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aolaranora
07-01-2011, 09:54 AM
Good evening, everybody!

My name is Tatiana and I'm your host with monthly challenge for July 2011.
You again will have for whole this month to put up with me and my English dis-abilities!


The Rules of challenge:

1) This challenge is open to ANY artist of ANY age working with ANY brand of Oil Pastels. Mixed media artists are welcome as well, as long as one of used medium will be... Oil pastel, of course!

2) Host is posting royalty free images, what you will use as reference for your art work. feel free to modify it any way you want. You can work on just
one image, or all of them You can do several versions of the same reference... the choice is solely YOURS!

3) After you finished your art work, take a photo of it and post it on this thread. You may describe your methods and ask for help or comments, if needed. We all are here to help each other.

And off we go!

For those of new who are new to oil pastels, as usually some colorful flowers from Famous Longwood Gardens.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2011/177144-IMG_2132.jpg

For those of you who loves birdwatching - Mr Pelican from Everglades.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2011/177144-IMG_9780.jpg

Of course my favorite model, Veronika, if somebody is up to the challenge with a portrait!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2011/177144-IMG_6716.jpg

Just for Lin (and for all who also would like to participate!) - another horse picture - my baby Kaya in the fields.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2011/177144-IMG_8116.jpg

And lastly specially for Robert and all of you- big cat lovers, young tigress enjoying herself in the Philla ZOO. (don't you think humans the only ones who like to just in the pool on a hot summer day?!)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Jul-2011/177144-IMG_7880.jpg

Now you have everything to start painting and posting and most importantly - enjoy what you do! (If you are not sure - how, once again - look at that young tiger!) :lol:

Pat Isaac
07-01-2011, 10:00 AM
What a lovely set of photos, Tatiana. Thank you for hosting this month.

Pat

aolaranora
07-01-2011, 10:20 AM
Thank You for compliment, Pat! Hope to see you participating!

Oil Pastels Artist
07-01-2011, 10:35 AM
Awesome choices here... I don't know which to choose! Might have to do them all ;)

oldrockchick
07-01-2011, 10:41 AM
noooooo -what am I to do - I love the horse - but I also love the tiger - and and and the pelican - ouch........ Need to get some ink in my printer cartridge to print the ref so I can work side by side then I'll start.

Thank you for such lovely refs Tatiana

hope to get time this month

halthepainter
07-01-2011, 10:50 AM
Tatiana thank you for a wonderful selection. Lovely flowers, who doesn't like tigers, your horse is a beauty and Veronika...... I do believe I'm in love. :heart: :D :wink2:

lalflen
07-01-2011, 01:33 PM
Hurrah! a pelican!! I'll have to give it a try!!!!

RainySea
07-01-2011, 02:26 PM
Great photos, Tatania! Thanks. . . I love the one of the pelican but the tiger is great, too.

GhettoDaveyHavok
07-01-2011, 05:06 PM
Nice photo selection! That model is also gorgeous!!

Mo.
07-01-2011, 05:19 PM
Great pics Tatiana, hope to find time to participate.

robertsloan2
07-01-2011, 05:37 PM
Tatiana, wow, thank you! You sure know how to tempt me to do the Challenge! I love your young tiger! I love the effect of her paws under the water in the pool too, she's so delightful! I like your horse too, Veronika by the sea is wonderful, great flowers, great pelican... oh I hope I have time to tackle these at least in sketches! I'm moving, but this one's so good I may be bumping the challenge up once it's over to post the finish on my paintings.

VladK
07-01-2011, 06:16 PM
Hi Tatiana, beautiful references, thanks for hosting, my favorite is Veronica, when I first saw her I thought of Alenushka: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vasnetsov_Alenushka.jpg

But she is much brighter and lively. I'll definitely try to do it, but, if it won't come the way I want, I won't post it:evil:

GOSH
07-01-2011, 07:12 PM
They are challenging, especially the tiger.
:wave:

artbox
07-01-2011, 07:45 PM
:clap: :D :thumbsup: I love the reference pics.. I need to get MOVED now!! so I can participate! :crossfingers: soon I hope, I have ideas for the female on the rock.. yes! can't wait.. Love the tiger, horse, Mr. Pelican! thank you Titiana for an excellent selection from which to work from!

aolaranora
07-02-2011, 08:37 AM
Glad you all like the references! :clap: :clap:
One more thing... if someone will be interesting in painting of Mr. pelican, I have bigger size photo uploaded to the image library. So check it out!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=129960&ppuser=177144

Beautiful_Butterflies_Studio
07-02-2011, 09:10 PM
All of these are gorgeous - lets hope THIS month I can ACTUALLY participate!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

PETE K
07-02-2011, 10:32 PM
Hi Tatiana, what lovely pic you have here.

tdye84
07-02-2011, 11:55 PM
Great references! Hopefully I won't be too busy this month. We'll see what happens. Either way, I look forward to everyone's contributions. Lovely model, by the way. :)

aolaranora
07-03-2011, 05:35 PM
Well, well! Glad everybody enjoying the references! Hopefully we will some great paintings here too!

VladK
07-03-2011, 06:23 PM
Hi there:wave: The rainy day helped me to get started:wink2:

Getting the proportions right:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Jul-2011/204616-IMG_8109.JPG

14x17 bristol vellum paper.

tdye84
07-03-2011, 09:14 PM
Nice sketch :)

VickiB
07-04-2011, 03:32 AM
Beautiful photos Tatiana, it will make for a great challenge!.

Well done Vlad, you've got the proportions down well I'm looking forward to see your progression.

Cheers all

Pat Isaac
07-04-2011, 07:53 AM
Nice start, Vlad..

Pat

giraph
07-04-2011, 11:06 AM
Great references, Tatiana. Hope I can get started soon.

