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10-01-2010, 12:30 PM
Hi everyone:wave:

Welcome to the oil pastels and wax crayons project!!

Here the idea is to copy a work you admire using oil pastels and/or wax crayons. You may use the OPs alone or you may use them in a mixed media treatment, perhaps combining them with watercolour for wax resist, or with ink etc. Post your results here and let us know how you achieved them.

Since OPs are renowned for their intense bright colour, I have chosen August Macke as the artist for us to study here...but you may study any artist you choose ...as long as you do your studies using OPs somewhere in the work.

So let's enjoy the bright colours of crayons. I look forward to seeing your work.

Some images by August Macke (1887-1914) coming next....

10-01-2010, 12:33 PM





10-01-2010, 01:07 PM
bright ideas a plenty here!

10-01-2010, 04:05 PM
June, I love the first two pieces. This is also a very good challenge because even though I have tons of oil pastels, I have yet to seriously craft a portrait piece of the masters. Soft pastels, yes. But oil pastel not yet. Thanks for the challenge!

10-05-2010, 03:29 PM
August Macke coloring book:

Magic marker and oil pastels

and the original:


Want to try some wax resist next. :cool:

10-10-2010, 03:44 AM
Janet, that is a very good interpretation of the piece. It makes them less dreary with the brighter colors!

Gray Paper
Holbein oil pastel
Based on Michelangelo's work and added Daniel Smith watercolor in the end.
Fish was part of another pix.

10-10-2010, 10:56 AM
Good to see the OP works, Janet and Sandra. You cannot be dull using OPs, I think!! Janet....The ladies sewing circle is beautifully composed and I love the lamp. Sandra....The fish in the OP of the figures makes the piece surrealistic.

10-10-2010, 11:09 AM
Sandra...that fish is gorgeous...love the yellow.

I'm still experimenting, as my pastel book has very little on Oil Pastels.

Here's a couple from the sketch book. Trying out wax resist. OP and watercolor, with a little marker thrown in:



10-10-2010, 12:58 PM
Janet - your sewers are much more happy. The OP and resist face and sleeper are wonderful!!! Especially like the luminous quality of the sleeper's gown.

Sandra - nice work on the ladies especially. Why are the men always dressed around the naked women. It rather subjates women.....grrrr...
anyway. that fish is cool...I like the way his scales kinda disolve and his eye and fin are very alert.....gotta keep an eye for any passing dirigibles:smug:

10-10-2010, 08:19 PM
Haha...I don't know, Robin. I think most male artists want women naked just as most men do. Perhaps heaven for them is a land of nude ladies. :lol: :lol: For me, then it would be opposite, wouldn't it? Should I draw it? :lol: :lol: :evil: :evil:

Janet, the red haired girl looks good. I always enjoy the looser aspect of oil pastel on textured paper. You have good textured paper there.

Today I used solely Sennelier oil pastel. This pastel is so very soft.

But I really like the second piece.



10-11-2010, 07:14 AM

A quick sketchy version of Macke's green jacket in wax crayon and OP on yellow paper, around 11 by 14 ins. I used a photo in a book which had slightly different colours. Not that it matters as this was just to get me 'in the mood' for OPs.


This still life copy was done using mixed media...aryclics for the base and OP on top, around 7 by 9 ins.

I would like to do a wax resist sometime too...;)

10-11-2010, 08:37 AM
Wonderfully bright paintings here!

Amazingly, before seeing this thread I'd been thinking of doing an August Macke in oil pastels!

10-11-2010, 10:21 AM
Dave, do join us. Love to see more entries. And of course, you could do any master's works, not just the ones posted here.

June, omg, you are even a more detailed person than I. The houses already drove me crazy with all the edges and you even did the table cloth and its patterns. Nicely done. I do love your version of the tourists. She doesn't look as sad once you lightened up the colors. Guess what that piece reminds me of? A girl who is in an affair with a married man and she's looking on him and his wife having a nice Sunday and she's all alone.

10-11-2010, 10:57 AM
Hi Dave, we'd love to see your OP works here!

Sandra, thanks for the comments....I did get a bit intrigued by the patterned cloth!!

10-11-2010, 11:00 AM
Janet, I love your OPs of the girl's face and the figure. Good OP textures there.

Sandra, the houses came out well as did the self portrait of Macke. I like those 2 pix...but not sure if I'll get around to copying them.

Looking forward to more of your posts everyone!! OPs are for play and fun...i Hope all 'lurkers' will find time to join in!!

10-11-2010, 11:03 AM
Just a thought for the males dressed and women undressed debate!! We ought to have a project with men undressed and women dressed in the artworks!! Dejeuner sur l'herbe with the reverse of women in clothes and man naked. Has that been done in modern paintings...I expect some modern artists have done it. If you find a link...post it here for us to enjoy.:wink2:

10-12-2010, 01:11 AM
Oh gosh, I'm rubbing my hand with glee here. Yes, yes, please post links if you see it. I want to see art that way. Or can't we have a reverse thread just for fun? Post all the straight ones and we make them all naked guys as we copy?????? Please!!

Or make them all gay.


So spake the renegade here.

10-12-2010, 02:25 AM
Sandra, you could start a project thread..a separate one...for reversals of clasical imagery. It could be a reversal or new way of seeing/interpreting any of the old classical paintings!! see what people come up with!

10-12-2010, 11:21 AM
Sandra and June...am studying the way you use your oil pastels...like the solid with the sketchy. I used to use Caran d'Ache in that way. Back to the drawing board for me. :heart:

10-13-2010, 12:26 AM
Okay, June. I'll gather some works and start a thread for November. There's too much going on now.

Janet, I personally like oil pastel in its sketchiness and rely on toned paper to bring the image out. But I've done real solid painterly style too and they do look like oil paintings. It's such a versatile medium without the smell! And so portable!!

This one is based on Michelangelo's works.

Neopastel on Artist Fabriano Sketchbook


10-13-2010, 09:31 PM
Sandra - well, I'm not always contrary but I like the buildings best. The soft pastel medium makes the friendly , like plush pillow.....a city of pillow buildings! Ahhh Yes, the naked turn about is fair play &you are just the girl to do it too. Better wait until after you anatomy class is over though.
Nice face.....good proportions and pleasant texture.....

June - you are right on the marke with those two. I like the people, you haven't gotten any faces but they all look so content. Yes, I think pastels are a playful medium.

Hi Dave- oh do join in with something :)

Janet = can't wait to see your studies - I'm kinda like you - I like lines and pastel pushes me to think enmass.....

10-15-2010, 07:57 AM
I've started my oil pastel painting of August Macke's "Lady in a green jacket". Still at the "ugly stage" but should have something to show soon...

10-15-2010, 01:39 PM
My feeble attempt...overworked slightly, nevertheless enjoyed the medium.

10-15-2010, 02:45 PM
Ai, you made him even more handsome. I like the fast strokes you lathered over the piece. Like your other pencil or pen work, you have energy in your work.

10-15-2010, 08:14 PM
ai - ohh, that is very good.......lots of action and nice details...especially like the mouth

10-17-2010, 04:34 AM
Here's my version of "Lady in a green jacket" by August Macke. Sennelier and Neopastel oil pastels on Sennelier oil pastel card, 9x6 inches. Please do let me know what you think!


10-17-2010, 07:36 AM
Dave, such beautiful rich colors...a good Macke.

Ai, love the texture in your portrait...not over worked at all, but very interesting.

Hey Sandra...your Michaelangelo texture reminds me of a statue. Would fit in fine with the Gothic project too.

Looking at everyone's work here has given me a good idea what you can do with oil pastels. :heart: :heart:

10-19-2010, 06:25 PM
Nice one Dave- you got the vibe going strong between her and the trees-

10-20-2010, 04:06 AM
Thanks Trafford and Robin! Maybe I'll try some more expressionist/fauvist paintings later...

10-27-2010, 09:52 PM
Excuse my wicked mind but I think the lady in pink has her skirt on fire. Hahaha...but very cute. Great color combos, Dave.

10-28-2010, 07:41 AM
ink, crayon and oil pastel--- the ink turned out to be too dark - hence the dark water bodies......live and learn..... and I AM learning to like oil pastel:) Had to scan in two sections - top and bottomhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2010/88676-pasteltop_copy.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2010/88676-pastelbott_copy.JPG

10-29-2010, 12:37 AM
Robin, it's not too dark. Good colors too. The couples all have something intimate to say to each other.

I did this Erengi yesterday on my white sketchbook and this morning added Chinese ink on top. Image based on John Constable's work.


10-31-2010, 05:53 PM
Sandra - thanks, oh I like that - you are soo free with mixing mediums...I think that is a good quality:thumbsup:

11-01-2010, 12:01 AM
Thank you, Robin. I enjoy these challenges. I could experiment so much. Thanks for not making them too strict.

11-01-2010, 01:41 AM
Love the colourful work, Robin and Sandra. Glad you are enjoying oil pastels. I think a mixed media approach is great for experimenting and producing unusual results. Maybe we'll do mixed media as a project soon!!

11-07-2010, 10:36 AM
Robin, love that beautiful green color in the trees. Very cheerful piece.

Sandra, that is some interesting tree with all the roots.

Here is just another experiment... Four portraits, oil pastel. watercolor, resist and india ink:

They sort of look like they all went to the guillotine:lol:

Liked Dave's idea of copying the Fauves...but the perfect choice was Van Dongen, but he died in 1968...well maybe he can inspire me. :heart:

11-16-2010, 11:54 PM
LOL - Janet - about the guillotine...that is funny....

11-19-2010, 12:52 AM
Janet, very good experiment. The bottom left one has that Picasso look. Poor maidens. I wonder what crime they committed to justify being guillotined. LOL.

11-26-2010, 10:21 AM
The Fauve artists are good inspiration for OP work. I love van Dongen's work too, Janet. I love your red-heads!!