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03-01-2011, 09:51 AM
Hi all,
Welcome to March 2011 oil pastel challenge. Attached you can find photos for reference.
All are taken by me so you can crop, modify, combine - use your artistic license.

I picked up very simple ones for purpose as simplicity allows for experiment, which I hope this challenge will become.
And I also tried to create variety to match all possible tastes - thanks to Pat for allowing me to post as many as possible.

So let's start, first one is Red leaves - can be multi-cropped, you can even do Red Leaves series

Sunset tree - great to practice negative space painting

Couldn't skip this one - Black swan - one of the Oscar nominees this year :wink2:

Cala lily - for flower lovers

Two pears - very good for still life WIP

@Cornell, Ithaca, NY - lights and darks

New Jersey nights - simple yet magnetizing landscape with a lots of possibilities

And finally, what came to my mind...

Verbal challenge - for those who like to unleash abstract creativity. Let's say "Snakes on the plane":eek: . I never saw this movie, but its intriguing:rolleyes: title brings a lot to mind to explore (and explode). So let's do this one also:grouphug:

Happy painting.
All artists are welcome! Just do not hesitate:cat: this month is only 31 days long.

Pat Isaac
03-01-2011, 10:13 AM
Thanks, Vlad for hosting and giving us these great pictures.

03-01-2011, 10:23 AM
Great references Vlad.

03-01-2011, 12:42 PM
Wow these are beautiful, especially the church. I'm going to try the tree one and maybe the flower. I have 3 kids so I don't usually have a lot of time so we'll see ;p I already have some ideas! Thank you for the pictures.

03-01-2011, 12:53 PM
cool and I love it now Pat allows so many refs. I love to choose. I hope I have time this month to join in.

Vlad are you saying another option is to draw something on the theme of 'snakes on a plane' ? If so an amazing visual image just came to mind.

03-01-2011, 01:44 PM
Thank you Pat, Hal , Ezbakeoven and Lin.
Ezbakeoven, welcome, let's visualize your ideas:clap:

Lin, yes, you can do the snakes, I'll also do - each time I close my eyes I see different idea:lol: Btw, that Black swan photo I took in London:wink2:

03-01-2011, 04:40 PM
Vlad, thank you for hosting. I love all your photos, you posted so many good ones to choose from. I'm going to have fun with this one if I can make time this month - been a bit backed up by working on my cat commissions in soft pastels but I am definitely interested (and if those cats aren't done by April, I'll be really frustrated!)

03-01-2011, 04:47 PM
Vlad, all of these are right up my alley! I'll have to give at least one a try! Thanks for hosting. This will be fun!

03-01-2011, 06:20 PM
Vald, thiese photos look great. I'll give one a try. something simple that I may get these sticks to work for me. maybe if I had some good ones but I don't. I really like the soft ones and not good at all with the oil one. lets see what happenes. thank for hosting.

Pat Isaac
03-01-2011, 06:34 PM
Great to have you aboard, Pete....


03-02-2011, 08:25 PM
Thank you Robert, Linda and Pete

Please find some time to join, I'll really appreciate it:thumbsup:

03-02-2011, 08:58 PM
Here is promised WIP:

I began with acrylic underpainting. At this point I just blocked in main forms and mid values. While doing the background, I diluted the paint with water. Even though it's dry to the touch now, I'll do first layer of oil pastels later tomorrow.

Thank you for looking and please join me.

Oh, it's on 9"x12" watercolor paper, actual painting size is 8"x10".

Pat Isaac
03-03-2011, 07:38 AM
Nice start, Vlad and those pears are one of my fav.


03-03-2011, 08:56 AM
Vlad, the wip is looking great.

03-04-2011, 06:02 AM
Here's my WIP of the red leaves-- I decided that less is more :) not done yet, but wanted to post it in case I ruin it (haha)--

Senneliers and Louvre (LeFranc and Bourgeois) on Canson Water color paper approx. 8X10

Pat Isaac
03-04-2011, 08:00 AM
Nice start, Pj. Looking forward to the finish.


03-04-2011, 09:58 AM
Thank you Pat and Hal.

Hi PJ, thank you for joining. Very good start, nice color palette. Can't wait to see the finished one.

03-04-2011, 10:26 AM
PJ, that is looking great.

I put a photo in the landscape challenge with you in mind, not that I would expect you to do it. Meeting you reminded me of some of my reference photos.

03-04-2011, 10:47 AM
Thanks Pat, Vlad and Hal.
Hal I'm planning to take a look at your landscape challenge but haven't had a chance yet. :)
Busy month, lots of traveling and I have 3 recording projects so I'm literally squeezing my artwork time in the cracks or taking time off when I should be working (benefit and pitfall of working in your own home). I have a bit of time tomorrow morning.
Vlad, my wife has requested my leaf painting when it's done, she wants to frame it and hang it, first time she's done that!! :).

03-04-2011, 11:28 AM
Thanks Pat, Vlad and Hal.

Vlad, my wife has requested my leaf painting when it's done, she wants to frame it and hang it, first time she's done that!! :).

PJ, you are indeed fortunate, my DW rarely likes any of my paintings. :rolleyes:

03-04-2011, 11:36 AM
Vlad this one is a bit rushed but like PJ I'm going to have difficulty doing much here for quite awhile.


We plein air painter know that the camera can't capture the color and details in the deep shadows that the eye can capture. So I decided add some detail to some of the shadowed areas. I took a lot of liberties with the color scheme. The color of the far tree line isn't justified by the color of the sky but what the heck.

You're welcome to zing me all you want with your comments. :evil: :lol:

03-04-2011, 01:02 PM
PJ, congratulations:clap: , I myself had that kind of experience last year, when my wife requested to hang one of my paintings:wink2: This is a great achievement, in my opinion, as a loving part is usually the worst critic :evil:
Keep going:crossfingers: :lol:

Hal, wow, you did really good job:thumbsup: with that reference and you used your artistic license to a full extent. Not only you greatly improved color scheme and composition, you've added some details that were absent on the reference photo and thus enriched the entire painting.
Everything is in harmony, and, I think, the fact that you rushed, gave it a painterly look. Great painting Hal. I need to think of something like blue ribbon:evil:

03-04-2011, 01:53 PM
Thank you Vlad.
I forgot to mention the technical stuff. My painting is an 8 by 10 on 140 pound watercolor paper using Mungyo oil pastels. Others have been singing Mungyo praises so I gave them a try. The Mungyos were a bit crumbly (not to the extent they created a problem) and the white is terribly transparent. No matter how heavily I applied it, I couldn't get it to cover some of my prevously laid colors. As far as light fastness, only time will tell.

03-05-2011, 07:39 AM
That's a great "rush" job Hal-- I like the way the reflections in the water came out, looks pretty good especially considering you used an "unfamiliar to you" type of oil pastel. I looked at your landscape pic of the temple grounds, that's a pretty daunting challenge, it would be interesting to see how possible it would be to get those detailed multi-colored designs with oil pastels!! Thai buddhist temples have some crazy colors and designs that are tell-tale, and very intricate handiwork.

Vlad- yeah, I definitely recognize it as a great achievement!! (hahaha)-- goes right up there with inspiring both of my boys to start drawing (which is by far my greatest achievement ever in my life, even better than climbing a 60 foot rock- HAHA!!)

I told my wife what you guys said about wife's not liking your (our) artwork and she said it's because you all spend too much time with it and not enough time with the wife.... that's not true is it???? :eek: :evil:

Pat Isaac
03-05-2011, 08:19 AM
I agree, great rush job, Hal. I particularly like the warm reflections on the water. I haven't tried any of those other OPs, like the Mungyos and probably won't as why spend the money them when I have all these other OPs that I really like. Despite the difficulties, the painting looks good, wonder if the trees on the right should have a little of the green that is in the left side tree. Just a thought.


03-05-2011, 10:39 AM
Yes Pat, good thought on spreading a bit of the green around.

Old artist's adage: "no color should only be just one place in a painting." Although one of my mentors (an expressionist painter) always advocated that I put a bright splash of colors, different from any other color in the painting, right at the focal point. I forget what she called it: a hot spot or a sparkle or something like that??? It was just something to grab the eye at the focal point.

PJ the tombs or crypts in the temple grounds of the Landscape Challenge are much to complex to show their detail. I thought I might detail the one which I will make my focal point and only darkly suggest the rest. I'm still pondering how I will handle that one. I'm pretty sure I will do it in oil pastel instead of gouache or acrylic.

Pat Isaac
03-05-2011, 10:42 AM
Yes, Hal, I had an instructor who called those "hot spots". Often a zing of red in the greens.


03-05-2011, 11:01 AM
Yes, Hal, I had an instructor who called those "hot spots". Often a zing of red in the greens.


Thank you Pat, I wasn't sure of the term she used. I think she advocated for a bright complement at the focal point.

03-06-2011, 12:13 PM
Trying to capture the mood with muted atmosphere.

03-06-2011, 12:36 PM
ai2ai, beautiful job. Spooky, spooky. :thumbsup:

Pat Isaac
03-06-2011, 01:14 PM
A definite moody feel to this, ai2ai. nice sunset and early eve feel.


03-06-2011, 03:47 PM
Hi ai2ai, thank you for joining. Great work, as always:thumbsup:

03-06-2011, 08:20 PM
My finished pears. Please leave your comments and suggestions. And hurry to join - one week is already gone ;)


Just noticed, the background is more purple on the real life picture...

03-07-2011, 09:32 PM
This is a better photo:

03-07-2011, 09:38 PM
Extremely well done Vlad.

03-07-2011, 10:21 PM
Vlad, great use of colors and blending.

Ai2i I love your painting-- I wouldn't have thought of expressing it that way.

Here's the red leaves painting-- I keep messing up the background and fighting with the dark vs. light, and finally settled on keeping it lighter and more yellow/orange than the photo as it seemed to look better that way... I still couldn't get the blue sky to come out as I had intended, and making the light appear as though it was shining through the 2 main leaves as opposed to on them like the bottom left leaf proved too difficult a challenge for me- oh well.

Pat Isaac
03-08-2011, 08:18 AM
Excellent pears, Vlad. I bought some yesterday for my OP class to paint tonight. They make a good subject.

Nice work Pj and I do like the crop you chose.


03-08-2011, 09:07 AM
PJ, great job on your leaves. The texture has a great feel to it and the painting is looking quite good.

03-08-2011, 11:28 AM
PJ, great finish, beautiful colors. About the sky: next time try to underpaint with watercolor or acrylics, it'll give you a nice blue undertone, which will pop through the OP layers. I'll probably try it myself later. Currently also overloaded with work and all kinds of pending:lol: projects.

Thank you Hal, PJ and Pat for a feedback.

Pat, I agree, pears always make a great subject (as well as peaches :wink2: ) , they have simple forms and nice colors to practice on.

03-08-2011, 03:06 PM
Vlad, lovely shiny pears!

PJ, beautiful leaves. . . love the colors and pattern.

ai2ai, wow, love the feeling of that one. that pop of yellow really shines in it. really like the loose style. nice work.

03-08-2011, 09:12 PM
Thank you Rainy. Please join when you have a chance:wink2:

03-09-2011, 07:13 PM
Hi All, Here is my attemt, again on black canson-mi-teintes paper. This time I've tried the rough side. I realy like the references for this month, so I might try some more... Done with Van Gogh and Senns.

03-09-2011, 09:20 PM
Hi Amedee, bravo, this is very beautiful, and your choice of paper is excellent. :thumbsup: And I like that you moved point of interest off the center. Your painting really catches eye.

And thank you for joining:music:

03-11-2011, 09:53 PM
And this is my sunset scene, senns on 8x10 canson mi tientes paper, done in 30 minutes:

thanks for looking

03-11-2011, 11:15 PM
And the chapel at Cornell University, Senneliers on 9x12 Canson paper, painting size 8x10, done in 30(or less) minutes


Thank you for looking

03-12-2011, 10:37 AM
Nicely done Vlad.

I'm kind of turned off on Cansons for oil pastels. The texture is a bit more than I want to deal with.
That sounds odd for me to say since most of my OP work is on canvas. Perhaps the difference is how roughly I can handle the canvas board verses paper taped to a backing board.

03-13-2011, 03:14 PM
last time playing with the Pentel Oil Pastels. Had borrowed a friends Gallery soft oil pastels for one piece, and finally have a set of my own.

Hal, I can understand about the pastel paper. I have worked on watercolor paper, over washes, and on canva-paper, but using the pastel paper here was a first, and I'm not that happy with it...

03-13-2011, 03:31 PM
Great job CerraAngel, your flower looks great.

You said you weren't too happy about the painting surface. Just as a personal preference, I would also prefer for the texture of the paper to be less intrusive on the final image.

03-13-2011, 04:04 PM
I could not get it covered for anything on this paper. Never had that problem before, and I don't know if it's something I'm doing wrong or what.

Pat Isaac
03-13-2011, 05:20 PM
It isn't anything you did wrong, Cerra. Personally, I do not like Canson because of the texture and I cannot get many layers of OPs on it so that may be the problem for you.
The lily is nice on the black though.


03-13-2011, 05:45 PM
For me the paper choice depends a lot on the OP's I use. The rough Canson goes very well with the soft Senns. I can realy choose to let the back-ground peep through they layers or to fully cover all the roughness. I've hardly used much smoother paper...

03-13-2011, 11:27 PM
I even pulled out the new Gallery Soft Oil Pastels when I got them home and couldn't get any more on. So looking forward to a chance to work with the Gallery. But right now dealing with a broken car issue.

03-14-2011, 10:48 PM
Nicely done CerraAngel, the lily really stands out on that background. Thank you for joining.

When I must care about edges I use the other side of paper with less texture for better coverage, but when I want it rough I use the front side. I agree with Amedee - with soft senns there never was a problem on any side. Then, you can also pick a paper to show through if you want for nice effects.

For example on my sunset scene above I used the rough side of orange paper and it shows through on the water. For the chapel, I used smoother gray-blue charcoal paper. Both are done with senns and I used a finger to blend.

Hal, thank you for comments. I hope to take on a couple of landscapes:crossfingers: , although I'm pretty busy this month...

03-14-2011, 10:53 PM
Hal, thank you for comments. I hope to take on a couple of landscapes:crossfingers: , although I'm pretty busy this month...

I know what you mean Vlad. I'm maxed out for the moment.

03-15-2011, 12:53 PM
Trying an abstract approach. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Mar-2011/315161-leafy_red2.jpg

03-15-2011, 01:06 PM
Interesting take on the subject ai2ai. It has the quality and feel of stained glass.

03-15-2011, 03:16 PM
Wow, fantastic work ai2ai:thumbsup: I like the spontaneity here

Pat Isaac
03-15-2011, 04:21 PM
Wonderful energy, ai2ai. I agree with Hal that it has a stained glass effect.


03-16-2011, 12:04 AM
That house in the photo is totally covered!

I like the tree one. Almost a sillouhette kinda feel to it.

And excuse me, I'm gonna eat the still life.

03-16-2011, 09:30 AM
Hi Crystal, nice to see you:) Please join when you have a chance - and you can start from that still life:wink2:

03-19-2011, 06:23 PM
Just love thoshttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Mar-2011/199260-DSC04863_sunset.jpg e pears!!
My take on the sunset, values much lighter. Black primerfix card with caran d arche OPs. Thanks for looking.

Pat Isaac
03-19-2011, 06:28 PM
Very nice, Lee. So calm and soothing.


03-19-2011, 06:46 PM
Lee, your twilight scene is so relaxing and beautiful. I love working on black with Caran d'Ache, you've shown its strength in this painting! Like the term Primerfix! Hee hee, I use that surface a lot too!

03-20-2011, 10:06 AM
Lee, beautiful work and your interpretation is much better than a reference:thumbsup:

03-20-2011, 10:22 AM
Lee wonderful job. Great feel of depth and color in your painting.

Oil Pastels Artist
03-21-2011, 05:29 PM
Hello all, I am excited to jump in and share what I have worked on for this month's challenge. I have loved the work that has been shared so far. Well the pear photo was my favorite so I decided to use that one...

http://www.ericdgreene.com/images/artwork/oil-pastels/pears/pears-400w.jpg (http://www.ericdgreene.com/images/artwork/oil-pastels/pears/pears-800w.jpg)
(Should open to larger size)

This was done on an 8x10 flat panel gessobord, with Mungyo and Sennelier Oil Pastels.

Why gessobord, you ask? No special reason, actually. I just wanted to try a new surface with oil pastels. I might use gessobord again - I think it worked well for fruits. This piece anyway.

I used fingers for blending and a little bit of tortillion to smooth out some edges.

The darker shadows on each pear got a bit more muddy than I had wanted. But that seemed to me what the photo called for anyway, so I'm not too upset over that.

Initially I had in mind to fill in the letters from the background of the photo. But once I started in I got lazy about doing all that much with the background!

For ultra-discerning eyes, here is a link to an extra large size of the piece (http://www.ericdgreene.com/images/artwork/oil-pastels/pears/pears-2400w.jpg)

03-21-2011, 05:32 PM
Fantastic job Eric. You've certainly mastered oil pastels.

Gessoboard is certainly a nice smooth surface for you to blend on.

03-22-2011, 06:03 AM
Lee, your twilight scene is so relaxing and beautiful. I love working on black with Caran d'Ache, you've shown its strength in this painting! Like the term Primerfix! Hee hee, I use that surface a lot too!

Ooooops, sorry about the terminology, but you obviously knew what I meant Robert. Thanks also for the comments.:D

Pat Isaac
03-22-2011, 07:31 AM
Beautifully done, Eric. I like everything about this. I like gessoboard also, work on it all the time.


03-22-2011, 10:36 AM
Excellent work, Eric :thumbsup:, very good modeling and beautiful colors.

Thank you for joining.

03-22-2011, 11:20 AM
Eric you are so skilled with oil pastels, it would be nice if you joined the work in progress thread or started one of your own WIP thread to show us the process you use to get such terrific results.

Oil Pastels Artist
03-22-2011, 12:03 PM
Thank you everyone so much! Hal, I will be glad to post some WIP ... this pears piece I actually took photos along the way. I'll definitely make a contribution!

03-22-2011, 12:26 PM
Thank you everyone so much! Hal, I will be glad to post some WIP ... this pears piece I actually took photos along the way. I'll definitely make a contribution!

Your "Pears" showing your process might make great thread in our studio forum.

03-22-2011, 06:34 PM
Great job on the fast ones. I sure hope you get to keep the skin on your fingers . . . I have a heck of a time being very productive since I like to push with my fingers.

Eric, that is amazing. Did you have trouble with keeping the OP where you want it? I don't have any experience with gessoboard but it sounds slick.

Lee, I really like your scene too. I like the texture (soft) and the clouds especially.

Great job folks, I'd comment on some of the others but I'll have to do that on another reply since I can't back up!



03-23-2011, 02:37 AM
Love all the different variations and techniques that we are seeing here. Eric I love the pears, they are a favorite of mine. One question to anyone (Eric) how do you get a link to enlarge your post? It may be of interest to some when I post to see the level of detail that you have shown. Thanks in advance.

03-23-2011, 01:45 PM
A brief impression.

03-23-2011, 04:23 PM
Hi ai2ai, another beautiful painting, and a great impression indeed:thumbsup: Thank you for posting.

Hi Mark, thanks for comments. I agree, "push with fingers" works well for me too, especially with Senneliers.

Hi Russ, thank you for visiting, feel free to join :wink2: .

Pat Isaac
03-23-2011, 05:03 PM
ai2ai, nicdeimpression of the lake and I really like the water.


03-23-2011, 05:51 PM
ai2i lovely work.

03-23-2011, 10:48 PM
wow- I've missed this thread the past few weeks-- awesome work being done--

ai2ai I love your style--
Lee58-- your painting is excellent and serene.
Eric-- you shaped your pears like a potter shaping a pot (I mean that as a compliment-- it's very a very beautiful effect)-- and the coloring is great.

I'm hoping to get one more from this challenge in before the month is out :)

03-24-2011, 06:16 AM
make it 2 !

Here is a quick one of the lake that I snuck in today-- (Senneliers, & Lavoure's on Canson water color paper)


and here is one from my sketch pad that I wasn't going to show because it didn't come out as I intended, but decided to upload it anyways... it's supposed to be an impression of some kind showing trees and foliage coming to life to eat the building:


03-24-2011, 09:16 AM
PJ good quickies.

The second looks more surreal than impressionistic. :evil:

Glad you found some time to participate.

03-24-2011, 09:53 AM
Hi PJ, very nice. I like both of them, although they are different styles.
I agree with Hal on a second one:wink2: and you have nice colors here. Thank you for posting.

03-24-2011, 10:04 AM
Hi Hal, and Vlad-- thanks! Yeah- it's been a screaming past few weeks, I just put in 54 hours in 5 days and it isn't slowing down any time soon! Good though :).

Surreal - HAHA!! yeah, I was trying to get even more surreal than this but I kind of got in over my head and realized it wasn't going to work how I envisioned it unless I spent ALOT more time on it. Well- you get the idea :)
The original of the lake looks much better than the photo-- anyways, I really like how it came out.

03-24-2011, 10:39 AM
The following is an experiment.
I purchased Lee Hammond's book "Crayon Drawing." I thought there might be techniques there that are applicable to oil pastels.
First: Crayola Crayons, according to Lee, are quality pigments, light fast and better than the other crayons on the market and she has done some amazing work with them.
She uses lightly textured paper such as illustration board (bristol is too smooth) and either layers color or glazes (heavy application of crayon to fill all the paper's tooth).

Here's my quick study with a set of 24 crayons purchased yesterday. It's about a 3 by 5 inch in a small sketch book and I couldn't get as sharp a photo as I would have liked.

The white is so transparent that it's not very effective in lightening the colors glazed under it. It was fun and I wasn't wasting expensive art supplies. On the left side I had put in some vertical white lines and found I was unable to cover them up later.
This might be a cost effective way to do concept studies and save expensive colored pencils or oil pastels.

Lee Hammond has certainly done worthy works of fine art with them.

Comments welcome.

03-24-2011, 12:14 PM
That's very interesting Hal. The Pentels are about the same price as crayolas ( at least here in Thailand) but I didn't know about the lightfastness. The Craypas student set is even cheaper and they seem to move around better than Pentels. I hadnt even thought of trying crayolas just because I thought the wax content would be way to high to be able to mix colors.

03-24-2011, 12:46 PM
That's very interesting Hal. The Pentels are about the same price as crayolas ( at least here in Thailand) but I didn't know about the lightfastness. The Craypas student set is even cheaper and they seem to move around better than Pentels. I hadnt even thought of trying crayolas just because I thought the wax content would be way to high to be able to mix colors.

I haven't read all Lee Hammond's book as yet but I suspect that her blending is by lightly glazing color on color. I may wrong but I'll keep reading.

03-25-2011, 12:11 AM
Hal, very nice sketch and study, especially for 3x5 size. I have not tried Crayola crayons, but it sounds interesting...

03-26-2011, 11:43 PM
I decided to jump in at the last minute and paint the pears. The drawing was made on Strathmore 140 lbs cold press paper with the outlines drawn in with a Micron pen so as to let them show through the loose wash with guache. I laid the initial color with Grumbacher oil pastels very loosely and layer upon layer using Grumbacher, Van Gogh and Sennelier oil pastels. The final layer was scumbled/stabbed in with Sennlier oil pastels, including some giant ones. I decided to include the wood as well, painting over the wash using the sides of broken pastel using twisting, sweeping strokes allowing the underpainting to show through. I like the raised surface quality of paint and don't blend. However, I don't seem to be able to upload my images from my Mac. Any suggestions?

03-27-2011, 10:38 AM
All the works here are very well bone. I did one the sunset I need to get a pic and post it.

Hal i like what you did here.

Here is a link to Don Marco http://www.themastercrayonartist.com/shop/featureditems.aspx he painted with Crayola crayons. His paintings are amazing.

03-27-2011, 11:04 AM
Pete Don Marco is incredible. I had the pleasure of going to one of his students, Kristina Nelson (http://www.kristinanelson.com/), studios last July 4th weekend. She is also very talented. I am looking forward to visiting again this year.

There are so many wonderful pieces this month! I hope my schedule calms down enough next month so that I can participate and comment individually next month.

03-27-2011, 11:21 AM
Gekai, thank you for joining. Please try it again as both attachment (Manage attachments) and insert (small picture icon) and see how it'll go.

Pat and Hal, whom can we ask about issues uploading from Mac?

Hi Pete, can't wait to see your post:cat: Thank you for joining.

Hi Donna, very beautiful painting, I love those underwater stones. The only thing - this is a monthly challenge tread:wink2::evil:

03-27-2011, 11:22 AM
opps Wrong thread please forgive me....

03-27-2011, 11:23 AM
No problem Donna. Mind to join this one?:)

03-27-2011, 11:25 AM
I hope to have more time next month Vlad. There were many lovely photos to chose from this time so I am sorry I had to miss out.

03-27-2011, 11:29 AM
Gekai, thank you for joining. Please try it again as both attachment (Manage attachments) and insert (small picture icon) and see how it'll go.

Pat and Hal, whom can we ask about issues uploading from Mac?

Gekai may need one more post before he's allowed to upload an image. You are required to post four or five times prior to uploading an image. (This is to keep the spammers and Advitisers at bay)

As long as the image is a JPEG and doesn't exceed 800 pixels in any dimension, it shouldn't matter if the computer is a PC or a MAC.

Gekai resize your image to be less than 800 pixels, and convert to a Jpeg file and try again.

Donna great job on the Koi.

Pete, thank you for the Don Marco link. His work is amazing. It's even more amazing that it's with Crayolas, you would never know by looking at his work.

Thanks Donna, Kristina's work is also fantastic.

Pat Isaac
03-27-2011, 11:39 AM
Hal is right about the posts and I have a Mac and never had a problem. Tye of computer shouldn't matter. In the reply window there is an icon of a mountain. If you click on that you can upload your image from there and WC will resize it for you if it is too large.
Thanks for the link, Pete. I have seen his work before. amazing.
Nice experiment with the Crayolas, Hal.


03-27-2011, 12:24 PM
Thank you Pat and Hal for clarification.

Donna, thanks, I understand, hopefully, next time.

Pete, thank you for Don Marco website link, great paintings are there.

03-27-2011, 01:06 PM
I tried, but keep getting the message saying "Sorry you are either not logged in or your browser isn't allowing cookies" even after I turned off the pop-up blocker and enabled cookies. I emailed the images to my work and hopefully Microsoft windows will be more forgiving! And perhaps I would have met that magic quota of postings to stand with the rest of you superb artists!

03-27-2011, 01:26 PM
gekai there is one more option: the paperclip icon at the top of the panel will permit attachments.

As long as your photo is properly sized and a jpeg, try uploading via the paperclip.

03-27-2011, 02:14 PM
Hal, Thank you! The paper clip worked. May be all of you rooting for me did it.
I sized it at 600 pixels and if the pics are too small, I can post larger images.

03-27-2011, 02:40 PM
gekia the image size is just fine. You've done wonderful bold work. I'm certainly glad you were able to post your work here. They're a pleasure to look at.

Pat Isaac
03-27-2011, 02:42 PM
Perfect size. Nice strong color! very nice.


03-28-2011, 11:51 AM
Great work gekai. I like the bold colors here.

03-31-2011, 03:14 PM
Vlad, thank you for being a great host. :thumbsup:

03-31-2011, 06:20 PM
What wonderful work this month (as usual)! I really enjoyed viewing all your efforts!

03-31-2011, 10:59 PM
Thank you Hal. I wish I had more time this month... I also planned to paint two more landscapes in your landscape challenge... Thank you too for a great hosting :wink2:

And everybody, thank you for participation and happy painting to all:)

Pat Isaac
04-01-2011, 08:31 AM
Thanks, Vlad for hosting this month. Great images and great work.