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02-28-2015, 10:29 AM
Hi everyone:clap: I'll be hosting this months challenge
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.

All photo's have been taken by me, So feel free to use them as you please.



Three apples.

Bursledon windmill.

02-28-2015, 10:34 AM
Horse and cart.


Hamble well.

Morgan 4-4

Have fun and I'm looking forward to see what you do with them. :thumbsup:

02-28-2015, 12:24 PM
Thanks for A lovely variety of references to work from, Paul! Thanks for hosting.

Pat Isaac
02-28-2015, 04:57 PM
What a nice variety, Paul. Thank you for hosting this month.
I did the image of your apples several years ago and even though I didn't do it for this challenge, I'll post it when I get to my big computer.


03-01-2015, 10:06 AM
Thanks Christel and Pat, I tried to select something that might interest everyone.
Pat, I also did the apples a few years ago, here it is.


I might give it another go later, currently working on the Ladybird. We'll see.

Pat Isaac
03-01-2015, 01:51 PM
Beautiful, Paul.....here's mine.



03-01-2015, 06:02 PM
Hi Paul. Nice reference photos. Maybe I'll try the horse - trying to move out of my comfort zone. I like the way you did the apples.

Pat: Wow! very realistic and the reflections are spot on. :)

03-02-2015, 11:08 AM
A lovely painting Pat, the apples look fantastic.

Hi Lorigina, Thank you, i hope you manage to get around to the horse, its always good to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

03-02-2015, 11:35 AM
Lovely apples!!!
Paul - I hope you don't mind me changing the car's color?

03-03-2015, 08:30 AM
Thanks Christel, Any colour you like, is it a favourite colour your changing it to?

03-03-2015, 11:33 AM
Paul, thanks for the beautiful reference photos, I hope to participate this month, just might be later on in the month that's all.

Pat & Paul, your apple paintings are wonderful! :wave: It's so cool to see different interpretations of the same reference. :thumbsup:

03-03-2015, 01:17 PM
Thanks Paul. I sometimes get a liking for a certain color range and this time its red!

03-04-2015, 10:29 AM
Thanks Joanne, hope to see your work later if you can.

Christel, looking forward to seeing the Morgan in red.

03-04-2015, 10:35 AM
I decided to use a piece of A4 size water colour paper for the painting of the ladybird. First thing I did was to paint over it with a coloured gesso.
Next was to grid it up and draw out my painting.

Here is the result so far.


If you have any comments or questions please feel free to post.

03-04-2015, 01:56 PM
Thanks for hosting and posting the photos. Ladybird in oil pastel.

03-04-2015, 11:04 PM
Hi Strouthe! A warm welcome to the forum! A lovely interpretation of the ladybird!

03-05-2015, 03:46 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing your next step, Paul!
Here is my red Morgan about 7x10 using Pentels on gouache paper.:cat:

03-05-2015, 07:51 AM
Wow, already so many paintings are done! These all look great.

Pat Isaac
03-05-2015, 11:39 AM
Great work on the car, Christel and I like it being red.

Nice start, Paul

Welcome, strouthe......God wrk on the lady bug.


03-05-2015, 12:47 PM
Welcome Strouthe, nice to see you. You did a wonderful ladybird it looks fantastic.:clap:

03-05-2015, 12:54 PM
Wow Christel, the Morgan looks awesome and looks even better in red.

03-05-2015, 10:44 PM
Thanks Pat and Paul!

03-06-2015, 12:13 AM
Hi Strouthe :wave: . Good depiction of the ladybird. Your leaves look good, too.

Tyscanny - I want one of those! Love that car in red.

Here's my first try at the horse:

03-06-2015, 12:16 AM
I finished the Kitty from last month's challenge. I'm posting it here.

03-07-2015, 12:09 AM
Hi Lorigina. Lovely paintings! You could add some texture to the gravel to make the legs more noticeable by lightly dragging with the broad side of the op over the gravel without blending. This you could also do with the tree. I like the color of the horse! I might add some fine lines with a crayon to indicate some hairs on the cat. I like the background for the cat.

03-07-2015, 12:35 AM
Thanks, Tuscanny. I couldn't figure out how to do the legs. I'll add texture and try again. There's a few more errors I need to fix anyway. Are Caran d' ache Neocolor II considered crayons? I have a small set of these. Thanks for your help.

03-07-2015, 01:29 AM
You can use any crayons which leave color. I sometimes find that if none of my cp work, I revert to graphite or even pastel.

03-07-2015, 03:08 PM
Hi Lorigina, two beautiful paintings. Darkening the gravel background will also make the horses legs stand out more. Christel has given some very good tips too.

Love the eyes of your cat , great background too. Well done.

03-07-2015, 07:48 PM
Thanks Paul. I'm going to try your idea, too. I'll post it soon.

03-09-2015, 11:50 AM
The next stage, a first for me. I read on here that people use there harder pastels as an undercoat. I had some cheap pastels that other wise would not be used so I did an undercoat layer using them.


The next stage is to use my favourites, Sennelier pastels to finish the painting. Hope it works out. :crossfingers:

03-09-2015, 01:07 PM
Looking good so far Paul. I hope you are going to blend the cheap ops first. Then add the Senneliers.

03-11-2015, 05:19 PM
Hi all - it's been a few months since I visited, nice to see everyone. Paul you have some great reference photographs, great that so many are joining in on the fun.

Paul, I remember your apples - nice color combinations and form, the reflections are great.

Pat, I remember your apples as well - beautiful soft, plump apples. Great lighting throughout.

Paul, you're ambitious with the ladybird painting made me nervous w/the tiny details - great UP start, I like the colors laid in. Will be fun watching the piece develop.

Strouthe, nice to meet you. Beautiful work on your ladybird painting, I like the light strokes and good lighting. You managed those greens really well, the dark background makes the greens pop.

Christel, sweet car! Love that you changed the color - looks awesome in red. Real nice handling of the roadway, taking the other cars out and working in the road - gives energy and movement to the piece. Amazing detail on the chrome and grill.

Hi Lorigina, two paintings already! Beautiful work on the horse painting - love his long white hairs and strong frame. Nice job on the details in the scene. Love your cat! Awesome work on her fur and eyes, they draw me in.

03-11-2015, 05:26 PM
It's been several months since I've painted in oil pastels, finally painted one this week to get comfortable with OPs again.

Then tried my hand at a second with Paul's strawberry flower with a wild/loose style, the reference photograph was flipped as well.

"Wild Strawberry Flowers" 10x6.5 on a gesso prepared hardboard. Mainly used senneliers, holbeins and neopastels. All C&C welcomed


03-11-2015, 07:25 PM
Hi Mary. It's great to see your lovely work again. What a beautiful impressionist style your painting has!

03-11-2015, 10:23 PM
Thank you Lorigina - nice to see you again.

The photograph looks darker than the actual painting. Here is a new photograph hopefully it shows better.


03-12-2015, 12:15 AM
Lovely loose painting, Mary. I like the hint of complimentary colors!

03-12-2015, 10:56 AM
Thanks Christel and for noticing the colors. There are some magenta's, pinks, blues and burnt sienna mixed within the scene - just trying a little of this and that.

03-13-2015, 11:15 AM
Hi Mary,
Nice to see you here again. The strawberry flower looks fantastic and I love the loose style you have used. Beautiful...

03-16-2015, 05:23 PM
Hi Paul, thanks very much - it was a fun piece to paint. Looking forward to seeing your painting.

Pat Isaac
03-17-2015, 11:56 AM
Nice to see your work again, Mary. This is very different for you, like the energy and painterly feel.


03-17-2015, 03:38 PM
Hi Pat, great to see you again - thanks very much for your feedback.

One of my goals was to start getting a little more loose. So I've been drawing with charcoal for the past two months to force the technique and sometimes it works w/painting and then there are times I'm right back where I was three months ago.

Thanks - hope you are doing well.

03-18-2015, 08:34 PM
Hi, I tried the windmill, with Portfolio oil pastel, 20*30cm paper sheet.


03-18-2015, 11:24 PM
Lovely work, Poulpi! I like how you've changed the windmill color to a reddish brown - striking! Your leaves on the left are beautifully painted but somehow I feel they could have been left out this time.

03-20-2015, 07:57 AM
Hi Poulpi, a wonderful windmill, so glad you could take part. I like the colour changes you have made and I particularly like the light you have captured on the right hand bush.
well done.

Rusty Metal
03-20-2015, 08:20 PM
Newbie here, thought I'd try my hand at your challenge.

I'll have to post more before I can upload my picture.

Rusty Metal
03-20-2015, 08:21 PM
So I'll just say I am glad to meet you.
Maybe soon I can post my picture.

Rusty Metal
03-20-2015, 08:24 PM
I thought the well pump was a great picture.
I hope you like my try at your challenge.


oil pastels

03-20-2015, 11:13 PM
Hi Rusty! A warm welcome to the oil pastels forum!
Lovely shapes to your painting. What pastels are you using? Maybe you could try blending certain areas to make them stand out more.

03-22-2015, 04:00 PM
I tried the apples (with portfolio oil pastels)... I found it difficult and I am quite disappointed with the result. It is very hard to layer some colors over others with these pastels.
By the way, we can not be at the top every time, and some good things can happen when sharing our "missed" painting.


03-22-2015, 04:26 PM
Well, I gave oil pastels another try. My third piece ever ... so I am still learning.

03-22-2015, 11:35 PM
Poulpi - your apples turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing! It means a lot.
Maria - a very nice third try! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work!

03-23-2015, 06:50 AM
Hi Rusty,
Welcome to oil pastels. I loved your drawing of the well pump, I thought it would make a good drawing too. Christel has suggested a good idea for your next oil pastel, lay them on a bit heavier and blend them. You will achieve some lovely effects.
I hope to see more of your work.

03-23-2015, 07:13 AM
Hi poulpi,
I think you did a fantastic job on the three apples. I am not familliar with portfolio oil pastels but if they are hard or medium you could use a soft make such as Sennelier over the top for highlights and such.
You are so right about our works, not everyone will be as we intended it ,but with each one we learn a little bit more for the next one.

03-23-2015, 07:20 AM
Hi Maria,
A lovely painting of the ladybird, and only your third attempt with oil pastels. Well done. It looks like you painted on a canvas background from your post. What was it like to work on ? I have not done one on canvas yet, I usually use gesso coated watercolour paper.

03-25-2015, 07:50 PM
The ladybird !
Sennelier on A4 paper.



03-25-2015, 11:22 PM
Lovely work, Poulpi! The leaf is great with those little veins. The red glows. We've got some harlequin ladybirds? which I initially mistook for a ladybird until it bit me!

03-27-2015, 09:21 AM
Wow Poulpi you have been busy. A lovely ladybird which stands out well against the leaf. Well done.

03-27-2015, 09:29 AM
Here is my finished ladybird. Its A4 watercolour paper which is coated in Gesso. The top layers are all Senneliers.


03-27-2015, 02:18 PM
Beautiful, Paul! The leaves glow! How did you find working the harder oil pastels first?

03-27-2015, 08:19 PM
oh wow I can only aspire to do better. Amazing work posted!

Lori Keets
03-28-2015, 05:38 AM
What a wonderful challenge this month, loving all the work so far.
I am working on the fairy bath, hoping to finish it this weekend.

03-28-2015, 11:58 AM
Thanks Chrisrel, To be honest I didn't really notice much difference, maybe because the Senneliers are so soft. Also I only applied a thin layer of the harder pastels. I shall have to do another one this time laying a thicker base and see how that gets on. Time to do a bit of experimenting.

03-28-2015, 12:06 PM
Thanks Maria, Yes all the works posted have been superb, a very talented bunch here.

03-28-2015, 12:07 PM
Hi Lori, Thank you, looking forward to seeing your painting.

Lori Keets
03-30-2015, 03:54 AM
Well, just in time! Figures and still life objects are something I struggle with (and tend to avoid :clear: ), but I was so drawn to the fairy bath, I just had to try.

I thought of it in colour - a jeweled bath where the fairy folk hang out at, bit like a 'fairy spa' :lol:


03-31-2015, 11:50 AM
Hi Lori, I love your painting of the fairy and great that you choose to add your own colours. Well done.

03-31-2015, 01:57 PM
Very innovative drawing, Lori! I like the idea of a fairy spa!
Thanks for hosting, Paul!

Lori Keets
03-31-2015, 08:37 PM
:heart: Thankyou Paul and Christel for your very kind comments :heart:

It means so much to me to be able to contribute to the challenges, and to see such wonderful paintings from so many talented people :)

Thankyou Paul for hosting this months challenge :thumbsup:

04-01-2015, 07:43 AM
Another month over already.
A big thank you to everyone who managed to post this month, I hope you enjoyed the challenge.

04-01-2015, 08:06 AM

04-01-2015, 09:24 AM
Thanks for the wonderful gallery, Poulpi!

04-01-2015, 05:32 PM
wow great gallery! I need to practice this medium more.... I really need to get better.

04-02-2015, 08:33 AM
Poulpi, Thank you for adding the wonderful gallery, Its great to see every ones fantastic work in one place.
Maria, I often see peoples work and think, I want to paint like that. So with practice and practice I might one day achieve that level. Then I'll see some more and think , I wish I could paint like that....... hopefully this cycle will never end and I will always challenge myself to get better. Still got a long way to go.

Pat Isaac
04-02-2015, 11:35 AM
Thannks for the gallery...looks great!