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halthepainter
10-02-2010, 11:21 AM
All oil pastellists please join us for the October Pastel Challenge. All photos are from my collection so there are no copyright issues.

Feel free to crop, modify in any way. You artists are gods to create your own reality on canvas or paper.

Receive friendly critiques if you request or otherwise just let us share each others creations. You are all wonderful sources of inspiraton and ideas.

Please join:

I love the California coast, it's the first image:

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A river in northern California, at the foot of the Sierras.

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I've been wanting to do a Gus portrait, this is my prod to actually do it. If anyone else also does one, I may secretly steal their image. :evil:

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Gundalow and the Sheafe Wharehouse: In colonial times this boat transported goods up and down the rivers and esturaries of Coastal New Hampshire. The sail is barely functional, it primarily rides the tides.

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The obligatory red vehicle, seems to be traditional here in the OP forum. :lol: :lol:
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halthepainter
10-02-2010, 11:32 AM
All oil pastellists please join us for the October Pastel Challenge. All photos are from my collection so there are no copyright issues.

Feel free to crop, modify in any way. You artists are gods to create your own reality on canvas or paper.

Receive friendly critiques if you request or otherwise just let us share each others creations. You are all wonderful sources of inspiraton and ideas.

Please join:

A couple more images:

Gertrude and Heathcliff: Swans who inhabit a local pond during the summer then move to a tidal pond during the winter to have open water. They are either immortal or they are replaced secretly when they move on.

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Father and Son; a story painting??? Please forgive the Gus hair on the slide. You don't have to add that.:D

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Can anyone catch the steam of the Yellowstone's hot springs???


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Pat Isaac
10-02-2010, 11:36 AM
Thanks so much for filling in, Hal. Great images....and Gus is tempting.

Pat

marionh
10-02-2010, 12:09 PM
Wonderful photos. Will do my best to join in this month.

halthepainter
10-02-2010, 12:12 PM
Wonderful photos. Will do my best to join in this month.

Thank you Marion, I pray you do. :thumbsup:

Anitta U.
10-02-2010, 12:55 PM
Great photos, Hal! I think I will give those swans a try.

halthepainter
10-02-2010, 12:58 PM
Great photos, Hal! I think I will give those swans a try.

Anitta it will be great to have you join in.

Sandra39
10-02-2010, 04:53 PM
Wow HAL, Every one of the challenge seems to be very enticing. And you gave plenty! I am torn between Gus and Caif. landscape. And the SWANS! that 's my fav. subject. Oh mind! maybe I will paint them all.. just kidding. I know I won't be touching the RED CAR. It's too much mechanic for me. Good job hosting the challenge.
Sandi

halthepainter
10-02-2010, 04:56 PM
Wow HAL, Every one of the challenge seems to be very enticing. And you gave plenty! I am torn between Gus and Caif. landscape. And the SWANS! that 's my fav. subject. Oh mind! maybe I will paint them all.. just kidding. I know I won't be touching the RED CAR. It's too much mechanic for me. Good job hosting the challenge.
Sandi

Ok Sandi, I counting on you for three paintings. :heart: :thumbsup:

Spice3514
10-02-2010, 05:52 PM
Hi Hal,
These are great photos, thanks for posting them. I havnt done a Challenge for a while but that first one of the California coast is v. enticing.
Its nice to have a few more to choose from too.
Brenda

halthepainter
10-02-2010, 06:57 PM
Hi Hal,
These are great photos, thanks for posting them. I havnt done a Challenge for a while but that first one of the California coast is v. enticing.
Its nice to have a few more to choose from too.
Brenda

OOPS dont know why this duplicated itself!
B.

Brenda since your last post duplicated itself, it must be a sign that you should do two challenge paintings.

Beautiful_Butterflies_Studio
10-03-2010, 12:11 AM
WELL I have been absent for a LONG TIME, so I guess it's time to try again...see ya soon!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

SunFace
10-03-2010, 12:21 AM
Oil pastels are so hard for me, but maybe I will try one of the images .... we shall see!

halthepainter
10-03-2010, 09:49 AM
Hi Stacey please join in, you too Maria. I don't want these photos to go to waste. :wink2:

gekai
10-03-2010, 08:24 PM
Hal,
Good pics. I am curious - where exactly did you take the " california coast" photo?

halthepainter
10-03-2010, 08:36 PM
Hal,
Good pics. I am curious - where exactly did you tale the " california coast" photo?

It's been a long time but I think that was taken well south of Monterey somewhere in the vicinity of San Simeon. That slide was in with my Hurst Castle slides.

marionh
10-04-2010, 06:27 AM
Well it looks like I'm the first to post so here goes.
Decided to do the swans - Initially wanted to just do a very loose sketch so used Ingres dirty grey colour but couldn't stop myself drawing the swans in and starting details - wish now that I had used better paper.

Anyway, the first is the initial sketchy thing and the second is where I am at at the moment - having laid in more OP on the top water and starting now on the bottom half of the water. Had to take a photo at this point as the sky has suddenly clouded over and I can here thunder. Last chance today to take a photo outside methinks:lol:

22x30cm using 150g Ingres from a pad.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2010/42113-002_800x600.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2010/42113-005_800x600.JPG

Pat Isaac
10-04-2010, 07:04 AM
Nice start, Marion.

Pat

halthepainter
10-04-2010, 10:33 AM
Nice start on your initial sketchy thing Marion.

I'm tied up for the rest of the week and will not be able to start anyting until next week.

oldrockchick
10-04-2010, 01:37 PM
Ah another way to use up the red OPs - nice car -
I love that rocky landscape - the arch bridge is the same shape as the Green Bridge of Wales I drew....

but this month just HAS to be GUS!!!

I'm so glad Pat is now letting us offer more refs. I rememebr when I had to beg her to let me have 3 lol. Much better like this - I prefer to have more choice.

halthepainter
10-04-2010, 01:42 PM
Lin Gus would be honored.

