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Dawn at Wester Ross, oil pastel


My latest painting, Dawn at Wester Ross, is a special place in Scotland that seems to keep calling me, because last September I painted “The Passage” http://www.oilpastelsbymary.com/2013/09/23/the-passage-oil-pastel/, Wikipedia described “Bealach na Bà is a historic pass through the mountains of the Applecross … Continue reading

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I’m so frustrated . . . such a waste of time


I hope you don’t mind, but this post is a bit of complaining and excuse on my part  for perhaps a lack of communication .   .   .   at the end of May I was out of touch for about 10 … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing – Waiting, #2


Drawing the sea is turning out to be a good experience, thoroughly enjoying the process.  I’m a bit preoccupied these days and find this particular drawing a form of relaxation. Today my time was spent drawing the middle-water, developing the flow of the water … Continue reading

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Golden Hillside, oil pastel


After a weekend of working in the gardens and painting outdoor furniture I got a new perspective of a painting that I was struggling with last week and finished it this morning. Golden Hillside, an oil pastel (11×14) was painted on a gesso prepared … Continue reading

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Capturing Radiant Light & Color in oils and soft pastels, by Susan Sarback – a book review


Do you ever have a project that you just aren’t connecting with?  I’m feeling this with a new painting that I’ve been working on for the past several days, it’s just not working for me, so what better time than to do … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing, Waiting #1


It’s Thursday and finally we have rain here in North Texas, a real soaker – hope it puts a dent in our drought.  It’s also time for drawing and a new subject been selected! I’ve wanted to draw a landscape for a … Continue reading

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Personal 15 Day Challenge – Trees, compilation of paintings


Here is a compilation of all 15 paintings done for my personal tree challenge.  It was a great learning experience and will be useful in future paintings.  There’s a new challenge right around the corner .  .  . stay tuned. To see … Continue reading

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Blue Bowl and Pears, oil pastel


My latest oil pastel was submitted for the Wetcanvas Oil Pastel Monthly Challenge.  Using a reference image that was selected for members to use in this challenge, I couldn’t resist making the painting my own. Blue Bowl and Pears an oil pastel … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Drawing – Classic


Confession, since last Thursday I have worked on the drawing.  Each time I walked past it another area called out to be worked, so one thing led to another and Classic was finished today. Almost the entire drawing was since Classic #7.  Here are a few … Continue reading

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Resting Boat, oil pastel


This month I’m hosting Wetcanvas’ Oil Pastel Monthly Challenge and one of the duties is to select reference images for the artists to use for their challenge painting.  Did I mention that Wetcanvas has a fantastic reference library?  It’s worth taking … Continue reading

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