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halthepainter
01-31-2011, 10:31 PM
I hope you'll join our February Oil Pastel Challenge. All the photos are mine, feel free to use them as you see fit. Crop, make editions, change the seasons, whatever, remember, you artists are gods who create your own reality on paper and canvas.
Please joini om/

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/140488-ref_aldridge_garden.JPG
Aldridge Garden, Strawbery Banke, (yeah that's how they spelled it back then). Sorry couldn't find the photo that included the peak of the arch but it shouldn't be hard to complete the arch if you wish. Restored colonial village in Portsmouth, NH, dedicated to saving historic homes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/140488-ref_oyster_river_rock.JPG
Oyster River, tidal waters, just down the road from home.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/140488-ref_Gundalow.JPG
Gundalow, at Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH. Reconstructed cargo hauler that rode the tides hauling goods in the tidal rivers. A friend Captians the ship during the summer. It's not an easy sailer.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/140488-ref_trigger.JPG
My Niece's Husband with Trigger. The show horse is trained lower himself for ease of mounting, hence the odd posture.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/140488-ref_star_island_chapel_2.JPG
The Chapel on Star Island, about seven miles off the New Hampshire coast.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/140488-ref_rye_marsh.JPG
Salt Marsh, North Hampton, NH. You don't have to add my shadow to your painting.

halthepainter
01-31-2011, 10:52 PM
This is the extra credit option for this month. One of my mentors often told me, whenever possible, to try to tell a story with my painting.

Can you create a painting with either of these two images that tell a story??? :eek:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/140488-ref_gloucester_fishermen7_larger.jpg
The statue in Gloucester. Mass dedicated to the fishermen who went down to the sea in ships. Photo courtesy, Library of Congress.




http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2011/140488-fb111_cropped.jpg
My F111, the aircraft that replaced my beloved B58, Hustler. This aircraft is mounted on a pedestal with the wings swept back to 72 degrees. Even in supersonic flight, I don't recall having swept back more than about 54 degrees. The aircraft was designed to go in low level. The terrain following radar could fly the aircraft about 200 feet off the deck at about 500 miles per hour (what a rush).:D

Can you make either painting tell a story?

Extra Blue Ribbon credit on these. :D

PJjr
02-01-2011, 05:37 AM
great challenges :) Hal, I'm looking forward to diving into these. Initially I'm thinking either the horse or the chapel.
I may wait for my senneliers to arrive to try the story.

Pat Isaac
02-01-2011, 08:42 AM
Thanks for hosting this month, Hal. Great images and I llike your blue ribbon Challenge.

Pat

tyree
02-01-2011, 08:50 AM
great choices this month Hal!!!! might give that fisherman a try...tyree:wave:

tdye84
02-01-2011, 01:37 PM
Neat subjects, Hal! I think I'll try the second one for now. I figure I'll try one with an underpainting, and that looks like a great one to do an underpainting with. I just got that part done. We'll see what happens. :)

halthepainter
02-01-2011, 01:46 PM
Neat subjects, Hal! I think I'll try the second one for now. I figure I'll try one with an underpainting, and that looks like a great one to do an underpainting with. I just got that part done. We'll see what happens. :)

Great tdye, look forward to seeing your work.

oldrockchick
02-01-2011, 01:46 PM
as soon as i decide which to do I'll make a start -lots of choice - thanks Hal.

VladK
02-01-2011, 02:18 PM
Hi Hal, thank you for hosting, very inspiring photos, will definitely do some of them:wink2:

halthepainter
02-01-2011, 02:29 PM
Vlad, Lin, Tyree, tdye, JR and everyone else I hope you will all join in this month. Keep me busy responding to your artwork. :D

Alexandra Spencer
02-01-2011, 09:34 PM
Hi Hal, a great photo selection. I'm thinking a thin slice of the salt marsh ...

halthepainter
02-01-2011, 09:58 PM
Alexandra, that is indeed a delicious color combination.

PJjr
02-02-2011, 10:16 AM
Here's my rendition of Tigger and your niece's husband- with Pentels and other student grade oil pastels on A4 medium surface 100gm sketch pad.
I decided to go the cartoon route and after getting into it realized I could've brought even more caricature into it... well- next time :)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2011/625152-horse_feb_challenge_scan_2_800.jpg

Pat Isaac
02-02-2011, 10:34 AM
This is just great. It has a wonderful illustrative quality to it.

Pat

halthepainter
02-02-2011, 11:25 AM
PJ, you broke me up.:lol: :lol: :lol:

I love it, with your permission when this is all over I would like to download your image to my computer and send a copy of it to my Niece's Husband. Pj if you would prefer that I not download your image, I will honor, and understand your position.

The horse's name is Trigger, like Roy Roger's horse. It just occurred to me that the owner's name is Troy. So in this case we have Troy and Trigger. :eek: :D

VladK
02-02-2011, 05:24 PM
Hahaha, this is just beautiful :lol: now the title is: are you coming or not?
PJ - very well done, really great:thumbsup:
Hal - your nephew's husband will be delighted :wink2:

halthepainter
02-02-2011, 05:55 PM
Hahaha, this is just beautiful :lol: now the title is: are you coming or not?
PJ - very well done, really great:thumbsup:
Hal - your nephew's husband will be delighted :wink2:

Vlad, My Niece's Husband. :rolleyes: :lol:

PJjr
02-02-2011, 07:48 PM
Hal-I'm glad you got a chuckle out of it :). Yeah of course you can download it. I can send you a link to the higher resolution of the original size if you'd like. I'll put it on my flickr site.
I hope I didn't make Troy too chunky for his liking lol !!

PJjr
02-02-2011, 07:55 PM
Thank you so much Vladk and Pat. Vladk I thought of something like "you have any idea how hard it is to stand like this?"
Hal. Sorry, trigger, not tigger.

halthepainter
02-02-2011, 08:34 PM
Hal-I'm glad you got a chuckle out of it :). Yeah of course you can download it. I can send you a link to the higher resolution of the original size if you'd like. I'll put it on my flickr site.
I hope I didn't make Troy too chunky for his liking lol !!

PJ, the image here is just fine, I'll email him the image.

I'm sure he'll love it also. I actually used this photo to create a painting for my Niece, but I didn't understand why he had this odd posture, so I changed it to a more normal horsey stance. Oh well, I not a horse person. :rolleyes:

Thank you for the permission PJ.

CandAlArt
02-03-2011, 01:50 AM
Ooooh, the salt marsh for me! Great project for my colored ground "tests" I am into lately! Now to poke thru colors and get out the "good" OP's!

Libellule
02-03-2011, 03:24 AM
Thanks HAl for all this pictures. I love the salt marsh with its vibrant colors, the small chapel too, the fisherman is a big challenge. Don't know if I'll have the time for all...
PJjr : Good illustration

halthepainter
02-03-2011, 09:01 AM
Candace, Libellule it will be great to have you both join in.

Mmadsen
02-03-2011, 11:57 AM
Hal,
Great Pics, tough to say which one sparks my interest more. Maybe (in a perfect world) I'll try 'em all.

Thanks,

Mark

halthepainter
02-03-2011, 12:02 PM
Mark look forward to your participation. Your work is always great.

I won't be able to start anything until this weekend.

VladK
02-04-2011, 11:17 PM
Hal, sorry, my bad:o

halthepainter
02-04-2011, 11:32 PM
PJ my niece and her Husband love your caricature. :clap: :clap:

PJjr
02-05-2011, 06:16 AM
PJ my niece and her Husband love your caricature. :clap: :clap:

Sweet! :thumbsup: Thanks for letting me know that... :)

VladK
02-05-2011, 08:06 PM
Salt Marsh - Senneliers on 8x10 Canson paper

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2011/204616-IMG_6495_s.jpg

All comments are appreciated. Thank you.

halthepainter
02-05-2011, 09:16 PM
Beautifully done Vlad.

I'm currently working on a 16 by 20 and having difficulty getting coverage. It's almost to big for me to handle with my color shapers.

PJjr
02-05-2011, 09:50 PM
Vlad that is a great painting, the colors and transparency of the water are perfect and just enough. I like how you did the trees in the background too.

VladK
02-06-2011, 03:06 PM
Hal, thank you. About coverage, try to first underpaint - it will eliminate those see-throu points, OR use an index finger - warmth of fingertip melts the wax in the pastels and they became easier to spread. I always use a finger for large areas and often do underpainting.

PJ, thanks, I tried to suggest everything behind middleground

halthepainter
02-06-2011, 03:24 PM
Hi Vlad. I did an underpainting then changed my mind on the color scheme when I started applying OPs... I'm painting on canvas on wood and I've just about worn of the tips off my fingers.

I may have to call uncle and resort to solvents although I hate solvents. 16 by 20 is just too much wear and tear on my finger tips.

In fact seeing the results of the colors I'm using, I may change my mind once again. (It must be and age thing???:rolleyes: )

Shirl Parker
02-06-2011, 05:47 PM
Hal, maybe you need one of these:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2011/113427-P1010085.JPG

halthepainter
02-06-2011, 05:56 PM
Hi Shirl, I have a large, gray silicone mover much like that but I've mislaid it. Or are those brushes and not color shapers???

Shirl Parker
02-06-2011, 06:03 PM
No, they are colour shapers. Royal Sovereign wide, ex firm flat and curved.

GhettoDaveyHavok
02-07-2011, 03:18 AM
OMG, I wish I wasn't busy wiht commissions. I wanted to do a challenge last month, but I have to do some commissions. :'(

hollyga
02-07-2011, 07:27 AM
Crystal - You are complaining about commissions?????

silvermoss
02-07-2011, 07:36 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2011/204616-IMG_6495_s.jpg



I love it Vlad! The colours are absolutely fantastic. :)

halthepainter
02-07-2011, 08:59 AM
Cath, glad to have you peek in.

halthepainter
02-07-2011, 10:18 AM
My painting of the mariner, to tell a story is below. It may be a bit trite but I gave it a try.

I had a real battle with myself over what kind of color scheme to use and how large to make the mariner. I was tempted to make the mariner almost fill the whole upper part of the painting. I will ponder the painting for awhile and may paint the mariner out and repaint it about 50 percent larger.

The image is 12 by 16 inches, on archival canvas panel, all Senneliers.

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Suggestions welcome.

hollyga
02-07-2011, 12:05 PM
Hal - This is a real"OH WOW!" :clap: :clap: :clap:(That's 3 cheers for you since I can't figure out how to do a Standing Ovation!) Maybe I won't try this reference afterall - since you just intimidated me!:lol: :o :lol: Love it!

halthepainter
02-07-2011, 12:17 PM
Holly, you're entirely too kind.

By all means paint the statue. My painting was only a suggestion of the statue.

robertsloan2
02-07-2011, 02:56 PM
Hal, thank you for a wild assortment of great references. They're all interesting in different ways. The challenge is cool too. I have a weird idea for using both that I might find time to do this month.

PJ, great cartoon version! Beautiful exaggeration, the caricature is excellent. I love that expression on the horse.

Vlad, your salt marsh painting is superb. The colors are magnificent and the sense of depth gorgeous.

Hal, I love your storm-tossed sea and ghostly fisherman. That's a wonderful painting, so perfectly balanced. The sea in it is fantastic, it looks like those swells are enormous! The ship looks so small and vulnerable. Great combination of the two references.

Pat Isaac
02-07-2011, 04:27 PM
Bonus points for you, Hal. That is great water!

Vlad, beautiful color in your marsh scene. I have a little nitpik. I would vary the values a bit more, darker in the foreground to give more of a sense of depth.

Pat

halthepainter
02-07-2011, 04:58 PM
Thank you Pat and Robert.

PJjr
02-07-2011, 08:54 PM
Hal, I love this painting-- creative, expressive, tells the story clearly...
Very cool. I love how it looks like he's trying with all his might to get to that clearing in the weather off his left side.
I don't think I would suggest making the sailor larger but I would suggest actually making the clouds behind him more ominous and stormy, if that was possible... a little more swirl and anger in them to go with that look of desperation in the sailors face, while keeping the calmer looking sky off to the right side of the painting. just my thoughts.

halthepainter
02-07-2011, 09:01 PM
Thank you PJ. I've been pondering the painting and afraid that any attempt to alter the painting now would make it worse.

I'm going to sign it and live with it. :rolleyes:

tdye84
02-07-2011, 09:37 PM
Just make it a series, Hal. :wink2: I like the sailor nonetheless.

Vlad, I love the colors. It looks sunny, cool and windy. I wonder what the temperature would be in your painting.

I'm lagging a bit on mine. I got frustrated and set it aside. :envy::lol:

halthepainter
02-07-2011, 09:54 PM
Hi Tdye, thank you. I may do a larger version someday.

Your four "C"s should be Cookies, Cannolis (cream filled), Coffee, and Chocolate.

tyree
02-07-2011, 10:34 PM
hal....beautifully done...and excellent creativity!!! tyree

halthepainter
02-07-2011, 10:42 PM
Thank you tyree.

VladK
02-08-2011, 09:44 AM
Thank you Cath, Robert and Pat.

Hal, this is a wonderful and very dramatic painting. The sea and the waves are excellent, I feel the power of the ocean, the sky is very dramatic, torn sail says about danger, and the sailor depicted as a thin ghost above all. This painting leaves strong impression. I would suggest not to change the sailor before you try to modify it digitally to see how it's gonna look.

halthepainter
02-08-2011, 11:00 AM
Thank you very much Vlad. I don't think I'll try to change anything. I'm afraid I'd just muck it up. :rolleyes:

paul444
02-08-2011, 11:11 AM
PJjr.... a wonderful interpretation. I love it.

paul444
02-08-2011, 11:13 AM
An excellent painting Vlad. Love the blue of the water.

paul444
02-08-2011, 11:16 AM
Hal, a great concept well executed. That sea is fantastic.

VladK
02-08-2011, 04:05 PM
Thank you Paul

halthepainter
02-08-2011, 05:02 PM
Thank you Paul.

PJjr
02-08-2011, 07:28 PM
Thank you Paul

CandAlArt
02-09-2011, 01:12 AM
My painting of the mariner, to tell a story is below. It may be a bit trite but I gave it a try.

Hal I love it. It's not trite. I know Who the Mariner is. I like the composition and proportions of the elements too. Bravo.

halthepainter
02-09-2011, 07:42 AM
Thank you Candace.
I just thought my treatment of the subject might almost be a cliche.

RainySea
02-09-2011, 01:58 PM
Hal, cool picts.

Pj, what a great illustration. . . so expressive.

Vlad, that is a BEAUTIFUL painting. I really like it, the water just seems to have such depth and glow to it.

Crystal, congrats on the commissions! :thumbsup:

Hal, I just love your sea scene, it rocks.

halthepainter
02-09-2011, 02:21 PM
Thank you Rainy.

RainySea
02-09-2011, 03:10 PM
Trigger
Portfolio Oil Pastels in Raffine Sketchbook

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2011/132279-horse-OPchallenge.jpg

halthepainter
02-09-2011, 04:36 PM
Wow, Rainy you've done a fantastic job on trigger. :thumbsup:

What size is it Rainy?

Pat Isaac
02-09-2011, 04:39 PM
That is a great sketch of Trigger, Rainy.

