Hay Field, oil pastel


A challenge on Wetcanvas for oil pastels was a field with hay bales.  I haven’t had an opportunity to paint hay before, so I figured why not give it a try.

This oil pastel (9×12) was painted on Mi-Teintes pastel paper that was tinted Cad. Yellow, which looked more like a bright orange.  My plan was to give the scene a warm atmosphere so the paper peeked through in various places lending to the warmer scene that I was looking for.  The foreground grasses were scraped down several times with a straight edge razor to get more texture.  Mid-range Magenta, purple and cobalt were used to break up the green, but if I had more guts I would have really gone wild with more evidence of the color – for now they are more subtle than anything else.  The photograph doesn’t show the deeper oranges and burnt sienna’s – hopefully you get the idea.

It was an interesting scene to paint.  Thanks for looking ~

Hay Field

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32 Responses to Hay Field, oil pastel

  1. violetski says:

    Ah, this is really amazing Mary! Warm colors❤️❤️❤️

  2. Wow!! This is amazing, Mary!!! Looks so real. xx

  3. This makes me miss the mid-west.Beautiful.

  4. ladyfi says:

    That is lovely!

  5. This is beautiful. Such a serene and gentle painting. I could just lay up against one of those bales of hay and take a nap. :) The colors are great, love the greens and texture in the field.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Janell, I’m so glad you had a connection with this painting. Really appreciate your feedback and hearing what you enjoy about it.

  6. poppytump says:

    Love your harvest rolls ;-) Mary … late afternoon feel to this warming painting …

  7. dorannrule says:

    This is truly fabulous! It looks just like the field near my house and the colors are terrific. The whole scene is just happy!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Dorann – well now how interesting is this. I could look at one field and find five different paintings to do. You are lucky to have such a place by your house.

  8. It’s also and interesting painting to view! I can’t even imaging making this with oil pastels. Kudos Mary!

  9. Gallivanta says:

    I am really enjoying your landscape series.

  10. I think it’s perfect!!!

  11. sefeniak says:

    I can smell the hay and feel the warmth of the sun. Fantastic!

  12. Francesca says:

    It is so peaceful and warm. I love it!

  13. I know I’m not looking at the original, but the color here seems so right..maybe a higher tone would take away the natural feel, and a real sense of “fresh air”……

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia, thanks so much for your comments. I think if you saw the painting in person, you’d see that the warmth is a bit more than what’s showing here, but not so much that it takes away from the scene. I never know how a colored pastel paper will work with some scenes, sometimes it’s the vision in my mind that I try to convey and these papers are neat to work with.

  14. That’s lovely, Mary. I like the warmth of this painting. :-) xx

  15. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. I love everything. Too bad you didn’t push the brighter colors, but then it might look too over done. Or it might look like my present sunset, too bright for words or to be posted.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Kerry, thanks very much for your comments and feedback. The painting is deeper in warm colors in person, just couldn’t get an image that accurately reflected the full range of colors – but hopefully this gives a good idea.

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