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12-31-2016, 11:38 PM
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and may you enjoy your painting even more:cat:
Here are some photos that may inspire you to get out those op's
Berries by Saskatoon ril
Grizzly by Oedem ril
Still life by mprince ril
And some more
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Dec-2016/1256189-IMG-20160905-WA0004s.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Dec-2016/1256189-001_3s.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Dec-2016/1256189-CV4_021s.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Dec-2016/1256189-black_collaredbarbets.jpg

01-01-2017, 09:07 AM
What a great selection! Thanks Christel and Happy New Year!

01-01-2017, 03:31 PM
Cool thanks for the selection Christel! I'll get to it soon with the new ops I got for Christmas 😀

01-01-2017, 04:01 PM

Thanks for the selection. I may do one this month and there are several I am choosing betwixt. All are intriguing

01-01-2017, 09:20 PM
Christel, wow! Love the photos, especially that rose, the bird and that strange shell. the wine glass and poster is intriguing!

01-01-2017, 10:48 PM
Love this selection of photographs Christel - I can see many paintings coming from this group.

Happy New Years to you and thank you for all you do!!

Nice to see you Robert ~

01-02-2017, 12:17 AM
Thanks for the feedback. I'm looking forward to seeing your versions:clap:
The wine glass photo was inspired by a photo course. I just had to see for myself how that really worked:angel:

01-03-2017, 05:35 PM
Very good selection of photos to work from!

01-04-2017, 01:19 AM
My version of the still life A4

01-04-2017, 02:10 AM
That looks even better than the photo, Christel. The apples are juicy!

01-04-2017, 10:25 AM
Beautiful work Christel - nice shine on the bowl and the fruit has great form and coloring.

01-04-2017, 11:14 PM
Thanks George and Mary!
We had some rainy weather and the temperature dropped from 33C to 21C.

01-05-2017, 08:21 AM
Christel - your still life is very awesome. The colors are great.

I think I am going to take a shot at the bear in my art journal this weekend. I am really enjoying looking at everyone's art.

01-05-2017, 11:02 AM
Beautiful still life Christel :)

Here is my painting of the bird, done in Mungyo and Cray-Pas Expressionist OP (my Christmas gifts :D) on black Canson Mi-Teintes paper, 9x12.


01-05-2017, 11:59 PM
Thanks Ruth and Virginie.
Virginie - love your bird has character:thumbsup:I like the leaves too. You might try blending in circular motions for the background to prevent the stripey look. Try dragging a color over the bark with a broad side of the op and then don't blend for texture of the bark.

01-06-2017, 10:43 AM
Nice painting Virginie - your bird stands out beautifully with your choice of color, nice form, good feather work and looks fluffy. I like the leaves as well, good definition with your value treatment.

01-07-2017, 10:58 PM
Hi Tuscanny,

I like your painting of the fruit bowl. I kinda don't like the really darn big apple in the left front of the bowl. That apples just seems incredibly oversized in the ref picture to me. I think it would look better a little smaller and with more rounded top edges. That wouldn't match the reference photo but I think it would look better. Just a thot though.

That big old apple is a little higher on the left side than the right side of the stem in the ref pic. But it's an odd looking apple in the ref IMHO.

I am guessing those are qumquats on the table top?

01-08-2017, 10:31 AM
It is difficult to tell from the photo but I believe there is only one apple.

The other fruits are nectarines, peaches without fuzz.

There smaller yellow fruit I don't know the name, possibly qumquats.

01-08-2017, 10:31 AM
Tuscanny, very good job on the bowl of fruit. The draperies are well done.

Virginie, the bird is nicely done. I like the colors.

01-08-2017, 12:27 PM
It is difficult to tell from the photo but I believe there is only one apple.

The other fruits are nectarines, peaches without fuzz.

There smaller yellow fruit I don't know the name, possibly qumquats.

I have been wanting to paint from that photo, but couldn't figure out what in the world those orange things were. I was thinking maybe orange-dyed eggs. :lol:

01-08-2017, 10:55 PM
Thanks Paulsart and Ratchet. George, that is the challenge of painting from photos versus real life. I just painted what I saw.

