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02-01-2008, 05:45 AM

Those who have participated in previous months already know the guidelines. For all newbies to this monthly challenge, they are as follows:

* An individual volunteering to host the monthly project proposes to a guide or a moderator a new photo reference near the beginning of the month.
* The guide or moderator approves the host and reference photo and the selected host posts the project in Pastel Talk and also a thread in the Soft Pastel Studio with a link to the Pastel Talk project link.
* Interested participants create a painting from the photo and upload it to this thread for viewing and discussion.
* The image may be cropped, rearranged, and interpreted in any manner! Use different effects in your software program and try painting something different, tweak the color, add or subtract things. This is a friendly chance to share the creative venture. Have fun with it!
* You may paint as many versions as you like, and they may be any size.

I had planned to submit my own photos, but we recently moved/copied approx. 200 photos onto discs only to find out it didn't happen. Nor did they remain on the computer.:eek: :crying: So, I've opted to submit two photos from the wonderful RIL we have at WC. Thanks to Olga and Stalksthedawn for submitting them. You can access either from the links below. It may be difficult picking which one to do :) .



Kathryn Wilson
02-01-2008, 08:15 AM
Good choice of photos Pam! Hope you have a great time with the Strokes this month. :thumbsup:

02-01-2008, 02:37 PM
Thanks Kathryn!

Shirl Parker
02-01-2008, 06:31 PM
The first photo was the choice for the Watercolor Invitation to Paint in November.


02-01-2008, 06:56 PM
I can understand that Shirl! Can't say I've been to the watercolour forum, but I've had this in my favourites for about a year now, so I'm hoping I can get it together and try my hand as well.

02-01-2008, 09:16 PM
great photos, I hope I can get to do this month's project...thanks for hosting it.

02-02-2008, 05:39 AM
g'day Linda, hope you can join in as well.


02-02-2008, 10:40 AM
I love the duck and hope to do this one.

02-02-2008, 04:24 PM
I'm going to try the flowers in pastel. The photo lends itself well to the media.

02-02-2008, 10:21 PM
g'day Linn! Looking forward to seeing your duck. Loved the rooster and the heron on your website.

:wave: hi hilma and welcome to WC. I'm sure you'll find everyone here friendly. I have to agree, I think that floral pic lends itself to pastel well. The keyword is flower, heh heh heh, which I don't render very well. This would explain why it's still in my favourites after so long. I love flowers, I just don't paint them very well. Over time, with practice.....I will improve. Glad you are joining us this month.

02-03-2008, 06:09 PM
I'm only new to pastels so this project with the flowers will certainly give me something to sink my teeth into.

02-04-2008, 06:56 AM
I'm new as well...to painting period. The window looks challenging, the bird is scary so I think I will go with the window. Besides it's a welcome change from the dreary landscape here at the moment. Looking forward to learning lots in this forum. Thank you for posting.

Happy Painting!

02-04-2008, 07:35 AM
:wave: Hi Helenty and Springbaby. Happy to hear you are going to join us in this months pastel strokes.

Helenty - loved your Sturt Pea that you posted in Florals/Botanicals.

cheers for now, it's late here.

02-04-2008, 12:59 PM
This is my first time, I would love to try the Feb. challange, would like to try the window with the floral in pastel.

02-04-2008, 01:37 PM
this is my first time to post in the Pastel Forum, although I've been lurking for quite awhile. I'm a watercolorist just getting started in pastels and like RooGal I've had this picture in my favorites for along time, so nows the time to jump in.

02-04-2008, 10:54 PM

02-04-2008, 11:58 PM
:thumbsup: Kotelok - that is a beautiful rendering of the window. Glad you could join us :) What's the size and the type of paper you used?

Purplehorse and Willemke - very happy to hear you are joining in. Purplehorse I'm glad we're both blowing the dust of this same photo from our favourites :D

02-06-2008, 11:14 AM
Kotelok great 1st painting on the thread! i love the look especially on the lower flower pot. Great Job!

02-06-2008, 07:35 PM
Hello All!

Well, I can't believe that I'm doing it, but I'm doing it early so that I don't see everyone else's gorgeous paintings and chicken out. This is probably my 10th attempt at painting with pastels. I have no formal training and have been drawing for about 1 1/2 years. Introduced to color about a year ago and bought my first pastels. Have not hooked up with anyone in my community but will start looking for locals who paint.

