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SarahY
07-01-2018, 04:26 AM
Hello oil pastelists and welcome to the July oil pastel challenge and chat thread!

Feel free to post WIPs or ask for feedback. Work must be completed in oil pastel, but you're welcome to post preliminary sketches etc as you go.

When posting please tell us the size, support, and brands of oil pastels used!


Photos:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-aa_horse1.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-aa_horse2.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-aa_horse3.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-aa_lily.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-aa_lily2.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-aa_luke.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-aa_mice.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-aa_mouse.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-aa_peppered_roach.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-aa_zebra_finch.jpg


More photos coming in the next post...

SarahY
07-01-2018, 04:31 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-bb_hostas.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-bb_little_flowers.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-bb_wingmirror.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-cc_foreststeps.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-cc_rape_field.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-cc_river.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-cc_sheep.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-cc_subway.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2018/1713772-cc_sunset.jpg


(all photos posted are mine and you're free to use them as you wish)


Oil Pastel Challenge Inspiration Quote:
"Not all who wander are lost" - Tolkien


Oil Pastel Abstract Inspiration Word:
"Softly"

That's it guys, pick up those pastels and GO GO GO! :clap:

SnapV
07-01-2018, 06:59 AM
Wonderful photos Sarah thank you!

And the little cockatiel is the spitting image of my little Cookie I had when I was 7 and kept with me when I moved out. He was a nice little buddy ☺️

tuscanny
07-01-2018, 08:07 AM
Beautiful photos, Sarah! Thanks for hosting! Looking forward to seeing the art from everyone.

terriks
07-01-2018, 04:27 PM
Thanks so much, Sarah - great variety of photos here!

SnapV
07-03-2018, 12:10 PM
Well I guess I'm going to start the ball! :)

Here is the dog portrait in CD Neopastel, Sennelier and Mungyo on black Richeson's Premium Pastel Surface 9 x 12". I hope you like it I had a lot of fun doing it!


Edit: Just realized I had completely forgotten about the challenge words :lol: Sorry I might not have done this "softly" at all :P


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jul-2018/1986145-OP_Challenge_July_2018_SnapV_RESIZED.jpg

SarahY
07-03-2018, 12:20 PM
SnapV, your painting of Lily is fantastic! :clap: Absolutely love the bold strokes of impasto colour, well done!

Edit: Just realized I had completely forgotten about the challenge words :lol: Sorry I might not have done this "softly" at all :PThe challenge words are only inspirations for imaginary or abstract works, so don't worry! :thumbsup:

laika
07-04-2018, 01:17 AM
I love the doggie portrait, Virginie! Very well done!

tuscanny
07-04-2018, 01:23 AM
Virginie - love your portrait of Lily!

terriks
07-04-2018, 11:59 AM
Great job, Virginie! Fantastic colors here, and lots of character!

SnapV
07-04-2018, 12:22 PM
Thank you Sarah, Lamar, Christel and Terri! :)

tuscanny
07-04-2018, 01:09 PM
The horse , A4. An interesting perspective of the horse.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jul-2018/1256189-a4_sarahy_ops_juls.jpg

terriks
07-04-2018, 04:09 PM
Great job on this, Christel. It is a fun perspective, brought about by the camera's lens that causes slight distortion from front to rear, usually from a wide angle lens. They're fun!

I like your palette and definitely your treatment of the pasture. Love it!

terriks
07-04-2018, 04:15 PM
Here is my take on the sunset photo. This is on 9x12" Arches Oil paper. I used more Senns than I typically do, with an underpainting of Cray-Pas and first few layers of Mungyos.



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jul-2018/2007441-sunset_pic.jpg






The bottom left of this is coming off very gray - that's reflected light on the Sennelier black, from a window behind me - go figure! The painting is actually solid black along the bottom.

tuscanny
07-04-2018, 11:46 PM
Thanks Terri!
Great painting. Adding orange over blue is difficult as it can muddy so easily. You pulled it off really well.

laika
07-05-2018, 12:06 AM
Wow, this July is off to a great start!

