View Full Version : Chat and Challenges for August

07-31-2016, 11:56 PM
Hi Everyone!:wave:
I would love to get everyone's feedback for a monthly challenge and chat thread. The challenges are there for newbies and experienced artists.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.:heart:

08-01-2016, 03:11 AM
I have felt that previous challenges in the autumn months didn't really seem autumn-y to me. I love the festivities of September thru December, but the previous challenges for those months have turned me off.

08-01-2016, 03:21 AM
Good point. You might want to remind me again as those months are spring and summer for me here.

08-01-2016, 10:28 AM
I miss the monthly challenges even though I didn't participate as much. But seeing the creations by everyone is very uplifting. Perhaps we could do some kind of "communal" monthly challenge in that multiple people can submit pics/images for everyone to paint? This way it doesn't fall all on one person every month to host and supply pics....keep it casual and fun.

Shirl Parker
08-01-2016, 11:29 AM
The Oil Gusher is still active and stickied to the top, but no one is chatting. We revised it from Monthly to BiMonthly to Yearly, but no one is very talkative.

08-01-2016, 12:39 PM
Rich - very good idea!
Shirl - We could move it to the studio and combine it with the monthly challenges? I'm hoping to get some more interest in painting too.

08-02-2016, 05:44 AM
I haven't painted a picture of our Staffie called Bella. Here she is with Rosy the rottweiler/doberman cross and the next one is Rosy and Jock. Feel free to use these photos as references.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Aug-2016/1256189-DSC_2310s.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Aug-2016/1256189-DSC_2879s.jpg

08-02-2016, 06:54 AM
Good point. You might want to remind me again as those months are spring and summer for me here.

It is strange, isn't it, (maybe it's just me) that people on the opposite hemisphere have opposite weather patterns. I wonder what it's like from your spot in the world, where we're having hot weather. It's nice having you as a mod here. :wave:

08-02-2016, 07:24 AM
Thanks George. Really appreciate it.
It was very strange to adapt to the American way of speaking of heat or cold or Independance Day and Guy Fawkes Day etc and having no flowers in the garden in winter when your gardens are prolific in flowers, But I think I'm getting used to it now though.

08-02-2016, 10:10 AM
Hi Christel, wanted to say congratulations for your new role as the OPs forum Moderator - this is well deserved as recognition of your amazing talent and dedication to the site and medium. I think Pat would approve and be very pleased.

I'm thrilled for you, as you put your own stamp on the OPs group. Best wishes in your new role ~

08-02-2016, 10:38 AM
cute pups

08-02-2016, 11:06 AM
Aww, thanks Mary!
Thanks Rich! Looking forward to seeing what you are going to paint:angel:

Shirl Parker
08-02-2016, 11:42 AM
Rich - very good idea!
Shirl - We could move it to the studio and combine it with the monthly challenges? I'm hoping to get some more interest in painting too.

Rich, that's an excellent idea. A topic could be stated, and individuals could perhaps add one each image to choose from.

Christel, that's a good idea. Whichever is the busiest forum.

Vivien Maloney
08-02-2016, 02:41 PM
Congratulations to you Christel on now being Moderator of the Oil Pastel Forum! Very well deserved! :clap:

08-02-2016, 02:50 PM
Thanks Shirl! Should we keep the same name?
Thanks Vivien!!

08-02-2016, 03:21 PM
I had a hard time navigating the different areas, where to post a question, where to chat, where to upload art work. This could be combined and simplified certainly. Also, the monthly challenge is very easy to find in Landscape and Drawing Classes are easy to find in Drawing.

If there is a challenge, I will say the Landscape Monthly Challenge, July, seemed to have pictures that might tempt the beginning artist but this month the pictures are all complicated and of more interest to the advanced. JMHO So if there is a challenge, maybe post simpler and more complex for all levels. JMHO with no criticism of the current month challenge in Landscape. Really beautiful photos but a bit advanced after those simpler rocks for the July challenge.
I am new and artistically challenged. I like Oil Pastels.

