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SarahY
01-31-2019, 11:29 AM
Hello oil pastelists and welcome to the February 2019 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/31-Jan-2019/1713772-01_-_Clouds.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-02_-_Elms.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-03_-_Frosty_Dawn.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-04_-_Misty_Dawn.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-05_-_Sunset.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-06_-_Snow_in_Ireland.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-07_-_Divination.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-08_-_Lamps.jpg


More coming in the next post...

SarahY
01-31-2019, 11:33 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-10_-_Flowers_01.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-11_-_Flowers_02.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-12_-_Terrarium.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-13_-_Window.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-14_-_Restaurant_at_Kilworth_House.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-15_-_Railway_Bridge.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-16_-_Magi_the_Cat.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-17_-_Collared_Dove.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2019/1713772-18_-_Butterfly.jpg


And the abstract/imagination word is "Serene"

SarahY
01-31-2019, 11:41 AM
And since this is also a chat thread, I shall tell you briefly how I came to have the collared dove perched on my hand. I found him lying on the ground and, thinking he was dead, went over to move him to the bushes. He wasn't dead, just barely. He had a tick in his head and a raging infection in his eye (the other side to the side in that photograph) and was unbelievably weak. I took him to the vets and paid for a course of antibiotics. Eyedrops three times a day for a week and he fully recovered, hurrah! That photograph was taken on the third day. Once recovered he was released near where I found him. I saw him again recently. The previously infected eye is still a little bit of a funny shape but looked perfectly healthy, and he was with another collared dove. I only looked after him for a week, but he was absolutely lovely and it was a joy to see him fly off afterwards.

tuscanny
01-31-2019, 11:53 AM
Thanks for a lovely selection of references, Sarah! Such a great story of the dove and that it has recovered.

terriks
01-31-2019, 12:44 PM
Sarah, thanks for hosting this month! A very nice collection of photos to choose from.

Wow, this dove is lovely and I am so happy to read this story of his recovery! I think it's awesome that you took the time to help him. Our wildlife critters are so fundamentally healthy, they can take a lot, so when they actually receive some much-needed medicine in times of need, recovery can be fast. Great story! :heart:

Mira88
02-01-2019, 04:19 PM
Sarah, cool to have you hosting the challenge! ;) I already know what photo will be my reference ;)

Touching story about the dove, you must be a real animal-lover! :) do you have any pets?

lisaastrup
02-03-2019, 06:04 PM
so lovely references, even if a novice Iíll give it a try.

Nice story about the dove.

SarahY
02-04-2019, 04:00 AM
Hurrah, look forward to seeing your work, lisaastrup! :clap:

I have quite a few pets, Mira. A dog, various birds, and various rodents. I do love having animals in my life. I'm saving up for a parrot, very excited about that. Either a pionus or a caique, I've been researching both and they both look really suitable.

The dove was just lovely. He had no problem with being handled for his eyedrops and quite enjoyed being stroked. He certainly enjoyed the abundance of food he had. That said, he had no hesitation when it came to his release and took off as fast as he could :lol:

tuscanny
02-04-2019, 12:49 PM
Sarah, I hope you don't mind, but I've taken the liberty of changing the backgrounds using ac pour(no cells)for the cat. I know I'm breaking the rule but they turned out too cool not to post:angel: :lol: Both A4
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2019/1256189-DSC_7606s.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2019/1256189-DSC_7608s.jpg

SarahY
02-04-2019, 01:05 PM
I completely agree - MUCH too cool not to post! Glad you did, they're stunning, both of them! :clap::thumbsup::heart:

terriks
02-04-2019, 01:11 PM
Terrific work on these backgrounds, Christel! I'm especially fond of the cat - the strong black and red is very pleasing (even though I see there is actually very little black here). These are both wonderful!

Mira88
02-04-2019, 02:08 PM
Christel, I like them a lot!!! :clap: they are really way too cool! :lol:
So unusual and bold! Awesome work :cat:

What is ac pours - acrilyc pours? And... I can't understand whether you painted them and used acrilyc pours for the backgrounds OR or you just printed out the photos and edited the backgrounds just for fun?



I have quite a few pets, Mira. A dog, various birds, and various rodents. I do love having animals in my life. I'm saving up for a parrot, very excited about that. Either a pionus or a caique, I've been researching both and they both look really suitable.

The dove was just lovely. He had no problem with being handled for his eyedrops and quite enjoyed being stroked. He certainly enjoyed the abundance of food he had. That said, he had no hesitation when it came to his release and took off as fast as he could :lol:

Wow! A little zoo! :lol: you seem like an animal lover and I thought you must have a dog. Maybe because it feels like a cheerful and active dog suits your personality ;)
Will this kind of parrot be able to talk? :)
I love animals, most of all cats. Unfortunately I'm allergic to furry animals and am not allowed to have any pets at home :(

I had experience of taking care of a dove when I was a kid. I think we only kept him at home for one day, we thought his wing was broken or something. It was fun to keep him :) but yes, they do feel better being free :lol:

tuscanny
02-04-2019, 10:41 PM
Thanks Sarah, Terri and Mira!
The dove I painted with acrylic, the whole paper. Then I transferred my outlines, painted a layer of ac and then only op's.
The pours are done using thinned ac which are then poured in small amounts onto the background, then using something to move the ac and/or tilt the support to make the colors run. The painting is allowed to dry completely then.

tuscanny
02-04-2019, 10:45 PM
We had a friend visiting with her peckinese. Here are 2 of our dogs
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Feb-2019/1256189-DSC_7597s.jpg

SarahY
02-05-2019, 10:53 AM
Lovely dogs, tuscanny! :heart:

I tried out a 6x4 sample of Jackson's eco paper, which is made from recycled cotton, I think. It was...interesting. It has a really, REALLY bumpy texture like painting on papier mache. When you put the colour down it looks likes this:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2019/1713772-WP_20190205_14_43_52_Pro.jpg

After some mad blending, it turned out like this:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2019/1713772-The_Elms_6x4.jpg

All Senneliers for that impressionist texture.

tuscanny
02-05-2019, 11:37 AM
Lovely textured landscape:)
Working with such paper calls for solvents

terriks
02-05-2019, 04:24 PM
ooo, I kind of like that texture, Sarah! Definitely not for every scene, but it looks neat here. I agree with Christel, some turp and a brush would get all that OP into the crevices if you'd felt like it.

But sometimes it's fun to let the texture flag fly! :thumbsup:

lisaastrup
02-06-2019, 11:59 AM
Hi.

Here is my painting from a reference photo,I could not get i better, I'm new to the medium and the paper from calirefontaine,multi was not the best even if
OP was the list of mediums to use.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2019/79005-pastels6-2.jpg

raizes
02-06-2019, 12:21 PM
Wonderful work Christel with dove and cat. Background is great. Love that red and black theme!

raizes
02-06-2019, 12:22 PM
Wow Sarah! Love the look, texture....everything about it. Looks great.

raizes
02-06-2019, 12:24 PM
I think you did a good job Lisa. Nice movement in the sky, and the texture in the foreground. Is this on clairefontaine pastelmat?

lisaastrup
02-06-2019, 02:03 PM
I think you did a good job Lisa. Nice movement in the sky, and the texture in the foreground. Is this on clairefontaine pastelmat?

TY, the paper is called multi-techniches...

terriks
02-06-2019, 04:27 PM
Lisa, I think you're doing just fine for being so new to oil pastels. I love your bare trees! I agree with Rich about the nice movement in the sky.

And - I learned something! :) I was not aware that Clairefontaine made a multi-or mixed-media type paper. Even though OP's are on their list of good media for it, sometimes multi-media paper shows its limits! You still pulled off a nice painting, but you might have had to work too hard with blending, etc.

lisaastrup
02-06-2019, 05:50 PM
hi Terri.

I had some problems, maybe its the paper and maybe its me ;)

More practice is needed , thanks for your comment.

raizes
02-06-2019, 07:45 PM
Thanks for hosting Sarah. Photos are beautiful, and I just had to go for one of the foggy scenes. 12x16 on pastelmat. Senns, mungyos, neopastels. :wave:

tuscanny
02-06-2019, 10:23 PM
Great going, Lisa!
Rich - beautiful! Love the subtle color change of the sky.

lisaastrup
02-07-2019, 03:23 AM
Rich...love your painting, I hope to be better one day.

terriks
02-07-2019, 04:18 PM
Beautiful, Rich! I'm really loving the branches against that orange sky. The whole painting has a nice lush feel to it, despite the bareness of the trees.

