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SarahY
06-01-2015, 05:23 AM
Hello oil pastelists! :wave:

Below are the reference images for June's challenge. Feel free to use your imagination and go wild! You are also free to post works in progress if you need any help or advice.

Please tell us:
What support you used including any surface prep.
The finished size of your painting or sketch.
The brand of oil pastels used.
Whether you have used anything as an underpainting.

Other mediums may be used to complement, but the work must be primarily oil pastels. Oil sticks and oil bars may be used. Wax pastels are welcome too.

You have a month, but the thread will stay open so if you are unable to post by the end of the month you can do it later.

Have fun everyone!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-birchtree.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-church.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-coven.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-cow.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-hamster.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-molly.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-mouse.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-plasma.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-pond.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-sparrow.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-tom.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-ab1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-ab2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-ab3.jpg

SarahY
06-01-2015, 10:20 AM
Here is a go at Imagination/Abstract 1; blue, tranquility, rounded.

Senneliers and Sakura Specialist on Clairefontine Pastelmat, 6" x 8":

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jun-2015/1713772-smallFloating.jpg

Pat Isaac
06-01-2015, 10:38 AM
Thanks for hosting, Sarah. great images and what a wonderful start to the thread, Sarah.

Pat

aolaranora
06-01-2015, 12:13 PM
Thank You for starting this one, Sarah!
Interesting choices, no less. Let see what our folks can do with it. :)

tuscanny
06-01-2015, 12:48 PM
Lovely choices, Sarah! Thanks for hosting.

tuscanny
06-03-2015, 08:03 AM
This plasma reference is quite a challenge! a4 black card with Pentel ops.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jun-2015/1256189-plasma_ops_june_a4_blackcard.jpg

SarahY
06-03-2015, 09:38 AM
Looks fantastic, tuscanny! :clap:

Ruby_30
06-03-2015, 10:09 PM
Ack, I love these reference photos! I HAVE to do the hammie and the mouse. :-D

Sarah - beautiful clouds
Christel - the glowiness of the lights is very convincing.

SarahY
06-04-2015, 05:48 AM
Ruby, I thought of you when I chose the rodent photos! :)

Pat Isaac
06-05-2015, 05:57 PM
Nice work on the plasma reference, Christel.

Pat

Ruby_30
06-06-2015, 10:09 PM
Haha, Sarah, I guess I've demonstrated my undying obsession with adorable rodents around here. :-D

I started on the hamster!

Ruby_30
06-07-2015, 09:46 PM
Here is the hamster. Thanks, Sarah, for posting this one. It got me inspired to do something again. :clap:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jun-2015/1892149-img048.jpg

purpletrader
06-07-2015, 10:31 PM
Ruby, this is really nice, looks very life like.

Ed

purpletrader
06-07-2015, 10:40 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jun-2015/1580605-impro_1.jpg

Here is a quickie I did for the Imagination #2. To me, it is easier if you have something real to work from because it is harder for me to get it to look like I want it if I don't have something tangible to work from. I did enjoy the effort, however.

Ed

tuscanny
06-08-2015, 12:38 AM
Ruby - lovely hamster! I like the texture in the fur. Very nice shading too. You might like to add some fine white hairs over the lips and the right eye. Great going!
Ed - well done! I know the feeling of working from something real, so you are definitely one ahead of me.

Ruby_30
06-08-2015, 08:48 AM
Thanks Christel!
Ed - I love the flower buds coming up. This painting is definitely pointy, and green, hahaha. :-D

SarahY
06-08-2015, 09:33 AM
Nice work Ruby, lovely soft greys.

Purpletrader, nice job and well done for stepping so far out of your comfort zone!

Pat Isaac
06-08-2015, 11:06 AM
Nicely done, Ruby. Good expression.
Good interpretation, Ed and I also much prefer a reference.

Pat

ReddLilly
06-14-2015, 10:15 AM
Hello everyone,:wave:
This is the first time I'm posting here. The imagination challenges got me inspired to paint something. I painted two for the Green Abstract challenge. But I'm not sure how to post the pictures. Any help will be appreciated.
Thnx
Sadia

ReddLilly
06-14-2015, 11:18 AM
:eek: the file won't upload. I keep getting an error message stating that the file is bigger than 2mb. :confused:

Sadia :wave:

mariemarie
06-14-2015, 11:40 AM
:eek: the file won't upload. I keep getting an error message stating that the file is bigger than 2mb. :confused:

Sadia :wave:
Hello ReddLilly,

A trick I found to get around this problem is just to «copy and paste». Hope it works!

(I am just so bad with computers)

Marie

tuscanny
06-14-2015, 12:38 PM
Welcome to the oil pastel forum, Sadia! If your photo is too large you can resize it to have a maximum of 800pixels on the longest side with any photo program. That should bring it down to less than 150kB. I hope you manage to post your painting.

ReddLilly
06-14-2015, 03:24 PM
:) Thanks Christel and Marie

I think I figured out what's wrong. I need to adjust my camera settings and retake the pictures.

Sadia :wave:

tuscanny
06-14-2015, 11:10 PM
That's also an option. I use Faststone Image Viewer which is free and it can do resize, light and color adjustments, sharpen and a few more things.

Ruby_30
06-15-2015, 06:39 PM
I took a shot at the contrast, secret, and reflection abstract challenge. I had a feeling red was supposed to be in there somewhere too. :) I worked from imagination, with no references, so it's kind of iffy. I used Senns and Holbeins on Mi-Teintes pastel paper, rough side.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2015/1892149-img004.jpg

ReddLilly
06-15-2015, 07:24 PM
Hi everyone,:clap:

Rainy Monday but finally had a chance to retake the pictures.
This is my first attempt at imagination #2. I used the tree in my yard as reference.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2015/1972334-20150615_191113.jpg

ReddLilly
06-15-2015, 07:34 PM
Lol! Well at least it posted this time.
Here is the second attempt at imagination #2 since the first was not abstract enough. I like the second one much better. It has some reds maybe it can also fall under imagination #3.
I should disclose that I have no artistic background nor do I take lessons. Just do this for my own enjoyment.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jun-2015/1972334-20150615_191312-1.jpg

ReddLilly
06-15-2015, 07:44 PM
:clap: Yay!!!!:clap:
Sucess!! :wave: OK now some technical stuff. I used Pentel OP and some flueresant Gallery pink OP on medium weight paper 8 " x 11". I'm still learning to blend.

Thanks and enjoy :)

ReddLilly
06-15-2015, 07:53 PM
Oh I like the red door Ruby. Contrast or time travel between the 2 seasons. Cool :)

tuscanny
06-15-2015, 11:22 PM
I like your abstract Ruby! Great color contrasts as well as subject contrast.
Sadia - lovely paintings! You are doing great with your blending. Are you using a solvent? I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work.

ReddLilly
06-15-2015, 11:51 PM
Thanks Christel.
No I'm not using any solvents. But I did want to try putting down a layer of color underneath the oil pastels either watercolor or soft pastels mixed with alcohol. I'm not sure how the paper will hold under that. I have never tried canvas. I was thinking of purchasing some. My local Walmart just started stocking them. However, I would have to frame the end result under glass. So that can get a little tricky.
The paper was easy to frame.

Pat Isaac
06-16-2015, 10:06 AM
These are all great interpretations on the abstracts. I do like the red door, Ruby, could hold the key to many things.
Like your second onne best, Sadia.


Pat

SarahY
06-16-2015, 10:27 AM
Hi guys! Sorry for my late reply, I've been rocking out at Download festival this weekend, soaking up the heavy metal music - and the rainwater LOL :)

Ruby, love it!! Great job, really nice piece. Well done.

Welcome ReddLily, love your pieces, particularly the second. Excellent!

Ruby_30
06-16-2015, 09:44 PM
Thank you ReddLilly, Sarah, Christel, and Pat!

ReddLilly, I really like yours, too. The second one is also my favorite. I like the contrast of the green and red.

ReddLilly
06-17-2015, 03:17 AM
Thank you Pat and Sarah.:thumbsup:

ReddLilly
06-17-2015, 03:28 AM
:thumbsup: Thanks Ruby !
I like your hamster painting as well.

ReddLilly
06-17-2015, 03:37 AM
Ed: we were thinking along the same path. Nice buds.:thumbsup:

MsIrisMG
06-17-2015, 11:40 AM
I have a very similar reference photo to the fall tree taken from my nearby park. It's fun!

tuscanny
06-20-2015, 01:35 AM
Here is my not so imaginative painting of green, life and pointed challenge, A5.:angel:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2015/1256189-emperial_crown_klaus_pmp.jpg

ReddLilly
06-20-2015, 06:03 AM
Nice Christel :) I like the purple background. It's nicely blended with a light to dark gradient.

Currently, I'm looking at the birch tree and the bird.

For the tree I experimented with sgraffito.

ReddLilly
06-20-2015, 06:10 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2015/1972334-20150620_060717-1.jpg

Here is the tree. It was a little messy but fun.
Pentel OP on 5x7 inch cardstock.

ReddLilly
06-20-2015, 06:27 AM
I actually enjoy birds. Here is a quick sketch and it's ready for some color.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2015/1972334-20150620_062601-1.jpg

tuscanny
06-20-2015, 11:57 PM
Thanks Sadia.
Interesting approach to the tree. I might just add more brown and ochre to the bark to make it stand out more.
I'm looking forward to seeing your bird painting.

Pat Isaac
06-22-2015, 10:38 AM
I like your flower, Christel.
I'd add some more lights to the tree, Sadia as Christel suggest. Good start on the bird.

Pat

ReddLilly
06-22-2015, 10:59 PM
Thanks Pat and Christel.

Here is the bird in some color. It's incomplete because I couldn't decide what to do with the background. I have never actually done a snow scene before. I did start it to see if I like the blue. Maybe you guys can suggest something.

ReddLilly
06-22-2015, 11:04 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jun-2015/1972334-20150622_224816-1.jpg

Having technical difficulties again.
Here's the bird w.i.p. This is done with Mungyo OP with some green Pentel OP on 8.5 x 11 inch printing paper.

tuscanny
06-22-2015, 11:54 PM
Hi Sadia! Great going with the bird! I like the use of warm colors in the feathers.
For the background, I'd simplify giving a hint only of any branches that may be there.
Lay down a thin layer of white first, then add colors like grey and ultramarine in tiny amounts. More color can be added where necessary.
I'm looking forward to seeing your update.

Pat Isaac
06-24-2015, 11:42 AM
Looking good. I'd definitely keep the background light.


Pat

DLT
06-24-2015, 04:09 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2015/291871-image.jpg

I couldn't resist this little guy.
ATC size
Senns and a touch of ink

Pat Isaac
06-24-2015, 04:13 PM
Nicely done...love your use of color.

Pat

DLT
06-24-2015, 04:40 PM
Thank you Pat

tuscanny
06-24-2015, 11:35 PM
Cute mouse portrait, Donna!

ReddLilly
06-25-2015, 01:55 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jun-2015/1972334-20150625_013827-1.jpg

Here's the sparrow with some back ground color. I had to throw in some detail. It didn't look right without it. Still doesn't look like a snow scene to me. But I don't want to touch it anymore.

Thanks for the help.

ReddLilly
06-25-2015, 04:56 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jun-2015/1972334-20150625_044911-1.jpg

Here is the tree with olive green. Thanks Christel for your help. :)

SarahY
06-25-2015, 11:10 AM
Great Stuff :thumbsup: Nice flower tuscanny, and definitely green, lifey and pointy! DLT, love your thick, painterly application of colour on the hamster. ReddLily, the tree looks awesome, very creative approach.

I find it hard to work up the will to paint from photos, so I did the sparrow as a memory exercise; spent a little while looking at the image, then closed it and did the painting.

Senneliers on Sennelier La Carte Pastel, approx 4" by 5"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jun-2015/1713772-sparrow.jpg

ReddLilly
06-25-2015, 06:29 PM
Donna: love the colors and details on the mouse.

Sarah: I'm impressed with your memory. Your bird is very delicate and the colors are beautifully blended. I'll have to try your memory exercise.

Thanks for sharing.

tuscanny
06-25-2015, 11:12 PM
Sadia - nice changes!
Sarah - impressive!

Midian
06-26-2015, 11:09 AM
Hello! It's my variant of "Green. Pointed. Life." Sennelier OP on some paper for pastels.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jun-2015/1969713-IMG_20150626_175157_282.jpg
C&C are welcome.

SarahY
06-26-2015, 11:12 AM
That's fantastic Midian :thumbsup:

tuscanny
06-26-2015, 12:48 PM
Hi Midian! Lovely to have you join the challenge. Great peppers!

lovingmylife
06-27-2015, 02:18 PM
Redlilly, how did you achieve the fine lines in your painting? Looks like the are different colors?

ReddLilly
06-28-2015, 01:11 AM
Hi Lovingmylife,

I have three works posted here: the green leaf, the sparrow and the birch tree in sgriffito. Which one are you referring to?

Thanks

ReddLilly
06-29-2015, 06:02 AM
Lovingmylife, I think you mean the colors in the tree. I used a simple sgriffitto technique.
Step 1: add color to card stock

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jun-2015/1972334-20150619_042807-1.jpg

ReddLilly
06-29-2015, 06:06 AM
Step 2. Then cover with black oil pastel.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jun-2015/1972334-20150619_043713-1-1.jpg

ReddLilly
06-29-2015, 06:17 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jun-2015/1972334-20150620_060717-2.jpg

Step 3. Now scrape back the black color to reveal the color underneath. I used an old pen without ink and my color shaper to scrape back the color. You can do all kinds of designs. I was just experimenting so I did quick doodling.

Hope this answers your question.:wave:

SarahY
07-03-2015, 03:57 AM
Thanks to everyone who participated, you all did great work :)

I want to especially congratulate those of you who stepped out of your comfort zone, well done x