08-02-2016, 03:22 PM
cute pups

Richard, I saw your comment, and having forgotten about the puppy picture above, and my first thought was (based on the way some in this part of Kentucky talk) was :clear:

08-02-2016, 05:51 PM
Welcome Ratchet! I'm looking forward to seeing your OP paintings! Whether your "advanced or beginner" , I believe we all can learn from each other.

George - LOL :lol: :lol: Well, I can say this...I never been to Kentucky, but there are parts in Oregon that are probably VERY similar ;) We're all more alike than different. BTW..I like what you say in your biography about only painting from the heart. That hits me right in my soul, as I can only paint from the center of my soul, my heart.

Christel - I'm working on this one right now.

08-02-2016, 11:10 PM
Hi Ratchet. Welcome to the forum! I'd love to see your art work. Have you been to the RIL (Reference Image Library) yet? There you can choose any photo you'd like to paint and then also post it here.
Here is another place you can look for photos http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=555788
Looking good so far Rich!

08-03-2016, 10:14 AM
Thank you. One family member is a talented photographer but limited to the range of local subjects. Photographs of the Pyramids for instance are not in our photos albums.

The Challenge is for the photos posted. But I may do my first Oil Pastel landscape using the current August Challenge. I used my computer graphics program to simplify one photo. It is an intriguing project as now I see how the landscape might be done

Shirl Parker
08-03-2016, 11:59 AM
Christel, how about "Oil Gusher Chat Thread"? Keeps the idea of our oil pastel ancestors, but makes the point of the thread a little more obvious.

08-03-2016, 02:45 PM
Ratchet - that sounds great!
Shirl - that sounds good to me. Just include the month too. What do the rest of you oil pastellers think?

08-04-2016, 11:28 AM
I think it's great. The key is participation. We can call it anything we want, but if there is very little participation, I don't see a point. I'm going to try and chime in more

08-04-2016, 12:49 PM
Thanks Rich. We could also use a theme for a challenge per month?

08-04-2016, 08:48 PM
Congratulations Christel on being our new Moderator. It is nice that you will be leading this friendly and very supportive group.

I love that so many of us are from different countries and oil pastel brings us all together.

08-04-2016, 11:59 PM
Thanks Ed! Thank you all for being so supportive.

08-07-2016, 11:57 AM
Here is my painting of the dogs, A3 pentel ops and Rolfes ops

08-09-2016, 10:48 AM
That rope is very well done Christel.

The textures are good, especially the rug. I like the simplification of the scene, omitting details of the room.

I can only find Rolfes as R money. Is that rupees? Are Rolfs sold in the US?

08-09-2016, 01:02 PM
Thanks Ratchet. I'm in South Africa and our currency is Rands and cents

08-14-2016, 12:43 AM
I'm puppy sitting a 5 day old puppy for the weekend. It's fun but also work with the other 2 dogs very interested in the puppy.

08-16-2016, 11:37 AM
Here is a photo of mine from the Grand Tetons a couple of years ago if you would like to paint:


08-16-2016, 01:15 PM
Wow, lovely. Thanks Becky

08-18-2016, 01:10 AM
I'm busy with this landscape. Anyone joining me?

08-18-2016, 09:41 AM
I'll try to do one this weekend - since I dug up the photo.... :)

08-18-2016, 01:26 PM
I am struggling with a still life. Reflections and napkins, does this ever get easier or faster?

The photo is beautiful. I studied it but it is beyond my skill level at the moment.

08-19-2016, 03:25 AM
Looking forward to your painting, Becky.
Ratchet - you are welcome to post your wip if you need help as you go along. With practice it gets easier and faster:)

08-19-2016, 12:32 PM
Thanks Tuscanny

I did a trace but I found I have to redraw large portions of it because the lines I traced are only a few of the ones I need. I could only trace the ones I could see clearly. Now I am mostly free hand which I can't do very well.

But thanks, I will post in the WIP if there is anything I can't get straightened out. This is just a practice piece, actually but then, aren't they all!

08-20-2016, 01:09 AM
Here is my first layer. I'm in 2 minds about darkening places with brown or purples

08-20-2016, 01:35 PM
The atmosphere is good. Nice colors, which OP sets are you using? Was the atmosphere done with the melt you used in other landscapes for clouds?

