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E-J
10-01-2011, 03:57 AM
Hello everyone!

It's time for the October 2011 Oil Pastel Challenge!

This challenge is open to ANYONE using the medium of oil pastel. The six royalty-free photos I'm posting here are intended for you to use as reference for your artwork; please feel free to modify these images in any way that suits your purpose. You can use just one image, or a part of one, or ALL the photos if you're feeling truly inspired. You can even do several versions of the same reference. It's up to you!

When you're finished, do please share your work with us here on the thread. You can tell us what brand of oil pastels/paper you used, what you found particularly challenging - and ask for help or constructive criticism if you'd like it. Think of little corner of the web as a safe and supportive place in which to stretch yourself in your use of oil pastels - and maybe to tackle the kind of subject you wouldn't usually choose.

The first four ref photos were all taken by me. These are alpacas at the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2011/13865-alpacas2008bye-j_sml.jpg

Here's a link to a higher-resolution version:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40613300/alpacas2008bye-j.jpg

This is Pegasus Walk, in Ely - the small cathedral city in Cambridgeshire where I live.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2011/13865-pegasuswalk2008bye-j_sml.JPG

Larger version:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40613300/pegasuswalk2008bye-j.JPG

An iris.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2011/13865-iris2008bye-j_sml.jpg

Large version:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40613300/iris2008bye-j.jpg

Here's the sun setting on the beautiful Greek island of Zákynthos.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2011/13865-zaksunset2008bye-j_sml.JPG

Large version:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40613300/zaksunset2008bye-j.JPG

A friend of mine took this next photo and is happily sharing it with us. I believe these apples may have ended up in a pie. :)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2011/13865-applesbybry_sml.JPG

Large version:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/40613300/applesbybry.JPG

The last pic is from WetCanvas's own Reference Image Library, and was taken by lisilk.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2011/13865-GirlinPink_by_lisilk_sml.jpg

Large version:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=97321&size=big&cat=

I hope one of these will tempt you to get those oil pastels out and join us in the challenge! I look forward to seeing everyone's work! :clap:

halthepainter
10-01-2011, 10:00 AM
Hi EJ, thank you for hosting. They are great looking references. Several of them are calling out to me.

Pat Isaac
10-01-2011, 10:24 AM
Thanks for hosting E-J....great images. Who knows, I may get to do one this month.

Pat

oldrockchick
10-01-2011, 12:15 PM
COol another portrait - I LOVE to do portraits of dark people such lovely colour - she reminds me of another lisik posted on the WDE that I did in CPs - That was Miss Pattie

Anyway I'll have a go when I get back from the Lakes - typical we've had nice weather this week too...

Ely - been there briefly.. I love the mist over the water.

'Garlic festival; hmmm sound smelly

ai2ai
10-01-2011, 10:28 PM
That beautiful serene Pegasus Walk is beckoning...

E-J
10-02-2011, 11:24 AM
Thanks Hal, Pat, Lin. Ai ai, I would LOVE to see what you can do with that mist in your lovely sensitive OP style! With Ely Apple Day coming up mid month, I should really be trying my hand at those apples, but I would also like to paint the young girl; there's a chance to observe some wonderful subtle nuances of colour there.

cfo
10-03-2011, 05:46 AM
Thanx, E-J, for the lovely photo's. I've never done a portrait in OP's, but the little girl looks so delightful, that I would like to give it a try.
Happy painting everyone,
Charri:cat:

E-J
10-03-2011, 06:46 AM
Charri, I really hope you'll have a go! :)

Arrtgrrl
10-03-2011, 10:55 AM
I like the look of the Greek pic, myself. New here but will post photos of my work when I get it figured out.

Arrtgrrl
10-03-2011, 11:05 AM
Oh, and how does one >subscribe< to this group? This one is totally different from the others....

E-J
10-03-2011, 12:07 PM
Hi Arrtgrrl. Glad to have you here. I'm not sure what you mean about this group being different from others, but above my first post with the pictures you should see "Thread tools", under which you'll find the option to "Subscribe to this thread". That should keep you updated.

halthepainter
10-03-2011, 01:04 PM
arrtgrrl and if you're wanting to post a photo of your work on one of these oil pastel challenges, you usually have to have made three postings before you can post photos. This is to deter spammers.

Welcome to the oil pastel forum and I hope you will pick up your oil pastels and join in these challenges.

