View Full Version : December 2015 Oil pastel challenge

11-30-2015, 05:37 PM
Hello everyone :) I am posting a teensy bit early. I hope you enjoy the photos- a random assortment of different subjects. I would have liked more winter-themed ones but since it hasn't snowed here yet I did not get any new photo opportunities!

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.

This is my handsome border collie, Parker

Chebeague island, Maine




11-30-2015, 05:42 PM


Bantam rooster

lovely lioness

Little Diamond Island, Maine

11-30-2015, 05:48 PM
and just a few more...

Jacob's Day lily

Vasilyevsky Island, Russia

Acadia National Park, Maine

Enjoy :)

12-01-2015, 12:22 AM
A beautiful selection of references! Thanks for hosting, Kara.

Vivien Maloney
12-01-2015, 04:01 AM
Beautiful photos!

12-01-2015, 04:47 AM
Hi Kara, thanks for hosting! Great selection of references! Love that ... what is it? A barn? I think I might give it a try!

12-01-2015, 11:22 AM
artefice- yep its an old barn :) i look forward to seeing your interpretation of it

12-02-2015, 01:44 PM
This was fun, Completed in about two hours. Used Pentel OP's and Canson textured pastel paper. Drawing approximately 8.5"x8.5".

Vivien Maloney
12-02-2015, 02:06 PM
Great painting of the sheep! Excellent OP rendering!

12-02-2015, 03:21 PM
wow that's awesome! you got her expression down perfectly

12-02-2015, 03:34 PM
Thank you!
I think I am going to attempt the rooster?... hen? next. :)

Pat Isaac
12-02-2015, 05:16 PM
Great images and thank you for hosting this month.
You did nice work on the sheep.


12-02-2015, 10:38 PM
Great sheep, Amasacross. You have really captured his world weary expression. I like your energetic way of applying the ops.

12-02-2015, 11:58 PM
Great sheep portrait Amasacross! Looking forward to your next one!

12-07-2015, 05:42 PM
OP: Loew Cornnell Paper: Daler Rowney
Painting approximately 8"x8"
Painted in about 2 1/2 hours

12-07-2015, 08:00 PM
This is a fabulous rooster, Amasacross. I love the bold colors and his bossy expression.

12-07-2015, 08:46 PM
Awesome rooster amasacross :). That little rooster was the loudest crower and he was TINY. You managed to capture him perfectly and i love the yellow background

12-07-2015, 11:45 PM
Well done Amasacross. I like your impressionistic style.

12-08-2015, 11:55 PM
My version of the mums, A3. I tried to get a little variety in the colors of the flowers.

12-09-2015, 01:09 PM
These are lovely mums, Christel. I always like your delicate touch and the subtleties you bring out, and I like the variety in the colors in the mums. I wonder if there's a way to unify the background with the foreground a bit more. Perhaps by bringing some of the colors of the mums into the leaves or vice versa? Or maybe just lighten the leaves at the bottom of the painting a bit more? Probably not necessary. It's certainly lovely as is.

12-09-2015, 02:16 PM
Thanks Holly. I ll have a look at background and foreground again

Pat Isaac
12-09-2015, 04:39 PM
These are beautiful...wonderful petal rendering. I like your sense of distance.


12-09-2015, 07:46 PM
i love the color variation on the flowers- it adds more interest
well done on the shadows too

12-10-2015, 12:18 AM
Thanks Pat and Kara

12-10-2015, 03:00 AM
You are great with animals! These photos are fun . Eleanorej

12-10-2015, 08:17 AM
Thanks for hosting, Kara! These are great photos. Here's the street scene, done with Senneliers and Neopastels on 7"x9.5" Pastelmat (the colors are a little less muted in real life). C&C welcome.

And now off to give a final exam...

12-10-2015, 09:02 AM
Oh wow. I love the colors you chose. It was kind of a gloomy alley and I think the blue brings that mood out . I'm not sure if that was your intention but it is effective. Love seeing this picture painted its one of my favorite photos

12-10-2015, 09:26 AM
Lovely painterly impression of the alley, Holly.

12-10-2015, 10:14 AM
Great rendition of the street scene Hollj25. Love the way you minimalized the details but presented the scene very distinctly. Wonderful rendition Maela49

12-10-2015, 06:48 PM
Thanks, Kara, Christel, and Maela49! I was really struck by this photo, Kara, especially by that fellow with the briefcase furtively (or so it seems to me) entering the building on the right. I'm not sure I rendered him all that well, but it was a fun photo to work from. And I'm glad the blues helped create the gloominess you remember.

12-11-2015, 04:34 AM
I added some more pink, purple and light green. The main flower has some more color. My camera struggles to give me accurate red tones. The darker background suits my mood better too.:eek:

12-11-2015, 10:41 AM
This is beautiful, Christel! The colors are rich and dramatic.

12-11-2015, 03:43 PM
awesome job christel. you are so good at textures, i love the fluffy looking foliage

here's my rooster
i know i should have drawn him a little further up on the paper
any suggestions besides that?