01-08-2017, 11:45 PM
You are welcome Tuscanny. I really do like your painting. The metal bowl came out great. I thought those might be brown eggs at first also.

Nectarines might be right Ratchet. Hairless peaches it is! :)

Virginnie, (SnapV),

I like your bird, it looks good. I think your background is a little too light value though. The bird might stand out better if the background wasn't so bright?

01-09-2017, 07:48 AM
The grizzly 12x12

01-12-2017, 03:17 PM
Tuscanny - amazing bear!

Here is my version of the bird. What kind of bird is this? I love it.


01-12-2017, 10:54 PM
Thanks Ruby!
I really like your black collared barbet! Lovely texture on the tree and the background colors are well chosen. The bird's plumage really show the ruffled feathers beautifully.
I haven't seen any barbets this season. After last season's hail storm I've been missing a couple of birds like the woodpeckers.

01-13-2017, 10:37 AM
Thank you Christel! :heart: My background colors went through a few changes before I was happy.

01-14-2017, 08:02 PM
The small yellow fruit is Loquats. I saw someone write Kumquat and thought perhaps the Loquats that grow in California are called kumquat elsewhere.

Chistel Great Job on the Bear

Ruby 30, I wondered what type of bird that was, now I can say, Good Job on the black collared Barbet!

01-14-2017, 08:35 PM
Drawing is 10x8 on 12x9 paper. I need to figure out how to render fur better.

01-14-2017, 08:42 PM
Christel and Ruby30, your pieces are great!

01-14-2017, 11:06 PM
Thanks Ratchet and Ruth. Here is a tutorial on painting fur http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1384987

01-15-2017, 11:32 AM
Thanks Ratchet and offthewallek! I like your bear; very cute. When I do fur, I make a lot of light strokes over the heavier bottom strokes with slightly different colors.

01-16-2017, 11:53 PM
Christel, what a fabulous bear painting - the textured fur stands out beautifully.

BTW, your tutorial on painting fur with oil pastels is the best out there. I've gone through the whole thing - it's a substantial discussion that offers a lot of suggestions and tips, as well as your amazing WIP.

Ruby, wonderful bird painting!! Love the cheerfulness of the scene.

Ruth, lovely bear painting - check out Christels link, you'll find it extremely useful in developing fur with oil pastels.

01-18-2017, 05:52 PM
Thanks Flycather!

01-24-2017, 08:24 PM
Christel. That fruit is just great.The bowl is so realistic. I loved the painting better than photo. Eleanore.

01-24-2017, 11:19 PM
Thanks Eleanore!

01-29-2017, 06:19 PM
Hello oil pastel people! I have submitted here occasionally and OP's are one of my favourite media along with acrylic and oil paint.
Hope you don't mind but I was browsing here today and have read Christel's excellent advice on using OP's. Then I saw Bruin the bear and just had to paint him using the methods learnt. I really love bears although I've never met a grizzly!
It's A4 in size and thank you so much for the teaching and the wonderful reference. It was much more difficult than I thought it would be.:angel:

01-29-2017, 08:08 PM
Good Show! I read the Christel's tutorial but haven't tried it. I have met several grizzlies. It is a heart stopping experience even if the bears live close and wander through the yard occasionally.
You did a great job with this. I really like the colors and textures. The bears do have a golden hue as opposed to the reddish hue of brown bears (IMHO)
Nice Piece of Work!

01-29-2017, 11:50 PM
Hi Margaretta. You are more than welcome to join the challenges.
Love the palette for the bear. I'm glad you could get some help with the tutorial. What make oil pastels do you use?
I've only met the grizzly in photos as I can't remember any in the zoos here.

01-31-2017, 10:05 AM
Thank you Ratchet and Tuscanny! I so enjoyed it. Why do we so want to cuddle bears even when adults? I know they are dangerous but....:clear: :)
By the way my oil pastels were a gift. The manufacturer is Derwent Academy.