Pat

RainySea
02-09-2011, 06:30 PM
Thank you Pat and Hal.
The sketchbook is 5.5 x 8.5.

tyree
02-09-2011, 10:44 PM
rainy....wonderful solid work ...!!!! tyree:wave: :clap:

tyree
02-09-2011, 10:55 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2011/65063-red_nite_2.jpg 'a look of hope, on the sailors face..before the sea had its next soul...' i used unruly cheapo ops,,in a new sketchbook journal/w cps...tyree:wave:

CandAlArt
02-09-2011, 11:10 PM
tyree, the texture looks good with this stormy scene- cheapo OP's have their good uses! Nice interpretation and colors.

PJjr
02-10-2011, 04:57 AM
Rainy I like how you managed to make Trigger look like he's above the paper and not on the paper- nice colors.

Tyree, very creative-- I love using the sketchbook for OP's

Pat Isaac
02-10-2011, 08:09 AM
You have a real stormy feel to this, Tyree and I like your use of color.

Pat

tyree
02-10-2011, 08:38 AM
thank youall for kind comments...im never sure about my colour and alot of other things:D for some reason it looks better irl...tyree:wave:

halthepainter
02-10-2011, 09:10 AM
Well done Tyree. You can feel the storm. Your color scheme is appropriately dramatic.
Thank you for joining in.

halthepainter
02-10-2011, 09:14 AM
Rainy, would you mind if I emailed a copy of your "Trigger" to my Nephew-in-law???

PJjr
02-10-2011, 09:20 AM
this is a very fast sketch in my sketchbook-- A4 with sakura, and this scan was before I completely messed it up trying to make it better so I may give another go at it with the same idea but better -- but I wanted to get it on here in case I don't have time-- this medium can be so difficult sometimes. I'm sorry if this hurts anyones eyes-- :eek:

Flying under the radar:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2011/625152-flying_under_the_radar.jpg

VladK
02-10-2011, 09:38 AM
Rainy, what a beatiful horse painting, the posture is so realistic. And thank you for your feedback.

PJ, Flying under the radar is so energetic and impressive, great work with a story.

Tyree, nice stormy scene

halthepainter
02-10-2011, 09:41 AM
Well done PJ, you read the blurb under the reference photo and caught the spirit of the aircraft.
Your art definately tells the story: Tree top level, under the radar.

I intend to depict the other aspect of the aircraft: the mach two run. I hope I can pull that off.

RainySea
02-10-2011, 10:34 AM
Tyree, great color and texture in that. . . I often use cheapies for sketching (like the portfolios and pentels) too!

PJ, that is a very cool story painting full of energy and color. I like it.

Hal, of course you are welcome to email to him.

CandAlArt
02-10-2011, 10:40 AM
PJ- ow, my eyes, my eyes! Just kidding -great narrative quality!
Rainy your Trigger turned out so well! Great work everyone!

GhettoDaveyHavok
02-10-2011, 12:04 PM
Keep up the good work, everyone!!!!

halthepainter
02-10-2011, 12:11 PM
Hal, of course you are welcome to email to him.

Thank you Rainy. :heart:

PJjr
02-10-2011, 08:15 PM
Thank you Vlad, Hal, Rainy and *Candace (haha!!!)
I get all charlie brown with black.

tvandeb
02-10-2011, 09:16 PM
Really great paintings so far, I like the imagination also on the ghost of the rough seas- very original!
I'm still a newbie to oil pastel, and have not given up. I really liked the "Salt Marsh" ref, so I gave it a try....On mi tenties tan paper with various oil pastels and blended with turpenoid. c/c and comments most welcome as I am learning. :) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2011/71359-Oil_Pastel_Challenge-Feb.2011.jpg

DLT
02-11-2011, 11:34 AM
I gave salt marsh a try. I'm not sure I am done yet though.

Gentle C & C welcome.

8 x 10 on Strathmore Pastel paper
with Erengi and Cray-Pas Specialist.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Feb-2011/291871-SCAN0181.JPG

tyree
02-11-2011, 11:39 AM
:wave: pj......great burst of movement...i do like the scheme of colour....also...tyree

Pat Isaac
02-11-2011, 04:29 PM
A blue ribbon for you PJ....I find that OPs teach people patience....often can't be rushed.
Looking good, Donna. I would add a few more values to the grasses.
tvanddeb, good try, and I do think some more values would help tremedously. How do you like the canson paper and did you have trouble using the solvent?

Pat

DLT
02-11-2011, 04:43 PM
Thanks Pat. Which Grasses the marsh grass, the closer up or both?

There is so much good work going on in this challenge but for some reason I am finding that I am a bit too shy to comment on them all.

Pat Isaac
02-11-2011, 04:48 PM
The marsh grass. Not to worry, I always feel everyone has something worthy to say. Often my best crtis come from my DH who sees something no one else does.

Pat

halthepainter
02-11-2011, 05:06 PM
Hi Tammy and Donna since you both did the same subject, some of my suggestions can apply to both paintings.

The reference photo had the sun directly into the subject so there were no discernable shadows. I have artist friends who always have the light source coming from one side or the other so they can have shadows to help define the subject. If you ever watched William Alexander who used to paint on Public Television, he was always saying "You have to have darks to show the lights." Some darks in Donna's painting would make it seem lighter and Tammy's painting might benefit from pure bright yellows or yellow oranges.

If you had shadows, they would give you a greater value range and help define the objects in the painting.

The scene was bright and sunny. I think both paintings would benefit if in a day or so, to let the OPs firm up a bit, you went back in and brighten the scene with highlights and some general brightening of the scene.

Of course, I'm making an assumption. If you didn't want a bright sunny day, I apologize.

halthepainter
02-11-2011, 05:13 PM
this is a very fast sketch in my sketchbook-- A4 with sakura, and this scan was before I completely messed it up trying to make it better so I may give another go at it with the same idea but better -- but I wanted to get it on here in case I don't have time-- this medium can be so difficult sometimes. I'm sorry if this hurts anyones eyes-- :eek:

Flying under the radar:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2011/625152-flying_under_the_radar.jpg

I apologize PJ, I had promised a blue ribbon for paintings that tell a story. Well done PJ.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/12/Blue_ribbon2.svg/150px-Blue_ribbon2.svg.png (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_ribbon2.svg)

PJjr
02-11-2011, 08:15 PM
Wow! my first blue ribbon... :thumbsup: Thank you !

Pat, yes I shouldn't have rushed it, but everything was going really well until I grabbed the black... I was trying to get the green radar to glow within the painting but I did the exact opposite with the black, I couldn't figure out the right color scheme to do that... it's a learning experience.

DLT
02-12-2011, 12:04 PM
I added a few more darks and a bit more to the marsh grasses. Now where do I go?


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Feb-2011/291871-SCAN0182.JPG

Pat Isaac
02-12-2011, 12:23 PM
Much better Donna, maybe make the middle ground of the water a little lighter and then I would leave it alone.

Pat

PJjr
02-13-2011, 09:04 PM
here's a sketch of the chapel on the rock that I did-- I was originally trying to make an impressionist drawing but realized I had no clue what I was doing so I just went with what was coming out, but at least I was able to resist the urge to pick up the black this time.... the original is much softer than this, not as dirty and with more yellow orange glow....
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Feb-2011/625152-chapel_on_the_rock_800.jpg

halthepainter
02-13-2011, 10:04 PM
Donna looking good.

PJ nice job on the chapel. You're brave for putting in the people, I probably would have left them out.

Pat Isaac
02-14-2011, 08:09 AM
Hi PJ, I agree with Hal and perhaps next time I would vary the values a little.

Pat

PJjr
02-14-2011, 08:40 AM
Thanks for the comments-- the people were from when I was trying for the impressionist type but I need to study the genre further, I found myself just reverting back to illustrating.
Pat, by varying the values , should I exaggerate them more ? Apart from the sky and slight bits of shrubbery the overall color of the rock and chapel seem very similar, At least on my screen. I got to a point where I just didn't know what else to do except grab the black and go all Charlie brown with it (lol).

Pat Isaac
02-14-2011, 08:45 AM
No, don't grab the black. I guess I meant I wasn't sure where the light was coming from as all sides of the chapel look the same. One should be darker than the other depending on where the light is. Does that make sense?

Pat

halthepainter
02-14-2011, 09:38 AM
Thanks for the comments-- the people were from when I was trying for the impressionist type but I need to study the genre further, I found myself just reverting back to illustrating.
Pat, by varying the values , should I exaggerate them more ? Apart from the sky and slight bits of shrubbery the overall color of the rock and chapel seem very similar, At least on my screen. I got to a point where I just didn't know what else to do except grab the black and go all Charlie brown with it (lol).

Hi Pj. Paintings with greater value ranges tend to be more interesting. No, don't go all Charlie Brown with the black.

In your last painting all your values ranges between 4 and 5 (in my opinion). In my Mariner painting the values ranged between 1 or 2 to 8 or 9. Yes I was going for a dramatic effect but I think your work would benefit if you made your last painting's value range between say a 3 and a 7. Just a suggestion.

A professional artist, I've had some dealings with, who has been featured in numerous magazines and other publications, joking claims all his paintings cover the full value range from one to nine. He says he doesn't intend to do that from the start but that's how they almost always wind up. :D

halthepainter
02-14-2011, 10:03 AM
I was short of time last weekend so I didn't start the painting I intended to work on but picked one of the references that I thought I could finish relatively quickly. (currently I'm only able to paint in the evenings on the weekend)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/140488-salt_marsh_wc.jpg

The photograph wiped out a lot of the color and texture in the masses of grasses making them look rather solid. I seem to have lost almost all of the texture in the tops of all the masses of grass in the middle ground.

Yes I know I centered the gap between the two foreground grass masses. I kept messing about working on other areas of the painting and when I was about finished, I noticed that I allowed that opening to keep narrowing until it was centered. It seemed I allowed that right hand mass of grass to keep growing out of control until I wound up with a narrow opening right in the center of the foreground. :eek:

My colors are not as crisp and clean as I would like. I couldn't find the colors I liked and kept trying to blend to achieve those colors and just wound up dirtying the painting overall. I probably should have scraped off part of the painting and started over rather that adding layer on top of layer of color. I just didn't have time to do a scrape out.
The yellows didn't seem to photograph very well.

Anyway I'm putting this in just to participate, since this is my challenge and I figure I had better participate. :wink2:

8 by 10 inches on rough watercolor paper, and a rather dull set of Sennelier landscape OPs.

Pat Isaac
02-14-2011, 10:07 AM
You have to stop beating yourself over the head....:rolleyes:

This is actually quite nice and I like the forground textures.

Pat

paul444
02-14-2011, 10:53 AM
Rainy... An excellent drawing of the horse.

tyree... A great interpretation, you really captured a stormy feel to it.

paul444
02-14-2011, 11:01 AM
PJ... A great story to your airplane, An excellent concept.

Tammy... A great salt marsh , well done.

Donna... A lovely scene, love the tree line.

paul444
02-14-2011, 11:06 AM
PJ... A great chapel, well done.

Hal... A lovely painting, you have created a good sense of depth here.

paul444
02-14-2011, 11:11 AM
I had a go at the fisherman, Steadfast in stormy seas.

Its 11 X 8 on gesso coated watercolour paper using Senns and Neopastels.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/82968-Statue.wc.jpg

halthepainter
02-14-2011, 11:20 AM
Truly awsome Paul. The monochrome aspect seems to add to the mystical quality of your painting. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/82968-Statue.wc.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/12/Blue_ribbon2.svg/150px-Blue_ribbon2.svg.png (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_ribbon2.svg) Well deserved Paul.

halthepainter
02-14-2011, 11:25 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2011/65063-red_nite_2.jpg 'a look of hope, on the sailors face..before the sea had its next soul...' i used unruly cheapo ops,,in a new sketchbook journal/w cps...tyree:wave:

OOPs, Tyree I almost forgot what I promised.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/12/Blue_ribbon2.svg/150px-Blue_ribbon2.svg.png (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_ribbon2.svg)

DLT
02-14-2011, 04:46 PM
Ok now I think I am done with this. Thank you Hal and Pat for helping me grow a bit.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/291871-SCAN0183.JPG

Pat Isaac
02-14-2011, 05:01 PM
Glad you are keeping up with the blue ribbons, Hal.
Great interpretation, Paul and I really do like the stormy feel. The palette lends to that effect.
Yes, it is finished, Donna. Looking forward to your next one.

Pat

PJjr
02-14-2011, 08:04 PM
Pat and Hal, thanks for the great tips and taking the time-- Hal, sorry if this sounds kinda dumb, but are you talking about tonal value for every color used in the painting (such as varying a yellow-orange from light to dark, or tonal value between highlights and darks (irrespective of color)?

Paul444 that's a very cool painting... I really like how you did that.

Hal Your Salt marsh is astounding!!!

Donna you did a great job on the salt marsh too!

halthepainter
02-14-2011, 09:51 PM
[quote=PJjr]Pat and Hal, thanks for the great tips and taking the time-- Hal, sorry if this sounds kinda dumb, but are you talking about tonal value for every color used in the painting (such as varying a yellow-orange from light to dark, or tonal value between highlights and darks (irrespective of color)?
quote]

Hi PJ. I'm referring the value range from white to black but applied to the various colors in your painting. From a pale blue at the horizon to a darker blue higher in the sky to create a dome effecrt, a light granite color, slightly warmed on the light side of the church to a darker cooler granite color on the shadowed side of the building; light, warm greens in the sunlight to darker cooler greens in the shadowed areas.
In your chapel painting the value shifts from the sunlighted side to the shadowed side was minimal. I think it reads better with greater value shifts.

If you have a really large set of pastels, you might have four or five values in every hue, ranging from a near white to something approaching black especially in the green and blue hues. If your were using a yellow ochre for the church wall, your lightest value of yellow ochre could be near white for the sunlighted side of the chapel and your fourth value of ochre could approach a dark yellow brownish hue for the shadowed side of the chapel.

Of course with smaller sets you can mix in white or other light hues onto your painting to lighten the value of your hue. To get a darker value you can use a darker congruent color or even a darker complement to darken a light hue for a shadowed area. I rarely use black to darken a hue unless I'm working with an introductory set and have no other choice.

Sorry PJ, I'm probably covering things you already know so I'll shut up now.:rolleyes:

VladK
02-14-2011, 11:35 PM
Tammy, nice work, I agree with Pat about adding more values
Donna, well done, especially your last version
PJ, nice try on imressionist drawing
Hal, I like the marsh texture and colors, entire palette. It's lively and warm, great job
Paul, well deserved medal, I like how you did it in monochrome

And I just finished Oyster river, Senneliers on 9x12 Canson mi-tientes, actual painting size is 8x10. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/204616-IMG_6502_s.jpg

halthepainter
02-15-2011, 08:17 AM
Vlad, great take on the Gundalow. I like your deep darks in the painting. They give the painting a feel of weight and substance. (kind of an odd compliment isn't it)

What color was the mi-tientes??

Pat Isaac
02-15-2011, 08:30 AM
Nicely done, Vlad.

Pat

PJjr
02-15-2011, 07:56 PM
Vlad-- great job once again-- you should see that on my mobile screen, it looks amazing... your proportions are perfect.

Hal, actually I didn't know any of that-- I do everything by sight which often leads to random color mixing and experimentation as I go, so I'm very limited. These tips help alot, I've always tried to make shadows with either black or gray, which is fine for digital Photoshop layers but doesn't work very well with oil pastels.

The student oil pastels I have right now don't really mix, but I do have a wide range of colors-- I'm still waiting on the Senneliers that I bought on ebay... I just bought a 2nd set of brand new 24 still life for $30 US also... didn't think I would win that one. :)

VladK
02-15-2011, 09:36 PM
Thank you Hal, Pat and PJ.

