View Full Version : **Oil Pastel Challenge - January 2011**

01-02-2011, 09:17 AM
Hi all and welcome to the first OP challenge of 2011.

Firstly apologies for it being a day late, it's been chaotic with the run up to Christmas and then I've had a house full (literally) of family all over New Year so this is the first chance I've had.

So anyway welcome to the challenge:

You donít have to join in, but remember you are always more than welcome to come in to show your work, comment or both... or just lurk around and be amazed by the outcome of all participating artists in this thread.

If you are new to oil pastels, or even to painting, don't be afraid to ask us for help. We've all been there once and have learned so much from each other. Post with pics what you have the problem with and we'll try to advise.

You donít have to try to copy the photography as exact and you can; approach it however you want it. Use it for inspiration. Use any style you want. Just do your own thing. We always enjoy seeing your work process so if you want to post your WIPs - we like that, but you don't have to.

Please post and tell us what surface you used, dimensions, and the brand of oil pastels you use. You can used other media but Oil Pastel MUST be the primary!

and now for the refs:-

I tried to select some for those of you with different interests. I couldn't decide between the 2 florals but Pat said I could post them all so here we go.........

(Some have larger res in the RIL - links below)

1. A poignant reminder of the strangness of nature...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=98421 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=98421)

2. ...and a reminder of Summer
(Taken on my summer holidays last year at Hilton Court Gardens)


RIL ref:

3. and for those of you not sick of food already a still life from Headingham Castle in Essex of a medieaval table.



RIL larger image
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=107981&size=big&cat (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=107981&size=big&cat)=

This next one looks like it should be in Austria or Eastern Europe, but this fairytale looking building is a monastry on an island off the coast of Wales.



RIL Ref:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=116951&size=big&cat (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=116951&size=big&cat)=

......and finally I thought of something different for this month... a nice summer seascape - get out those bikinis and Speedos.......



http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=119231&size=big&cat (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=119231&size=big&cat)=

This is all my own photography so no copywrite issues.....
I can't wait to see what you do. No challenges this month, loosen up, relax and ENJOY!!

01-02-2011, 10:50 AM
Great Refs Lin.

Pat Isaac
01-02-2011, 11:21 AM
Thanks for hosting, Lin and these are great images. I remember that rose.


01-02-2011, 12:35 PM
Great photos Lin, thank you for posting.

01-02-2011, 12:41 PM
Thanks for the pictures . And for everyone : Happy new Year !

01-02-2011, 01:05 PM
Happy New Year! I'm digging the Seascape. Hmmmm, might have to do that one.

Thanks for hosting Lin,


01-02-2011, 03:41 PM
Thanks for the pictures . And for everyone : Happy new Year !

et bonne Nouvelle Annee a vous aussi

01-02-2011, 09:12 PM
A very nice set of pictures to choose from.


01-02-2011, 10:10 PM
Lin, all of these are inspirational! I can't even decide which one to do first, they're all wonderful. Thank you for hosting!

01-03-2011, 12:25 PM
Hi Rick :wave::wave:
Always nice to see new members here on Oil Pastels. I look forward to seeing what you do with the challenge.

I hope the choosing isn 't the hardest challenge for you all

01-03-2011, 04:22 PM
Hi Lin. A little pent up energy here and a bit of a rush to get something done.
Robert, I know this has some clones but I just don't care this time. :evil: I'll worry about that somewhere down the road. I was just anxious to do an oil pastel.

Oil pastel, on 140 pound watercolor paper, 9 by 12 inches. I did a gouache underpaintng as an experiment of a value painting before applying any oil pastels. The darkest darks are primarily gouache.
Also I would like to smooth the sky texture somewhat but I didn't put gesso on the paper first so I can't use a solvent to try to smooth the sky textures. Anyway without further excuses here's my January OP entry.


Pat Isaac
01-03-2011, 04:25 PM
No excuses needed, Hal. I really like the water and the splashes against the rocks. Nicely done.


01-03-2011, 05:23 PM
Thank you Pat.

01-03-2011, 05:58 PM
This is a beuatiful piece Hal. I especially like the way you have added the colour on top of the rocks to indicate the bare grass and green. The wave action is lovely.


01-03-2011, 06:04 PM
Thank you Lin.

01-04-2011, 01:11 AM
The references are fantastic! I especially love the frost on top of the flower... Mmmmmm snow.

01-04-2011, 01:12 AM
Hal, the painting is fantastic!

01-04-2011, 04:18 AM
thanks for the images Lin. Lots of food for thought here. I like the jugs (without the food) and I am also drawn to the seascape. I wonder if I could loosen up on that one mmmmmmm!

01-04-2011, 04:21 AM
Another wonderful painting. I have one suggestion - Have you thought of cropping off some of that sky. As I was scrolling down the page some of the sky disappeared and I noticed that the wonderful colours on the top of the cliff became a more emphasised and sparkled more. Just a suggestion of course.

01-04-2011, 08:42 AM
Thank you for the suggestion Marion, I'll take a look at it. I like the jugs too but without the turkey.

Thank you Crystal.

01-04-2011, 09:43 AM
Feel free to remove the turkey lol

01-04-2011, 01:44 PM
Hal I really like your painting. One thing that I have discovered, and may not work on your ground, is to take a piece of the 400 sandpaper I work on and scrub that over the OP's. It tends to level out and blend with out solvent. With a solvent wash and then a scrub it produces the most silky finish to add more OP's on top of, and used as an underpainting gives a exceptionally even color.

Just a thought, but I would try it on a scrap first :lol:


01-04-2011, 02:13 PM
Hal I really like your painting. One thing that I have discovered, and may not work on your ground, is to take a piece of the 400 sandpaper I work on and scrub that over the OP's. It tends to level out and blend with out solvent. With a solvent wash and then a scrub it produces the most silky finish to add more OP's on top of, and used as an underpainting gives a exceptionally even color.

