House on the Hill


This house in France is a wonderful piece of property, surrounded by  gardens made up of mostly shrubs and trees.  I thought it would make for a great painting, so I used it as one of the reference images for the Wetcanvas’ February Monthly Oil Pastel challenge.  And of course I couldn’t resist painting it with OPs (14×11).

The green and yellows are a bit more dramatic in person – my camera doesn’t handle green and yellows when together very well.  I hope you get an idea of how special the property is.

House on Hill

House on Hill

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48 Responses to House on the Hill

  1. Petronette says:

    Beautiful painting !

  2. elisaruland says:

    Your painting pulled me in, until I felt as though I was part of the scenery. Beautiful work!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elisa, thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I glad felt a part of the painting, the reference image did the same for me and I really wanted to see if I could capture the same feelings painting the scene with oil pastels. Thank you!

  3. mamiesmith says:

    This is gorgeous! It looks like it came right out of a fairytale!

  4. violetski says:

    Wonderful work Mary❤ wish to be there and have a walk around😃❤

    • Mary says:

      Hi Violet! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, and with your subjects I bet this would be a perfect setting for one of your wonderful paintings. Thank you, and also for following my blog! Take care, Mary

      • violetski says:

        Thank you too Mary!
        By the way,I was one of your followers from the beginning but recently I don’t know why your posts are not coming to my readers . Anyway Yesterday I tried in new way! First make unfollow and then again follow (^_^)
        Hope the problem has solved😃
        Sometimes WordPress is little bit strange!!!!!(^_^)
        xxxx

        • Mary says:

          Hi Violet, thanks for joining again as a follower – I appreciate it. I saw a couple of other bloggers having to do the same thing as well. Not sure why, but I’m so glad that you are receiving notifications again to my blog.

  5. Lilly Sue says:

    Lovely. Just lovely :)

  6. So serene yet vibrant-great, Mary.

  7. exiledprospero says:

    Une maison de campagne. And dazzling colors too. A painter’s residence, no doubt.

    • Mary says:

      Je suis d’accord avec toi. How did I do Ariel’s Prospero? I imagine the distant view from the top floor is a dazzling sight – that’s where I would be perched every night. The garden feels like it’s a special place for people to wander through as they sip champagne or as you mentioned the resident painter finds a spot to capture on their easel.

  8. love the colors and the sphere in this work!

  9. Doris says:

    its simply lovely

  10. This reminds me so much of Provence. What a lovely photo this is, and I think you have colors spot-on. They tend to be a more gray-green then a vibrant green. You have such beautiful paintings, that I can’t pick a favorite.

  11. Maxima says:

    Thank you! I greatly appreciate your kind visit to my site, likewise, your generous comments! More power to your blog! Happy Valentine’s Day! With love Maxima

    • Mary says:

      Hi Maxima, thank you so much for your wonderful thoughts and comment!! I do appreciate hearing from you – Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well ~ Mary

  12. Healthy A-Z says:

    That looks so inviting! I’m imaging a romantic Valentines Day picnic with that great view. ;-)

  13. wow, that looks very complicated! it’s beautiful, and i wish i could see it in person!
    z

    • Mary says:

      Hi Z, you know I didn’t think about how complicated it was until I started painting! Figures right, then I began thinking oh – oh what did I get myself into. To be honest, it reads much better in person, my camera work isn’t showing the wonderful colors I was able to establish w/n the painting. I have a lot of magenta, purples, burnt sienna, ultramarine blues, etc that aren’t really showing. Thanks so much ~ Mary

  14. Fantastic work, Mary! I want to be there :)

  15. This looks wonderful, Mary! Love it! Is it place where you have been in real life?

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much, I appreciate your wonderful comment!! No, I wish I had seen it in person though. This is was done from a reference image in the Wetcanvas image library. Although when I was in France I saw several great properties that remind of this place. Thanks ~ Mary

  16. doronart says:

    The property is great but the surrounding is even better. I get mixed up now, do I want a farm or that house on the hill… Beautiful.

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