Hal, the color of mi-tientes is like light grey ochre. I picked neutral tone to build the right values with sienna, ochre and burnt umber, then did the coloring. I even used black, lately I often do, it helps to build darks better.

PJ, congrats on a good deal. Senneliers are really good to work with, very blendable and have a nice palette. you can later buy additional ones as you need one by one, you can check at www.aswexpress.com or www.jerrysartarama.com, looks like they are the same company:wink2:

halthepainter
02-15-2011, 09:53 PM
Hi Vlad, I was curious to see if you might have used a darker mi tientes and allowed some of it to show through in the darker parts of your painting.

Obviously you didn't. The black worked well for you.

paul444
02-16-2011, 10:53 AM
Donna.... A beautiful salt marsh, well done.

Vlad ... A lovely painting, that water is superb.

PJjr
02-17-2011, 06:05 AM
Ok,
I took the tips from Hal and Pat and tried to bring more dynamic range to this, It's not 100% but I think it's much improved. I have to admit the colors in shadows are real confusing to me-- so hard to duplicate! anyways-- Thank you Hal and Pat for helping me out! :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2011/625152-chapel_small.jpg

Pat Isaac
02-17-2011, 07:56 AM
You are Welcome, Pj. Much better. I also like the grases in the rocks.

Pat

halthepainter
02-17-2011, 09:29 AM
Hi PJ. I think it's much improved. The dark tree grabs the eye. When someone glances at your art work you want them to focus on one thing initially: the strongest contrast, brightes color, people; usually a bit off center in your art work (rule of thirds).
Better modeling on the building, rocks and sky.

Sandra39
02-17-2011, 12:27 PM
Have been lurking for awhile, finally decided what to do. First, I want to comment all those beautiful work before me:

Rainesea- Love your Trigger, Rainy. S/he looks real with good values and nice hair. Good job.

Tyree- Mysterious face of a sailor. Love the blue coloring.

PJR - Your cartoon of Trigger is very nice. Flying Under the Radar is interesting and as Vlad said energetic. Nice attempt on the Chapel on the Rock. You finally got it right and beautiful.

Tammy- Cute and lovely pic. of the Salt Marsh.

DLT- I like the variety of blue in your painting. It has a feeling of a cool, calm day on a salt marsh.

Hal- Beautiful salt marsh. Love the BG.The water in the FG looks really lovely with depths and movements. Wonderful variety of flowers and textures.

Paul444- Your monochrome of the mariner is excellent. Love his hopeful brooding face and also the BG.

Vlad- Your salt marsh is beautiful in warm glorious colors. The gundalow picture has lots of depths. Love the sky and of course the water. Your paintings never fail to impress me.

Now here is my version of the Salt Marsh. After I finished I look at it and did not find any focal point. I think there are too much of strong colors that compete. Hal, you said a picture should have something that grabs your eyes. Can someone please tell me what grabs your eyes here and what I should do to create a focal point.

Sandi C.

Erengi and Senn. on 140 lbs. coated watercolor paper.
Size is 11"X15"

halthepainter
02-17-2011, 12:48 PM
Now here is my version of the Salt Marsh. After I finished I look at it and did not find any focal point. I think there are too much of strong colors that compete. Hal, you said a picture should have something that grabs your eyes. Tell me what grabs your eyes here:


Sandi C.

Hi Sandi, it's great you're joining in here, thank you for contributing. Your painting is bright, cheery and lovely.

The bright centered mass of grass is an eye grabber. If you had the light source coming fron the right, you could put some strong shadows in the curve of the grass mass and strong shadows on the water to further attrach the eye. Strong contrasts attract the eye as well as bright colors.
Nice aerial prespective going into the distance.
I would think your reflections would have some of the grass colors in them.

All in all, a very charming piece.

robertsloan2
02-17-2011, 12:57 PM
Vlad, wow! I love your painting of the moored boat and river scene. That is spectacular. Beautiful depth and so many planes of distance. Cool lead-in with the quay too.

PJ, the church is looking good. It's hard to duplicate colors in shadows but you've done well with the violets that you used on the church roof. Blue sky color reflects into shadows and so everything in them tends to be blued or gray-blue or blue-violet depending on what other reflected color is going into them. That was the biggest thing I needed to realize about color in shadows - it'd be blued and muted.

Sandra, love your bright cheery colorful salt marsh! That reference is a joy, it cries out to be painted in all the strong colors. Great texture on reeds and water too.

Here's my go at the Oyster River scene using my R&F Pigment Sticks. This painting is currently wet, resembling a wet oil painting, drying on the shelf in the bathroom that was the only clear bit of shelf I could find to lay it. Fortunately no cat can get onto that shelf easily and they've never shown any interest in exploring it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2011/70184-2-17-2011-Oyster-Creek-RFps-painting.jpg
Oyster Creek Rock
5" x 7"
R&F Pigment Sticks six color Opaque Assortment
Kemper Paint Eraser tool
Blick canvas board
Photo reference by halthepainter for Feb. 2011 Oil Pastel Challenge.

Okay, it's a stretch doing it in oil sticks. I wanted to try the oil sticks on an actual landscape painting and loved the Oyster Creek reference. It came out a lot more like an oil painting than an oil pastels painting.

halthepainter
02-17-2011, 01:14 PM
Robert, I love the result on your Oyster River painting. Yes it is very much like an oil painting and it's texture is wonderful. I'm not familiar with the Kemper paint eraser tool. I assume you use it to push the paint around???

Sandra39
02-17-2011, 03:16 PM
Hal and Robert- Thanks for your kind comments.

Robert- Lovely abstract painting from six oil sticks and they are opaque too. Do you need an eraser to do corrections? They must be quite sticky more than traditional oil. How do you dilute them to a value you need? Lots of questions because I am not familiar with them. Anyhow it's a beautiful painting, Robert.


Sandi C.

Sandra39
02-17-2011, 04:49 PM
Hal- I redid the value and the reflections on the center grass patch and it looks much better as it has more definition. So now I have my focal point right on the top sweet spot. Thanks for pointing the way.

Sandi C.

robertsloan2
02-17-2011, 05:33 PM
Sandi, your changes gave the light such beautiful intensity. That's wonderful!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2011/70184-PaintShaper.jpg
Hal, this is my Paint Eraser, one of two that I have. This photo is of the Loew Cornell Paint Eraser but it's identical to the Kemper Painting Tool. They're both red rubber versions of a double ended Colour Shaper with a taper point end and an angle chisel end. Intended for oil painting, it wiped clean beautifully even though I got color all over the handle while using it.

I did a lot of blending and scraping to create details in this scene. I picked up color when I scraped and then mashed it down wherever I thought it would do the most good rather than just tossing what I scraped up.

I blocked in with the sticks in the large areas and mixed my base colors. Then I took a sheet of my Gray Matters disposable oil painting palette and squished the end of each stick on it to make a color blob. I used the Kemper tool to grab colors and mix them as if it was a little rubber palette knife and then put my mixtures on the painting where they did the most good.

Black was more useful than I thought it'd be as a muting darkener. At first I was just doing grays and browns with complements but the black is a good color. I finally used it in quite a few mixtures.

Doing this one has given me the itch to do more with these R&F sticks. They're cleaner to handle than the Sennelier or Winsor & Newton ones I got in the swap because they come in those clear plastic tubes. Between uses I just slid them back into their tubes and did not get color all over the inside of the Gessobord they came in.

I want to do a good painting on that too, but not till I've worked it out on something cheaper like the large batch of canvas boards I bought.

halthepainter
02-17-2011, 05:34 PM
Nice adjusment Sandi.

I especially like that little clump of grass on the lower right. It is absolutely marvelous.

Robert thank you for the explanation of the color eraser and techniques you employed.

VladK
02-17-2011, 10:18 PM
Thank you Sandra and Robert for kind comments.

Sandra, your marsh is beautiful, I think the main reason you (and I :wink2: ) painted it is because of rich and intense colors. And you've done it very well.

Robert, this is very nice painting of Oyster river. Superb textures and nice palette.

VladK
02-17-2011, 10:29 PM
And here is the Chapel on Star Island, Senneliers on 9x12 grey charcoal paper, actual painting size is 8x10:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2011/204616-IMG_6515_s.jpg

I intentionally changed proportions of the chapel to make it higher and have entire painting oriented as portrait to make it more spiritual, don't know if I achieved that :wink2: , anyway, it's done.

All comments are welcome. Thank you.

VickiB
02-18-2011, 05:03 AM
Hi Hal and everyone :wave: :wave: :wave:

:thumbsup:

I really struggle to write responses to all of your great work, having been absent from painting for so long, I hope you will all forgive me for not responding :o

I do read every post in the OP forum every day, and I wish I had more to say but I'm out of my depth.

This is my first attempt at the salt marsh, ended up like a big bit of mush.

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n282/bosvit/100_1686-1.jpg

My second attempt

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n282/bosvit/100_1692.jpg

Cheers,

Vicki

Pat Isaac
02-18-2011, 08:11 AM
Nicely done, Vlad. Such a calm feeling in your painting.
Welcome Vicki. I think you are doing just great and O love the second one.

Pat

murphe
02-18-2011, 08:14 AM
Vicky, I really like your first attempt as well. Very spontaneous looking with a lot of life. I think it's the little horizontal lines and scarping back that give it this effect.

Maybe not as lifelike as the second, where I love the deepening blue at the bottom and the shadows of the grass there. Gives a nice depth to the water.

PJjr
02-18-2011, 08:19 AM
Vlad, that's exactly the look I was trying to get haha!! well done. It looks spiritual enough.
Sandra and Vicki, your salt marshes are good. Vicki I like both of them. The first one is very freeing and spontaneous, in the spirit of impressionists

halthepainter
02-18-2011, 09:29 AM
Vlad your chapel is magnificient. I do believe you achieved your goal. Great job on the rocks and all your textures.

Vicki, your first painting is bright cheerful and loose. Seems as if your were having fun shoving those oil pastels around the paper.

I actually prefer the second painting. I like the composition, it has a center of focus and the grass feels as if it really is coming out of the water.

Well done Vicki.

ai2ai
02-20-2011, 02:35 AM
My impressions striving for colour harmony.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2011/315161-by_the_lake.jpg

gakinme
02-20-2011, 03:36 AM
PJ, a very whimsical take on the photo. Very cute. I also like the loose strokes you use for the piece. Also like your jet piece. The depcition of speed is certainly there. The house has good texture.

Vlad, very energetic colors for the waterscape. For your yacht piece, I almost thought it was the photo itself. :thumbsup: Good perspective on the church piece. It must be one of those small villages by the lighthouse type of community.

Hal, your piece transmit a lot of feelings. I really like the memory aspect of the piece and the ghostly figure. You don't like your Sennelier Landscape colors? It's not bright enough? Lots of work there with all the stalks. You're very patient.

Rainy, your horse has very good colors and it has an expression of "Don't look at me while I'm stretching."

Susan, very nice colors to your piece. Look the sky colors contrasted to the figure work.

Tammy, a profusion of colors there. Your trees reminds me a bit of Grandma Moses' pieces.

Donna, the foilage in the foreground is very well done.

Paul, very dramatic sky and fog. A very good piece there. Love how you put him in the middle of clouds.

Sandra39, love the foreground rock and foliage too. Did you do that part first or last?

Robert, so your piece was based on the reference here. Very abstract looking and of course the texture is intriguing.

Vicki, wow, what modern colors to the piece. Love it!!

ai2ai, wow, incredibly good mix of colors and interpretation of the piece. Very good crop and such quiet energy in the piece. Very well done.

Thanks to Hal for posting the references. I've been looking at the challenge a few times and just didn't know how to approach them. I was testing a new sketchbook today and did this Portfolio oil pastel piece earlier today with wash and now I added your plane. Portfolio is very oily and after washin, it just doesn't allow Walnut Hollow Oil pencil nor Primsa to go on at all today for details. So after I put Neopastel on for the plane, I used my alcohol based Shinhan markers on. I've been using more and more markers to detail my oil pastel pieces these days since it blends perfectly.

Pentalic Hardbound flat laying 5.5 x 8 inch 70 lbs sketchbook

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2011/86669-op_aircraft.jpg

halthepainter
02-20-2011, 09:22 AM
Ai2ai I love your Oyster River painting. Fantastic job on the color harmonies. Your color choices are just wonderful and that splash of green just sings.

halthepainter
02-20-2011, 09:37 AM
Great job on the F 111 Sandra.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2011/86669-op_aircraft.jpg

This isn't a comment on your painting, I just decided my blue ribbon needed to be resized.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2011/140488-blue_ribbon_smaller.jpg

Pat Isaac
02-20-2011, 11:11 AM
Glad to see you received your blue ribbon, Sandra. Nice background for the plane.
Love your painting, ai2ai. Nice impressionistic rendering and good use of color.

Pat

hollyga
02-21-2011, 06:15 AM
WOW! Missed a couple of days and really missed a lot! I've got Oyster River sketched out and hope to give it a start today. Will catch up on comments to everyone's posts while taking breaks today.

halthepainter
02-21-2011, 08:21 AM
I've missed you Holly, don't see much of you anymore.

Sandra39
02-21-2011, 02:26 PM
Vlad- Your blue sky has a calm effect, so is the muted red building with soft orange bricks and violet shadows. The trees got dimensions and the rocky foreground is really well done.
The portrait layout does make the church look taller and on a higher ground, therefore it looks holier. You have achieved what you set out for. Beautiful piece.
Vicki- I like both paintings. The first one is beautiful with colors and movements. The second has calm lovely blue water.
ai2ai- Love your impressionistic river scene. such beautiful color harmony. Great work!
Sandra- Your F111 is more beautiful than the real one in the photo (Sorry Hal), beautiful mountains. Lovely work.
To answer your question re: salt marsh. I worked from the back towards the front-that's the way I do most of my paintings. The sky comes first then the other things one by one until I got to the foreground, always minding the perspective.
The little clump of green grass was a happy accident. I applied green Senn. on top of other colors of Erengi and it slid left and right kind of wiggly, so I followed that pattern all around. It turned out well and I kind of like it too. Thank you, Sandra and Hal.

Sandi C.

robertsloan2
02-21-2011, 02:48 PM
Sandra, great plane and gorgeous background for it. This is fantastic.

Ai2ai, love your Oyster River scene. That's so beautiful and yes, you got fantastic color harmony. Perfect!

Turpintine45
02-22-2011, 09:56 PM
Hi Sandi, Nice job on the salt marshes. Jen

halthepainter
02-22-2011, 10:07 PM
Jen, thank you for looking in. You know several of us here: Sandi, Holly (Susan), and me.

Since you looked in why don't you join in. :wink2:

VladK
02-22-2011, 11:32 PM
Thank you Pat, PJ, Hal, Sandra and Sandi

Vicki, great marsh paintings, I like the first one more, it's spontaneous and lively, great colors

ai2ai, beautiful impression, and you've achieved great color harmony

Sandra, your F111 is great, and background is fantastic

Hi Holly, let's join us :)

And here is my take on Oyster river, Senneliers on 9x12 watercolor paper, painting size is 8x10. All comments are much appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2011/204616-IMG_6530_s.jpg

Sandra39
02-23-2011, 05:39 AM
Vlad- Wow! Lovely painting. You got color harmony and beautiful rocks.The foreground is eye-catching and water reflection is wonderful. Perfect painting. :wave::wave::wave:

Jen- Thanks for peeking in, nice of you to visit with us.

Sandi C.