Just a thought, but I would try it on a scrap first :lol:

Thank you for the suggestion Russ. I will certainly give this a try. I'll make this a favorite post so I can find it again. I'll have to get some 400 grit sand paper.

I did like the gouache underpainting. It worked exceptionally well in the dark areas.

Pat Isaac
01-04-2011, 02:32 PM
Thanks for the tip, Russ. What is it that you work on?


01-04-2011, 03:01 PM
Good job Hal, beautifull colors. I wonder if, however, the shapes of the small rocks are not too similar ?

01-04-2011, 03:06 PM
Pat, at this point I work only on the Uart 400. I have several 18 x 24 Pastelbords I'm not sure what to do with! They soak up the OP's to fast for me.

01-04-2011, 03:11 PM
Good job Hal, beautifull colors. I wonder if, however, the shapes of the small rocks are not too similar ?

Hi Libillule you are quite right.

I already addressed that issue. All the followers of Johannes here call them clones. I tried to preempt Robert raising the issue by making the following comment: Robert, I know this has some clones but I just don't care this time. :evil: I'll worry about that somewhere down the road. I was just anxious to do an oil pastel.

Thank you for commenting. :thumbsup:

01-04-2011, 04:00 PM
Ok for the "clones" now I understand. :)

01-06-2011, 03:31 AM
On Daler-Rowney white paper 55 x 30 cm, 120lbs, with Senneliers

It's very difficult to make the snow doesn't look like cotton
C and C are welcome

01-06-2011, 04:00 AM
This is very nice. I really like your colours in this.
I have a couple of suggestions - for the snow, try making the outline jagged by cutting into it with the background colour. I also think you need a few more bluey grey in the shadow area. For the rose - it is lovely and well painted but it looks very summery. Maybe a few more grey shadows are needed?
I hate to say this as I love bright colours and don't like grey - but I do think it does need to be greyed down to reflect the winter sky.

01-06-2011, 04:34 AM
Marion : Thanks for your help, I'll try to cut out the snow from the flower and make shadows. I don't have a lot of OP but have this blue-grey ... I also love the bright colours.

Pat Isaac
01-06-2011, 07:53 AM
Love the strokes and color of the rose. I do think the snow is a little transparent. Marion has some good suggestions.


01-06-2011, 09:06 AM
Beautiful job, it's a lovely. I'll leave all helpful comment to the big kids. :D

01-06-2011, 10:09 AM
Lille - lovley start to the rose, which is well-formed. The snow does look fluffy. Be interesting to see it if you make the suggested adjustments. it isn't easy working when you dont' have many colour choices.

01-06-2011, 01:42 PM
Libellule, this is very beautiful, I love it. And I like that you used bright colors. Try to change the snow first in Photoshop to see how it's gonna look, maybe you'll need some minor adjustments.

01-06-2011, 03:39 PM
I've done little adjustements on the snow but can't or don't know how to do it better. Perhaps my pastel are also too transparent. Added a few more shadows on the rose with a violet-grey (nį17)

01-06-2011, 04:41 PM
It is very beautiful Lillibulle and you have captured the rose so very well in all it's fading essence.

01-06-2011, 04:56 PM
Beautiful rose, Libellule. I love the curling petals and the way you captured their delicate texture.

01-07-2011, 09:56 AM
Hal, I think that is beautiful with the sky just as it is :) Really like the glow on the cliffs, I can feel the sun.

Lib, that is a lovely rose. . . the snow does seem like it would be hard to depict in that one. You've gotten colors of the frostbitten rose really nice.

01-07-2011, 10:44 AM
Thank you Rainy.

01-07-2011, 11:23 AM
Thanks for your coments.
I can't stand without try again. I 've put some blue-grey again in the snow and think it's a bit better. I'll post the picture tomorow, here the sun is under the big grey clouds and there's not enough luminosity.

01-07-2011, 11:49 AM
My abstract icy rose!

01-08-2011, 04:07 AM
Hi All,
I have been skulking around on the side lines for nearly a year now. Reading whats been going on and looking with envy at the wonderful works produced.
This years resolution was to make an effort to get involved.
I have tried to post my first challenge image but seem to need to make at least 2 posts before this can happen.
This is post one. Please, SKS reply so I can write again and then post my challenge picture.
Thanks Lee

01-08-2011, 04:08 AM
ai2ai : It's an interresting attempt


Pat Isaac
01-08-2011, 08:20 AM
Nice sketch and color ai2ai.
Welcome to the OP forum, Lee. Looking forward to seeing your posts. We are a great group here and you will have lots of support.


01-08-2011, 10:26 AM
Lovely sketch ai2ai.

Libellule it's a lovely piece.

Lee you can come over into our chit chat forum and get a couple more posts in out "Oil Gusher" then you'll be able to post your images. Look forward to them.

01-08-2011, 11:49 AM
ai2ai - hi and welcome and what an unusual and creative interpretation. You have certainly made that your own... very cool

Lee - hi and welcome to OP, look forward to seeing some of your work

It is WONDERFUL to see new people joining our happy OP family, and indeed we are just like a family..... with Pat as Mum maybe :P Bill as Dad ? .... lol

Anyway you will all be well looked after here and we look forward to chatting with you onm the Oil Gusher !

