View Full Version : 2005 Oil Pastel Forum Exhibit

12-01-2005, 02:59 PM
As 2005 comes to a close, I thought it would me nice to reflect on the paintings of the past year.

What better way than if everyone posted the 1 or 2 paintings they did this year that are particularly meaningful?
This could be your best painting of the year. Or it could be the painting where you learned something important. Or a painting that has great personal meaning.

So while I go dig through my paintings to decide which to post, please go ahead and start posting your paintings.

And please, no more than 2 paintings.

Let the exhibit begin!

12-01-2005, 04:23 PM
As I looked through my paintings from the last year, I was struck by two things.
First, that I had done quite a number of paintings. And second, that almost every one was special for some reason. Even the really, really awful one that I did as a plein air. It was special because I forced myself to paint out in public.

But I think the two I will submit for this exhibition are:
Strolling thru Moreton (a memory of a wonderful vacation)

Gardener with Hat & Trug (first painting sold)

CM Neidhofer
12-01-2005, 06:05 PM
Great idea! I did three oil pastels this year, but I think these two are the best of the three. "Ducky" is special just because it was my first attempt with oil pastels. "Peppers," I think, is my best effort with the oilies.


Becky Foster
12-01-2005, 09:18 PM
Great idea Ann! It'll be so nice to have the chance to match artists with paintings...especially for those of us suffering from short-term memory loss!

"Baby Sonja" was significant for me because it was a portrait without much going on in the eyes...the baby was a 4 day old pre-mee and her eyes were so milky, but her face still had so much expression going on. I also had one horrible digital image printed on regular paper to work from, so I think it helped build my confidence.

"American Toad" was my first painting accepted into a juried show. It also taught me just how much personality an amphibian can have!


12-01-2005, 10:01 PM
Christine and Becky, these are great. Thanks for adding to the thread.

12-02-2005, 09:28 PM
Hi Ann! It crossed my mind that I've never posted the painting I did for the OPS 'beginnings' show. What's so special about it? I've learned that it's hardly possible to produce good painting at one effort. You have to keep working steadily and some will turn out better than other.
And another one just for fun :D One of his last flights around here. hehe.

Pat Isaac
12-04-2005, 07:44 PM
This is a piece that I did for my spring show that gave me a ton of trouble. I started it as a demo for a group and then it just never worked. I had an epiphany one morning looking out at the lake at my friend's house in Maine and I finished the painting.
The other piece was the portrait from [email protected]#$#%[email protected]% from which I learned a ton and I was happy with the result.


Thanks for this thread.


12-04-2005, 08:34 PM
Pat, thanks for making this thread a sticky.
It's interesting to see what paintings are important to people.

Kathryn Wilson
12-04-2005, 11:08 PM
These two paintings were important to me this past year in that I felt I had finally turned the corner with oil pastels and finally figured out how to paint with them. It was all in the fingers, literally - I used my fingers to paint whole sections of the larger landscape. In the animal portrait, I learned how to use certain colors to their advantage instead of fighting the technique.



12-05-2005, 02:00 AM
Thanks for the good idea, Ann.

This first painting I call Long's Last Light. It's of the west side of Long's, the highest peak in Rocky Mountain Nat. Park near here. I happened upon this sunset and was able to get a record photo. It's one of my first paintings with the creamy Sennelier ops and when I started letting it all hang out on my colors. It's 5.5" X 25".

This is a church in Trampas, New Mexico and is WIP. It's 12" X 12" and is on cotton canvas-my second piece on canvas. I've used some turp and the knife. I like the way it's coming together. Will post the final sometime. I've really gotten a lot of artistic energy energy from working on this one.
Critiques always appreciated!!


Pat Isaac
12-05-2005, 09:22 AM
Kat, those are 2 great pieces and those cows have always been my favorite.

Dave, Your colors are wonderful and I'm looking forward to the finish of the church. You might be careful that some of the blue on the building doesn't blend in with the sky.


12-06-2005, 07:49 PM
Hi all,

Well it was hard for me to pick just 2 paintings because I feel that I have made a lot of growth this year. Two of my favorites are:

The Border Collie "Red Ball" that I did a demo with:
19 x 27 inches on Art Spectrum Paper


The Poodle "Chloe" that I just love the pose.
19 x 27 inches on Art Spectrum Paper


I want to thank everyone at wetcanvas and especially the OP group for helping me develop my skills to be a better artist. I hope that you can see improvement from last year.

12-06-2005, 08:03 PM

This is such a great idea and I just love all the paintings here. Some of which I missed.

Ann I love your Gardener with Hat & Trug painting. I can see why it sold, it is an excellent painting!
Christine, your Peppers painting is so good! I like the Ducky painting as well, but I agree with you that Peppers is your best effort so far. Good job!!
Baby Sonja is just beautiful Becky! You really did an awesome job capturing the expression and the texture of the clothing. I just love it!
Alex I love the painting you did for the "Beginnings" show! I hadn't seen this one before and it is just wonderful!
Pat as our resident expert I adore all your work, but I really love this boat scene that gave you so much trouble. It really was worth all the effort you put into it!
Kat, I definitely think you have found your niche with OPs. The landscape is beautiful and I always loved the cows picture you did. The colors are just wonderful!
Dave somehow I missed both of these awesome paintings and I am so glad this thread is here so I got a chance to see them. I really can't wait to see how your church finishes because it looks terrific and the landscape is beautiful!
It awes me how much talent is here on our board! Keep up the great work guys!

12-08-2005, 08:47 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2005/20674-A_new_Beginning.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2005/20674-falls.jpg

wow there is so much talent right here in just this post.

Hugs to all

12-08-2005, 10:19 PM
What a treat to go through this thread!
My first one here was entered into the Oil Pastel Society show, but never, I think, posted in the forum. I took the ref photo the day after an ice storm, and the sun was just blazing through the ice on the branches.I found it quite challenging. 8x10 on black-gessoed matboard.
The other one.... oops it's on the other computer! I'll add it as an edit.
Here we go. I picked this one, done from a plein air study, because of all the processes I went through in composition and color. I've been really trying to pay attention to composition.
8x10 on LaCarte

12-09-2005, 06:57 PM
I just love seeing everyone's work, old and new! :clap:
What a happy idea, Ann! :clap:

12-09-2005, 08:05 PM
omg this was a great idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love seeing so many pieces in one thread.

Jeanne from Chicago

12-11-2005, 03:30 PM
I'm new here at Wet Canvas. I have only done a few oil pastel works. I thought I might post one.

I used an image from the public domain (www.memory.loc.gov) to do this portrait. It's probably the fifth oil pastel I've done. I usually used the soft pastels or pen and ink and water color. I didn't think to get this gentleman's name from the website.

Hope you like it!


12-11-2005, 06:24 PM
Ann, how could I forget the day I learnt the word TRUG?? :D I like the impressionistic style and limited palette you used in that painting.

I also remember Christine's lovely shiny peppers, and Becky's textured toad ... a very unusual subject. Good to be reminded of the magnificent water in Pat's boat painting, too.

Alex, your purple flowers are really pretty. Did I miss them at the time? Great angle/perspective and depiction of the glass vase.

I also don't think I've seen Kat's huddled houses before ... they look very European. It's been inspirational to see how you've thrown yourself into the OPs and experimented with so many exciting ways of using them.

Dave and Jeanne's work is new to me. Dave, "Long's last light" is stunning! Gorgeous colours and an effective format. Jeanne, your use of strong bold colour is really quite powerful.

Amber, I reckon Chloe should be captioned "Talk to the paw!" I can just picture her raising her paw to the viewer and then flouncing off. :)

Wendy, the light illuminating your icy branches is wonderful, as are your gorgeous subtle colours in that picture. Your plein air reminds me of the California colourists.

Hello Kirk. :wave: Nice to meet you. Is that pen & ink you've used along with the OPs?

So, here are my two.

"Sleeping Giant" is 16x16" and was done in April.


"(dream)" is 9x9" and was done in October for June's "Imagination and Oil Pastels" project. Sorry it's coming up so big.


Pat Isaac
12-11-2005, 10:19 PM
These are 2 wonderful pieces E-J.

It is so nice to see everyone's work again.


12-14-2005, 12:01 PM
Ann, I think this is a great idea.


My first ever attempt at art.


Sometimes they just come up and overwhelm you.

As you can see, I'm new to this and am still working on improving my technique.

12-14-2005, 09:50 PM
Here's 2 OP's that I did last spring


Pat Isaac
12-15-2005, 09:39 AM
Wonderful, Preston. They have your color signature all over them.


Kathryn Wilson
12-15-2005, 09:46 AM
Preston, I think you've found your niche in oil pastels. I LOVE that second painting - wonderful colors in the shadows.

12-15-2005, 10:07 AM
Jeanne, I love your use of colors.


12-15-2005, 11:29 AM
Wonderful colours, Preston!

12-19-2005, 02:13 PM

I am a novice to oil pastel, and have only made three attempts so far.

Paul Gauguin said once that: Art is either plagiarism or revolution. Being a novice I am still at the plagiarism stage. My two paintings are inspired by Kirchner and Kees Van Dongen.

There is nudity, so please take no offence. And please be kind, I am a only a beginner.

Merry Xmas to you all from the cold North. (Actually not so cold this year)


12-19-2005, 02:35 PM
Thanks Kat, Pat and EJ...I have to admit that most my easil time as of late has been spent on softies, but I am getting the oilie itch again....I finally got some baby oil to clean they op sticks, but procrastination has reared its ugly head.......gotta work on the "p" word.

I haven't addressed each of the works, but to suffice it to say that they are all top notch paintings!:clap:

It is great to see the wide variety of styles and techniqes in this one thread. There are so many works here that I haven't seen. Thanks, Ann, for starting thie OP Retrospective of 2005.

Pat Isaac
12-19-2005, 05:31 PM
Welcome to the OP forum Oddfellow and for posting in our retrospective.
Great start!


12-19-2005, 07:52 PM
these two really ment alot to me. all of my paintings derive from my religeous belief. and these two came at very desperate times in my life.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/52816-one_little_lamb_web.jpg and http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Dec-2005/52816-100_4163.JPG just before I had brain surgury(sp) 6 weeks ago. i was very very scared. I never said a word to any one two days before i went in. I couldn't. litterallly. nothing wold come out. the praying hands were before the the surgury, the man on his knees was afterward, kinda saying "thank you dear GOD"!!!
it was and still is a very emotional experiance.

Pat Isaac
12-19-2005, 08:00 PM
How nice that your art was an outlet for your very emotional experience. Very moving.


12-19-2005, 08:16 PM
thank you I appreciate that. they planned on only taking two operations they wound up taking three.

12-26-2005, 06:45 PM
Here is another oil pastel portrait. It is a picture of a Gov Photographer named Edwin Locke.

Ref: Library of Congress (www.memory.loc.gov)

Kirk :)

12-26-2005, 06:48 PM
So glad you shared your experience! May you find Joy in your Endurance!


Pat Isaac
12-26-2005, 07:41 PM
Nice portrait, Kirk. You have a very illustrative style. What did you use for the lines? pen and ink?


12-31-2005, 01:34 PM
I'm adding my 'child with doll' from the oil pastel imagination project.

I like this one bescause it got me over a bad comment by someone who said: 'Oh no not the doll again', when I was doing an art class years ago in NZ!!

I've never felt like tackling dolls since then but the doll came up in the abstract image and I pushed ahead with it. I'm glad I did. One more hurdle jumped!:D :p

Happy New Year all oileys!!

Pat Isaac
12-31-2005, 02:28 PM
This is one of my favorite pieces, June. I paint Raggedy Anns over and over...


12-31-2005, 10:08 PM
Hello ALL!! and what a great retrospective of paintings for the year! During 2005, I feel that oil pastels have really gained a lot of respect among artists and collectors both because of the contributions that the artists on this forum have made in encouraging one another and sharing with one another :clap: I hope that 2006 will be even more creative for everyone!!

Here's my contribution to the 2005 gallery...

It's "Sunflower" painted last January to begin the year! on full sheet of Art Spectrum.


oops...the one I was going to post for the end of the year is too big...will have to post it later.

01-01-2006, 04:26 AM
I love that one Carly!! Beautiful colors.

Pat Isaac
01-01-2006, 08:54 AM
One of my favorite, Carly.


Kathryn Wilson
01-01-2006, 09:26 AM
Lovely "Carly" signature colors - :)

01-02-2006, 02:28 PM
Finally got around to resizing this image. Seems like the uploader doesn't like any of my file sizes anymore!

This is one of my last paintings for 2005. Created plein air on Creighton Island - "Last Light"

01-05-2006, 03:22 PM
New to this site, new to oil pastels. Have loved art my whole life! I'm at work right now at lunch (yuk) rather be creating art work, but have to pay the bills. Most of my work lately has been for other people, I want this painted can you do it kind of thing. I do put my own spin on the work though not much for plagiarism. Will post them at a later date. Just wanted to say hi for now. :wave:

01-09-2006, 12:01 AM
Wow, a lot of great pictures and learning happened last year!:clap:

Here's my two from 2005, the picture of The Gates was my first "real" OP as in not a quick sketch, but worked over several days and "finished". The sketch of the alcove was my first done with the cigar box pochade on a trip, and one of the first times I sketched in public (though I hid in a corner:D )

Here's to more great fun and pictures with OP's in 2006!


