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JenieJo
08-01-2018, 09:33 PM
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!

All images are my own.


Photos:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2018/2064401-tree-trunks_20140617_farm0202.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2018/2064401-macadamia_farm.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2018/2064401-across_paddock1.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2018/2064401-poolhouse.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2018/2064401-_IGP3669.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2018/2064401-i_can_do_it.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2018/2064401-baby_roo.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2018/2064401-kookaburra.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2018/2064401-boulia.jpg

laika
08-01-2018, 10:39 PM
Yay, a kangaroo!

I can almost promise to attempt that kangaroo before August is out :)

tuscanny
08-01-2018, 11:28 PM
Lovely selection of references!Thanks for hosting, Jennie!

JenieJo
08-02-2018, 08:30 AM
Thanks to you both. Very happy to contribute, and love showing off the 'big boy' that shared our place for many years.

terriks
08-02-2018, 11:04 AM
A fun group of images, Jennie - thanks for hosting!

JenieJo
08-05-2018, 01:27 AM
I've just noticed not all images loaded. I'll add the remaining 5 I think ASAP.

I'm in my sick bed, and did this A4 draft on sketch paper of an image I know I loaded. Hard to draw with everything held in the air,

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

JenieJo
08-05-2018, 06:36 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2018/2064401-image.jpeg


Can only get this one to upload today

tuscanny
08-06-2018, 09:36 AM
Sorry to hear that you are in the sick bed and hope you'll get better soon:heart:
I just couldn't resist the kangaroo and to make it slightly more complicated I added part of the tree landscape. A4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Aug-2018/1256189-a4_ops_jenejo_aug_ril_combos.jpg
PS - my daughter isn't very impressed with my painting:(

terriks
08-06-2018, 12:59 PM
Hee, hee, your daughter may not like it but I do! He's an irresistible subject! I think you've sketched him out nicely, and captured his posture perfectly. :)

laika
08-06-2018, 06:27 PM
Darn! Now if I finish my kangaroo it'll have to exist beside the high standard of Christel's masterful animal paintings :(

JenieJo
08-06-2018, 09:58 PM
I do :) you have captured him. He was a cheeky little blighter.

JenieJo
08-06-2018, 10:04 PM
Thanks Christel, long slow road back I think. But ... You've got that friendly glare so well, and he was a bit lonely out in rhe paddock by himself.

JenieJo
08-06-2018, 10:05 PM
Just realised I fail copy and paste this month. :)

tuscanny
08-06-2018, 11:46 PM
Thanks Terri, Lamar and Jennie!
Looking forward to your kangaroo, Lamar!

rbhatt
08-07-2018, 09:45 AM
Christel,
I like your kangaroo and the change of background which gives more contrast to the subject.

Raj

tuscanny
08-07-2018, 12:38 PM
Thanks Raj!

raizes
08-08-2018, 10:45 AM
Excellent work Christel. Love how you handled the light coming from the left side and improvised background is perfect!

tuscanny
08-10-2018, 01:11 AM
Thanks Rich!

JenieJo
08-10-2018, 04:16 AM
The good news is, there is no bad news. Doctor number 3 is sure I should be back on track by next week. Hoping to get some real OP time before the end of the month.

SarahY
08-10-2018, 07:41 AM
Sorry to read you're not well, JenieJo, and wish you a speedy recovery.

Lovely painting, tuscanny!

terriks
08-11-2018, 11:27 AM
Here's my version of the Paddock shot. 9x12" Mi Teintes pastel paper, mostly Mungyos, with a few Senns at the end.





http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2018/2007441-Paddock.jpg


It's showing up a little dark, it's actually brighter IRL. The ongoing joys of cell phone photography and window light. :lol:

tuscanny
08-11-2018, 12:53 PM
Terri - lovely! You have a great sense of distance and I love the way you portrayed the light side of the trees.

terriks
08-12-2018, 12:32 PM
Thanks, Christel!

JenieJo
08-13-2018, 10:25 PM
WIP I have been concentrating on the girl, trying to get her accurate.

I have not adjusted any other parts, since my first sketch. Will adjust them later.

Any thoughts will be very appreciated.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Aug-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

tuscanny
08-14-2018, 12:39 AM
Great start, Jennie! You could finish the skin tones first to get a reference point for your values?
The red colors can be more brownish red to push them more into the background.

JenieJo
08-14-2018, 07:27 AM
Thanks Christel. I really appreciate your help.

tuscanny
08-14-2018, 02:00 PM
Jenny I'm trying out this reference too. For the face use cp for the fine detail and pencil for eyelashes.
Simplify the background.
I use my Dermatograph marker for black circles on the pyjama
For the hair pale orange, yellow ochre, dark brown and final layer black marker.

rbhatt
08-14-2018, 11:01 PM
Here's my version of the Paddock shot. 9x12" Mi Teintes pastel paper, mostly Mungyos, with a few Senns at the end.





http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2018/2007441-Paddock.jpg


It's showing up a little dark, it's actually brighter IRL. The ongoing joys of cell phone photography and window light. :lol:

Terri,
This is very soothing and relaxing. Light and shadows are done well.

Raj

terriks
08-15-2018, 11:46 AM
Thank you so much, Raj!

terriks
08-15-2018, 11:48 AM
WIP I have been concentrating on the girl, trying to get her accurate.

I have not adjusted any other parts, since my first sketch. Will adjust them later.

Any thoughts will be very appreciated.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Aug-2018/2064401-image.jpeg



This looks challenging, but you're off to a nice start, Jen. The outline of her posture looks good in your sketch. Looking forward to seeing this one develop.

laika
08-20-2018, 03:53 PM
Very cool interpretation of that landscape, Terri! I love the way you dialed up the colors. Nice, cool shadows and greath sense of depth and distance, too.

(Just as an aside... Sometimes I like to guess who will pick which photo from the challenge. I figured that you'd pick that last scene with the sunset and the saturated lozenge of artificial light beside the outbuildings.)

terriks
08-21-2018, 11:40 AM
Very cool interpretation of that landscape, Terri! I love the way you dialed up the colors. Nice, cool shadows and greath sense of depth and distance, too.

(Just as an aside... Sometimes I like to guess who will pick which photo from the challenge. I figured that you'd pick that last scene with the sunset and the saturated lozenge of artificial light beside the outbuildings.)

Thanks for the comments, Lamar!

I did have a look at the photo you mentioned, it's funny you pointed that out.
Keep 'em guessing, that's my motto! :lol:

JenieJo
08-21-2018, 04:57 PM
Thanks Christel, I am about to start my third version. Not having the skin pastels I decided to purchase a Sens one to test. Bad move. Love their texture - or lack of.
I do have trouble with colour matching, so really appreciate your suggestions.

Jennie

JenieJo
08-21-2018, 04:58 PM
Thanks Sarah. Slow steps but getting there.

tuscanny
08-21-2018, 11:19 PM
A4http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Aug-2018/1256189-DSC_6933s.jpg

terriks
08-22-2018, 01:09 PM
Very nice, Christel! Good facial details and on the jammies, too. The left leg is in an awkward position in the photo, so I think you captured it as best it could be.

terriks
08-22-2018, 01:11 PM
BTW, I am happy to take my turn at hosting for September, unless we already have someone lined up. Just let me know! :)

tuscanny
08-22-2018, 11:32 PM
Thanks Terri! That'll be great! You're on for September.

terriks
08-23-2018, 10:45 AM
Sure thing, Christel. I'm glad to help. Guess I better start rounding up some images, the month is flying by! :)

rbhatt
08-23-2018, 09:23 PM
Painted the tree landscape on a watercolor sketchbook. Size is only 5.5x8.5 inches. Mungyo OPs.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Aug-2018/2012918-Trees.jpg

Thanks Jennie for hosting the August challenge.

Raj

rbhatt
08-23-2018, 10:16 PM
A4http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Aug-2018/1256189-DSC_6933s.jpg

Love the details and colors. Very good job, Christel.

Raj

tuscanny
08-23-2018, 11:41 PM
Thanks Raj! Beautiful work on the tree landscape! Those trees are alive with their interesting foliage.

JenieJo
08-24-2018, 01:36 AM
Taking a break from the girl, had a shot at the roo.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

tuscanny
08-24-2018, 06:52 AM
Lovely, Jennie. I like your addition of the tree:thumbsup:

terriks
08-24-2018, 04:05 PM
Wow, Raj - great work on these trees! I love your texture in the grass, too. The shadows and the tree bark are great. Nice work!

terriks
08-24-2018, 04:09 PM
Taking a break from the girl, had a shot at the roo.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2018/2064401-image.jpeg


Jennie, I love this roo! Excellent interpretation - very surreal. The addition of the tree only adds to this surreal feel. Very Picasso-like. Be pleased with this one. Great job!

JenieJo
08-24-2018, 11:46 PM
Unfinished. Will start again later.

My roo is showing on my screen - previous post. I will try again if it doesn't auto correct.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

JenieJo
08-24-2018, 11:51 PM
Many thanks Terri. I think I'll frame it, LOL. I'm struggling a bit ATM, was thinking there was no hope for me. Cheers again. Jennie

terriks
08-24-2018, 11:59 PM
You are very welcome, Jennie, I am quite familiar with that feeling! ;)

Now the picture is showing your painting of the girl and I don't see the room anymore. ?? Sometimes this forum confuses me! Where's the roo?

JenieJo
08-27-2018, 07:34 PM
Love it, we're in a bit of a drought ATM, reminds me of gentler days.

JenieJo
08-27-2018, 07:37 PM
Don't know where the roo went. Here is is again.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

tuscanny
08-27-2018, 11:43 PM
Jennie - lovely surreal colors - bright and happy. Great going!

terriks
08-28-2018, 11:58 AM
Jen, still not seeing the roo. What is showing for me is your recent portrait that you posted in another thread.

This happened to me before, sometimes this forum software captures uploaded links for your last picture, and re-applies them. You might want to clear the cache on your computer and upload that roo again in a new post. It's just a little tech hiccup, I think. :)

JenieJo
08-29-2018, 04:10 AM
It is a nuisance, am using my iPad. Cleared the cache a few times, :), will get on the computer as see what I can do.

JenieJo
08-29-2018, 04:20 AM
Yeah.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Aug-2018/2064401-FullSizeRender.jpg

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Taking a break from the girl, had a shot at the roo.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

JenieJo
08-29-2018, 04:21 AM
No more iPad for me when posting

terriks
08-29-2018, 12:20 PM
There's that awesome roo again! :clap:

We love our technology...especially when it actually works. ;)

laika
08-29-2018, 05:34 PM
Love the kangaroo! Glad you were able to get him to appear! He's kind of soft focused, like maybe it's a dream of a kangaroo. Very cool 3ffect!

laika
08-30-2018, 05:23 PM
Is it still August?

Cray-Pas Specialist, Polychromos pencil, Gamblin Cold Wax Medium, blue ink.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Aug-2018/80957-1535663939600.jpg

terriks
08-30-2018, 10:37 PM
Lamar, this is so bright and colorful. I like the blue outline. Was this where you used the ink? I'd be scared to use ink, too permanent for me with all the erasing I do when sketching. You're very brave.

I'm not familiar with the cold wax medium. How is it used with OP's?

tuscanny
08-30-2018, 11:39 PM
Lamar - lovely roo! Interesting approach with the ink. It does make the roo pop more.

tuscanny
08-30-2018, 11:42 PM
Thank you Jenny, for hosting this month's challenge:clap:
Terri is our next host and I'm looking forward to seeing what she has in store for us.

JenieJo
08-31-2018, 04:48 AM
Nice. Love the colour choices

JenieJo
08-31-2018, 04:51 AM
thanks Terri and Lamar, it was a relief to finally get him to reappear.

laika
08-31-2018, 07:49 AM
Thanks for commenting, Terri, Christel, and Jennie! And thanks for hosting August, Jennie! There were a couple more images I thought worth a try, but I spent too much time on watermedia this month. The kangaroo proved irresistible, though :)

Yeah, about the blue ink: I didn't take the transparency of the colors I was using into account when I made that broad outline of the roo. The intention was to hide or expose the ink selectively, but it dominated instead.

I used the cold wax as a substitute for a blending stick that I couldn't lay hands on. It's an oil painting medium that amounts to fine wax mixed with solvent.

JenieJo
08-31-2018, 09:06 AM
Thanks Lamar, appreciate the comment. Picking the images was harder than I imagined :)

JenieJo
08-31-2018, 09:08 AM
Many thanks to everyone who had a go at my offerings. It has been a difficult month for me, but art always helps. And seeing all your work was a real bonus. Can't wait for next month. Jennie

terriks
08-31-2018, 10:48 AM
Thanks for commenting, Terri, Christel, and Jennie! And thanks for hosting August, Jennie! There were a couple more images I thought worth a try, but I spent too much time on watermedia this month. The kangaroo proved irresistible, though :)

Yeah, about the blue ink: I didn't take the transparency of the colors I was using into account when I made that broad outline of the roo. The intention was to hide or expose the ink selectively, but it dominated instead.

I used the cold wax as a substitute for a blending stick that I couldn't lay hands on. It's an oil painting medium that amounts to fine wax mixed with solvent.

Oh yes, you did mention that you used Cray-Pas Specialists here - I recently got a small set of them, and the first thing I noticed was how transparent they are, compared to Mungyo Gallery and most of the Senns. A big difference!



Thanks for the explanation on the cold wax medium. Looks like it was a very creative choice. :)

terriks
08-31-2018, 10:50 AM
Thanks for hosting this month, Jennie! I had a lot of fun.

I will be here bright and early tomorrow to get us going for September.

JenieJo
09-03-2018, 02:25 AM
:)