Like your drawing, Vlad. Looking forward to seeing how this comes up.

lalflen
07-04-2011, 12:10 PM
I am so excited about this challenge! Here is my preliminary sketch for the pelican. He looks so coy....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jul-2011/113039-P7041316.JPG

Sketch is done with Inktense pencils.

giraph
07-04-2011, 12:42 PM
Nice sketch, Linda!

Pat Isaac
07-04-2011, 12:52 PM
Good start, Linda.

Pat

aolaranora
07-04-2011, 02:09 PM
Lovely start, Vlad and Linda!
I'm slightly envious - my Holiday weekend is busy with home repairs... but I sort of like it, so no reason to complain. Still - good to see other people painting! Looking forward on your progress!

CarlyHardy
07-04-2011, 10:29 PM
Vlad, your sketch is lovely...really like the curve of the body creating the S.

Linda, love the attitude that you've already brought to your sketch of the pelican! I just got some of the Intense pencils to try out, too!

Will be checking this thread to watch the progress!

crem
07-05-2011, 01:35 AM
I guess this is a common pose of the pelican. I have already painted this fellow, only I found this bird in Mexico. Oil on canvas.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jul-2011/141376-P1010596_small.jpg

halthepainter
07-05-2011, 08:46 AM
Hi Crem. This is an oil pastel forum. All the art work in this challenge thread should be painted by you using oil pastels as the medium.

We would be happy to have you contribute an oil pastel work of one of this month's references in this thread.

Pat Isaac
07-05-2011, 08:51 AM
Hal is right, Crem. This forum is devoted to oil pastels, though that is a lovely painting of the pelican. Would you like me to move it to the oil forum?

Pat

Mo.
07-05-2011, 05:05 PM
Great start Vlad and Linda!!

GOSH
07-06-2011, 03:03 AM
This is the summer of birds.

Before - an angry crow,
Now a pelican.

ai2ai
07-06-2011, 04:23 AM
My rough sketch.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jul-2011/315161-girl_on_rock.jpg

giraph
07-06-2011, 06:45 AM
Oh, now, this is just gorgeous, ai2ai.

V-honey
07-06-2011, 10:41 AM
Wow...very impressed with everyone's work. Certainly very flattered by all the compliments. Thank You! Vlad I love your start and ai2ai it's a lovely sketch and I love your color choices! Thanks,

Veronica

halthepainter
07-06-2011, 10:47 AM
ai2ai fantastic job.

aolaranora
07-06-2011, 11:07 AM
My rough sketch.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jul-2011/315161-girl_on_rock.jpg

Sketch?.... OK, let call it - great SKETCH! :thumbsup:
really - lovely job on this one! Would love to see more of your sketching.
What brand of pastels? What kind of support?

Pat Isaac
07-06-2011, 11:57 AM
Rough sketch??....nicely done.

Pat

GOSH
07-06-2011, 03:33 PM
If that is a rough sketch I want to see the finished work :)

VladK
07-06-2011, 10:01 PM
Thank you tdye84, VickiB, Pat, Leslie, Tatiana, Carly, and Mo.

Veronica - thank you for inspiration, now I'm obliged to do my best:cat:

Linda - very nice sketch of Mr.Pelican
ai2ai - great job

Here is my progress so far - I filled all surface with midtone colors, did a couple of layers on body and started to do a background.

Still a long way to go:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jul-2011/204616-IMG_8110_s.jpg

halthepainter
07-06-2011, 10:05 PM
Lookin good Vlad.

VladK
07-06-2011, 10:08 PM
Thanks Hal :wink2: I realized I had to do underpainting on this one because of its size (14"x17") and have a lot of blending and covering to do.

aolaranora
07-06-2011, 11:14 PM
Lovely, Vlad! She will be pleased for sure!

GhettoDaveyHavok
07-07-2011, 01:25 AM
Vlad and a12a1, you guys are doing a superb job on the model! Linda, the pre-sketch is looking nice, too! Claire, that is a beautiful oil painting. Though, I agree I'd also like to see some oil pastel work of it as well (Well, it is an oil pastel thread lol). :)

I don't know which of these pictures to paint. I don't know if I will have time since I am getting my other projects ready for a contest. I haven't really done a challenge in a while. I don't even post them up when i do them most of the time. :/

ai2ai
07-07-2011, 05:58 AM
WIP..hope to render in greater details soon. Thanks for all your kind comments.Great progress Vlad, I think I'll be lagging behind.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jul-2011/315161-girlonrock1.jpg

Pat Isaac
07-07-2011, 07:24 AM
Coming along....

Pat

aolaranora
07-07-2011, 09:38 AM
Terrific drawing, ai2ai! I love facial expression. Just what it supposed to be. I think this what one of our photo-shoots from the last summer. Perhaps some of you will be interested to know, what place is it too. This is in fact a place few miles down from where we live and this is no sea, nor even lake, but a beautiful Susquehanna river in Pa near by Liverpool. Place is called McKees Half Falls. It is spectacular place and I painted it ## times,but never with the model. Now you know something even more personal about place you paint, so I expect from you, guys some great paintings! Here is a link for you to see the location:
McKees Half Falls : http://www.mckees-half-falls.com/McKeesRiver.html

Scarefishcrow
07-07-2011, 08:28 PM
Tatiana,

Thanks for hosting and some pretty challenging RIL's.

Bill
:grouphug:

aolaranora
07-07-2011, 10:05 PM
Thank You, Bill!
Are you going to participate?..

GOSH
07-08-2011, 12:34 AM
Yes, Bill, participate!

And this is what I came up with in a couple of days. It's far from finished and I apologize for that.
Colorfix paper, senns and some holbeins. And a blender. Did a light grid with a neutral color pencil, blocked with watercolor and now it's 97% covered in OP's.
OP's are far tamer with the colorfix paper. The stripes on this little kitten will be tamer when I get done with them.
Suggestions and critiques are very welcome and don't hold back.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jul-2011/143278-tiger.jpg

halthepainter
07-08-2011, 08:41 AM
Looks like a great start Gosh.

Pat Isaac
07-08-2011, 08:47 AM
Great start, Gosh. Nice gesture on the cat.

Pat

aolaranora
07-08-2011, 10:49 AM
Oh, my... GOSH!
I think you are on something here! So far so good I can only imagine what your next step will be. :-)

GOSH
07-08-2011, 05:45 PM
Oh, my... GOSH!
I think you are on something here! So far so good I can only imagine what your next step will be. :-)

Cleaning up the stripes.
:crossfingers:

PJjr
07-08-2011, 10:00 PM
I'm amazed at how the overall quality of the oil pastel paintings from EVERYONE has improved drastically over the past year -- (well I don't know how it was before I started coming here)-- I think it can be contributed to the great veteran artists that have been so faithful to post their work and offer comment/ critiques for those of us who are still "introductory" haha!!!

ai2i -- I love your sketch, so fresh and freeing!
Vlad-- your portrait is impressive... nice color handling
Gosh- your tiger is great-- love the texture.

I've got today to pull out the OP's- hope to post something in a few :)

aolaranora
07-08-2011, 10:10 PM
I'm so agree with you, Paul about "overall quality". Dramatic changes!
And yes, please pull you OPs out and join the fun!

lalflen
07-09-2011, 06:32 AM
Hi all!

Gosh, Vlad, Ai2ai great work. I'll be working on Mr pelican today. These posts are so inspiring!

Enjoy the weekend!

PJjr
07-09-2011, 06:39 AM
did this in the morning, went to lunch and came back to finish it and realized it WAS finished :) anything more and I'm afraid I'll just ruin it haha... great reference photo Tatiana.

A4 off white sketch pad, Lyra and Sennelier OP for the finishing touches.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jul-2011/625152-_DSC2821-137.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jul-2011/625152-_DSC282036.JPG

ai2ai
07-09-2011, 07:32 AM
The central focus is coming along... Well done, Paul!
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jul-2011/315161-girlonrock1.jpg

VickiB
07-09-2011, 10:31 AM
Wow ai2ai, I love watching your progress.

I am really enjoying seeing all of your progress from Tatiana's reference photos.

After a long, long, wait I finally snuck a night off for drawing tonight!!! AHHHHHHHH pure relief, my favourite music and my set of senn’s with my sketch pad.

Thanks for the ref’s Tatiana, I don’t normally do flowers, but tonight I was happy for a carefree subject and a play with textures.

58 cm x 23cm

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jul-2011/461161-july_challenge_resize_one.jpg

Pat Isaac
07-09-2011, 10:44 AM
Stricking color, Paul. Nicely done.
Thie will be a lovely piece, ai2ai.
Nice format for the flowers, Vicki.

Pat

halthepainter
07-09-2011, 11:13 AM
Hi VickiB, You have a delightful, riot of color there.

I see you're still online at the moment. Isn't it way past your bedtime????

Paul, I almost missed your bird. Great job on him.

My goodness you're still up and online too. I must be way late overthere.

aolaranora
07-09-2011, 06:59 PM
Beautiful progress, Paul!

Love your floral version, Vicki!

I personally (shame on me!) did nothing with this challenge yet, if not to mention reference photos. have few deadlines coming up, rushing to finish some other things.

PJjr
07-09-2011, 07:34 PM
Thank you all- Hal I accidentally left my computer on with the site open when I went to bed- so it probably showed me online all night haha !

Ai2ai - the hair looks nice, this will be a good one.

gakinme
07-09-2011, 08:54 PM
Tatiana, thank you for the reference photos. I just came back from 3 weeks vacation and now finally have time to tackle a couple of them.

Testing out my new Co-Mo Sketchbook 5 x 7 inch 80lbs that Bee Company sent to me as promo to test it out.

I used to dislike this book but perhaps they have changed the make up of the paper. It's much sturdier these days and it didn't flake or peel.

I no longer restrict myself to only one medium on an artpiece so excuse me for using multiple implements to do these.

First layer - Daler Rowney student grade watercolor for background.
Second layer - Erengi oil pastel - the sky I used blue and washed it with odorless thinner. Didn't get much out of this treatment.
The rest is all Erengi.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jul-2011/86669-op_horse01_low.jpg

This other one is the same materials.

Daler Rowney watercolor on the background.
The bird with Erengi.
I used a bit of Walnut Hollow oil pencil for details but this sketchbook took my abuse today. I used my fingernail to scrape colors off for highlights and when that's not enough, I took a needlepoint of a compass and it didn't tear through. Kudos to Co-Mo for making a good cheap watermedia sketchpad.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jul-2011/86669-op_pelican_low.jpg

Claire, even though yours was an oil piece, I love the expression on your bird. Totally coy and great combo of colors.

ai2ai, good job on the figure work. Loose enough yet it has all the contours of body especially the arm! Your second piece already look very good with the expression.

Vlad, you are going to stun us with a finished piece soon! Looking forward to see it.

Paul, yours look like it means business with a bit of a stare there. Nice combo of colors.

GOSH, what do you mean by the OPs being tamer on colorfix paper? Like it stays put and doesn't go anywhere else as you meant it? Looking good.

Vicki, the flowers look so nice. It has rich deep colors and look very classic.

Oil Pastels Artist
07-09-2011, 09:13 PM
Hi all, I have been so inspired to see the fantastic pieces everyone is working on!!

I have been working on Veronica, who I *love* more and more as I work on the piece - what a wonderful model! Does she have a portfolio?? :)

Anyway here is what I have done so far:

http://oilpastelsartist.com/images/veronica-oil-pastels.jpg

9x12, Canson mi-Tientes colored paper. Mix of Mungyo and Sennelier OPs.
Little bit of tortillion use here and there for blending, but mostly finger blending and lots of patience... ;)

VickiB
07-09-2011, 11:06 PM
Thanks all for your comments.

Yes hal i was burning the midnight candle last night. We have guests staying with us at the moment and i hid in my studio until the wee hours.

aolaranora
07-10-2011, 12:12 AM
Sandra, I like both, but Mr. pelican in your rendering is my favorite!
Eric, just Lovely! I would frame it and hung on my wall. Very nice!
I think when you all will be done with her portrait, it will be enough of beautiful girls to run a pageant! :-)

ai2ai
07-10-2011, 03:22 AM
Vicki, love the colors - they dance!
Eric, those muted colors hold together beautifully, very serene.
Sandra, very vibrant and I absolutely love the pelican's striking hues – they grab you at an instant. You've a knack for complementary colors, well done.

PJjr
07-10-2011, 06:01 AM
Sandra your bird is so cool!!! yours makes mine look lifeless and "posed" LOL!
Eric -- great job on the model... you captured her contemplative mood.
That's a cool idea with the flower "banner" Vicki-- colorful and vibrant.

hask2004
07-10-2011, 07:05 AM
did this in the morning, went to lunch and came back to finish it and realized it WAS finished :) anything more and I'm afraid I'll just ruin it haha... great reference photo Tatiana.

A4 off white sketch pad, Lyra and Sennelier OP for the finishing touches.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jul-2011/625152-_DSC2821-137.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jul-2011/625152-_DSC282036.JPG

very well done ;)

halthepainter
07-10-2011, 08:57 AM
Sandra, good job especially on the Pelican.

Eric fantastic job.

lalflen
07-10-2011, 05:30 PM
Excellent work as always! See everyone's work is so inspiring! Here is my Mr. Pelican. This was FUN! 11 x 14 on WC paper with Inktense drawing as the base... Mungyo OPs. Whatcha think?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jul-2011/113039-P7101323-smqll.jpg

Have a great week!

halthepainter
07-10-2011, 06:42 PM
Well done Linda. Have a great week yourself.

ai2ai
07-10-2011, 09:32 PM
LINDA: that's gorgeous, beautiful form, love the nice smooth contours round the bird.:clap:

artbox
07-10-2011, 11:04 PM
I love it when you can get a medium to hint at another medium..:thumbsup: You've done a great job Linda!! I can tell by the strokes, its op... but the color palette, reminds me of watercolor! This is a lovely piece.. and the coy expression on Mr. Pelican..is great!:D

aolaranora
07-11-2011, 02:22 PM
Simply lovely, Linda! I love what you did with background too... Very pastelish!

VladK
07-11-2011, 03:57 PM
Thank you Tatiana, Crystal, Paul, Linda, Sandra

ai2ai, great start and progress, I did not have a chance to work on mine, perhaps I'll continue tonight or tomorrow :crossfingers:
Gosh, your tiger is really good
Paul, wow, the pelican looks very impressive
Vicky, amazing painting, very dynamic, I like the looseness and colors, all in harmony
Sandra, two wonderful paintings, bight and lively, the pelican is my favorite
Eric, beautiful work, nice colors
Linda, this is great, I love the textures and colors, especially I like how you did the background

GOSH
07-11-2011, 04:05 PM
Everything so far is awesome!

aolaranora
07-12-2011, 07:13 PM
Yes, Eric, sorry, I missed it... About Veronica and portfolio the answer will be yes and no. I raised this kid and occasionally we do this or that photoshoot with her. This is one of last years photos from photoshoot what took as about whole day. It was marvelous. When I'll be up do working on her another portrait, I have many to choose from. She is great for painting, but sometimes very challenging for photographer. I had her another portrait at challenge we had last year. Very different one too. She was also modeling for our Pastel Society last summer, but that is about it.

DLT
07-13-2011, 10:53 AM
Such wonderful work everyone!

I have been working a lot of overtime over the last few months and have not had the time to participate. I am off for the rest of the week so I hope to get at least one of these in the works. Thank you Tatiana, for the wonderful photos to work from.

robertsloan2
07-13-2011, 11:34 AM
Today is my special day with Sascha. We're together all day while Kitten and Karl spend the day with Gabriel in Little Rock. So we started off with oil pastels! We're both doing the horse from the challenge, except that Sascha wanted to make hers golden blonde.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jul-2011/70184-7-13-2011-OP-Challenge-Horse-Grazing.jpg
Grazing Horse
9" x 12"
Neopastel oil pastels on Canson Mi-Tientes white
Photo reference by aolaranora for July OP Challenge

aolaranora
07-13-2011, 12:16 PM
Glad you having such a good time, Robert!

I liked how you painted Kaya... she has that "foxy" look in her (at your painting) and she DOES have it in real life too.
Very nice sketch. Enjoy your day and stay away from too much of heat (not good for us, and no good for Oil Pastels as well. We had over 95F Yesterday here.. too hot. Now way to do anything outside. Hope you have it better. :-)

Pat Isaac
07-13-2011, 12:20 PM
Nice sketch, Robert and so nice you can send a day with your granddaughter.

Pat

GOSH
07-13-2011, 05:07 PM
I was going to upload the finished tiger but the way everything is set up in this machine from hell I have lost patience with it. Nothing is ever just easy to use. It's all time consuming :evil:

aolaranora
07-14-2011, 10:07 AM
I was going to upload the finished tiger but the way everything is set up in this machine from hell I have lost patience with it. Nothing is ever just easy to use. It's all time consuming :evil:

I know the feeling!
We have 3 computers network in our house... and if you think this is bad, add network printer to top it off. (That thing is the MOST evil one!) I had to take a college course just to be able to manage all that stuff without calling technical support every other week. :o

I hope you will win in the "human vs evil machine" war and we all will see your beautiful tiger at the end! :clap:

GOSH
07-14-2011, 05:04 PM
I know the feeling!
We have 3 computers network in our house... and if you think this is bad, add network printer to top it off. (That thing is the MOST evil one!) I had to take a college course just to be able to manage all that stuff without calling technical support every other week. :o

I hope you will win in the "human vs evil machine" war and we all will see your beautiful tiger at the end! :clap:

Part I



First, I have to take the picture.
So I look for the card to put in the camera. It's not in the camera, so it must be in the computer or the printer. I hit my head on the desk, because the computer where the card for the camera is placed is under the desk, on the floor, between two other computers, another keyboard and wires.
I retrieve the damn thing and put it in the camera.
I go upstairs, position the painting for better light.

Then when I'm about to take the photo, the camera needs fresh batteries.

Mine are rechargeable. I go downstairs, put the batteries in the charger, located in the same area where the computer is under the desk, where I usually have to put the camera card for upload.
Then I wait.

Then I pick them up, put them in the camera and off I go upstairs again. By now, it's darker outside.

So I again position the painting and the camera, and take photos.
Satisfied, I go downstairs.

Then I stoop again, fight to find the dark slot where the camera card goes again.

GOSH
07-14-2011, 05:16 PM
Part II

"Haaa!" - I say, satisfied. I've finally done it. Let's see how they look like.

And then I look for the recent photos and I can't find them anywhere. I keep uploading 120 photos from the photo card.

It's in there somewhere.

Then I find the one I want and then go to wetcanvas and try to upload the photo.

Then it fails.

Silly me, I need to resize it.

Unfortunately I don't know what I did but the photo is gone! And I have to find it again.
Ten minutes later, I did.
Then I have to open some program to resize it. Now there are more programs to open that have very similar names. The ones I used to use to open to resize ...have changed....
I keep attempting this or that.

I will physically bust this computer if I keep at it so I just give up.

Later, computer geek tells me I don't need to upload the photos if I have put the card in the computer and not the printer.

"Fix it." - I say.

I might as well go to sleep for a week.

Pat Isaac
07-14-2011, 05:25 PM
:lol: :eek: What a comedy of errors....it is funny deapite the fact that you were probably ready to drop kick everything out the window. Hope you get it resolved.

Pat

halthepainter
07-14-2011, 05:29 PM
My gosh, Gosh you are facing the trails of Jobe.

Hang in there Gosh.

VladK
07-14-2011, 07:50 PM
Another update - still more work to do:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Jul-2011/204616-IMG_8125_s.jpg

Thank you in advance for comments

lalflen
07-14-2011, 08:03 PM
Coming along beautifully Vlad!

halthepainter
07-14-2011, 08:48 PM
Beautiful job Vlad.

Oil Pastels Artist
07-14-2011, 09:59 PM
Vlad: It's looking great! Excellent skin tones and nice job with the blending.

To everyone: I just posted to my blog, a quick step-by-step of progress as I worked on my own Veronica piece:

Oil Pastels Painting - "Veronica" (http://www.oilpastelsartist.com/oil-pastel-techniques/oil-pastels-painting-veronica/)

Hoping some of you might enjoy it!
- Eric

ai2ai
07-14-2011, 10:18 PM
Vlad: There's a fascinating glow to the subject, very bright. Progressing beautifully, just one worry here - why 4 fingers, the angle of the hand doesn't seem right compared to the reference which suggests a hidden little finger.

aolaranora
07-14-2011, 11:28 PM
Lovely progress, Vlad and Eric!

Looking forward to see more Veronicas (isn't she lovely anyway?)!

Anybody also is willing to try?...

VladK
07-14-2011, 11:32 PM
Thank you Linda Hal, Eric and ai2ai

ai2ai, good point, thank you; I'll fix it in my next version.

Eric, nicely done and and very good job on the blog:thumbsup:
By the way, for blending I used Sennelier transparent medium (No221) for the first time since I ordered it a couple of months ago.

Thank you Tatiana, she's really an excellent model

Pat Isaac
07-15-2011, 09:02 AM
Coming along beautifully, Vlad.

Pat

ai2ai
07-15-2011, 09:12 AM
A bit more fine tuning later...not ideal scan here.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jul-2011/315161-veronica1.jpg

GOSH
07-15-2011, 03:44 PM
Beautiful!

halthepainter
07-15-2011, 05:05 PM
ai2ai, beautiful work.

aolaranora
07-15-2011, 06:05 PM
ai2ai, beautiful work.

I can not say any better!

Oil Pastels Artist
07-15-2011, 09:10 PM
That is really coming along great, ai2ai!

aolaranora
07-15-2011, 11:15 PM
Absolutely beautiful. Eric is so right!
I honestly can not tell which one of all those girls I like the best. Each painting has something very special about it, very unique.... I think you all doing just great, guys!

ai2ai
07-16-2011, 12:42 AM
Well here's the finished piece, thanks for all your kind comments, appreciate very much.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Jul-2011/315161-Veronica2.jpg

GOSH
07-16-2011, 02:02 AM
That's beautiful, ai2ai.

Here's my finished tiger. Not very happy with how it turned out because the colors are not vibrant and the main figure doesn't stick out. Smaller than a 9x12 colorfix paper, senns and holbeins, tiger done with some golden senn on the fur and the eye.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jul-2011/143278-Tiger-800X600.jpg

ai2ai
07-16-2011, 03:23 AM
Love that pelican stance - will give it a try.
Thanks Gosh, like the "movement" in your tiger, the head is done very convincingly.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jul-2011/315161-Pelican1.jpg

PJjr
07-17-2011, 09:47 AM
hask2004 - Thank you! :)
Linda- very cool job on the bird-- love the background
Robert- I like how you textured the cheek on your horse, and I love the simplicity

Vladk coming along well :)

ai2ai Awesome job-- looks serene and full of character

Gosh I like your tiger, I like the fact that it looks "pastel" ish, not bright and contrasty-- the only thing is your values from back to fore are all the same so you could leave the tiger alone, keep the tones of the background but darken it significantly.