SarahY
02-08-2019, 03:35 AM
Good morning everyone! It's a very British morning here today, grey and drizzly.

Considering your surface you've done really well, lisaastrup. Clairefontaine multi is a very difficult surface for oil pastels! You might have a much easier job using Clairefontaine Pastelmat instead, or another kind of sanded paper. Oil pastels are very picky about their sufaces. I think your foreground could do with some more texture like the little strokes at the base of the trees, going for marks rather than blending works well on surfaces such as the Clairefontaine multi. You could add more trees as well.

Lovely painting, raizes! I thought of you when I took that photograph :thumbsup:

Mira88
02-08-2019, 09:39 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2019/1713772-The_Elms_6x4.jpg

All Senneliers for that impressionist texture.

It looks great! Though the strokes are random at the first glance, they are all thought-out because they fall into united picture. Well done! :)

Mira88
02-08-2019, 09:41 AM
Lisa, nice sky in your painting. That tree looks lonely... but maybe that was the concept :wink2:

Rich, I love how you rendered the mist in this one! When I saw this painting on your instagram, I didn't realize it was from the Feb challenge :)

raizes
02-08-2019, 02:08 PM
Thanks so much everyone. Much appreciated!

tuscanny
02-09-2019, 10:29 AM
A4 http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2019/1256189-a4_sarah_ops_febs.jpg

raizes
02-09-2019, 12:20 PM
Beautiful work Christel. It has such a wonderful warm glow and feeling.

terriks
02-09-2019, 03:47 PM
Christel, I love that yellow sky! Lovely work throughout, especially the detail in the tree branches.

tuscanny
02-09-2019, 10:47 PM
Thanks Rich and Terri!

SarahY
02-11-2019, 03:43 AM
Lovely, tuscanny! :thumbsup:

tuscanny
02-11-2019, 09:03 AM
Thanks Sarah!

Mira88
02-11-2019, 11:32 AM
Beautiful, Christel!

tuscanny
02-11-2019, 12:32 PM
Thanks Mira!

Mira88
02-17-2019, 06:37 AM
Guys, I wanted to share my new purchase with you which I am very happy about - the small set of Holbeins! :clap:
I ordered it on ebay and received it in just a week after shipping :clap:

Here it is:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2019/2115959-ebay_holbeins.jpg

Well, actually I own only half of the set... because they are kinda pricey for me and another oil pastelist from my city and me split the set and the price.
But anyway, I am very happy to try them! ^__^

This is my color chart with the Holbeins (I only forgot to add white to the colors):
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2019/2115959-NTW7EB4LryM.jpg

Very rich in pigment! I haven't played with them much yet but based on the very first impressions the texture kind of reminds me of the Neopastels texture... though Holbeins should be softer and different in texture.
One thing that surprised me was that one of the sticks, "Flesh", was not lightfast. I got a leaflet with all the 100 color names and lightfastness rating and... some of the common colors aren't lightfast at all. Like this "Flesh" tone (weird, why put such a stick in the small set? and why should a common color not be lightfast?) and one blue, some violets (Lavender for example). I thought such companies as Holbein and Sennelier only have non-lightfast colors which are metallic, fluorescent.

raizes
02-17-2019, 11:00 AM
So cool Mira. I been curious about Holbeins and interested in trying them out also. The square paperless sticks interest me, but also wondering how soft they are. Or how easily they spread. Are the sticks large? Like how big next to the mungyos?

tuscanny
02-17-2019, 12:08 PM
Cool, Mira! Are you going to wrap them?

Mira88
02-17-2019, 02:26 PM
So cool Mira. I been curious about Holbeins and interested in trying them out also. The square paperless sticks interest me, but also wondering how soft they are. Or how easily they spread. Are the sticks large? Like how big next to the mungyos?

I took some pictures before I cut them in halves :)
Here is some comparison:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2019/2115959-holbein.jpg

The blending isn't seen well here. They are soft - at least no firmer than Neopastels. Maybe softer. (They should be, according to the reviews).
They spread very well. When blending them, I feel they blend easier than Neos. They must be somewhere in-between Sennelier and Neopastel in terms of blendability.

Maybe I haven't played with them much and that's the reason, but... for the moment I can't see big difference between them and the Neopastels. They are supposed to have a texture much different from Neopastels, but I haven't noticed it so far...


