Thursdays Drawing, Waiting #6

Here is a little sanity after this disappointing and disturbing week.   As you may or may not know, I draw for 30 minutes once/week as a way to keep fresh – sometimes it runs over and I usually work on a subject that takes 12 – 20 hours.

Today I worked on Waiting for two hours oh I know way past my allotted time, but I have a good reason work began on the back wave and sea-foam and I didn’t want to disrupt the flow.  First I had to remove the frisket and happy to report that none of it stuck to the surface (yeah!).   Drawing today was done using graphite #4H, 2H and HB on certain areas and on other areas (more foamy sea-foam) I smudged with a dirty tortilium perfect for making faint sea-foam holes and definition.  At this stage of the drawing, getting values right are very important and will make or break the sea-foam.

This was fun, seriously and was a great diversion from (certain) internet problems.  Hope you enjoy the changes, Waiting is starting to unfold before our eyes.

Waiting, #6

Waiting, #6

Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for checking in and being so supportive with what’s happening with my blog images ~


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Floating, oil pastel

This painting was started last weekend, but a few things interrupted my concentration and I had to set it aside for a bit.

Floating, an oil pastel (14×11) is painted on a gesso prepared hardboard using a variety of oil pastel brands, mostly Holbeins and Neopastels using my fingers and foam insulation to spread the paint.

A soft pastel underpainting washed with alcohol was done to give me a sense for depth and tones before I started to apply the OPs.  A recent post discussed three alternatives for underpainting colors (Analogous, Complementary and Monochromatic)  For the final painting I choose to use Analogous colors, mainly because 2/3rds of the painting is sky and clouds and I wanted to keep the UPs colors similar to final family of colors used and not take away from the deep blues in the sky.


While the scene has changed somewhat it was inspired by a farm scene taken by Petra Moll of pmp (a site where photographers and painters join forces all in the name of creating art).



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I am Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore!

Mad?  Oh yes I am and beyond any words that I can express here.  Discouraged?  Totally of people’s lack of moral judgement, inner-compass of values and code of conduct.  Disappointed?  Yes – I’m totally disappointed, that there are people out there who think they can take what is not theirs and what?  Make money?  Or draw traffic to their website?   Why all in the name of getting known?  No it’s more than that . . .

I’m calling you out right here and now:

Last week completely by chance I discovered that these two sites/companies confiscated images of several of my paintings and have placed their identity as the authors of my work.  Are you serious?!  Doing a search on Google, Dogpile, Yahoo, etc. of “oil pastel seascapes” I found several of my paintings with these two companies as the owner – OH NO YOU DON’T! 

I found that most of my seascape paintings had my information on them (, but several had the above-mentioned companies as the authors on the image when you slide your mouse over the picture.  So far four of my seascape paintings have had my information wiped off w/theirs inserted, four that I know of . . . I’m just starting to do my research.

Here’s one of the paintings they swiped and replaced my information with theirs.  Do you recognize it?

Washing Ashore

Washing Ashore

Yeah, it’s my blog logo called Washing Ashore that I painted January, 2012.  In fact the painting is hanging on a wall in my studio.  This piece took me 24 hours of actual painting time to create, it was my third or fourth seascape and YOU HAVE CLAIMED IT AS YOURS – are you serious?  You have to be kidding!

If you look to the right of my blog, you’ll see my copyright disclaimer – is there something here you don’t understand?   How are you using my images?  For advertising, some type of profit-making scheme, to draw traffic?  Why not contact me and ask for permission?  Why not .  .  .

Before you click and copy/save, consider this – I make notes and take photographs during every painting session, from the initial sketch to my final painting.  Every painting has at least 5 or 6 photographs of different stages of development.  Every step is documented.  Do you really want to have a go at it?  Because I will not disappoint.

Here is my promise to you, I am going to do a deep-dive internet search on every single painting that I have ever painted – I have a lot of tenacity and perseverance!  I will find each painting you have taken as your own and WE ARE GOING TO SETTLE THIS practice of yours.  So, I’m going to spend a lot of time, but I’ll do the searches necessary on all 200+ paintings – to find every piece you have claimed as yours.  It’s the principle of the matter.

To those reading this post.  Do you create (art, photography, sculpture, write [stories, poems])?  If you do, take heed – people are trolling to take yours!  Something that you have spent time, energy, and sometimes your soul to create.  Pay attention – is someone taking your work without your knowledge?

This has to stop, come on people .  .  .  stop for one silly minute before you click and take, you don’t have the moral right to someone else’ property.   I’m not asking you for anything, except for you to stop this practice AND I promise you this, correct the situation and I’ll give you credit .  .  .  how’s that?  Do we have a deal?

I’m publicly calling you out  .  .  .  . STOP TAKING WHAT’S NOT YOURS.

To everyone reading this post, please reblog, pass on, and if you would, send it to your other creative friends – to social media of all kinds – wordpress, facebook, tumblr, twitter, etc.  As a collective community lets reverse the pressure and put it right where it belongs.

It’s just so darn disappointing ~ now I ask myself,

what’s the point of posting my art?

UPDATE:  What I’m discovering is that search terms (waves, ocean, seascapes, oil pastel, etc.) yield different results on different search engines.  Sometimes the images come up with my information and sometimes the same image comes up with  one of the names mentioned above (and also I’m finding new names under my images as well), again it all depends on the search terms.  I’m working through 25+ pages of image searches on a variety of search engines.

I’ll post my findings later this week.  Thanks for checking in.

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Thursdays Drawing, Waiting #5

Timeout for Thursdays’ Drawing, very happy that a lot of progress was made on Waiting, next week the waves and sea-foam will be started.

Today I spent time cleaning up the entire base of water and finished the rocks.  Mostly it was all about refining values, making sure they were dark enough to create depth and but also to illustrate believable wet rocks using 4B graphite [which is reflective] on the wet sides of the rocks.  The surface is Strathmore Bristol – Vellum drawing paper.

Next week I finally get to remove some of the frisket (fingers are crossed it doesn’t stick to the paper) to draw the waves and sea-foam, a magnifying glass is going to come in handy – easier to do up-close work on tight spaces.  I’m looking forward to the next stage of drawing on this piece – it’s where the rubber meets the road.

Thanks for checking in ~

Waiting, #5

Waiting, #5

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Three Studies of Underpainting Color Choices

There are a number of underpainting techniques that I enjoy using with my oil pastel paintings:  watercolor or soft pastel washes (washed with either water or alcohol), and gouache – acrylic – oil thinned paint.  Each offer a different result and are used for a variety of purposes.

But today I decided to use a watercolor wash for three studies of underpainting colors to see the overall effect on a landscape scene that I plan to paint in a larger size using one of these techniques.  The scene is 2/3rds clouds and the rest is land.   What follows is the study for each technique w/a corresponding painting study for each using Cotsman Watercolor Paper.  Click onto the images to increase the size.

Which style appeals the most to you?

Complementary (using opposite color on color wheel from natural color):  (9 x .45)

Complementary UP

Complementary UP


Complementary UP, The Sky

Complementary UP, The Sky










Analagous (using color next to natural color on color wheel):   (9 x 4)

Analagous UP

Analagous UP

Analagous UP, The Sky

Analagous UP, The Sky










Monochromatic (using one color):  Blue  (9 x 4.5)

Monochromatic UP

Monochromatic UP

Monochromatic UP, The Sky

Monochromatic UP, The Sky

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Thursdays Drawing – Waiting #4

I’m rushing now, trying to meet the deadline of the day – plus our temps are at 101 and my flowers are screaming “water me.”  So without any fanfare,

Here is the latest addition of Waiting (12×9) drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper, using graphite #HB, B, 4B.  Work still to be done are the two main waves and Egret (have to remove the frisket, arggg – hope those areas survived).  I can’t tell you how much I love working on this scene – it is so darn relaxing and peaceful.  While I can’t be at the sea today, the drawing takes me there and let’s me linger at the oceans’ edge.

Have a wonderful evening and thank you for checking in on Waiting.

Waiting, #4

Waiting, #4

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Oregon Sunset, oil pastel

There are about 30 hardboards waiting for me to sand and gesso before I can paint on them.  In the meantime I decided to try out a black tinted card stock paper that feels much drier than Mi-Teintes that I normally use for oil pastels –  it soaked up the OPs.

This oil pastel (11 x 8.5) is a sunset taken from one of Oregon’s beaches.  I was attracted to paint the scene because of the how the light from the sunset drenched cloud bank – served as a brilliant backdrop for the ocean setting.  Used mostly Sennelier and Neopastel oil pastels, as they handled the drier surface better than Holbeins.  I rarely paint scenes with sun rays because you can’t glaze the OPs over painted areas (unless it’s a dried underpainting) and when you spread the OPs for the rays it can create a bit of a muddy look.  Today though was for the pure fun of painting this scene.

Hope all your sunsets bring you joy ~ welcome to the Oregon Coast.

Oregon SunsetMy hands were a little shaky taking the photograph, so it’s not as crisp as I’d like – but you get the idea!

Reference image was from Dorothy Jensen from pmp, a fantastic artist and photographer.

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Poppy Field #2, oil pastel

As we remember World War I and the victims of this war, poppies are a symbolism for the many millions of souls that perished.  One of my earliest memories of this flower was when my Mother would receive a poppy from our local bank or grocery store on the day of remembrance and pin it on her dress – her way of acknowledging and remembering.

Here, my second version of a Poppy Field (#2), is a tribute and salute – this oil pastel (10×8) is of the same area that Poppy Field #1 was painted.  The painting was done on a gesso prepared artist canvas board, using mainly Holbeins, Senneliers and Neopastels brands.

Thank you for checking in  .  .  .

Poppy Field #2Reference image was from ESP of pmp.

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2nd Anniversary with WordPress!

Yesterday I celebrated my 2nd anniversary with WordPress!  How exciting was that – wonderful that WP sent out a notification, because I missed it entirely.

I want to thank everyone for visiting, following, liking and commenting – your visits have meant more to me than what I can adequately express.   For some of you my numbers might seem insignificant, but for me 69,400 views and 558 followers are an achievement for a blog that I wasn’t entirely sold on.

Today I would like to celebrate you and our unique community!  We have the privilege of meeting and communicating with people from all walks of life – there is a lot that separates us from the far corners of the world, to different languages, cultures, interests, politics and individualism.  Yet this simple place we call “blog” has brought us together and fostered many special relationships.  Yes we are a lucky bunch out there.

Thank you for encouraging and supporting my little corner of creativity, I’m humbled to think that what I do is enough for many of you stop what you’re doing and visit.

To WordPress and all the special folks behind the scenes, thank you!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Mary

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Thursday’s Drawing – Waiting #3

I couldn’t wait for this Thursday to arrive so I could go back to work on Waiting .  .  .  it was time well spent as the seascape continues to be developed.

The drawing, using only graphite pencil (#2H, #HB, #B), started to take on a new look as the base for the entire body of water was completed and the foreground rock was started.  The middle-ground waves were refined some and the foreground water was filled in, so much more has to be done to give the water its character, but I have to hold back so I can complete the foreground rock – the darks of these rocks are going to set the stage for the rest of the wave shadows and depth.  I didn’t forget about the incoming wave and sea-foam, they’ll be worked on after the rocks and immediate sea-foam trails.  And finally the star of the show, Mr. Egret will be the last and most important focal point to be drawn in.

Do you feel your art while you’re creating?  I do and today was no exception as the waves were being developed, I could definitely feel the movement.

Here’s Waiting (9×12 on Strathmore Bristol, Vellum) .  .  . thanks for checking in!

Waiting, #3

Waiting, #3


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