The more images to paint the merrier. I put the red car in just for you Lin. But please give Gus priority. :thumbsup:

Spice3514
10-04-2010, 05:46 PM
Hi Hal and everyone,
Here is my first California Coast attempt, with Neocolour II on cp watercolour paper, approx 11 x 15 ins. Did this v. fast tonight (I've just spent 3 weeks on a coloured pencil drawing and it was such a relief to let go with the Neo IIs).

Thanks for this image Hal, I really like it and will probably do it again in OPs.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2010/183415-Oct_2010_California_coast_Neo_II.JPG

Good start on the swans Marion, look forward to seeing them progressed - though as you havnt gone too far yet, why not start again on good paper? I think they will make a lovely finished picture.

B.

halthepainter
10-04-2010, 06:03 PM
Great job Brenda. You simplified a complicated subject wonderfully.

Great job.

SunFace
10-05-2010, 11:07 AM
Marion and Brenda ... beautiful work!

Pat Isaac
10-05-2010, 11:17 AM
Great color in those mountains, Brenda.

Pat

marionh
10-05-2010, 11:37 AM
Brenda- thought I had commented but obviously not as the post isn't there :lol:
I like your loose treatment and colours you've used. I liked the ref but I wasn't game to try.

This is as far as I have got. I need to do more to the foreground and I will put some larger twigs in the bottom right hand corner. I will also try to unblue the water a little
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2010/42113-002_800x600.JPG

I should have taken Brenda's advice and started again - but once I have and idea in my head it's hard to stop.:lol:

halthepainter
10-05-2010, 11:54 AM
Marion that is brautiful.

oldrockchick
10-05-2010, 04:08 PM
Spice - that is a beautiful rendition of that lovely landscape. Fantastic colours.

Marion - neat work on those swans.

Nice to see people joining in more this month - it has been very quiet.

I must get round to posting the gallery from last month. I'll write myself a reminder note and pin it on my board (with all the others)

Anyway

here is my underdrawing for Gus
I've used FC CPs on a piece of red card prepped with Clear Colourfix - it's A4 size but Gus doesn't fill it all.

The card is taped to a board to keep it fiorm while I am working. I couldn't fit it all under the scanner in a flat way so it has scanned rather dark.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2010/179312-OP_-_Gus_WIP_1.jpg

halthepainter
10-05-2010, 04:24 PM
Wow Lin what a beautiful start on Gus. He's wagging his tail in approval. You chose wonderful background colors for your painting.

Pat Isaac
10-05-2010, 04:45 PM
Great start on gus Lin. Hal may keep it....

Pat

RainySea
10-05-2010, 07:13 PM
beautiful work everyone. . . wow, this month is off to a very creative start for all.

GhettoDaveyHavok
10-05-2010, 11:15 PM
Doggy!!!! <3 <3 <3


Marion, your swan work is very awesome!

oldrockchick
10-06-2010, 11:19 AM
Hmm ok this looked better before I scanned it and I thought it was finished but something I'm not happy about. Anyway whatever I tried I couldn't stop him looking sad. The whiskers were tricky I used an embossing tool but it made them too deep and too wide :(.

I was going to try to do a background but someone said the colour was good so I've left it red. It's nice and warm and suits Gus's temperament.


Not entirely happy but here it is. If you can see any tweaks needed please tell me - I'd appreciate it.

Gus
red card coated with clear Colourfix
FC CPs underpainting
Neos first layer topped generously with Senns
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2010/179312-OP_-_Gus.jpg

halthepainter
10-06-2010, 12:41 PM
It's delightful Lin. Looking sad is a natural for Gus, especially when he thinks about to leave the house and not take him with me, which is extremely rare.

You did a great job on his eyes. He will stare at me as if he is trying to look into my soul and communicate on that level.

I'm the one who said I liked the red background. It just seems to fit him.

Pat Isaac
10-06-2010, 03:44 PM
Nicely done, Lin. I think Goldens tend to have a sad look often.

Pat

Sandra39
10-07-2010, 01:25 PM
Hal- Are Gus's eyes all black or are they brown black? The irises of course look like black but there should be some brown around them, is that correct? I am not a dog/cat person and don't know much about them.
Here is my Gus-WIP and my next steps will be the eyes, the nose and his neck. I will let this rest for a few days and won't be able to pick it up until maybe early next week.
Sandi

SunFace
10-07-2010, 03:12 PM
Love everyone's work. I thought of doing that puppy if I have time. That is the cuttest dog ever when he is looking at you.

Pat Isaac
10-07-2010, 04:19 PM
Nice start on gus, Sandi....

Pat

halthepainter
10-07-2010, 04:48 PM
Great start Sandi.

ai2ai
10-08-2010, 04:16 AM
An abstract impression of the rugged coast.

halthepainter
10-08-2010, 11:06 AM
Ai2ai, an interesting minimalist interpertation of the rugged California coast.

Pat Isaac
10-08-2010, 12:39 PM
A few strokes say it all...

Pat

VladK
10-08-2010, 04:53 PM
Hi Hal, really great pictures you have here, and nice variety. Thank you for hosting, you have a lot of energy :)

Marion, nice work on swans
Brenda, great rocks; I like the depth you've achieved
Lin, the dog's very well done
Sandra, nice start
ai2ai, really abstract

marionh
10-09-2010, 02:10 AM
Lin Neat start. In fact you could have left it at that and call it finished :) :wink2: Your finish is good, I like his eyes.

Sandi Nice start on Gus

ai2ai Interesting take on the landscape. Very lively.

