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tuscanny
01-01-2015, 11:12 AM
Happy New Year to each and everyone. I'll be hosting this months challenge:clap:
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.
Photos taken by me:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2015/1256189-a.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2015/1256189-butterfly3a.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2015/1256189-day_lilya.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2015/1256189-cosmos2_2a.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2015/1256189-DSC_1442a.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2015/1256189-masked_weavera.jpg

tuscanny
01-01-2015, 11:20 AM
Some more: Autumn bench from morguefile
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2015/1256189-autumnbenchmorguefilea.jpg
Fishing boat from pixabay
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2015/1256189-fishing-boat-49523_640pixabay.jpg
and a lake scene from unsplash.com
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2015/1256189-tumblr_ms9mxbrAKE1st5lhmo1_1280Caroline_Gutman_unslpasha.jpg
I hope you find something you might like to paint and am looking forward to seeing your artwork:wave:
Christel

Pat Isaac
01-01-2015, 12:09 PM
Wonderful photos, Christel. Thanks for hosting.

Pat

Joanne_N
01-01-2015, 02:24 PM
These are great references, Christel, looking forward to trying something. thanks for hosting!

purpletrader
01-01-2015, 03:44 PM
Really like the references. Ed

purpletrader
01-01-2015, 11:15 PM
This is about 5" by 6". I used Mungyo OPs. I tried something different and I do not like the background. basically I just put some green in to get it done. I think it would be easier to do larger. Thanks for looking.

ed

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jan-2015/1580605-lily.jpg

lorigina
01-02-2015, 01:06 AM
Expressionist, Caran D'Ache on watercolor paper primed with clear acrylic gesso. 8" x 8". This is a work in progress. I still have to finish the reflections in the water and toning down some of the color. I wanted to start on the first day of the new year :)

tuscanny
01-02-2015, 01:24 AM
Ed- lovely flower! The background just needs some added values of maybe purple, blue or brown. That will tone the green down and make the flower pop more.
Lorigina - great start! I'm looking forward to seeing your update.

lorigina
01-02-2015, 12:45 PM
Thanks Tuscanny. Still have some work left to do, but here is my latest fix.
The colors look a little different than on my painting, so I'll have to play with the camera a bit to see if I can get them to photograph more accurately.

Rainforest Elf
01-02-2015, 04:26 PM
Hi everyone. Happy new year. I'm Elena, a novice user of oil pastels. Been lurking at Wet Canvas for quite some time but didn't have the courage to join the challenges. One of my new year resolutions is to improve my artistic abilities. I figure the only way for me to improve is to practice and keep practicing. I've been admiring artworks in this channel for many years.

Christel: Awesome photos / references you provided us this month, thank you so much.

Ed: Cute flower! I happened to select the same reference too. I like that flower.

Lorigina: That's a lovely work.

I finally managed to muster up the confidence to join the challenge. Below's my attempt. I'm using student-grade oil pastels (Buncho), on an ordinary white drawing paper (135gsm, 380mm x 280mm). I should be investing in Senneliers one of these days (but they are pricey, huhu).

Comments and critiques are much appreciated. Thank you for looking.

Best regards,
Elena

lorigina
01-02-2015, 05:48 PM
Hi Ed. I like the way your flower is depicted, and I like your choice of colors. Tuscanny's suggestion is a great way to tame greens ( a color I sometimes find difficult to work with)- blending in other colors into the green background will make the flower pop. You could also suggest other leaves ( or flowers) in the background.

Elena, Your flower is just lovely. I like the way you painted the surround, to highlight the flower, in the fashion of a portrait. Other artists in this forum - Rich, Yansee, Alan Waishik(?), use pastels called Mungo Gallery Artist Soft Oil Pastels. They are soft like the Sennelier, but aren't as pricey. I'm ordering a starter pack to try them out. If you decide to order, make sure you get the ones that say "Artist Soft Oil". The other ones are student quality.Thank you for your comment about my painting.