PJjr
02-23-2011, 07:27 AM
Vlad that's pretty good-- I like how you did the water and trees-- wonderful texture and your color blending is great!
I'm in the middle of painting this one too, using oilbars but I'm waiting for it to dry so I can go over it with pastels-- or I may just leave it, I kinda like how it is now. I put it in the oilbar thread but here is a small version in case I can't get back to this by the end of the month-- I hope you don't mind me posting it twice :crossfingers: :

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2011/625152-oyster_river_small.jpg

halthepainter
02-23-2011, 09:00 AM
Vlad another great one. It has great color and texture.

Pj your WIP is looking fantastic.

halthepainter
02-23-2011, 11:11 PM
Here's my last effort for the oil pastel challenge this month. (I also have obligations in the landscape challenge and the gouache challenge)

I think the flash made the painting brighter and more vibrant than it actually is. I'll rephotograph it tomorrow and see how much the flash affected it. It doesn't look that vibrant in incadescent light.

16 by 20 inches (the largest oil pastel I've done, it feels huge), all senneliers mostly the giant size except for the aircraft itself. On archival canvas board.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2011/140488-Mach_two_run_wc.jpg

Suggestions for improvement welcome.

Turpintine45
02-24-2011, 02:12 AM
Hal :D Dinamic paintiing. Love the clouds. Give yourself a blue ribbon!
I don't have any Op's so can't join in! I have no idea where that big smile came from but it wont go away!

PJjr
02-24-2011, 05:47 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2011/140488-Mach_two_run_wc.jpg


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2011/625152-blue-ribbon-logo.jpg
Here's your blue ribbon Hal (haha), what an awesome painting!!

Pat Isaac
02-24-2011, 08:04 AM
This is just great, Hal. I love the cloud formations and the feeling of flying into the clouds. A song comes to mind...Off we go....I don't think the flash has hurt this at all.
Glad you received your blue ribbon....

Pat

halthepainter
02-24-2011, 08:07 AM
Jen Thank you for looking in and commenting.

PJ, thank you for the blue ribbon.

Thank you Pat. Actually I think the flash made it better and brighter. I'll have to see what it looks light in the daylight.

Rather than "off we go", I prefer the "High Flight" poem: "I reached up and touched the face of God."

VladK
02-25-2011, 09:54 AM
Hal, beautiful painting, great movement and color variations in the sky, you deserved that blue ribbon

PJ, great start, it already looks great, especially the water

And thank you Sandi, PJ and Hal for your feedback.

halthepainter
02-25-2011, 10:17 AM
Thank you Vlad.

VladK
02-25-2011, 10:34 AM
Hal, thank you very much for hosting, you're, as always, doing a great job. See you around next month:wink2:

Mmadsen
02-25-2011, 04:55 PM
Here's my marsh attempt. Had to add a canoe for . . . for . . . the heck of it . . . I guess.
And a hill . . . and various other parts.
8 x 10 on terra cotta mi tientes, senns and neos.

Thanks, all harassment welcome per usual.

Mark

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2011/131193-11_02_op_challenge_marsh_canoe_comp.JPG

halthepainter
02-25-2011, 05:03 PM
Mark you've made the marsh your own. Fantastic take on the salt marsh. I love your subtle color scheme.

Thank you for joining in. I always enjoy seeing your work.

Mark doesn't your man on the canoe know, you don't stand up in a canoe?:eek: :confused:

Mark perhaps it's actually a punt that your man is poling. :D

Pat Isaac
02-25-2011, 05:13 PM
Nice take on the marsh and I really like your additions.

Pat

Mmadsen
02-25-2011, 05:21 PM
Hal,
I actually googled cajun flat bottom boat and that was similiar to the pic that came up. So good point, not quite a canoe . . . and I should add he's on his knees.

But then I saw it was in New England and even a red neck Montana/Wyoming boy knows Cajuns don't normally go fishing in New England. Jed Clampet couldn't get the jalopy to drive that far without losing Granny . . . off the top!

Thanks guys,

Mark

halthepainter
02-25-2011, 05:33 PM
Mark we have flat bottom boats up here as well. Some fly fishermen will stand on them, out in the middle of a pond or lake, and do their magic with their fly rods. The fly fisherman and the magic of rod and arching line can be a thing of beauty.

I was strictly a lure caster and reel in fisherman.

I don't do any surf casting or deep sea fishing. I guess I missed out on that.

Boy am I off on a tangent. It's just the meandering of a geezer.

gakinme
02-25-2011, 06:16 PM
Thanks for the blue ribbon, Hal. Superb wispy clouds for the jetplane piece.

Vlad, good colors on the trees with good details. I like the rock!

PJ, very colorful piece. The reflection is very good. I want to visit that place.

Mark, I like it that you have a fisherman in your painting. It also has great atmosphere.

VladK
02-27-2011, 04:44 PM
Thank you Sandra for a feedback

Mark - nicely done, great colors and textures

rickop
02-28-2011, 01:00 AM
Here is my first attempt at a challenge. I liked the marsh photo and thought I would give it a try with my Gallery artist soft oil pastels on stonehenge paper. Generally, it is not bad. I have some errors that I tried to correct with various levels of success. The last thing I tried to add was a tree turning colour on the right side, which I hated so I toned it down, should have scrapped it off entirely. I think one of the biggest things I needed to go was give more perspective to the water plants. It has been a real learning experience.

Rick

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2011/284981-SSPX0130web.gif

PJjr
02-28-2011, 03:11 AM
Hal, thank you for a great month of challenges, I really enjoyed going at it with your references and learned a ton in the mean time--
Before it's forgotten-- here is your other blue ribbon (If I may :) and one of my favorites of the month (it's nice to look at this again!) (sorry about the link, that's how it was shown in the reply to message box)

The Mariner:
659182

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2011/625152-blue-ribbon-logo.jpg

halthepainter
02-28-2011, 09:26 AM
Thank you PJ, you are most kind. I certainly enjoyed meeting you and seeing your artwork and am delighted having you join our Oil Pastel group.

I had had to attach my image because I could get the image uploader to work for me that day. It happens sometime:

I'll do a final summary posting at the end to get all the painting grouped together for easier viewing. Hopefully, I'll get it done by tomorrow.
I'm hosting the Landscape Challenge for March and have to get that in tonight.

halthepainter
02-28-2011, 09:43 AM
Hi Rickop.
You may have wandered into the wrong forum.
This forum is dedicated to we, wierdo artists, who are devoted to OIL PASTELS.

We share our art work, techniques, materials information, and share our learning experiences in this demanding medium.

You state that your painting is done with soft pastels (dusties). While we would be happy to have you participate in the Oil Pastel Forum and challenges, if you decide to work in Oil Pastels, you would get better feed back in the Soft Pastel Forum.
This is a link to the Soft Pastel fourm: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=149

hollyga
02-28-2011, 03:32 PM
Whew! I finally got this finished enough to post before the end of the month - it's still 8 1/2 hours before March! There is a lot left to be done yet and I am not happy with that line of rocks on the edge of the water but don't really know what I want to do with them. HELP!

Oyster River - 8 x 10 - Neopastel on 40 lb wc paper with clear gesso coating.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2011/129659-Oyster_River_-_WIPa.jpg

Pat Isaac
02-28-2011, 03:41 PM
Coming along just fine, Holly. I see what you mean about the rocks...all in a row...Maybe you don't need all of them, or you could overlap some and make different sizes. Personally, I'd take some out.

Pat

halthepainter
02-28-2011, 04:36 PM
Hi Holly, I'm very disappointed in your procrastation skills. After all it's not even the 11th hour yet. :wink2:

Your main rock looks pretty good. The small rocks on the water's edge should be different sizes, shapes and no two intervals the same. A grouping of two fairly close together and one off a distance away might make a better arrangement.

It's a work in progress so nothing is set in stone :D as yet.

