Sunrise, Quiet Essence


It’s been busy in my studio lately and that’s a good thing!  I’ve been working on a sunrise that was loosely based on a photograph taken in South Africa by Henry Harold Blignaut of pmp).   It was one of those scenes I immediately fell in love with and I knew would become part of my sunset series, now called sunset/sunrise.

Normally I paint oil pastels in 11 x 14 or smaller, but the scene was perfect for a larger version so 16×20 it was.  I couldn’t believe how many layers of paint was laid down, but some 19 hours later my last piece for the sunset/sunrise series is complete (well at least for now!) and all is well.

Another subject is calling my attention, LOL.  I hope you enjoy the quiet view, all my best ~ Mary

Sunrise, Quiet Essence

Sunrise, Quiet Essence

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25 Responses to Sunrise, Quiet Essence

  1. parth893 says:

    Awesome Capture I love it ❤

  2. Stefano says:

    Love it, Mary! Great colors and composition! Great job!

  3. Petronette says:

    Wow, great painting !
    The sea is beautiful and I also like the depth in your painting !!!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Petronette – so nice to hear from you, hope you are well. Would love to see your work.

      Thank you for your wonderful comments on Quiet Essence, this was a fantastic scene to paint. Thanks for noticing the depth.

  4. You HAVE captured the essence. Beautiful.

  5. amazing work! are you exhausted or full of energy when you finish? i am usually exhausted, but long ago i would find myself on a high. odd that i no longer get that high… maybe i keep a good dose of those endorphins at all times now? a

    • Mary says:

      Interesting question, all depends but most times I’m exhausted. I think it’s because I get so focused while painting, it saps my energy big-time – it’s physical and emotional for me. Although and I was going to post something on the blog about this – when I’m painting the sky or some serious waves I’ll all of a sudden experience a feeling sort of like a runner’s high. Maybe Z you might consider changing up the subject, method, medium, where you paint or how – in otherwords make it new for your mind, so it will engage in a different way. Does that make sense?

      • that does make sense.. in fact, when i first started the mola series, which was like a tidal wave washing over me, i was all but addicted.. it continues to evolve – it surprises me a lot and it has definitely gotten its own voice.. i’m just the person who applies the paint!!!

        sometimes when i am really exhausted, i step back and look at the painting and see the energy.. then i think/realize that there’s a transfer – a nobrainer of an explanation as to where my energy went.. it went into the painting, so i have to stop and recharge the batteries.

        i also get spurts of really high energy days or hours before a strong storm. when those times hit, i think, ‘uh oh.. better prepare for a storm.’ almost always that happens. the timing is strange too, as i will put down the brush, and almost always, the rain starts at that point.. and i have no more interest in painting..

  6. Healthy A-Z says:

    Lovely! It’s so real and inviting. Hmmm, I might have to add South Africa to my travels.

    • Mary says:

      The original photograph was so unbelievable, Henry is a wonderful photographer. Thanks Cyndi – it was a great scene to paint and man did it chew through a lot of oil pastel.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi Mary, looks like I’m about to go back to sea…wonderful job…Bob

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Bob, that means a lot that you’ve commented – I could resist laying down a little oil pastel for this scene. Hope you’re well. Mary

  8. Love it! Beautiful! Thank you!

  9. Francesca says:

    Awesome sunrise, Mary. So peaceful…

  10. exiledprospero says:

    Very beautiful, Mary. A halcyon sky, with limpid streaks of jovial light. It is the most serene of your sunscapes, and the one I like best.

    (perhaps bigger is better!)

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Ariel’s Prospero. I really appreciate what you had to say – such a compliment, thank you! The scene called for a more subdued palette, so of course I had to oblige.

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