01-08-2011, 03:37 PM
Thanks everyone for your response and welcome.
Certainly look f/wd to becoming a regular now that i have made the initial move.
Regards Lee

01-08-2011, 04:45 PM
I loved the jugs/pitchers picture and especially the dark colours.
My interpretation has been done on 350X280mm, 400gm black textured card coated with black primerfix fine tooth using caran d'arche OPs
I would welcome comments and critism please. Would like to do something similiar in dark red/maroon tonings for my kitchen.
Thanks Lee


01-09-2011, 06:09 PM
This still life is drawn with Van Gogh OPs on the smooth side of black Canson Mi Teintes paper (A4). Very funny to see that I've chosen to draw the same items on the same kind of paper as Lee.... get rid of the details when using OPs!!

01-10-2011, 03:51 PM
Wow, you are all really good!:clap: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jan-2011/71359-oil_pastel_challenge-jan.11-oil_pastel_on_velour01.10.11.JPG
I'm still very much a newbie with OP's , I did one of the refs last month and thought I'd try another. I did the seascape done on a scrap of grey velour paper 5" x 5" with various brands of Op's. Still unsure of the paper to use with OP's , so I'm experimenting with some of my scraps left over .
C/C and comments are most welcome; as I am still learning.:)

Pat Isaac
01-10-2011, 04:08 PM
Two great interpretations of the jugs, Lee and Amedee. The back paper works well for the subject and you both have executed the pottery and it's shine nicely.
Welcome, Tammy...nice little landscape. I'd be careful that the water line isn't even with the land line. How do you like the velour paper? It seems to give a softness to the painting.


01-11-2011, 02:35 AM
Lee and Amedee, very well done.
Tvanddeb it's a good idea to try this month too.

01-11-2011, 04:03 PM
Amedee and lee, great job on the still lifes. Well done.

01-11-2011, 05:20 PM
Lee - taht works SO well onm black paper! nice composition too! Glad you joined in and now you are here will hang around some more. Maybe post in the Gusher and get chatty?

Amadee -also on the black. You have captured the texture and gloss of the ceramics awfully well. Very well formed too. :clap:

tv - hi and nice to see yhou here :wave: i've never worked on velour paper, interesting. What's it like to work with? Lovely and colourful - gotta love the purple rocks - they rock! Agree with Pat on the water line - evne though it does tilt in the reference (probably because the photographer is wonky :o:rolleyes:)

01-12-2011, 03:47 PM
Hal, Great sky and warmth of the sun on the rocks.

Libellule - The flower is perfect and so well drawn.

AitoAi - that abstract flower is so dynamic - even rowdy. And the strokes make it even more catching.

Lee and Amadee - great jobs on the pottery (cause saying nice jugs can get me in trouble).

Tammy- I love the big vibrant colors you used.

Here's my two bits, 8" x 10" on Cream Mi Tientes with Senns and Neo's:


Thanks for hosting Lin!


Pat Isaac
01-12-2011, 03:50 PM
Nicely done, Mark. really like the hint of blue in the sand.


01-12-2011, 04:20 PM
Mark to me it looks perfect.

01-12-2011, 04:34 PM
Hal, I forgot to mention I liked how you shifted the horizon line from center (compositionally problematic) to lower than mid point. I shifted the opposite.



01-12-2011, 04:43 PM
Mark - lovely and lively rendition - the grass on the cliffs is very convinsing. Love that HUGE wave that is hading for the beach from the back- got to get out my surf board for that one.:lol::rolleyes:

01-12-2011, 05:40 PM
Mark, I realy love your seascape! Very realistic and detailed !

01-13-2011, 04:01 AM
Mark you have done a big job on your two bits piece of paper.

01-13-2011, 12:17 PM
Yah, Lin - I took a bunch of grey to kill the green enough (on the grass) to get the color close.

Thanks for all the nice comments. I'm a little bothered by the far wave as I'm putting it on tope of the existing blue and can't get it brighter. I tried scraping the blue off but all that comes off is the white. I may just take a scoop of the Senn white and pile it on to overcome the apparent transparency.


Shirl Parker
01-13-2011, 12:53 PM
Great job, Mark.

01-13-2011, 06:31 PM
Two great versions of the jugs still life, Amedee and Lee. I like them both, your styles are very different but both of you rendered them beautifully. Both of you got good ellipses on them, congratulations! Great shine on them too.

Tammy, cool little seascape. The velour gives a very soft effect.

Mark, striking version of the seascape! Beautiful realism. I love the way you handled the rocks and the grasses on top of the headland, that's gorgeous.

I started in on the seascape today. Unfortunately the sun's going down so I caught a progress shot while I could. This is not going to scan well with the light colors in the foam. Even the camera didn't pick them up, though it probably will if I get it in full daylight around noonish. I might intensify them a bit just to make sure. The foam is not a solid blot of white even at this stage.

Seascape progress 1
8" x 10"
Neopastels on Aquabee Bogus Recycled Rough Sketch paper.

Sky's more or less in final form. Water's in a middling stage and the rocks are just blocked in. I cropped out a lot of things to keep it simple.

Pat Isaac
01-13-2011, 06:35 PM
Great start, Robert with the simplified forms. I like the crop.


01-14-2011, 12:02 PM
Thank you! Here's the finish. I worked on it this morning while I had plenty of light - today's supposed to be partly cloudy but I'm very happy the "partly" is so minimal!

Rocky Shore
8" x 10"
Caran d'Ache Neopastel
Aquabee Bogus Recycled Rough Sketch Paper
Photo reference by oldrockchick

Shirl Parker
01-14-2011, 12:15 PM
Very nice, Robert.

01-14-2011, 12:19 PM
Mark, I like your seascape. . . great rock textures and detail. :thumbsup:

Ai, that is neat interpretation of the rose in snow! Very cool.
Amedee and Lee, both of your paintings of the jars are great. . . such different styles but I enjoy them both. Lee, such pretty highlights. Amedee, love the colors you've used.

