View Full Version : November 2011 Oil Pastel Monthly Challenge

11-01-2011, 07:28 AM
Hi everyone! My name is Mo and I'll be your host for the November challenge 2011.

This challenge is open to any artist working with oil pastels, you may also use mixed media as long as oil pastel is one of the mediums used in your painting.

I have selected six images which are all my own so there are no copyright issues, feel free to use them in any way you wish, be creative and apply your own interpretation of the images you see. You can work on just one image, combine images, or just do several paintings of different images, it is entirely up to you the artist.

Once you have finished your painting, post it here in this thread and let us know your methods, materials used and the size of the painting. If you would like to post as a WIP, that's fine too, and if you need any help be sure to ask, we all like to help each other.

I hope there will be something you would like to paint.

So here you go then, get cracking enjoy and have fun!!

This beautiful swan was in the harbour at Mevagissey Cornwall, I just love the reflected colours in her feathers and the interesting shapes of the cast shadows.


Another Cornish view of boats in the harbour at Mevagissey.


For those who love the challenge of flowers, a beautiful peony.


A nice little rustic scene, I pass this farmhouse every morning when walking my dog along the coastal path.


My daughter took this photo of a mask maker in Venice, lots of faces there to
interest you.


Lastly a still life, some old milk churns at Bodmin Station Cornwall, this station has been preserved as it was years ago, now running steam engine trips.


I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's little masterpieces and if you need larger images let me know and I'll send them to you.

Pat Isaac
11-01-2011, 09:41 AM
Great pictures, Mo and thanks for hosting this month....


11-01-2011, 12:08 PM
Hi Mo. I see a couple there I would like to try. thanks for the great photos.

11-01-2011, 12:23 PM
Great Pics Mo. Thanks for the push!


11-01-2011, 02:54 PM
Ah another Victorian Railway - got to love them - our nearest is Shackerstone. I've also been to Teifi (Nr Cardigan) and Gwili (Nr Camarthan) in South Wales - not far from you Mo,

So many nice ones to choose. btw are you and your daughter on Facebook>?

it looks like that swan has lost one of its feet?

11-01-2011, 06:13 PM
Thanks Pat, Hal, Mark and Lin, glad you like the pics, it's not easy just to choose a few from so many. Glad you'll be joining in, I hope this month to take part too.

Lin, the swan has both feet, :) look again, he has one foot raised and curled up.
I used to be on Facebook Lin, but just don't have the time to spend there so disabled my account, same with Helen. You have to love those Victorian Stations, don't forget I do have these pics in larger format if you want them, just let me know, happy paintiing everyone.:)

11-04-2011, 04:21 PM
wow, beautiful images, I'll do some later as now I am working hard on commissions and unfinished works.

11-09-2011, 02:11 AM
Ok, I begin posting painting results.

It surprised me how tough whites are to paint. Oil pastels on 130g/m2 (60Lbs) Arches Dessin (Ingres MBM), 21x29cm (about 8x11"), just a student grade oil pastels


11-09-2011, 02:52 AM
The pictures are artwork going on so far are nice! And these pictures look too challenging for me lol

11-09-2011, 08:59 AM
Hi Moscatel, you have a very nice little vignette going there. Perhaps you could work a little more shadowing into your figure. That would make your whites seem even whiter.

It also looks as if you laid down your oil pastels very heavily right from the start and may have filled the tooth of the paper too quickly and made it difficult to add more color to the image.

11-09-2011, 05:27 PM
This was a quick work this afternoon. We are having some wonderful Indian Summer weather going on today and I worked on my back deck. This is an 8 by 10 inch on canvas panel. I haven't unpacked my equipment from last weekend's outing and didn't any tortillions or clay shapers handy for blending so an awful lot of canvas texture is overwhelming the piece. I'll probably do more later but this is an such a busy month and I just grabbed a couple of hours to crank up something for this challenge.

So few are participating this month, I felt I should get something in to support Mo's effort.


I will do some blending when I get a chance but otherwise, suggestions for improvement are welcome.

11-10-2011, 12:06 AM
:thumbsup:Thanks Hal.

.. and I just grabbed a couple of hours to crank up something for this challenge.I'm glad you did take a couple of hours because your painting is gorgeous. :clap: There is some kind of nice softness to it. The texture is very special. Sorry, but I don't have any improvements to suggest.

So few are participating this month, I felt I should get something in to support Mo's effort.Yes, I'm wondering the same thing because the ref.photos are the best ever! Mo, they are calling to paint!
I still want to do the milk containers (at least around here those are for milk, in another country they can be for something else:rolleyes:). Boats could be nice to do to. Later...

edited - I'm blind sometimes, it was written there :o : "..some old milk churns at Bodmin Station Cornwall..".

11-10-2011, 11:08 AM
I think your doing great with those student OP's. It looks like you're getting them to cover, which is hard on the WC paper.

You've done a great job, in testament by the three dimesional feel of the wall to the boats. I also like your green and I'm (broken record here) amazed at anyone who can handle greens well.


Pat Isaac
11-10-2011, 11:17 AM
That is a great job with the student grades, moscatel....nice strong color.
Great start Hal....the boats intrigue me also, but not sure if I will get to any of these great photos. I'm saving them for reference though.


11-10-2011, 07:20 PM
Firstly, my apologies to all for not being a good host, this past week I've been in an utter turmoil, my DH was rushed into hospital last Friday, as some of you may recall he had a bad infection and it became worse, he was very poorly, he is now receiving IVF anti-biotics, has had xrays scans etc, as they are worried the infection may have gone into his bones, his sats were very low and had a roaring temperature, at last they have him stable, but still have to get this infection under control before he can come home.

So I do apologise for my absence to everyone. I've had a quick peep at the work here, and have to say I'm very impressed, I will pop back tomorrow to make some comments when I will have more time.

11-10-2011, 08:04 PM
Mo, so sorry about your DH.

There is nothingto apologize for. The activity here has been very light so far. I hope it will pick up and we can get some more action going here.

Pat Isaac
11-11-2011, 07:23 AM
Mo, so sorry to hear about your DH and do hope they can get the infection under control.
Not to worry, all is well.
Take care.

11-11-2011, 07:24 PM
Moscatel, I really like the swan you've captured the lovely brightness of light on his body and his pose well.
Hal that's a lovely painting of the boats, brings back happier times for me. I was hoping someone would do that one, so glad you did. :).

Thank you Pat and Hal, Hubby is doing slightly better, but still waiting on scan results etc., the infection is still pretty bad, though. but at least now they have sorted out the right kind of anti-biotics to treat it, so things hopefully will now improve more quickly.

11-12-2011, 07:46 AM
I'm taking part in this months challenge but it will be a while before uploading. I like what been done so far.
moscatel I like the bright colours you achieved in your swan.
Hal I like your rendering of the boats and the way you have depict the chains.

11-12-2011, 08:26 AM
Thank you Sandra, I look forward to seeing your work.

11-14-2011, 09:38 AM
Hi all,
To keep it simple and avoid losing stuff I'll post my entry for this month's challenge then come back and comment in a second post as I need another window open to go through.

So here is my masked man........

'Man & the Mask'
Winsor & Newton Med grain Heavy weight Cartridge paper, 220gsm, A4
Caran D'Arche NeocolourII oil pastels
Wetted undercoat and Dry blended top
(It has been scanned so some of the gentle light values are too sharp than in reality.)


I applied the base undercoat then used a small firm round brush with only a little water to blend.
Here is the underpainted stage, which I think looks quite good, almost a watercolour, was almost tempted to leave it like this but then it wouldn't really be like a real Oil Pastel painting.


I worked the top coats with a double ended clay shaper tool.

I didn't like these at first as I found them a little too muddy wet and on high toothed or textured surfaces were hard to work. Oddly enough i find them easier to work on less toothy surfaces. So now I have discovered that I like them.