Thank you all for your comments on my swans. I still need to finish them and then I plan to do Gus.

ai2ai
10-09-2010, 03:45 AM
A solitary but serene swan.

halthepainter
10-09-2010, 09:56 AM
the swan is very nicely done ai2ai.

marionh
10-09-2010, 09:59 AM
Love the lost edges on that swan ai2ai.

ai2ai
10-10-2010, 12:56 PM
I love that pose...beautiful moments together and the simplicity of it all.

halthepainter
10-10-2010, 01:43 PM
Another fantastic job ai2ai. I'm becoming a fan. How about filling in your bio so we can get to know you.

halthepainter
10-11-2010, 11:29 AM
I'm still pondering what kind of treatment I'm going to use for my "Gus" painting. In the mean time I spent several hours yesterday working on the California Coast. I had trouble deciding weather to stipple or to shoot for a smooth painting. I wound up doing a little of both much to the detriment of the painting.

The painting is all Erengis on black canson art board. (I couldn't find my Sennilier landscape set. If you could see the choas in my studio, you would understand). Image size 11 by 14 inches.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2010/140488-calif_coast_wc_lower.jpg

marionh
10-11-2010, 11:32 AM
Hal, I like this a lot.
Your studio must look like mine. Everytime I try to do something I can never find the right stuff.

I've been working on Gus and will upload psychedlic Gus later on.

halthepainter
10-11-2010, 11:44 AM
Hal, I like this a lot.
Your studio must look like mine. Everytime I try to do something I can never find the right stuff

I'm a doer not a picker upper. I want to spend my time doing (painting) and not putting things away and unfortunately my studio reflects that failing. I also have to spend too much time looking for what is needed for each project. :eek: My excuse is that time spent searching is time spent in creative thinking and solidifing what I will do with the next project. (It's my story and I'm sticking with it.) :D

Pat Isaac
10-11-2010, 12:31 PM
This is a really nice painting, Hal. I love all the textural effects.

Pat

hollyga
10-11-2010, 01:19 PM
Wow, Hal - This is great! I have trouble getting that much brightness out of Erengis - guess I blend too much. Love this one!

Sandra39
10-11-2010, 01:34 PM
Hal-Really like your Calif. Landscape. The textural effect is superb. Colors are bright and sunny befitting California. Excellent.
Sandi

halthepainter
10-11-2010, 01:39 PM
Thank you Holly and Pat.

Yeah, Holly, blending does seem to dull and darken the OPs.

Thank you Sandi.

marionh
10-12-2010, 03:26 AM
Psychedlic Gus - stage 1
30x30cm on gessoed mountboard.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2010/42113-Gus_stage_1_800x600.JPG

hollyga
10-12-2010, 05:16 AM
Oh, how fun, Marion!!! Gus is definitely in there - looking Just a little wide-eyed and startled, maybe, but definitely there! This is just way too fun for words - - just love it!

Pat Isaac
10-12-2010, 06:22 AM
Love this start and I do see Gus in there.
Pat

halthepainter
10-12-2010, 08:58 AM
That's going to be a wow Marion.

imaginationcounts
10-12-2010, 04:10 PM
it looks like northern calif coast loveing it and now missing it ..... the ocean and the calif coast in gereral.....

Pat Isaac
10-12-2010, 04:55 PM
I seemed to have missed a few here. Great job on the figures, ai2ai. The gestures are perfect, also like the single swan.

Pat

Sandra39
10-12-2010, 07:16 PM
Hi All:
Here is my GUS- The Gentle Dog. I just finished it today after last touch up. Hope you like.

Erengi on Canson paper
Size of painting 9"X10"
Paper size 12"X12"

The actual paper color is blue green.In Erengi color chart it would be Peacock Green but my camera has its preference of blue, so it's showing as blue.

Sandi

halthepainter
10-12-2010, 07:39 PM
I love your version of Gus Sandi. He's just beautiful.

hollyga
10-12-2010, 08:23 PM
WOW, Sandi - this is just fantastic. What GREAT eyes! Love your color gradation in the fur and the "furry" strokes. You certainly have captured Gus's stately look!

Turpintine45
10-12-2010, 11:08 PM
Great job Sandi. He has a great doggy expression. Jen

Sandra39
10-13-2010, 08:07 PM
Hal- Glad you like my interpretation of Gus. Too bad I have only one lone pic. of him to work on. But I did the best I could.
Holly- Thanks for cheering and encouragement. His eyes are my guess because I really don't know him only have a picture to work on. Don't know how old he is, just guessing that he is not a puppy.Have to wait for Hal's version. If the eyes come out like puppy's eyes, I will have to change them accordingly.
Jen-Welcome back. Thanks for nice words. Yes he has doggy's expression. I tried hard not to have him look human because I actually thought he posed like a human! Don't know how Hal did that.
Sandi

halthepainter
10-13-2010, 08:21 PM
Hal- Glad you like my interpretation of Gus. Too bad I have only one lone pic. of him to work on. But I did the best I could.


Sandi you did a wonderful job. Don't change anything. Great interpertation of the eyes. They weren't visible in the photo and you did a fantastic job.

The white muzzle adds about 5 years to his age but it is still a beautiful painting and certainly looks like Gus.

Sandra39
10-13-2010, 08:37 PM
Hal, The white muzzle on the photo is actually cream color on my painting and so is the hair on top of his head. My camera distorted colors a lot. So on the painting he lost his five yrs. LOL
Oh! I forgot his whiskers.
Sandi

halthepainter
10-13-2010, 09:18 PM
Hal, The white muzzle on the photo is actually cream color on my painting and so is the hair on top of his head. My camera distorted colors a lot. So on the painting he lost his five yrs. LOL
Oh! I forgot his whiskers.
Sandi

What's five years more of less among friends. Either way it's a beautiful painting. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Sandra39
10-13-2010, 09:21 PM
Brenda -Beautiful colors on the Calif. landscape.
Marion- Lovely swans and beautiful BG and FG.
Lin- Like your Gus very much. He is colorful and the red BG is perfect to make the striking total effect.
ai2ai- The abstract is interesting to me even though I don't know much about it. The lone swan looks thoughtful in a serene surrounding, very atmospheric. Your strokes in Father & Son are strikingly bold. Love it.
You made three wonderful paintings in a short time, WOW.
Am waiting to see the red car.
Marian- Can't wait to see a finished Psychedelic Gus.
Sandi

Sandra39
10-13-2010, 09:29 PM
Hal- This is a pic. that I took indoor. I think Gus looks better in this one. The muzzle is still white though. Drat! Got to go buy a new camera.
Sandi

halthepainter
10-13-2010, 09:37 PM
Sandi, it's beautiful. I was in no way being critical of your painting. It is gorgeous.