Wow, Robert. . . that is beautiful. Love the colors in the waves and sky especially. The water and rocks are great, too. You are using that Bogus successfully for all sorts of mediums! :thumbsup:

01-14-2011, 12:46 PM
Lovely seascape Robert.

01-14-2011, 01:52 PM
The thing that strikes me most is your ability to not recreate a shape. All of your rock shapes are distinctly different throughout. It's the natural human nature to recreate and copy - so you must not be human. Congratulations . . .

The sea is really moving and your's conveys a churning sea.

Killer pic so far.


01-14-2011, 02:13 PM
Love the color and action of the waves against the dark rocks.

01-14-2011, 02:23 PM
Here is my take on the water lillies. The gold of the acrylic doesn't photograph too well.




Pat Isaac
01-14-2011, 02:26 PM
Great finish, Robert, and the water is wonderful.


01-14-2011, 04:36 PM
Dee looks as if you have yourself a design for a stained glass window. :thumbsup:

01-14-2011, 05:42 PM
Robert - I love the play of the light and you've captured the waved dynamics beuatifully.

I've made a start on this but the rocks drove me nuts. I find rocks hard to get right. Especially trying to get ones in front and behind. i haven't photographed it but I've done a watercolour underpainting and on top i used cheap OPs with OMS. Just wairting until it settles to resume.

Dee - :wave: Hi and welcome to my OP challenge. I hope you are enjoying it. What OPs did you use. Don't worry about the gold not showing up around the edges. You have made it your own. Hope you join in more.

01-14-2011, 06:20 PM
Thank you for all the comments on my Rocky Shore! LOL Mark - you found me out. I'm an adopted cat. Honest, just ask Ari about it. Actually a lot of it is just that I love doing rocks and have done hundreds, maybe even a thousand rock studies in the past few years, not to mention all the ones I did starting when I was eight or nine. If I was at a loss for what to draw, I drew rocks.

Dee, your water lilies came out fascinating. I like the way your lily pads lay so flat. Is that metallic gold that's not coming through on the photo? I see washes of gold here and there but it's probably a lot more intense in person. I've had trouble photographing gold too.

01-14-2011, 07:12 PM
Wow, all these paintings are fantastic so far! ai2ai, I love the style you put for the rose! Libellue, I love the softness to yours! Lee, that is very fantastic. Mark, lovely job as well, and to everyone else! Oh, and will you guys stop being good? I get jealous here. :lol:

I am still especially intrigued by the rose with frost on top photo.

I finally got to comment. I don't know if it was IE or my laptop, but when I'm on this site or DeviantART or a few others, pages stop loading correctly or not at all and I couldn't see some things. :/ I'm on the main computer now.

01-15-2011, 12:32 AM
Great job and distinctive style on the lilies. I agree with You and Robert about no gold showing up. Well, when someone perfects the photo process let me know, it's the most frustrating part.



01-15-2011, 03:57 AM
My lotus attempt.

01-15-2011, 09:17 AM
ai2ai you've done a beautiful job here. It has a very soft feel to it.

What size is the painting.

01-15-2011, 09:56 AM
ai2 - very soft and atmospheric . Lovely.

01-15-2011, 10:01 AM
Thanks for your kind words about my water lillies. I used mostly Senneiler OP's. The gold is metallic gold. Lots of fun to do.



01-15-2011, 11:12 AM
Thanks Hal, Lin. The piece is actual size, zooming in on the single lily in the ref. Hope to share another piece soon.

01-15-2011, 02:59 PM
Wow, really great interpretations!:clap: I'm learning from you all and your different approaches and styles.
Here's my interpretation of the water lilies, I did it on a scrap of velvet printmaking paper, I'm still experimenting with paper, I did not like the velour for the seascape, very difficult for a newbie to work with.:o Also blended with turpenoid.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jan-2011/71359-oil_pastel_challengeJan.11-waterlillieson_velvet.jpg

01-15-2011, 03:10 PM
Great colors Tammy. Oil pastels take some getting used to. For me the oillies are more demanding than soft pastels.

Pat Isaac
01-15-2011, 04:08 PM
Nice impressionistic interpretation of the lotus, ai2ai.
Hal is right, Tammy the oilies do take awhile getting used to, but keep at it and you'll find what works for you. You have a nice impasto feel to this. Is the velvet printpaper somewhat like the velour paper? I find these very difficult to work with.


01-15-2011, 10:42 PM
Ai. I'm not sure what you're doing but please don't stop. Big fan already. That lotus is awesome. Words fail but the pic doesn't.

Tammy, I like your approach and would like to know what you find with these papers. I've bought but not attempted anything on the velour. Or using trups and mediums. I Like the lillies and wonder if you put some real darks underneath the violet lillies if they wouldn't pop just from the value contrast. I have a very tough time managing greens and that photo would scare me away from trying the lillies. I have to use oceans of red/pink or just a ton of greys to kill the greens. Very courageous of you in my opinion.

Great job,


01-16-2011, 02:49 AM
Thank you, Lin, for the reference photos. Such varied interpretations from everyone!

Here's the first time I used my Erengi in an entire painting other than testing swatches of colors. It's an okay oil pastel. I was a bit reluctant to use my fingers to blend it since it was made in China and used my color shaper to but the clear colorfix pastel ground I laid has such bumps that in the end I had to use my fingers. :eek:

65 lbs yellow cardstock 8.5 x 11 inch primed with Colorfix clear pastel ground
Erengi oil pastels

http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/7479/erengiseascape1orig.jpg (http://img713.imageshack.us/i/erengiseascape1orig.jpg/)

01-16-2011, 04:10 AM
Here's my version of the seascape. Not quite finished as I need to leave it set so that I can add whites. I have used a pale pink for the foam and need to put my highlights in. The masses are a little more separated IRL but I think I need to lighten that back mass.

