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terriks
09-01-2018, 09:44 AM
Hello, fellow oil pastelists! :clap: Welcome to the September Oil Pastel Challenge and Chat thread!

In addition to your completed work, feel free to post WIPs or ask for feedback as you go. Work must be completed in oil pastel, but you're welcome and encouraged to post preliminary sketches, which includes any work-in-progress photos as you wish.

When posting your art work, please tell us your support type, the size, and brands of oil pastels used. Any special touches you use, such as mediums or pencil work, are also of interest. Letís share techniques and learn from each other!

Here are some photos!





Bex in a box:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-Bex_in_box.jpg




Kayakers:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-Kayakers.jpg





Lake Huron:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-Lake_Huron.jpg





Spirit of St. Louis:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-DC_Spirit_of_St_Louis.jpg





Baby barn swallows:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-Barn_swallow_nest.jpg






Pretty in pink:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-prettyinpink.jpg

terriks
09-01-2018, 09:56 AM
A few more photos:


Odin, God of Wisdom (because of course!):

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-Odin,_God_of_Wisdom.JPG



Michigan lighthouse:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-Michigan_lighthouse_.jpg



Point aux Barques lighthouse:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-Point_aux_Barques_lighthouse1.jpg






Vacationers:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-Vacationers.jpg






Waterfall:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2007441-Waterfall.jpg




All these images are my own, so feel free to use them as you wish. I included some black & white, because that's what I shoot a lot of (film) and also it's fun to come up with whatever color palette you wish, with nothing to influence your choices beyond the subject matter.



So, letís get busy getting our hands dirty, shall we? :thumbsup:

tuscanny
09-01-2018, 10:19 AM
Thanks for hosting, Terri! Thanks also for a lovely selection of photos to choose from!

terriks
09-01-2018, 12:28 PM
You are very welcome, Christel! I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with. :)

raizes
09-01-2018, 07:43 PM
Terri, I love the photos..especially that waterfall one. It has good lighting, mist, crips colors...all fun elements to paint! I like that you got a B/W in there too

rbhatt
09-01-2018, 11:07 PM
Great reference photos, Terri! Thank you for hosting the September month challenge. I have already started painting the Michigan lighthouse.

Size: 7.5x11 inches (80 lbs strathmore drawing paper)
Oil pastels: CrayPas Expressionist and Mungyo

Here is where I am so far.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2018/2012918-1.jpg
Comments are welcome.
Raj

terriks
09-02-2018, 02:26 PM
Thanks, Rich and Raj!

Raj, looks great so far. The drawing of the house is spot on, and I think you've already done a good job with the background trees.

Looking forward to seeing more!

JenieJo
09-03-2018, 02:29 AM
Great selection. The swallows and pretty in pink are looking good at the moment. But ... I am doing a boat scene at the moment so that is also calling.

terriks
09-03-2018, 02:25 PM
Thanks, Jennie! Hopefully you'll be able to tackle one soon - would love to see what you come up with. :)

JenieJo
09-03-2018, 07:50 PM
Hey Terri, I have started. Layer one one, using mostly student quality OPs. Couldn't create the wall, just couldn't create the colour, so that area distracts hugely.

Am waiting for some new professional quality for layer two.

ATM it looks like a cooking pot. Hoping to change that as well.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Sep-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

rbhatt
09-03-2018, 11:59 PM
Another WIP picture of the lighthouse painting from today's work. I used white oil painting for the highlight on the edge of the building. I also used a brown pencil for creating bricks effect.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Sep-2018/2012918-IMG_20180903_235824.jpg
Raj

JenieJo
09-04-2018, 02:32 AM
Not again. Even used my computer. I couldn't get this one to post as a new thread, but did see my nest in this thread. This should be a nest


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Sep-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

tuscanny
09-04-2018, 01:32 PM
Lamar - great so far!
Jennie - love your swallows! I'll comment on the faces in your separate thread.
Here is my waterfall using MiTeintes(lemon yellow) and a mix of Treeline and Pentel, A4. I'm getting used to the Treeline now:lol:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Sep-2018/1256189-a4_miteintes_terri_ops_septs.jpg

terriks
09-04-2018, 01:52 PM
Raj, this is coming along nicely! Your palette is really perfect so far, and the house is looking great.

Jennie, I see the swallows! I think it looks better than a cooking pot. :lol: The feathers already are starting to look good.

Lovely job on the waterfall, Christel! I think you've tamed those Treeline op's, this is beautiful!

tuscanny
09-04-2018, 01:57 PM
Thanks Terri!

raizes
09-04-2018, 04:14 PM
Another WIP picture of the lighthouse painting from today's work. I used white oil painting for the highlight on the edge of the building. I also used a brown pencil for creating bricks effect.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Sep-2018/2012918-IMG_20180903_235824.jpg
Raj

Look good Raj. Love the brightness to it and the red brick looks great.

raizes
09-04-2018, 04:16 PM
Not again. Even used my computer. I couldn't get this one to post as a new thread, but did see my nest in this thread. This should be a nest


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Sep-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

Amazing! Love the texture.

raizes
09-04-2018, 04:18 PM
Lamar - great so far!
Jennie - love your swallows! I'll comment on the faces in your separate thread.
Here is my waterfall using MiTeintes(lemon yellow) and a mix of Treeline and Pentel, A4. I'm getting used to the Treeline now:lol:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Sep-2018/1256189-a4_miteintes_terri_ops_sept_s.jpg

Looks great. Love the foliage and creating that sense of distance .

tuscanny
09-05-2018, 12:36 AM
Thanks Rich!

rbhatt
09-05-2018, 09:19 AM
Christel- Your waterfall painting is superb, especially the foliage part is done great.

Raj

tuscanny
09-05-2018, 11:51 PM
Thanks Raj!

rbhatt
09-06-2018, 12:31 AM
I think I am done with my lighthouse. I enjoyed this a lot.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Sep-2018/2012918-LightHouseSmall.jpg

If anyone is interested I have also uploaded a better resolution version of this painting at the following link:

http://rbhattart.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LightHouseSmall.jpg

Thanks,
Raj

JenieJo
09-06-2018, 06:10 AM
Christen and Raj so much to like about your paintings. Really great to see the building and fence develop.

tuscanny
09-06-2018, 09:03 AM
Beautiful, Raj!

rbhatt
09-06-2018, 10:57 AM
Thank you Terri, Christel, Jennie, and Rich.

Terri- Can I ask you where is this lighthouse located in Michigan? Does it have any name?

Thanks,
Raj

terriks
09-06-2018, 05:13 PM
It turned out beautifully, Raj! :clap: So tickled to see it.

To answer your question - this lighthouse is in Port Sanilac, Michigan. That is located in the lower peninsula of Michigan, in the "thumb" area of the state, on Lake Huron (one of the Great Lakes). I went for a short lighthouse tour a couple of years ago - the entire state is surrounded by lighthouses, since so much manufacturing transport is done via the Great Lakes. It's pretty cool!

Although most of the lighthouses are open to the public, someone bought the house next to this one so it's private property. Shooting from the street like this is about as good as it gets. Port Sanilac Lighthouse is the only name I'm aware of for it. :)

rbhatt
09-06-2018, 06:02 PM
Thanks, Terri. I was just curious to know more about it.
I really enjoyed working on this painting, thanks for providing the reference picture.
Raj

raizes
09-06-2018, 07:25 PM
I think I am done with my lighthouse. I enjoyed this a lot.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Sep-2018/2012918-LightHouseSmall.jpg

If anyone is interested I have also uploaded a better resolution version of this painting at the following link:

http://rbhattart.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LightHouseSmall.jpg

Thanks,
Raj

I love it Raj. The fence with crooked posts and parts in shade really adds interest and character. Details are great throughout. Looking at the larger image you posted, its great to see. how you apply the op, and the layers. Whats the paper you're using?

rbhatt
09-07-2018, 08:58 AM
Rich,
Thank you for your feedback. I used strathmore drawing paper, which is only 80 lb and have little roughness. The blue sky has only one layer of CrayPas. I blended with fingers and tortillons in circular patterns. It blended very easily and smoothly. Then I added clouds using Mungyo white and light gray. I also used a palette knife tip to apply white OP to some highlighted cloud areas and blend its edges gently with a tortillon.

I created the trees same way using Mungyo over CrayPas. The highlighted areas of tree foliage are an additional third layer and I applied Mungyo yellow using the knife. Because the paper is not very rough and I didn't use any fixative over the first layer, this is the only way I could add the third layer. Heavy use of tortillon involved in creating the shapes/contrast of the trees in the first and second layers.

The features in the building foundation are created using scraping method. The same method was used for the bars in the windows and for the stone blocks.

The brick walls are mostly single OP layers. The brick effect was created using a dark brown prismacolor pencil and few touches of Mungyo light orange. I also used some white oil paint for the highlights on the window casing and roof edging. The top of the lighthouse used black pencil for edging only.

The fence has 2-3 layers of OP. The part in shade has the darkest gray as the first layer. Then I applied white/lighter gray in some part using a knife. Placing some OP on the tip and then sliding it (with varying pressure) along the fence post (in vertical) made a very natural looking texture. I repeated this process until I am satisfied.

Here I did a quick demo to show you how I created the fence posts.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2018/2012918-fence.jpg
I hope I explained it well enough.
Raj

raizes
09-07-2018, 12:10 PM
Raj,

Thanks for going into details on your process. I like to see how other oil pastel artists do their thing. Cool way to get the texture in the fence, and it looks great.

I also like how you are expanding your oil pastels and now including mungyo and other mediums. You're getting great look with layering mungyo's over the cray pas.

raizes
09-07-2018, 12:13 PM
Here's my version of the waterfall photo. 12x16 inches on pastelmat. Mungyo, neopastel and senns are the op's I used.

terriks
09-07-2018, 12:19 PM
Raj, this is great. I appreciate the details, and especially the photos here. You're pretty good with that knife, and it certainly did add nice texture to your smooth paper. I always battle between wanting a smooth enough surface to enable blending, while still being able to add texture like this. This painting has a perfect balance.

I meant to comment on your pencil work, especially on those bricks. They show up pretty well on the photo, and your pencil technique really makes them stand out nicely. The little stone wall looks great, as well.

Great work, overall. :thumbsup:

terriks
09-07-2018, 12:23 PM
Stunning, Rich! I'm glad to see you made the waterfall a little larger. My cell phone camera couldn't do the area any justice. Love the dappled sunlight and the shadow areas. Terrific!

terriks
09-07-2018, 12:43 PM
This is my second attempt at the Point aux Barques lighthouse. I used an orphan 9x 12" piece of hot-pressed Fluid watercolor paper, and tried out my new Cray-Pas Specialists. They didn't blend well at ALL on this paper, as you can see. Not terribly happy with the end result, but there you go.



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2018/2007441-Point_aux_Barques_lighthouse.jpg




I was trying to make the above painting look as different as possible from my first effort over a year ago, shown below. This was either my very first or second oil pastel ever, from the same ref photo:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2018/2007441-PointauxBarquesoilpastel.JPG




Ugh! Even with all the poor blending up there, at least I show some improvement over a year. Please agree with me! :lol:

To me, they're both a couple of hot messes, for different reasons. ;) Maybe I'll try again in another year and the third try will be the charm!

rbhatt
09-07-2018, 02:22 PM
Here's my version of the waterfall photo. 12x16 inches on pastelmat. Mungyo, neopastel and senns are the op's I used.
This is superb, Rich. I can feel that energy in the falling water.

Raj

raizes
09-07-2018, 08:28 PM
Terri, Raj - Thank you!

raizes
09-07-2018, 08:35 PM
Terri - I love it. Quite a bit different than your first one. It's a completely different style. Texture, darks, movement, much more impressionistic...it's all there.

Trees and the way the land sits next to the water looks more natural in your second one. Why do you feel it's a hot mess? what don't you like about it?

tuscanny
09-08-2018, 12:00 AM
Rich - love your version! I like how you changed the front foliage.
Terri - cool! I do agree with you, an improvement even with the medium:thumbsup:

terriks
09-08-2018, 12:15 PM
Christel - thank you agreeing with me! ;)

Rich: I had a different outcome in mind for the sky than what I ended up with, and it's more to do with the tools I used. It is frustrating not to execute what your mind is seeing! A lot did turn out better here, but I still think I missed the mark a bit. I suppose we're all our own worst critics, right?

But my aim was to get a more impressionist feel, and less pure folk-art, which is how the first attempt looks to me, so in that regard I am pleased with it. Thanks so much for the comments!

tuscanny
09-09-2018, 07:34 AM
Aww, Beautiful Jennie!

JenieJo
09-09-2018, 07:38 AM
Amazing! Love the texture.

Second version
Red reflection, bottom left, no on image.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

JenieJo
09-09-2018, 07:51 AM
Rich really like the light in you waterfall.
Raj, thanks for the extra info. The image clarity, clean lines, is wonderful.

terriks
09-09-2018, 11:30 AM
Great job on the swallows, Jen! Those little beaks are perfect. I like how you handled the background, too. The birds wedged that nest into a corner of our small porch, and photographing it was awkward - didn't want to get too close. :) Nicely done!

JenieJo
09-10-2018, 06:14 AM
Thanks Terri, I really enjoyed working on it. Out of comfort zone kind of thing.

JenieJo
09-10-2018, 09:16 AM
first layer, sketchbook, A3, student grade Cray-pas and a few unnamed other scraps.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2018/2064401-image.jpeg

ministerstwo_grafitu
09-10-2018, 01:42 PM
JennieJo,
second version of the nest is much better, I think ;)


and here is my op&turpentine underpainting for waterfall picture, I hope I'll finish it :rolleyes:

raizes
09-10-2018, 06:16 PM
Jennie - Love the nest. Texture is perfect. I love that impressionistic style and you got it down.

Thanks everyone for your comments!

laika
09-10-2018, 06:50 PM
This one got away from me and it's too hot here to make anything more stick :( Cray-Pas Expressionists and Specialists, plus a little bit of Polychromos CPs. Cold-pressed paper.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Sep-2018/80957-1536619054566.jpg

laika
09-10-2018, 06:59 PM
and here is my op&turpentine underpainting for waterfall picture, I hope I'll finish it :rolleyes:

I like it as is!

terriks
09-10-2018, 11:19 PM
Jennie - You're off to a great start with that lighthouse. I'll be looking forward to watching the progress on this one!

Ministerstwo - I love this right now! I agree with Lamar. It's pretty cool looking, almost light you've turned the daytime into night with this underpainting. Looks great!

Lamar - This painting of Odin makes me so happy!! :clap:

laika
09-11-2018, 06:58 PM
Lamar - This painting of Odin makes me so happy!! :clap:

Well, I'm glad my effort pleases you :) I had troubles from the start with Odin: I drew his face too wide, and then made an odd foundational color choice based on very warm artificial lighting. Then working outside in better light made my OPs a slippery mess due to heat and humidity...

I think I'll play my stroke card on this version and try to do Odin justice in another attempt ;) He's irresistible!

tuscanny
09-12-2018, 12:38 AM
Ministers2 - looking forward to seeing your finished version.
Lamar - love that expression. Great going. Put the painting into the freezer and then you can add more op's.

ministerstwo_grafitu
09-12-2018, 02:15 PM
Well, I'm glad my effort pleases you :) I had troubles from the start with Odin: I drew his face too wide, and then made an odd foundational color choice based on very warm artificial lighting. Then working outside in better light made my OPs a slippery mess due to heat and humidity...
I think I'll play my stroke card on this version and try to do Odin justice in another attempt ;) He's irresistible!
Just correct this picture! its ok:) oil pastels allow for many corrections. Blend heavily place you want to correct and add another layer.

