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oldrockchick
02-02-2015, 01:44 PM
So sorry I forgot it was February already. - only one month to spring!!

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.

So here we go.......

Wouldn't be Valentine's day without a

RED ROSE

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2015/179312-floral_My_garden_August_5_2011_002_768x1024.jpg
RIL:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=179213&size=big&cat=

SOME PAIRS OF LOVE BIRDS

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2015/179312-Day2_Sep_29_14_Slimbridge__459_1280x960.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2015/179312-Day5_2_Oct_14_Cotswolds_411_Birdland__1280x960.jpg

BLUE BELL WOODS
How about a romantic woodland walk. These are Hartshill Woods near me.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2015/179312-lands_3_May_14_Hartshill_Hayes_600x450.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=180998&ppuser=179312

TO THE DAYS OF CHIVALRY
CAREW CASTLE


http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=180531&ppuser=179312

COTSWOLD VILLAGE MILL
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2015/179312-Day5_2_Oct_14_Cotswolds_628_lwr_Slaughter__-_Copy_1280x960.jpg
A lovely old mill on the River Windrush at Lower Slaughter.


OPTIONAL CHALLENGE
As we have St. Valentine's Day in February an optional challenge is to form your painting into a design for a Valentine's Day card

oldrockchick
02-02-2015, 01:49 PM
Been woking on this all afternoon.

Sorry I was late because I was ill yesterday. I told aolerana I was working on it and would be posting up.
Then when I'm half way through she messaged me to say someone else had jumped in.


Well thanks for wasting my time!

Sorry it wasn't there as the clock struck midnight. There are some challenges on other forums for month's that still have not been posted! A little patience is a good thing!

oldrockchick
02-02-2015, 02:01 PM
I stopped - there would have been more and all the links - but why bother!

tyree
02-02-2015, 09:40 PM
lin...these are beautiful...and i love the challenge..:heart: im having my eye operated on tomorrow to remove the cataract...and so plan on working on my card this weekend!! tyree:wave:

Rainforest Elf
02-03-2015, 12:31 AM
Hello Lin, great photos there! :thumbsup:

Tyree, good luck on your eye operation. Take care.

artefice71
02-03-2015, 03:38 AM
Tyree - you're definitely going to look at your work with new eyes! Take care.
Oldrockchick - I'm sure it was a misunderstanding due to good intentions and lack of communication. As all the others, I'm pretty sure, I appreciate your work for hosting the challenge and I love your selection of references. Personally I'm planning on painting at least one reference of both the challenges, 'cause a challenge is what I need to improve my work. Please don't feel overstepped, because I'm sure that wasn't the intention.

Shirl Parker
02-03-2015, 10:26 AM
Lin, please don't feel that way. We all know what a dedicated host you have been, taking up the challenges many times. We appreciate all your efforts. :heart:

aolaranora
02-03-2015, 10:42 AM
Beautiful selection, Lin!
Would You mind, if I try one of those in soft pastels?... Just returned back home from Mexico, did a lot of architectural things there... not sure I'm up to doing that with oilies, but sure would work with soft pastels...

oldrockchick
02-03-2015, 11:23 AM
Sure, go ahead. This isn't the full set. If you like I can add the others and their links and we could have a 'normal' Feb challenge and a VALENTINE'S special if a mod could alter the title of the thread. I'll also post here the others I didn't complete.

If some of you like these, then may as well leave them,. I have messaged Pat, who I hope will sort out the mess.

Here are the other photos for the challenge:

CAREW CASTLE
From the days of romantic chivalry

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2015/179312-watermarked-Day_3_13_Jun_14_Carew_Castle_and_Mill_1__1280x960_2.jpg

Then the Ultimate city of romance - PARIS
Taken across the fountains of the Trocadero

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2015/179312-1997_Eiffel_Tower_and_Trocadero_Fountains.jpg

A romantic Still life

CUPPA TO BE SERVED TO YOUR LOVED ON

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2015/179312-DSCN7841_1280x960.jpg

And if you're going to have a candlelit dinner you'll need one of these, and some flowers

CANDLEBRA

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2015/179312-Still_Still_Life_Grapes_cake_best_light_18__600x450.jpg

and finally........

