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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 … Continue reading

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Lost Path, oil pastel


This oil pastel started out as a study on a scrap of Mi-Teintes gray tinted pastel paper  (7.25 x 4.75, odd size) for colors because I intended the actual painting to be a larger piece (11×14).  The scene went through multiple variations  with … Continue reading

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First Light, oil pastel


One day I saw a spectacular photograph taken by Mitch Zeissler, whose blog Exploratorius provides us with amazing images taken through his lens.  This day Mitch posted a most gorgeous scene he shot on his commute to work http://exploratorius.us/2013/10/18/slice-of-light/.  Could you imagine … Continue reading

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Reach, oil pastel


Here is my third and last painting of purple flowers, called Reach.  It is part of a series that I wanted to finish before I began painting my favorite subject, landscapes – for the next several months (ha, I can’t wait)! … Continue reading

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Royal Elegance, oil pastel


Moving right along, the second painting in my purple flower series is finished.  I swear it took me longer to photograph the piece, then actually paint it (lol). I’ve looked for a long time to paint a flower that exudes … Continue reading

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Dancing Purple, oil pastel


I paint with tenacity.  What that means to me is I won’t give up on learning how to paint a subject that gives me the toughest of challenges.  I have a need to conquer and here is my nemesis, painting … Continue reading

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Freshness of Spring, oil pastel


Spring always inspires, right?  So I thought why not do one last floral to celebrate the arrival of Spring. My friend, Nicola of pmp (a wonderful artist and photographer) recently took a photograph of a vase filled with daffodils.  Immediately I saw the … Continue reading

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Tex Mex, oil pastel


A few more still life paintings to complete and then I’ll be moving on to my favorite subject, landscapes. I was in the mood to paint a bright scene that mimics a bit of the rough Tex Mex’s we have … Continue reading

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Lily in the Dark, oil pastel


My latest painting provided one of those experiences that I’ve written about earlier – what I call the “Endorphin Rush,” http://oilpastelsbymary.com/2013/01/31/ever-feel-runners-high-when-youre-creating/.   It hit while I was painting the first flower petal in this piece – can explain it, but I was … Continue reading

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Lemon Gathering, oil pastel


First time for everything right?  My latest oil pastel painting Lemon Gathering has a few firsts for me – 1st time painting lemons and a glass bowl. Lemon Gathering (8×8) was painted on Mi-Teintes cream tinted pastel paper using Sennelier oil pastels and several Holbeins.  Look … Continue reading

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