I didn't finish the waterfall. It needs corrections here and there, especially the tree, and more light on leeves, now it looks like this:

terriks
09-12-2018, 02:29 PM
Well, I'm glad my effort pleases you :) I had troubles from the start with Odin: I drew his face too wide, and then made an odd foundational color choice based on very warm artificial lighting. Then working outside in better light made my OPs a slippery mess due to heat and humidity...

I think I'll play my stroke card on this version and try to do Odin justice in another attempt ;) He's irresistible!

Hee hee, you play that card and I'll look forward to seeing the next one!

Odin is no longer with me, sadly - but he was as much a nutter as this photo shows, full of mischief - and lived until he was 16! Ancient for a pug. :heart:

terriks
09-12-2018, 02:30 PM
Just correct this picture! its ok:) oil pastels allow for many corrections. Blend heavily place you want to correct and add another layer.

I didn't finish the waterfall. It needs corrections here and there, especially the tree, and more light on leeves, now it looks like this:



This turned out beautifully! Great job on the waterfall!

laika
09-12-2018, 02:59 PM
Thanks for the advice and encouragement, ministerstwo and Christel! Maybe i will return to that painting when my current frustration with it subsides :)

Sorry Odin is no longer with us, Terri :( He oozes personality. I have a feeling that I will return to that photo for inspiration more than once.

terriks
09-12-2018, 07:55 PM
Thank you, Lamar. I miss his antics every day. :)

JenieJo
09-12-2018, 08:09 PM
Thanks MinistersTwo_grafitu. I'll am very interested to see how yours turns out.

JenieJo
09-12-2018, 08:10 PM
Nice tip Christel - thanks. I am going to experiment with turps.

raizes
09-12-2018, 08:30 PM
Lamar - great expression with Odin. I'd love to see you finish this. It's going so well.

Ministerstwo - Looks great. I like how you brought in that light at the edge of the waterfall.

tuscanny
09-12-2018, 11:26 PM
Ministers2 - looking great already!

laika
09-13-2018, 12:33 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, Rich!

So many nice renditions of the waterfall! Nice work,Christel, Rich, and m_g! I'm still relishing the dark, spare beauty of your underpainting, m_g.

Both nests are awesome, Jennie! I liked the first one :) i was surprised that you did a second one!

The lighthouse is very well done, raj, and thanks for sharing your technique on the fence slats!

ministerstwo_grafitu
09-13-2018, 09:20 AM
m_g! I'm still relishing the dark, spare beauty of your underpainting, m_g.
sorry for ruining it for you with actual painting :)

well, I've overdone it :rolleyes: but luckily I took picture at some point earlier and it looks like this:

laika
09-13-2018, 05:58 PM
sorry for ruining it for you with actual painting :)

Not at all ruined :) On the contrary, you have a nice touch with the landscapes. I'm glad you're sharing your works here!

raizes
09-13-2018, 07:35 PM
Beautiful minister! Nice depth with the greens and foliage. sky holes are very effective.

tuscanny
09-13-2018, 11:18 PM
Beautiful! Your approach to painting is very much like in oils.

ministerstwo_grafitu
09-14-2018, 01:40 AM
well, thank you all:) but I'm not pleased with my work this time. As I said I've overdone it in the end, maybe because I was working too fast

Your approach to painting is very much like in oils.
Yes, I like oil pastels for that reason, not being a fan of canvases and brushes. Ops are something in between painting and drawing

JenieJo
09-15-2018, 05:40 AM
Thanks Laika. I just kept working the one image. I found it very difficult to do, but did enjoy searching for the image.

rbhatt
09-18-2018, 09:57 PM
sorry for ruining it for you with actual painting :)

well, I've overdone it :rolleyes: but luckily I took picture at some point earlier and it looks like this:
Beautiful. Love the foliage and waterfall.

Raj

ministerstwo_grafitu
09-19-2018, 01:20 AM
thx :)

E-J
09-19-2018, 08:49 AM
Terri, thanks for hosting the challenge. It's so lovely to see that the old regular threads have continued in the OP forum! I hope I can join in with this challenge or the next one. I would enjoy painting Bex and Odin! Oh, and I absolutely can see huge progress between your first and latest attempts at the lighthouse pic: better colour blending, more variation in tones, greater placement of the treeline. Sorry your paper let you down, though!

Raj, nice work. Your style is very precise. I especially like the way you handled the foliage, suggesting so much detail.

Jennie, I wouldn't have known how to go about tackling the nest, but you've nailed it. You got some lovely textures in there.

Christel, your waterfall is wowowow. I never enjoyed Pentel OPs and couldn't bend them to my will - somehow I always ended up with mud.

Rich, I feel as though you've enabled me to see that waterfall in high def! That's incredible. Really like the light you've caught on the tips of those branches.

terriks
09-19-2018, 12:39 PM
Thank you, E-J! I would love to see your versions of Bex and Odin, if your time allows it. Plenty of days left in this challenge. ;)

As you've probably noticed, I'm very new to oil pastels, and drawing/painting in general. Photography has always been my artistic outlet; namely alternative photographic techniques like hand coloring, lith printing and bromoils. I'm now living where I can't have a darkroom, and digital photography isn't my thing - so am trying to learn something wayyy outside my comfort zone. I have learned a lot, but still have a long way to go. :lol: I appreciate your encouraging words!

tuscanny
09-19-2018, 01:41 PM
Thanks EJ. Looking forward to seeing your work

JenieJo
09-20-2018, 01:15 AM
Many thanks E-J. Really appreciate the thoughts.

A few newbies here, and I am very new to most things in the art realm.

rbhatt
09-22-2018, 11:08 AM
Point aux Barques lighthouse, ~6.5x9 inches on 140 lbs watercolor paper using Mungyo OPs and little bit of yellow oil paint.

Thanks Terri for providing the B&W reference picture for this. It allowed me to choose my own palettes and I tried to create an evening atmosphere right after the sunset.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Sep-2018/2012918-Point_aux_Barques_lighthouse.jpg

Raj

tuscanny
09-22-2018, 11:38 AM
Wow! Beautiful!
That was a great idea to work from a black and white photo!

terriks
09-22-2018, 12:31 PM
Point aux Barques lighthouse, ~6.5x9 inches on 140 lbs watercolor paper using Mungyo OPs and little bit of yellow oil paint.

Thanks Terri for providing the B&W reference picture for this. It allowed me to choose my own palettes and I tried to create an evening atmosphere right after the sunset.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Sep-2018/2012918-Point_aux_Barques_lighthouse.jpg

Raj



This is so beautiful, Raj! I love everything you've done.

To your point about the B&W photo - well, this is my favorite thing to work from, and it comes from my background as as hand coloring artist. I used photo oils, specially designed for photos, directly on B&W silver gelatin prints I used to make when I had a darkroom set up at home. Hand coloring using photo oils gives one complete freedom with not just palette choices, but the reality of the photo itself. In an artist statement I had to give for a art fair, I wrote that I considered a B&W negative as nothing more than a jumping-off point, and I still feel that way.

When I'm out photographing, I like seeing flat skies with no clouds, like in this photo - because I know later I have a blank canvas, so to speak. Your clouds here reflecting a sunset are gorgeous!

I love the added beacon of light, as well as the reflection of that beacon over the lighthouse.
You did a wonderful job on this scene. :clap:

rbhatt
09-22-2018, 03:01 PM
Christel- Thank you. I really enjoyed this one.

Terri- It was a lot of fun painting this one. First I thought to paint this using fall colors in the trees. I changed my mind later and rendered it as evening scene with beacon on. I also added a lamp to the brighter wall of that building to illuminate the surrounding including the exterior of the lighthouse. I used a masking tape to create that straight horizon line. The stones down the slope are created using scraping technique.