Yeah, Christel, great job with the interesting perspective on the horse. And well done throughout! Is the photo a little dark?

Awesome sunset colors, Terri!

SarahY
07-05-2018, 03:33 AM
Excellent paintings, ladies! tuscanny, you've done a fantastic job with the unusual perspective. terriks, that sunset is just gorgeous, well done.

I'll be doing some painting for the challenge this weekend, had a really busy week here! Looking forward to getting chores out of the way and hitting the pastels.

SnapV
07-05-2018, 10:47 AM
Christel - Beautiful horse! I like all the variations in his fur :)

Terri - This is gorgeous, the colours are glowing! You do the clouds very well (I usually have a lot of difficulty with them).

tuscanny
07-05-2018, 10:55 AM
Thanks Lamar, Sarah and Virginie! I'm adjusting some things on the horse and will post update soon.

terriks
07-05-2018, 05:16 PM
Thanks so much Christel, Lamar, Sarah and Virginie! I had a lot of fun with this one, though it was challenging.

I'm not satisfied with my poor photo of this and the graying appearance along the bottom (which is just reflected light from those glossy Senns). I may have another go with it if I find a better place to photograph! :)




[Later on...) Hey, the Edit button is still on! :clap: I re-photographed this thing in another room, and that shine isn't as obvious. The colors more closely match the actual painting, too - my first photo was obviously washed out.




http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jul-2018/2007441-sunset_WC_pic.jpg


Sorry to be anal about it, but it's clear that I have to pay better attention to photographing these paintings. :D

tuscanny
07-06-2018, 12:06 AM
Terri - lovely!

tuscanny
07-06-2018, 01:21 AM
I 'slightly' darkened the shadow side of the horse as it was a bit red. Don't know if I like my changes. The sky I intentionally darkened to put in more color.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jul-2018/1256189-DSC_6706s.jpg

terriks
07-06-2018, 05:31 PM
I like your darkened sky! The photo shows the horse definitely in shadow on the side you darkened, so I see no issue with your changes. OTOH, he is clearly a nice sorrel red, so you could have left it alone and that would have looked good against the darkened sky, too. Artist's choice here, they both look good!

tuscanny
07-06-2018, 11:56 PM
Thanks Terri!

terriks
07-14-2018, 05:50 PM
Ahhh, it's gotten quiet around here again!! I've had out of town company all week, and no time to start anything. Hopefully I can get busy again within the next few days.

tuscanny
07-15-2018, 12:46 AM
Thinking of the next painting, but I'm going to change something like colors or cropping or....

SarahY
07-16-2018, 03:49 AM
Morning oil pastelists! :wave:

So sorry I haven't been around to cheer everyone on, we were unexpectedly without interwebs for a few days!

Like the changes, tuscanny, and looking forward to your next!

I'm working on the subway, but I don't actually have any oil pastel down yet. I will post my progress in the next couple of days. Meanwhile, here is Mork the zebra finch:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jul-2018/1713772-MorkWC.jpg

Pentel oil pastels on Hahnemuhle velour, about 6" x 4". I usually only use Pentel in my sketchbook but I found a comprehensive lightfastness test on the internet the other day. I threw away the colours that faded, which happily were colours I would likely never use. Bright pinks, etc. And, weirdly, they grey-greens. All the others are pretty lightfast.

Mork's wife Mindy has been laying eggs and ignoring them. Poor Mork is putting a lot of work into being a good dad, building various nests around the cage and sitting beside them, but he doesn't seem to realise that the eggs actually need sitting on as well :clear: :lol:

Luke the cockatiel (his photo is in the references) has learned Mork's song and has been singing it merrily.


Edited to add: I took this photo of Luke in front of our sitting room mirror, feel free to use this as a reference since it's loads better than the one I posted at the beginning of the month!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jul-2018/1713772-luke.jpg

tuscanny
07-16-2018, 06:42 AM
Lovely zebra finch, Sarah! Do you get dark grey op with your Pentel?
Poor Mork! Maybe the female will still sit soon.
Lovely photo of Luke!

SarahY
07-16-2018, 09:32 AM
Thanks! :cat:

Do you get dark grey op with your Pentel?Yeah, I had the set of 50 and the set of 25, binned the ones that faded and have these left:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jul-2018/1713772-WP_20180716_14_22_43_Pro.jpg

And these are the greys:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jul-2018/1713772-greys.jpg

The dark grey farthest right is the dark grey I used on the zebra finch. It is number 48 and it's actually very similar to the neopastel dark grey.

terriks
07-16-2018, 12:35 PM
Great to see you posting new work, Sarah! Mork is a lovely finch. Too bad that Mindy is making him work so hard.... :lol:

Interesting comments on the lightfastness test you found online. Was it only for Pentel ops, or could it be used across the board?

tuscanny
07-16-2018, 01:05 PM
Thanks for showing the Pentels. The biggest set I've seen here is 36 and there I only get a light grey:crying:

SarahY
07-16-2018, 02:25 PM
I'd be happy to post a few packs of 50 to you if you like, tuscanny?

Thanks terriks! The lightfastness tests I saw were for Pentels and Cray-pas Expressionist. I was wondering if any student oil pastels had lightfast greys that were firm and opaque, since I can only buy big sets of Cray-pas Specialists from he US or Japan. Happily, they do.

tuscanny
07-16-2018, 11:35 PM
Thanks for the offer Sarah, but not right now. The PO workers are striking and last time it took months before everything settled down again.

tuscanny
07-17-2018, 08:33 AM
I had to look up the origin and meaning of the quote, good one.
As the quote refers to people, I decided to use this reference of the steps and added some abstract/fantasy colors to it. The wording was done separately and I changed position, size and hue to my like. A4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2018/1256189-wander_sarahy_ops_jul_a4b_s.jpg

SarahY
07-17-2018, 10:37 AM
That looks great, tuscanny! Lovely colours and great use of the quote :thumbsup:

This is my "Not all Who Wander are Lost", based on the subway photo. It's a WIP, I've only blocked shapes in so far; light reflections, shadows, graffiti still to come:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2018/1713772-notallwhowanderarelost001WC.jpg

I used the Pentel greys for the floor and ceiling, since they are lightfast. I've not used them on Pastelmat before, but they are ever so soft and creamy. I'm impressed with them.

terriks
07-17-2018, 01:11 PM
Ah, thanks for that info, Sarah! I like your subway painting so far - I can tell it's going to be an interesting one.

I love your interpretation of that photo, Christel - the addition of all those flowers is a special touch.

tuscanny
07-17-2018, 01:18 PM
Thanks Sarah and Terri!
Sarah - great start! I'm looking forward to seeing you incorporate the quote.

rbhatt
07-18-2018, 10:58 PM
I am trying something different this month. This is my first pet portrait, and I find it very challenging, specially the fur part. It is still incomplete, but I would really appreciate if I could get any advise on how should I go further to improve it.
858392

Thanks,
Raj

rbhatt
07-18-2018, 11:04 PM
I had to look up the origin and meaning of the quote, good one.
As the quote refers to people, I decided to use this reference of the steps and added some abstract/fantasy colors to it. The wording was done separately and I changed position, size and hue to my like. A4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2018/1256189-wander_sarahy_ops_jul_a4b_s.jpg
Lovely painting. I like your added colors that has added more excitement to the painting.

rbhatt
07-18-2018, 11:05 PM
That looks great, tuscanny! Lovely colours and great use of the quote :thumbsup:

This is my "Not all Who Wander are Lost", based on the subway photo. It's a WIP, I've only blocked shapes in so far; light reflections, shadows, graffiti still to come:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2018/1713772-notallwhowanderarelost001WC.jpg

I used the Pentel greys for the floor and ceiling, since they are lightfast. I've not used them on Pastelmat before, but they are ever so soft and creamy. I'm impressed with them.
Looks great so far. Looking forward to see your completed version.

Raj

tuscanny
07-18-2018, 11:57 PM
Thanks Raj!
Wrt the dog - great start! I like your colors already.
For the fur you can use Dermatograph markers or oil based cp or even a hard pencil. To blend the added lines use a folded piece of hard paper or a wooden shaper if necessary, always in the direction of the fur if you don't want to smudge the lines.

SarahY
07-19-2018, 06:03 AM
rbhatt, well done on stepping out of your comfort zone, she's looking great! tuscanny has some good tips above for working the hair. You could also use a tortillon, folded paper, cocktail stick, clay shaper, etc, to drag some pigment off the pastel itself and apply it in small strokes to the painting.

SarahY
07-19-2018, 10:22 AM
Work is continuing on the subway...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2018/1713772-notallwhowanderarelost002WC.jpg

I had decided to crop it yesterday after I scanned it, but today I'm liking the full sheet version better... :lol:

Edited to add a closeup of the end of the tunnel. This area is about two inches by an inch and a half in real life.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2018/1713772-closeup.jpg

tuscanny
07-19-2018, 10:33 AM
Looking great already. Good placement of the quote.

terriks
07-19-2018, 12:47 PM
Love the new additions! I'm liking your dog portrait so far, Raj. You've already done a great job with that black nose.

Thanks for that close-up, Sarah - love that detail. The graffiti is nicely placed and the message is terrific in this scene.

terriks
07-19-2018, 01:38 PM
Here is my new one. This one went pretty quickly (for me) and I can't decide if I want to tinker with it anymore. :lol:





http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2018/2007441-Creekside_flowers.jpg




Also, now that I'm seeing it online, the photo looks a little soft, as well as lopsided - I may have to re-photograph it later. Bah! I'm not much good with the cellphone camera.

SarahY
07-19-2018, 02:20 PM
Beautiful, terriks! :clap: So full of spring and joy.

Thank you for the comments, ladies :heart:

laika
07-19-2018, 02:42 PM
Wow, Raj, your painting of the dog is beautiful!

tuscanny
07-19-2018, 11:50 PM
Lovely, Terri! I like the addition of the white blossoms. Cool detailing.

terriks
07-20-2018, 04:22 PM
Thank you, Sarah and Christel! I had fun with this one. :)

JenieJo
07-24-2018, 04:40 AM
Have been busy elsewhere recently. Great photo collection, I might have time for a quick WIP.

SarahY
07-24-2018, 05:08 AM
:clap: Excellent, will be great to have you join in!

SarahY
07-24-2018, 10:10 AM
Calling this one done. I've adjusted a few little things and added more grime. I was going to do a lot more graffiti, but I think the quote would get lost if I did so...

"Not All Who Wander Are Lost"
Pentel and Sennelier oil pastels on Clairefontaine Pastelmat, 16" x 12":

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jul-2018/1713772-notallwhowanderarelost003WC.jpg

tuscanny
07-25-2018, 01:37 AM
Super:thumbsup:

JenieJo
07-25-2018, 06:37 AM
Just a mini pic, very much a WIP. Taken on my iPad, sorry. Just wanted to post.

Will use camera next time.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jul-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

tuscanny
07-25-2018, 09:52 AM
Aww , lovely, Jenie!

terriks
07-25-2018, 01:12 PM
Sarah, this turned out beautifully! Great work.

I love your bird, Jennie - your palette for the feathers looks perfect.

JenieJo
07-25-2018, 04:18 PM
I think you are right about the graffiti, it's very powerful. Love the way you created the tunnel, and how the elements interact.

SarahY
07-26-2018, 03:40 AM
Thank you ladies! :grouphug:

Luke is looking fantastic in your painting, JenieJo, the colours are excellent. :thumbsup:

laika
07-27-2018, 12:26 AM
All so well done, ladies!

That tunnel scene is excellent, Sarah! I love that quote, and I think you were right to let it stand impactfully on it's own.

SarahY
07-27-2018, 04:03 AM
Thank you laika!

rbhatt
07-29-2018, 10:38 AM
Thank you Christel, SarahY, Terri, and Lamar.
Here is my finished dog portrait.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jul-2018/2012918-DogPortrait.jpg
Raj

terriks
07-29-2018, 12:24 PM
Fantastic job! I love the nose and those big ears! Great work with the fur and detail in the claws. Nice work, Raj!

tuscanny
07-29-2018, 01:12 PM
Well done, Raj. Great detailing too!

rbhatt
07-29-2018, 04:49 PM
Here is my new one. This one went pretty quickly (for me) and I can't decide if I want to tinker with it anymore. :lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2018/2007441-Creekside_flowers.jpg

Also, now that I'm seeing it online, the photo looks a little soft, as well as lopsided - I may have to re-photograph it later. Bah! I'm not much good with the cellphone camera.

Very nice work, Terri! Just loved your sky and the white blossoms. I also liked your technique for creating those blossoms.

Raj

SarahY
07-30-2018, 03:25 AM
Lily looks great, rbhatt!

JenieJo
07-30-2018, 07:17 AM
Thanks Terriks, I'm hoping to get back to it tomorrow

terriks
07-30-2018, 12:56 PM
Very nice work, Terri! Just loved your sky and the white blossoms. I also liked your technique for creating those blossoms.

Raj

Thanks, Raj! That was a whole lot of dotting and dabbing with a Senns white, my friend. :lol:

RainySea
07-30-2018, 06:01 PM
Raj, love the dog. They are my favorite subject to paint!

SarahY
07-31-2018, 10:49 AM
It's the end of July, so it's time for...

*drumroll*


:clap::clap::clap:

The July 2018 Wet Canvas

Oil Pastel Artists' Awards for Excellence!

:clap::clap::clap:

1) Most luscious texture and colour in expressionist work - SnapV! (dog close-up)
2) Most excellent example of handling weird and terrifying perspectives - tuscanny! (horse)
3) Most epic use of complementary colours - terriks! (sunset)
4) Most lazy background - SarahY! (zebra finch)
5) Most magical painting - tuscanny! (not all who wander are lost)
6) Most creative/intensive use of white Senneliers - terriks! (creekside flowers)
7) Most glorious use of neutrals and fine detail - rbhatt! (full dog portrait)
7a) Most awesome example of stepping out of the artist's comfort zone - rbhatt!
8) Most unattractive subject in oil pastel painting - SarahY! (subway)
9) Most beautiful brights palette - JenieJo! (cockatiel)
10) Artwork photographer of the month... terriks!

Thanks to laika and rainysea for cheering us on!


Not finished yet? No worries, this thread won't be locked :thumbsup:


Thanks so much for joining in, oil pastelists! :grouphug: x

tuscanny
07-31-2018, 11:20 AM
:lol: Thanks Sarah for making my day:clap:
Thank you for hosting an interesting challenge:thumbsup:

rbhatt
07-31-2018, 01:02 PM
Sarah,
Thank you for hosting this challenge. I appreciate your creativity on those award titles. I am humbled.

Thank you all for your comments and feedback. Looking forward to next month's challenge.

Raj

terriks
07-31-2018, 06:00 PM
That was hilarious, Sarah! :lol: Thank you for the laugh and the clever way you acknowledged everyone who contributed. Thanks also for hosting for us! :clap:

SarahY
08-01-2018, 03:34 AM
:thumbsup: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed :clap:

SnapV
08-01-2018, 10:47 AM
Haha Sarah thank you for the awards!! :)

But you know, no need to be self deprecating both your paintings were great and I especially loved that zebra finch (of which the background was not pulling interest from :P )

Also great entries everyone :)

laika
08-01-2018, 05:46 PM
Great job with July, Sarah! I thoroughly enjoyed watching what everyone did with your excellent selection of photos. A fun month!