I had issues with the flesh as I only had bright oranges and dark pinks so had to improvise.

11-14-2011, 10:20 AM
Mo - thanks for hosting. Great challenges, I hope to do another - hope your DH feels better soon. I see the swan's foot now - he's holding it at an odd angle.

Moscatel - You are where I was at when I joined this forum - almost 3 years ago now.:eek: I was using crumbly hard student grade on unsuitable surfaces and fighting all the way. I learned so much since I've been here, especially about the surfaces and different grades and hardnesses of pastels. You too will learn much.
I agree with Hal's advice.
Yes whites are tough and in all mediums. Over on CP forum we have had many challenges with whites. Look into the white and you will see however, that very little is really 'white' but just really pale tones of other colours or white reflecting other colours. The limiting factor is usually the availability of the right pastel as there sre so few good suitable pale shades available to even buy and unless you have full range sets are rarely included.
So nice work - you have done so well on this. I actually found it easier when i changed pastels - I'm sure you will too. Think - if you can do this with what you have what you can achieve with the right stuff... Well done.:clap: :clap:

pagnes - dive in when you are ready - can't wait to see what you do.

Crystal - of course they aren't too challenging for you - life is a challenge. If we dont' do things that challenge us how are we to grow. At first they may seem daunting - but remember, you can modify!

Hal - not too shabby for a quicky :wink2: :D
Great and brave doing all that detail on such a small work :eek: . You can get away wit the white dots in this as in a harbour after the tide has gone out there is always the sparkle of left over patches of salty wetness.

When I first started to do these challenges there were always LOADS of people participating. WE seem to have lost a few of our regulars... GOSH and RG and Lyta haven't been seen for a while. Greta we have new people joining our throng. We are all busy with things. I was even late doing my own because of my first ever commission amongst other things. I think we all need to make an effort after all when someone takes the trouble to host it's only fair. I always get so excited about hosting and seeing what people will do with my phtotographs. Maybe what I see as a good potential painting others don't 'get'.

We can at least treat the challenges as a way of 'loosening up' for all our busy commissions and exhibitions :rolleyes: :lol: (well maybe not in my case) I see them as what they are - challenges. We should at least give them a try. We all have a LOT to learn by doing something we may not think of doing otherwise.

I hope to see a better response soon :)

...and NEVER be afraid to participate because of lack of confidence. We are here to help not condemn. We are all friends together on this forum :grouphug:

11-14-2011, 04:51 PM
Lin, you jump in where I fear to tread. I like the background you created for your man and mask.

The gentleman's right eye seems to be a bit off, but in checking the reference photo, his right eye seems to be a bit different also. Fantastic job on the mask.

11-15-2011, 05:09 AM
Lin, wow. Your man and mask is incredible. It's so lively, accurate and colorful, it looks better than the photo!

11-15-2011, 08:45 AM
Lin, I love, love, love, what you have done with the mask maker, you have a wonderful imagination too and I agree with Robert it does look better than the photo, you have made it come alive with those wonderful colours and the skin tones are super. Well done you!! :clap:
I also agree with what you said about the challenges, they are there for people just to "have a go" so to speak, and remember folks if you think the pics are maybe a bit complicated or challenging for you then just simplify things and do it your way, you don't have to stick rigidly to the photo, it's just for reference and to stir up ideas, so hope to see some more paintings soon.

Hubby's doing much better now, hopefully be home soon.:)

11-16-2011, 12:10 PM
Lin,I like what you have achieved with the Man & the Mask the vibrant colours work really well.
I was undecided which to tackle the Man & the Mask or the Swan decided to do the Swan first not sure if I'll have time to do the other.May be a very small part of it.