If you just wish to share your work don't request a critique. If you have a specific question please do ask. If you want more than sugary comments you will have to ask for them.

We are a nosey lot and will want to know the size of your work, the surface you're working on and the brand of oil pastels you are using. If you use some special techniques let us know, we may want to give them a try ourselves.

halthepainter
10-03-2011, 07:33 PM
I'm posting this WIP just to get things going. I usually go my own way on these references. I'm experimenting with a couple different things on this one. I'm using Canson, Monval watercolor board, the background is Gouache, and I'm using Gray Pas expressionists just to try them out. I don't know how lightfast they are but they don't seem to be that much different than the Specialists as far as their ability to cover and their application.

Image size 11 by 14 inches.

I decided to splash about a lot of near complements to the blue, violet, grees main object of the painting.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2011/140488-Oct_OP_chal_Iris.jpg
As previously mentioned this is a WIP but suggestions welcome.

robertsloan2
10-03-2011, 07:40 PM
Thanks for hosting, E-J! All your references are great. Today I had three new sets of oil pastels come in for me to test, so I used the little girl's image to test the 36 color set of Homerun PAS Fantasy oil pastels.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2011/70184-10-3-2011-Homerun-Fantasy-Sketches-Post1.jpg
Test Page 36 Homerun PAS "Fantasy" Oil Pastels
9" x 12"
Homerun PAS "Fantasy" Oil Pastels
Aquabee Recycled Rough Sketch Paper
Photo reference by lisilk from RIL

robertsloan2
10-03-2011, 08:31 PM
Hal, I love your version of the Iris. That's beautiful. The gouache background is gorgeous and sets off the flower so well!

Here's my next OP challenge piece!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Oct-2011/70184-10-3-2011-Homerun-Sketches-Post.jpg
Swatches and Iris
9" x 12"
Homerun PAS oil pastels
Aquabee Recycled Rough Sketch Paper
Photo reference from RIL for October OP Challenge

halthepainter
10-03-2011, 09:12 PM
Thank you Robert, nice sketching yourself.

How are those free OPs doing?

robertsloan2
10-04-2011, 01:37 AM
They're sweet! A lot like Pentels or Niji, the creamy less crumbly sort of cheap oil pastels. Lots of fun! I think they're going to get used up in my sketchbooks.

PJjr
10-04-2011, 02:39 AM
looking great Hal- Robert I really like your style and choice of paper too--

Pat Isaac
10-04-2011, 08:35 AM
Love this iris, Hal. Especially like the painterly feel to it.
Interesting studies, Robert. Where are these OPs made?

Pat

halthepainter
10-04-2011, 10:05 AM
Thank you Paul and Pat.

ai2ai
10-04-2011, 01:37 PM
Tried to capture that spark of youthful charm in her. Your iris is looking great, Hal. Lovely range of colours, Robert.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2011/315161-Girlinpink.jpg

halthepainter
10-04-2011, 01:39 PM
ai2ai that is a fantastic job on your portrait. Very well done.

Pat Isaac
10-04-2011, 02:43 PM
You definitely captured it...

Pat

RainySea
10-04-2011, 02:52 PM
Robert, nicely done sketches with those new oilies. Looks like they are quite fun.

Hal, beautiful floral and I like how you combined the OP with the gouache background. Now I am eager to give that a try. Did you tone the whole background and then use OP on top?

ai2ai, I love that portrait. What kind of OP and support do you use? Really very soft and beautiful!

halthepainter
10-04-2011, 03:31 PM
[quote=RainySea]

Hal, beautiful floral and I like how you combined the OP with the gouache background. Now I am eager to give that a try. Did you tone the whole background and then use OP on top?
quote]

I painted in rough flower shapes with a dark bluish, blackish, purple and then toned all the rest of the surface with my yellow, orange, reds trying to keep in mind where my where my blues, violets, and greens would be in the flower and tried to keep their compliments close by in the background colors.

E-J
10-04-2011, 03:44 PM
Hal, that's a stunning iris. The background colours are very unexpected given the original reference, but they really give your piece the wow factor.

Ai ai, wonderful lively strokes in your portrait. You are wise to avoid what would probably be my main pitfall with a portrait like this, by not overworking the pastel to try to make everything smooth. Yours has life and freshness. I really like your modelling of the skin tones of her forehead.

Robert, THREE new sets of OPs to play with? Lucky lucky you! I've never heard of Homerun PAS Fantasy. Sounds and looks as though you're having a lot of fun with them.

I need to get busy, really, don't I?

bchlvr
10-04-2011, 08:59 PM
Ai2ai...beautiful portrait!

gakinme
10-04-2011, 09:58 PM
Hal, very good color combo. There is a cheeriness and substantive feel to it. So only the flower is oil pastel?

Robert, so that's where the girl came from. Looks like the oil pastels are fun to use.

ai, beautiful quick strokes of her complexion. Love your approach of brevity. A very lively rendition too.

Here's my sad attempt.

Mix of Primsmacolor Artstik and Cray Pas Expressionist oil pastel on gray paper 9x12 inch.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Oct-2011/86669-op_challenge_oct_01.jpg

halthepainter
10-04-2011, 10:42 PM
Hal, very good color combo. There is a cheeriness and substantive feel to it. So only the flower is oil pastel?


Hi Sandra. All the background is gouache. All the flowers, stems, etc are Oil Pastels.

E-J
10-05-2011, 05:12 AM
Sandra, not sad at all! What aren't you happy with? It is great fun for me to see Ely depicted in someone else's colours. :)

halthepainter
10-05-2011, 09:22 PM
Sandra, your piece is quite pleasant. I think your paper's tooth made the work more difficult to get any blending or smoothness to your image.

halthepainter
10-05-2011, 09:40 PM
I worked my image some more today. I was working it on my deck and it was so cool I couldn't do any blending even with my fingers. I added some highlights, a few more darks and some green highlights.

Unless any of you see something I missed (always possible, I usually see something that needs fixing a couple of weeks after I think I'm finished ) that would cause me embarassment when I show the work, I'll call it finished and reevaluate it in a few weeks.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Oct-2011/140488-Iris_OP_chal.jpg 11 by 14 inches, background is all gouache, and all Expressionist OPs on watercolor paper.

bchlvr
10-06-2011, 05:07 AM
Sandra...nicely done.

E-J
10-06-2011, 08:03 AM
Looks good to me, Hal.

halthepainter
10-07-2011, 06:45 PM
EJ, once again I must apologize for the liberties I've taken with one of your reference photos. I started working on it at group paintings session at a local studio and I didn't want to put in the building but put in another tree on the left side and the rest of it kind of evolved as I went along. I guess I should have had a plan.

This is a WIP, there are sections that need more work once the under painting has set up a bit. I had decided I didn't really want a red sky.

Gray pas, expressionists on watercolor paper. Had massive problems trying to fill in the tooth of the cold press paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2011/140488-Oct_OP_Chal_sunset.jpg
I decided not to go for the red sunset and of course the eye can see colors in the shadows that the camera won't pick up.

Once again my apologies to you EJ, any resemblence to the ref photo is purely coincidental.

Suggestions for improvement welcome.

E-J
10-08-2011, 06:21 AM
No apology necessary, Hal. The photos are here to be used in whatever way you see fit. Please feel free to paint them upside down, back to front, using nothing from the original but the background or using only shades of purple if that better expresses what you want them to!

I really like the mood in this WIP. The curve to the tree on the left is bothering my eye a little; those cypress trees tend to be distinguished by their straightness. But the inclusion of that tree is necessary. I love the way the sky is going. Look forward to seeing your finish!

Pat Isaac
10-08-2011, 07:57 AM
I do like the feel of this painting, Hal. Great sky....looking forward to the finish. Yes, that cold press paper has a lot of tooth!!!

Pat

ai2ai
10-08-2011, 10:21 AM
Very nice, Hal, I'm drawn to the light specks here and there on the ground reflecting from the sky, very cool!

halthepainter
10-08-2011, 11:00 AM
Thank you ai2ai and Pat.

EJ, I should have put a smilie face after my apology. My bantering got the best of me. I very rarely paint a reference photo straight but use it as a prod to get my muse up and running.

As far as the bent tree, I thought I was being clever by directing the eye back into the painting. Perhaps that was a failure and the bent tree is entirely too much of a distraction?

Sometimes I'm entirely too clever :confused: for my own good. As in my iris, perhaps the bright colors behind the light flower is entirely too much and should be darkened like much of the rest of the painting. The flower may not be able to dominate as much as it should.