Sandra39
10-13-2010, 10:16 PM
Hal- I know you are not critical. But this camera has been my source of headache. I particularly chose the soft green paper to offset Gus's beautiful fur color and the camera came out with blue background! It is a camera that is good for sport actions, so it's now time to get a new one. Enough said. Have a good sleep and good night.
Sandi

Pat Isaac
10-14-2010, 08:24 AM
Wonderful painting of Gus, Sandi.

Pat

Sandra39
10-14-2010, 02:58 PM
Thanks a lot, Pat.

And thanks Hal for putting up with my whining about my camera.:)

Sandi

halthepainter
10-14-2010, 04:56 PM
Sandi, you'll notice I'm procrastinating on starting my Gus painting. I'm worried I won't match the high standard you and Lin have set.

I'm currently working on another oil pastel. Perhaps I'll work up the courage to start on Gus later this weekend.

Sandra39
10-14-2010, 08:40 PM
No standards here Hal. Everyone has his/her own style.
Sandi

Beautiful_Butterflies_Studio
10-15-2010, 06:18 AM
Hi ALL,

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW
Look at the TALENT that we have here, all of these paintings and drawings are amazing. JUST GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!

Here are two attempts (so far)....

Father and Son by halthepainter
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: Oil Pastels, various brands
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2010/89438-OP_Challenge_111010.jpg

Gundalow and Sheafe Warehouse by halthepainter
Support: Cartridge Paper, 110gsm, acid free
Medium: Oil Pastels, various brands
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2010/89438-OP_Challenge_121010.jpg

OKAY BACK LATER ON IN THE MONTH WITH MORE

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

oldrockchick
10-15-2010, 09:10 AM
Sandra that Gus pic is so beautiful Works so well on the blue background too. Isnt' he a gorgeous subject though.

sorry if I've missed people had a lot going on off line lately.

halthepainter
10-15-2010, 09:59 AM
Stacey glad to have you pitching in. I'm very reluctant to do figures myself, glad you had a go at it.

Sandra39
10-15-2010, 01:53 PM
Stacey, I really like the Father and Son. Love the proud expression of the father looking at his son. Keep on painting.

Lin, thanks for your nice words. Hope you have free time to participate more.

Sandi

halthepainter
10-15-2010, 11:11 PM
I'm still procrasting in getting started on Gus.

I did a modified Gundalow and Sheafe Wharehouse because I didn't like the composition of my photo. I felt is was two object that didn't relate to one another hence the reposition.

This is a bit rushed and I may work on it more tomorrow.

Erengis on white Canson Art Board, 11 by 11 inch image size.

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The image is tilted a bit making the boat appear to be going uphill.

I'll work on it more tomorrow and repost.

Sandra39
10-16-2010, 07:22 AM
Looking good so far. Like your complimentary red against green. And your new composition/reposition works. Will wait to see your finished work.
Sandi

Pat Isaac
10-16-2010, 07:47 AM
Nice start, Hal. That is a really strong diagonal with the mast, be careful it doesn't lead you out of the picture.

Pat

hollyga
10-16-2010, 09:02 AM
Hal - Love it - it looks like much more than a "quick start" to me! Love how you get such bright, rich colors out of your Erengis - I'll have to work on that!

halthepainter
10-16-2010, 03:10 PM
Holly by a quick start, I meant, I didn't plan out the painting as I usually do. I just drew an 11 by 14 inch rectangle on my art board and started drawing without a plan other that overlapping the gundalow with the Sheafe Wharehouse.

:eek: I wound up having either to add three inches of nothing tp the left side of the painting or three inches more of water to the bottom of the image. :eek:

I settled for and 11 by 11 inch image rather than trying to figure out what to do with three extra inches of drawing area.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Oct-2010/140488-Gundalow_OP_wc.jpg

11 by 11 inch Oil Pastel on Canson white art board. Erengis with some Senneliers at the end. (I found my lanscape set of Sens) :thumbsup:

I need to get rid of some of the sparklers in the painting.

Suggestions for improvement welcome.

Sandra39
10-17-2010, 12:15 AM
Sparklers in the trees are probably O.K. but not in the buildings. Also there should be two ropes that hang from the top of the mast to the end of the Gundalow.
The sail at the top of the mast is narrower than the sail at the bottom end of mast, therefore when curled around the mast, it will look skinnier than the bottom (see photo).
Another thing that may sound nitpicking is the mast seems to be quite long. I counted the ties that tie the sail at six ties while the photo has five.
Love the little figure in the doorway. It makes the painting lively.
Sandi

halthepainter
10-17-2010, 09:29 AM
Thank you Sandi. Great points, I tend to quit referring to the photo once I get the basic drawing done. I need to be more careful.

halthepainter
10-17-2010, 06:45 PM
I decided to work on my previous painting "Gundalow" instead of my "Gus" painting, and work on a few on the short comings that Sandi pointed out.

Here is my revised "Gundalow."

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Pat Isaac
10-17-2010, 06:50 PM
Looking good, Hal and I really like the water and reflection of the boat. Maybe just me but that strong diagonal of the mast bothers me and takes me out of the painting. Nice strong color.

Pat

halthepainter
10-17-2010, 08:03 PM
Thank you Pat. That lanteen spar (mast) is the defining characteristic of the Gundalow. Is there some device that would keep your eye inside the painting?

Sandra39
10-17-2010, 08:32 PM
I really like your impasto style of painting Hal- It's strong and of course masculine. The red is really attractive and eye-catching. Both the building and the boat have nice textures. The trees are well done. This painting is a winner!
As to the mast leading the eyes off that bothers Pat. I looked at the photo and you know what, there are a couple of the dark blue clouds on top of the mast and that stop the eyes right there plus the sail is white which is a no color it doesn't lead the eyes. Maybe you can reduce the yellow or use cream color.
You might want to wait to get a reply from Pat herself. She may have some other answers that work well.
Sandi

halthepainter
10-17-2010, 10:18 PM
Thank you Sandi.

Pat Isaac
10-18-2010, 07:58 AM
I also went back and looked at the photo and Sandi is right about the clouds also the top of the mast tends to get lighter and fade into the sky as does the rope line.


Pat

halthepainter
10-18-2010, 09:07 AM
Thank you Pat.

halthepainter
10-19-2010, 10:06 AM
I'm posting a WIP of my "Gus" painting. I would guess it's about 50% complete. It's on archival canvas board, alizarin crimson background, clear gessoed over the alizarin.

I should have sanded the surface after gessoing. It has so much texture it's difficult to blend the colors. I won't use solvents!!

I'm using Erengis and may have to get the Senns out to try to cover some of the deeper texture. Finger blending will take off my finger tips :eek: so I'm stuck with the shapers. Unfortunately my softer Senns set is a landscape set and it doesn't seem to contain any Gus colors. Actually my Erengi set isn't giving the the colors I would like for Gus.

My canvas board is 16 by 20 inches and I'm painting on about 12 by 16 inch image size. I'll mat this painting and I'm undecided as to the color of matting to use. I definately don't want white with this one. I've had mentors tell me to only use white matting if entering a painting into jurried shows but this one won't be. I guess I'll try to keep with an analagous color for the matting. Perhaps a darker rather than a lighter color mat????

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/140488-gus_wip.jpg

The glare on the image is from the flash.

hollyga
10-19-2010, 10:38 AM
Hal - I cropped the raw edges and put a black border around Gus and I definitely think the mat should be black! Great start - this is going to be FANTASTIC. I'm not having such a good start with mine.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/129659-Hals-gus_wip1-crop-a_1600x1200.jpg

Love it!

halthepainter
10-19-2010, 11:17 AM
By jove, Holly, you may be right, it certainly looks good that way.

paul444
10-19-2010, 12:12 PM
Lovely paintings everyone, well done. :clap: :clap:
I too thought I'd have a go at Gus, how can you resist him. :lol:

Its 12 X 8 on ingress paper using neopastels and senns.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/82968-Gus.jpg_wc.jpg

halthepainter
10-19-2010, 12:37 PM
Paul, beautiful painterly version of Gus. Nice bold strokes, well done. :thumbsup:

Paul, just a small suggestion. That is kind of a hard edge on the cheek on the left side of the painting, Gus's right cheek.

ai2ai
10-19-2010, 12:57 PM
another look at this great character. oops forgot this is OP...http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/315161-gus.jpg

halthepainter
10-19-2010, 01:57 PM
Well done ai2ai. Love it.:thumbsup:

halthepainter
10-19-2010, 03:27 PM
This an update on my "Gus" effort. I'll let him rest a couple of days now and look at him with fresh eyes and see what else needs to be done.

Thank you everyone for doing such incredible work on your Guses. He is quite pleased.

571671

I had to use the flash for the photo and it washed some of the color. Actually it wash out a lot of the color and modeling. OH WELL!!

Pat Isaac
10-19-2010, 04:19 PM
What wonderful interpretations of Gus!!! He will be famous.

Pat

hollyga
10-19-2010, 06:24 PM
OK - here's another WIP Gus picture - I put to photos together - one of Gus (I think this is the one you cropped for the challenge, Hal) and one of Kaya from last winter's snow blitz. I think I got Gus too tall and Kaya not broad enough, but - oh well. If I can actually finish this one, I will call it "The Old Lady and Her Protector".

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/129659-P1010649-crop-1_1600x1200.JPG

Any suggestion from here, anyone???

Oops, I almost forgot - it's 9 x 12 and mostly Neopastels with a few Erengis here and there. I will highlight with Senns - - if I get that far.

halthepainter
10-19-2010, 06:31 PM
Love it Holly. You're quite right. I cropped the photo of Gus sitting on top of a snow bank for the challenge.

I Hope Kaya is doing well.

hollyga
10-19-2010, 06:47 PM
Thanks, Hal - Kaya is OK - still on her meds which seems to help. She is so arthritic that she can't get around too well but she still tries. She has long since given up trying to sleep on the furniture, though - she just can't get up there anymore. We put a big, squishy doggie bed on the floor which she really likes when it's cold - -not as much as the couch, but it's all she can manage now.

Sandra39
10-19-2010, 07:27 PM
It's looking good Holly. Your Gus does look like Gus in the challenge photo. And I don't know your Maya but she must be another Golden. Both have fluffy hair. The painting looks finish to me, I don't know what else can be added but you must have something already planned. Keep at it you are doing great.
Sandi

hollyga
10-19-2010, 07:37 PM
Thanks, Sandi. And, yes, Kaya is a Golden, too - and carrying around way too much weight. She is 13 years old and was diagnosed with throat cancer last December. Every day that she is still with us and doing OK is an extra blessing! She does love the snow and Hal has said that Gus is particularly fond of it too! I just had to put them together.

gakinme
10-20-2010, 12:02 AM
I'll post my quick effort from this morning before work. I'll comment tomorrow on the other pieces.

Neopastel
Fabriano Artist Journal 6 x 9 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/86669-op_octchallenge1.jpg

halthepainter
10-20-2010, 08:27 AM
Nice loose sketch Sandra. Great having you participate.

robertsloan2
10-20-2010, 08:33 AM
Wow! I've read through the entire thread and have comments on everyone's since I was taking notes in a file on the side. So many gorgeous paintings. Hal, your photos are inspirational and I'm so glad I remembered to come back and check before the month was over. I love the California coast one and if I do any of them, it'll be that one. I might get out some Senneliers for it.

On to comments:

Marion, I love your swans. Thanks for showing the WIP through all those stages, they are magnificent and it was interesting seeing how you built up to them. The birds are perfect. I can see why you wanted to do some more to the foreground, it's the only part of the painting that isn't spectacular and dramatic. Your psychedelic Gus is cool too.

Lin, your portrait of Gus looks sad and sweet, cute, accurate. You're great with animals.

Sandi, your sketch of Gus rocks. It has wonderful light and intensity, perfect proportions and glorious fur textures.

Ai2ai, wow, you've done so many cool things! Your style is distinctive with your strong accurate renderings, muted palette and beautiful values. The swan is incredible, standing alone, wish I'd done that. The California coast is my favorite but that's also by subject. You got the father and son reference so well too, captured the child's petulant expression perfectly. He's not happy out there but dad's being patient and affectionate. The black and white sketch of Gus is fantastic too, though I'm not sure if you used OP or something else, it's wonderful.

Hal, I love the strong atmospheric recession on your California coast.

Stacey, both your father and son and Gundalow warehouse scene are great. Both of them are so accurate and well textured.

Hal, I liked seeing the progression of your square Gundalow warehouse scene. The finale is magnificent, seeing your stages and how you reworked it helped me a lot. Your portrait of Gus is so emotional. It's clear you know and love this dog, the eyes are so loving and intense, his whole expression is great. He looks longing but not quite as sad as some of the other portraits, it's like you understand exactly what that "sad puppy gimme loving/treats" look is all about - not that he's grieving but that he really, really wants attention/goodies.

Paul, your version of Gus is intense! I love the dignity of it, he looks like a canine judge. Just as accurate but completely different in feel. Wonderful strong values and fur textures.

Holly, what a cool idea putting Gus and your dog Kaya together in a snow scene - they look like they love it! Great landscape and a good reminder that dogs love snow.

Sandra, your California coast landscape is great. Very loose and powerful, interesting textures, great colors.

That's everybody! Now that I've commented and caught up, I think I might open that California coast reference and see what I can do with it.

halthepainter
10-20-2010, 08:45 AM
Thank you for the kind, thoughtful comments Robert.

paul444
10-20-2010, 09:07 AM
Hal... A wonderful version of Gus. I love the background colour you have chosen for him.

ai2ai... You have caught Gus perfectly, great drawing.

Holly... A beautiful version. I like that you have added to the original picture and changed the dynamics completely.

Sandra... A great sketch, I love all the colours you have used.

Robert... Thanks for all the great comments. I hope you get around to trying the coast reference.

robertsloan2
10-20-2010, 12:53 PM
Here it is! Seeing so many gorgeous paintings was inspirational, so I got out my 15 color Sennelier cube set and did the California Coast landscape. My son in law Karl took one look at the painting and recognized the spot!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Oct-2010/70184-California-Coast-OP-Challenge-Oct-2010.jpg
California Coast, Water and Rocks
8" x 6 1/2"
Sennelier oil pastels
Pentalic Nature Sketch 130lb unsized cream drawing paper.
Photo reference by halthepainter for October Oil Pastel Challenge

halthepainter
10-20-2010, 01:16 PM
Robert that is a bold, beautiful piece of work. It's just beautiful.

My last photo of my "Gus" painting was washed out by the flash and I'm reloading the image taken in natural light today.





http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Oct-2010/140488-Gus_OP_wc.jpg

I've signed the painting, so I guess, I don't plan any more changes to the image.

Sandra39
10-20-2010, 01:41 PM
WOW, Hal, your portrait of Gus looks like it came out of your heart! He looks so adorable and not sad at all. Who would know him better than his owner, right!
Love that you carry the same shade of BG red into his furs. Lovely indeed.

Robert - I like your deep coloring and powerful strokes of the rocks. The FG is colorful and vibrant like the Calif. coast that I have seen. Strikingly beautiful and charming. Yours is a WOW also.
Sandi

halthepainter
10-20-2010, 02:04 PM
Thank you Sandi. Gus is my best buddy.

robertsloan2
10-20-2010, 06:57 PM
Thank you both! Hal, I like this photo of your Gus portrait a lot better. The love is so clear in your painting, others are accurate but you've got Gus's feelings pouring right through his eyes. He looks like he'd bound over coals just to get a scritch and explode in happiness if he got to go with you on a walk. He still looks more longing and hopeful than sad, you caught his sweetness.

Sandra39
10-20-2010, 07:10 PM
Here is my rendition of the swan. I named this one "Swan Lake".


Erengi and Senn.
Image size 8.5"X12" on 11X15- 140 lbs.watercolor paper, coated with black Acrylic.
(A big mistake because it took me countless times to cover the black paint with white OP for the swan, even now, the black is still trying to cast its shade on it). Next time I will leave the center white for the swan.
I decided on the black coating because I see that the BG is mostly dark so I thought that it will save me time not having to paint big area with dark OP. I was WRONG.

Sandi

halthepainter
10-20-2010, 08:57 PM
Sandi your swan is beautiful.

I think the black background works well for you.

I once took a week long soft pastel workshop with Herman Margiules, PSA. I believe he was a past president of the Pastel Society of America. All his demos and all the paintings he brought to the workshop to show us were all done on black surfaces. In all his paintings he allowed some of the black specks to show through. As far as I could tell he painted excussively on black surfaces.

You're in good company.

robertsloan2
10-20-2010, 09:15 PM
Sandi, your swan painting is lovely. I don't think the black paper really hurt the swan's brightness, he really jumps out! I love the subtle reflections and ripples, that's gorgeous. Best of all are the shadows on his white form, perfect balance of blue shadows and bright whiteness. The reflected warmth on him is gorgeous too, makes him so dimensional and the light so real.

Turpintine45
10-21-2010, 10:50 AM
Your swan looks gret Sandi so graceful. Working on black can be fun but it can also be a challenge as you found. Jen

SunFace
10-21-2010, 05:11 PM
I love everyone's work! :clap:

I decided to give the swans a try. Here is my result.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Oct-2010/154374-science_fair.JPG

halthepainter
10-21-2010, 05:42 PM
Lovely work Maria. Glad you're participating.

Sandra39
10-21-2010, 06:14 PM
Thanks Hal for giving me good company in using black. Maybe I will try doing this (painting on black support) again with no bias. It was my eye-opening experience though.

Robert - You are so very good in analyze colors and review artist' work. You must have been on a jury team before. I am honored with your nice comment.

Sandra - I like your quick job. Never realized that a few strokes can give brilliant colors like yours. love it.

Maria- Love your swans. I can't do two swans together because they will come out looking the same. Yours are lovely. The BG colors are so soothing.

Sandi C.

gakinme
10-22-2010, 01:07 AM
Robert, your piece is even prettier than the photo! :thumbsup: Love the dramatic contrasts.

Hal, Gus looks so sad in your piece. Nice fur and expression.

Sandi, very beautiful swan piece. Very illustrative of night time scene.

Maria, beautiful colors of the water!

halthepainter
10-22-2010, 08:34 AM
Hal, Gus looks so sad in your piece. Nice fur and expression.


Gee, I thought it was a longing look. It's the look he gives me when he wants to go outside. :D

SunFace
10-22-2010, 01:22 PM
Thanks everyone! :)

RainySea
10-25-2010, 10:47 PM
how pretty, Maria. . . I like your swans.

Sandi, it is lovely, but I know what you mean about trying to cover black support with white. I struggled with that when I used black suede mat board for soft pastel piece, ugh!!!

Hal, :clap: :clap: great dog!

Holly, that is looking so cute. . . hope you finish it.

Robert, wonderful landcape. . . love the textures.

Paul, love the fur in your dog, the colors in it are great. He looks so solumn / stoic.

hollyga
10-26-2010, 08:58 AM
Thanks, Rainy - I probably won't finish this one. There are several problem areas that need to be addressed but the biggest one is that the painting is too small to get at the details of those wonderfully expressive faces. Think I will revisit this one later and do it a bit larger so I can get at those faces.

Sandi and Maria - love the swans. Sandi, the open wings are a nice touch and I love your work on a black support! I'll have to try that soon. Maria, what a good job getting both swans and they are both separate individual ones that do not look like carbon copies of one another - great job!

Robert - Love your landscape - nice lights, reflections, and wonderful textures and colors!

halthepainter
10-27-2010, 01:44 PM
Holly, I decided to go with a dark (indigo blue) mat for my Gus painting. I didn't have any colored mats on hand so I had to order them. I wanted a really deep dark red but the red, that arrived today, just wasn't deep and dark enough, hence I decided to go with the indigo.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Oct-2010/140488-Gus_framed_2.jpg

I had to shoot the photo at an angle due to photo flash glare. I still had some glare on the left side of the painting, but shooting at an angle lessened it a lot. Sorry about the uneven the lightihng. I used the photoshop prespective tool to square up the frame afterward.

Sandra39
10-27-2010, 02:52 PM
Hal- Gus looks so aristocratic in this frame and blue mat. The blue color will do that to you. I love it. Your choice of frame is perfect for him too.

Holly- Thanks for your kind words. Your hands are full now but you still have time for looking and leaving comments. Thanks again.

Sandi C.

Pat Isaac
10-27-2010, 04:32 PM
A great finish, Hal..:thumbsup:

Pat

halthepainter
10-27-2010, 04:52 PM
Thank you Pat and Sandi.

paul444
10-27-2010, 06:41 PM
Robert... A beautiful painting, love the colours you have used.

Sandra... A lovely swan, the black works really well.

Maria... Your swans are lovely. I particularly like the way you have done the water, great colours.

Rainy... Thank you for your kind comment.

Hal...Gus looks great, the mount and frame really sets him off.

Scarefishcrow
10-27-2010, 06:46 PM
Hal, as the month winds down, I want to thank you again for stepping into the breach on short notice. Great refs and wonderful participation.

And as always, you have been a most gracious and encouraging host!

So wonderful to have you around more again. Now if I could just get my time and life back on the correct bearing. Perhaps I need you for a navigator.

Great painting of Gus; but then again a great dog lend itself to a great outcome when done by a loving "Master". I don't know where dogs learn those sad and heartfelt looks they use when they want something.

We have cats and I love them, too; but there's a different kind of companionship from a dog.

Bill
:heart: :music: :music: :heart:

hollyga
10-27-2010, 07:03 PM
Hal - the combo of the blue mat and gold frame are JUST PERFECT! Gus should wag his tail every time he walks by!

halthepainter
10-27-2010, 07:19 PM
Thank you Holly and Paul.

Thanks Bill, I was happy to help out. (it gave me the opportunity and motivation to finally do a Gus protrait.)

RainySea
10-28-2010, 12:08 AM
I don't ever do cars so decided to try one. . .
Pentel OP in my 3.5 x 5 watercolor sketchbook, so its pretty small and hard to get good details. Probably should have used some WH pencils, but I didn't. . . its all Pentel

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Oct-2010/132279-page21.jpg

Hal, the framed Gus looks GREAT!!!!

halthepainter
10-28-2010, 09:03 AM
Well done Rainy, especially working so small. It's almost atc size.

CLWilliams
10-28-2010, 03:52 PM
Wow, you guys have done some awesome pieces.

I was sort of out of commission due to headaches, but I am going to try the swans & Gus when I get home from work. Hopefully, I can do them & post them in time. :)

Charlotte

CLWilliams
10-28-2010, 10:45 PM
I had trouble posting & did a duplicate. Is it possible to delete this one? thanks.

CLWilliams
10-28-2010, 10:46 PM
well, I had no luck with Gus, but I like the swans. I think I will try Gus in another medium, later. I can't seem to upload with the laptop so I will try attaching.

halthepainter
10-28-2010, 11:13 PM
Nice quick study CL. Everyonce in awhile I have to upload by attachment. Make sure none of your image dimensions exceed 800 pixels.

SunFace
10-29-2010, 05:51 PM
Thanks everyone for the nice comments on my swans!

CLWilliams, your are very nice and whimsical too!

Rainly your car is pretty cool!

RainySea
10-29-2010, 06:21 PM
Hi CL,
I like the colors you used in those swans/water . . . nice sketch!

halthepainter
10-29-2010, 06:58 PM
At the end of the month, I make a summary post to put all the art work on one page, for ease of viewing.

hollyga
10-29-2010, 08:47 PM
I like that idea, Hal - it's really neat to see them all in one place.

CLWilliams
10-29-2010, 09:08 PM
hi. I kept working on Gus. It doesn't do him justice - he is such a beautiful fellow, but I like it anyway since it sort of looks like a dog, lol. I apologize for attaching, instead of uploading, but it has to do with the settings on my darn laptop. Charlotte

VladK
10-29-2010, 09:26 PM
Hi everybody:wave: Some great works here. I liked the swans, so here is my rendering: Senneliers on 8"x10" toned charcoal paper.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2010/204616-IMG_5967_s.jpg
C&c are welcome.

halthepainter
10-29-2010, 09:43 PM
Well done CJ, Your Gus has a lot of strength and character.

Vladed, great you stopped by and your swans a beautiful.

halthepainter
10-29-2010, 09:50 PM
I like that idea, Hal - it's really neat to see them all in one place.

I did this on my last challenge and Lin also did it. Actually she gave me the idea.

VladK
10-29-2010, 09:54 PM
Thanks Hal. I wish I could do this earlier :) I just came back from vacation - and a lot of stuff to do before and after:wink2:

Sandra39
10-29-2010, 10:20 PM
Rainey-Your little car looks so sharp for a small pic. It has enough details and looks like it has everything a car required even if we can see only half of it.
Charlott- Your swans sketch is very nice. I can see the swans are enjoying swimming around in a nice pond.Your Gus look strong and smart.
Vlad- Your swans are beautiful, they look fluffy and enjoy swimming in a beautiful pond. Love the water, you really know how to paint water.

Hal- Like the idea of posting everyone's paintings together at the end. Are you going to put the artists' name with the pics. too so the viewers can see which is whose?

Sandi C.

halthepainter
10-31-2010, 08:55 PM
Here is the end of month gallery for the Oct 2010 Oil Pastel Challenge:

Red Car by Rainy

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Oct-2010/132279-page21.jpg

California Coast by Robert

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Oct-2010/70184-California-Coast-OP-Challenge-Oct-2010.jpg

California Coast by Sandra

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/86669-op_octchallenge1.jpg


California Coast by ai2ai Click the link below to view attachment
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=562681&stc=1&d=1286526616

California Coast by Hal
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2010/140488-calif_coast_wc_lower.jpg


Father and Son by ai2ai Click link below to view attachment
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=564361&stc=1&d=1286729684


Father and Son by Stacey

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2010/89438-OP_Challenge_111010.jpg

halthepainter
10-31-2010, 09:16 PM
This post is of the Swans and Gundalow in the October Oil Pastel Challenge.

Swans by Vlad
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2010/204616-IMG_5967_s.jpg


Swans by CL Williams Click on link below to view attachment
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=579961&stc=1&d=1288320340

Swans by Maria
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Oct-2010/154374-science_fair.JPG

Swans by Sandi Click on link below to view attachment
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=572691&stc=1&d=1287616229

Swans by ai2ai Click link below to view attachment
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=563421&stc=1&d=1286610290

Swans by Marion
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2010/42113-002_800x600.JPG


Gundalow by Stacey
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Oct-2010/89438-OP_Challenge_121010.jpg



Gundalow by Hal Click on link below to view attachment
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=570041&d=1287355478

halthepainter
10-31-2010, 10:10 PM
This post is of the paintings of Gus. for the October Oil Pastel Challenge


Gus by CLWilliams Click the link below to view the attached image.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=580721&stc=1&d=1288400918 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=580721&stc=1&d=1288400918)

Kaya and Gus by Holly
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/129659-P1010649-crop-1_1600x1200.JPG

Gus by ai2ai
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/315161-gus.jpg


Gus by Paul
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Oct-2010/82968-Gus.jpg_wc.jpg


Gus by Sandi click the link below to view the attached image
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=566191&stc=1&d=1286925347


Gus by Marion
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2010/42113-Gus_stage_1_800x600.JPG


Gus by Lin
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Oct-2010/179312-OP_-_Gus.jpg

Gus by Hal I'm claiming hosting privilege and showing Gus framed.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Oct-2010/140488-Gus_framed_2.jpg

Pat Isaac
11-01-2010, 08:15 AM
Thanks, Hal.

Pat

halthepainter
11-01-2010, 10:29 AM
Sandi was concerned that her October work wasn't viewable and resent me her Challenge Images so I'm including them in this extra posting:

Swan by Sandi

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2010/228319-2010_1020visit0019.JPG


Gus by Sandi
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Nov-2010/228319-2010_1012visit0005.JPG

Sandra39
11-01-2010, 11:16 AM
Thanks, Hal, now I feel that I am included in the group.
Sandi C.

paul444
11-01-2010, 11:53 AM
Beautiful paintings everyone, well done.

Pat Isaac
11-01-2010, 04:19 PM
Great paintings all.

Pat

robertsloan2
11-01-2010, 09:56 PM
Wow! Incredible paintings by everyone, the gallery is fantastic. Hal, is it okay to use these references after the challenge? I didn't get to do the swans but I wanted to.

halthepainter
11-01-2010, 10:06 PM
Wow! Incredible paintings by everyone, the gallery is fantastic. Hal, is it okay to use these references after the challenge? I didn't get to do the swans but I wanted to.

Of course, and post it here if you would like. However if you post it as a separate thread you'll get more views.