I finally got a painting into the gouache forum today. My procrastinating skills have become weakened also. (Must be the awsome responsibility Pat has laid on me???):wink2:

Pat Isaac
02-28-2011, 05:21 PM
I'm getting out my violin, Hal......:rolleyes:
Pat

halthepainter
02-28-2011, 05:58 PM
I'm getting out my violin, Hal......:rolleyes:
Pat

Oh Pat, is that what you play in your orchestra????:D

Pat Isaac
02-28-2011, 06:08 PM
:lol: :lol: That is not what I meant by the violin, it was a saying that is sometimes said when you are supposed to feel sorry for the person but don't really. I play the flute in the orchestra. :angel:

Pat

halthepainter
02-28-2011, 06:12 PM
:lol: :lol: That is not what I meant by the violin, it was a saying that is sometimes said when you are supposed to feel sorry for the person but don't really. I play the flute in the orchestra. :angel:

Pat

:evil: :evil: I know, I know:evil: :evil:
I just chose to misinterpert.:D

Pat Isaac
02-28-2011, 06:19 PM
Okay....I should have known...:lol:

VladK
02-28-2011, 09:25 PM
Hi Holly, very good start. About "cloned" stones: vary sizes and remove some of them.

rickop
02-28-2011, 11:55 PM
Ok, I seem to have missed the word oil in the gallery soft oil pastel, the ones made by mungyo. At the moment, I can't seem to edit the post either. Sorry

Rick

Sandra39
03-01-2011, 12:04 AM
Hal- I thought you were a nice guy, I should have known.

Holly- I agree with Pat about taking out some of the little rocks. I would take out from the left (facing the painting) No. 1 and no. 3, then move no. 4 up a little bit. That would be the easiest route and less work.
BTW, this looks so lovely "as is" though. Love the soft gentle tone of the colors and the big white rocks are smashing. Beautiful work.

Sandi C.

Turpintine45
03-01-2011, 12:14 AM
Holly: Lovely work on this. I like the soft colours on the rocks and the general feeling of sunshine. Agree about the row of rocks but that is soon solved.

hollyga
03-01-2011, 06:14 AM
Thanks Pat, Hal, Vlad (love your new avetar), Sandi & Jen - Yep, those smaller "rocks in a row" are going away this AM. Also going to work on the trees some more and the upper center bg - the re-evaluate. "Clones" are easy - "un-cloning", not so easy - but at least I didn't get any "potatoes"!

Thanks for a great challenge, Hal. Everyone has done some really fantastic work here!

halthepainter
03-01-2011, 09:27 AM
Hal- I thought you were a nice guy, I should have known.

Sandi C.

Yes Sandi, you should have know better. :wink2:

Pat Isaac
03-01-2011, 09:41 AM
rickop, I edited your post to read oil pastels.

Pat

VladK
03-01-2011, 10:17 AM
Holly thanks, by the way, this photo of me is in front of former Picasso studio on Montmartre, Paris.

Everybody are VERY welcome to join MARCH 2011 OIL PASTEL CHALLENGE!!!

halthepainter
03-01-2011, 10:18 AM
Ok, I seem to have missed the word oil in the gallery soft oil pastel, the ones made by mungyo. At the moment, I can't seem to edit the post either. Sorry

Rick

Rick after an hour posts can't be edited except by our moderator (Pat).
Welcome to the OP Challenge.
You might compare your painting with other artists here, such as Mark and Vlad, to see how they solved the problems presented with this reference photo.

Your image seems a bit flat and would benefit with a sense of debth.
The objects in the distance would be smaller, less detailed with more subdued colors. Your detailed tree trunks really bring them forward. Also you can see how others broke up the tree line making it uneven and more interesting. Their distant trees also had more subdued colors.

oldrockchick
03-01-2011, 12:48 PM
Hal - i'm sooo very sorry I haven't had a chance to join in... i've just had so much going on this month....

The quality of everyone's work is, as usual, excellent!

halthepainter
03-01-2011, 12:58 PM
Lin you and your comments have been sorely missed. I always enjoy seeing your art work. Your art is always impressive.

halthepainter
03-01-2011, 04:39 PM
We appear to have all the entries we'll get for this month. I'll attempt to make a gallery here summarizing all the art posted here this month,

Pat Isaac
03-01-2011, 05:08 PM
Thanks, Hal.

Pat

halthepainter
03-01-2011, 05:19 PM
February Oil Pastel Challenge Gallery:

PJ's version of Trigger

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Feb-2011/625152-horse_feb_challenge_scan_2_800.jpg


Rainy's version of Trigger
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2011/132279-horse-OPchallenge.jpg

Vlad's Version of the "Gundalow"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/204616-IMG_6502_s.jpg

PJ's version of the "Chapel"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2011/625152-chapel_small.jpg

Vlad's version of the "Chapel"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2011/204616-IMG_6515_s.jpg

halthepainter
03-01-2011, 05:41 PM
February Oil Pastel Challenge Gallery

Robert's "Oyster River"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Feb-2011/70184-2-17-2011-Oyster-Creek-RFps-painting.jpg

ai2ai's version of "Oyster River"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2011/315161-by_the_lake.jpg

PJ's version of "Oyster River"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2011/625152-oyster_river_small.jpg

Vlad's version "Oyster River"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Feb-2011/204616-IMG_6530_s.jpg

Holly's version "Oyster River"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2011/129659-Oyster_River_-_WIPa.jpg

halthepainter
03-01-2011, 06:05 PM
February Oil Pastel Challenge Gallery "Salt Marsh"

Vlad's
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2011/204616-IMG_6495_s.jpg

Tammy's
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2011/71359-Oil_Pastel_Challenge-Feb.2011.jpg

Hal's
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/140488-salt_marsh_wc.jpg

Donna's
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/291871-SCAN0183.JPG

Mark's
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2011/131193-11_02_op_challenge_marsh_canoe_comp.JPG

Rick's
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Feb-2011/284981-SSPX0130web.gif

Vicki's
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n282/bosvit/100_1686-1.jpg (http://http//i115.photobucket.com/albums/n282/bosvit/100_1686-1.jpg)

Sandi's
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2011/140488-Sandi_marsh

halthepainter
03-01-2011, 06:29 PM
February Oil Pastel Challenges: The following artists chose to do the special blue ribbon challenge.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/12/Blue_ribbon2.svg/150px-Blue_ribbon2.svg.png (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_ribbon2.svg)

Hal's "The Helmsman"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2011/140488-Mariner.jpg


Tyree's "Helmsman"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2011/65063-red_nite_2.jpg

Paul's "Helmsman"
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2011/82968-Statue.wc.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/12/Blue_ribbon2.svg/150px-Blue_ribbon2.svg.png (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_ribbon2.svg)

Hal's F111
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2011/140488-Mach_two_run_wc.jpg

Sandra's F111
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2011/86669-op_aircraft.jpg

PJ's F111
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Feb-2011/625152-flying_under_the_radar.jpg

halthepainter
03-01-2011, 06:36 PM
If I missed anyone for the final OP February Gallery, I apologize and will add another posting if necessary,

Pat Isaac
03-01-2011, 06:40 PM
Thanks, Hal...Looks great.

Pat

Sandra39
03-01-2011, 06:44 PM
You are a wonderful host Hal, and a hardworking person albeit some time nice, sometime not sure. :lol:
Have fun working with you and other great artists.


Sandi C.

halthepainter
03-01-2011, 08:47 PM
I guess we one more post to tip this over 200 postings.

Mmadsen
03-02-2011, 12:20 AM
Hal,
I echo all the sentiments. Great job. And thanks for all you hard work.

Mark

rickop
03-02-2011, 01:13 AM
Thanks to Pat and Hal for the advice and help.

Rick

VickiB
03-02-2011, 06:11 AM
Well done everyone and special thanks to Hal for hosting the thread!

:clap: :clap: :clap: