Category Archives: OPs New Paintings

Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders: #7 Slanted Rocks, oil pastels


Slanted Rocks is #7 in my personal challenge of studying rocks/boulders. The oil pastel is 5×7 painted on beige Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper – using mainly Senneliers and Neopastels.  I wanted something complex and challenging, exactly what I got with this … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders: #6, Island Cove Rocks


#6 rock study.  I loved painting this little scene, it’s of a place along the coast in Maine – seeing an inlet fogged in is not unusual to see in this part of Maine. Island Cove Rocks, an oil pastel … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders Studies: #5 Riverbed Rocks


Thank you for checking in, as I continue on this torturous journey of painting rocks.  I’m forcing to do something that is so uncomfortable and a real challenge.  Hard to wrap my mind around the shapes and colors of rocks … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – Rocks: #4 The Rock


Didn’t want the weekend to come around without having one more study of rocks to post. The Rock (4×6) is a small oil pastel study of a rock sitting close to the shore along the coast of Maine.  This study … Continue reading

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Kiss of Light, oil pastel


Sometimes I come across a scene that’s tranquil and takes me back to Maine – through memories that time cannot erase. Kiss of Light, an oil pastel (7×5) was done on a spur of the moment today – it’s a … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – Rocks: #3 Ocean Cliff


This oil pastel (7×5) was painted on Mi-Teintes gray tinted pastel paper.  Using the rough side of the paper, texture was left after spreading the oil pastel.  I liked the look, since the cliff is quite rough with lots of … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – Rocks: #2 Ocean Rocks


Here is second of my personal challenge – painting 15 pieces of rocks/boulders.  It’s a great refresher and study because rocks/boulders can be interesting, but a difficult subject to paint while trying to capture form, texture and colors. My latest … Continue reading

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Personal Challenge – Rocks: #1 Shoreline Boulders


Time for a new personal challenge.  This time the challenge will consist of 15 paintings of different size rocks or boulders in a variety of settings. Rocks/boulders were chosen because I wanted to work on size, forms, textures and colors.  … Continue reading

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Floating, oil pastel


This painting was started last weekend, but a few things interrupted my concentration and I had to set it aside for a bit. Floating, an oil pastel (14×11) is painted on a gesso prepared hardboard using a variety of oil … Continue reading

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Three Studies of Underpainting Color Choices


There are a number of underpainting techniques that I enjoy using with my oil pastel paintings:  watercolor or soft pastel washes (washed with either water or alcohol), and gouache – acrylic – oil thinned paint.  Each offer a different result … Continue reading

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