11-16-2011, 08:02 PM
Hal you do well with the canvas texture, I get all OCD trying to fill in every hole, Moscatel nice work on the Swan, and Lin that is a great result with the neo II's, I have the 84 set plus loads of open stock but must admit since I got hooked on the neopastels I have hardly used the Neocolour IIs, I used to like sketching with them.
Ok I bowed to peer pressure as I haven't done a challenge for a few months, I brought my neopastels with me to Spain, and as I couldn't bring my doggy commission because it was too big, I had a go at the Swan , it's only a small painting which made it hard work, I definitely think OP's are easier to control on larger works. I also had to draw it freehand from my phone screen :eek:.... my drawing skills are awful if i can't grid up so i think the body may be a bit too big for the head and neck but it's better than my usual freehand attempts.
Neopastels on 90lb watercolour pad 7" x 5" - the paper was first painted dark green then clear gessoed.

11-16-2011, 10:48 PM
Stee great job. Love your water and great color and texture on your goose.

11-17-2011, 12:19 PM
Stee I like your version of the Swan

My attempt at this months challege it seems to look better from a distance than close up and the swan is more brighter.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2011/29508-swan_painting.jpg Sennelier and Pentel oil pastels on 11"by 8" grey card rough side.It seems to look better from a distance than close up and the swan is more brighter.

C&C welcome.

11-18-2011, 12:30 PM
Steve, love your swan, nothing wrong with your freehand drawing either, I think the proportions are good as they do have rather big bodies, I particular like the textures on the stone harbour wall and you have caught the sunlight on her feathers really well, very nice work Steve, thanks for taking part.

Aless you've done a lovely job on the swan, you've captured the pose really well and I see you even have the little ring on her leg, some good textures there too on the stone and water, well done and thanks for joining in. :)

11-19-2011, 04:22 PM
Huh. I was expecting to see the pic. Maybe it's too large. I did Facebook size. Huh. Well, anyways, it is my OP set up [at this time] with my complete set of Holbeins and my trays of other brands. Lying beside my version of one of the Challenge pics are two of those Crayon Erasers that I talk so much about. They are the absolute BEST for blending op...
Here's the close-up of my in-progress version of the Challenge. My husband loves it so far, so it may be one of his Christmas presents...well, back to work...eileen

11-19-2011, 04:36 PM
Sandra, great job.

Eileen that is the most fantastic array of oil pastels I've seen so far. Your painting is looking great. I'm not familiar with the crayola erasers.

If they're great for blending, I'm interested. Where does one find them?

11-19-2011, 06:10 PM
Party City. They cost less than 50 each and can have their tips cut to any shape you want. I have chisel ones, and pointy ones, and my favorite on the right there, one that has worn itself to an optimum.
And they work for everything. Try smearing colored pencils with them!

11-19-2011, 06:11 PM
Oh. but keep them separate....I have ones for wc crayons, oil pastels and colored pencil, but once you use them for op, they are ruint for anything else!

11-19-2011, 08:49 PM
Hal, the debris really came out well on your piece.

Lin, the colors are so vibrant. Love your background too. It's amazing that the piece is all by Neocolor II. The gradual blending is very effective on the background. And I actually like this skin tone.

Moscatel, your swan looks very happy waddling along!

Stee, your swan is very graceful. What subtle colors!!

Sandra/aless, your swan has superb webbed feet and the ground is wonderfully done! Water too. There's an embroidery look to the swan.

Eileen, beautiful beautiful piece. Definitely a great Xmas present. Now I have to hunt down these crayon erasers too. Thanks for the tip. What kind of paper did you use? And is this like 11x14 inch.

I'm really trying my best but it's not really working well for me today.:lol:

These are mostly Sennelier oil pastels and Cray Pas Specialist oil pastels in these on Fabriano Artist Sketchbook 7x9 inch.


This one added Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 watersoluble crayon for details.


Used Prismacolor pencil for details.


11-19-2011, 10:30 PM
I don't usually use paper, especially alone. Ampersand Pastelbord, Colourfix, and this piece is on a matboard that I coated with Pebeo Black Mica Mortar. This piece is about 15x11. The cat one in the background IS on handmade wc paper, but it is coated with gesso. The oil can cause the paper to break down and yellow over time.....eileen

11-19-2011, 11:15 PM
Sandra, love your red head.