Rainforest Elf
01-03-2015, 12:07 AM
Lorigina: Thank you. I'll take note of your suggestion.

tuscanny
01-03-2015, 12:53 AM
Lorigina - it's coming along beautifully!
A warm welcome to you Elena! A great flower painting with lovely bold colors.
Student grade ops have their own set of challenges. Being hard, I use tortillons and stumps to blend. The color combinations work the same as soft ops but it does help if you combine the different colors before blending. The green in your painting could be toned down with pink, blue, brown and grey, depending on the end result. Adding a thin layer over the green, applied as you would cp minimizes the difficulty of blending. I do find that black works very difficult as it needs too much blending.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Rainforest Elf
01-03-2015, 03:57 AM
Thank you very much, Christel. :)

aolaranora
01-03-2015, 05:31 PM
Beautiful choices!
Thank You so much for hosting this month!
If I could... I would go for the Dog picture, not sure if I can. January is complicated at my case, I will be out of States for a while and busy busy busy...

Folks - we need more hosting volunteers too!
Do not be shy, help us out here!

lorigina
01-05-2015, 05:51 PM
Final version of my painting (I think) . Had to stop, otherwise I'll just keep changing things . Expressionist, Caran d'Ache Neopastels on watercolor paper primed with clear acrylic gesso. 8" x 8".

tuscanny
01-05-2015, 10:46 PM
Beautiful work, Lorigina. Those mountains are great. I like the movement in the water.

tuscanny
01-05-2015, 10:50 PM
My version of the boat on A5 card using Reeves student grade. I used the wrong blue for the sky :eek: and had to use solvent to spread it.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2015/1256189-boat_ops_jan_a5.jpg

ymsalanson
01-06-2015, 09:05 AM
Hi! It is my first message on WC forum, hope I do not make a mistake with this quick reply. (Thanks or your help, if I do)
Just want to say that we could not say that Sennelier Oil Pastels are pricey, but they are high quality pastels made with top quality pigments, hand-manufactured in France in the same way than when it begins in 1949, that's why its "lipstick" texture is unrivaled.
I hope you like them too! Let me know :)

Pat Isaac
01-06-2015, 12:39 PM
Nice work on the nountains and sky, Lorigina.
I like the wood texture on the boat. Christel. Sky looks fine.

Pat

lorigina
01-06-2015, 03:13 PM
Hi Pat. Thanks for the compliment. I like the mountains best, too.

Thanks, Tuscanny. Glad you liked my painting. Your boat is nicely done. The shadows give it a 3D look. I don't see a problem with the sky. Did you use turps to spread color, or are you using the Res-n-gel?

Hi ymsalanson. Welcome to the oil pastels forum.::wave: I agree with you. I love the pigment and creamy texture of the Senneliers. They are a superior product. I mention the Mungyo because other artists here have posted really beautiful paintings made with them- and they have written that the pastels are smooth and soft like the Sennelier. Because of the experience others have had with them, and their favorable price point (in the US) I think they are worth trying. My own collection consists of oil pastels from many different brands- both artist grade and student grade. Glad you joined us - thank you for commenting.

Ruby_30
01-06-2015, 08:30 PM
I gave the bird a try. I used Senneliers and Holbeins on sketchbook paper:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2015/1892149-10858563_846478038724414_3651798516594409334_n.jpg

tuscanny
01-07-2015, 12:29 AM
Hi Yves-Marie! A warm welcome to this forum. I'm looking forward to seeing your artwork!
Thanks Pat and Lorigina. I used mineral thinners from the hardware store, trying out if that works just as well as turps. It works!
Lovely bird painting, Rubi. The greens in the background might be 'unified' more? I have found that limiting myself to 3 colors with all the blending would give me enough depth and interest.

artefice71
01-07-2015, 05:33 AM
Hi Christel, wonderful and inspiring selection of references. I hope I have time to join this month challenge ... It's been a while ...