08-21-2016, 12:57 AM
Thhanks Ratchet. I use mainly Pentel, Rolfes and Reeves. The blue grey is a mixture I made using Reeves and Pentel and mineral turps. The grey green is another color I mixed. I use tortillions to apply the ops.

08-21-2016, 05:02 PM
Looks great. It was a cold overcast misty day if that helps with the color selection!

08-21-2016, 07:16 PM
I haven't used my OPs in a long time, so I'm messier than usual. I have to admit, though, that I'm generally pretty messy. Here's the preliminary rough drawing. Had to quit, as I started getting way too thick with the first layer. Image Uploader is not working on my Mac. I seem to remember this from years ago.... Will try to upload from cell phone.

08-21-2016, 07:19 PM
Why can I upload from my cell phone but not my Mac? :o It's a new Mac too.... Discrimination...


08-22-2016, 12:07 AM
This looks interesting, Becky. I love seeing how other artists work.

08-22-2016, 04:32 AM
I added purples and pinks to mute the greens and a bit more blue

08-22-2016, 11:36 AM
Tuscanny, There is more depth in the valley below now. That is a long way down and that didn't show as well before you added the purples and pinks.

Becky, The color selection is intriguing. Interesting impression. I really like that combination of colors, very attractive.

08-22-2016, 01:20 PM
Thanks Ratchet

08-27-2016, 05:01 PM
Thanks Ratchet. Well I'm starting to make mud so here's a final photo. May redo this another time with a preliminary sketch first instead of jumping in. I'll never learn.


08-27-2016, 05:18 PM
Becky, I like it.
The Fore Ground and the Far Ground, the flowers beneath the feet and the rain in the distance are very fine but there is that dark undefined area, mid -left that could use a bit of something.
But then,
It is fine as it is. Good job.

08-27-2016, 08:13 PM
The Black Hole!!! Yes - I should have done a preliminary sketch. A good example of what happens, when I don't... Some day I will re-draw and paint over! Thanks for looking!

08-27-2016, 09:00 PM
If you redo it or overwork it, you may lose the spontaneous flowers beneath the feet and that rain washing the distant heights.

I think the barest hint or touch of some shading in that black hole so it resembles a stand of pines that are in the depth, downslope. That might fix it exactly.

Just a tint of darker shadow blue in the water/pond far away to make it hazy and far away rather than a near puddle of dimensions and one color.

Not much, just a touch here and there and I think it will be a very good painting, spontaneous and bright, nice.

08-27-2016, 09:42 PM
Okay - will try tomorrow - thanks!

08-27-2016, 10:37 PM
Not too much, just a hint of clarification on those dark pine, a touch of shadow on the nearest body of water.

In fact, it doesn't need it because I can tell exactly what those things are, therefore it is merely a minor clarification, not a major rework

08-28-2016, 12:16 AM
Lovely impressionistic approach to your landscape Becky. I like the warm yellow against a cool background. You could scratch back on some of your black hole to indicate trees if you so wish.

08-28-2016, 04:11 PM
okay - I retrieved the painting from the drawer of shame and used my palette knife on it - much better, although very bright colors as usual. Someone needs to take all of my colors away and make me paint with neutrals for a couple of years. Now to figure out out to make the image uploader work with my Mac.... :clear:

08-28-2016, 04:19 PM
Tada - figured it out. I renamed my .jpg file to .jpeg and it worked. There used to be another way which involved copying the entire http line with the little tags - only for Macs - PC's and my iPhone work better.


08-28-2016, 05:21 PM
*Stands in the tall grass and flower tangle looking over the tree tops across the plain and over the the river to the mist and rain drifting along the mountain range across the broad valley*

That is beautiful, hints, impressions and dimensions in space!

Exactly! Now it is in Hall of Fame out of drawer of shame :)

08-29-2016, 12:02 AM
Wow, Becky, beautiful changes!

08-29-2016, 10:03 AM
Thanks everyone - Ratchet you are certainly poetic! Thanks for the helpful critiques! I appreciate it.

09-01-2016, 01:07 AM
Thanks for everyone who participated in this month's thread. Hope to see you in September thread.