Arrtgrrl, based on your recommendation I just ordered crayon erasers from your Party City. However, I had to get their whole box of 48, wow that's going to be a whole lot of blending. :rolleyes:

11-20-2011, 06:01 PM
Thank you MO for the wonderful choices. I didn't think I was going to get to be involved this month. I wanted to try the swan so here it is. I cant say I'm thrilled with it.


11-20-2011, 06:17 PM
Well done Donna, your swan absolutely glows.

11-20-2011, 10:17 PM
Donna, exactly what I was thinking too. The swan glows so wonderfully. And the fact that it has a very dark background, it could easily be one of those singled out swan that didn't realize it has turned beautiful, like the Ugly Duckling.

Thanks for comment, Hal.

11-20-2011, 11:46 PM
Well, Hal, share them with your friends. And if you teach, they make a great. like favor, to give at the beginning of class....And they are many colors so you can use one color per media, if you want. They will smear graphite and charcoal as well as op. Just don't mix. Oh, and colored pencil. They are an essential part of my cp set up!

11-20-2011, 11:55 PM
Aw, heck! UPDATE PHOTO! I've been having a good time with this one!


Don't know if y'all can tell, but I am using Sennelier metallic oil pastels on the golden parts. Different golds on different parts...

11-21-2011, 09:01 AM
Arrtgrrl, Love your take on the mask maker, I must admit I had a similar idea for this one too with all those cheeky elfin faces, but haven't had a chance to even get a sketch done so far, what size is it? As for those sumptious Holbeins, I envy you, are those crayon erasers available in the UK I wonder? Not heard of them before, hope you post the finished work, it's great!!

Sandra, Wow!! you've been really busy, love them all, the cheeky impish face has turned out well, love that hat. :), lovely little harbour scene, but my favourite is the milk churns, great job there.

Donna, What's not to like about this? Love the feathery texture of the bird and the sunlight colours reflected there, it's really lovely.

Oops, just noticed you have posted an update Arrtgirrl, it's fantastic, :clap:

11-21-2011, 09:17 AM
Arrtgrrl, your mask composition looks like so much fun. You did a great job.

Pat Isaac
11-21-2011, 09:24 AM
Finally had a chance to drop in.....A lot of nice work has been done and Eileen, those masks look like fun. I'll be interested in seeing if I can find those crayon erasers.


11-21-2011, 12:02 PM
Party City, guys...in the favor bins, usually. And they come in 4 or 5 colors, so you can have color-coded sets if you want...
Shoot, man, what is this: first on the last two pages of the thread?
Oh, and as for the Holbeins, try Jerry's Artarama, or even DickBlick and have them ship 'em to you! In this economy, if you want to pay for shipping, I'm sure you can get ANYTHING you want shipped!:heart:

11-21-2011, 12:07 PM
For those in the UK you can find them here:- https://www.partydelights.co.uk/ 49P for a pack of 3.

11-21-2011, 01:26 PM
Pat, I could only find crayon erasers online at Party City. Since I had to by a box of 48 perhaps I could spare a half dozen for you.

I'll let you know when they come in.

11-21-2011, 03:59 PM
I'd be interested in everyone's experiences with the crayon shaped erasers, so far the only blending tools i can get on with are the small paper tortillions, They wear down fast but are uber cheap, I have some clay shapers but they seem to push the OP around differently than the tortillions and are ok but just don't do it for me. I am wondering how the erasers will work on sanded surfaces?? if they are softer than the clay shaper's I would imagine they would wear down much faster, which is ok so long as they don't leave eraser crumbs in the oil pastel. Has anyone ever tried blending with a putty eraser? I might give it a try later.

Anyhow , Sandra (aless) and Donna nice swans I salute you for tackling the whole body, I bottled out with a crop :lol:
Sandra (Gakinme) I love the way you have made a real creature/elf from one of the masks, it reminds me of the more humanlike characters from the moomintroll books that i read as a kid, anyone remember them? they were Scandinavian in origin i think.
Eileen, great masks, I think some of those mask faces are quite scary....is it just me that thinks that? I generally find the whole venetian carnevale masquerade thing quite freaky, kinda like in the film eyes wide shut... shiver.... :eek:

Pat Isaac
11-21-2011, 04:01 PM
I found them at lots of places and one place had them 12 to a pkg for $1.89. Probably pay more in shipping than it was worth. :rolleyes: I'm going to look in some of the party stores around here. Let you know what I find.


11-21-2011, 05:19 PM
Hi all,
Here's mine:
I thought the cottage and a couple of cows would do. 8 x 10 on clear colorfxed charcoal colored mat board with a quick complimentary acrylic underpainting. With Senns and Neo's.


Here's the quick acrylic yuck to start: by the way, yuck is pretty fun cause ain't nothing pretty about it!


Thanks for looking.


11-21-2011, 05:29 PM
Mark, delighted to have you look in and contribute. A slopped in underpainting often does the job, even if it's just to get rid of the white. A dark underpainting also makes it easier to establish your darks in a painting.

11-21-2011, 06:31 PM
Hi Mark, love the farm house scene it's great and the cows set the scene off perfectly it has that olde worlde charm to it, like an old Constable painting, looks like you had fun with the acrylic underpainting too, wish you'd posted a larger pic though.

11-21-2011, 07:04 PM
Lovely works from everybody! I wish I can jump in a and paint too, but need to finish few long-term projects first... Otherwise I would go for that swan!

11-21-2011, 09:01 PM
Sorry Mo, I do that just so it's like you're looking at it from 6'. I'll take a picture of it in daylight tomorrow and post the big one.

Thanks for the great pics! It was a joy to do.


11-22-2011, 12:43 AM
Mark, Mo beat me to it, constable came to mind when i saw your piece. Despite your usual dislike of handling greens in OP you have created a variation of very natural greenery here:clap: bravo

11-22-2011, 10:11 AM
Stee, Mo, I think it's obvious, I'm just jealous of the UK cause you actually have green. I just live in brown most of the year. Ha.



11-22-2011, 10:42 AM
yeah but to get all that green we have rain, lots n lots of rain :p

11-22-2011, 06:09 PM
OK here's a big one:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Nov-2011/131193-Cottage_111122.jpg Thanks,


11-22-2011, 06:26 PM
I should add I smudged on (let's admit there's nothing precise about an op stroke) the roof lines and then scraped them off with a knife (a disgusting amount of repetitions) to get the perspective close. Same way with the french panes in the windows.

11-22-2011, 07:09 PM
Hi Mark, glad you posted the large one, can really see your lovely work now, and hey doesn't matter what technique you use, it's the finished painting that counts, and this one is super, just one thing though, I think you sneaked in a horse, not two cows:) but what the heck, it's lovely. deserves a clappy. :clap:

11-22-2011, 11:59 PM
Mark, this is such a nice crop. The roof looks like it's alive and has hair tips touching each other. Very nice spreckle effect everywhere.

Stee, I think I might have come across pictures of these trolls long time ago at the library. They look so cute and cuddly.

11-23-2011, 12:48 AM
I've missed this thread and all of you so much-- wow there is some great work this month, I particularly love Lin's masked man and Stee's goose, but all of them are very good.
I haven't just abandoned you all, I've been dealing with the flood in Thailand and had to evacuate my house for 3 weeks-- thankfully the flood crested within a centimeter or 2 of coming into our house-- but our district was one of only a few districts in our entire province (Pathum Thani) that had only minimal flooding, but still it was about 42 cm deep around our house :( I'm getting settled back in and hope to participate in this month's challenge :)

11-23-2011, 05:12 AM
Welcome back Paul, the floods over there sound really awful, i'm glad your house escaped the worst of it.