Ruby_30
01-07-2015, 07:46 AM
Christel, I think I posted a little prematurely, because I went back last night and did some more blending with Res N Gel. I also made the pupil on the bird's eye more distinct:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2015/1892149-img022.jpg

Rainforest Elf
01-07-2015, 09:08 AM
Hi Christel, your boat looks very inviting, I feel like hopping into it. Love the texture. :thumbsup:

Yves-Marie: :wave: Hi. Pardon me for saying Sennelier oil pastels are pricey. I'm aware that they are premium products. I want you to know that they are on top of my wish list. :heart:

Ruby_30: Lovely bird there. It certainly look more alive with the distinctive pupil.

tuscanny
01-07-2015, 12:30 PM
Hi Paolo! Lovely hearing from you. I'm looking forward to your participation.
Ruby - lovely changes. The bird's eye really is great.
Thanks Rainforest!

Pat Isaac
01-07-2015, 12:31 PM
Nice work on the bird, Ruby and the greens are much better now.

Pat

lorigina
01-07-2015, 04:24 PM
Hi Ruby. Your bird is looking good. I like what you did with the eye, and also the greens in the painting. The bird is a strong focal point now. How do you like the Res N Gel? Does it have an intense smell? Unfortunately for me, turpentine gives me a terrible headache.

Tuscanny - do the mineral thinners have a strong odor? I would love to be able to use a solvent, but most are problematic for me - even with the window open; And, that's not an option with the temperature around here now 15 deg. :(

Ruby_30
01-07-2015, 07:59 PM
Thank you Christel, Rainforest Elf, Pat, and Lorigina. My painting looked a little crazy before the changes. I am tempted to do a cropped version with a more subdued background.

Lorigina - I like Res N Gel. I have only used it twice, but here is what I have noticed so far: It isn't as powerful for blending as turpentine (the last time I used turpentine I was a teenager), but it does achieve a bit of blending. It helps lighten color and creates a "glaze" effect. The smell isn't bad. I haven't seen many complaints about it, and it certainly doesn't bother me enough to make me never want to use it (and I have a really sensitive nose). I find I can reduce almost all smell if I squeeze a small amount from the tube directly onto a clay shaper, rather than squeeze a lot onto a palette or piece of paper. I only use a small amount at once, anyway. Otherwise, it tends to oversaturate and slide against itself rather than do anything with the OPs (at least for me; others might have a different experience). Hope this is helpful information. :-)

tuscanny
01-07-2015, 10:38 PM
Lorigina - thinners are not recommended in closed areas at all. It has a strong odor and I have windows open or I go outside into the summer heat!

lorigina
01-08-2015, 11:08 PM
Ruby, Tuscanny, thanks for the information. I'm going to buy some Res N Gel to try out.

purpletrader
01-08-2015, 11:08 PM
Thanks christel, elena and lorigina for the nice remarks. I tried christels suggestion to tone down the green and i believe it helped. Next time i'll know better what to do before i reach the point of no return. Thanks.

ed

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jan-2015/1580605-lily_2.jpg

tuscanny
01-08-2015, 11:44 PM
Lovely Ed! You might try a variety of different blends of green on a scrap paper to get used to the colors?

ai2ai
01-09-2015, 06:11 AM
A little sketch to share.

artefice71
01-09-2015, 06:28 AM
Wow this is beautiful!

tuscanny
01-09-2015, 09:43 AM
Beautiful sketch, ai2ai! Thanks for sharing!

tuscanny
01-09-2015, 09:47 AM
My attempt at the cosmos on gouache paper with Pentel ops.A5
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2015/1256189-cosmos_a5_ops_jan.jpg

Ruby_30
01-10-2015, 07:20 PM
Purpletrader - I love the changes on this one you've done. It looks very textured and alive now.

ai2ai - Beautiful version of the bird! I am working on a cropped version right now, too, but I have a long way to go before I am to your skill level.

Christel - Such pretty flowers! The mood of this one is very soft and calming.

lorigina
01-10-2015, 07:46 PM
Ai2ai, that's a wonderful painting of the bird. Nice job :thumbsup:

Ed, I like the suggestion of the leaves in the background. On the white bud, you could try adding just the tiniest hint of orange and green. It would harmonize with the surroundings. I am not sure if you have already done this - my monitor doesn't seem to be giving me true colors.

Tuscanny, Your cosmos are nicely painted. Nice variation of color, and they have 3D look to them. :heart:

tuscanny
01-11-2015, 01:10 AM
Thanks Ruby and Lorigina.

Rainforest Elf
01-11-2015, 01:47 AM
Wow!