So- here is my painting of the lady- I could not spend much time on this because my "significant other" was not entirely approving of my taking up this challenge..... "can't you do one of the others?" so--- I only spent a few hours on it---
There seems to be alot more orange warmth in the photo than the actual painting-- probably from the room light.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2011/625152-_DSC283038-239.JPG

halthepainter
07-17-2011, 10:15 AM
Ai2ai your painting is wonderful... A fitting work of art for such a beautiful model. Also, I love your sketchy pelican. You're on quite a roll here.

Paul great job on your version. Is your wife like mine? Painting a nude is not a option here.....:wink2:

Gosh, love your tiger. It has the feel of some of the tiger paintings I've seen in Japan and Tiawan. It is a popular theme over there. Your painting feels very far east to me. Don't worry about the vibrancy of the colors. In my opinion your painting work extremely well.

PJjr
07-17-2011, 10:23 AM
Thank you Hal-- yes, a nude would be grounds for divorce !! :O

Pat Isaac
07-17-2011, 10:53 AM
Good job, Paul.

Pat

aolaranora
07-17-2011, 11:50 AM
Bravo, Paul! Very exotic!

ai2ai, another great sketch... I see another great painting on a way! Your first one is gorgeous!

Gosh, I think if your stones would be darker and duller and tiger figure just a little more bright and sharp, it will be just what you are looking for. You know, you can alway put another layer of pastels over something what you are not totally happy with. I went trough this process with my Koi painting... I wasn't happy and wasn't happy... till one day I told myself - now I AM happy. I think you have great beginning of your tiger, all it needs - just a little more time and it will be totally stunning. Just a suggestion.

ai2ai
07-17-2011, 03:01 PM
Thanks Tatiana and Hal. Paul, nice work, I particularly like the rocks, look realistic. Another try on this handsome bird.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2011/315161-Mr_Pelican.jpg

halthepainter
07-17-2011, 03:04 PM
Ai2ai, it's a beautiful bird.

GOSH
07-17-2011, 03:48 PM
Thanks Tatiana and Hal. Paul, nice work, I particularly like the rocks, look realistic. Another try on this handsome bird.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2011/315161-Mr_Pelican.jpg

Ah! Beautiful! You have a nice loose hand and you have done this pelican beautifully!

Scarefishcrow
07-17-2011, 05:04 PM
GOSH, this is excellent for a very difficult RIL. You have modelled the tiger well and caught the essence of the distortion in the water.

On the nit pick side, I think think the rocks in the back and the white area along the bottom right side need more modelling and tonal variation. They tend to compete with the focal point which is the tiger, IMHO.

I also looked at the earlier version and am not sure because of the variability we always get with photos of paintings whether the higher contrast in the earlier image reflects the actual painting or not.

With that said, I personally liked the bolder color contrasts in the striping of the earlier version. Just my personal taste.

All in all, you accomplished much with the very difficult subject. There is much to praise in the work, but as always there are things that could be done differently. However, that is the decision of the astist.

I alsway admire your work and you are very talented. Wish you liverd nearby so you could help me learn..

Bill
:grouphug:

That's beautiful, ai2ai.

Here's my finished tiger. Not very happy with how it turned out because the colors are not vibrant and the main figure doesn't stick out. Smaller than a 9x12 colorfix paper, senns and holbeins, tiger done with some golden senn on the fur and the eye.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Jul-2011/143278-Tiger-800X600.jpg

Scarefishcrow
07-17-2011, 05:12 PM
I will be back to comment on others' work as there are many excellent paintings this month.

Thinkgs are a bit hectic here as my stepdaughter and 3 month old grandaughter just arrived for a 3 week visit. Between visting relatives and friends combined with having to be quiet (not an easy task for me) when Mia is asleep I am behind in my catching up with everything with my OP friends.

As Arnold would say " I'll be back!".

Bill
:grouphug:

artbox
07-17-2011, 05:35 PM
well much to my aggravation, I no doubt, will be under a crunch to get these done before the month is out. due to moving... but I have firm planted ideas..and am quite certain.. Once, we're moved.. once I unpack.. I'll make it by a hair.. or two. that is all that will remain if this comes down to the last of the month! :eek::lol::crossfingers:

Scarefishcrow
07-18-2011, 01:22 AM
well much to my aggravation, I no doubt, will be under a crunch to get these done before the month is out. due to moving... but I have firm planted ideas..and am quite certain.. Once, we're moved.. once I unpack.. I'll make it by a hair.. or two. that is all that will remain if this comes down to the last of the month! :eek::lol::crossfingers:

Even if you don't finish by the end of the month, go ahead and finish and post it even if it is past the end of the month.

Finishing what you start (from the biggest procrastintor of them all:rolleyes: :rolleyes: ) is more important than an arbitrary deadline.

Bill
:grouphug:

GhettoDaveyHavok
07-19-2011, 06:38 PM
Finishing what you start (from the biggest procrastintor of them all:rolleyes: :rolleyes: ) is more important than an arbitrary deadline.


THIS.

Nice job everyone! ai2ai I really love your version of the birdy!

aolaranora
07-19-2011, 08:46 PM
THIS.

Nice job everyone! ai2ai I really love your version of the birdy!
Same here! He is looking great!

lalflen
07-19-2011, 10:13 PM
Ai2ai, you pelican is great! Nice job!

ai2ai
07-20-2011, 03:10 AM
Hal, Gosh, Crystal, Tatiana, Linda – thank you!

VladK
07-20-2011, 10:24 PM
Hi everyone, here is my final version of Veronica:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2011/204616-IMG_8131_s.jpg

This is a large painting and not all color gradations are visible so I've made some closeup pictures:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2011/204616-IMG_8131_head.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jul-2011/204616-IMG_8131_feet.jpg

All comments are welcome. Thank you.

VladK
07-20-2011, 10:32 PM
ai2ai, great finish on portrait, I like your colors very much; and pelican is masterfully done, nice color harmony there
Gosh, nicely done, I like the fluid movement you've achieved
Paul, good job; I have the same situation with my model as you and Hal :)

And thank you all for comments:music:

halthepainter
07-20-2011, 10:48 PM
Vlad, great job. Amazing job and fantastic detail...:thumbsup:

ai2ai
07-21-2011, 06:50 AM
Thanks Vlad. Your pretty Veronica's comes out really well. I like the close-ups especially the feet treatment and how you used cool bluish tints for shadow areas. The facial details are good too. Like myself, you can sense a measure of achievement when it's finally completed. Top effort!:clap:

Pat Isaac
07-21-2011, 08:05 AM
Outstanding finish, Vlad....nicely done.

Pat

PJjr
07-21-2011, 11:43 AM
Amazing Vlad. Thanks for the Closeups too. Looks great. Did you have to do this one in hiding? :)

Oil Pastels Artist
07-21-2011, 12:17 PM
super, Vlad!

ai2ai - love that pelican!

VladK
07-21-2011, 12:19 PM
Thank you Hal, ai2ai, Pat and Paul. It was a real challenge, especially somehow I didn't have a time on weekends to work on it with this beach weather:lol:

ai2ai, thanks for support.
Paul, hahaha, not this one:wink2:

Eric thank you

aolaranora
07-21-2011, 03:43 PM
I think this is terrific, Vlad! Congratulations, you have another great painting here!

VladK
07-22-2011, 12:32 PM
Thank you very much Tatiana, and my thanks also to Veronica for a great inspiration.

GOSH
07-22-2011, 06:05 PM
That is just beautiful, Vladk

gakinme
07-24-2011, 12:11 PM
Linda, the background is so neat to your pelican. You gave the bird very distinct air as it cocked its head. Nice job.

Robert , your horse looks very relaxed. Good loose style.

ai2ai, the details on the fabrics on her bosom is very nice. Absolutely handsome pelican!! Such elegance!!

Vlad, wow, what a nice finish. She almost looks painted with watercolor!! Very soft on the face and the skin tone. Nice job. You make fabrics fold so real.


GOSH, the markings on the tiger is well defined. I like it.

Paul, she looks a bit Asian. Is your significant other Asian too? Perhaps next time you could paint her face in it and she'll approve. Great color hair.

giraph
07-24-2011, 03:04 PM
Such great work this month!

Vicki, super job with the flowers. Love the dimensions of the piece.

Sandra, your horse and pelican are both really nice!

Eric, another great Veronica. Thanks for posting the WIPs on your web site.

Linda, your Mr. Pelican is great. I love the way you did the background.

Robert, great sketch of the horse. Know you had fun with Sascha.

GOSH, I think the tiger came up really good. I love the colors overall and the tiger is very well drawn.

Paul, I love you pelican and the colors in the water. Nice work on Veronica. You did some great work on that rock she's sitting on, too.

ai2ai, well done the pelican! I love your loose style. Great pelican sketch too. Your Veronica is really excellent.

Vlad, your rendition of Veronica is just superb. Really, really great work.

VladK
07-25-2011, 01:38 PM
Thank you Gosh, Sandra and Leslie.

oldrockchick
07-26-2011, 02:53 PM
Hi there - finally managed to get in on the acgt - won't stay too long I've a pelican tyo finish. Had a busy month.

I am not sorry to see the end of this one!

I used an experimental support to save myself some cash, as it isn't easy to get decent papers over here except with online orders. I dont' have the cashj for one atm.

i got some wc paper and coated both sides with Gesso. Then having little Colourfix that I want to save for my own projects I made up my own 'treatment. I mixed extra fine craft dust with Gesso and used that. i've doen this on paper and on an oil canvas sheet which I have used for my other piece.


Paper = BIG MISTAKE!
I did my first layers and let it set up. i even managed a second layer with Neopastels where I had the colours (unfortunatlye I only got the 48 set and can't afford the 96, which has all the 'sensible' colours'. Then when I tried to top with Senss... hopeless even after 48 hours of setting up... it just pulled off the underneath. I managed to blend the body with fingers and colour shapers but then lost all my contrasted colours. highlights were either a mix of too 'obvious' or vanished altogether. Couldn't get anything at all to stick for the face and main. If I pressed hard it just removed everything underneath.. Because of this i was unable to get any detail whatsoever and no fine lines. By this time i had completley lost all of the planned form i had done. At one stage the head had evolved into something more like a cow. Wasn't helped by the fact that due to the size ( I have to work small in my chair) the whole head was less than 2" square.

I tried using polychromos pencils for details. They just scratched off the OP and wouldn't adhere themselves.

Anyway I have given up.... Here are the WIPS .....
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jul-2011/179312-OP_July_11_WIP__1.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jul-2011/179312-OP_July_11_WIP__2_800x600.jpg

NOT HAPPY:( Probably my worst horse since I learnt to draw
Sorry Tatiana for insulting your beautiful baby

'Kaya'
9" x 11"
WC Paper gesso'd each side then coated with Gesso/fine grit formulation

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jul-2011/179312-OP_Julyu_11_Kaya_800x600.jpg

Now to finish my other one on 'odd' home made support.

oldrockchick
07-26-2011, 04:50 PM
And here is the other one. Remind me not to try to self-make grounds for OP again - especially to use A4 size on a detailed piece... hurt so much I was glad to put my OPs away....

Just finished this one....

Everglades Pelican here are my WIPS

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jul-2011/179312-OP__July_Tatiana_Pelican_WIP_2_600x800.jpg

Finished piece

'Everglades Pelican'
WC paper A4
Gessoed each side and workable side coated with gesso & fine craft grit
Sanded down
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jul-2011/179312-Everglades_pelican_OP_July_11_1000px.JPG

Thanks Tatiana for lovely refs- shame I didn't do them justice - wish I'd started earlier now so I could have had more setting time in between/.

Pat Isaac
07-26-2011, 05:49 PM
So sorry you had such a hard time, Lin. I have done that and fought with the ground all the way....I do like your pelican, and think the feathers are great.

Pat

aolaranora
07-26-2011, 09:40 PM
You know, Lin, I have to agree with you - you painted better horses, BUT... pelican is marvelous! As for horses - tomorrow is another day and we all know you can paint those... if you only would see all the ugly horses I painted in my life - you wouldn't feel bad about yourself anymore...)

ai2ai
07-28-2011, 07:25 AM
Time permits, another one.:crossfingers: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jul-2011/315161-horse1.jpg

halthepainter
07-28-2011, 12:16 PM
ai2ai, a lovely horsey. Is it done with oil pencils????

aolaranora
07-28-2011, 06:13 PM
Nice sketch, ai2ai! Hopefully you will have time to finish it!

CandAlArt
07-29-2011, 12:00 AM
You know, Lin, I have to agree with you - you painted better horses, BUT... pelican is marvelous! As for horses - tomorrow is another day and we all know you can paint those... if you only would see all the ugly horses I painted in my life - you wouldn't feel bad about yourself anymore...)

Oh I laughed! :lol: Why is it that ALL little girls seem to start their artistic lives trying to draw horses... It seems pretty universal to me. Terrible ugly horses. Girls just love horses. I recently got a horse calendar thinking they would be great to try to draw from! Now I shall pursue it...

Lin your pelican is really great!

VickiB
07-30-2011, 03:46 AM
Well done Tatiana, you have hosted a very successful challenge this month.

Apologies for not commenting on everyone’s paintings until now, I have been busy preparing my very first oil painting :eek: for our annual SALA art competition at Port Lincoln. :eek: :eek: :eek:

Linda, your Pelican has a great line, I love the texture you achieved in the background.

Claire, I love the warmth and sense of light in this piece even if it is in oils.

Ai2ai, You’ve been busy this month, keep it up. Veronica is very expressive, I love suggestive drawings like this and enjoyed watching your progress. Your Pelican is a beauty too. Great horse!

Vlad, Very impressive finish. I love seeing how you defined the shapes and colours throughout the month.

Gosh, Excellent painting of that Tiger, I thought by far this was the hardest reference image for the month and you’ve done an impressive job.

Paul, A busy month for you as well. Veronica looks lovely and your Pelican is majestic.

Sandra, Both of your paintings are lovely, I especially like the texture and colours you have achieved.

Robert, Your horse is lovely, it looks like you enjoyed yourself with Sascha.

Eric, Very well done, I enjoyed seeing your progress pictures of Veronica.

Lin, Your WIP progress pictures of the horse had you going in the right direction. You definitely nailed the Pelican I love the sense of light throughout this piece.

Cheers to all :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

ai2ai
07-30-2011, 06:14 AM
Enjoyed this month's challenge and thanks Tatiana for being an excellent host. Here's another attempt.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jul-2011/315161-horse1.jpg

aolaranora
07-30-2011, 07:22 AM
Very lovely sketch, ai2ai ! Like the horse and LOVE what you did with the tree line there!...
It is too bad I couldn't participate this time in my own challenge, but it was too busy month and after all - it always will be another chance to do so (and not like I couldn't paint from those references any time I want to do so anyway...).
We still have one more day for everybody to present as with their art work (or with comments), before Paul will take over with August challenge... Keep on trying, everybody!

giraph
07-30-2011, 08:38 AM
Lin, sorry for your troubles. You had such a great start on the horse. The pelican came out pretty cool though.

ai2ai, another lovely piece. I so love your style.

Mo.
07-30-2011, 08:38 AM
Tatiana, so sorry I couldn't take part in your challenge this month, there are a couple of ref pics there that I've saved, so maybe later, life has been very busy for me this month too. Would like to say though everyone's work here is amazing, so great to see all the different interpretations and styles. I'd like to applaud all the beautiful work and great handling of the OP's shown by everyone. :clap::clap::clap:

halthepainter
07-30-2011, 09:21 AM
Tatiana, I also am sorry I haven't found time to work on any of your wonderful references this month. I still want to give Veronika and the pelican a try when I can find some time.

So far I've only found time for one painting this month: a gouache.

Too many life problems this month.

artbox
07-31-2011, 01:30 PM
well.. I am sorry I missed this months challenge, who would have thought finding a place could be such a pain in the palette! If we get a place, even tomorrow.. I don't think I can find what I need... Everything is packed... ack!

aolaranora
07-31-2011, 08:49 PM
Not a problem, guys! Just like I mentioned before - not like I had a time to paint this challenge either... But tomorrow will starts another one, and then - another one!... We all will catch up with that when time will be right. Mean while - let enjoy all the posted works!

GOSH
08-04-2011, 02:51 AM
You know, Lin, I have to agree with you - you painted better horses, BUT... pelican is marvelous! As for horses - tomorrow is another day and we all know you can paint those... if you only would see all the ugly horses I painted in my life - you wouldn't feel bad about yourself anymore...)

I agree with you, aolaranora, and that pelican is gorgeous, Rockchick! And OP's on gessoed paper is a real hard surface to work with. I've been working with canvas and gessoed wc paper for forever and now having returned to the colorfix paper, it's "soooo easy!" The way in which you work color in the smooth surface is not at all like you work it in the sanded surface. The good thing about the gessoed surface (and this is even better with the gesso/oil paint background) is that you can wipe away and start again.