I enjoyed reading about your photography experience. My uncle was a photographer too. He was active in 80s in a small town in the western Nepal. He had a darkroom setup to develop his films and he also loved to hand-color B&W portraits. We still have some of his portrait work at our home in Nepal. He added pink to our faces, made our clothes colorful, he even colored the nails if they show up in the photo. He was very creative but he passed away too early.

Raj

terriks
09-22-2018, 07:36 PM
Another hand coloring artist! :heart: This makes me smile. Yes, in its heyday, hand colorists were supposed to add those rosy cheeks and employ line to take a pound off here and there. I love hearing about this.

You put some imagination and neat tricks in this painting, to great effect. Love the idea to use tape to help a horizon line. The yellow here is really soothing and mellow. And I have admired your rocks in more than this one, I assure you.

I'm so happy you had fun with this one! That's what our challenges are all about.

ministerstwo_grafitu
09-23-2018, 02:26 PM
this is a great painting :thumbsup:
I would darken it of course but nevermind ;)
however I have to bring your attention to perspective. There is no way lighthouse balcony would look like that

rbhatt
09-23-2018, 04:19 PM
this is a great painting :thumbsup:
I would darken it of course but nevermind ;)
however I have to bring your attention to perspective. There is no way lighthouse balcony would look like that

Thank you for pointing that out. I realized that too after I posted it. Here is my newer version where I tried to fix the the perspective of the balcony.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2018/2012918-PointauxBarqueslighthouse.jpg

A better resolution picture can be found here:
http://rbhattart.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/PointauxBarqueslighthouse.jpg
Thanks,
Raj

raizes
09-23-2018, 05:29 PM
Amazing Raj! I love this very much. Such an inviting warm glow from the lighthouse. Looks great with the greens, blue water.

terriks
09-24-2018, 11:56 AM
Ah, I see what was pointed out here - went right by me. Your latest version is an improvement. A minor little thing, once fixed makes a big difference! :)

rbhatt
09-25-2018, 11:37 AM
Amazing Raj! I love this very much. Such an inviting warm glow from the lighthouse. Looks great with the greens, blue water.
Thank you, Rich.

Raj

laika
09-25-2018, 01:58 PM
Very nice, Raj! Reminds one of the old hand-colored photo postcards that one sees in antique stores. Well done!

rbhatt
09-25-2018, 02:43 PM
Thank you Lamar.

Raj

thevaliantx
09-27-2018, 09:48 AM
Maybe the October challenge can be autumn or Halloween-related?

tuscanny
09-27-2018, 12:11 PM
A good suggestion, Tom, and as I've already planned the coming challenge I'm willing to have a second challenge running if there are enough people interested and then someone could also host it.

tuscanny
09-30-2018, 12:05 AM
Thanks for hosting an interesting challenge,Terri!:clap:

JenieJo
09-30-2018, 02:57 AM
Wonderful work. So glad to have seen it.

terriks
09-30-2018, 08:23 PM
Christel, you are very welcome! It's been fun seeing everyone's different approaches to the photos. :)

E-J
10-22-2018, 03:19 PM
Sorry guys - I came back to post my contribution and couldn't find the thread. Now I realise I'm a month late!! So, sorry to resurrect last month's challenge but I wanted you to see I hadn't forgotten.

I've been doing "Dogtober" - a series of my own small sketches of dogs in wax pastel and oil pastel, based on reference pics from friends and online. I finally got round to drawing Odin (God of Wisdom)!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Oct-2018/13865-20181022dogtober_odin_-_Copy.jpg

tuscanny
10-22-2018, 11:59 PM
Aww beautiful , EJ!

AncientMelody
11-29-2018, 01:02 PM
Point aux Barques lighthouse, ~6.5x9 inches on 140 lbs watercolor paper using Mungyo OPs and little bit of yellow oil paint.

Thanks Terri for providing the B&W reference picture for this. It allowed me to choose my own palettes and I tried to create an evening atmosphere right after the sunset.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Sep-2018/2012918-Point_aux_Barques_lighthouse.jpg

Raj

I really liked the portrayal of light in this piece