Hi everyone.

Ed: Nice improvements you made to the background. I like it!

ai2ai: You did a wonderful work with the bird. I've seen your previous work and I must confess that I'm fascinated by them. I'm always looking forward to see your sketches.

Christel: Beautiful flowers! I sense a romantic feel to it.

Have a lovely weekend. :wave:

Ruby_30
01-11-2015, 04:18 PM
I did another (cropped) version of the bird. I am happy with the way the background turned out. I am not sure I like this bird better than my first attempt, but at least it looks a little less like a pigeon this time around:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Jan-2015/1892149-img023.jpg

tuscanny
01-11-2015, 11:19 PM
Thanks Elena!
Beautiful bird, Ruby! Well done! If I might be nit picky, I'd suggest some texture on the branches.

purpletrader
01-12-2015, 12:23 AM
Thanks for the nice comments Ruby30, Lorigena, and RainForestElf.

Ed

tuscanny
01-12-2015, 11:03 AM
Here is my version of the masked weaver A5 Pentel ops
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jan-2015/1256189-weaver_ops_jan_a5.jpg

Ruby_30
01-12-2015, 11:11 AM
Whee, beautiful version of the bird, Christel. Thanks for the comments on mine. :-)

tuscanny
01-12-2015, 11:22 AM
Thanks Ruby!

lorigina
01-12-2015, 05:04 PM
Ruby: You're funny. I didn't think it looked like a pigeon, but I like this one better, too. The background looks terrific!

Tuscanny: Awesome bird and branches!

artefice71
01-13-2015, 12:56 PM
Though the bird seems to have much success, I am practicing on the lakescape.
Here it is, Maimeri Classico OPS and a couple of Sennelliers (white, grey and yellow) on Fabriano light grey A3 paper.
I really don't know if I can call it finished. What do you think? Be honest, if not cruel :-)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2015/1762950-IMG_4448.JPG

kattia
01-13-2015, 02:02 PM
Paolo, I think your painting is beautiful! The water is fantastic. Great job!

kattia
01-13-2015, 02:40 PM
Here's my attempt:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jan-2015/1963915-Jan_2015_challenge_opt.jpg

kattia
01-13-2015, 02:56 PM
Sorry I forgot to say that I used cheapo un-gessoed watercolour paper 9 X 12 and Mungyo Artist Soft OP's, with some Cray-Pas Specialist (not keen on them) plus white and naples yellow Senneliers (expensive so I only have a few!)

artefice71
01-13-2015, 04:07 PM
Terrific work Kattia! Love those blue trees in the foreground, great texture! What kind of OP are the mungyo? Never heard of them in Italy.

kattia
01-13-2015, 08:34 PM
Paolo, thanks for the complement. The trees are actually more grey than blue in real life but the colours never seem to come out quite right on the computer.
The pastels are Mungyo Gallery Artist Soft Oil Pastels not to be confused the Mungyo Gallery Oil Pastels which are awful and much cheaper.

The soft pastels are really good and blend well but not as creamy as Senneliers. I really like them and have three sets of them plus a bunch of singles because they are very reasonably priced.

tuscanny
01-13-2015, 11:53 PM
Paolo - love your landscape! I like your approach of of letting the paper be part of your painting.
Kattia - you definitely made a success of that landscape! I like the yellow and blue.

Doobi
01-14-2015, 03:31 AM
Hi All,

Happy New Year!

This is my attempt. Mungiyo OP on A3 sketchpad.

Looking for suggestions as usual. :-)

Cheers,
Doobi

tuscanny
01-14-2015, 05:17 AM
Beautiful painting Dooby! My only suggestion is to make the background a bit darker in some areas.

__Eric__
01-15-2015, 03:42 PM
Hi :wave: My name is Eric. Nice to meet you all.

I'm new to this site and basically starting over with art (I took art history in college in the 1980's and as part of the course I took the intro to painting, intro to print making and intro to clay courses but haven't done much since leaving school). I'm still trying to decide which medium to start with but as I was going through this site I saw this challenge and that dog was too cute to pass up :)

I have some Blick oil pastels in a still unopened box that I got as a freebie back in about 1984 or so I broke open the box and did a small scribble and now I'm trying to tackle the dog.