Watch a beautiful SUNSET together!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Feb-2015/179312-12b_140712_Haroldston_Chins_155__600x450_2.jpg

oldrockchick
02-03-2015, 11:24 AM
Here are all the RIL links:

Sorry but the Paris one doesn't have a higher res as it is old.

ROSE
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/show...&size=big&cat=
WOODS
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/show...&ppuser=179312
CAREW
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=180531
MILL
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=181786&cat=46
SWAN
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=181787&cat=3260
PARROTS
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=181788&cat=3262
CANDLEABRA STILL LIFE
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=181788&cat=3262
CUP
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=178264&ppuser=179312
SUNSET
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=178058&ppuser=179312

PARIS - no larger ref, sorry (before I had a digi camera)


OPTIONAL CHALLENGE
As we have St. Valentine's Day in February an optional challenge is to form your painting into a design for a Valentine's Day card

oldrockchick
02-03-2015, 11:40 AM
btw the Paris one is from the last Century. The numbers on the tower are the countdown in days to the Millenium!

tyree
02-04-2015, 02:05 PM
thank you Rainforest Elf and Paolo for the well wishes...:heart: I think the operations were a success...Ive got a photo picked out now for my card!! thanks Lin!!! tyree:wave:

oldrockchick
02-04-2015, 02:32 PM
Hope your eyes recover soon tyree

__Eric__
02-04-2015, 09:08 PM
Ok, so I picked an architecture/landscape ref. for my 4th try at oil pastel (the Cotswold mill) and I was cruising along just fine. Then I was adding some color to the tree and it started to smear. This is on 140lb student grade watercolor paper. Now I don't seem to be able to fix it without it smearing further. I tried scraping off some of the color but it keeps getting worse :eek: :rolleyes:

This medium is really new to me so... is this a problem from using watercolor paper or do I just really need to plan a bit better before layering? I can't erase like I can with colored pencil or lift like watercolor.

Is is fixable? Is it best just to start over?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2015/1966806-Feb2015OPchallenge1.jpeg

__Eric__
02-04-2015, 09:10 PM
Tyree, I'm so glad the surgery went well. I hope you see better than ever.

tuscanny
02-05-2015, 05:43 AM
Lovely work so far Eric. You can now add some more yellows and dark green with the broad side of the pastel. Then you don't blend after that. Here is a thread on trees http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1352943
Glad to hear your eye op is a success Tyree

tyree
02-05-2015, 06:32 AM
thank you so much for kind wishes Lin, Eric and Christel.....Eric..it looks great to me...not smeary...I would finish this one!!! tyree:wave:

Pat Isaac
02-05-2015, 11:29 AM
Here I am...Sorry I was not around yesterday...I will combine the threads and thank you Lin, You have hosted many times, so don't feel bad....My bad for not being around.

Pat

oldrockchick
02-05-2015, 01:43 PM
Ok, so I picked an architecture/landscape ref. for my 4th try at oil pastel (the Cotswold mill) and I was cruising along just fine. Then I was adding some color to the tree and it started to smear. This is on 140lb student grade watercolor paper. Now I don't seem to be able to fix it without it smearing further. I tried scraping off some of the color but it keeps getting worse :eek: :rolleyes:

This medium is really new to me so... is this a problem from using watercolor paper or do I just really need to plan a bit better before layering? I can't erase like I can with colored pencil or lift like watercolor.

Is is fixable? Is it best just to start over?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2015/1966806-Feb2015OPchallenge1.jpeg

When I first started using OP, I encountered some of the same experiences.
Similarly to ordinary pastels, OPs need a surface with a lot more 'tooth'.

I do use wc paper but I've since learned to pre-treat mine with a layer of gesso that has either sand or marble dust in it and plain gesso the other non using side to stabilise. This also allows me to use a solvent.

If you use any form of gritted or pastel-treated cards, like sennelier Carte (expensive) or Colorfix, you can layer well. You can also buy jars of Colorfix primer which works on any surface.

When I work in layers I use the harder, or student grade, very lightly to block in the key underlayer. Then I use a more medium one, light Neopastel for the bulk of the work and highlight and finish off with Sennelier. It is a similar sort of principle to the oil painting rule of 'fat over lean'

If you have a pre-treated surface it is also easier to scrape back.

