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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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15 Day Challenge – Trees, Day 3


Who doesn’t love Italian Cypress trees?  Tall, graceful and the anchor of many a landscape or garden. Italian Cypress trees are drought resistant making them are a natural for North Texas.  I love them for their deep, lush green this time of year, … Continue reading

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Sunday Stroll, oil pastel


Finding my bearings again, this oil pastel (12×12) was painted on Mi-Teintes cream tinted pastel paper.  I was inspired by a reference image from Jim Swanson, of pmp. Occasionally I do go back into a painting to work on an area or two; I … Continue reading

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Secret Den, oil pastel


This past weekend we worked in the yard for nearly the entire time continuing Spring cleanup and then fun part, planting lots perennials (for our enjoyment or the neighborhood rabbit, only time will tell lol) that left no time to paint. Secret Den, … 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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Valley During Winter, oil pastel


Here is a winter scene that I painted during the holidays.  I was attracted to the area for its quiet and peaceful feel – the way nature was meant to be enjoyed. This oil pastel (8×10, surface was a prepared gesso hardboard)  is a place called “Wye … Continue reading

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Snowy Hillside, oil pastel


Happy New Year everyone!!  So happy to be back at it .  .  . I’m looking forward to catching up on your blog postings.  During the break I did a little painting, drawing, researched art techniques, and learned how to bake bread (on … Continue reading

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Snowy Field, oil pastel


After such a cold week, with so much sleet and ice – the ground looks like it is coated with snow.   Well why not celebrate having a “white” December in Texas. Here is Snowy Field, an oil pastel (7×5) painted … Continue reading

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Snow Scene, oil pastel


Today I decided to use Strathmore “pastel paper” that I’ve had sitting, just waiting for a painting to emerge.  The problem is I have a supply build up of this paper, because when I began painting it was on sale and … Continue reading

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Forest Secret 1 and 2, oil pastels


Yesterday I was fooling around with creating a snow-scene painting using a straight-edge razor blade.  The fun was how quickly you can completely change a scene by scraping away the oil pastels, revealing new patterns that can give way to … Continue reading

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