Cool, Mira! Are you going to wrap them?
I think no, because I only got half of each stick now, so they won't last very long, I assume. But they do get super messy! It's okay that my fingers get dirty, but I am not very happy about the sticks getting all contaminated with other colors, so you have to keep cleaning them...
If I had the full sticks, I would probably wrap them.

Mira88
02-17-2019, 02:29 PM
Now I got even more interested in the Specialists. They are also square, fatter than Holbeins (and way cheaper! :lol:), vibrant colors... though they are definitively firmer and harder. But I think I don't mind some firmness.

terriks
02-17-2019, 04:52 PM
I commented in the other thread before I saw this one. :angel: I'm interested in seeing how they will work for you once you give them a try with an actual painting, on a paper that you're already comfortable with.

I hesitate over them for the price, as well as being wrapper-less. Rich has mentioned that he removes most wrappers and stores his OP's by color, so contamination by color is minimized. That would be the only way I'd want to approach it - but, where I'm at right now, I like wrappers overall.

I have a nice set of the Specialists, but find them too slick for my tastes. I'm determined to find the right paper to help them along, but my top OP's these days continue to be the Gallery Mungyos, Senns, and I seem to be collecting more and more Neopastels. I love the open stock option so I only buy the colors I want.

Have fun with your new OP's, Mira! :thumbsup:

raizes
02-17-2019, 11:43 PM
I took some pictures before I cut them in halves :)
Here is some comparison:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2019/2115959-holbein.jpg

The blending isn't seen well here. They are soft - at least no firmer than Neopastels. Maybe softer. (They should be, according to the reviews).
They spread very well. When blending them, I feel they blend easier than Neos. They must be somewhere in-between Sennelier and Neopastel in terms of blendability.

Maybe I haven't played with them much and that's the reason, but... for the moment I can't see big difference between them and the Neopastels. They are supposed to have a texture much different from Neopastels, but I haven't noticed it so far...



I think no, because I only got half of each stick now, so they won't last very long, I assume. But they do get super messy! It's okay that my fingers get dirty, but I am not very happy about the sticks getting all contaminated with other colors, so you have to keep cleaning them...
If I had the full sticks, I would probably wrap them.

Thanks for the pics Mira. Looks like they are vey close to neopastels according to that photo. So close that I don't see a real push for me to want to spend money on at this time. I like the square paperless aspect of them, and excited to see how you do with them an maybe a future review after you used them some.

SarahY
02-18-2019, 03:35 AM
How exciting, Mira! :clap: thanks very much for the review x

raizes
02-18-2019, 12:17 PM
Here's my version of the first photo. I started with sun in between the cloud layers, and getting the tree on the right side....Then I stopped looking at the photo and just went with whatever came. 12x16 inches.

Mira88
02-18-2019, 12:22 PM
Sarah, Terri, Rich - thank you, guys! :)

I agree that the performance of the new set is best seen while working on a real painting. I plan to do one totally in Holbeins to see how they perform. Kind of a "limited palette" painting :) cause I only have 15 sticks.

Terri, answering your comment in the other thread, Holbeins are too pricey for me too, that's why I found somebody to share the cost and the sticks :lol: I was super curious about them and wanted to know if they are worth dreaming of or not :D

Storing the OPs by color should help somewhat, BUT the real problem happens when you are painting. You grab one stick, then another - oops, the 2nd one got dirty from the first one (cause it left stain on your hands, they are soft and very messy!). I don't like to be distracted by wiping off my hands all the time...

Rich, I hope I can give a more detailed review later. They might be a very good choice for you. Actually Dick Blick carries them open stock (I even tried to buy from them a few sticks, but they don't ship to Russia any more) and I think it's the perfect opportunity to try them in terms of softness, spreadability etc. without breaking the bank :)

By the way, based on the review, Holbein is the only artist grade brand that doesn't perform well on Canson Mi-Teints. That's interesting. It's one of my most used papers so I'll have to choose something different.

Terri, maybe Sarah could give you tips on the right paper for the Specialists :) maybe you've already asked her about it... personally I think I prefer a little harder OPs over the soft ones. I have around 6-7 Senns now and I feel like I have no clue what to do with them. I mean, they feel TOO soft for me. I understand how to apply them on top of other OPs, but wouldn't be able to do even a small painting exclusively in the Senns, I think :angel:

Mira88
02-18-2019, 12:25 PM
Rich, what a beautiful take on that photo! You've changed it so much, I wouldn't guess you based it on that reference. Very impressive work with a strong meaning behind it :)
I am working on my painting for this challenge and has also changed it a bit - finally I have dared to change something in a reference :lol:

raizes
02-18-2019, 10:16 PM
Thanks Mira! Looking forward to seeing yours!

tuscanny
02-18-2019, 10:32 PM
Beautiful, Rich! Love your palette and your artistic licence.