Based on Linn's avoidance of making a comment on the iris (I assume if you can't say anything good, don't say anything at all), I wanted other opinions. I took the Iris to the Friday morning artist's gathering (we each do our own thing and don't interact other than light banter and don't comment on each other's work). I requested suggestions and a couple of artists felt the bright on bright around the flower was too much.

Gentley worded suggestions for improvement are welcome. We are doing these challenges in the hope of improving our artistic skills and craftsmanship and not just to show one another. Aren't we?????

EJ, thank you for mentioning the tree, are there other opinions about the curved tree???
I will ponder the tree.:confused: (and the iris as well)

E-J
10-08-2011, 01:32 PM
Well, I'm a sucker for a vibrant background and will happily make mine as bright as the subject ... It's something I've done quite a few times with florals, and it may not be to everyone's taste, but if it conveys *my* feeling about those flowers, then it stays, regardless of whether some might have toned it down. So, although I haven't seen your iris "in real", Hal, I would be tempted to leave it as it is. No more fiddling. ;-) It's a gorgeous piece.

halthepainter
10-08-2011, 01:35 PM
Thank you EJ, I'm still not sure about it. I'll show it at my next art fair and see what kind of responses it get from the public.

E-J
10-09-2011, 05:26 PM
Here's my effort. 9x12" in a mixture of Caran d'Ache, Sennelier and Gallery Artists' on Daler (Murano?) paper. I wanted to approach this quite loosely, the main draw being those wonderful subtle lights in the young girl's flesh tones.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Oct-2011/13865-op091011.jpg

The alignment of the eyes isn't perfect, but this was done as a sketch, rather than a considered piece. I might do a couple of tweaks. I'm glad I attempted this. Yay for the montly challenge!

Pat Isaac
10-09-2011, 05:55 PM
Beautifully done, E-J and yes the eyes are a little off but the skin tones are great and you have captured her expression.

Pat

halthepainter
10-09-2011, 06:48 PM
Fantastic job EJ. Yeah it looks as if the girl's right eye is a bit off but the skin tones and application of the oil pastels are fantastic.

E-J
10-10-2011, 05:13 AM
I'm going to fiddle with that eye in an image editor before tweaking it for real. Thanks for your comments!

Look forward to seeing what refs others have chosen! :)

bchlvr
10-10-2011, 07:09 AM
Gorgeous portrait EJ!

Arrtgrrl
10-10-2011, 01:00 PM
Here is mine....Well, I thought, here is mine, but it won't upload, so i'll have to send y'all to facebook or something. I tried twice...eileen

halthepainter
10-10-2011, 01:06 PM
arrtgrrt you have three postings now it should load.\\
Try the image uploader at the top of the message panel, the one that looks like a post card. Failing that, you can use the paperclip to upload images.

Just make sure your image has been down sized so that niether the horizontal nor the vertical axis exceeds 800 pixels and is a jpeg format.

I look forward to seeing your work. If all else fails, you can email the image to me and I'll upload it for you.

Arrtgrrl
10-10-2011, 01:08 PM
I did the Greek Island, and my picture is at
https://www.facebook.com/arrtgrrl721?sk=wall
I couldn't get it to upload.:heart:

halthepainter
10-10-2011, 01:23 PM
Im uploading this on behalf of ARRTGRRL:

She will have to add particulars later.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2011/140488-arrtgrrl_greek_island.jpg One axis was 960 pixels but the wc automatically downsized to to fit. It will do that it the image isn't too big overall.

Now arrtgrrl tell us about it: size, materials, any special techniques???

I especially like your trees, they have spirit and life>>>:thumbsup:

hal

E-J
10-10-2011, 03:34 PM
Eileen, WOW, I flipping love this! It packs a real punch. Shades of Van Gogh, not in the colour scheme but in the movement and emotion (aggression, even! but I interpret it as nature's aggression, rather than yours) that you have managed to convey. Thanks for posting your interpretation.

Pat Isaac
10-10-2011, 03:38 PM
Great interpretation and I love that sky!!!

Pat

halthepainter
10-10-2011, 08:19 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Oct-2011/140488-Oct_OP_Chal_sunset2.jpg Worked my previous painting a bit more.
I'm having a devil of a time trying to smooth out the sky. I don't want to use solvents but while trying to blend, I'm picking up color and clumping colors rather than smoothing out the colors. I'm tempted to spray on some fixative and then try working the sky again.

I didn't like the trees in my previous version and decided to change them a bit as well as the sky.

Suggestions for improvement welcome.

Pat Isaac
10-11-2011, 07:57 AM
I do like the trees better in this one, Hal and the sky looks fine to me except for the large area of purple. I'd make it less prominent.

Pat

halthepainter
10-11-2011, 08:54 AM
Pat, thank you for the suggestion.

Pat, I'm tempted to spray on some fixative before attempting to add any more layers. Yesterday trying to blend subsequent layers was cause paint to clump rather than blend. Any thoughts on the matter?

Pat Isaac
10-11-2011, 05:38 PM
My first reaction would be not to put and spray between the layers, however, I have never sone this and I know it is done with the softies, but these are not softies. What kind of OPs are you using? I have never had them clump on me. Maybe you need to wait a little longer before adding more layers.

Pat

halthepainter
10-11-2011, 08:31 PM
Pat, I'm using Gray Pas expressionists. I'll wait a little longer and see if they firm up a bit more.

stee71
10-12-2011, 06:57 AM
Looking good everyone, the portraits are awesome as are the Irises and landscapes, I'm hoping someone tries the Alpacas too :)

Hal the 2nd of your landscape uploads has much more unity from the stronger colouring. As you are using harder student pastels for this one and don't want to use solvent have you tried warming the pastel with a hairdryer.... when i first started with oil pastel i started (like many) with the harder ones, i had some small success using a hairdryer to soften the applied pastel, just be careful not to over blend or a muddy soft focus effect can result, it works ok if used carefully though, if the heat is applied until the wax almost liquifies you can even use a small brush and manipulate it like wet paint. Try a practice piece before experimenting on a valuable pic though. I must admit i've never needed to use this since i started using the soft artist brands.
Alas , Time is still in short supply for me at the moment so I don't think i will be able to join in for yet another month :(, i have a commission piece of a dog that i need to start on, it's the usual out of focus photo that i have to work with >>sigh<< but at least dog portraits are within my comfort zone so i should be able to fill in the blanks (i hope)... Anyway although not participating I am Skulking in the shadows and still enjoying looking in at everyone's work :)

halthepainter
10-12-2011, 11:19 AM
Stee, thank you for the hairdryer suggestion. That sounds as if it might work.

dorobooo
10-12-2011, 08:46 PM
hi everyone, i like to join the challege, will post first

dorobooo
10-12-2011, 08:55 PM
my attempt on the sun setting on island, newbie here

dorobooo
10-12-2011, 09:01 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2011/978026-IMG_0399.JPG

heres my attempt on sun setting (still wip and will always will be)
Golden Oil Pastel 36 colors on 9"x12" sketch pad

halthepainter
10-12-2011, 09:31 PM
Very good Dorobooo. Great to have you join in.

dorobooo
10-12-2011, 10:10 PM
thanks Hal

DLT
10-13-2011, 12:18 AM
Hal and Robert great job on the iris. Hal I especially like what you did with the background on that one.

ai2ai,and E=j Beautiful job on the young girl.

artgirl, I love the surreal feeling of your sunset.

hal, I like the overall sense of light in your sunset. I am unsure about triangular shape of the sunlight on the grass. I was however glad to see that you got rid of the bowl shape that had been in that area.

doroboo, glad to see you join in.

I am sorry if I missed anyone.

Here is my attempt at the sunset. As usual a mix of Sens and Expressionists roughly 5 x 6 on Mi-teintes. I also elected to leave out the buildings. I changed the slope for what I felt was a more melodic line. About an hour and a half. I am not sure if I am done or not.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Oct-2011/291871-Oct_Sunset.JPG

bchlvr
10-13-2011, 08:15 AM
Nice landscapes...all who did them they have good colors.

ai2ai
10-13-2011, 08:27 AM
Donna, that is simply gorgeous.

E-J
10-13-2011, 08:57 AM
Donna and dorobooo, both your interpretations of the Greek 'scape are beautiful! Donna's is like a nostalgic dream, a memory of the place ... and dorobooo's sky packs a real punch. Nice work everyone!

halthepainter
10-13-2011, 09:53 AM
Donna it's a lovely ethereal work of art. Well done.