Any comments welcome.


30x24 cm (12x10") oil pastel on sanded card.

01-16-2011, 11:29 AM
Sandra, I love the dreamy look of the sky. It looks like quite a lot of finger work up there.

Marion, your waves are the bomb. The sand hints under the waves add the transparent look that's so hard to get.



Pat Isaac
01-16-2011, 11:38 AM
2 very nice interpretations of rocks and waves. It is nice to see how different every painting is.
Good start, Marion and nice strong color, Sandra.


01-16-2011, 11:49 AM
Tammy - it's all about trial and error with OPs. When I started I was pretty much the same.Battled it out to find the OPs i liked for different ways of working and the papers. There are some useful threads on here about OPs and supports. no doubt Bill could find them straight away but i suggest maybe looking at some of the links in his posts. You seem t be doing ok so far so stay with it. Nice piece of work :thumbsup:

Sandra - This is very different for you, but very very nice. I love the tumultuous sky and the dynamics of the waves. Great colours too. You have brought the scene to life so well.

Marion - looking good so far. Knowing the beach so well it just hhas an odd feeling seeing it in reverse. Love the colours and the waves are coming on well, cant' wait to see it with the final touches.

01-16-2011, 12:47 PM
Brief impression of this popular seascape.

01-16-2011, 12:53 PM
Wow! Ai2ai, your take on the seascape is so dramatic! I love the strong loose strokes and wild motion of the waves and the thrusting rocks, you convey the eons-long conflict of water and stone so powerfully. Wonderful intensity and emotion.

01-16-2011, 01:08 PM
Marion, your seascape is wonderful. Just saw it in the Johannes thread and made comments there - this is gorgeous. You used so many of his principles so well in this, it's fantastic.

Sandra, yours is dark and dramatic. You've always had a great hand for contrasts and the sky in yours is wonderful. Gorgeous sky.

Tammy, interesting experiment with your water lilies. I'd never have thought of using thinner on a velvet or velour board, that's something I may have to try sometime!

Ai2ai, I love your lotus. It's powerful and simple. Your style with aggressive marks gives it so much vitality. It's great. Beautiful color and values, excellent form and depth.

01-16-2011, 01:45 PM
Wow, I'm away for a moment and there are three more delightful seascapes. Well done Sandra, Marion, and ai2ai.

01-16-2011, 04:30 PM
WOW - my seascape is popular. Who would have thought that one of my little holiday photos could inspire so many. Shortly after I took that photo i went little further down the beach and took a swim in that lovely blue sea.

Did I mention that Freshwater West, where this was taken, was used for filming a large battle scene for the new Russel Crowe Robin Hood film only a couple of months before we went. This is the very beach used!

Ai - that's a lovely version with nice stron colours. It looks quite wild.

01-16-2011, 04:39 PM
Did I mention that Freshwater West, where this was taken, was used for filming a large battle scene for the new Russel Crowe Robin Hood film only a couple of months before we went. This is the very beach used!

Hope you didn't step on any arrow points there. :D

01-16-2011, 05:11 PM
Ai2ai : your attempt is very beautiful, good shapes on the waterlilly and what to say about the hard edges of the rocks, fantastic idea !
Tammy : your expiriment with papers are great
Sandra : the stormy sky is wonderful, I love the light and the darks of it.
Marion : great job on the waves

01-16-2011, 06:08 PM
Hsl - if I had i reckon you all would have heard of it.

01-17-2011, 08:06 PM
Hi-- thought I'd give the monthly challenge a try- this is a pretty new medium for me and I'm still trying to find my way around it... anyway, I like the fairy tale buildings so I thought I'd try to give them a disney-esque look by pinching them in and making them taller-- not finished yet but here it is:

01-17-2011, 08:31 PM
Lookin PJjr. Is that on canvas and what size?

I like the stretched look.

01-17-2011, 11:11 PM
Hi Hal, thanks. It's on canvas paper approximately 15"x10".

01-18-2011, 08:17 AM
My impressionist jugs.

01-18-2011, 08:25 AM
hi Ai,

Nice jugs! :lol:
Your loose way of working is perfectly suited for OPs! I've to try to loosen-up a little more when working with OPs

01-18-2011, 11:17 AM
Thanks Amedee, your OP looks striking, good use of black base for effects. Well done!

01-18-2011, 03:45 PM
PJjr - :wave: hi great to see you here on OP forum and diving into the challenge, and what a high dive too. Congrats on being the first to take up the building task. For someone not used to the materials you are doing an amazing job! Great work on the architecture and perspectives. whole thing is beautifully done. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

ai2 - nice colours in the jugs, interesting composition.

01-18-2011, 04:06 PM
Wow! Two great new paintings. PJr, your fairy tale buildings are spectacular. Beautiful style you have. Love those diagonal strokes, it has a lightness and a consistent texture that's painterly and bright. Well done.

Ai2ai, gorgeous Impressionist jugs! Your version of the still life is beautiful. Both of these really made me grin today!

01-18-2011, 04:27 PM
had some free time this week:D and dusted off my cheapo op's....tyree:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jan-2011/65063-monastary.jpg

01-18-2011, 07:56 PM
Hi oldrockchick-- (love your username)- Thank you! I love challenges :) which is why I'm trying to learn how to control these big bulky dull pointed adult crayons (haha)-- Thanks for hosting and posting your pics for us.

Robert- thanks for the encouraging comments. I'm so used to the sharp point of a pencil and the detail you can achieve with that, I'm really having difficulty wrapping my mind around the way an oil pastel applies and how to work "within" the medium. It's fun and a challenge.

tyree- that's a solid painting and a great interpretation... I really enjoy seeing how everyone interprets these differently.

