Marsha, what a great selection of photos, including some that are unusual, like the hands kneading dough and cutting cookies. Lots of good choices here! I like the way that a lot of the photos have a shallow depth of field - reminds us that things that are further away in our drawings shouldn't be so crisp ...
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Hello all. I haven't been feeling real sociable for some reason. Maybe it's the weather or something. Regardless, the December challenge pictures are wonderful and there is so much variety! I'm posting a red bird I did this morning. I just picked up a brush full of red and went wherever my hand went.
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I just did this second cardinal painting. I like the pine branches the best.
Catherine, you're on a roll now. The first cardinal is so spontaneous and free. I love it. The group of cardinals are also spontaneous and loose. I like the quick suggestion of pine branches. Nice.
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Two great paintings catherine ditto to what Sam said you're on a roll James
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Thank you all for the great in put.
Catherine your Cardinals are bright and loose, great job. I have a question. does your paper have a yellow cast to it or do you add a yellow wash over your paintings or is it your camera? I like your pine branches
Pastel Teachers' hands are usually chalk-full. (by Marsha Ross)
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Sandi: boy those miniatures take a long time. I don't think I would have the patience, I would have to have an extra piece going for speedy completions while I worked on the oils.
Thank you Jen, Sam, James and Marsha for the compliments on my red birds. The paper is white and I've some how set my camera for a light option that seems to have an off white tint to it. I need to get the instruction book out and see what setting I need to put it on. I take the pictures inside the house and the lighting is hard to adjust.
The cement bird and box is an ongoing project but I'd like to get it done this week sometime
Sam the leaves will be a orangeish, pinkish color with light veins in them. Keep your fingers crossed I don't mess them up! lol
I have worked up two nativity scenes . the first is with some inexpensive oil pastels "Artist's Loft" I got at Michaels, I though I would try a scratch that I have never done before but sparks an interest... This is my first attempt at oil pastels, I will try a regular oil pastel when I get some decent pastels.... these don't blend well. but this was fun experiment for me, just to get the feel of the pastels in my hand... 4x6 Fabriano card paper which I am finding out will not let you tape down and tears the paper when you take the tape off. bummer .... I will post the second nativity next.
Marsha, the first nativity scene is really nice. It looks like you scratched the scene in the oil pastels. What a great idea. Apparently the surface was painted before adding oil pastels which gave you different colors as you scratched. Great star and I like how it goes out of the margin. I'm impressed.
Very nice Marsha. I've never seen a scratching before and Iike how the star is outside of the blue area.
Thank you all-James,Sammy,Jen, Geri- for all your kind words. It's more than I expected since it's an old piece.
James- If you want to go buy a set of Oil pastel you might want to study them first b/c there are variety of them. If you also want to learn the technique, you might want to check out the Oil Pastel Forum at Wetcanvas. Sign up to be a member then you can get in. Check out the Oil Pastel Classroom where there are lots of Artists doing Oil Pastel painting. The Oil pastel Talk is good for learning too. When you are ready to buy go for the top ones. I bought the Erengi first, then the Sennelier. I like Erengi a lot, it gives you strong vivid colors and it's hard enough to not melt in your fingers. Sennelier, on the other hand, is soft and ready to melt or blend. I use Senn. for highlight after I am done with Erengi and I need the special effect. You can use Turpenoid to dilute the paint or you can use Clay shapers to press the paint onto your surface. Good luck with your new toys.
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Catherine- Your birds are very cute. Love your loose, carefree strokes. I envy you for your ability to get loose. I on the other hand, have to do it the old way which is planning, drawing roughly then paint. So my paintings do not look or feel spontaneous at all. I need to practice painting loose some days.
Marsha- What a great and creative way to scratch a painting on Oil Pastel colors. I like this very much. I like that you can get several colors on the painting. Did you paint the colors on after scratching or you paint the colors first on the paper and scratch the top colors off?