Now I don't know what to suggest to rectify your piece, sometimes it is easier to start afresh as you haven't worked too far in. Maybe on a better surface. Alternatively you could scrape back and use a little solvent to get the lower layer to 'sink into' the watercolour paper then you could work over the top with a softer pastel.

Hope this helps.

It's a good start though, and the sky and tree are only background so maybe you can soften them anf thus gain more aerial perspective and make the mill stand out more?

Joanne_N
02-10-2015, 10:09 PM
Eric, I have been using watercolor paper, untreated, with oil pastels and it has worked well for me, but I haven't been using them nearly as long as the experts here. I think all of the OP paintings that show up in my signature are on watercolor paper. One thing I do notice, if they start smearing, I let them set overnight, then it's easier to do another layer. This is particularly noticeable with the really soft artist grade oil pastels like Senneliers. :wave:

I've recently switched to using Arches oil paper, which is meant for oil paint, but works like a charm for me with oil pastels. It really sucks up the oil, to the point they are almost dry and I can layer really nicely with them.

Just keep experimenting with different supports, you'll find something that works for you! :thumbsup:

Joanne_N
02-10-2015, 10:10 PM
Lin, lovely reference photos! I love your "pairs". Those gorgeous parrots caught my eye right away. :thumbsup:

os2013
02-10-2015, 10:47 PM
Eric, what brand of oil pastel do you use? Generally with all types if you let it stay for a night it hardens a bit and then you can layer another couple of layers on top next day. This works better if you have softer brands that do not require too much pressure. No need for senneliers - holbeins, mungyo extra soft and neopastels all work great for this technique. On the other hand it depends on what you are trying to achieve here, in some cases it is easier to scape the layer first. I would use scraping with blotting with knead able eraser it I need to change the shape or color substantially. For unprimed wc paper do not scrape with razor, just a dull side of knife works ok, then put in some white and blend and scrape again, and finish with eraser.
Do not throw it away just yet, it looks ok.

oldrockchick
02-11-2015, 10:30 AM
Eric, I have been using watercolor paper, untreated, with oil pastels and it has worked well for me, but I haven't been using them nearly as long as the experts here. I think all of the OP paintings that show up in my signature are on watercolor paper. One thing I do notice, if they start smearing, I let them set overnight, then it's easier to do another layer. This is particularly noticeable with the really soft artist grade oil pastels like Senneliers. :wave:

I've recently switched to using Arches oil paper, which is meant for oil paint, but works like a charm for me with oil pastels. It really sucks up the oil, to the point they are almost dry and I can layer really nicely with them.

Just keep experimenting with different supports, you'll find something that works for you! :thumbsup:

When you get 'smearing' it is because there isn't enough 'tooth' left in the paper to hold any more. You have reached saturation. This is why it is best to use a textured surface. Although expensive Colorfix make a nice pastel surface in various colours and you can also get the colourfix primers including a clear one. Apply this and you will find you get less smearing.

You can also try sanded papers like Uart. Any pastel mat is good too.

Also it is best to use harder pastels very lightly first, then keep the layers light. Use softest pastels last.

You are both encountering the same things I had when I started out and thanks to loads of good advice from folks on here (who have drifted away unfortunately) I changed surfaces and it made a big difference. So now I'm passing this advie=ce forward and adding in some of my personal experience.

Only reason I've not been working so much in OPs is that they have become hideously expensive to buy professional art quality. I like CD Neos for their usability and lightfastness but few places sell them in open stock without overcharging for postage and the sets are extortionate!

I bought some marble dust from an art specialist supplier. 500g was sufficient and smallest I could buy. You only need a couple of tea spoons. Stir it in with your gesso and using a roller apply it to your paper. If your paper is thin apply a coat of normal gesso on the other side.

I have 'prepping days'. I get all the paper, board etc that I need and do a load then they are all ready. You can even use cheaper wc paper this way too. I love mountboard prepped this way.

Hope this helps.

Pat Isaac
02-11-2015, 11:26 AM
Learn something new all the time. I didn't know Arches made an oil paper. i'll have to check it out.