01-25-2006, 11:48 PM
Here is a oil pastel portrait I did last summer. My first portrait in this medium. It is from a photo I took in Romania in 2004 of an Eastern Orthodox priest. I was fascinated by his look and expression. I have to confess...I did touch up the background with a bit of soft pastel to try and do something with the color...but it didn't turn out as well as I hoped.
Any suggestions appreciated.


Pat Isaac
01-26-2006, 09:49 AM
Nice portrait,Len. His left eye looks a little pale and not as strong as the other. You definitely cought a great expression.

Timidithy, I alsways loved that painting of the Gates. Great composition.


01-27-2006, 02:11 AM
:wave: Hello Ann,

I hope it's not too late to still post. Here are two of my favorites:

Staring at the Sea Sennelier Oil Pastels on 9" x 12'' Canson paper.


White Orchids - S.O.P. on 14'' x 18'' canvas board.


Pat Isaac
01-27-2006, 09:23 AM
Great pieces. I especially like the drama of the flowers.


01-27-2006, 09:44 AM
His left eye looks a little pale and not as strong as the other. Pat

Hi Pat, When I did this I was using a photo as a reference...and it showed the right eye darker due to the direction of the light....so I was kind of torn at what to do. I know photos cannot always be relied on when it comes to what details to emphasize and what to ignore when it comes to shadow. I think if I was going to make the right eye darker...I needed to make sure the shadows surrounding it were more darker. That is just my opinion though for what it's worth.
Thanks for your comments!:)

Pat Isaac
01-27-2006, 10:50 AM
Your opinion counts, Len. After all, you are the artist here. Good job!


01-27-2006, 06:42 PM
Thanks Pat. :-)

02-06-2006, 12:37 AM
Hello everyone,


Here's a very belated addition to this thread. I've been very, very occupied with "busyness" for the past several weeks and so haven't had a lot of time to do new paintings except for my sunrise series. (Still doing an OP of the sunrise over the ocean every morning. Up to 5 1/2 months and counting. What am I going to do in June when sunrise is at about 5:00 PDT??? I have to be drawing 15 to 20 minutes before sunrise!) The flip side of this "busyness" is that we've initiated M.A.S.K., the Metchosin Art School for Kids. We're hoping to run week-long "camps" for kids this summer, but in the meantime we're testing the waters with a one-week "sampler" that will run during spring break. We're offering ten half-day workshops (oil pastel, collage, animation, Native arts, choir,ukelele, improv, dance, creative writing and "scientific arts", where the kids will create automatons.) The neat thing is that we have instructors for all of these areas here in our small 5,000 pop. community. I'm also very busy helping to organize our twice-yearly "Stinking Fish Studio Tour". (For more info and the background on the name, see <stinkingfishstudiotour.com>. I don't yet have my web page up because I've just come back to the tour, but it should be up within the month.) Wow. I do go on.

Anyhow, I'm sticking in an OP that I did during the first daylight storm of the season. Since then, we've had seven more storms of 40 - 50 knot winds. It has been one windy winter! This piece is important to me because when I saw the surf coming up, it seemed to epitomize all the reasons I had moved back to this gorgeous part of the world. I just had to draw it, so I set up my easel in the middle of the living/dining/kitchen area (it's a very small house) and painted whil looking out the window. I didn't even come close to capturing the energy of the surf, but whenever I look at the drawing, I can remember my excitement that morning.

Hope you're all having a great new year,

02-06-2006, 01:31 AM
Hi Markleangelo,
I love the style in your piece...you capture the colors and feel of this part of the world, this time of the year. I look forward to more of your work.

Pat Isaac
02-06-2006, 08:48 AM
What a wintry looking sea. You've really captured the feel. Hope to see the sunrise soon and what a great thing, starting an arts camp for kids. Wishing you the best.


03-10-2006, 05:49 PM
Hello everyone in the oil pastel forum!:wave:

I'm new to Wet Canvas and am thrilled to find a forum specific to oil pastels!:clap: I've been tinkering with them off and on for about 5 years now and have hardly come across another soul using them, so was delighted to have a look through the seasoned and talented posting on this thread.

Haven't quite been able to figure out how to contribute with a couple of pix (I may need to upgrade my membership status?) but thought that some of you might have the time to check out my website. The last page on my site (Page 7) has 2 recent oil pastel paintings. All images labeled "pastels" are actually "oil pastels". Critiques welcome!


I look forward to frequenting this forum and hope to contribute periodically...

All the best,


Pat Isaac
03-10-2006, 05:59 PM
Welcome, Leo.:wave: :wave: Your pieces on the web site are very nice. I particularly like the night scene. To upload images to the site go to
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/44487/496/ and there are instructions there. You could also start your own thread with your images.