SarahY
02-19-2019, 03:46 AM
Excellent work, raizes! :clap: beautiful colours and, as always, such rich, luscious application.

Looking forward to seeing your work, Mira! :thumbsup:

terriks
02-19-2019, 11:52 AM
That's beautiful, Rich. I love your sun rays and those trees - especially the bent guy on the left. Those clutching roots look fantastic!

Terrific job. :clap:

I'm now working on one for this challenge, too. I'm most definitely changing the ref photo, to the point I had to really think about how to do it. :lol: Will be posting something soon, I hope.

Looking forward to seeing yours as well, Mira! :)

terriks
02-21-2019, 05:35 PM
I finally finished mine. I picked the butterfly, because he was so pretty, and I don't think I've ever drawn one before.

But, I wanted to put him out in nature, so had to sketch something out. I tried Rich's approach again, using Nupastels to sketch with, then cover with a workable fix. This time, I used 9x12" Arches oil paper with the Nupastels, and they were great - hardly any chalky shavings at all.

Here is the Nupastel sketch:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2019/2007441-Butterfly_Nupastels_sketch.jpg


Rich has taught me not to be afraid of details in the underpainting - it really saves time. I sprayed this with Krylon fixative, a couple of light passes.

Next, I went over the sky with the Senns blending stick and worked mainly on the top half of the painting - some sky, sun, and details to the branches. On the bottom half, I used colored pencil right over the Nupastel, to outline where I wanted the butterfly.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2019/2007441-Butterfly_Nupastel_sketch_1.jpg



Here is the finished painting:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2019/2007441-Butterfly.JPG



I might have gotten carried away with color here. :angel:

The butterfly ref pic shows his natural iridescence in nature. I had an excuse to use my Senns translucent blue, white and gold, which add some sparkle. You can see it better on the closeup:



http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2019/2007441-Butterfly_closeup.jpg



I really laid on the OP towards the end. Mostly Mungyo layers, with some Senns and Neopastels. One more closeup:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2019/2007441-Butterfly_closeup_4.jpg


The colors are a little off on the closeups, just using the desk light.

I had fun with this one! Thanks Sarah, for hosting this month. :clap: And thanks Rich (again) for his most excellent tutorials that are helping me along!

raizes
02-21-2019, 10:25 PM
Great work Terri. I really like what you did. So cool to make up the scene around the butterfly. A scene like this demands a lot of color, so good thing you got carried away with it...Closeups, and details on the butterfly are excellent. Really has a 3d feel to it. That nupastel layer is impressive also. You're definitely getting the hang of it. I play around with that first layer. Sometimes I put a lot of detail in, sometimes I don't. Just depends on the scene. You did great with it!

How do you feel about the nupastel on the arches compared to pastelmat?

tuscanny
02-21-2019, 10:43 PM
Great, Terri! Love your palette and your background is well done.

SarahY
02-22-2019, 04:08 AM
This is just wonderful, terriks, well done! :clap: :clap: :clap:

terriks
02-22-2019, 11:09 AM
Thank you Rich, Christel and Sarah!

Rich, I definitely liked how the Nupastel felt moving along the Arches better than the Pastelmat. Of course, the Pastelmat was the first time I tried it, and I was unprepared for how the paper grabbed onto the Nupastel and left big, streaking lines. I also disliked seeing the small river of chalk dust falling when I laid the Nupastel on its side for larger coverage. But - even with the Pastelmat, the amount of dust is still much smaller than with the soft pastels I first tried to use. Just a better product for the method.

Since the Arches paper is smooth, there was little to no dust with the Nupastels. Still, they are hard enough to leave distinctive lines on both surfaces, and I just have to learn how to use them better. :)

I really like this approach you developed. You mentioned in the video that the amount of time and detail you spend on the underpainting can vary. I can already see that some paintings will likely not need much - but wow, the 2 I've done with even some detail sure does help skitch things along when you're ready to lay down the OP. Great technique!

