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Old 04-30-2013, 04:30 PM
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Oil Pastel Challenge for May 2013

My name is Donna and I'll be the host of the May oil pastel challenge.

The challenge is for all skill levels and you can experiment with new techniques, just sketch or leap out of your comfort zone and try an unfamiliar subject. It's entirely up to you.

You're free to post as you go as a WIP, either if you'd like to show us your process (which we love to see) or if you get stuck and need help and advice. We are all friendly and happy to help. We don't bite!

When you post your finished piece it's really useful if you state the type of support you used including any surface prep, the finished size of your painting or sketch, the brand of Oil Pastels used, any tips or special techniques used. This may include whether you used anything under the OP as an under painting or wash or other mediums used to compliment.

All photos were taken by me so there are no copyright issues.

I will be posting 8 photos in batches of 2, please wait to comment until all are posted.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:32 PM
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Re: May 2013 Monthly Challenge

1. Sunset at the beach



2. Walking partner?


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3. A horse from my favorite section of the Institute of the Arts



4. A great view of downtown Minneapolis
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5. A tiny set of falls at the bass ponds




6. A tiny olive tree at the Como Conservatory

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7. I could not believe my luck at finding these old camping pots at a garage sale!





8. And last but not least. Margarita fixings

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Re: Oil Pastel Challenge for May 2013

Here is #5 again. The link broke

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Re: Oil Pastel Challenge for May 2013

Here is my take on the olive tree. I decided to step out of my box and try to paint the oil pastels with solvent on canvas. It is a 9x12 canvas pad using pentel oil pastels. Open to feedback.
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Re: Oil Pastel Challenge for May 2013

Nice work lostjedi. What solvent did you use?
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Thanks DLT,

I used Turpinoid because it is odorless. I used a fan brush with paper towel blotting on the background and a no. 1 rigger brush on the tree.
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Re: Oil Pastel Challenge for May 2013

Donna, thanks for hosting! Thank you for the photos! I remember once a long ago I participated a challenge you hosted, back then I painted roses.

5x4 inches, Van Gogh oil pastels (student grade), "Still Life with a Strawberry and Lemon"



I was working on a strawberry still life with oils today and in the end of the day saw this challenge and the strawberry caught my eye.
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Nice strawberry and lemon! I like the texture you created with shading.

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Re: Oil Pastel Challenge for May 2013

Thanks, Donna for these great photos. I see some great subjects to paint. Wow you are fast lostjedi and moscatel.....nice work.

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Re: Oil Pastel Challenge for May 2013

you';re aall so quick of the mark with cool works already. well done and thanks Donna for hosting
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Moscatel, lovely illustration style of the lemon and strawberry

Pat and oldrockchick you are welcome. I hope there is something for everyone, even though I didn't get a decent photo of the cat.
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Re: Oil Pastel Challenge for May 2013

Thanks everyone! lostjedi, your olive tree is gorgeous! Lot of light.

Donna, I like a lot your reference of the copper and vegetable still life. By posting the following, I don't do justice for your reference but I post it anyway:



8x6 inches, Van Gogh oil pastels (student grade)

By the way, have any of you ever tried painting copper color? I've been trying before with oils and oil pastels and never really could get the color right. Ok, you can do a lot with values too, but is there any particular color for copper?
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