I decided to try February Pastel Strokes because I had never done a still life before. I am looking for helpful comments but in particular would like some answers to the following questions that came up for me while I was painting. This painting is done on 9 x 12 Canson mi-teintes. It is the first time that I've worked on this paper and I'm not sure that I like it. I have been using a heavier grade of Canson and Fabriano which I like better. I changed the original colors of the painting because the picture brought back memories from my trip to southern France and I wanted a warmer feel to it all. Please comment on colors.

1. I left some of the background show through on the vine side because I didn't know if the greens would come through. Had difficulty with the greens on top of other colors or should I leave space or what???

2. Not happy with flowers at bottom of painting. Too low? Not enough color?

3. Found that I didn't have many neutrals to use in this painting. Another trip to the city for some. Suggestions?

4. How do you create straight lines with pastels?

5. I didn't have a 'sour' enough green for some of the vine leaves. What else might I have done?

Finally, this was fun! Once I started I couldn't stop. A little draggy at work today but got energized when I came home and started painting again.
I will do another from this pix and with the help of your comments and suggestions, perhaps I can improve.

Thank you for taking the time to review...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2008/129727-100_1152.jpg
This is the block-in for the painting. Scary, huh?

This is the finished (?) painting.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2008/129727-100_1153.jpg


02-06-2008, 08:31 PM
Kotelok: beautiful rendition!!! fabulous shadows and colors...

02-06-2008, 09:20 PM
I like the way you handled the reflection of the window. very nice job.

02-07-2008, 06:15 AM
Hi Pam,

Am just printing up the first picture you have chosen, it really lends itself to b done in Pastels. I'll have a go at it, you never know it may even be worthy enough of me taking a photot of and putting on here for you all to see. :rolleyes:

Will write to you real soon, I go to this new specialist tomorrow to see what he has to say about some new treatment they have been discussing lately.

Take Care and keep dusty,

Lots of Love Carolynn :):):heart::heart::heart:

02-07-2008, 08:53 AM
Kotelok, that is simply beautiful!

Gail, I'm not experienced enough to comment on your questions but I look forward to reading answers from others, as I have some of the same questions. I like your version and i think it's fine without the neutral colours. I think you might be right about the bottom flowers being too low although I don't know if I would have noticed it if you hadn't asked about them.

It's funny seeing that other people had already been planning to do this door picture. I also had saved it from the watercolour challenge and thought it would make a great one to try with pastels (I don't do watercolours but sometimes browse different forums to 'borrow' their projects). So I'll be trying this one too.


02-07-2008, 11:16 AM

Here's my take on the duck. I think he's confused - he has a large eye and the eyelashes of a female duck. Ah well. Rembrandt, 5 colours, on 9x12" Fabriano Ingres paper.



02-07-2008, 06:54 PM

This is a great start! I can't comment about all your questions but i got some of the easier ones...straight line...i have heard of using a piece of paper along the straight line area and dragging the pastel along it.

I'm not sure about the "sour green" though....you can over lay very lightly some yellows or blues depending on the direction you want to go. Its so easy to get hooked into pastels...its good to create something ...of yourself!

EP OH he is so cute....he does look alittle.......coy though:D

02-07-2008, 07:41 PM
Thanks guys! Actually, I painted it more than a year ago (I was browsing WetCanvas pool of images and this picture has caught my eye the moment I saw it)

As of the size, I think it was ArtSpectrum 12x18 and Sennelier soft pastel...

Shirl Parker
02-07-2008, 10:58 PM
Hey EP, how appropriate that your duck has a blue face. Well done.


02-08-2008, 12:02 AM
Betsy and Shirl - thank you :)

02-08-2008, 12:21 AM
Add me to the list of first timers. I've also been lurking for awhile, commenting, etc., but haven't been able to post anything. I'd like to do the window as well. is there a maximum number of participants, or can anyone do this?
Jan C.

Shirl Parker
02-08-2008, 09:08 AM
The more the merrier, Jan. And welcome.


02-08-2008, 12:13 PM
Hi here is my attempt at the duck.

02-08-2008, 12:44 PM
Hi everyone,

Pam: Thanks for the ref choice - a good one!

Kotelok - wow - light and shadow and depth and colours - great one!

Springbaby - cansom mi-teintes are good for studies IMHO
superb blue shutters - bottom flowers - let them disapear - as you cropped the path, the window is the main subject - beautiful glass and reflections - perhaps you can give another layer in the shadows on the right -
For green you have to test and mix some other color with it to see what happen- nice use of mi-teintes paper? :D

eyepaint - lady like duck ;) otherwise great colors - some ripples on the water?

