Secret Den, oil pastel


This past weekend we worked in the yard for nearly the entire time continuing Spring cleanup and then fun part, planting lots perennials (for our enjoyment or the neighborhood rabbit, only time will tell lol) that left no time to paint.

Secret Den, my latest oil pastel (9×11) was painted on Mi-Teintes cream tinted pastel paper, love this as a surface.  A combination of several photographs were used for the trees, but my imagination took over in developing the sky, path and foreground field.  It was a neat piece to paint and conjured up several other scenes that I’ll probably do in the future.

Thanks for checking in  .  .  .

Secret Den

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30 Responses to Secret Den, oil pastel

  1. violetski says:

    Beautiful! ❤️

  2. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your amazing talents with all of us!

  3. THose magical hidden hutches. You’ve captured the place:)

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena, that’s why I like painting landscapes – these little visions come into play. I see an area of the path be re-worked, ah will do that this morning and then on to discovering another scene.

  4. beautiful Mary, i keep meaning to ask you why and when did
    you develop such a deep passion for landscapes?

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much and great question. I remember my earliest memories of being fascinated by landscape paintings during a trip to France and being introduced to great works of art with the biggest influence by Monet, especially his paintings of Giverny. For me I enjoy painting landscapes because of the freedom my vision gives me as I work, it’s discovering the little gems of the scenes and then making them my own. In the process of painting I want the “ah-ah” moments and then to experience the “endorphin rush” that comes from creating.

  5. Gallivanta says:

    Hope the rabbits stay away!

  6. poppytump says:

    You’ve put together a perfect scene Mary . Secret den .. I like that …
    Lovely greens ..but this time not for Benjamin Bunny :-)

  7. ĽAdelaide says:

    Stunning! I don’t know how you get this realism with that medium! Really beautiful and loved you’re out gardening again, for both you & rabbits! ;)

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Linda – a great medium to play with. Love gardening, just as relaxing as painting. I found the rabbit stretched out sleeping in the yard without a care in the world – so funny. He really does own the place.

      • ĽAdelaide says:

        I think the rabbits here would devour everything in sight not laze around for a nap! :D

        • Mary says:

          Oh my Linda, you should have seen me last night chasing the rabbit out of the yard – all while his mouth was stuffed with grass/weeds! I turned my back for a minute to do something, looked back and wasn’t he sitting almost right next me. This guy is way too comfortable ~

  8. M-R says:

    Looks as if I’m going to have to kick in something for the postage … ;-)

  9. Beautiful painting Mary!

  10. This is enchanting, Mary…..In the days before arthritis hit hard, I used to enjoy the yard work, but found it curious that such work felt like the opposite of the way I used my hands for artwork…like going from gross to fine, both satisfying, but different…..

    • Mary says:

      Isn’t that true Cynthia and very satisfying (I could work in the yard and gardens for hours and not even be aware of time, same as with painting). Thank you so much!

  11. I hope you get more than the rabbit! ;-) Beautiful work, my dear Mary! :-)

    • Mary says:

      Very funny! So far he has stayed away from the flowers, I think he is out gallivanting discovering other delicacies. Thanks so much Marina!

  12. Love this scene!! Makes me want to travel down the path. Happy Spring Mary!

  13. Anonymous says:

    You rock – so professional about your work yet free and emotive with it.

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