So... as a rank beginner in oil pastel, how do I do details? Like in the dogs face, every time I put the pastel to the paper I have absolutely no idea where the color will show up :) I saw a youtube video about blending by smooshing it around with your finger so I think I can manage that but detailing is a mystery.

Let me upload my work in progress to show you what I mean. Look at the dogs face, I'd like to do the eyes and the tongue and mouth and teeth better. How do you folks render details? Is there a video somewhere that explains it? (again, I'm new to the site so I haven't figured out where everything is yet.)


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jan-2015/1966806-Jan2015OPchallenge.jpeg

tuscanny
01-16-2015, 12:44 AM
Hi Eric! A warm welcome to the oil pastel forum!
Beautiful start to the dog, Eric. I do think you'll find a clayshaper and/or tortillion would greatly aid with fine and sharp edges. The edges of the pastels can also be used for fine lines. Using oil based color pencils also helps. Here is a site that explains another technique for fur.
http://www.petsinpastel.com/oilpastels.htm
The next advice is to practice. Try out various combinations of color blending on a scrap piece of paper. Use thin layers rather than thick. It gives you better control.
I'm looking forward to seeing your update.

tuscanny
01-16-2015, 12:52 AM
This sketch of the cow with the backlighting is on A4 paper. I had to lighten my shadows in the reference photo to see what exactly was happening there:clear:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jan-2015/1256189-cow_ops_a4_jan.jpg

Rainforest Elf
01-16-2015, 02:09 AM
Christel: Your painting of the bird is beautiful. I'm struggling to achieve that kind of background that you have created... and your sketch on the cow is awesome. I'm currently working on the same reference too, it's half-done and as usual, I'm still struggling with the background. I'll post mine up when it's done. Now I need to scale down my cow's head as it is bigger (out of proportion) compared to the body, lol

Paolo: Honestly, I find your painting beautiful and calming to my eyes.

Kattia: That's an amazing work!

Doobi: Lovely attempt!

Eric: Welcome :wave: That's a good start. I'm a newbie myself and I find this forum very supportive and invaluable.

artefice71
01-16-2015, 04:56 AM
Christel - Nice sketch of that hardcore picture. How insolent to shoot a picture of that poor cow from behind :-)
Eric - Hi and welcome on board. That's a really good start. Your story with the OPs is really similar to mine. I bought them long time ago, tried them once and then forgot 'em. Last year they came out pretty by themselves and I began to practice! For the smallest details I use shapers, tortillons and a paintscaper ... and basically everything I can find nearby!! You'll find your own way just practising.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jan-2015/1762950-IMG_4453.JPG

lorigina
01-16-2015, 03:33 PM
Hi artifice! Your landscape :thumbsup: . Great gradation in the sky, Clouds and distant mountains look great, and the reflections in the water are well done. Nice job.

Kattia, Your trees are beautiful. You have a nice balance of light and shadow in the painting, and a good sense of depth. It's a lovely painting.

Doobie, Nice work on the bird's head. The shading on the tree branches is great.

Eric, The face of the dog is looking good so far. I use tortillions when I want to sharpen things up. They are inexpensive, and you can find a pack at any Michaels or AC Moore.

Tuscanny, I love the cow! His expressions seems to say "Hey, What are you looking at?". I think you captured it perfectly.

tuscanny
01-16-2015, 10:49 PM
Thanks for the love comments. The cow was a lucky shot, i guess as they don't usually look back but just move away.

__Eric__
01-17-2015, 01:03 PM
Hello, thank you all for the welcome and comments. They are very, very helpful. I went to the local Dick Blick store yesterday and found some tools, the Colour Shapers, the tortillions and bought a practice pad. Now I am going to do a lot of practicing with these new tools before I go in and ruin what I've already started on the dog :)

I've looked at all the entries in this thread and they are all so good! Once I finish my version of the dog I think I'll try some of the other images too.

Thanks again!

__Eric__
01-17-2015, 04:04 PM
Well I'm afraid I'm going to futz with him too much and ruin what I've done already so I'm going to call him done even though I feel he's only about 2/3 there. Ok for my first real try, I think :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2015/1966806-Jan2015OPchanllenge1.jpeg

__Eric__
01-17-2015, 09:41 PM
Moved on to the butterfly. Working at it going down diagonally from left to right. Is that a good idea? Thinner layers of color than with the dog. Hoping to build up the colors and darks as I go (as in the wings). This set has bright colors, how to mute them down a bit (I tried blending a layer of white over the background I've put in so far and that helped quite a bit but they are still pretty bright)?

WIP. C&C.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jan-2015/1966806-Jan2015OPchallenge4.jpeg

tuscanny
01-17-2015, 11:59 PM
Beautiful first try on the dog, Eric. I like how you've painted his chain.
Beautiful start on the butterfly. White is a very good option to mute the colors. You may try to give a thin white coat first and then darken it with your brighter colors. It gives better control over the addition of the layers.

Rainforest Elf
01-18-2015, 07:27 AM
Hi everyone. I hope you are having a great weekend.

Here's my attempt at the cow. My husband said the second cow at the background looks more like a pig than a cow. lol

I'm using Pentel OP on a 135gsm drawing sheet (280mm x 380mm). I welcome C&Cs. Thank you for looking.

tuscanny
01-18-2015, 11:44 AM
Lovely painting Elena. I like how you've livened up the background with your colors especially the purple hills. The grass looks great with the warm yellows. The furthest yellow might get some lighter value to show the transition of distance. The cow has good shape and shows off her belly very well. Just some lighter values would make her look even more rounded? Great going.

__Eric__
01-18-2015, 06:38 PM
Beautiful first try on the dog, Eric. I like how you've painted his chain.
Beautiful start on the butterfly. White is a very good option to mute the colors. You may try to give a thin white coat first and then darken it with your brighter colors. It gives better control over the addition of the layers.

Thank you Christel. I really appreciate the tips that you are, so kindly, giving me. :thumbsup:

Your cow and the masked weaver are awesome :clap: as it the boat.

By the way, is the dog in the picture yours? I'm still not happy with how I messed up his snout by trying to fix it :rolleyes: but it is a great learning experience.

Elena, you're doing great! I love the colors in your paintings.

Rainforest Elf
01-18-2015, 08:18 PM
Lovely painting Elena. I like how you've livened up the background with your colors especially the purple hills. The grass looks great with the warm yellows. The furthest yellow might get some lighter value to show the transition of distance. The cow has good shape and shows off her belly very well. Just some lighter values would make her look even more rounded? Great going.
Thank you for the kind comments and helpful suggestions, Christel. :) I'll go make some adjustments to my painting.

Rainforest Elf
01-18-2015, 08:38 PM
Elena, you're doing great! I love the colors in your paintings.
Thank you, Eric. You're not bad yourself. Nice effort on the dog. I'm looking forward to see your finished painting of the butterfly.

"Keep practicing" <--- I keep telling myself that, yet I wasn't brave enough to attempt the dog and the butterfly; I was never good in painting fine details. I wish to learn too. :)

tuscanny
01-18-2015, 10:57 PM
This painting of my dog, Jock, A4, is done on gold card with a gesso underpainting for the white parts. I use a black marker pencil for the first layer of the eyes and nose and mouth. This helps when adding lighter values over it. Pentel ops were used.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jan-2015/1256189-jocj_a4_ops_jan.jpg

Shirl Parker
01-19-2015, 09:24 AM
...My husband said the second cow at the background looks more like a pig than a cow. lol
...
That's a little bit true if what you see is the animal facing toward us, but if you see it facing the other way, it looks it looks like a cow.

Rainforest Elf
01-19-2015, 11:55 AM
Christel: Wow! I'm loving the way you painted Jock, the fur is lovely. :thumbsup:

Shirl: Hi there. :wave: I'm so happy and grateful that you offered the other perspective of my second cow.

Pat Isaac
01-20-2015, 02:28 PM
Great paintings everyone...finally getting back to my computer. I have been dealing with router issues, but have a new one now.

