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Fresh Snow, oil pastel


The list keeps growing with so many great winter scenes to paint, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few more for the rest of 2014 before going back to painting still life’s and flowers. First up is Fresh Snow, … Continue reading

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Winter Quiet – oil pastel


I’ve waited over a year to paint this scene – the early evening colors of winter at the farm in its natural surrounding really attracted me.  This painting may well be a contender for our Christmas card. Winter Quiet, an … Continue reading

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Trees on the Ridge, oil pastel


Today’s painting focuses on trees and boulders – great combination for the two studies done with this year.  Don’t you just love the majesty of mountain tops?  This one spoke to me  .   .   . Trees on the Ridge, an … Continue reading

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Orchard Blossoms, oil pastel


I grew up around apple and cherry orchards, most summers you could find me out there picking the fruit for a summer job.  Nice way to earn extra money, but oh it was exhausting and dirty (from the sprays and … 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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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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