01-18-2011, 11:38 PM
thanks pj. jr. ....but...i like much more the magic you have in yours..!!! tyree:wave: :wink2:

Pat Isaac
01-19-2011, 07:42 AM
Great graphic interpretation, Tyree and great bold color.


01-19-2011, 12:26 PM
Hi Tyreee its so cool to see you here joining in my challenge :D.

i love yoru colourful version of the Caldey monastry, lots of luscious blues contrastign with the orange roofs. SO lively and expressive - love it :clap:

Be nice to see you around these parts more :wink2::wink2:

01-19-2011, 05:51 PM
Ok here is my first for this month - it's taken a while as I've been letting it set up between layers.

Did an wc block in colour key.
Student grade ops with OMS and a brush next layer
2nd layer - some Neos and then Senns.
top details with Senns.
used finger on skies and colour shapers on sea and rocks.

Support = Triple gesso primed Hobbycraft canvas panel
treasted with white Colourfix 14" x 11"

'Freshwater west'

01-19-2011, 06:27 PM
Oldrockchick-- that's amazing! I love the sense of texture and tone that you created, many contrasting and complimentary colors yet all fitting in the same tone theme. I'd like to learn how to do that.

01-19-2011, 10:30 PM
That's a real beauty Lin.

01-20-2011, 12:18 AM
Beautiful work, Lin. The energetic and rhythmic way you treat the waves and rocks really caught my attention... they "tango" so to speak!

01-20-2011, 08:06 AM
well I wanted to post my final fairy tale building attempt, this started getting away from me so I knew it was time to put it to rest--:) I learned more about OP in this drawing than any others so hopefully I can put some of that to use in the next one... I can see how getting a good set of artist grade OP will make a difference but I'd like to learn more from you all and spend more time in the medium before investing a bit -- this is done with Pentels on rough 150 gm 260x375mm paper... I'd love to hear criticisms on what might be done in my future approaches to come up with nicer compositions.
I really love what you guys have posted-- pretty much all of it-- every piece of work I see in here gives me a good feeling.

01-20-2011, 09:12 AM
PJ this is excellent. Iparticulalry like the handling of the trees in the foreground. With a limited palette and a support that isn't kind you have made a lovelyh piece. It is good to learn. It's how I started. 2 years ago I was like you, not knowing what to used or what to buy so you are in the right place. I'm glad my challenge has inspired you to try to work with OPS and look forward to seeing more of your work.

01-20-2011, 05:30 PM
thank you lin and pat for your kind compliments...i hope to come in here more often this year!! lin....wonderful piece...the texture and sky are excellent!!!! tyree:wave:

01-20-2011, 05:40 PM
Lovely Tyree. (fascinating occupation :thumbsup: )

PJjr lovely loose work. Nice interpretation.

01-20-2011, 09:06 PM
thank ya kindly hal....i like in yours the splash of the tide and the great texture to the rough rock...good work as always...tyree:wave:

01-21-2011, 12:56 AM
Trying another challenge. Thanks for looking.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jan-2011/199260-houses1.jpg Lee

01-21-2011, 09:29 AM
Very interesting Lee58. I found the longer you look at it the clearer it becomes and it actually becomes 3D. How you achieved that depth is beyond me. Looks like it's on frosted (or rough) glass?

01-21-2011, 09:55 AM
Fascinating Lee. What kind of paper is that on?

01-21-2011, 11:32 AM
Fascinating Lee. What kind of paper is that on?

agree with Hal

It's rather Seurat:clap:

01-21-2011, 02:39 PM
An interresting approach for a beautiful effect !

01-23-2011, 12:32 AM
I decided to try the seascape- this started out at first as an exercise in blending using red, green & blue; from the "minimum palette" class in the classroom thread, then as I started to like what I was getting, I ended up getting into other colors-- learned alot about blending and texturing in this one. I really liked the blue-green and purple-browns I was getting through the RGB blend technique.

Pat Isaac
01-23-2011, 07:21 AM
Nicely done, PJ. Really like the color in the rocks.


01-23-2011, 11:17 AM
PJ - the challenges are here with the intention of experimentation and learning in an area where we wouldn't normally dare experiment. It's great to learn from them. You will find your OPs progressing substantially by joiming in here -n I did.

I love the sandy foreshore colours and how you have the loose rocks, but those huge rocks whoa, how bizarre, they look like they are alive. Nice wave action too. Now the colours on the horizon have shifted the day into earlyh evening and I like it.

01-23-2011, 03:06 PM
Here is my version of Calsdey Island Monastry, although it is a little messy around the detailed area of the architecture even though I tried to tidy it up using FC Polys, which didn't work so well on top of so many layers.

'Caldey Island Monastry'
10" x 12"
C & B Cotton Gesso triple primed board prep'd with2 coats white c'fix
Acrylic u/p, CD Neopastels
Sennelier OPs
FC Polychromos pencils for details


01-23-2011, 04:47 PM
Fantastic job Lin.

Are there funky little curvatures in the verticals of the tower on the right side of the painting???

Actually, It's kind of cute that way.

01-23-2011, 05:05 PM
I think so Hal, if I am thinking the same as you. yeh the upright looks a bit weird doesn't it, I think maybe because I tried to put some foliage and foliage shadow in front of it and lost the line because it is hidden behind this.

01-23-2011, 05:51 PM
This time I've tried the waterlily's on black canson mi-teintes paper with Van Gogh and Sennelier OP's. It's not very detailed, but I like the way the pink 'pops-out' of the black background. I've worked a little too small to get some details in the flowers (A4 format = 8.3 ◊ 11.7 in).

Pat Isaac
01-23-2011, 06:01 PM
Love this piece, Lin. It has a great design feeling to it with the red roofs and windows.
Nice lillies, amedee and flowers really pop on black paper.