DLT
10-13-2011, 11:49 AM
Thank you,ai2ai E-J, and Hal
I felt there were too many straight lines in the sky so I softened the orange a bit. Oh, and I had to play with a digital mat and frame.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Oct-2011/291871-Oct_Sunset.JPG

E-J
10-15-2011, 11:12 AM
Hi Donna. Good call on softening that yellow and making the top of the tree in the middle a touch more prominent. This is a lovely atmospheric piece.

Pat Isaac
10-15-2011, 11:22 AM
Great to have you joining in doroboo, nice interpretation.
I do like the atmosphere of the second one Donna.

Pat

halthepainter
10-16-2011, 04:32 PM
Donna, glad to see you extended the cloud through the top of your dominant tree. it looks better that way.

E-J
10-22-2011, 09:26 AM
I've got a lovely new set of Holbeins and need to put them through their paces ... I think I'm going to attempt the Ely river scene this weekend! Anyone else out there still planning to rise to this month's O.P. Challenge? :)

E-J
10-23-2011, 05:25 AM
So this is my first playtime with the Holbeins - a 9x6" sketch on Pastelmat (something else I hadn't tried before!)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Oct-2011/13865-op231011sml.jpg

I'll probably be walking along this path later today. :)

Pat Isaac
10-23-2011, 07:17 AM
Nice playtime E-J and it is a beautiful path to walk along.

Pat

halthepainter
10-23-2011, 08:58 AM
Lovely piece of art EJ. It looks to be a delightful walk... enjoy.

E-J
10-23-2011, 09:59 AM
Is anyone else using Pastelmat for OP work? Used with a light touch, they really feel and look a lot like soft pastels on this surface.

oldrockchick
10-28-2011, 05:52 PM
Well I know it's almost the end of the month but I still got this month's done a LOT faster than last month's which still isn't finsihed!! :rolleyes:

I did this with Neocolour II waterbased Oil Pastels....

'Namibian Smile'
A4 W & N Heavy Weight Med Grain Cartridge Paper
Underpainting map with FC Polychromos
Background underwash with Derwent Aquatint
All worked over with Caran D'Arche Neoclour II Oil Pastels
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Oct-2011/179312-OP_Oct_2011_-_Neocolour_II_-_Namibian_Girl.jpg
Thanks for hosting.

Hopefully :crossfingers: I'll get last month's done before the next one starts.

Pat Isaac
10-29-2011, 07:51 AM
That is beautiful, Lin and you have captured her spirit.

Pat

halthepainter
10-29-2011, 09:23 AM
Well done Lin. You captured her quite well.

E-J
10-30-2011, 04:15 AM
Nice one, Lin. I like the purples in her flesh tones.

Thanks to everyone who's participated in the Challenge this month! :clap:

moscatel
10-30-2011, 05:48 AM
E-J, thanks for great refs! Still have time to post Sunset in Greece:
changed the house to a tree, size: 28x14cm (11x5.5"), Arches Dessin pastel&fusain paper 130g/m2 (60 lbs)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2011/50779-89_oilpastelchallenge2011Oct.jpg

pagnes
10-30-2011, 03:41 PM
hello, just in time....I have very little experience with oil pastels, but I couldn't resist when seeing these ref. pictures. Tomorrow I'll do the girl's portrait

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Oct-2011/17616-iris_oil_pastels400.jpg

halthepainter
10-30-2011, 04:17 PM
Pagnes, wonderful work. I'm glad to have you join us in our forum. I hope you will participate again next month. You show considerable skill with your oil pastels.

Moscatel, lovely colorful work. Well done and glad to have you joining in too.

Pat Isaac
10-30-2011, 04:28 PM
Lovely landscape moscatel and so great you joined us pagnes. You created a very delicate flower.

Pat

pagnes
10-30-2011, 05:50 PM
Thanks for the comments. I practically have no experience, have done maybe 5 oil pastel paintings since I paint, while I do a lot of soft pastels and especially oil paintings (my works here (http://realpainter.blogspot.com)). I have some problems with blending, anyway I'll go on and try to participate in the challenges.

E-J
10-30-2011, 06:09 PM
Oh my word! And there I was, thinking we might be finished for the month - when along come two more wonderful pictures.

moscatel, I love the "widescreen" format of your landscape. Great tree you added, too. The balance of the composition feels just right. I also like the bold contrast between the fiery orange and the blue.

pagnes, I wouldn't have guessed you lacked experience in oil pastels. Your iris is quite delicately rendered. I would love to see you do the portrait!

moscatel
10-30-2011, 06:50 PM
E-J, there's always the last minute rush! :) Thanks everyone for commenting!
pagnes, very well painted flower! :thumbsup:

oldrockchick
10-30-2011, 08:42 PM
hello pagness and moscatel - lovely to have 2 new members of our little OP family. Why not come and join us in the Oil Gusher where we chat about just about everything.

pagnes
10-31-2011, 10:20 AM
It has been much suffered, but I've done it.
I find it very difficult to do good oil pastel portraits, as I have no good control of the stick and adherence is not always simple. I have a 48 set of Louvre, but very few colors for portraits.
It's surely overdone as I had to correct a lot, scrape off, redone ecc.

Comments and suggestions are appreciated

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/17616-beach_breeze_oil_pastels500.jpg

BTW I have done recently a similar portrait in oil (http://realpainter.blogspot.com/2011/10/step-by-step-breeze-on-beach.html), check it out if you like

moscatel
10-31-2011, 10:41 AM
Why not come and join us in the Oil Gusher where we chat about just about everything. Thanks for the invite! I saw Oil Gusher once before here, but can't find it any more :o I keep on searchin' :wave:

pagnes, very good portrait, this one and the recent one too! :wave:

oldrockchick
10-31-2011, 11:25 AM
pagnes you sell yourself short it's lovely and so soft. If you check in our forum you will find many threads on the subject of good oil pastel supports. Something gritty with plenty of tooth is best for Oil Pastel.

Here is a linkg to the Oil Gusher for chat... come along and introduce yoruself

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=950454&page=11

although there will be a new one start tomorrow (Nov 1st)

E-J
10-31-2011, 12:38 PM
moscatel - you've done a beautiful job. The blending on the forehead is lovely and smooth and none of this looks overworked to me!

Mmadsen
10-31-2011, 01:24 PM
Hi All,
Here's mine.

I'm blown away at how good everything is in this thread. Definitely talented efforts everyone. The portraits especially.

7" x 5" on grey mi tientes smooth side with Senns and Neo's.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/131193-111031_english_boat_comp.jpg

Thanks,

Mark

E-J
10-31-2011, 03:33 PM
Lovely, Mark! You really captured that mist!

halthepainter
10-31-2011, 03:45 PM
Lovely Mark. Nice background regression.

Pat Isaac
10-31-2011, 04:12 PM
Great portrait, pagnes. I agree that you sell yourself short, not overworked at all.
Very nice moody landscape Mark.

Pat

aless
10-31-2011, 06:18 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/29508-Octobergirl.jpg I used Daler Rowney pastel paper, pastels Faber Castell Goldfaber,Pentel and Sennelier.I enjoyed the challenge.

Sandra,

E-J
10-31-2011, 07:59 PM
You've caught a real sense of innocence, Sandra. Thanks for sharing this!

halthepainter
10-31-2011, 08:05 PM
Fantastic job Sandra.

aless
11-02-2011, 06:19 AM
Thanks E-J and halthepainter.
I was going to try the Alpacas as well but took longer on the portrait trying to get skin tone right.I need more practice.

Sandra.

aless
11-02-2011, 09:41 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Oct-2011/29508-Octobergirl.jpg I used Daler Rowney pastel paper, pastels Faber Castell Goldfaber,Pentel and Sennelier.I enjoyed the challenge.

Sandra,
C & C Welcome

halthepainter
11-02-2011, 10:56 AM
It is a fantastic job Sandra.

aless
11-02-2011, 11:22 AM
Oops!, I went to edit my reply to October 2011 Oil Pastel Monthly Challenge thread as I forgot to but C&C welcome.But could not see how to edit I saw I could but it as a quote didn't know the picture would show up twice. Thought it would just add on to original post.
Thank you for taking the time to comment again.
Sandra,

halthepainter
11-02-2011, 01:20 PM
Oops!, I went to edit my reply to October 2011 Oil Pastel Monthly Challenge thread as I forgot to but C&C welcome.But could not see how to edit I saw I could but it as a quote didn't know the picture would show up twice. Thought it would just add on to original post.
Thank you for taking the time to comment again.
Sandra,

Sandra, you can only edit a posting for about an hour after it is originally posted.