Pat

Joanne_N
02-11-2015, 05:03 PM
Learn something new all the time. I didn't know Arches made an oil paper. i'll have to check it out.

Pat

I've bought it in sheets, 22 x 30", and also in pads. It's cold pressed so has some tooth, similar to cold pressed watercolor paper. I've really liked it so far, but I'm currently working on a portrait right now that I'm having some challenges on in terms of it maybe not taking enough layers for that particular piece.

Good advice regarding surfaces, Lin. I've tried one of the sanded papers, didn't like it at all, hurts my fingers. I will keep trying others though, the search continues. Sorry for hijacking your monthly challenge thread, Lin. :clear:

oldrockchick
02-13-2015, 02:58 PM
That's fine. It's the reason we do these things. I've always used challenges on WC to try new things and ideas and styles, supplies etc. I've learned so much from it especially by people saying what works for them and giving each other advice.

Sorry I've not been on so much today. Thought I'd better pop in. Had so many errands and then had to go record a show lastnight which stretched to later due to guests and other stuff we had to do.

Had sad news today too that one of my best friends has lost his fight with cancer.

__Eric__
02-15-2015, 05:50 PM
Thank you all for the replies. Lin, I think you have given me wonderful insight into how to proceed. I will finish this one (I've been busy with work and haven't had a chance to get back to it). I've done another one today and posted it in the other Feb thread.

os2013 I am using some really old OP's called blend-tels that Blick sold in the '80's (got them for free back then when I ordered some ceramic glazes) and just started using them now. They are most likely scholastic grade pastels. Here is the box next to my very first attempt at using them (looks like crayons, didn't know about blending until about an hour after I drew that ;) ) Blick doesn't sell them anymore.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2015/1966806-blendtels.jpeg

oldrockchick
02-15-2015, 06:18 PM
If they say non-toxic it is usually a hint that they are school grade.
The professional light fast ones are more likely to have genuine pigments, some of which may have traces of heavy metals.

I've not long invested in some Pentel ones which handle pretty well and aren't too expensive. These would be good for starting out I think.

__Eric__
02-15-2015, 10:05 PM
If they say non-toxic it is usually a hint that they are school grade.
The professional light fast ones are more likely to have genuine pigments, some of which may have traces of heavy metals.

I've not long invested in some Pentel ones which handle pretty well and aren't too expensive. These would be good for starting out I think.

They didn't have Pentel at the local Blick Art Supply store but they did have Cray-Pas Expressionist which I believe are still a student grade but better quality than the blend-tels. They seem to have 3 grades, scholastic, student and artist. The only artist grade they carry are the Senneliers and 3 pastels cost nearly as much as the whole Cray-Pas set :)

Thanks for your assistance!

Ruby_30
02-16-2015, 12:59 PM
Here is my swing at the forest. With all the advice about toning down my greens, and the posts I've seen about using other colors to "suggest" green, I was very mindful this time. I used a couple of pinks, white, and a yellow over the greens to hint at leaves. I used tried to use cooler tones in the background to create depth. All Sennelier in my sketchpad:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2015/1892149-10989166_867992953239589_128051159556543935_n.jpg

oldrockchick
02-16-2015, 03:12 PM
sennelier are easy to get hold of almost everywhere. The trouble is they are very very soft and best worked with cold for lower layers. I tend to just use them for top coats and highlights.

The Cray Pas are pretty good, as are Gallery inscribe.

Ruby - I do like the way you have done this piece. Love how it disappears into the distance as if it is never ending.

__Eric__
02-16-2015, 07:05 PM
Really nice job with the light and the atmosphere Ruby. The figures in the distance are perfect. Very well done.

tuscanny
02-16-2015, 10:27 PM
Ruby - beautiful work! Love the greens.

Ruby_30
02-17-2015, 07:45 AM
Thank you Eric, Christel, and Oldrockchick. :-)

tyree
02-17-2015, 12:41 PM
eric....I like your boxes with plants..with your 80's supplies:thumbsup: I don't think I have anything that far back...:lol: ........ruby..your forest is enchanting,,like how you have depth and lovely little flowers flowing thru it...tyree:wave:

__Eric__
02-18-2015, 08:27 PM
Thanks tyree :) I'm just using up what I have left over from college. I've been using up some Prang watercolors that are even older, I think they are from 1983 :)

Here is what that shelf looks like (I did it from "life" so I put the picture on the shelf when I took this photo :) as my first try I couldn't make the plants proportional because I couldn't control where the tip of the pastel landed so I gave in and made them large plants :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2015/1966806-2015-01-10_15.02.20.jpeg

__Eric__
02-18-2015, 08:35 PM
Instead of scrapping it I decided to work on the mill some more. I ignored the tree for the moment and added some grass, worked on the building a bit, worked on the smokestack a bit and worked on the reflections in the water some. I think I finished the sky and the cloud too, though I'm not happy with the top right corner. Maybe I won't call the sky done just yet. It kind of looks funny with the wall only in the water's reflection and not painted in yet :) I don't know how I will finish up the water wheel because it is pretty dark in the reference. I'm just kind of laying in some color for the wood so far.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2015/1966806-Feb2015OPchallenge3.jpeg

tyree
02-18-2015, 09:37 PM
eric...the landscape is coming along wonderfully..that house looks like it would be a real challenge..tyree:wave:

tyree
02-18-2015, 09:51 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Feb-2015/65063-zyzy_op_parrot.jpg heres my attempt at the parrot..i went to michaels to try and get some better op's, but they now only carry student grade...i guess im going to have to order online...i did a prelim drawing, but somehow he got off skilter in length and other areas...:) op's, c/p, in my sketchbook...tyree

tuscanny
02-18-2015, 10:41 PM
Eric - good going! The chimney is looking good already. I like the reflections too. A very nice first try from what I can see.:thumbsup:
Tyree - Lovely painting of the parrot! You managed the blues very well.

Doobi
02-21-2015, 01:48 AM
Hi All,

It was quite difficult to choose a reference from so many lovely pictures. However,I opted for the birds. I am not sure what background will go with it.

Please suggest.

Cheers,
Doobi

__Eric__
02-21-2015, 10:43 PM
Thank you Christel :)
Thank you Tyree and your parrot looks great! I know what you mean about the locals only carrying student grade. Even my local Blick carries only Sennelier in artist grade.
Doobi the birds are beautiful. As for a background, I like the the speckled green and white of the photo. If it were me I'd do the photo background of the leaves and sky and just leave out the tree trunks and branches. But I think I always bite off more than I can chew so be wary of my suggestions :)

I've been really busy at work but today I had a spare 45 minutes so I did some more work on the mill. I put in the wall opposite the stream and fixed up the sky a bit. I did some more work on the chimney and the reflections and some more work on the walls and started the roofs. I will be muting the orange reflection in the water too. I think this one painting will take the whole month :)

I still hate what I did with the tree. I might go buy a couple of sticks of Senneliers and see if I can touch it a some. Hopefully I can finish the water and the mill this weekend.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2015/1966806-Feb2015OPchallenge4.jpeg

tyree
02-21-2015, 11:55 PM
doobi....your parrots are excellent.....wonderful job with all their colour.......eric..this is coming along really good...i like how you did the water..!! tyree:wave:

tuscanny
02-22-2015, 12:06 AM
Eric_ the mill is great with the reflections! Great going.
Doobi - your parrots are lovely! Here are some color schemes for the background as ideas to show how it looks before painting it.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2015/1256189-dooby.jpg

Joanne_N
02-23-2015, 05:09 PM
Amelia, lovely work on the forest scene. Really nice shadow and light work; I really like the hints of violet flowers along the path.

Eric, good for you to keep soldiering on with your mill piece! Your water reflections look amazing!

Tyree, your parrot is gorgeous, love the bright colors and I like the way you did the background.

Doobi, beautiful work on your parrot couple, what a sweet painting!

Christel - that is neat how you are able to manipulate the background colors, great idea!

Joanne_N
02-23-2015, 05:13 PM
I almost did the parrot too, and then suddenly the rose & tea cup grabbed me. On 9" x 12" Mi Tientes paper. Mostly Senneliers and a couple of Neocolors.
Not totally thrilled with how it turned out, but I don't do a lot of still lifes, so this was a good learning experience. Thanks for hosting and for the lovely references this month, Lin.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2015/1688579-Rose__Tea_Cup_1024x787.jpg

Pat Isaac
02-23-2015, 05:28 PM
Nice work, but I'd make the cast shadow a little darker so the objects sit down.