Mira88
02-26-2019, 03:23 PM
Terri, beautiful job! :clap: I love the abundance of color here, I don't think you got carried away - on the opposite, it feels like it's the right style for this painting! You know, the shapes and forms kinda remind me of your recent reference to Picasso style (you have to excuse me if it sounds totally off cause I am such a newbie in the world of art!) and the vibrant colors really fit in.

Beautiful painting with a style :thumbsup: ;)

Thanks for the close-up - yummy texture and cool to see the golden and transclusent colors at work! ;)

terriks
02-26-2019, 09:19 PM
Thanks so much, Mira! I loved doing this one, such a pretty butterfly. :) It was fun to have a reason to play with the sparkly Senns, they have been largely unused.

JenieJo
02-27-2019, 03:05 PM
Hi Christel, thanks for sharing the details. Can't wait for next month so I can join in.

Jennie

JenieJo
02-27-2019, 03:09 PM
Hey Sarah, texture def. works for me. Add to the interplay of colours.

Jennie

tuscanny
02-28-2019, 02:28 AM
Thanks for hosting an interesting challenge, Sarah!

Mira88
02-28-2019, 05:44 AM
Finally posting my work for this month's challenge - on the last day of the month! :rolleyes:

It's on Sennelier La Carte Soft Pastel Card, about 25 cm x 35 cm (a bit bigger than A4). It's abrasive surface so I tried to spare my OPs by using the very cheap Pentel and the Russian brand Sonnet for the first layers. It seemed to be okay in the beginning, but then some of it started peeling off when I applied the Mungyos. I think it's still workable, but the cheapos feel very dry and not very nice to work on this surface - exactly because they peel off every now and then.

Scumbling didn't work at all - first I thought it's the paper, then I realized it must be the cheap OPs peeling off...
I also used some Neopastels for the darker areas.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2019/2115959-sennelier_la_carte.jpg

Frankly speaking, this work feels very raw, I should've worked more on it. I like the colors, but I don't like the texture on most places (there is mostly NO texture...). I also tried to change the composition a little bit but got the perspective and values wrong.

tuscanny
02-28-2019, 11:47 AM
You did well on a difficult reference.

terriks
02-28-2019, 11:57 AM
I agree with Christel - you did well with a difficult reference photo, Mira. Plus, the added complexities of using student-grade OP's and an abrasive surface probably didn't make your job easier!

The lamps turned out well, especially the upper right blue one. Great job on the fringe!

And having the bottom OP layers peel off when applying your upper layers must have been a bit disconcerting. :eek:


Thanks for hosting this month's challenge, Sarah!

raizes
02-28-2019, 04:28 PM
Wonderful job Mira. That's a really tough scene to begin with. I like the strong color and shapes of the lamps. Very nice!

I have that sennelier Pastel card (La carte pastel) and it is sandpaper...basically. I haven't tried it yet, but thinking maybe I just go 100% Senn ops on it?

Mira88
03-03-2019, 06:41 AM
Thank you, Christel, Terri and Rich! :cat:

I was fascinated by the colors on the reference photo so it convinced me to try it :) I am glad you guys think it turned out nice :cat:


The lamps turned out well, especially the upper right blue one. Great job on the fringe!
And having the bottom OP layers peel off when applying your upper layers must have been a bit disconcerting. :eek:


It's funny - the OPs peeled off worst on that blue-turquoise lamp :lol: so I was afraid it looked raw.
Fortunately, it peeled off not on every place - I think mostly where there was a thick layer of the cheapos...


I have that sennelier Pastel card (La carte pastel) and it is sandpaper...basically. I haven't tried it yet, but thinking maybe I just go 100% Senn ops on it?

Yes, it is! :) though it's a little smoother than ArtSpectrum Colorfix, I think...
Hmm... I am afraid being a sanded paper it will eat up your Senns!! :eek: I would suggest laying down Mungyos (or even Expressionists if you still have them) first and the Senns on top. Laying Senns exclusively on a very toothy surface is... scary to me! :lol:

SarahY
03-04-2019, 10:10 AM
Well done Mira! That was a really difficult reference and you've done a grand job :clap:


Thanks so much and well done to everyone :thumbsup::grouphug:

Mira88
03-04-2019, 01:52 PM
Thank you, Sarah! I am glad you like it :cat: