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11-30-2007, 11:26 PM
Welcome to the December Oil Pastel Monthly Challenge. I will be supplying two photos for you to work from. You can do one or both. Be creative with the images - you can crop them, change colours, interpret them in any way you like. Post your completed paintings in THIS thread for everyone to see. And remember to comment on other people's work. I'm supplying larger versions of each in the RIL for ease of cropping. I can't wait to see the different interpretations of my photos!
This month we visit the beautiful country of Costa Rica. We traveled there during the rainy or "green" season during 2005.
We visited Casa Orquideas and this is a photo of the owner's home:
We visited at the wrong time of year for the orchids, but there were plenty of other things to see, like this pretty plant:
I wish I'd taken better notes - I can't remember the name of anything!
11-30-2007, 11:34 PM
I wish I'd taken better notes - I can't remember the name of anything!
that's some kind of Helaconia, i believe.
11-30-2007, 11:39 PM
That sounds a lot better than "pretty red plant!" :rolleyes:
11-30-2007, 11:50 PM
maybe, but it is a pretty red plant :) and those gardens look like a beautiful place.
search Google Images for Helaconia and you'll find lots of pretty red plants :)
12-01-2007, 07:30 AM
Thanks for the challenge, Becky and thanks for the flower name Lamar.
Great images, Becky. Looking forward to painting both of them. The landscape will be a challenge for my Holbein greens, while the Helaconia (thanks Lamar) will suit bold colour use. Thanks for hosting. Jane
12-01-2007, 12:20 PM
Beautiful, Becky! I sneaked a peek at your other images in the RIL and they are lovely, too!
12-01-2007, 01:46 PM
Thanks Pat and Jane - I can't wait to see what you post!
Wendy - Thanks, I'm going to search around for some more photos to upload. I find the RIL to be somewhat addicting, now that I've finally started uploading. I found a box of some old family photos of people whom no one seems to know, so.... :evil: The problem is sorting through for something that will scan well....
I'm hoping to start on these photos too; I'm off to a slow start this weekend, though - too many familial obligations and not enough time! I'm off to visit the grandkids - back later tonight to check everyone's progress! :thumbsup:
Here's my flower. I simplified the background after my initial painting. I had actually put in the large leaf to the left, but I felt it was attracting too much attention away from the flower. So I covered it over with my Sennelier Sap green Grande size (the background colour) and moved a new leaf into the flower area. I went with a flat pattern effect, not much modeling, to emphasize colour. It has a Christmassy air I think. Sennelier and Holbein Artist OPs, on 7" X 9" deep blue Colourfix. C & C welcomed. Jane
12-02-2007, 12:17 PM
This is beautiful, Jane. I think you're right about the Christmassy look. I like the way you've simplified the background. I'm so impressed at how quickly you accomplished this - all I've done so far is print off my reference photos.... :o
Becky, the WDE challenge this weekend was for an ATC-sized painting so it went really fast. That meant I had yesterday and this morning to work on this. Of course, housekeeping gets ignored in the process. Jane
12-02-2007, 12:41 PM
Wonderful little painting, Jane. You are really producing a lot lately. I can't wait to get back. I love the simplified abstract feel of this and it definitely has a Christmasy look.
12-02-2007, 02:37 PM
Some great photos this time, and already one wonderful painting by Jane. Unfortunately I won't be doing a painting this month, have to much to do already.:clap: :thumbsup:
12-02-2007, 10:45 PM
Quite lovely Jane! I like the pattern created by the leaves you added, nicely done.
Great ref's this month Becky, I will try my best to work on one, but can't promise.....I've got so much to do right now.
Thanks Becky, Pat, Elizabeth, and Lori for your comments. It was a fun flower to do, very exotic. Pat, I hope you'll manage to to get one done this month when you're feeling better. Jane
12-03-2007, 09:35 AM
I certainly hope so. I haven't been to my studio for almost 2 weeks!!!
12-03-2007, 03:37 PM
Hi Lori - hope you can participate. I know things are hectic this month - I'm going to try to post my progress so far on the landscape, if I can get a decent photo this evening. It's so dark when I get home, that I may have to wait until the morning to try for a photo, though.
12-03-2007, 04:43 PM
:wave: jane...that would be a wonderful xmas card...beautifully done...tyree:smug:
12-04-2007, 12:33 AM
I agree with Tyree, You should scan it and print it on some nice card stock. It would make a beautiful yet modern interpretation of an Xmas card. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Julia. I did paint Christmas cards for a few years and printed them out on thicker Strathmore card stock on my printer, but it was tricky to get the cards lined up properly and they sometimes jammed. I also found that, while some recipients really liked them, others didn't seem to. They prefer store bought cards - go figure! So I haven't made my own for the last several years. Jane
12-05-2007, 04:59 PM
I have limited to paint until after next Tuesday, but I thought I'd post my initial block-in of the landscape. This is a crooked photo, since I didn't want to take it down off the easel. It's too big to scan, about 13x19 inches on beigeish/grayish Canson mi Tientes, the rough side.
12-05-2007, 05:03 PM
Great block in Becky and looking forward to the finish.
Great colours. It's so interesting to see how different our techniques are. I'm looking forward to seeing this evolve. Jane
Here's my take on a crop of the right side of the landscape. Again I'm going for a red and green colour scheme with little attempt to shade. In the small size it's hard to achieve much detail. Sennelier and Holbein Artist OPs on 5" X 7" Dark green colourfix. Jane
12-07-2007, 08:23 AM
Very nice woodsy feel, Jane. I bright leaf near the center bothers me a little as I think the chroma is too strong. I really like the complementary scheme.
Pat, are you referring to the bluer palm leaf in the center at the top? I started that one with a bluer green and that may not have been a good choice. The other leaves are more yellow green. I was looking for variety, but I may have gone too far. Jane
12-07-2007, 10:07 AM
Yes, that is the one I mean.
12-07-2007, 04:26 PM
This is really pretty, Jane. I love all of the different leaf textures and shapes. Do the ivy-looking leaves take very long?
Becky, this was really quick to do since the painting is quite small and I wasn't worrying about modeling the forms particularly. Jane
12-08-2007, 10:53 AM
Becky, I like this one. Keep it and start on another one!
12-08-2007, 02:40 PM
becky...a wonderful start....~~~jane...love the light play on the foilage...and the darkness which encircles...tyree:wave:
12-08-2007, 03:34 PM
Thanks Shirl - I'll try not to overwork, when I do so more work on it! :D
I'm off to Wilmington, DE to visit family for several days, so I expect to see lots more paintings when I return! :)
12-08-2007, 09:14 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Dec-2007/65063-ops_costa_rica_plant.jpg :wave: 'the helaconia'...i used my cheapo op's in my cheapo sketchbook:p ...its not as crisp as i wanted it...and i overdid on my mech pencil over the ugly dark green...approx 2 hours time...tyree
Tyree, this is terrific, with a bright tropical feel. I like the way you did the dark edges with the indentations on the leaves. You're doing great with your cheapo stuff! Jane
12-08-2007, 09:41 PM
:smug: thanks jane...!!
12-08-2007, 10:11 PM
Back for a quick peek, before I pack - and what a treat! Tyree, I love this - great colors, which work especially well with your composition!
12-08-2007, 10:29 PM
That's a nice one Tyree. Nice abstract quality.
12-08-2007, 11:01 PM
:smug: thank you becky...have a safe trip!!!...thanks shirl!!! tyree
12-09-2007, 02:51 AM
Jane.. Yes, it does have that xmassy feel to it, and nice crop on landscape!!
Becky..Looking forward to see how it will develop!!
Tyree..nice bright colors.. has a springy feel to it~!!:heart:
12-09-2007, 09:49 AM
Wow, Tyree, what great color and I like the abstract feel.
12-09-2007, 04:42 PM
thanks pat and chloe!!! tyree:wave:
I don't know enough to make intelligent comments only that I loved both pictures and am having a go at "the pretty flower" This is fun. Bars
12-13-2007, 09:04 AM
Hi Bars - all comments are intelligent, feel free to talk away! Hopefully I can get some work done this weekend. I'm looking forward to your painting!
Thanks Becky, I finished the flower then started on the background. OOPS disaster. So now I am trying to turn the disaster into something artistic, whatever that is Bars
12-14-2007, 09:20 AM
So here it is- my version of the flower.
It's painted on a small canvas (3", square) with Caran d'Ache OPs.
I only wished my photo would show the colors properly...:o
12-14-2007, 09:29 AM
Very nice Sylvia and it has a Christmassy feel. It is so tiny....I like the canvas texture.
Silvia, very colourful, love the green background, and such a small size. I've only tried one small painting and I know how hard it is to get details at that size. Very well done. It would make a great Christmas gift. Jane
12-14-2007, 07:37 PM
:wave: silvia...this is very lovely...i love the tips of blue..it would make a great christmas gift!!!! tyree
12-15-2007, 07:59 AM
Thank you very much, Pat, Jane and Tyree.
Yes, it is difficult to work on such a small canvas. And that's especially true for OPs as I had to notice. It's almost impossible (for me) to get any details done. Even my Walnut Hollows failed me this time :( .
Anyway, I started varnishing this little painting today, just in case it might really turn into a x-mas present.
12-15-2007, 08:39 AM
What kind of varnish?
12-15-2007, 01:57 PM
Here is my version of the flower. Sennelier oil pastels, limited palette, 9x12, Fabriano Ingres paper.
12-15-2007, 02:56 PM
Pat: Well, I've tried a lot of varnishing techniques, but what's working best for me is alcohol based retouching varnish.
eyepaint: Wow :eek: ! Your painting looks gorgeous!
EP, great version. Love the mixture of blue-green and yellow-green in the background. The flowers are great, so colourful and (dare I use the term) loose. Great impasto (also referred to by me as painterly). Jane
12-15-2007, 03:57 PM
Silvia, your colors are lovely. This would make a great Christmas gift - you really did a wonderful job with the detail on such a small size!
12-15-2007, 04:42 PM
my first oil pastel not so good but i see it more like a exercise
sennelier oil pastel paper 12x10,i don't like it :( very hard to work on gonna try some other paper next time.
C & C welcomed. Mikael :wave:
Mikael, hi and welcome to the Oil Pastel forum. :wave: This is beautifully done, the red flower just glows against the dark background. You managed a lot of detail in the flowers. This is excellent for a first OP! :clap: I don't like the Sennelier Oil Pastel card either - I find the texture too marked. It's a good idea to try lots of papers to see what works best for you. Hope to see lots more of your OP paintings. Jane
12-15-2007, 05:04 PM
Welcome, Mikael....:wave: This is a beautiful first OP, nice color and a wonderful drawing. I have found that the paper makes a huge difference. to the results you want.
12-15-2007, 05:40 PM
thanks Jane and Pat :)
I just started drawing and painting after a 15 years break
so i am a little rusty but there is only three thing to do
practise ,practise ,practise.
12-15-2007, 06:07 PM
EP - I really like this version of the flower - great colors and I like the crop you used!
12-16-2007, 01:06 AM
Silvia, Jane, and Becky - thank you.
Jane - no offense taken - the flowers are loose indeed
Mikael - love the dark bg
12-16-2007, 02:41 AM
Mikael: "not so good" -- are you kidding? Your flower looks lovely :thumbsup: . It almost glows since you created such a beautiful value contrast.
12-16-2007, 12:11 PM
Thanks Silvia: nice little painting you have very hard to get details on such small size
Thanks Eyepaint: very colourful painting have a little expressinistic feeling over it
12-16-2007, 06:26 PM
ep....that is gorgeous..love the design to it!!!! ~~~~welcome mikael...vibrant colours..and so well done!!!....tyree:wave: :clap:
12-17-2007, 08:24 AM
Mikael, this is beautiful. You really captured the glow I was aiming for when I photographed the heliconia or "pretty red plant".
12-20-2007, 11:45 PM
Here's my Casa Orquideas. I had a lot of fun~
It is on black colorfix 5x7 with a mixture of holbeins, Senneliers, and Cray pas Expressionist.
Thanks for looking:)
12-21-2007, 08:01 AM
It does look like you had a lot of fun. Your flowers are full of life.
Chloe, I like the way you created some swirls of leaves in the background - it's very lively. Great colours in the flower. Nicely done. Jane
12-21-2007, 11:35 AM
Chloe - I really like your version of this, impressionistic and great color. I especially like your treatment of the background leaves. I need to get busy on my paintings, I'm such a slacker here lately!
12-22-2007, 02:41 PM
Here's my entry. I was thinking until this afternoon that I'd bitten off more than I could chew with this scene, but I think I've brought it to passable. What do you think?
12-22-2007, 03:59 PM
Wow, Shirl, this is certainly an interesting piece. I like the abstract quality and the array of different shapes and colors. I tend to feel that you could have some more darks on the left side of the painting to balance the rich color on the right. A complicated scene, well done.
12-22-2007, 04:01 PM
I agree with you Pat. I'll take on those changes later today or tomorrow.
Wow, Shirl, that's fantastic. I think the flatter abstract shapes reinforce the notion of a Japanese garden, in keeping with the lantern-shaped structure. And what a range of greens! An excellent interpretation of the scene, full of colour and life. Jane
12-23-2007, 04:03 PM
Great job on this - I really like your interpretation of this photo - you've really made it your own. This has an almost abstract, Oriental effect!
12-23-2007, 04:16 PM
Thanks, Pat, Jane and Becky
12-23-2007, 06:47 PM
:wave: chloe ....lovely array of colour and design...well done!!!!:clap: :thumbsup: shirl....beautiful arrangement of shapes ...very very nice!!!!:wink2: :wave: tyree
12-29-2007, 04:57 PM
Another update - this is a terrible photo, as I shot it at a funny angle, without the flash and not enough light. I don't know how accurate the colors are either, but at least you can tell I've been working on it. Hope to get more done this weekend.
12-29-2007, 05:06 PM
Nice progress, Becky. I especially like the blue and purple hues at the top of the painting.
This is a very inviting scene, with the sense of coming upon a secret garden. Great colours. Jane
12-29-2007, 06:59 PM
:wave: becky....this is coming along beautifully...love the array of colours...tyree
12-29-2007, 06:59 PM
Thanks Pat - I'll try not to mess them up - purples are my favorite!
Thanks Jane - I wish I could remember the owner's name - he would love to think of his place as a secret garden!
12-29-2007, 07:23 PM
Thanks Tyree - I do like color - that can be a plus or a minus.... :wink2:
:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Dec-2007/119075-wc_art_forum_oil-pastel_dec007_barbara.JPG Enjoyed doing this one, I wallowed in the colours. Can you spot the ladybirds?
12-30-2007, 06:50 AM
Chloe: your flower looks so bright, colorful and ... happy:)
Shirl: you have such an interesting and unique style. I'd love to see more of it :D
Becky: beautiful painting. It is so soft and dreamy and I feel like standing at the gates of an enchanted world. :thumbsup:
Bars: colorful and powerful -- and yes, I did spot the bugs :clap:
12-30-2007, 11:08 AM
Great color and design, Bars and I too spotted the ladybirds....
Bars, this is terrific. I love the patterns you created in the background and the colours are stunning. Fun to add the ladybirds (ladybugs to me). Jane
12-30-2007, 11:43 AM
Thank you Silvia.
Thank you all for your kind comments, very encouraging. This was the first time I have done anything like this. Not sure what to try next Bars
12-31-2007, 09:20 AM
Great job Bars, I really like the way you composed the leaves with the plant - nice warm colors too - neat idea with the lady bugs!
12-31-2007, 11:18 AM
bars...love the reds and greens together...!!! this is lovely....tyree:wink2:
I am glad you all like this effort, could anyone please tell me how I could have improved it Bars
01-01-2008, 09:52 AM
The only thing I might suggest is to make the greens a little darker in the background, but that is a small point. I think you have a wonderful design here and a great sense of movement.
Thank you Pat, I will keep that in mind. Do you happen to know where I can get a picture of the Three Musketeer or a picture of costumes of that era? Bars
01-02-2008, 08:02 AM
This site might help and you can google it from there.
Thanks Pat. I will give it a go Bars
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