Pat

artefice71
01-20-2015, 04:09 PM
Glad to have you back Pat!

tuscanny
01-21-2015, 12:33 AM
Thanks Elena.

Ruby_30
01-21-2015, 10:25 PM
I did the butterfly, and opted for a blue sky background:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jan-2015/1892149-img027.jpg

tuscanny
01-22-2015, 11:48 AM
Great going, Ruby! I like your initiative of changing to sky as background.
There are a few things you could bare in mind. The butterfly and flower have same values and compete for the focal point. On your pc look at a greyscale copy of the photo. The flower could have lighter shades on top, peach, pink or even light grey, and on the underside you can darken with prussian blue or magenta especially on the right side. This would make your light source top left. The stem of the flower can be thinned a little bit. I hope this helps.

Ruby_30
01-23-2015, 07:47 AM
Thanks as always, Christel, for the good feedback. :)

I went in and made changes and touch ups:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jan-2015/1892149-img028.jpg

Stem is thinned, values changed on flower, and I did more blending to everything with Res N Gel. This is on pastelbord and it's the first time I've felt the need to use Res N Gel with this surface.

tuscanny
01-23-2015, 09:08 AM
Lovely changes, Ruby. The resngel works well.

Yannse
01-23-2015, 04:01 PM
Just jump into and say Hi!
Christel , these photos are beautiful!
I will comeback later, have a great weekend!

__Eric__
01-23-2015, 11:14 PM
Ok, the butterfly is done, so, on to the next one :)

I'm getting better with the details but still a long way to go. I think I need to balance the colors better in the background. And after taking the picture I just realized I have a "line" running down the background behind the butterfly. And it's missing a leg.... Oops.

C&C welcome :wave:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jan-2015/1966806-Jan2015OPchallenge5.jpeg

__Eric__
01-23-2015, 11:16 PM
Thanks as always, Christel, for the good feedback. :)

I went in and made changes and touch ups:

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Stem is thinned, values changed on flower, and I did more blending to everything with Res N Gel. This is on pastelbord and it's the first time I've felt the need to use Res N Gel with this surface.

Nicely done ruby!

__Eric__
01-23-2015, 11:19 PM
This painting of my dog, Jock, A4, is done on gold card with a gesso underpainting for the white parts. I use a black marker pencil for the first layer of the eyes and nose and mouth. This helps when adding lighter values over it. Pentel ops were used.

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:clap: :clap:

Awesome. Looks just like Jock!

tuscanny
01-24-2015, 12:08 AM
Thanks Eric!
Well done on your painting Eric. I like the shapes and those legs are great. The butterfly really stands out.The flower is done very well. The background is blended beautifully but the chroma needs lightening. I took the liberty of playing around with your painting to illustrate what i am trying to say.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2015/1256189-s.jpeg
Great going Eric.

__Eric__
01-24-2015, 08:21 AM
Thank you Christel :music: :) :music: and I think that I know exactly what you mean. I tried toning it down with the white which helped a lot. I'm going to try practicing blending out a color wheel and see if I can get different, umm... tones? Thanks again, your suggestions are so helpful!


Thanks Eric!
Well done on your painting Eric. I like the shapes and those legs are great. The butterfly really stands out.The flower is done very well. The background is blended beautifully but the chroma needs lightening. I took the liberty of playing around with your painting to illustrate what i am trying to say.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2015/1256189-s.jpeg
Great going Eric.

tyree
01-25-2015, 12:01 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2015/65063-zzzOPdog.jpg ...havent done an op challenge in a long time..so i thought i would give the pup a try...cheap ops with c/p for accents...i love all the works for this months challenge..some lovely works!!! tyree:wave:

tuscanny
01-25-2015, 08:33 AM
Hi Tyree. Lovely to have you join us. Great version of Jock! I like the detail you put in. The grass is also super.

Doobi
01-26-2015, 05:58 AM
Thanks for the feedbacks! Lots of beautiful paintings!

