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Pat Isaac
08-01-2006, 07:20 AM
Welcome to the August edition of PASTEL STROKES! Those who participated last month already know the guidlines. For all newbies, they are as follows.

A new photo project will be posted at the first of each month. The photo is chosen by the guide or moderator hosting each individual month. If you are interested, create a painting from the photo and upload it to this thread for discussion.
You can paint as many versions as you like and they can be any size. Both oilies and softies are invited.
Of course, I had to choose either a still life or a floral. This seemed a good time of year for a flower so here is a favorite iris. Have fun and I hope to see many different versions of this.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2006/35760-iris1.jpg

K Taylor-Green
08-01-2006, 08:51 AM
Ooooo, looks like a good one! I may have to give it a try.

Tressa
08-01-2006, 08:54 AM
Great iris :) I'm in...saved the image, and will print it out..
Tres

skintone
08-01-2006, 10:15 AM
I'll try this one too.

binkie
08-01-2006, 02:07 PM
My favorite flower! Irises are difficult to paint but I'm going to give it a try.

binkie

p.s. I REALLY LIKE these projects. It is so interesting to see the different interpretations!!! It's such a great idea.

Piper Ballou
08-01-2006, 02:52 PM
I have done the first two challeneges, so why quit now...will print it off later
very lovely flower
piper

Kathryn Wilson
08-01-2006, 02:58 PM
Great photo Pat - it looks like fun and I look forward to seeing all the versions.

Binkie, it's nice to hear positive feedback from our members - we thought long and hard on what we could do through the summer and early fall months to keep the forum moving along during the typically slow forum months, and thought this would fit the bill.

K Taylor-Green
08-01-2006, 03:07 PM
My favorite flower! Irises are difficult to paint but I'm going to give it a try.

binkie

They're difficult!? :rolleyes:

BeckyMc
08-01-2006, 05:02 PM
Little teeny, tiny raindrops........ :eek: :eek: :eek:

Pat Isaac
08-01-2006, 05:06 PM
That's true, it was after a rainfall, however, you don't need to put them in. Do what you want.

Pat

enaid
08-01-2006, 05:22 PM
I'll take a stab at it, probably leave the raindrops off though...a bit of a challenge. Where do we post them when done, here?

Pat Isaac
08-01-2006, 05:25 PM
Yes, you post them here when you are ready. Have fun.

Pat

Paula Ford
08-02-2006, 12:35 PM
Beautiful photo Pat! There are going to be some beautiful paintings of it!!

Paula

enaid
08-02-2006, 05:15 PM
Still using the student OPs but this time I used Canson paper. Didn't try the rain/dew drops I don't think I have the skill yet.

Pat Isaac
08-02-2006, 05:21 PM
Don't worry about the raindrops, they would take forever. Nice iris and you did a great job with the color. Which side of the Canson did you use? smooth or rough. Looks as if it might be the smooth side.

Pat

enaid
08-02-2006, 07:00 PM
You are right it was the smooth side.

Been contemplating a purchase of better quality OPs. From reading the posts here and various books and other internet sites it seems like some folks use the Sennelier on top of a dryer/harder OP like maybe the Cray-Pas Specialist or the Holbein. What do you think?

*Violet*
08-02-2006, 07:02 PM
i want to try this too ... it's a lovely flower and looks like a challenge ... i like these *projects* as they are a great motivator ... for me anyway :):)

enaid
08-02-2006, 07:15 PM
You are correct it was the smooth side.

Pat Isaac
08-02-2006, 08:02 PM
It's true that many OP artists use the Senns on top of the others. I kind of mix the Holbeins and the Senns.

Pat

AnnieA
08-02-2006, 08:05 PM
My gosh, what a beautiful image, Pat! The colors in that iris are spectacular...I don't think I've ever seen one quite like that!

And I agree with Becky about the raindrops...:eek: :eek: :eek: LOL ...so I'll leave them out. I've been struggling with a flower in OPs for over a week now, so maybe I'll try soft pastels on this one. :p

Thanks for the thread, Pat! These projects are really great.

Pat Isaac
08-02-2006, 08:09 PM
Soft pastels is fine, Annie. Whatever you feel comfortable with. The phot was taken by a friend of mine who is a photographer, thus the awesome image. He does a lot of floral images.

Pat

sundiver
08-02-2006, 08:47 PM
Oooo, that's pretty! (and pretty challenging, too.....)
Got it saved. Don't know when I'll get to it, but looking forward to trying!

AngelaF
08-03-2006, 10:04 AM
I think you did a very nice job with the iris, enaid. The colors are very well done. In my opinion I would like to see the light green faded more into the background for a more finished look, but that is just my opinion. I have only done one OP. I used mainly the Cra-Pas Expressionist and had sent for a earth colors (knew I wanted to do animals) sampler from Dakota. Have you seen the samplers from Dakota -- you may get an idea of what you want to buy this way. The irony is that I did not use the Senniliers as much as the Holbeins and Caran D'Ache, but there was a good deal here in the Swap Shop and a full set of the Senniliers, so I sent for them. I hope to try them out on this project!!

Pat Isaac
08-03-2006, 10:28 AM
That was a good deal on the Senns, Angela. Have fun trying them.

Pat

robodcr
08-03-2006, 04:41 PM
hello pat great picture i`m new to this site but i thought i would try it with pastels on a sheet of watercolour paper. keep up the good work dave....

Tressa
08-03-2006, 05:15 PM
I had a bit of free time this afternoon, so here is my quick rendition of Pat's iris....
half hour on 8X10 sanded paper with GA's...Tres
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Aug-2006/76189-PICT0032-1.JPG

Pat Isaac
08-03-2006, 05:26 PM
Glad you like the pic, Dave and thanks for joining in. good work, though maybe it could use a little more darks.
Tres...Great iris....1/2 hour..wow not sure I could get those results in that time.

Pat

*Violet*
08-03-2006, 07:32 PM
enaid and robodcr ... great submissions ... tres ... 1/2 and hour ?? ... that's a tuff act to follow !!

robodcr
08-04-2006, 03:47 AM
cheers violet I have taken pats advice and added more darks. :cat:

Tressa
08-04-2006, 06:46 AM
Thanks Pat and Violet...

robodcr....great violet, and the darks look much better.. :)

Tres

AngelaF
08-04-2006, 10:16 AM
I think the darks helped robodcr. The second photo shows your work nicely also.

Beautiful highlights Tres, your iris glows. Impressive work, especially for 1/2 hour.

sundiver
08-04-2006, 10:31 AM
Wow, we're starting to build up a connection! Enaid, the early bird:), that looks very nice; I don't think I'll attempt raindrops either lol.
Dave, I do think the second version has more drama, and thanks for posting a bigger image.
Tres, that has such a lovely glow!

robodcr
08-04-2006, 12:42 PM
thanks sundiver and everyone it is a lot better the picture now. I am still trying to get to grips with taking pictures. tressas picture is great....:clap:

robodcr
08-04-2006, 12:43 PM
thanks sundiver and everyone it is a lot better the picture now. I am still trying to get to grips with taking pictures. tressas picture is great....:clap:

Pat Isaac
08-04-2006, 01:13 PM
Much better with the darks.

Pat

*Violet*
08-04-2006, 03:31 PM
cheers violet I have taken pats advice and added more darks. :cat:

and it *pops* more now !! ... worth the effort for sure !! ...

pequan
08-04-2006, 09:00 PM
My favorite flower...I will try this one too....although I have no idea how to do rain drops or an iris for that matter....but will give it a try, as soon as all my company leaves...........(whenever that might be LOL)

binkie
08-05-2006, 12:16 AM
The irises are great. I just love all the different renderings!:clap: :clap:
Here's mine:

I need to tone down the dew drops and do a little tweaking but it is essentially done. My monitor shows more blue than there actually is.

binkie

robodcr
08-05-2006, 04:44 AM
BINKIE your picture is brillant I don`t think you need to tone down anything you have captured the iris....:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Tressa
08-05-2006, 07:39 AM
It's lovely binkie, and you are the first to challenge the water drops!!!
Great job!!! :)
Tres

binkie
08-05-2006, 10:11 AM
Thanks Dave, this is the best flower I've done. I'm softening the edges and some of the lines right now.

Tressa, thanks for the complement. Do have any room in your suitcase for a stowaway? HAVE A GREAT TRIP and take lots of pics!

binkie

enaid
08-05-2006, 10:21 AM
binkie, absolutely marvelous, love it!

Pat Isaac
08-05-2006, 10:27 AM
This is wonderful, binkie, great color and look at those water drops!!!:clap:

Pat

AngelaF
08-05-2006, 02:12 PM
BEAUTIFUL, Binkie :clap: :thumbsup:
Did you use sofities or oilies, what paper and what size would be appreciated:) Angela

satheesh
08-05-2006, 04:07 PM
Hello all,
Nice to be back from a vacation to this!

My first floral painting, this months challenge. Various pastels on Ingres paper 6*9 inches. C&C greatly appreciated.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2006/50343-irisWC.jpg

satheesh
08-05-2006, 04:12 PM
Great work Tres! 1/2 hr? wow!! Loose strokes than your usual (I guess the 1/2 hr explains this). Love the BG!

Robodcr - better contrast! good job! ::clap::

Binke - Beautiful! Love it! Great due drops! What size is this?

lwood
08-05-2006, 07:00 PM
Here is my version I did today. I'm not too happy with it. I'm pretty new to flowers and the colors drove me nuts. I knew this would be a challenge for me because I can't even recall ever seeing one of these, much less drawing one. It is such an abstract shape and weird to visualize. Anyway...live and learn :)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2006/82092-Iris.jpg

Pat Isaac
08-05-2006, 07:04 PM
I like your take on the color and it certainly looks like an iris. Is this soft pastel? Probably the iris in the top right corner could be toned down a little.

Pat

BeckyMc
08-05-2006, 07:05 PM
Raindrops notwithstanding - this is a beautiful photo, Pat! Beautiful flowers from everyone - kudos to those of you brave enough to include the raindrops. Perhaps you could share your secrets with those of us who are raindrop-challenged???? :rolleyes:

Here's my effort so far. I'll post another scan, after I've touched it up some more and added those dreaded raindrops! :evil: :evil: :evil:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2006/45982-PatsIris.jpg

Mostly Sennelier Oil Pastels on 9x12 Art Spectrum


Pat, how are you coming with your version? :angel: We want to see!

Pat Isaac
08-05-2006, 07:12 PM
Very nice, Becky and nice loose painterly color. The raindrops have to do with the lights and darks. I started mine today at the demo I did at a local arts festival. I also got another commissioned portrait today, but I will get the iris done soon.

Pat

Tressa
08-05-2006, 07:14 PM
Lovely first flower satheesh!!!
lwood, I think you did a great job!!
Becky, lovely!!
Tres

binkie
08-05-2006, 07:55 PM
All the flowers are great!! Everyone has their own interpretation and it is so interesting to see them. Thanks again for your compliments!

I used 9x12 AS colour fix paper, a dark green. I'm afraid as far as the pastels, they were softies and several different brands. I have a few of most brands because I wanted to try them all, and I buy the colors I like. Probably not the best way to build a supply of pastels but it seems go work for me.

Regarding the water drops: If you look at them closely you'll see that the highlight is away from the light source and the darker portion is toward the light. I used an off-white for the outline of the drops, then white at the bottom for the highlight, and a lavender (ish) color for the darker portion since it complemented the color of the flower. One thing I learned from this site is to paint "what you see," not "what you think you see." I read that advice a number of times, and then all of a sudden it just clicked for me. And now I'll never look at something the way I used to. I also use a magnifying glass to look closely at small shapes. Gee, it feels different to be giving suggestions because I've always been the one to seek advice from all you fabulous artists. Anyway, I softened the white lines around the edges and now my flower looks a lot more natural.

binkie

lwood
08-06-2006, 08:18 AM
I like your take on the color and it certainly looks like an iris. Is this soft pastel? Probably the iris in the top right corner could be toned down a little.

Pat

Thanks Pat! I see what you are saying. I probably should have edited this out or subdued it more. I carried not pre-conception into this so I was uncertain what to do! :)

I used Rembrants Soft Pastels on Cancon Mi-Tientes blue.

Thanks to all others for the nice comments...and you too Tressa!

enaid
08-06-2006, 10:34 AM
Wow, what a great selection!

satheesh -- great drops, lovely

Becky -- very Impressionistic, great job

Dave -- I agree with the others, the second one was a charm

Tressa -- 1/2 hour?!, I'm jealous, very nice

This was my first particiapation and I like the idea, it is like having a class assignment which makes me participate as opposed to thinking what I'm going to draw.

Pat Isaac
08-06-2006, 11:19 AM
Satheesh, don't know how I missed this one. Beautiful! and great drops....

Pat

satheesh
08-06-2006, 03:47 PM
Thank you all for your kind comments. Glad you liked it.

Pat - happens always when the post is the last in the page :-(

Orchidacea
08-06-2006, 08:18 PM
I haven't had the OPs out in a long time, but after doing some sketches yesterday, I'm hooked on them again. This was one-hour exercise on a 6x12 inch scrap of Wallis. Thanks for the great reference, Pat!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Aug-2006/41088-iris.jpg

Tressa
08-06-2006, 08:36 PM
Kim, it's beautiful, and I can see why you are hooked again..
Tres

enaid
08-06-2006, 08:50 PM
Kim,
You've too much talent with the OP's to have put them aside. Beautiful piece, I looked at your web site and was even more impressed.

Orchidacea
08-06-2006, 09:15 PM
Thanks, Tres and Enaid. I'm enjoying this thread, with all the different lovely renditions of this spectacular reference!

Pat Isaac
08-07-2006, 07:14 AM
Glad to see that you dragged them out again, Kim. One hour exercise, huh?
Like your crop and the colors. Do I detect some raindrops??? Nice.

Pat

robodcr
08-07-2006, 08:30 AM
HI everyone great pictures I was just thinking while making a mess of doing the raindrops is it better to use a larger sheet of paper. Then it might be better as a beginner to get the raindrops right only I seem to be getting knowwhere at the moment....
THANKS IN ADVANCE ROBODCR :confused:

Pat Isaac
08-07-2006, 08:50 AM
I'm not sure that bigger is always better. It depends on what you feel comfortable with. If you are using soft pastels you might try some of the pastel pencils for the waterdrops.

Pat

AngelaF
08-07-2006, 12:14 PM
Binkie -- beautiful rendition, your background light and raindrops glow and your were brave to render those raindrops -- great job!

Satheesh -- your rendition and raindrops is awesome. I like the varitety of colors while maintiaining realism.

Iwood -- Your blue is a unique and lovely interpretation. The lights and darks in your piece are very well done.

Becky - your impasto effect along with all the color is stunning.

Kim - Yet another interpretation! You did such a lovely work in an hour! I have enjoyed your blog sites very much. You have mastered so much in your work in a short time. I have reflected on the spiritualism you have written on one of your blog sites. Thank you.

I have not got my Senneliers yet, they were sent late, am supposed to get them Wed. I hope to start this on Saturday. I am somewhat afraid, everyone has done such a magnificent rendition. I know the shapes of horses better than Irises -- as someone else here said, it is hard to know what you are looking at -- but hope to interpret it with some emotion/expression in response to the beauty of the reference.

Angela

Orchidacea
08-07-2006, 12:23 PM
Angela--thank you! It's nice to know that people are reading that blog too; it's very near and dear to my heart.

LJW
08-07-2006, 03:16 PM
Great to see the variety of interpretations of the iris, and to see that some posters are taking up OPs again. This was quite a challenge set by Pat, our mentor in the OPs forum. Here's my effort, 7"x10" on white Wallis, using Holbein and Sennelier OPs. I limited the number of raindrops I tried, in fear that I would ruin everything! Jane

Pat Isaac
08-07-2006, 03:25 PM
Beautiful, Jane and such delicacy in the petals.

Pat

Adriana Meiss
08-07-2006, 03:45 PM
First of all, thank you Pat for posting the beautiful photograph. It's so nice to see the many interpretations and the different styles.

I was working on a landscape but as soon as I had a print of the iris I couldn't help it, I had to start on it. At times I was working on both at the same time.

This was done on 8x6 Colorfix soft umber (simply because it was the right size), mostly Nupastels, but also some ASs, and Townsend Terrage #12 (a yummy dark blue). I was planning on doing a fast version but it ended taking me about 5 hrs. I decided to do without the raindrops.

Adriana

johndill01
08-07-2006, 06:50 PM
Firist of all, my hat is off to all who can make these flowers look so good. Great job on all. Here is my interpretation of this beautiful flower. Thanks for the great photo to work from.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Aug-2006/50746-Iris_002a.jpg

This is on black suede cloth, using a variety of medium to soft pastels.

John

Orchidacea
08-07-2006, 06:58 PM
Jane, Adriana, John--they are all beautiful!!

serenasocean
08-07-2006, 07:38 PM
Wow! Everyone's Irises are so beautiful, that I'm almost too embarrassed to post mine :o

It is so neat to see each individual's interpretation...

I'm still working on the detail of the petals, and I'm not too keen on the background (as usual for me!), but here goes:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Aug-2006/65034-100_1726.jpg

Thanks for letting us participate in this!

:)

binkie
08-07-2006, 08:22 PM
All I could say is WOW as I scrolled through all the fantastic irises! They just make me want to go back and try painting it again.

Pat, your photo is simply beyond gorgeous. I forgot to mention it earlier but thanks so much for sharing it with us.

binkie

pequan
08-07-2006, 08:32 PM
My word, these paintings are gorgeous.... I haven't conquered the drawing as yet, but I sure am trying....good thing August is a long month!

Paula Ford
08-07-2006, 08:44 PM
Oh my goodness! Such beautiful flowers, all of them.

Paula

maddy777
08-07-2006, 10:19 PM
Lovely Irises everyone! :D

I may have a go if I have time.

mads

sielograms
08-08-2006, 03:21 PM
This is my first post in the pastel strokes invitation. Also my first attempt on velour. Now that I see it on the computer I feel it's way too blue, but I will leave it the way it is, as the velour can probably hold no more pastel. It is 8"x10" using a variety of softies. Sharon

sielograms
08-08-2006, 03:36 PM
I was just able to view all these beautiful paintings. I agree with everyone else in that it's great to see so many different interpretations. Thank you Pat, for providing a wonerful ref. photo. Maybe I'll have the courage to do another and tackle those raindrops before the month is over!
Sharon

Orchidacea
08-08-2006, 04:13 PM
Looks beautiful to me Sharon! I enjoyed your website too. "Ocean Dogs" is my favorite, I think.

sielograms
08-08-2006, 05:35 PM
Thanks Kim, I went back to check your rendition again...very, very nice and in only one hour. I have been to your website and all your paintings are absoutely gorgeous.
Sharon

Pat Isaac
08-08-2006, 05:51 PM
Thanks, Sharon. What a gorgeous interpretation you did. Not too blue for me.
Nice website also.

Pat

Deborah Secor
08-08-2006, 06:42 PM
Flowers are not my strongest subject but I decided to do an impressionistic one from this photo. I took it into my program and lengethened it, gave it more contrast and played with the color. That made it fun to paint! Just a quickie...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2006/23609-Iris_Dance.JPG
On a 9x12" piece of La Carte that Kat graciously sent me...(edited in size, however! probly 7x12" now!)

Deborah

Pat Isaac
08-08-2006, 06:53 PM
Great piece, Deborah and I love that rich background.

Pat

Orchidacea
08-08-2006, 07:29 PM
Thanks, Sharon!

Deborah, I love your abstracted version. I have been intending to practice doing that....but I always end up getting detailed again. I'll keep trying!

AnnieA
08-08-2006, 10:37 PM
Well, I finally got around to doing my Iris. It's such a beautiful one that I don't think it's even possible to do it justice, but here it is:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2006/85002-Oil_Pastel_Final.jpg

It was done with oil pastels (all Senneliers) on a 4x8 piece of Canson (textured side, for an experiment).

I must apologize for my image once again, as it looks somewhat different than the actual painting. The Sennelier Light Blue #6 for some reason never photographs properly, so many of the light blue areas actually recede more than in the posted image. Similarly, the buds toward the bottom also recede into the background more than what shows. I still haven't figured out how to correct for that, without changing the other areas of the photo that do photograph properly.

AnnieA
08-08-2006, 11:09 PM
Tressa that is stunning...it just glows!

AnnieA
08-08-2006, 11:39 PM
robodcr: really nice impressionistic take on the iris. It's so loose and the colors are great. I like this a lot.:cat:

AnnieA
08-08-2006, 11:50 PM
Oh binkie...you really captured the beautiful translucency of the petals...and the color is lovely in your painting.

Pat Isaac
08-09-2006, 07:48 AM
Beautiful vibrant color, Annie. I always marvel at people who are able to do sush lovely small pieces.

Pat

Tressa
08-09-2006, 08:18 AM
Don't have time to post individual, but have looked at all!!! They are all great!!!
Tres

robodcr
08-09-2006, 05:56 PM
Great pictures everyone I decided to also have a go with OP`s . I am really glad I found this site don`t think I have painted so much since I joined....:wave:

Pat Isaac
08-09-2006, 06:02 PM
Great job with the OPs robodcr. What OPs and how big and on what support?
This site is great isn't it?? Spurs me on, I know. nice colors, but I'd be careful of the black lines.

Pat

robodcr
08-10-2006, 04:54 AM
Thankyou pat I used a pack of boldmere and reeves and watercolour paper

*Violet*
08-11-2006, 06:34 AM
first let me say that *everyone* has done fantastic work with this iris !! ... :clap: :clap: ... it would be a long post indeed to comment on each's individual piece ... i wish i had the time to do so ... they're all so different yet all so beautiful in their own right ... how some of you can produce such beauty in one hour is beyond me !! ... :lol: ... but power to you ! ..:thumbsup: ... i will admit i laboured many hours on mine ... mind you i did try putting in raindrops ... however successful i was is another story ... let's see how it looks online ...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2006/46454-Iris_violet_sm.jpg ... thar she is folks ... one more to the project ... many thanks for doing these projects and providing lovely reference photos !! ... again, great jobs everyone !!! ... oops ... it's about 8"x10" on canson with nupastels, carbothelos, and rowneys ...

Pat Isaac
08-11-2006, 08:41 AM
Lovely iris, Violet. And look at those raindrops!!:thumbsup:

Pat

paul444
08-11-2006, 09:07 AM
Firstly I'd like to say well done to everyone who has posted so far, they are once again all of a very high standard.
Unfortunately as Violet has mentioned there are too many to mention individually. So once again well done to all of you. :clap:
So , here is my attempt. I used various soft pastels on colourfix paper.
9 X 12.

Pat Isaac
08-11-2006, 09:19 AM
Beautiful, Paul and I really like the iris in the background as it resembles a mirror image.

Pat

AngelaF
08-11-2006, 09:28 AM
Violet, Paul love both of your realistic renditions. You both do very nice color interpretations. Paul, who says you can have sharp edges on sanded paper. Angela

*Violet*
08-11-2006, 02:40 PM
thank you pat and angela ... and angela, i wish i were capable of working loosely but i seem to be stuck in *realism* ... i admire those that can paint loosely and stylistically ... many lovely imaginiative ones have been submitted ... i do appreciate realism very much too, though, and paul, yours is wonderful ! ... thanks again for having these projects ... they're insipiring and fun

fortysomething
08-11-2006, 08:05 PM
Boy you guys make me feel slow! These are all wonderful! Really nice work everyone. Great photo Pat.

I finally got something on paper. Pat's Iris, 12 x 9 inches on Art Spectrum paper. I don't know what to do about the grainy appearance. I have not figured out how to manipulate the image yet. I was sooo used to Paint Shop Pro!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Aug-2006/64375-wcIris1.jpg

Orchidacea
08-11-2006, 08:08 PM
Lisa, Paul--those are beautiful!! Love your background, Lisa!

Pat Isaac
08-12-2006, 07:44 AM
Wonderful piece, Lisa and I agree with Kim about the background. Not as slow as me. I keep working on mine in between the portrait commission.

Pat

fortysomething
08-12-2006, 08:08 AM
Pat and Kim, thank you so much! I never know what to do with the backgrounds, ugh. Thanks for letting me know that this one worked out ok. :)

pequan
08-12-2006, 10:40 PM
well I hope my rendition of that gorgeous irisis as good as all the others I have seen... it took me forever to do, but I did enjoy every minute of it.

binkie
08-13-2006, 12:05 AM
I continue to be in awe of all the beautiful irises. Each time I have stopped by there is another gorgeous flower added.

Violet, I am experiencing the same thing as you. I just can't seem to work loosely either, although I've tried. I end up with a mess.

Kudos to everyone who has submitted a flower!

binkie

Tressa
08-13-2006, 06:42 AM
Great submissions so far!! Everyone has done a stand up job on your Iris, Pat!!!
Tres

Dot Hoffman
08-13-2006, 09:25 AM
I am SO IMPRESSED by all the wonderful renditions of the iris. WOW!:clap:

Pat Isaac
08-13-2006, 10:57 AM
Great iris pequan. I really like your take on the colors.

Pat

pequan
08-13-2006, 01:48 PM
Thanks Pat, but I am submitting a changed version... I didn't have time to actually look at the painting last night...and have looked closely this morning and made some changes I think help it some. I did the iris on Wallas sanded paper with Art Spectrum soft pastels.. Now I hope I can upload it!

Kathryn Wilson
08-13-2006, 04:59 PM
I finally got a few minutes to paint this afternoon - what a long, long paint-less summer it has been.

This is my version - 5 x 7 on Art Spectrum. I don't have lots of pink pastels, so I had to compensate with other colors - but, oh, those raindrops were fun to do! Art Spectrum, Giraults, and Creta-Color pencils.

Pat, thank you for a great photo to work from.

And, as everyone else has said, love all the versions - both softies and oilies.

Charlye
08-13-2006, 09:50 PM
SUPER wonderful paintings.. it's a real treat to see everyone's take on it. Love it!!!

I've started on the painting. So far I've sketched the flower and the background is filling in. Not many WIP pictures here, so I'll spare you. :) Also I've (very slightly) upgraded my pastels.. you're going to laugh.. from cray-pas junior to cray-pas expressionist.. with a few van gogh oil pastels thrown in just to try them out. :) I'm easing into this medium.

Charlye

AngelaF
08-13-2006, 09:55 PM
Lisa B., very unique/creative and painterly interpretation -- no background needed, interesting enough as is.

Pequan, beautiful.

AngelaF
08-13-2006, 10:18 PM
Kyle, beautiful transparency on the petals. I like the dark blue bacground. Amazing to me that you can do such nice work so small.

Kathryn Wilson
08-13-2006, 10:23 PM
Nice to see you here, Angela and Carlyle - I hope this was a fun project for you.

Now, we do have the rest of the month to go wild and do something really crazy with this photo. Nobody says we can't do more than one!

AngelaF
08-14-2006, 06:53 AM
Yes, Kyle, I had great fun with it this weekend, even though I was afraid to do a flower. Here's my iris, OP on 9 by 12 black colorfix. C&C welcome.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2006/84584-flower1.jpg

Pat Isaac
08-14-2006, 08:37 AM
Pequan, I like the changes and there are the raindrops..
Kat your piece just glows with that background and the drops are great.
Angela wonderful iris and don't you just love working on dark paper?
All these interpretations are just fantastic.

Pat

Orchidacea
08-14-2006, 11:49 AM
So many lovely irises! Kat, I love that luminous background!

Kathryn Wilson
08-14-2006, 11:51 PM
Kim, this is a first for me - I certainly don't do flowers (I get lost in all those petals) - but this one was fun!

binkie
08-15-2006, 03:16 AM
More fabulous irises! I'm becoming addicted to this thread. Thoroughly enjoy stopping by each day to check out the flowers that have been added since the last time I was here.

Kat, your water drops look like sparkling diamonds with your glowing background - love it!

binkie

Charlye
08-16-2006, 03:14 PM
This is still a work in progress. I'm about to add the beard and water droplets..
but I'm seeking C&C before I attempt those finishing touches. Also good to let it
sit for a bit and come back with a fresh eye. The top-right blur doesn't quite
match up with it's stem. AngelaF I like how you painted those
background flowers.. I might have to follow suit.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Aug-2006/85032-IMG_5433_small.JPG

So many lovely flowers.. a great subject.
Thanks. Charlye

Pat Isaac
08-16-2006, 03:17 PM
This is coming along nicely. You might want to put a few more darkes in the petals where they join the stem.

Great irises everyone.:clap:

Pat

sundiver
08-17-2006, 08:21 AM
It's been difficult to get into this thread at the cottage with slow dialup, but I'm home for an hour, so have been enjoying all the beautiful irises.
I started taking notes so I could comment individually, but gave up after about 10. So, binkee, satheesh, lwood, Becky,Kim, Deborah, Annie, Jane, John, Adriana, Serena, Sharon, Robodcr, Violet, Angela, Pequan, Charlye, Kat Paul and Lisa, : well done! :D

sundiver
08-17-2006, 08:43 AM
Ok, here's mine. Oil AND soft pastels on 7x7 dark brown suede matboard. The texture is exaggerated in the photo.
It was fun- thanks for the challenge, Pat!

*Violet*
08-17-2006, 11:20 AM
lovely ... imaginative crop! ...:thumbsup:

Pat Isaac
08-17-2006, 01:27 PM
I agree, great crop and beautiful color, Wendy.

Pat

Charlye
08-17-2006, 01:49 PM
Wendy Superb.
Pat I think done what you suggested. Hope my changes were improvements. I'll call it finished, since it's taped to my wall. C&C still welcome.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Aug-2006/85032-IMG_5443_small.JPG

:wave: Thanks. Charlye

Pat Isaac
08-17-2006, 03:10 PM
That looks greay now, Charlye.
Here's mine and I still have a little more to do. Oil pastels, sennelier and holbeins, on black colorfix. 9"x 16".
Pat
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Aug-2006/35760-iris1.jpg

AngelaF
08-18-2006, 09:28 AM
Your second version is improved and is very nice, Charlyle. The addition of the purple in the petals as well as the darks in the stem area makes everything pop more!

Wendy, I love your close up of a close-up:thumbsup: The colors and texture are sumptuous. I have been curious as to how OP behaves on velour or suede grounds. I do not have any at present. What percentage of softies would you say you used in this piece? Do you mix OP and softies often? Does the suede eat up the OP faster than sanded?

Pat, such a beautiful and realistic version:clap: :clap: :clap: . The detail you have achieved is astounding to me . The colors on the petals are so well modulated. I humbly aspire to achieve such control of the medium.

Thanks for the beautiful reference, again, this has been so helpful -- I would never had tried a flower at this point without you all or this site. The people with whom I shared the horse and the flower, llike the flower better! I actually intend to do animals -- but who knows where I'll end up!

skintone
08-18-2006, 03:25 PM
Wow what beautiful flowers. For me? You shouldn't have. J/k
These are wonderful. This is several first for me. First flower andfirst time using senneliers. I tried using turp in on the flower and gave up.

9x12 pastel paper gray
OP

John B
08-18-2006, 03:56 PM
Hello,

I've been away from my easel and WC for quite a while. I have been promoted at the office and I've had a busy time setting up new systems and all the other things that come along with a step up the ladder.

I caught this challenge and just had to have a go. I painted this evening, about an hour and a half, such a lovely image to work from that the painting just flowed along. I just focused on the main stem.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2006/55768-Iris.jpg

Canson (Smooth) Various soft pastels, 8"x10"

Happy painting

John

Pat Isaac
08-18-2006, 03:57 PM
Great first flower skintone. The color works nicely. Glad you liked the flowers we sent. :lol: How did you like the Senneliers?. I never like using turps.

Pat

Pat Isaac
08-18-2006, 04:00 PM
Hi John and welcome back. Congratulations on the promotion. Gorgeous flower, it just shimmers.

Pat

skintone
08-18-2006, 04:49 PM
Thanks Pat. It was a great challenge. I like the Senneliers, but I think I need to learn how to use them. There is a lot of pigment in them, and I guess they are softer then I thought, so it's easy to over do it.

Great first flower skintone. The color works nicely. Glad you liked the flowers we sent. :lol: How did you like the Senneliers?. I never like using turps.

Pat

Pat Isaac
08-18-2006, 05:02 PM
Yes, there definitely is a lot of pigment in them, one reason I like them. you might want to try combining them with another brand of OPs.

Pat

Kathryn Wilson
08-18-2006, 06:42 PM
Pat, your iris is lovely and the background is perfect for this flower.

Skintone - nice job! Even tho Senneliers are softer than you are used to, they are worth the effort when you get used to them. I love those juicy sticks!

John - this just glows in the light. Congrats on the job - maybe? Sounds like a lot of work to me.

KJSCL
08-19-2006, 02:13 PM
Wow - all the different versions are just wonderful. It's so interesting to see everyone's interpretation and rendition of the same subject.

Even though I downloaded the photo way back on the 1st, yesterday was the first chance I had to do anything with it and even at that I only had about 45 minutes to work on it. It was a fun break though from the graphite commission I've been working on.

It's 12 x 9 on black Colorfix

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Aug-2006/22726-2006-066.jpg

Pat Isaac
08-19-2006, 03:02 PM
Awesome, Kathy. 45 minutes worth???? wow.

Pat

enaid
08-19-2006, 03:28 PM
I hope there's no penalty in posting twice. I did my first one of these (first one completed I think) with my student OP's on Canson paper. This one has Cray-Pas underneath Caran D'Ache and Senneliers on top of a leftover piece of 9x12 Bienfang heavyweight drawing paper. I'm sort of learning all over and I didn't have much experience to begin with. Originally I just concentrated on the main flower but with the white paper something was missing so I added in the other portions and background later. I have a 50 piece set of the Cray-Pas but open stock of the others and didn't exactly have the correct colors (sounds like an excuse to me to purchase more). I'll also include my first one as a comparison (new one is first). Wish I could say it was 45 min...I must be slow. Comments welcome.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Aug-2006/87593-Iris2_2.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Aug-2006/87593-Iris_1.jpg

Pat Isaac
08-19-2006, 04:03 PM
These two are very different, but both very nice. Your second one has a painterly feel and I would definitely crop it so there is not so much background. I'd take any excuse to get more art supplies...:lol:

Pat

John B
08-20-2006, 08:00 AM
Hi again,

Just had to go back and put in a few final touches, the first effort was a bit rushed.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Aug-2006/55768-Iris._01.JPG

Happy painting

John

Pat Isaac
08-20-2006, 11:29 AM
That color is just gorgeous, John. It really sings. I just finished off mine too. Added more background.
Pat
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Aug-2006/35760-irispastel2web.jpg

serenasocean
08-20-2006, 02:51 PM
Wow Pat! Your iris just glows!

I was looking at mine, and decided to fiddle around a little with the background.

Here's the latest version:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Aug-2006/65034-100_1819.jpg

C & C welcome. Thanks!

:)

Merriel
08-20-2006, 03:54 PM
Thought I would give this a try. Its such a beautiful flower. Thanks Pat
for posting this.

leirrem

Merriel
08-20-2006, 04:11 PM
I checked just all of the beautiful work here and see where mine did not post so I am trying again. Everyone's is just gorgeous. Thanks again Pat.

leirrem

Pat Isaac
08-20-2006, 04:46 PM
I like you background changes, Serena, makes the flower pop.
Your are all welcome for the image. So glad you liked it and so many of you painted wonderful versions of it.

Pat

John B
08-20-2006, 06:14 PM
That background gives it a real lift, Pat, I love the brightness you have in the pettles.

John

Pat Isaac
08-20-2006, 06:35 PM
Thanks, John.

Pat

pequan
08-20-2006, 06:45 PM
Pat & John, absolutely gorgeous....Pat yours looks like the real thing!!!!....exquisite... John, I love the color, rain drops, lights, darks.....GORGEOUS.....
Serena: beautiful iris...I really like the way you "fiddled"!!!
I re-did mine for the 3rd time, but will spare y'all the picture... it still looks like a chyrsanthamum

binkie
08-22-2006, 03:14 PM
WOW! Haven't been here for a few days and more fabulous irises have been added. This thread is a particular favorite of mine since the iris is my favorite flower. I need to finish mine. I'm going to send it to my mother for her birthday.

binkie

Sumariel
08-23-2006, 08:32 AM
Pat, the different versions of this wonderful flower are grand! I wanted to ask a silly question. I am not a pastellist, but do have Conté a Paris, do they quallify for the types of pastels that are invited to participate? I am so tempted to try my hand, just because of my love for the Iris . . . . .
Suzi

Pat Isaac
08-23-2006, 09:40 AM
Suzi, absolutely, have a go at the iris as the Conte qualify.

Pat

Sumariel
08-23-2006, 11:03 AM
Thank you.
Suzi

Sumariel
08-23-2006, 12:55 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Aug-2006/82344-Iris.jpg

Well, as I have said, I am not a pastellist, so this is not rendered with the skill of most on this thread, but it was certainly fun!!!
Suzi

sundiver
08-24-2006, 08:49 AM
Lovely and delicate, Suzi! I hope you'll decide that you are a pastelist after all, because you have a nice touch with them.

sundiver
08-24-2006, 09:07 AM
I've edited this post 3 times because I keep mixing up who did what. But they are all wonderful.
Charlye ,John and Serena, I like your updates a lot, and,Pat, that is jaw-droppingly beautiful! Skintone, enaid, Kathy , lovely work! Kathy, how did you do that so fast!?:clap:




Wendy, I love your close up of a close-up:thumbsup: The colors and texture are sumptuous. I have been curious as to how OP behaves on velour or suede grounds. I do not have any at present. What percentage of softies would you say you used in this piece? Do you mix OP and softies often? Does the suede eat up the OP faster than sanded?

Sorry I didn't answer sooner, Angela. OP does very well on suede unless you want smooth, unbroken areas, and that's where a softie goes nicely on top. This one is probably 20-30 per cent softie.
Only the softest pastels will go over OPs, and suede is where I most often combine them.The OP goes on first, then the softies cling without being so dusty, and OPs will go on the softies, too. Often I couldn't say which one I used more of; I use them together. Trouble with that is , then I don't know where to post them lol.
My daughter loves using my Terry Ludwigs on suede, and has sold all she has done, but they are dusty! I saw some SPs on suede at the framers when I
was buying odd pieces of suede board, and they looked photo-realistic... don't know how the artist managed that.

Pat Isaac
08-24-2006, 09:11 AM
Suzi, what a lovely, lacy feel to this iris. Hope you try some more pastels.
Thanks, Wendy.

Pat

Sumariel
08-24-2006, 09:25 AM
Lovely and delicate, Suzi! I hope you'll decide that you are a pastelist after all, because you have a nice touch with them.
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Wendy

Suzi, what a lovely, lacy feel to this iris. Hope you try some more pastels.
Thanks, Wendy.

Pat

Thank you both for the encouragement. I have always been fascinated with pastels, though have not often worked with them because of folks in the house with allergies, and the dust. I live alone, now, and have been eyeing my pastel box more and more as I've gotten back into doing instead of just looking at art. I appreciate your kindness, and will keep your words in mind as I work more and more to rebuild my skills. Thanks again.
Suzi

AngelaF
08-24-2006, 11:10 AM
Thank you Wendy for your reply with information on the OP on suede and with softies. I will find it helpful for my furture endeaveros.

I have been out of commission for awhile due to family health needs. I expect to be sportatic with communications for the next few weeks.

I like your work Suzie, hope you continue.

Sumariel
08-24-2006, 04:37 PM
Thank you, Angela, I DO love the feel and look of pastels, but there is much to learn, as with any medium, and I got back into "doing" because I wanted to do portraits of friends and family. When I have gotten good enough to really do well with the task I have appointed myself, I may, indeed, just do pastels for the fun of it, you all here do such a wonderful job, and I have so completely enjoyed the "family" at wetcanvas, as it seems everyone here is supportive and the critiques when given are constructive. I have, in fact, never seen a destructive crit on these boards. It's fun to "be" here.
Thanks,
Suzi

Pat Isaac
08-24-2006, 05:16 PM
Hope all goes well for you, Angela and we are happy to have you with us, Suzi.

Pat

Sumariel
08-25-2006, 11:48 AM
Pat, I just looked at your website, you are as good in watercolor as you are in pastels, I am going to have to search the site and find any tutorials you have done, there is much I could learn from you!!
Suzi

Pat Isaac
08-25-2006, 02:41 PM
Thanks, Suzi. I'm afraid I haven't touched my watercolors for a year now as I am doing most everything in OP. I did a couple of classrooms, maybe one is in the library now. I also did some WIPs. I'll see if I can find them.

Pat

Sumariel
08-25-2006, 04:27 PM
Thanks!
Suzi

E-J
08-26-2006, 12:01 PM
Hello pastel friends :wave:

I realise I'm rather late to the party, but I guess it's still August, and all your beautiful renditions of the iris (great ref photo by the way) have tempted me to join in.

I did a wishywashy watercolour underpainting on Art Spectrum paper, then used Carbothello pastel pencils, blending in some of the strokes and leaving others visible for a bit of texture. I haven't done any pastelling for months now, so it made for a really pleasant afternoon. Thanks! :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Aug-2006/13865-ps_aug06_iris.jpg

(It's about 9x10".)

Kathryn Wilson
08-26-2006, 12:10 PM
Hi E-J! Good to see you pastelling again - must be hard not to touch them, but it's for a good cause.

Must be getting really close now? 4 days and counting?

E-J
08-26-2006, 12:26 PM
Hi E-J! Good to see you pastelling again - must be hard not to touch them, but it's for a good cause.

Must be getting really close now? 4 days and counting?

Hello Kat! 3 days and counting :)

Pat Isaac
08-26-2006, 12:36 PM
3 days to go, you must be excited....Wonderful iris, E-J and I really like that wishywashy background.

Pat

*Violet*
08-26-2006, 02:13 PM
E-J .... what a lovely job ... very nice indeed

*Violet*
08-26-2006, 02:20 PM
i only wish i could have commented on everyone's piece individually ... family/friend health problems and the requirements thereto have limited my time online to only brief visits ... i must say though that my short visits to this forum have certainly been bright spots ... everyone's work has been so beautiful, individual, and cheerful ... kudos to every submission ... they're all deserving of much more though ... i only wish i'd had the time ... i look forward to perhaps participating more fully in september ... again,:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: and :clap: :clap: :clap: to everyone's rendition of pat's lovely reference photo .... 8v) ... and thank you pat for hosting pastel strokes for august ...

E-J
08-27-2006, 01:11 AM
Ok, here's mine. Oil AND soft pastels on 7x7 dark brown suede matboard. The texture is exaggerated in the photo.
It was fun- thanks for the challenge, Pat!

Great crop, Wendy! :clap:

good luck jj
08-27-2006, 11:31 AM
:wave: hi i'm new member.i would like to try this nice photo.

Pat Isaac
08-27-2006, 11:55 AM
Welcome, goodluckjj. Looking forward to your iris. Have fun.

Pat

Kathryn Wilson
08-31-2006, 02:09 PM
Last day of the month - I want to thank Pat for doing such a great job for us all. It was a fun project, yet still a bit challenging if you haven't done flowers yet.

E-J, haven't heard from you yet - still waiting?

Tomorrow, sometime during the day/evening, I will be uploading a still life for our next Pastel Strokes project - so keep watching for it!

Pat Isaac
08-31-2006, 02:12 PM
Thanks, Kat. I even have a new painting from it. Looking forward to the still life.

Pat

sundiver
08-31-2006, 04:11 PM
E-J, that's beautiful! Although I imagine you have other things on your mind right now!

Charlye
09-01-2006, 09:44 AM
:eek: So beautiful. Enjoy.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2006/85032-AAA0.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Sep-2006/85032-AAA1.JPG

Pat Isaac
09-01-2006, 09:57 AM
Thanks so much Charlye for doing that page. It is great. Now to figure out how to save just that post.

Pat

binkie
09-01-2006, 12:56 PM
Thanks Charlye, I'm going to save the page!!!

Pat, Thank you so very much!!! This has been a great project, and I have so enjoyed it. I'm sorry I missed the others.

To all of you involved in bringing this project to life these last months - a sincere THANK YOU for all your hard work.


binkie

Kathryn Wilson
09-01-2006, 06:34 PM
Wow, am I glad I took at look - I am hoping Charlye will share how to do this with me and I take it from there.

Thanks Binkie - a pat on the back means a lot to all of us worker bees.

johndill01
09-01-2006, 07:40 PM
I think that Charlye should get a great big hand for combing all of those posts. I had been wanting to suggest that it be done, but kept putting it off.

That really wraps up the months work. BEAUTIFUL:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Kathryn Wilson
09-01-2006, 07:47 PM
Believe me, I gave him a virtual hug. :)

Sumariel
09-01-2006, 07:57 PM
Wow! Charlye, look at that beautiful bouquet! Thanks!
Suzi

AngelaF
09-01-2006, 09:18 PM
Thank you so much Charlye -- I don't know how you did it or how much work it was -- but is wonderful to see.:clap: :clap: :clap:

Charlye
09-01-2006, 09:50 PM
You're welcome! It didn't take too long. I saved each original image to a folder using your names as the file name, then I changed my view to thumbnail with it four images wide. Using print-screen I was able to paste the screen into photoshop.. crop and post. 15 minutes I promise. It's a treat to see them all.

Glad to get virtual hugs. :) Great job everyone.