Alija1001 - Hi, nice little duck - I like the blue head - some more colors in water? :cat:

so, here is one more (i like these little W/C challenges ).

so two in a row

Window - daler-rodney 160g - 9X12" soft pastel sticks -
I put the black before the flowers in front of the window ... so less flowers :(

Duck - printer paper - oil pastels sticks - Daler, Sennelier - 9X11"


this water is not enough water up right:( ...

02-08-2008, 04:23 PM
Thanks for the comments and suggestion. Didn't even see a path in the picture I printed out. Here I thought I was learning to see...

More water with the duck, although it's just nice to see a duck around here, not much water, lots of ice....


02-08-2008, 11:39 PM
Wow, I turn my back for one day and this thread has jumped. Sorry folks for not getting back earlier. :cat:

Gail - I think you've done a splendid job on the window photo. I'm not sure I can answer all your questions either. Love how you put the mat around it for the photo, that's a good idea.

I think your greens will come through fine on the vine. I don't know what kind of tooth either papers you mentioned have. You may want to add a yellowish green if that's what you mean by sour. (sour makes me think of green apples)

If you want to draw a straight line, Betsy's right, you can just use the straight edge of another sheet of paper. Practice a few times.

My only critique about the lower flowerbox is the perspective seems off. You have us looking down into the flowerbox. That may be why you're not happy with it. I'm still undecided as to whether or not to just paint the window or include that lower box in my own painting.

The best thing is you had fun. All in all, I think you've done a great job :thumbsup:

Carolynn - :clap: It would be lovely if you could join in. I know you have a lot going on. Wonderful to hear from you!

Sandy, Jan - :wave: Hope you both just jump in and submit a painting for this month. No worries!

EP - :thumbsup: Nice crop on the duck photo. Looks good. Nice colours.

alija - :thumbsup: Good Duck as well. I get the sense he's moving. Think you need a few more colours in the water to soften those white lines a little.

yabby - Wow, you are ambitious, painting both photos. I think they both look great. Even the change on the flower pot, although that was not your intention. I also get the sensation of the duck moving through water. Nice colours!

Thank you to everyone that has participated so far! Have to get crackin on mine now.


02-09-2008, 05:54 AM
Hi everyone!
After seeing this month`s ref photo I couldn`t keep my hands off my pastels :rolleyes: I really tried, because I should be writing my scholarly thesis. But instead I took the pastels last night and painted this. I think you can see it`s quickly done. At least I see, compering with my other works. But anyway I got the most need-to-paint off my hands if you know what I mean :lol:

This is on Canson, or I think so... the paper was awful and I`ll never ever going to use that again. It was too rough or something, Canson has never done it before. So maybe it was something else... :confused: Oh and the size: 20x30 cm. I think :rolleyes:

Well, have a very nice weekend!


Bye :wave:
Jane K

02-09-2008, 06:52 AM
:clap: Hey that's a wonderful rendering of the window photo Jane! I wish I could paint that quick, still not there yet. Great colours.

Not sure which Canson paper you are not too happy with, could be the M-Tientes. It's my understanding that there is a "heavier" quality Canson also. I do find the M-Tientes to be good for projects like Pastel Strokes, and other quick sketches etc.

Happy you could join us. :)

02-09-2008, 07:55 AM
Have added some green and put an eye on.

02-09-2008, 10:00 AM
Thanks Pam! Yeah you could be right, maybe it`s some type of Canson. I don`t know the other types, in our local art store there`s only this particular type of Canson (and it`s Mi-Teintes) so that made me think maybe the paper I used wasn`t Canson at all :rolleyes: Oh and yes, there`s Fabriano`s Ingres too, but have never liked it. Are there some differences between Fabrianos and Cansons Ingres?

By the way, is it better to use the manufacturer`s name or the type of the paper when telling what kind of paper is used? I usually tell just that I`ve used Canson -not which one...:o

I wish I could try many kinds of papers, Wallis for example, it`s a shame there`re not too many choices in the stores here. Maybe I can buy them online. Never done that though, I`ve been thinking it`s difficult to send them without them getting crumpled up. But if they sell it, maybe they know how to ship it too :)

Ok, back to school things :wave:Bye for now!
Jane K

Selahs art
02-10-2008, 02:31 PM
Nice work so far,
Love the duck, I will try that one,
haven't done pastels in a while.


K Taylor-Green
02-10-2008, 02:58 PM
Wow! Pam, your Strokes is coming along just fine. I see a lot of great work!
Just a reminder, though. Since the Oil Pastel painters have their own forum now, split from ours, only soft pastels can be shown is this forum,

02-10-2008, 04:07 PM
Gill - Looks great with the addition of the green in the water. He's a happy chappy.

Jane - We don't have a lot of choices for paper here either. Although we do have colourfix, especially since it's made here. I'm sure if you ordered from either Dick Blicks, Dakota or Jerry's Artsarama, they should know how to ship the paper properly. I know some places have a minimum of 10 sheets for shipping.

Just mentioning Canson is fine. We're all familiar with the wired side and the smooth side. I don't know what the Fabriano Ingres is like, don't think it's available here, but I have heard of it.

Retha - Happy you can join us this month. Looking forward to your duck. :) It will be fun to get dusty again.

Katherine - Thanks for that reminder.:cat:

02-10-2008, 04:49 PM
This is my first challange, the photo did not come out to clear, had a little problem with the perspective and the bottom flower box. Mi-Teines Canson, size: 12" x 16". Done with 80% pan pastels and 20% unison dry pastels.

02-11-2008, 02:07 AM
:thumbsup: Willemke - great job for your first challenge. The lower flowerbox looks good to me, can't tell you had any problems with it. Love the Jack Russell on your website.

02-11-2008, 06:56 AM
Eyepaint, your animals are always a lot of fun, but the coy duck really takes the cake. Or maybe itís Valentineís candy sheís angling for?

Gill, excellent job on your duck! Youíve got the shape and the movement down really well.

Yabby, lovely colours on the door picture, and I like what youíve done with the ivy. Good duck as well, it has a look as if itís furtively eyeing up EPís duck and deciding whether to go for it!

Jane, I love the fresh, light feeling of yours and the bright colours. Youíve done particularly well in some of the things Iíve been struggling with Ė clean lines and crisp details and definitions, and a really nice shade of green.

Willemke, well done on your first challenge! I especially like the detail on the flowers and leaves, and the reflection in the window.

Hereís my attempt. I couldnít get to the shade of green I wanted on the shutters, and I too have continual paper problems with pastels Ė if bumpy the painting comes out rough and patchy and I canít get details or crisp edges, and if smooth I can only put a little bit of pastel on. There doesnít seem to be a happy medium.

C&C, suggestions welcome!



02-11-2008, 09:53 PM
I thought both the photo references for this month were very challenging. I wonder if the water colour challenges will eventually do the duck :) The window scene had so much detail, that I decided to work on the duck.

I was a bit worried about the water - which also had a lot of detail. Water is always tricky...never looks the same really, does it?

EP, I love how you tied in so many colours into the duck scene, which I thought was so monochromatic when I first looked at it.

Yabby, I like how you tied the colours of the window scene into the duck scene...he's probably swimming very close by.

Gill, I like the very darks and lights you used and how the water highlights tie in with the lighter feathers in the duck.


My blog: http://www.shushers.ca/christy/dustmeoff/

02-12-2008, 01:33 AM
Sandy - Despite your paper problems, I think your rendering of the window photo is very good. :thumbsup: You've got your perspective right, one thing I always have problems with.

Christy - You've done a wonderful job on the duck and the water itself. I love the reflection of the duck in the water. Great colours. :)

02-12-2008, 06:55 AM
Christy, that's a wonderful duck, the texture comes across really well - he's nice and fluffy. Great movement showing in the water.

RooGal - thanks.


Selahs art
02-12-2008, 01:23 PM
stunning work on the duck.


02-12-2008, 08:40 PM
Christy, wonderful job on the duck, the water looks so real.

02-12-2008, 11:32 PM
Gill - your duck looks like a speedy swimmer :)
yabby - thank you, and thanks for your suggestion. If I manage to actually make ripples rather than a mess I'll repost it here :) Nice greenery all around that window. Your duck looks like he can swim fast!
Pam - thank you :)
Jane K - I like the effect that the Canson texture had on your painting - on the shutters and windowframes particularly.
Retha - are you going to join in?
Willemke - welcome - such a great vine growing up out of that pot! Good job!
Sandy - thank you :) I like how you did the window panes - darker for the bottom panes and lighter at the top :)
Christy - thank you :) Your ducky looks like the ref photo - I'm really admiring your water! So cool!!


02-13-2008, 09:58 AM
Kotelok..A beautiful painting with a good sense of depth.

Gail.. Some variation in tone will help to give more depth to the flowers and the vine, especially some darks. That said still a great painting.

E.P. A great study.

Gill.. Great little study. The additions you have added has made a great improvement, well done.

Yabby.. Two great studies, well done.

Jane.. Great colour choice, very bright and cheerful.

Willemke.. A great painting for your first challenge, Hope you enjoyed doing it.

Sandy.. Great painting.I think some tonal variation will help your painting, Some dark darks in the foliage and some more light colours to catch the sunlight.

Christy.. Good movement on the water and a good sense of form on the duck. Well done.

02-13-2008, 10:01 AM
Well here's mine, its 8 X 11 on ingres pastel paper using various soft pastels.
C & C welcome.


02-13-2008, 10:12 AM
Alija I like the suggestive strokes in your painting, and i love the blue/purple color. on you 2nd update the eye makes it look even better

Yabby your pastel of the window is nice and airy.....the shutter windows on our right is done well. Your oil duck the rendered quite nicely.

Jane love you quick pastel its so fresh and colorful!

Willemke your perspective and remdering look pretty good to me...just the odd shape of the flower pot on the window is off alittle... just by angling the ends alittle more diagonally up and out will fix that!

Sandy you should try a different paper, something sanded maybe...it did alot of diffence to me as i was using watercolor and canson at first and have started using colorfix. I can get alot more layers on some i can overlay with other colors.

Christy Your duck is done so well he looks wet! The reflection on him in the water plants him down solidly.

Paul your duck came out looking so bright very nice job. love the blues added as shadows on his body! Gives him a 3-d look

02-13-2008, 01:38 PM
Paul .... your duck looks so natural and looks like he is peddling those feet pretty fast in the water, love the ripple in the water.

02-13-2008, 03:21 PM
Paul - That's a beautiful duck! I would love to see how you did the ripples right around and behind him. I think he may be trying to catch up to our other ducks in this thread. :) Wonderful colours!

02-14-2008, 10:03 AM
Betsy, Willemke and Pam Thank you for your kind comments.

02-14-2008, 05:56 PM
First WIP, had to try the Duck. OK to post Wip here? Vine charcoal, 18x24 140lb cold presshttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2008/131855-100_2829.JPG

02-14-2008, 06:54 PM
:wave: Hi redbr8der and welcome to WC! Happy you can join in :) . No worries, showing your submission as a WIP, as long as you introduce soft pastels in the piece.

Looks like it's coming along splendidly so far. Looking forward to seeing your next post. :thumbsup:


Selahs art
02-14-2008, 11:45 PM

Yes I am going to join in on the duck.


02-15-2008, 05:52 AM
Paul, thanks for your comments. I agree about the colours in the vines. I did actually use some very light and dark colours, but they didnít seem to take. I think maybe Iíd loaded on too much pastel by that stage. I love your duck, itís got great colours and movement through the water. It has a cute cocky expression as well.

Betsy, thanks for your comments. Iíve been trying a lot of different papers, and am still making my way through the types. I havenít tried the sanded ones yet, to be honest Iíve been put off by the high cost per sheet which I know would make me feel cautious and reluctant to experiment. Iím probably ready to try the more expensive ones now next time I make an order, but I have a feeling I will keep setting them aside for Ďsomething specialí! I did actually try using fine sandpaper (as opposed to sandED paper) but the pastel just seems to fall off.

Iím also thinking of trying that pastel ground stuff made by sansfix or colorfix Ė what is your opinion of that?

Red, your duck looks promising, I look forward to seeing him again.


02-15-2008, 06:45 AM
hi Sandy,
I have found a small paintbrush to come in quite handy in brushing off excess pastel in order to reapply additional colour or even complete re-do a section.

The colorfix paper is great to work with. I've been able to completely erase sections with my kneadable eraser(after brushing) and start that section again without any problems. Plus I've found that I can purchase a large sheet and cut it in half, or even smaller, so it is economical. I've also purchased a jar of colorfix, but have not had the chance to try it out yet.

02-15-2008, 09:39 AM
Thanks Pam, that's useful to know as I won't feel so under pressure if I know I can start again!


02-15-2008, 11:35 AM
Hi Sandy

I because of money issues I have bought the colorfix in a jar and apply it over all my watercolor paper it works well with me. I suggest to get a neutral/mid range value, and a darker one( im using burgandy right now and i love it. I just apply it to a stapled down sheet of watercolor paper with a sponge brush works well....as i have alot of watercolor paper!

02-15-2008, 07:54 PM
Well i think I'm done...

I keep fiddling with it. I keep trying to add more blue somewhere else in it....:D
Its a really strange size....i cropped the finished bit its down to 8x12":o
colorfix rembrandts, unisons, ludwigs


02-15-2008, 08:32 PM
Whew, I didn't think I would ever get this uploaded. It almost took as long to upload as painting the picture! Actually, I've been working on this for a week and kind of ran out of steam by the time I got to the flower box at the bottom. I think it still needs some work. This is done with Rembrandt soft pastels, prisma color stix and faber castell pastel pencils on 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 Wallis.

This is my first experience with Wallis and its incredible. Thanks for looking and C&Cs are welcome.

Donna - Texas


02-16-2008, 01:45 AM
Betsy - I love the palette you used in this. Stop fiddling, she's a beauty. :D

Donna - :thumbsup: Great reflection on that window and lovely colours overall. We're not able to get Wallis here :crying: Mind you, I'm quite happy with colorfix for now.

02-16-2008, 10:09 AM
Loved almost all the pictures in that area. Great choice and now I'm ready to work with more of those pics just for the practice.. Currrent WIP not worth the effort yet. Sooooon.

02-16-2008, 01:19 PM
Hi again!
Donna you posted just after i left! I like the colors you have on the shutters i couldn't decide which way to go....i like those colors better. I will have to try wallis some day when i get some xtra money and im not spending it on pastels:p

i thought that i would post my finished painting...i kept fiddling...:angel: As i didn't see the post telling me not too:o

I worked on pulling the crop out alittle bit more....adding some warmer colors and trying to straighten out the windows and shutters.
any C&C are welcome...got to learn

02-16-2008, 03:49 PM
Wow, Betsy. I liked your picture the first time you posted but the second one is absolutely beautiful..colors are great and your perspective is just perfect. I like the texture you have on your lower flower pot too. I couldnt get that rough looking texture on mine. Its funny but now that I've posted I can see how crooked by window frame and shutters are and my window ledge seems to sag a little in the middle. Must be a heavy flowerpot! I think one of my problems was working too small. I find it difficult to work with those big chunky rembrandts in small detail areas. If I have the color stix or pencils in the right color I prefer them but sometimes the color I need is one of the big chunkies. Regarding the Wallis, it is wonderful to work on but it is expensive. That's why I used such a small piece. I want to try the colorfix on watercolor paper too because I have tons of watercolor paper like you.

All the posted pictures are beautiful. This has been a good learning experience for me and I look forward to joining these each month.


02-17-2008, 04:26 AM
Red.. Great start, looking foreword to seeing him complete.

Sandy... Thank you. RooGal made a good point, hope it works for you.

Betsy... A beautiful painting, with great depth and colour. Love the second posting, a much better crop. Now sign and frame it.

Donna... A lovely painting, I think you are a little harsh on yourself in your own critique, ( but aren't we all). These things add character and personalize your work. Remember the original will not be there to be compared to.
One point you might want to consider in future, when painting interior shadows of the window is to try to avoid using all black. Try using dark purples, browns etc. Betsy's painting is a good example of this.

02-17-2008, 05:47 AM
Betsy - I like how you adjusted the foot path (sidewalk) closer to the stone planter. I meant to say earlier that I really like the colours you used in the vine. It seems to have a 3-d effect.

One of best things about the strokes each month is the different interpretations of each piece submitted. I have to agree with Donna that it's a wonderful learning experience.

Selahs art
02-17-2008, 07:16 AM
Hi again!
I worked on pulling the crop out alittle bit more....adding some warmer colors and trying to straighten out the windows and shutters.
any C&C are welcome...got to learn


This one is stunning.


02-17-2008, 11:35 AM
Donna Thank you :o I think that my flower pot texture happened because i didn't blend any of the pastel with fingers, I just kept layering different colors of pastel to blend that way. I have not done a painting much smaller than 8X10 so i can only imagine it would be pretty difficult to express much detail with our fat P-sticks:D , but i think you have done well!

Paul thank you also! I felt it needed some more wall area on the left to make a better balance....i think?

RooGal thanks yeah my sidewalk didn't seem to sit into the painting very well...although i still think its trying to float off somehow. I used a dark burgandy on the walls to create a shodow effect behind the dark greens of the vine itself.

Retha thank you

02-17-2008, 11:17 PM
Okay I almost tossed this out but I worked at it until I finished it. So, this is done on gray velour with Pan Pastels.

C&C's welcome.


02-18-2008, 12:41 AM
Paul - thank you. Your duck is in a hurry!
Retha - yay - hurry up - I want to see it :)
Betsy - oooh I really like your green shutters and the foliage in the lower planter box. You can stop tweaking as far as I'm concerned :)
purplehorse - great window!
Randi-lee - very nice. What do you think of the pan pastels?

02-18-2008, 12:45 AM
The pan Pastels are great, I really love the less dust and their wonderful colours. I have been trying them on all different surfaces to figure out which I like best. Using them on the velour is a very different challenge. You need an extremely light touch for the velour. On the colorfix they glide and I am finding on canvas board with pastel prime they work very well. I forgot to say this is 9x16, I believe.


02-18-2008, 12:41 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments.

Paul - I took your advice and reworked the dark window panes with purples and browns. I'm much more pleased with the results. I also reworked the lower flowerbox and added some warm colors around the window.

I think I'm finished with this one:)


02-18-2008, 12:55 PM
That is very nice Donna, I love the texturing of the flower box and all the foliage.


Selahs art
02-18-2008, 01:53 PM
Retha - yay - hurry up - I want to see it :)

Patience my friend I was little sick and got to get the paper for it today.
Hope I dont disapoint you.


Selahs art
02-18-2008, 01:55 PM
Retha - yay - hurry up - I want to see it :)

Patience my friend I was little sick and got to get the paper for it today.
Hope I dont disapoint you.


02-19-2008, 01:24 PM
Randi, nice job on the duck, i'm glad you decided to show us instead of throwing it out., love the texture that the velour gives a painting.
Donna you also did a good job with the flower boxes and shutters.

02-19-2008, 02:02 PM
Randi-Lee - Nice job on the duck! Those look like tulips next to the tree. You are thinking Spring. A great idea this time of year.

02-19-2008, 02:03 PM
Randi-Lee -i love the blues you used on the water. you our little duck a destination!the tulips are sweet. soft and smooth with the pan pastels i will have to get some...but im trouble as to where ill put them in my box :(

Donna- the purples added to the shadow in the windows do the trick! it adds depth...something beyound...

EP thank! i put it away in the box!

02-19-2008, 07:04 PM
Thanks, Roogal, Willie, and Betsy. That duck almost got ditched a few times, I couldn't stand to waste good paper so I continued. Glad I did.


02-20-2008, 03:43 AM
Randi-Lee... Very nice, that blue looks great. Velour does take a bit of getting used to.

Donna... This looks great, so glad you liked the purples and browns.

02-22-2008, 06:14 PM
Ok I think it might be finished with this now, hope it looks a little better then the last time I posted it. Mi-Teines Canson, size: 12" x 16". Done with 80% pan pastels and 20% unison dry pastels. C&C welcome.

02-22-2008, 11:04 PM
Your flowers look wonderful Willemke. Love the little tufts of grass growing around the bottom of the stone flower box.

I'm just about ready to submit mine as well. Still need to get a photo of it, so I hope I can get it posted within the next day or two. Big BBQ today, so only could steal a few minutes to jump on the computer before people start arriving.

02-23-2008, 01:40 PM
Thank-you Pam for your comments.
I have completed my duck as well, done with 100% Pan Pastels with the soft tools, used green colorfix, size 19" x 14". C&C welcome, thank-you for looking.

02-23-2008, 01:47 PM
Willie: your duck is awesome!


02-23-2008, 03:57 PM
He's a beauty Willemke! Wonderful colours throughout.

Selahs art
02-23-2008, 05:10 PM

stunning duck.

well Ive finished and here is mine, gave me a hard time first when I realized I had taken the rough side of the paper.



02-23-2008, 05:35 PM
gorgeous duck and I love your blues.


02-23-2008, 05:51 PM
Randi-Lee, Pam and Retha, thank-you for all your comments, much appreciated.

Shirl Parker
02-23-2008, 06:08 PM
I like everything about this Retha.


Selahs art
02-23-2008, 06:19 PM




02-24-2008, 03:21 AM
Terrific duck Retha! I too like the colours you used in the water.

02-24-2008, 12:37 PM
Had this finished for a week but that was good as I did sme small touch-ups. Enjoyed doing this. The challenges are a good way to compare approaches by other people. Comments (kind and not so kind) are welcomed.
PS . The wall color isn't quite as warm as it appears in the picture. Just posted the more accurate version. Sorry.

02-24-2008, 12:49 PM
The duck is great. Love that the water is NOT blue...which is the kind of water I see most places.

02-24-2008, 05:00 PM
It's beautiful Yvonne. I like how you got the flowers to look so lush and full, I still have trouble. What kind of paper did you use? just curious.

02-24-2008, 05:28 PM
Thanks Pam. The paper was a small scrap of a pale green Mi-Tienes that was left over from something else...roughly 8 x 11.


02-24-2008, 11:36 PM
well I said I wanted to submit something, I just didn't know at the time that it was going to be this piece of rubbish. Somebody got their grubby hands all over it and then left it face down for me to find. I'm really more than a bit annoyed about it, simply because no one had the decency to even inform me. Ok sorry, I needed to vent. :mad:

I was almost done, but will go no further on this one. On Canson, smooth side


I cropped off the bottom as the flower box was not the right proportion. Will try again, just not sure it will be before the month is over. I'm glad you used the light green Canson Yvonne, I happen to have that colour as well and have considered using it for my second try.

cheers for now,

02-27-2008, 08:02 PM
So sorry about your painting Pam, I'm glad you got to vent that out :D, I know what it feels like for someone to get their grubby little hands on a painting - one being my cat :cat: - my 4 yr. old grandaughter knocked one of my paintings off the easel and on to the floor, by the time I noticed, my cat had been sitting on it, and then I had little pastel paw prints all over the floor, you can imagine what that looked like! In the end to ended up laughing about the whole thing :lol:.

Selahs art
02-28-2008, 12:48 PM

Thanks I love blues.


02-28-2008, 04:16 PM
:lol: Oh, I'm much better now, thanks Willemke. We have had house guests for a few months and it has been a challenge to even find a place to paint. I have carted my materials outside some days, and one night had it all spread out over the floor in the bathroom. Things are settling down a bit now that two of the guests and their dog have returned home. I've started the window again along with two other paintings so I'm in different stages on each. The main thing is, I am having fun. :)

02-29-2008, 12:28 PM
Willemke - great flowers on the window sill, and quite the jaunty duck!
Retha - your duck is so cute with those swirls of water behind him
claydesigner - looks terrific
Pam - sorry to hear that someone got into your art stuff but pleased you managed to get one done and share it with us


Deborah Secor
02-29-2008, 04:33 PM
May I slide in at the last moment with my entry? <pant, pant, pant>

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Feb-2008/23609-DSCN7774.JPG This one is 9x7" on blue-gray La Carte. Had a lot of fun tweaking the colors in this one. The gray day was tough, so I brightened it up a bit, without casting strong shadows... I think it worked. Hope so!

(Though now that I see it on my monitor I can see that the bottom of the near shutter got a little warped... back to the drawing board! :rolleyes: :D)

Here's what my charcoal drawing looked like, which shows the color of the paper pretty well.


Thanks for the challenge! :wave:


03-01-2008, 12:38 PM
Lovely painting Deb, love your flowers and the reflections in the window.

Pam........thank you for hosting the February challenge, :clap: this was my first challenge and I really enjoyed participating in it.

03-01-2008, 03:52 PM
It's beautiful Deborah! Glad you could join us for this month's strokes (even if you left a few skid marks trying to get it completed before months' end :D )

A big thank you to everyone that participated this month, I enjoyed hosting and hope to do it again sometime......hopefully with my own photos next time :lol:


Selahs art
03-02-2008, 02:47 AM


Nice works on the house guys, I didn't do it because I have done that pic with watercolour in invitation to paint, and I'm preparing for an interview with a good name gallery here.
Some nice interpretations here.


03-04-2008, 07:22 AM
Well this is my second go round on the window. My first submission was about 4x6 on Canson, this is about 9x12 on reused colourfix. Still needs tweaking. I had heaps of fun working on it and will probably paint it again but not now, I'm a little sick of looking at it. :lol:

03-04-2008, 09:44 AM
It's too late to post these, but I only noticed the thread at the weekend. Both are on Colourfix about 13"x9"



Kathryn Wilson
03-04-2008, 09:46 AM
Hi John - it's never too late to post a couple of beauties like these!

Join Paula in the new March Pastel Strokes found in the Pastel Talk forum.

03-04-2008, 12:30 PM
Those are gorgeous, John.


03-04-2008, 03:48 PM
:thumbsup: Both of these are terrific John! I like how you did the water on the duck pic. I'm happy you could participate with us.


Mario V
03-29-2008, 04:30 PM

I've joined WC too late to participate in Feb Pastel Strokes.
I loved the duck picture so much and had to do it :).
Please comment good and bad. Thx


Mario V
03-29-2008, 04:34 PM
Sennelier gray sanded paper 9x12
Duck: Rembrant, Sennelier
Water: Conte, Sennelier

Kathryn Wilson
03-29-2008, 04:34 PM
I brought this back from the Library for those who want to post their February Strokes paintings. I will leave it up for one week for postings and comments, then it will go back to the Library.

03-29-2008, 06:00 PM
It's a wonderful rendering of the duck photo Mario. And welcome to WC as well! Hope to see more of your work.