Cheers,
Doobi

tyree
01-26-2015, 06:46 AM
thank you Christie for your kind comments...I really enjoyed doing the pup!!! tyree:wave:

Joanne_N
01-27-2015, 11:32 PM
Holy cow, this cow didn't turn out at all the way I planned! :rolleyes: Thought I'd post it anyway. I have really enjoyed seeing everyone's work this month, great reference photos, Christel. :thumbsup:

Mostly Senneliers on Arches oil paper. I tried a couple of the iridescent Senneliers, I'm sure they'll be nice when I know what I'm doing. :lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jan-2015/1688579-Cow_602x800.jpg

tuscanny
01-28-2015, 12:00 AM
Wow! Great looking blushing cow. I do like the texture in the background. Lovely crop! Well done Joanne!

ai2ai
01-28-2015, 05:08 AM
Very beautiful, interesting work from everyone, thanks for all your kind earlier comments, feel free to critique and suggest any improvements on my sketch here.

tuscanny
01-28-2015, 07:36 AM
Lovely loose sketch, Ai2ai. Your shapes are great and your colors spot on. The only critique I'd give is the 5 legs. Take note of where the legs all come from.

ai2ai
01-28-2015, 09:18 AM
Thanks Christel, fixed that missing leg.

tuscanny
01-28-2015, 10:35 AM
Beautiful!

Rainforest Elf
01-28-2015, 08:51 PM
Wow... Fantastic works!

I wish there is a 'Like' or 'Love' button for me to press. :D

tyree
01-29-2015, 07:56 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2015/65063-zzzOP_cow.jpg im not quite done with this yet...the grass..and the edging around him is still rough...my ink is going out on my printer...so the colours are a wee wonky:lol: ...i used some cheap op's with c/p for lining and trying to tame down the walt disney colouring.... done in my sketchbook...i wanted to get this one posted before next months start...tyree:wave:

tuscanny
01-29-2015, 10:01 PM
Lovely shades on the cow, Tyree. I love the way you've done the grass. A very interesting crop as usually the subject shouldn't 'kiss' the edges.

tyree
01-30-2015, 06:15 AM
thank you so much Christel...I hope to buy some better ops this weekend:crossfingers: tyree:wave: ps I think I cropped it so short..because I didn't put enough pasture in for him to eat:eek:

__Eric__
01-31-2015, 11:38 AM
Got busy with work and almost didn't get another one in :) But I thought I'd just have to get one more in for January. Did the pink flowers.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2015/1966806-Jan2015OPchallenge6.jpeg


This was fun, can't wait for February :) :music: ;) :music:

__Eric__
01-31-2015, 11:43 AM
Great version of Jock, Tyree. Love the cow too :) Lots there without spelling out all the details.

Really nice butterfly ai2ai!

I like how you did the fur on the cow's face Joanne, really nice.

Thanks for posting your paintings everyone, I enjoyed looking at them (and learned a lot too).

Great reference photos Christel. I still might do that boat :)

tuscanny
01-31-2015, 12:22 PM
Great cosmos, Eric! The colors of the flowers are spot on. The flowers are already started to color the countryside and hopefully we'll get a cosmos show again this year.

tuscanny
01-31-2015, 01:04 PM
Here is the January gallery.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2015/1256189-jan1.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2015/1256189-jan2.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2015/1256189-jan3.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2015/1256189-jan4.jpg
Thanks everyone for participating.:wave:

Joanne_N
01-31-2015, 01:27 PM
Aw, what a great gallery! Thanks for hosting Christel, wish I'd been able to get to more of your references, they are super! :wave:

__Eric__
01-31-2015, 04:37 PM
That is a great gallery and I'm happy to be a part of it. :clap:

Thanks again Christel :wave:

tyree
01-31-2015, 08:03 PM
joanne...love the crop and colour on your cow..very nice.......ai..beautifully done on the butterfly, great detail...eric..i think of the ones you did for the challenge, the cosmos flowers were my favorite..simple but beautifully done.....A Great Gallery too..thank you Christel..its wonderful...tyree:wave:

__Eric__
02-01-2015, 07:55 AM
Thanks tyree :) Oil pastels are brand new to me (even though the box I have is 30 something years old ;) ) and I am still learning how to work them. Currently they are working me, haha.

scalene
08-07-2015, 03:50 PM
Tyree, i know this is a late reply but i really admired how you worked with cheap ops. Great work.