12-11-2015, 05:05 PM
I love your rooster, Kara! The colors are wonderful, and I like the way you apply the ops. And he has that imperious rooster look in his eye. I'm not bothered by where you placed him on the paper.

12-12-2015, 01:08 AM
Thanks Holly and KAra.
Lovely rooster. I actually like your placement as it gives the rooster some space to 'breathe'. I'm sure there's a better word for that. I like your colors and they show off well against the black background.

Vivien Maloney
12-14-2015, 02:15 PM
Lovely painting Christel! I like your second version better, more depth of color. :thumbsup:
I think the "Mums" are actually Dahlias as I have this one growing in my garden and beginning to flower now.

Beautiful roosters,amascross and Kara, both of them entirely different but both paintings are great!

Love your street scene Holly!

12-15-2015, 01:16 AM
Thanks Vivien. I've often wondered how to distinguish between mums and dahlias

12-15-2015, 09:43 AM
Tuscanny: I love how the light is illuminating from the center of the flowers.

HollyJ26: Very cool. I think you did a brilliant job on the street scene.

hugashrimp: Love your take on the rooster, amazing.

12-18-2015, 03:18 PM
So I took a lovely serene scene in Maine and made it perhaps not so lovely and serene. More messy than anything else. The colors are a wee bit deeper in real life. This is done with Senneliers and Neopastels on 7"x9.5" Pastelmat. C&C welcome. I may tinker with it some more.


Pat Isaac
12-19-2015, 11:13 AM
It is lovely, nice sky and water. I'm just not sure about the sandy area and the water flowing over it. Usually the sand is more one color and the water is shallow enough to see the sand through it.


Vivien Maloney
12-19-2015, 02:41 PM
Christel - to distinguish between "Mums" (which are a small version of Chrysanthemums) and Dahlias
- Dahlias always grow from a tuber,(like potatoes) and can be any size from tiny dwarf to giant Decorative which can grow up to 2 metres in height.
Cushion Mums, on the other hand, grow from a root system. And Mums are the dwarf form of Chrysanthemums, always only about 10in to a foot high and covered in small Chrysanthemum type flowers.

12-19-2015, 02:50 PM
Aha! Thanks for that info Vivien. Mums and chrysanthemums are from seed? My dahlias I transplanted are doing well with bigger flower and better colours

12-19-2015, 03:21 PM
Thanks, Pat, and I see exactly what you mean about the sandy area, which I had a lot of trouble with. In the reference photo, it's full of seaweed. I've tinkered with it some more, but I'm not sure it's much improved...yet. I may need to eliminate any idea of seaweed altogether.


12-19-2015, 05:39 PM
Holly I like it- I think its very peaceful and pleasant to look at. I really like the way you apply OP . The second pic definitely looks better in the foreground there I wouldn't change it anymore

Pat Isaac
12-20-2015, 12:52 PM
I missed the rooster....he is great and what nice clean color.

I really like the flower changes, Christel, give them more depth.


12-20-2015, 02:12 PM
I tried the dahlias.

The very white petals are actually pink, orange with a thin layer of white. They don't show up like this at home! (I was learning about using a glaze.) I can't get rid of the shiny white in the photo.

C&C greatly appreciated! Thanks for looking.

12-20-2015, 03:29 PM
These are warm, colorful (even with the problems you had with the photo), and expressive, Diane. I love the subtle variations in the shades of pink and orange. What sort of glaze did you use? I don't know anything about glazing oil pastels.

12-20-2015, 05:21 PM
Thank you Holly!!! I feel like I'm on a roll lately. Wow!

I shouldn't have used the term 'glaze'. I meant was putting on a light layer of a transparent or translucent OP over darker colors. I'm new at this so I'm finding out how to do it. 1. Let the dark colors set for a looong time. 2. Then hope that the top coat will go on smoothly.
I saw that it was commonly used but it took me a lot of experimenting before I could get it right. (And, in my case, it takes a lot of luck. ) Anyway, there is color that shows up under most of the white parts. It's a pretty cool effect. Very subtle.

Thanks again for looking!

12-20-2015, 06:21 PM
I'll have to try this technique, although it sounds as if it takes patience, which is not my strong suit. I do like the experimenting part (and I know what you mean about the luck!).

12-20-2015, 06:25 PM
ah sorry about the cruddy photo- i am by no means a photographer!
but you did a fantastic job with it, the front one really Pops out

12-21-2015, 12:03 AM
Beautiful painting, Diane. The dahlias have lovely cheerful colors. You could go even darker in the background.

01-01-2016, 11:35 AM
Thanks to all who participated! :clap:



01-01-2016, 11:38 AM
Thanks for hosting, Kara! And thanks too for a lovely gallery!

Pat Isaac
01-01-2016, 11:51 AM
Great looking gallery, thank you!


01-01-2016, 12:39 PM
Happy New Year, Kara! Thanks for hosting!

01-01-2016, 01:30 PM
Thanks Kara...it was a great selection.