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paul444
07-31-2011, 06:53 PM
Hi, my name is Paul and welcome to the August challenge.
All the following photo's are mine and are royalty free, so please crop, change, interpret or use the image as you feel fit. Then post it here for us all to see.
I have tried to select a variety of images so I hope you will find some thing you would like to try.

A big thank you to Tatiana for hosting last month. :clap:

So onto this months selection.


I managed to get my daughter to pose for me in her white hat.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82968-holly_white_hat_wc.jpg

A yellow flower from the garden.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82968-Yellow_bloom_wc.jpg

A stuffed cloth snowman.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82968-snowman_wc.jpg

A canal in London.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82968-London_canal_wc.jpg

A giraffe.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2011/82968-Giraffe_wc.jpg

Shirl Parker
08-01-2011, 09:14 AM
Terrific photos, Paul.

halthepainter
08-01-2011, 09:36 AM
Great photos Paul. Thank you.

VladK
08-01-2011, 10:03 AM
Hi Paul, very nice photos. Thank you for hosting and I (hopefully) will join.

Pat Isaac
08-01-2011, 03:58 PM
Wonderful photos, Mark. Thanks so much for hosting this month.

Pat

oldrockchick
08-03-2011, 04:25 PM
oooooh lovely giraffe - all those deliciously complex markings - you know what I'm like for taht sort of thing. I have a busy month with relatives staying and weddings and a week in Essex but I WILL try to do at least one - and NOT on a horrid support this time.

GOSH
08-04-2011, 02:34 AM
Wonderful challenge pictures for Ausgust, Paul!

VladK
08-04-2011, 11:36 PM
Quick impression, Senneliers on 9"x12" pastel paper:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Aug-2011/204616-IMG_8142_s.jpg

All comments are welcome. Thank you

Pat Isaac
08-05-2011, 08:03 AM
Nice quick sketch, Vlad, you captured the essence.

Pat

halthepainter
08-05-2011, 08:42 AM
Vlad, nice sketching.

VladK
08-05-2011, 12:48 PM
Thank you Pat and Hal

Reading this book: http://www.amazon.com/Realistic-Abstracts-Kees-van-Aalst/dp/1844485609/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_c and doing some exercises along the way. There are a lot of interesting thoughts and ideas.

stee71
08-05-2011, 01:37 PM
Nice impression of the landscape Vlad, I started off trying to work on speed for my attempt at the Giraffe to see how much i could achieve in an hour, but in the end i spent at least 2 hours maybe 3. Annoyingly most of that was spent just fiddling. I was going to suggest an African landscape in the background but my eyes are getting crossed from staring at the page so i'm calling it done. Oddly the camera made the yellow on his muzzle really stand out, it is much more subtle on the actual piece.
Holbein Oil pastels on coffee coloured, A4 Daler Ingres paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Aug-2011/177539-Giraffe.jpg

Thanks for hosting Paul, i enjoyed doing this ref (even if it was a fiddle fest :) )

PJjr
08-06-2011, 12:03 AM
great photos Paul- thanks for hosting this month.

Vlad your sketch is really cool-- really pulls you in

Awesome job on the giraffe Stee71- it gets swallowed up by the background color of the paper though -- but I understand the feeling of allowing yourself a certain amount of time and just letting it go-- :)

paul444
08-06-2011, 06:25 AM
Sorry for the delay in responding , but I'm having a bit of trouble with my internet connection. Very temper mental, hopefully it will be fixed soon.
So glad you liked the photo's and I am looking forward to seeing all the great artwork.
Vlad, a lovely sketch, I especially like the spire. you have captured it wonderfully.
Stee, the giraffe looks fantastic. You have really captured him perfectly.

PJjr
08-06-2011, 07:07 AM
fun challenge :) This seems a bit darker than the original.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Aug-2011/625152-_DSC284140.JPG

Pat Isaac
08-06-2011, 08:03 AM
Awesome giraffe, Steve. I actually like the background the way it is.
Another nice giraffe, Paul.

Pat

Oil Pastels Artist
08-06-2011, 05:56 PM
Vlad - love the impression. Great colors in that one. I might have to check out that book you linked to...

Stee, really superb job on the giraffe - wow, the more I look at how you rendered the details the more impressed I find it!

Paul - great work on that giraffe too and I like the reflections you put in the eye. Good looking background too!

Oil Pastels Artist
08-06-2011, 09:45 PM
Started out not feeling it with this, but then got some ideas for background and it all came together. I see some areas that could use help but... I think the feel of it is conveyed pretty well so I'm going to call it done.

Open to comments and critique! :)

http://www.oilpastelsartist.com/images/oil-pastels/giraffe-oil-pastels-600x450.jpg (http://www.oilpastelsartist.com/images/oil-pastels/giraffe-oil-pastels-1200x900.jpg)

Sennelier Oil Pastels on 9 x 12in. Borden & Riley #410 Pastel & Charcoal paper

halthepainter
08-06-2011, 09:51 PM
Eric it's magnificient.

Oil Pastels Artist
08-06-2011, 10:40 PM
Thanks Hal. Giraffes are magnificent creatures!

PJjr
08-07-2011, 02:55 AM
Thank you Pat and Eric--

Eric- you're giraffe is awesome- I love the tone and lighting- It's interesting how you approached the original lighting as a sunset from the front-- I took it as a sunset from behind :)

talinka
08-07-2011, 03:22 AM
For all you giraffe drawers- lovely! Eric, yours looks like it's riding on its harley into the sunset- very romantic... ;) Vlad- love the London sketch. Who knows, maybe I'll join in, I was a bit put off at first, but all you guys got me in the mood. I also have a brand new 96 set of neopastels that I'm itching to try out...
Tali

stee71
08-07-2011, 05:17 AM
Great giraffes Paul and Eric, that sunset behind yours Eric is a really nice touch. Tali I hope you will use those Neos to join in, I used my Holbeins for the first time and I think they are my least favourite artist OPs, neos remain my faves followed by gallery soft and sennelier in that order.

paul444
08-07-2011, 08:45 AM
Paul, an excellent Giraffe. I like what you have done to the eye. The yellow sets it off nicely. Great background too.

paul444
08-07-2011, 09:01 AM
Eric, your giraffe is superb. I love how you have illuminated it. That yellow is gorgeous. A great setting.

paul444
08-07-2011, 09:07 AM
Talinka, I hope you can find the time to join us.

halthepainter
08-07-2011, 06:40 PM
Stee and PJ, sorry I missed you postings.

Superb jobs. Stee love your treatment on the colored ground. It fits together so very well.

Eric you did a great job on back lighting your giraffe. It has a wonderful sense of light.

TamaraB
08-07-2011, 08:08 PM
I like all of the paintings. The detail on each of them is amazing.

VladK
08-08-2011, 03:48 PM
Thank you Steve, Paul (Pjr) and Paul(paul444) and Tali

Looks like it was a week of giraffe:lol:

Steve, excellent rendering, no wonder you had to spend some more time with this - it paid off. And I don't think you needed a background here - you've wisely chosen the paper tone
Paul, very nice, lively colors; especially I like how you did the eye
Eric, wow, masterfully done, and the background sings in unison - it harmonizes very well and adds to the overall impression

Pat Isaac
08-08-2011, 04:45 PM
Great job, Eric. It definitely has an african feel to the landscape.

Pat

paul444
08-09-2011, 02:48 PM
Here is my attempt at the Snowman. Its 7 X 5 on watercolour paper using Senneliers.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2011/82968-snowman4.jpgwc.jpg

Pat Isaac
08-09-2011, 02:58 PM
I love it! Great color and texture.

Pat

talinka
08-09-2011, 04:37 PM
I love the snowman, Paul! So sweet and fluffy! you nailed the texture
Tali

stee71
08-09-2011, 05:20 PM
This would make a great xmas card design Paul, you've managed to cram in lots of texture detail for such a small painting :clap:

tvandeb
08-09-2011, 07:41 PM
Wow, these are really great, wow!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:


Here's my attempt at the snowman, giraffe and the floral... still a newbie to OP's, and the only one that turned out okay was the floral, that's okay..:( .Various Op's on folio printmaking paper blended with bristol brush and turpenoid... Great photos Thanks!:wave: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2011/71359-OP_challeng_2-aug.08.09.11.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2011/71359-Op_challeng3-aug._08.09.11.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Aug-2011/71359-OP_challenge-Aug-floral-08.09.11.jpg

halthepainter
08-09-2011, 08:31 PM
Paul, your snowman is fantastic.

Good job on the flower Tam, glad to see you pitching in.

paul444
08-10-2011, 05:05 AM
Thanks Pat, Tali, Hal and Stee, I was thinking about using it as a christmas card too.
Tammy, Three fantastic paintings, well done. Nice to see you taking part.

oldrockchick
08-12-2011, 11:02 AM
Hi - I'll come back and comment in a few but I'm at my desktop with the scanner so as I'm here scanning thought I'd post my first offering

Thanks Paul for hosting from sunny? Hampshire (somewhere I've neer been)

Last month I used an experimental support and it was a nightmare that resutkted in disaster.

I also used an experiment this month but think it wnet slight ly better. The trouble I'm having with supports is that COlourfix paper is quite expensive on my limited budget so I'm saving it for 'proper projects' as in some of my original stuff. However as it is so difficult to get the sensible colours of Neos (can only get one place on line in open stock) and the 96 set has priced itself way over my head, I've hung bank on OP work.

Even this and the giraffe have had issues with me struggling to find the right OPs.

Anyway I'm a little more pleased with this. I finished it last night and sat looking at it from across the room, watched Tv for a bit and when I glanced back I noticed that the flower actually seems to pop out from the background. Not so much in the scan though... hope you like..


'Yellow Pansy from Paul's Garden'
Daler-Rowney Russian Green Mountboard 8" x 11"
Coated on front with 1 application of clear colourfix
1st layer Daler Rowney OPs
CD Neopastels and a few Senns
worked with fingers
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2011/179312-OP_Aug_11_-_yellow_pansy_fin.jpg

Because they are quite hard I found that for the background I only needed the DRs, The first coat I pressed in with my fingers. I found that the DRs crumbled when first applied to the Cfix but I quite liked the surface and it took layers well.

Working on the giraffe now but on pastel paper with no coating - Didn'tthink I'd need many layers - the hard bit is finding the right op colours in my limited set.

halthepainter
08-12-2011, 11:10 AM
Wonderful job on the flower Lin.

oldrockchick
08-12-2011, 05:26 PM
Finally finished the second one the giraffe....

Done on

'Jolly Giraffe'
Winsor & Newton Tints Pastel Paper A4
First layer Daler Rowney Oil Pastels
Neopastels and a few Senns
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2011/179312-OP_Aug_11_-_Giraffe_fin.jpg

halthepainter
08-12-2011, 05:28 PM
Lovely job Lin.

Pat Isaac
08-12-2011, 05:37 PM
Nicely done, Lin.

Pat

oldrockchick
08-12-2011, 05:39 PM
Ok time to post comments - now I've had time to look

Vlad - love the freshness of that London canal.

Steve - yoru giraffe is awesome. That DR Ingess is similar to my W & N tints. it's ok for one maybe 2 layers only. How many did you have? Your colours are closer than mine - I didnt' have the right colour OPs.

PJ - ooh you set Giraffe free - he looks so much better in his new home :thumbsup:

Eric - those colours are fantastic - a real wild sunset across the lake? Beautiful I am not familiar with that paper - probably somethign else we can't get over here.

Paul - lovely strong snowman. Hard to work on 5" x 7". Yes i think you have your Christmas card sorted.

Tammy - you have been busy. Lots of nice works there.

Keep up the good work all

Thanks Paul for hsoting. I'm busy for the end of the month but will be back to host for September.

PLEASE NOTE: SEPTEMBER THE FIRST IS THE DAY i'M TRAVELLING BACK FROM ESSEX, I MAY BE LATE POSTING

Depends on whether I can get internet access at home or not.

paul444
08-14-2011, 04:38 AM
Lin,
Your yellow flower has a great sense of depth to it and the petals appear soft. well done.
The giraffe looks superb and his markings are excellent.

talinka
08-14-2011, 05:46 AM
love your giraffe, Lin

talinka
08-14-2011, 03:49 PM
Hi All,
Just a quick one I did before going off to work... Thanks to Lin, from whom I stole the idea of using naples yellow, which improved the drawing ;)
Measures about 16X20 cm, neopastels on some sort of cardboard.
C&C is welcome
Tali

halthepainter
08-14-2011, 04:30 PM
Lovely little vignette Tali.

RobynsFineArt
08-14-2011, 10:49 PM
Hi Eric, I'm very new to oil pastels and enjoying them so much more than I thought I would.
I love your giraffe and I think the background makes it pop!

paul444
08-15-2011, 10:23 AM
A beautiful flower Tali, it really stands out against the background.

Flycatcher10
08-16-2011, 01:41 PM
Hi Paul:

I've never done a challenge before so I thought I would give this one a try.

Oil Pastel w/watercolor underwash
5x7 Stonehenge paper - Vellum Finish
Gallery Soft Oil Pastels

I would have like to use cream rather than white, but I'm limited in my options w/this set of pastels.

My stem is quite wimpy compared to the flower - my opinion it should have been straighter and thicker.

This was fun to do - thanks Paul. Mary
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Aug-2011/974094-August_2011_Challenge_002.jpg

halthepainter
08-16-2011, 01:58 PM
Mary welcome to the challenge. Please do more of them.

Your piece is delightful... There is a soft ethereal quality to it that I find quite pleasing. It seems to be radiating a glow.

The stem is fine. It fits well with the rest of the painting.

Flycatcher10
08-16-2011, 02:20 PM
Thanks for your comments Hal - but I'm revising it. The stem is crying out to be fixed. See my next post.

Thanks, Mary

Flycatcher10
08-16-2011, 02:22 PM
Hi All:

I couldn't let my weak stem define the flower - so I changed it up.

Let me know your thoughts. Thanks, Mary

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Aug-2011/974094-revised_-_August_2011_Challenge.jpg

paul444
08-17-2011, 09:41 AM
Hi Mary,

Welcome to the challenge, its great to see you.
You have painted a beautiful flower which positively glows, superb.
I think the stem looks perfectly fine in both versions, but I know what its like when something seems not quite right, its just got to be changed. Lol.
Hope you enjoyed the challenge and take part in many more to come.

oldrockchick
08-17-2011, 11:57 AM
Mary - that's very nice - I would never think of using Stonehenge for OP. Isn't it rather smooth? Did you have any trouble getting the layers.

Flycatcher10
08-17-2011, 05:13 PM
Hi Mary,

Welcome to the challenge, its great to see you.
You have painted a beautiful flower which positively glows, superb.
I think the stem looks perfectly fine in both versions, but I know what its like when something seems not quite right, its just got to be changed. Lol.
Hope you enjoyed the challenge and take part in many more to come.
Hi Paul:

Thank you so much for your comments - I really appreciate it. It was a fun and I'm glad that I did a challenge finally. You take great pictures - I struggle w/mine every time I take shots of my paintings.

Thanks again, Mary

Flycatcher10
08-17-2011, 05:15 PM
Started out not feeling it with this, but then got some ideas for background and it all came together. I see some areas that could use help but... I think the feel of it is conveyed pretty well so I'm going to call it done.

Open to comments and critique! :)

http://www.oilpastelsartist.com/images/oil-pastels/giraffe-oil-pastels-600x450.jpg (http://www.oilpastelsartist.com/images/oil-pastels/giraffe-oil-pastels-1200x900.jpg)

Sennelier Oil Pastels on 9 x 12in. Borden & Riley #410 Pastel & Charcoal paper
Wow Eric the lighting is incredible! Mary

Flycatcher10
08-17-2011, 05:25 PM
Mary - that's very nice - I would never think of using Stonehenge for OP. Isn't it rather smooth? Did you have any trouble getting the layers.

Hi Lin: thank you for your feedback. You are right the Stonehenge is smooth, but I'm not finding trouble w/layers - my underwash was watercolor so that helped not having to put on more paint than was necessary. I built up two layers then blended, added two final layers. I was somewhat slick in the end and I probably should have put the painting into the refrigerator for a bit before I tried to work more. What I find w/this paper is that in the beginning it's really tough going to get it to blend, so 2-3 layers is the norm before I can blend.

I haven't ventured into canvas or other higher quality boards/paper yet, I've got to get a bit more developed in what I'm doing. I purchased this paper when I was working with colored pencils because it holds up to watercolors and OMS wash very nicely and decided to try it w/oil pastels. I know I'm limited by how many layers I can put on Stonehenge - I'll be trying my Senns on it fairly soon.

Thank you for reviewing my work. Mary

Flycatcher10
08-17-2011, 05:29 PM
Hi - I'll come back and comment in a few but I'm at my desktop with the scanner so as I'm here scanning thought I'd post my first offering

Thanks Paul for hosting from sunny? Hampshire (somewhere I've neer been)

Last month I used an experimental support and it was a nightmare that resutkted in disaster.

I also used an experiment this month but think it wnet slight ly better. The trouble I'm having with supports is that COlourfix paper is quite expensive on my limited budget so I'm saving it for 'proper projects' as in some of my original stuff. However as it is so difficult to get the sensible colours of Neos (can only get one place on line in open stock) and the 96 set has priced itself way over my head, I've hung bank on OP work.

Even this and the giraffe have had issues with me struggling to find the right OPs.

Anyway I'm a little more pleased with this. I finished it last night and sat looking at it from across the room, watched Tv for a bit and when I glanced back I noticed that the flower actually seems to pop out from the background. Not so much in the scan though... hope you like..


'Yellow Pansy from Paul's Garden'
Daler-Rowney Russian Green Mountboard 8" x 11"
Coated on front with 1 application of clear colourfix
1st layer Daler Rowney OPs
CD Neopastels and a few Senns
worked with fingers
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Aug-2011/179312-OP_Aug_11_-_yellow_pansy_fin.jpg

Because they are quite hard I found that for the background I only needed the DRs, The first coat I pressed in with my fingers. I found that the DRs crumbled when first applied to the Cfix but I quite liked the surface and it took layers well.

Working on the giraffe now but on pastel paper with no coating - Didn'tthink I'd need many layers - the hard bit is finding the right op colours in my limited set.

Your painting is beautiful. I like your touch w/the pastels, your painting has a really delicate look to the petals with the way you worked your colors and blending. It's great - Mary

halthepainter
08-17-2011, 06:55 PM
Well, here's my effort for the month. I decided to crop the ref photo, I didn't think the right side building did anything for the composition.

Part of my self critique: My photo of the painting really wiped out the colors and I tried to Gimp them back to near reality.

My warm side of the building is a bit too yellow. I don't think it is that bad in real life. The colors washed out in the water and aren't as strong as in the painting. I may tweak it a bit more after the OPs set up a bit and I look at it in a couple of days with fresh eyes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Aug-2011/140488-English_canal.jpg

Gray Pas Specialists on untreated, 140 pound watercolor paper, 11 by 14 inches.

Suggestions for improvement welcome.

stee71
08-18-2011, 04:59 AM
well i popped back expecting to see lots more giraffes but instead it's a week of flowers. 3 very good and individual renditions, I offer no critiques when it comes to flowers as i find them by far the hardest thing to draw and paint. Lin, i love you giraffe too, I find that ingres type paper doesnt grab the OP very well so i use a frugal application, small dots applied close together then pushed into the paper with a paper stump.
Hal, I am impressed with your canal scene, the colour harmony you have chosen gives me an impression of late afternoon or early morning with the sun low in the sky. The Specialists are the only artist grade OPs that i do not have and have not yet tried, how do you find them to work with being harder than the others? are they as hard as the daler rowney student grade? i found even the holbeins a little hard although they were much more silky and less crumbly than any student range, they reminded me of the Filia artist OPs made in Denmark but were a little softer.

talinka
08-18-2011, 05:37 AM
Hi Hal- I love the colors! I think they're very vibriant and bring the drawing to life.

Flycatcher10
08-18-2011, 07:16 AM
Hal: your painting is beautiful - shows you're an accomplished w/pastelist!

Talia: I love your flower!

Stee: your giraff is fantastic - the fur shows a lot of detail.

Mary

halthepainter
08-18-2011, 08:46 AM
Thank you Mary and Tali.

Hi Stee. The Gray Pas Specialists are my hardest set. The hardness didn't bother me that much they still blended with fingers. They were a bit crumbly, much more that the Senns. The crumbs wisked away easily with a crumpled paper towel.

I've never used Daler Rowney so I can't make a comparison. I equate them to the Erengis as far as firmness and working qualities.

oldrockchick
08-18-2011, 10:18 AM
Steve - I got some Filia off Ebay - brand new - where the hell did you find HOlbeins in the UK!!!! - I got some Cray-Pas Expressionist off Ebya but not seen teh Specialist except US improt that cost 3 times as much postage as the item.

oldrockchick
08-18-2011, 10:22 AM
Hal - know what you mean abotu photos/scans ruining some colours and it also decimates value differences too - especially when they are subtle

Mary - thanks :)

paul444
08-18-2011, 10:23 AM
Hal, a beautiful painting. I love the light you have captured and the water is superb.
I think the crop works really well too.

halthepainter
08-18-2011, 11:28 AM
Thank you Paul.

stee71
08-18-2011, 11:55 AM
Steve - I got some Filia off Ebay - brand new - where the hell did you find HOlbeins in the UK!!!! - I got some Cray-Pas Expressionist off Ebya but not seen teh Specialist except US improt that cost 3 times as much postage as the item.

I bought the full set of Holbiens from the States and had them shipped to the UK. The import duty alone would have nearly paid for a full set of Neopastels. the wooden box is a joy to behold and the sets of gradiated tints is a useful idea as is the square shape but i don't find them as pigment rich or smooth as the Neo's..... so all in all i think i would have been better off buying loads of Neo's in my fave colours. Incidentally Yusuke offered to bring me a set over from Japan when he visited London, unfortunately i wasn't able to take him up on the offer due to work commitments at the time :crying: ..... it would have saved me a fortune, Anyhow i still prefer the Neo's over everything else so my advice is keep building your Neo set via open stock. I have over 120 neos but not the full set as there are some colours i have no use for (bright pinks and horrid phthalo blues/greens) i always double up on white, cream and their pale greys.

halthepainter
08-22-2011, 01:09 PM
Just a reminder from Carly:

Don't miss the deadline for entry into this year's Oil Pastel Society's Members Only Online show!

Midnight, Eastern Daylight Savings Time, August 31st!!

The prospectus is located on the front page of the OPS site at www.oilpastelsociety.com (http://www.oilpastelsociety.com/)

Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention

Large Box Set of Senneliers for the Award of Excellence

I hope to see everyone entering! It's not too late to join and enter!


This had dropped below my event horizon.

GhettoDaveyHavok
08-24-2011, 02:36 AM
I am a tad bit late into this thread. The works and references are interesting. :)

GOSH
08-25-2011, 05:44 AM
And here is my giraffe. I think it's complete and I'm not messing with it anymore simply because it "ain't happenin'".

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Aug-2011/143278-croppedgiraffe.jpg :D

halthepainter
08-25-2011, 08:30 AM
Hi Gosh, great to have you joining in.

Good job.

paul444
08-25-2011, 09:53 AM
Hi Crystal, thanks for dropping by. Nice to see you.

paul444
08-25-2011, 09:57 AM
Hi Gosh,
Your giraffe looks great, We all have moments where it just ain't happening. lol.
Thanks for joining in.

GhettoDaveyHavok
08-25-2011, 05:18 PM
GOSH! Nice giraffe. :)

gakinme
08-27-2011, 01:45 PM
Paul, thanks for the photo references. I've been exhausted with work and kept falling asleep doodling. This took me two nights of falling asleep at my painting to finish.:lol:

Holbein oil pastel
mixed with a bit of Prismacolor ArtStix and Derwent Colorsoft pencils
Pentel Calligraphy Pocket Brushpen
Daniel Smith watercolor for background
Academie Heavyweight sketchbook 8.5 x 11 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Aug-2011/86669-op_giraffe.jpg

halthepainter
08-27-2011, 05:23 PM
Nicely done Sandra.

talinka
08-27-2011, 05:23 PM
Hi Sandra-
Cool, you made a manga giraffe! :)
Tali

purvi_s
08-28-2011, 07:46 AM
Hi,

After lurking in the wetcanvas forums for ages, I am finally making an attempt. Have done charcoal painting and water color pencil paintings earlier but am new to oil pastels. This is my first time on oil pastels with canvas sheet.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/976822-Canvas_Sheet_2011-08-28_16.31.43_small.jpg

It didn't turn out to be satisfactory and I thought maybe the canvas is the reason. So I made another attempt with bond paper to see if that helps.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/976822-Bond_Paper_2011-08-28_16.31.27_small.jpg
It sure got better but I think that I am missing something. Any tips?

gakinme
08-28-2011, 02:13 PM
Thank you, Tali, Hal, for your comments.



Portfolio watersoluble oil pastel
Holbein oil pastel
Pentel 70 lb sketchbook 5.5 x 8 inch

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/86669-op_girl1.jpg

This one I washed a little of the Portfolio watersoluabe oil pastels

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/86669-op_snowman.jpg


Erengi oil pastel which is too light in pigment for me - almost invisible on a toned surface
Holbein oil pastel
Fabriano Artist Journal 7x9 inch
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/86669-op_flower1.jpg

Mungyo Artist grade oil pastel - a much better oil pastel than Erengi 10 times over

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/86669-op_girl2.jpg

Mungyo artist grade oil pastel
Sennelier oil pastel - white

Changed the scene to night time.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/86669-op_river.jpg

paul444
08-30-2011, 10:31 AM
Sandra, a beautiful Giraffe.
Don't you just hate it when work gets in the way. Lol. I've been on night shift for a week now and rarely get any drawing done while working this shift.
Well done.

paul444
08-30-2011, 10:46 AM
Hi, purvi s ,
Welcome to the oil pastel forum. Nice to see you.
You have painted a lovely flower, the second one looks much nicer. Fuller.
Possibly the canvas was too rough for the oil pastel leaving little white dots in your colours. I generally use watercolour paper coated in Gesso to prime the surface as this works well for me.
You could add a coloured background to the flower to really enhance the yellow petals.
Hope this helps and hope to see more of your work soon.

paul444
08-30-2011, 10:52 AM
Wow, Sandra, You have been busy. Five lovely paintings. I see you have tried various oil pastel brands, which one did you prefer to use ?
I like that you changed the landscape into a night scene and the snowman is so cute. Well done.

gakinme
08-30-2011, 09:13 PM
Thank you, Paul, for your comments.

I like Holbein and Neopastel the best so far. I haven't even done one complete piece with Sennelier yet although I have the entire set plus Jumbos. Next month, I'll try them.

Totally dislike Erengi but last night I experimented on melting it and I might be able to use up my two sets finally.

Mungyo comes very close to Neopastel.

But for work and travel, I always take Portfolio with me simply because it could go both ways being water soluable and dry.

GOSH
08-31-2011, 09:03 AM
Hi,

After lurking in the wetcanvas forums for ages, I am finally making an attempt. Have done charcoal painting and water color pencil paintings earlier but am new to oil pastels. This is my first time on oil pastels with canvas sheet.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/976822-Canvas_Sheet_2011-08-28_16.31.43_small.jpg

It didn't turn out to be satisfactory and I thought maybe the canvas is the reason. So I made another attempt with bond paper to see if that helps.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2011/976822-Bond_Paper_2011-08-28_16.31.27_small.jpg
It sure got better but I think that I am missing something. Any tips?

Hi, purvis! Like how you are experimenting. Try using a tiny amount of OMS or linseed oil with a brush for your canvas. :wink2: You can also use your fingers instead.

silvermoss
08-31-2011, 10:58 AM
Well, August is almost over, so I thought I'd better get in on the action... with what I thought was the simplest one to do. However, it didn't turn out to be so simple after all!

Lin, I don't know how you managed to get the highlights so perfect! :thumbsup: Mary, I loved your ethereal flower.:) Sandra - loved the moodiness of your flower and the canal at night :thumbsup:. Everyone else - I have enjoyed seeing your work too. Apologies for not being able to comment on them all.

Yellow is hard to do shadows on!!!! :eek: :confused: My yellow flower ended up looking a bit dirty. Here it is anyway. Senns and Caran D'aches on an A5 Canson sketch pad...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Aug-2011/213533-2011-09-01_00.42.45_cropped_framed.jpg
Critiques would be great.

halthepainter
08-31-2011, 11:41 AM
Cath your flower is marvelous. A bit of violet can be used to darken yellow for shading.

Glad to have you join in.

paul444
08-31-2011, 12:02 PM
Cath, A lovely flower, I think you have achieved a good sense of depth to the flower head giving it shape. The background really sets it off nicely.

Pat Isaac
08-31-2011, 03:38 PM
Nicely done, and that is a great background. hal is right about the purple and also some ochre would work also.

Pat

halthepainter
08-31-2011, 05:51 PM
Paul thank you for a great hosting. I wish I could have found time to do the giraffe.

Let's see what Lin can come up with tomorrow.

silvermoss
09-01-2011, 07:13 AM
Thanks Paul, Pat, Hal for the comments and advice!
Paul - great photos and I loved your snowman.:thumbsup:

September is here now in Australia - springtime!:clap:

paul444
09-01-2011, 07:30 AM
Well thats August over... already. A big thank you, to all who took part this month and showed us all there excellent work. Well done.
Looking foreword to seeing what Lin has in stall for us this month.

paul444
09-01-2011, 07:31 AM
Thanks Cath thats one of my Christmas cards sorted. Lol.

oldrockchick
09-01-2011, 07:59 PM
September 1st!! officially the first day of Autumn, and we haven't even had Summer! But even though we are in the last third of the year there's still fun to be had. New challenges. My Sept challenge is, finally posted.

Paul thanks so much for hosting in this very busy August for me. The last 3 weeks have been mental so i didn't get a chance to do any others. i did enjoy what I did though so thanks so much for great refs and for being a genial host.:)

paul444
09-02-2011, 05:44 AM
Thanks Lin.