01-23-2011, 06:04 PM
Well done Amedee. The colors really pop on that black background. I also enjoy painting on a black background.

01-23-2011, 07:54 PM
Amedee - i do like the pink on the black it does 'pop', the overall thing looks good.

01-24-2011, 07:28 AM
Lin & Pat- thanks!
Yeah those bigger rocks started getting a sphynx look to them- I noticed that-- Also, I couldn't get the time of day right with the global lighting, one of those things I'm still trying to get right. anyways, I think the photograph is a bit warmer than the actual painting.

awesome job on the monastry Lin-- looks really good.

Amedee, I like the Lily painting on black too-- it's beautiful

01-24-2011, 12:15 PM
[quote=PJjr]Lin & Pat- thanks!
Yeah those bigger rocks started getting a sphynx look to them- I noticed that-- Also, I couldn't get the time of day right with the global lighting, one of those things I'm still trying to get right. anyways, I think the photograph is a bit warmer than the actual painting.

Actually PJ, I see a two horned rhinoceros....:wink2:

01-24-2011, 07:38 PM
[quote=PJjr]Lin & Pat- thanks!
Yeah those bigger rocks started getting a sphynx look to them- I noticed that-- Also, I couldn't get the time of day right with the global lighting, one of those things I'm still trying to get right. anyways, I think the photograph is a bit warmer than the actual painting.

Actually PJ, I see a two horned rhinoceros....:wink2:

HAHA!! :lol: love it!!!!:lol: :thumbsup:

01-25-2011, 02:57 PM
Hal you take away the words of my mouth ... I see that PJjr has taken it with humor. Even if the rocks have something bestial their structure is very beautiful.
Lin, the building has been on a diet but it's very nice
Amedee I also like the black background

01-25-2011, 06:51 PM
Lee, that is a very cool effect. . . what paper did you do it on? Is it pointilism? Its so interesting to look at.

Hi PJ, beautiful colors you have achieved. I like your sky and grasses and the water. . . but those rocks are fascinating - they seems like they could get up and come after me, like dinosaurs. It has almost a surreal quality to it that is very cool.

Lin that is a lovely and complex building you've done so well.

Amedee, those flowers just pop off that black support! Very nice

01-26-2011, 05:20 PM
Hi! I'm new to the site and this is one of my very first attempts at oil pastel. I normally paint with acrylics, sketch or sculpt. I forgot how hard it can be getting acquainted with a new medium. It'll be some time before I can manage it, I think. Well, here goes....

Just regular 8x11 sketch paper with cheapo pastels


Pat Isaac
01-26-2011, 05:25 PM
Welcome to the OP forum, tyde...:wave: This is certainly a great start with a new medium. Nice delicate color. What OPs are you using?


01-26-2011, 05:29 PM
Thanks! I'm using Sakura. It's a set a friend of mine gave me. looks pretty old, but I'll make do with what I've got till I kinda get the hang of things and get some good ones.

01-26-2011, 06:06 PM
tyde - that's lovely such a poignant feeling and emotion to it. I love the way you have softly circled it like that and the rose is reallyh well worked.

It's lovely to meet you and I hope you'll hang here more often. Why not drop into the 'Oil Gusher' for a chat and get to know us better.

It's great to see so many new members of WC in here and also visitors from other areas of WC all having a go at the challenge. i'm so pleased the images have inspired you all and I', loving the outcome.

01-26-2011, 07:58 PM
Tdye, your version of the rose in the snow is gorgeous. Wonderful techniques and soft color. Well done!

01-26-2011, 08:10 PM
Tried one more, not real happy with it but I'll keep trying each month. I did the floral with snow. done on watercolor paper 8 x 6" various oil pastels and some areas grated with an x-acto knife. Thanks for some challenging refs this month:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jan-2011/71359-oil_pastel_challenge-jan11_3_floral_with_snow.jpg

01-26-2011, 08:53 PM
Hi, have just returned after a few days away and feel I must answer the questions regarding my take on the monastry below


This was done on highly textured back card 400gm using caran d' arche OPs.Pointillism, but of cause many of the dots didnt make it down into the deep texture and this is what resulted.


Same technique but using the smooth side of the black card. Looks much better at a distance than as a scan.
Thank-you all for your comments.
I am no artist. I brought some oil pastels for my granddaughter about 14 mths ago and decides to try them out. Im hooked now. Totally self taught and enjoying every new experience.

01-26-2011, 09:18 PM
You self teach really well Lee.

01-26-2011, 10:10 PM
Thanks! I'm using Sakura. It's a set a friend of mine gave me. looks pretty old, but I'll make do with what I've got till I kinda get the hang of things and get some good ones.

hmmmm, seems Sakura may not be so bad after all? *sigh* I guess I just donno. I just know the ones I have are pretty old. Hey, if I say something ignorant, it's only because I am. :o Just smack me and sent me on the right path.

Lee, I agree that you are very nice self-taught. :cool:

Pat Isaac
01-27-2011, 08:09 AM
Beautifully done, Lee and you really have that pointillism technique down. You might like to check out this OP artist who does pointillism.
Keep at it Tammy. You are doing great.


01-27-2011, 03:56 PM
Hi, what a nice works here:thumbsup:

I finally got a time to take part and here is my rocky beach, Sennelier on 9x12 Canson mi tientes, actual size is 8x10.

Thank you for looking, all comments are appreciated


Pat Isaac
01-27-2011, 03:58 PM
Nicely done, Vlad and I like the bright touches of color in the rocks and the sand beneath the waves.


01-27-2011, 04:24 PM
Thank you Pat

01-27-2011, 04:30 PM
Vlad, it's nice and bright! Great job.

01-27-2011, 05:15 PM
Nice energetic painting Vlad.

01-27-2011, 05:26 PM
I like how it's difficult to tell where the water meets the sky. I like that. And I too like the sand and the waves.

01-27-2011, 05:48 PM
Vlad - it's gorgeous and the birds are an appropriate addition. Dave walked up to the top of this outcrop and there were LOADS of Oystercathers there.

01-27-2011, 08:48 PM
Thank you Pat for that referral to Kathy Jublou's gallery. What wonderful work.

01-27-2011, 11:19 PM
Thank you Russ, Hal, tdye84 and Lin

01-29-2011, 09:28 AM
that's pretty awesome Vladk-- I love how it's so loose and lively, without a ton of detail but just enough to move you.
Part of why I started getting back into drawing and then picked up the oil pastels was to take a break from the perfectionism and attention to detail I need in my normal work, I'm sort of trying to use it as a therapy to loosen myself up-- unfortunately I can't help but go overboard on details and I'm not doing a good job at staying loose at it so it's awesome to see some of the really loose artwork like yours on here that gives you the same feelings as the really detailed artwork. (does any of that make sense hahaha!!)

01-29-2011, 10:18 AM
Oh PJ I'm so with you. I dont' draw predominantly, but the whole detail and loosenign up thing. I'm a slave to detail.... so very very pedantic. It comes from having critical parents and a science & engineering background where precision is all-important. It is so had to learn to leave it alone and stop fiddling and get loose.

i'm currently trying to leave that comfort zone by trying different mediums and different perceptions. I've been doing some crazy stuff in acrylic... my latest work is called 'Guitar vs Cucumber Soup' and is a commentary on the bland pop music industry and even includes (for the first time in a serious piece) - COLLAGE!!!! and very very little realism, it was quite therapeutic to loosen up and 'let go'.

01-29-2011, 03:30 PM
Thanks PJ, I know that feeling, I myself a slave of a "right brain", but, when painting, trying to unleash my "left brain":lol: This, in fact, gives me a good break from everyday's work:wink2: and relieves stress. Although sometimes that right side turns on and says - you need detail here:D And sometimes a drink can loosen me up even more:evil:

Lin, I'm with you, this is what we have to overcome while painting.

01-30-2011, 05:34 AM
Some amazing paintings this month, well done to everyone. :clap: :clap: :clap:
Beautiful work.
A warm welcome to all the new faces too, Its nice to see you and hope you continue to show us your work here.

I had a go at the seascape this month, Its 11 X 8.5 on water colour paper coated in colourfix primer. This is the first time I've used this primer and thought it was excellent. :thumbsup: .

Well here it is, Please say what you think.


01-30-2011, 09:28 AM
Excellent Paul. It has a really rugged feel and the colors are great.

Colorfix primer is good stuff.

01-30-2011, 09:47 AM
That looks great. It's very well grounded with a nice solid smooth shore, rugged rocks and a lovely sky.
One question, what does the primer do for oil pastels? Sorry if that sounds like a dumb question.

01-30-2011, 10:07 AM
Colorfix primer, as well as giving you a toned surface to work on, provices some extra tooth to the surface to grab the pastels.

If I gesso a surface, for pastels oil or soft, I add marble dust to the mixture to provide extra tooth.

I don't know if Dave used a colored (toned) surface but some of us do. A number of old masters painted on a red surface or did a red, value, under painting before actually applying other colors. Sometimes when I'm going for dramatic darks, I paint on a black surface or do a value under painting in a very deep dark color before the application of color. I did the black under painting in gouache in my seascape entry for this month. The deepest darks are the underpainting peaking through.

Sorry got carried away, and probably chatted about things you already knew.

01-30-2011, 10:17 AM
Hal thanks for that insight. I didn't know any of that, I really don't have a clue about oil painting, I've always used a pencil and only ever did pencil drawings or graphic designs with photo collages so this is totally new territory for me. I'm really enjoying picking up the little bits of info on this site. Thanks again.

01-30-2011, 11:17 AM
I haven't posted anything in a year.
Here is my attemps. Senneliers and Craypass expressionist on canson mi-teinte.
The colours on my photography came out a little more saturedted than on my painting.


Pat Isaac
01-30-2011, 11:29 AM
Great renditions of the seascape. Always nice to see so many different versions.


01-30-2011, 11:41 AM
Know what you mean Chanda - it's so hard to get good scans/photos especialli I find in paitings with a lot of lblue or pale values.

Glad you decided to join in an d I hope you will post more of your work.

You have pujt a lot of movemnet and energy into the sea and love the colours you have used. Well done!

01-30-2011, 12:11 PM
Chanda, great to have you join in. Great looking Seascape.

I'm hosting the February challenge, I hope you'll join in there also.

01-31-2011, 09:16 AM
Paul, very well done, nice feel of the atmosphere and great colors
Chanda, very nice colors, and welcome back

01-31-2011, 09:54 AM
Lin great Challenge. Thank you, your images were quite popular.

01-31-2011, 10:35 AM
yes Hal

Thank you all for joining in my challenge. I lvoed to see all your interpretations.

Don't worry if you haven't finished or fancied having a go but time ran away. You can still post them on here even when the next challenge starts.

I hope you all support Hal as well as you have supported me, with the February Challenge.

Pat Isaac
01-31-2011, 03:48 PM
Thanks, Lin.


01-31-2011, 06:06 PM
my pleasure Pat, and I look forward to my next one.

02-01-2011, 09:08 AM
Lin - Thanks for a great January Challenge. I actually had a little time to start working on your seascape last week while we were in Louisiana but it is not nearly finished. I will post here when I get it further along. Have loved everyone's posts. Great Challenge!

02-01-2011, 01:41 PM
Sure - holly post when ya done :)