Pat

tuscanny
02-24-2015, 12:23 AM
Lovely painting, Joanne!

Joanne_N
02-24-2015, 12:36 AM
Nice work, but I'd make the cast shadow a little darker so the objects sit down. Pat

Thanks Pat, will do.


Thanks Christel! :wave:

tyree
02-24-2015, 06:37 AM
joanne...how lovely...I love how the rose is done in particular !!! tyree:wave:

Doobi
02-25-2015, 02:56 AM
Thanks a lot everyone! Christel, special thanks to you for suggesting so many options for the background.

Cheers,
Doobi

Ruby_30
02-25-2015, 07:47 AM
The rose and teacup look good, Joanne! I thought the reference was really striking, too, and normally still lifes don't grab me.

lorigina
02-25-2015, 09:28 PM
Joanne, nice teacup rendition, and your rose is just perfect.

lorigina
02-26-2015, 12:03 AM
Hi,all. This is from the Hartshill Woods reference photo.

5 x 7 on Canvas Board, clear gesso. Cray Pas Expressionists and Caran D' Ache oil pastels.

tuscanny
02-26-2015, 01:29 AM
Hi Lorigina! Lovely painting! I like the soft colors you've used. It gives it a dream like atmosphere.

Ruby_30
02-26-2015, 08:04 AM
This is a lovely interpretation of the forest, Lorigina! Very whimsical.

lorigina
02-26-2015, 09:54 PM
Ruby, thank you for the compliment. I am flattered. Tuscanny - thank you. I am glad you find the colors appealing. I actually thought of naming this "My Spring Dream" :) .

Ruby_30
02-27-2015, 07:35 AM
Here in KS, where it continues to be bleak and cold, we definitely need a spring dream. :-)

Joanne_N
02-27-2015, 10:59 AM
lorigina, "My Spring Dream" is a perfect title for your piece, it has a lovely dreamy quality to it. I really like the soft colors and the figures in it are perfect, it makes me wonder what they're looking at and where they're headed.

lorigina
02-27-2015, 01:35 PM
Oh Ruby, I am really looking forward to Spring this year. I am so over winter ;) . Sheesh, it even snowed in Florida! Joanne, I was hoping to keep the viewer wondering, and looking. Thanks for the kind words.

Lapine
02-27-2015, 09:02 PM
Hi,all. This is from the Hartshill Woods reference photo.

5 x 7 on Canvas Board, clear gesso. Cray Pas Expressionists and Caran D' Ache oil pastels.

This is a very artistic take on the reference photo, the colors are lovely. :thumbsup:

Lori Keets
02-28-2015, 06:05 AM
Hi everyone :wave:
I think I am just in time to jump in on this wonderful Challenge :heart:

Tyree - I am so glad at you eye surgery went well, and what a wonderful bird, such detail on the face and beak!

Ruby - I love the forest path, just like something out of a fairy tale :)

Eric - I think your mill is great, the reflections on the water are really bringing the piece together :thumbsup:

Doobi - more lovely birds! the wonderful texture you have done with the feathers really shapes the body of the bird :)

Joanne - beautiful work on the rose and tea cup, so elegant!

Lorigina - wonderful colours and textures, I love how the colours move across the scene, it is such a dreamy, relaxing painting :heart:

Lori Keets
02-28-2015, 06:11 AM
Here is my idea of using the birds to make a Valentine-theme picture-


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2015/1190686-P1010005.JPG

The blue did not turn out quite right in the photo, but any changes I made messed up the orange...
Still, I am so glad that I finished it 'just' in time!

tuscanny
02-28-2015, 06:21 AM
What an interesting version of the parrots Lori! Lovely!

Joanne_N
02-28-2015, 11:32 AM
Nice work meeting the challenge, Lori, they would look perfect on a Valentine's Day card! Really pretty. :thumbsup:

lorigina
02-28-2015, 09:08 PM
Lori, that's a really cute idea! Nice colors, too.