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Beautiful work Christel. Love the color and composition works great.
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12x16 pastelmat. Mostly Mungyos with a few senns. Moved some people around and added a little bit more to the foreground. I'm pretending the couple on the right are posing for a photo.
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Ha! Monet still walks amongst us. Your sky is so beautifully done, my mind goes immediately to Monet. Did you blend with your fingers or a tool? (The few times I've used Pastelmat, I quickly gave up on much finger-blending to save my skin!)

I like your decision to move the people and your placement in the right lower corner. The eye moves very easily across the frame and rests there.

Terrific work, Rich!
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Thanks Christel!

Terri - Thank you!. So I used a stump to do most of the blending. But I first covered it with colorless oil blender stick by Sennelier. I scrub that on there, then go in with color, then use a stump to blend, and spread the color out. That OP blender by sennelier is the key. Without it I would either change my technique or use solvents.
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Re: January oil pastel challenge and chat

Interesting technique! I remember us chatting about that Senn blender awhile back, and neither one of us had used it much. But now it seems you've figured out a really neat way to incorporate it into your paintings. I wouldn't have thought about spreading it out first, and then applying color. Your sky here looks so absolutely lovely and delicate!

I do use solvents a lot, but they definitely dry down flat and rough. I've come to appreciate that they can save time only if I want to let a lot of that undercoat show through. The texture just isn't there without lots of layers on top. The Senn stick would definitely help with soft texture.

Just thinking aloud. Thanks for sharing the technique!
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Re: January oil pastel challenge and chat

Wonderful, Rich! You got the atmosphere just right - it was a frosty (-20 C!) Tallinn morning and I can feel it in the painting! The people you incorporated look were natural and lively, great improvising!
You need to upload the 2nd one too, it got some marvellous colors
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Terri- I'm using that op blender stick on pretty much every painting. I'll go over it a lot more in detail on youtube. It's easier to show that way.

Mira - Thank you! A year ago, I wouldn't have attempted a scene like that. Lots of details to look at. 100+ paintings later, I'm seeing things different and gained more confidence.
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Re: January oil pastel challenge and chat

Here is another one from Tallinn Estonia. My focus was to bring in the warmth and light to that main tower. 12x16 mungyos/senns/neopastel on pastelmat.

first layer - nupastel to sketch, figure out composition and cover the paper
second layer - workable fixative over the entire surface
Third layer and subsequent layers - Mungyo/neopastel and then Senns for top layers and highlights.

I also used that op blender stick quite a bit.
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Good Stuff, Christel and Rich!
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Lovely, Rich! I like the combination of greys with warmer colors.
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Beautiful! I love your sky color here - it goes so perfectly against that orange-y sunlight. Those stark trees look awesome in front of the sky. Terrific job on this pretty scene.
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Interesting technique! I remember us chatting about that Senn blender awhile back, and neither one of us had used it much. But now it seems you've figured out a really neat way to incorporate it into your paintings.

Terri, Rich, maybe you could share some of your ideas about this Senn blender in this thread: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1459879
It must be a great thing, I'd love to hear more about ways to use it
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