View Full Version : Oil Pastel Challenge - December 2014

12-01-2014, 01:18 AM
Hi everyone, my name is Laura and I'll be hosting the Oil Pastel Monthly Challenge for December 2014. I've included pictures from trips I've taken, as well as from my husband's garden.

This month's Oil Pastel 'Challenge' is for ALL abilities and you can experiment with new techniques if you like; just sketch or leap out of your comfort zone and try an unfamiliar subject. It's entirely up to you how you proceed, 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.

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
-whether you used anything under the OP as an under-painting or wash.

Other mediums may be used to compliment, but the work must be primarily Oil Pastels.

It's not mandatory, we are just a nosy bunch.

12-01-2014, 02:49 AM
More Pics for you:

Beach goers at Santa Monica Beach

Park Bridge

Women singing to convention-goers at the Cobo Center in Detroit

View from 52nd floor, Detroit

My friend's Dog

12-01-2014, 09:11 AM
Thanks for hosting, Laura. Lovely references to choose from. I'm looking forward to seeing the different paintings.

12-01-2014, 12:55 PM
Thanks, Tuscanny. I tried to insert the names of the pictures before each one, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. The first five pictures are 1- front door from down hill, flowers from the garden, Niagra falls from NY side , Cape Cod shoreline as seen from our friend's home, and snap shot of Frank Lloyd's Wright's "Falling Water" which we visited in 2012. Ignore the dates on the pictures, my camera keeps resetting them!

Pat Isaac
12-01-2014, 01:24 PM
Thanks for hosting, Laura.....nice selection of pictures..


12-01-2014, 07:19 PM
Thanks, Pat. My aim is to do one of them early this month, before the Christmas madness gets into full swing.

12-02-2014, 12:12 AM
Here we go... I had the day off today and decided to try out my new mungyo's again. I love this set. Couldn't resist the Niagra Falls photo. Great photos, all of them Laura and thanks for hosting. 12x16 mungyo soft on fabriano paper. (which I like better than canson mi tientes):wave:

12-02-2014, 01:11 AM
Good job, Rich! Beautiful teal waters. I may have to get those Mungyo's you mentioned. How is the size of the sticks relative to that of the Expressionists?

12-02-2014, 01:23 AM
thanks George. I think they are pretty much same size as expressionists. much softer though, so easier to spread, cover and extend blending. Not as soft or creamy like Senneliers, but I really like these mungyo's. I blended this mostly with fingers and a couple hog hair brushes cut in half.

12-02-2014, 02:08 PM
Wow! Beautiful scene Rich. Lovely motion portrayed in the water and the spray. I haven't blended with brushes yet. Could you tell me where you used them?

12-02-2014, 02:18 PM
Wow! Beautiful scene Rich. Lovely motion portrayed in the water and the spray. I haven't blended with brushes yet. Could you tell me where you used them?

12-02-2014, 02:41 PM
Thanks Christel. I used the brush mostly in the water and sky. I had to re-work the sky a little bit and didn't want to re-do the tree line. Small brush helped to push pigment between the trees. I also used a large brush (bristles cut in half) to move various greens/blues in the water. Brush comes in handy when you want to drag color, blend or move it around and in betweens spaces. Saves your thumbs, fingers also...

12-02-2014, 02:45 PM
Laura - beautiful images, thanks for posting! Those puppy dog eyes are hard to resist. :wave:

Rich, that's excellent, wow, you really know how to paint water, I am in awe. The mist on the right is fab. :thumbsup:

Pat Isaac
12-02-2014, 06:09 PM
Beautiful job on a difficult pieve The mist is just perfect.


12-02-2014, 07:05 PM
Joanne and Pat - Thank you very much.

12-02-2014, 10:32 PM
Everything about this is so lovely. The mist,the rocks,the buildings in the distance. I love it. Wish it was big!!! The colors in the water are so believable. Eleanore

12-03-2014, 01:04 PM
Excellent painting, raizes! Love it, everything about it!

12-03-2014, 03:56 PM
Thank you Eleanore and Sarah. appreciate the comments.

Here is updated version. I re-worked the foreground ledge/grass to be less of distraction.

12-03-2014, 04:37 PM
Raizes, that is sooooo beautiful! I agree with everyone, you did a terrific job on that water. You're pretty quick too!

p.s I've never tried a brush with oil pastels..I like the idea of it saving your fingers :)

12-03-2014, 11:28 PM
I like your improvement, Rich. Well done! Thanks for the explanation of the brushes. I just want to add, be very careful with small brushes on Pentel on soft paper.

12-04-2014, 09:55 AM
Hi Rich,

I didn't know you could get such nice colors out of Mungyo. I have a set I never use; just not inspired by them. I stick to my Senn + Holbein but now I will revisit the Mungyo!

About the same for the brushes. I just can't get anything done with them. Maybe my pastels are too soft and the brushes to hard, indeed. I just make mud! Hum... I will try again.

Anyhow, your landscape is BEAUTIFUL. Thanks for sharing,


12-07-2014, 01:30 PM
My version of the falling water on 7x10 which I found quite a challenge.

12-07-2014, 03:14 PM
You did a great job Christel. I agree, a very difficult ref to choose, but you pulled it off really well. The building sits nicely within the scene, as you added just enough darks to set it in. Foliage looks great...varied leaves and different greens used are excellent. Lastly, I like your interpretation, giving more emphasis to the water and colors used there. Very nice

12-07-2014, 11:39 PM
Thanks Rich. Really appreciate it.

Pat Isaac
12-08-2014, 01:50 PM
Nicely done, Christel...I'm not sure I would even attempt falling water.


12-08-2014, 11:22 PM
Thanks Pat. Appreciate it.

12-09-2014, 11:18 AM
Beautiful painting, Christel.

12-09-2014, 11:28 AM
Excellent, excellent job :thumbsup: . I am working on this also, but am having trouble. You've really captured the feel of the place.

12-09-2014, 02:33 PM
Thanks Joanne and Lorigina. I'm looking forward to seeing your painting. You can even post your wip if you wish.

12-10-2014, 08:29 AM
great job!Rich!

12-10-2014, 04:20 PM
Here's my first attempt at posting an image. Using watercolour paper with mostly Mungyo Artist Soft Oil Pastels and a couple of Holbeins. Size is 9X12

12-10-2014, 05:14 PM
Thanks Yannse,

Kattia. I love how you did the trees with the backlighting. Great effect. nice job!

12-10-2014, 06:14 PM
I agree with Rich, beautiful backlighting Kattia! Lovely painting.

Welcome to Wet Canvas!

12-10-2014, 06:35 PM
Thanks you for your compliments Rich and Joanne!

12-11-2014, 12:37 AM
Hi Kattia. Lovely viewing your first ops posting. You have done a fantastic work with the back lighting and the foliage. The trees are great. The railing of the bridge is lovely with hard edges. I do miss the dappled effect of shadow on the bridge. The pathway could also do with some texture similar to what you have achieved with the foliage. The left bottom grey stripe is distracting. Maybe some more grasses/ground can be added, or the photo can be cropped.
Beautiful work, Kattia!

12-11-2014, 02:11 PM
Thanks Christel.
I agree with everything you said. It's funny, my husband (not an artist but often way more observant than me) sad to crop the picture. He could see I was going nowhere with it!
Unfortunately, I went and painted the brdige railings before completing the walkway on it so ended up having to squeeze colour in.
I also couldn't for the life of me get the sun on the pathway after the bridge as it was on the photo. It looked easy, but wow, it was problematic.
Now I know what I have to practice! Appreciate the constructive criticism, it certainly helps.

12-12-2014, 11:18 PM
Hi Kattia. Nice work ! I agree with Tuscanny and Rich, that the backlit sunlight came out really well, and also Tuscanny's comment about the dappled light. I think that your bridge is very dramatic. Maybe adding a touch of red or orange to the trees would enhance the green (just my opinion...or maybe its my monitor). Lovely work.

12-13-2014, 11:09 PM
Thanks lorigina!
I have taken everyone's comments to heart and have revised the original. Will post it tomorrow.

12-14-2014, 03:32 PM
OK, here is my latest attempt:


12-15-2014, 01:13 AM
Wow!! Super. I'm sure your husband will appreciate it now.

12-15-2014, 07:37 PM
Yep, hubby likes this one more than my initial attempt. It's a good learning curve though getting different opinions, especially from people on this forum who are experienced in oil pastels and produce some beautiful paintings.

I'm so pleased I found oil pastels, I just love working with them. A few years ago I used dry pastels but was a little leery about the dust they created so I put them away and left the world of art for several years.

Since I've had no lessons, there is a lot to understand about the use of colour. That is one of my biggest stumbling blocks but I have learned a lot from this forum and from library books.
Thanks for your comments about my December challenge, I hope to continue with January.

12-16-2014, 12:02 AM
Kattia, I love the way the dappled light looks::thumbsup:

12-16-2014, 12:45 AM
Kattia, that looks really great!

12-17-2014, 12:56 AM
Thanks Laura and Joanne!

Pat Isaac
12-19-2014, 03:41 PM
Ido like the changes you have made especially the shadows on the pathway. Nice feeling of light.


12-20-2014, 02:22 PM
Thanks Pat. All the suggestions to improve the picture really helped me and, of course, the complements are appreciated.

12-30-2014, 11:39 PM
Thanks for hosting this month's challenge, Lorigina:thumbsup: