Category Archives: About Oil Pastels

Poppy Field, #1 – oil pastel


I have always wanted to paint a poppy field and have finally been able to settle down long enough to get a feel for how to paint poppies in a distance and a few stems up close. Another first – Poppy Field, #1 … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Blue Hills, oil pastel


I’ve wanted to paint with a limited palette for a while now, so I took an opportunity this week using the color blue as the dominant hue. Here is my latest oil pastel painting (8×10), Blue Hills, that was painted on a gray-blue tinted … Continue reading

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Morning Sunrise, oil pastel


Just a small break from painting trees, here is my latest landscape. Morning Sunrise was inspired by Viacheslav, a photographer and painter, from pmp – he showcased a warm sunrise lighting a field of grasses.  I know, it doesn’t contain trees, you’re right … Continue reading

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A Hummingbird, oil pastel


Wetcanvas has a running monthly challenge in the oil pastel forum and one of the subjects for June was a Hummingbird.  I couldn’t resist the little guy. This 5×7 oil pastel was painted on an artist canvas board, quite cheap – … Continue reading

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Night Glow, oil pastel


Night Glow, an oil pastel, was one of those scenes that I couldn’t resist, so today I took some time to create this quiet place as we head into the weekend. A thin layer of Senneliers Mars Black was applied to Mi-Teintes black tinted … Continue reading

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Sentinel, oil pastel


Should I break the rule or not – I thought about this one rule the entire time I was painting Sentinel.  Want to know what the rule is?  Good composition rule #1, never put the subject or point of interest … Continue reading

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