11-23-2011, 05:31 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2011/981491-1121212.jpg <p> hi guys........:) my first pastel landscape.......
not tat great though... :D

11-23-2011, 05:46 AM
Hey Allanraj for a first landscape attempt with oil pastel you have managed to include some nice soft blends and achieved some well defined edges and linear marks. The foreground chain is a nice touch and really helps give the illusion of pushing the rest of the image back in space.

Oh and i'll get it in before someone else does, we are a really curious (or maybe plain nosey) bunch so love to hear what size, pastel brands and support people decided to use to produce their work :)

Pat Isaac
11-23-2011, 08:06 AM
Yes, the larger painting does show the nice work, Mark and i like the crop.
I agree, nice first attempt, allanraj and welcome to the forum...


11-23-2011, 09:31 AM
Paul, sounds like you've had a really tough time over there, but good to know you are all safe,good to see you back. :)

allanraj, A warm welcome to you to the forum and the challenge. Like Steve says for a first pastel, this is great, lovely smooth blending and lines, i too like the addition of the chain in the foreground. Well done!

11-23-2011, 10:32 AM
Thank you Steve and Pat and Mo :):)
Its so interesting to paint with pastels than other mediums.
And for the paper, I found some craft papers lying around, felt nice n rough, so using it.....:D A4 size :D so many colours and very cheap... using it up for learning. And using ordinary Camel pastels...

11-25-2011, 09:00 AM
Fantastic work done by everyone this month, well done. :clap: :clap:
I decided to have a go at the boats and crop the photo down a bit.
I used Sennelier pastels on Gesso coated water colour paper.
10 X 7


11-25-2011, 09:12 AM
Beautifully done Paul. Nice crop and fantastic wall texture. :clap: :clap:

Sorry Allan, I missed your rendition of the boats. The foreground chain is a nice touch.

Pat Isaac
11-25-2011, 09:14 AM
Really like the crop and painterly feel to this.


11-25-2011, 09:18 AM
Nice one Paul, You nailed those boat shapes !

11-25-2011, 05:47 PM
I have to echo what the others have said Paul, super crop and great textures on that wall, lovely painting!!

11-25-2011, 05:55 PM
I've finally finished mine, my first painting for some months, feels good to be able to paint once more, the masks were really calling to me, so here it is, it's about 19 x 13 (half a sheet of colorfix) using just Caran D'ache OP's. took about 12 hours total over about 4 days.


May need a butt icon Pat?

11-26-2011, 02:21 PM
Party City for the Crayon Erasers. Jerry's Artarama for Holbein oil pastels and many other brands as well. I'll buy sets from whoever has the lowest price, but Jerry's is a great place for open stock purchasing, as most of what they carry, they carry open stock, so replacing those most-used colors is a snap!
Well, back to the masks...

11-26-2011, 03:43 PM
Hi all,
Just to say I really like everybody's work this month. Great masks, boats, barns and swans... I'm having a bit of a "painter's block" these past few months, but I hope it'll pass..
Good work! :)

11-26-2011, 07:42 PM
Fascinating work Mo. Great job.

11-27-2011, 06:38 PM
Thanks Hal.:) Well not many days left for this challenge, but still time, hope someone out there is not too busy to take part, it would be nice to see some more work.

11-28-2011, 02:04 AM
Beautiful work Mo, an amazing crop. I might look at this on again if I get time.

11-28-2011, 01:17 PM
Great job Allenraj, for a first time it's amazing.
Paul, I really like the wall but even better is the near ground - great job.
Mo, wow, that's a lot of effort (12 hours) but well worth it as the pic seems perfect (it would be weird to need the butt icon for that - wouldn't it?). I spent maybe an hour or hour and a half on mine.


Pat Isaac
11-28-2011, 03:06 PM
Almost missed this, Mo. Excellent piece of work! No butt icon.


11-29-2011, 09:41 AM
Such beautiful work this month. I especially like the masks, and I do mean everyone's!

11-29-2011, 06:30 PM
Thanks Mo,Hal and Sandra for your comments real appreciate each one.
Mo, I like your interpretation of the masks,
also Arrtgrrl mask painting.
I also cropped the masks to do as I thought it would make a interesting painting but have not had time to attempt it.
Sandra nice work on each painting especial like the milk churn.
great works from everybody else as well.

Leya Lakshmanan
11-30-2011, 09:53 AM
I am new to this forum, and this is my first post here. I read about this challenge only yesterday, but couldn't resist doing a painting after seeing all those inspiring reference photos. Hope I am not too late:o
This was completed today afternoon...took me 1.5 hours. I used ordinary student quality oil pastels on A4 size paper.


C&Cs welcome.

Thanks for looking,

11-30-2011, 12:58 PM
Mo another great vision of the masks,
Leya you have handled those student grade pastels really well and have achieved lots of detail. I hope you continue to join in with the challenges, there is a new one tomorrow ....phewww where did November go?

11-30-2011, 03:45 PM
Leya, welcome to the challenge. You did a great job.
I will be adding new references late tonight (probably) to give our European friends a jump on the challenge. I don't want them to miss a half day of painting by waiting for me to get up tomorrow, walk Gus and finally get around to posting the Refs. :D :wink2:

11-30-2011, 06:16 PM
Awesome job, I'm amazed that anyone can get much more than a crumbly blob with the student grade ones. So I'm duly impressed.

So, according to Hal, we're all about intercontinental painting war, I'm sure it's nothing that intense. But I'm looking forward to some new pics to do cause we're supposed to get walloped with snow, so maybe the weekend will be calm watching Mother Nature bury us.



11-30-2011, 07:16 PM
So, according to Hal, we're all about intercontinental painting war, I'm sure it's nothing that intense. But I'm looking forward to some new pics to do cause we're supposed to get walloped with snow, so maybe the weekend will be calm watching Mother Nature bury us.



My goodness Mark, no painting war. I just wanted our European friends not to loose a half day of painting.

Leya Lakshmanan
12-01-2011, 12:29 AM
Thank you for the lovely comments.
Yes, my student grade oil pastels are pretty much like crayons, have never been able to blend the colours, and the range of colours that I have are also very few. But I am attched to them because I used them when I was in school, i.e., about a decade back! :) Actually, I'm surprised that the colours are still bright!

12-01-2011, 06:18 AM
Great painting Leya, so glad you joined in the challenge, you did well with those student grade pastels, I can see you have an eye for detail.

Thanks everyone for taking part this month, I hope you all enjoyed it, as I certainly enjoyed looking at all the lovely art work, it's a new month now so onwards to a new challenge.

12-09-2011, 07:56 AM
Am I too late?
I didn't realize the challenges were now being posted under "Oil Pastel Studio".
Anyway, I saw the challenge in late Nov and started one.
But then I put it away for other projects, picked it back up today to finish.

In all, a couple hours work on this small 7 x 5 attempt.

hmm, not sure if the image uploader is working for me...


Nope, i can only put in a link.
Can't get it to display the image.

12-09-2011, 08:13 AM
Hi Jman. Usually you have to make 5 posts before you can upload your first image to the wet canvas.

Your work is lovely and thank you for participating. Since this challenge is over, not as many people will see your work or comment on it.

Come on over to the December Challenge. We have some neat new references and some great art work being produced. We will be glad to have you participate.

I'm hosting December and would be delighted to see you work on a couple of my references.

Shirl Parker
12-10-2011, 11:16 AM
Here's jmanowar's image


Pat Isaac
12-10-2011, 11:29 AM
Thanks, for doing that, Shirl.
Great farm scene, jman, like your application of the OPS.


12-18-2011, 09:21 AM
well I sketched out the milk churns last month and starting blocking in the colors when my little daughter got a hold of my pastels and decided to add to it.... I tried to wash it out with thinner but it ended up ruining it- I spent so much time on the detail in the sketch I was bummed so I just left it.
sorry ,maybe I'll take a pic of it anyways and post it just for fun.