. The paper is Canson Mi Tientes. I first did an underpainting in student quality goauche. I used complimentary colors except for the neutrals. I then applied Erengi and Sennelier Oil Pastels. I mainly used the Erengi for details as this is a firmer stick. The real background of the painting was a heavy mix of branches, a few fall leaves and a lot of shade as little sunlight could penetrate through the trees. I just tried in my own way to simulate this by using kind of a semi abstract look. I laid down the colors in the general area as I saw them. Then I went over this with a light brushing of turpentine to mix the colors. I really didn't work with composition or too much else. I just took the approach that I wanted the Bridge Opening to be the Focal Point and went from there. It is probably not positioned exactly right to be the true focal point but I am very new to this so my first goal was just to work with Artist Quality materials and try and capture the feel of what I was looking at. Now I am putting it out there to get your feedback as I know I am new to all this. I just got back into sketching last year and moved to watercolors and now am focusing on oil pastels as I was attracted to the vibrancy of the colors when they are not overdone. I think it is attached, but I will try again if it doesn't go through.

11-22-2014, 01:21 AM
Welcome to op forum Dmcdona. A very lovely first op painting and you are well on your way to mastering ops. To get to know the colors better, you could try little patches on a separate piece of paper to see the results before applying it to a painting. I often use complimentaries, browns and greys to tame the vibrancy.

11-22-2014, 04:22 PM
Thanks for the encouragement. I feel like I have more control when I do a sketch in pencil or water color. Oil Pastels are a little more unpredictable (to the novice anyway). I looked at some of your work and was really impressed. I like the Macaw in yellow a lot that you did early this year! Great work!

11-22-2014, 05:10 PM
I love the "fuzziness" and blurry quality of the trees, dmcdona60. I love how the colors in the tree area are mostly pale with a few bright spots of green. It's very dreamy.

11-23-2014, 01:45 PM
Thanks Ruby 30!

11-24-2014, 09:29 AM
Sketched from memory while waiting in the cell phone lot at the Nashville, TN airport. Pentel 16 OP in a cheap 5x8 Michaels sketchbook.

11-24-2014, 10:07 AM
Thanks dmcdona. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Lovely shape and colors for your pear, bgordo. I also paint with Pentel and i find they work great. You might want to have a look at the values in a greyscale version of your photo.

11-25-2014, 01:44 AM
Using so little black in a painting, the black accumulates. What do you do with them? I read one can do scrachwork with ops and decided to test it out. On a white card about 2x3-1/2 I lay down a layer of white wax crayon and rubbed it in as best I could. On top of that I added my black and scratched:cool: Its from a photo of a clock and trees with electric lighting. The beauty of it is I can correct scratches very easily.

11-30-2014, 04:13 AM
Applying the aforementioned technique, I decided painting a feather is much easier than painting the whole bird. 5x7 smooth card.

Pat Isaac
11-30-2014, 08:37 AM
Great idea with the black and whites, Christel and I really like the colors oin your feather.


11-30-2014, 09:15 AM
Thanks Pat.

Shirl Parker
11-30-2014, 08:21 PM
Time for a new Sketch thread. Click here. (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20295641#post20295641)

12-02-2014, 10:41 AM
Sorry for being late in my response. Tuscanny - I did take a look at the grayscale and understand what you are saying. Not sure how to fix though, I guess the best approach would be a lighter background????

Very new to this - will have to start over, the sketchbook isn't taking any more layers... Thanks for any guidance you can provide.