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02-01-2016, 11:47 AM
It is cold out there and all that snow... Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr!..........
Let's go someplace warm!

For those of You, who do not know me, My name is Tatiana and I will be Your monthly challenge host on Oil Pastel forum for the month of February.

Pardon my English, it is not always correct, but I always have some nice photos to share...

Last winter about this time I got to spend in beautiful City of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
I was one of lucky participants of first PSA destination workshop in San Miguel. We had wonderful time, great host, best in the world art instructor and outstanding travel agent (who also happened to be a great artist himself).
Without naming the names (what happened in San Miguel stays in San Miguel),
I would love to share some of places we got to enjoy with You, guys.
Hope You like this month's theme.

Reminding the rules...
Basically no rules.
Use any of those photos for Your inspiration. Crop, modify, do whatever.
Paint abstract if You'd like.
Do not forget to have some fun!

You can post progress photos, finished paintings etc.
Please mention brand of pastels You used and what was Your support.

So here it goes...






02-01-2016, 11:52 AM
Thanks for hosting, Tatiana. Great references.

02-02-2016, 06:01 PM
Size: 6"x9"
Time: 2 hours
I tend to lean more towards portraits so this was a challenge for me. Thank you. :)

02-02-2016, 11:56 PM
Lovely little painting, Amasacross. That is fast for a busy scene.

02-03-2016, 07:48 AM
Christel, I usually paint during my two year old's nap time, so I have to work fast! LOL

Pat Isaac
02-03-2016, 11:00 AM
Thanks for hosting, Tatiana....lovely colorful photos.

Nicely done street scene and you have captured the lively color...amasacross.


02-03-2016, 12:46 PM
Amasacross, this is better then You can even imagine. I really feel the spirit of the place. I do know, how You did, but You did it. It like You just went there, painted it and here it is. NICE!

02-06-2016, 12:30 AM
A4 Pentels and Reeves. I've changed the temperature drastically to bright sunny I guess, but I thought I'd post this before i try and temper my colors:lol: The yellow caught me off guard

Pat Isaac
02-06-2016, 08:43 AM
Nicely done....this is a great little scene.


02-07-2016, 11:07 PM
Thanks Pat.

02-09-2016, 12:02 AM
Well done, Christel!
You know it is interesting that You both have chosen the same reference to paint... and I painted that one too, but in soft pastels. There is a something about it... This street corner just asking : "Paint me!"

02-12-2016, 02:13 AM
Thanks Tatiana. I've cooled the colors quite a bit to get to the evening atmosphere. I think I achieved my goal this time.

02-12-2016, 10:58 AM
Thank You, Christel!
I like both versions, in fact.
Maybe I need to paint my own, we still have plenty of time!.. :-)

02-13-2016, 12:14 AM
Looking forward to seeing your painting, Tatiana!

02-13-2016, 11:10 AM
Me too!

I really not sure what is gong on lately with all enthusiasm and participation...
Last year or so very few people post anything, lesser yet - willing to host anything.
My fellow artists... where are You ?...
Winter is the really good time to stay in and paint.

Northern Star
02-23-2016, 03:38 PM
This is my attempt of the motive I liked the most. I am new in Oil Pastels and this is my second pastel painting so far. Challenging but interesting I have to admit. it took me about 4 hours to complete.


Paper: 9"x12" Canson 98 LB Mi-Teintes Pastel
Pastels: Cray-Pas Junior Artist- Student grade oil pastels


Appreciate your C&C


02-23-2016, 05:45 PM
Gordan, this is just gorgeous!

When I took that picture I was amazed with the fact of those dark blue shadows... almost unrealistic... But here it was with no image manipulation.
I think You handled subject beautifully, it is all there. I like it a lot.

Northern Star
02-23-2016, 06:00 PM
Thank you Tatiana :)

02-24-2016, 12:00 AM
Beautiful painting, Gordan. The tree is painted very well. Great shadows and love the detail you have achieved.
How do you like working with the Student grade ops? How do you feel about the texture of the paper?

Northern Star
02-24-2016, 03:43 PM
Thank you Christel!

To answer your question on student grade OPs I find them adequate. Considering I haven't tried any other kind but Student grade I have that would be my current observation. Package has sufficient variety of pigments, they apply easily, colors look vibrant, blend easily.
Paper I have is the first one I bought for this medium. I find it a bit to rough and that is why you can see all those white dots on the painting. But again I am not too picky at this stage where I am exploring this beautiful medium. At some point in the future I am sure will venture in different paper brands and artist grade pastels.

What kind OPs and paper do you use and have you tried different varieties? Any noticeable difference?


02-25-2016, 12:06 AM
I also use the cheaper brands like pentel. Rolfes and Reeves and Staedtler. The student grade Reeves is very hard but I still sometimes use them as first layer. I do use Rolfes sketch paper which is thin but Canson gouache paper, wc paper and even card stock all work very well depending on the effect I want to achieve. On a textured paper I might use mineral turps to fill holes as a first layer. A sanded paper takes a lot of ops and there I get great results with tortillions.

02-25-2016, 12:17 PM
From what I understand "student grade" pastels can do a nice job for You.
The main difference is - manufacture doesn't guarantee how light-fast those are. I heard plenty of compliments to Holbein student grade.. but didn't have chance to try those.