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02-28-2017, 12:43 PM
It's March already and here we are heading for Autumn. Instead of the usual brown and orange colors, I decided to base my choice of references on bright colored objects. Please feel free to add any photos that you might like to include in the challenge.
Pomegranate from faafil
Blue and gold from pazza
Telephone booth from McCloud
Pantherkey from Sillybean

02-28-2017, 12:46 PM
Old man of the jungle by Jerri Rose
Poppy from Luv2shoot
I'm looking forward to seeing your versions and have fun!

02-28-2017, 07:33 PM
Nice selection. I will try one but I am not certain which. The poppy is intriguing.

03-01-2017, 10:17 AM
Oh wow gorgeous photos, I think I'll have to do 2 of them because I just cannot choose between them :)

03-01-2017, 11:03 PM
My version of the pomegranate 12x14cm

03-04-2017, 09:07 PM
Nice job with the red shades. The brown shading around the bottom most edge is very realistic. The simplification of the piece with only a few leaves focuses the fruit.
I am very impressed with the background.

03-04-2017, 11:35 PM
Thanks Ratchet.

03-05-2017, 01:11 AM
A4 My version of the sunset.

03-06-2017, 10:38 AM
Lovely, nice blend of colors

03-06-2017, 10:34 PM
Thanks Ratchet!
My macaw, 10x12

03-07-2017, 02:49 AM
The shading, textures and general art work is excellent
That said, I would venture a guess there are perspective problems with the eye, beak and head. Those are ellipses. Might help to box it up to see if the vanishing points, degrees and angles of the circles and ellipses are aligned correctly. The eye would be the focal point of that endeavor, in my humble and not very educated opinion

03-07-2017, 03:41 AM
A very interesting point, Ratchet. I used gimp and superimposed an edge detect outline of the reference over my painting.

03-07-2017, 12:59 PM
The upper beak, perhaps the angle is wrong. It should point more to the left

The outline looks good but the illusion of distance across the eye area is flat and recedes. The distance I am speaking of is the circular distance if you were looking down at the bird at the top of his head, eye to eye. The side that is visible is flat rather than being on a ball.

It looks as if the beak is twisted.

It interests me because I believe it has more to do with shading circles and ellipses than with outline.

Outstanding Job, I am nitpicking a bit but ellipses interest me very much.

03-09-2017, 12:14 AM
Thanks Ratchet. I'll fix the beak and repost as soon as I can.

03-10-2017, 01:24 PM
It may be the slight crookedness of the beak is causing the indented look between the beak and the eye. At first I thought the ellipse of the eye was incorrect and was causing the break in the line.

The angle of the photo causes some distortion. When the image is flattened to two dimensions, there seems to be a definite indented "corner" rather than smooth edged elliptical curve. I worked on a fish for a while that was head on with the tail to the side. The distortion was evident in that photo also, losing the smooth transition from body curving to base of tail

I downloaded Gimp. I tried many times and finally succeeded. I am glad I took your successful use of the program as encouragement and finally obtained a copy. Great Tool!

03-10-2017, 11:13 PM
An excellent catch , Ratchet. Though I do admit your reference to ellipses did catch me off guard. I added some lighter colors to the beak.
Glad the gimp is working for you.

03-10-2017, 11:33 PM
Shouts and Claps and Whistles, Yes! That is exactly the area that was flat. It now blends together on the proper planes!
Great Job! Now the bird looks alive.

03-11-2017, 11:50 AM
Lovely parrot , like you did on the color of the feather. Color transitions are perfectly rendered . And the bkgd is less busy to bring the parrot out more attractive . Like this adjustment too . Great work . I'm busy at my art class teaching , will come back soon . Allan :clap: :clap: :wave:

03-11-2017, 11:17 PM
Thanks Ratchet and Allan

03-27-2017, 08:50 PM
I am a bit late to the party but here are is my version of the poppies.

03-28-2017, 12:02 AM
Lovely, Jlombardi. You could add some green or blue to the black to break it up even more.

03-28-2017, 12:34 PM
The use of oranges rather than the reds in the photo seems to give the flower greater definition. Again, your rendering enhances the reference and creates a similar but very original work of art.

03-29-2017, 07:18 PM
Thank you Ratchet and Tuscany. I decided to give the sun set a try. I have no idea how to do waves. I started with a watercolor wash and added oil pastel. I am really regretting adding the black pastel to the waves on the left.


03-30-2017, 12:05 AM
Lovely work, Jlombardi. Have you tried to scratch back yet? Very carefully, with a blade, you can lift off the excess black to get to the layer underneath it.

03-30-2017, 07:31 AM
I need to stop at the hardware store today anyway. So I will give it a try tonight. :)

La Pelouiniere
03-31-2017, 01:41 PM
Attempt at the pomegranite. 6" square.

La Pelouiniere
03-31-2017, 01:43 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Mar-2017/154926-Oil_Pastel_2.jpgSecond attempt was the poppy. Again 6" square. Ages since I have made any attempt at oil pastels - lots of problems with supports, ended up on 500 grade Uart, but not too happy with it.

03-31-2017, 02:32 PM
Hi La Lapelouiniere. Love your paintings. Good use of yellow and reds.
The sanded papers are hard on the fingers but work well with tortillions. I find that i paint too thickly too and that makes it difficult to adjust for hues and values. I find MiTeintes and wc paper work well with thin layers of oil pastel.' Oil based cp are also very useful for detail and subtle shading.
Looking forward to seeing more of your paintings.

La Pelouiniere
04-01-2017, 03:44 AM
Thanks so much for your comments. I will work on them....:crossfingers: