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tuscanny
01-31-2017, 11:01 PM
Hi everyone:wave: It's February already.
The challenge this month is to change at least one thing to suite your painting. Look at color, value and composition when doing any changes and mostly - have fun!
Tiger from crias
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2017/1256189-2921PC170114crias_small_ril.jpg
Protea from Perel
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2017/1256189-DSCF6951perel_ril.JPG
Shirakawa, Japan from surob
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2017/1256189-Shirakawa,_Gifu_prefecture_japan_surob_ril.JPG
Portrait from Leman, ril
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2017/1256189-20772-leman_4.jpg

tuscanny
01-31-2017, 11:08 PM
A flower from my garden
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2017/1256189-DSC_3868s.jpg
It's time to bale and I took this photo yesterday after watching how these bales get wrapped up to protect against the weather.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2017/1256189-DSC_3903-1s.jpg
Feel free to add any more references that you'd like to paint:)

tuscanny
01-31-2017, 11:23 PM
And a flapping Mallard by DraigAthar
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2017/1256189-8060reflib-mallard_draigathar.jpg

Ratchet
02-01-2017, 10:56 AM
Tuscanny

Great Photos! I will try one or two. Don't know if I will make anything worth posting but the challenge is interesting.

jlombardi
02-01-2017, 07:57 PM
Nice, I think those hay bails are calling me.

tuscanny
02-01-2017, 11:17 PM
Looking forward to seeing your versions:wave:

tuscanny
02-02-2017, 11:03 PM
My protea, A4 on gold card with a different upright view
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2017/1256189-DSC_3911s.jpg

SnapV
02-03-2017, 01:24 PM
Oh thanks for the pictures and challenge! I think I'll try my hand at the tiger :)

tuscanny
02-03-2017, 11:17 PM
Looking forward to your tiger, Virginie.

Ruby_30
02-04-2017, 12:21 PM
Ooh, nice take on the flower Christel. I like the background color.

Ratchet
02-07-2017, 04:56 PM
Christel
Great detail on all the skinny stalks in the middle. Really good job!

tuscanny
02-07-2017, 10:57 PM
Thanks Ruby and Ratchet.

tuscanny
02-10-2017, 12:59 PM
My tiger decided to go to Skizzy's black bamboo plantation. A3.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2017/1256189-tiger_crias_black_bamboo_scizzy_ops_a3s.jpg

Ratchet
02-10-2017, 10:27 PM
Christel, Outstanding! The bamboo and the ground texture are very well done. The Tiger is the usual Christel beautiful.

tuscanny
02-10-2017, 11:08 PM
Thanks Ratchet

Ratchet
02-12-2017, 12:30 PM
Walmart Colored Paper (slick) Homemade OP's

First Landscape. I have avoided landscapes as deciding which details to include was problematic. This challenge was ideal because I simplified the drawing, started in the lower left corner and kept going.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2017/1986131-Feb_17_Challenge.jpg

tuscanny
02-12-2017, 01:13 PM
Well done, Ratchet. I like the shape of the house and the brilliant white blossoms. The only critique I have is to watch your values. Make a greyscale copy to look at your values.

Ratchet
02-12-2017, 02:37 PM
Christel
Gray scale, I need to be bolder in contrast definitely.
Now I understand why Van Gogh loved yellow and blue. I had a hard time with all those greens just blending together visually.

SnapV
02-13-2017, 01:29 PM
Wow Christel, I love your tiger in front of the bamboo, it looks so lively. And your flower is also really beautiful.

Ratchet, I really like your landscape, I like how all the shapes are soft :)

SnapV
02-13-2017, 01:30 PM
And here is my entry for this month. I did the tiger but I decided to crop it and only do a portrait instead of the whole tiger. It's in a variety of oil pastels (Mungyo, Cray-pas Expressionist, Pentel) on Canson Mi-Teintes paper 9x12 inches.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2017/1986145-OP_Tiger.jpg

Ratchet
02-13-2017, 02:15 PM
SnapV

Way Kewl Tiger! I thought he was cuddly until I looked in his eyes!

Thanks for the comment about the landscape. It was a first attempt, learning experience and now I have the courage to do more.

tuscanny
02-13-2017, 11:33 PM
Thanks Virginie.
A lovely portrait of the tiger. I like the crop. Great color choice.
To get more texture for the fur, very lightly add oil pastel with no blending. Dermatograph or Staetdler markers, cp and even wax crayons are helpful. A light graphite pencil may be used for gray shading or fine lines(whiskers).

SnapV
02-16-2017, 02:07 PM
Thank you Ratchet and Christel for the nice comments and thanks Christel for the tips :)

jlombardi
02-20-2017, 04:05 PM
So this is a common folly of mine. Trying to add too many details.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2017/1989777-20170220_160048.jpg

Ratchet
02-20-2017, 10:42 PM
Lovely! I particularly like the mountains, the colors and shapes.

tuscanny
02-20-2017, 11:06 PM
Jlombardi - lovely! I like your details. What size is it?

jlombardi
02-21-2017, 08:36 AM
Thank you Rachet and Tuscanny!
12 * 16 Dalery and Rowney pastel paper

Ratchet
02-22-2017, 01:06 PM
Georgia Pacific Printer Paper. Practice piece, the perspective lines are visible and I used several different techniques, scratch back, different blending. I thought, when I figured out all the ellipses and blending I would put this on better paper, with lighter set up lines but I am out of time.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2017/1986131-WC_2-17_Challenge.jpg

tuscanny
02-22-2017, 10:10 PM
Cool! Working on that thin paper isn't easy. Great work on the detailing.

Ratchet
02-24-2017, 11:45 AM
Thanks Christel
Leslie mentions "french tissue paper" in his book. I assumed that was a very thin paper but not as slick as copier paper. It is the surface, I suppose although ac and polyurethane are slick and yet hold Oil Pastels.

jlombardi
02-25-2017, 09:22 PM
I like the look of your bails. They have a nice warm quality to them. :)

Ratchet
02-26-2017, 03:55 PM
Thanks jlombardi. The bales were very difficult. I used scratch back on the first ones. Then I went "van gogh" using strokes of layered colors on the front ones.
Either technique works. It was fun learning.
And boxing up all the ellipses. I couldn't detail the ellipses while maintaining the angle and degree. The wheels kept wobbling out of round.
Have to work on detail.