Category Archives: OPs New Paintings

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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Oregon Sunset, oil pastel


There are about 30 hardboards waiting for me to sand and gesso before I can paint on them.  In the meantime I decided to try out a black tinted card stock paper that feels much drier than Mi-Teintes that I … Continue reading

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Poppy Field #2, oil pastel


As we remember World War I and the victims of this war, poppies are a symbolism for the many millions of souls that perished.  One of my earliest memories of this flower was when my Mother would receive a poppy … Continue reading

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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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