Heather Vista


There is a place in the UK, Dunkery Beacon, that is pure beauty.   It has trails you can take to walk among fields filled with heather that look like carpets  spread across the landscape and hillsides.  It’s gorgeous!

I decided to paint a scene from this special place in oil pastels, with an acrylic underpainting.  From what I understand heather is more pink in Ireland and purple in Scotland, I used combinations of the two colors.   Hope you enjoy the vista of heather.

Heather Vista

Heather Vista

Reference image was from photographer Dave Webb of pmp.

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31 Responses to Heather Vista

  1. Lovely job!
    I missed the heather on the moors last year, must get up there this.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Stephen, I’ve never seen it in person – but I’ll bet your camera would love it. Your photography of a place like this would be stunning. Hope you do get up there once the heather blooms again.

  2. Really love the jewel tone colors 🙂

  3. mamiesmith says:

    That’s gorgeous, and I’ve never seen a piece of art like it!

  4. poppytump says:

    It looks like a Heather ‘Axminster’ carpet Mary .. all plush and squishy underfoot .. heavenly colours really they are . 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Oh Poppy you know how to say just the right things – love it! Thanks so much, this was so much fun to paint and colors way off the chart for me.

  5. Divad says:

    This is beautiful Mary!… Love the use of colour and the simplicity of the composition… 🙂

  6. Ogee says:

    Gorgeous colors 🙂

  7. elisaruland says:

    What a breathtaking image! I wish I could be closer to the actual painting, I’d love to see the brush strokes.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elisa, thanks I really appreciate your kind comments they mean a lot. OPs have wax as part of it’s formula so it is applied differently than other mediums – usually with the painters fingers and other tools. Some artists want to paint OPs with brushes, in order to do that they’ll use solvents to mix that with the oil pastels which liquifies the pastel.

  8. Another wonderful painting! It seems like a magical place. Your clouds are incredible. Very realistic. Love it!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Patricia, thank you!! I thought the same about the scene, that it was magical when I saw the reference and was just wow’d by all the Heather. Appreciate your comment about the clouds – love painting them.

  9. violetski says:

    Amazing and so beautiful Mary❤
    Love colors ❤
    xxx

  10. Oh this is so lovely! I tried to grow heath and heather at my house, but they didn’t like the conditions. This reminds me of an old movie, Wuthering Heights.

    • Mary says:

      Isn’t heather incredible – I can only imagine standing among it. Thank you for such a wonderful comment, don’t you love places like this – they are natures gift. I wonder does heather like colder weather and barren conditions to grow?

  11. Petronette says:

    Beautiful colors !
    Do you have seen it in real ?

    • Mary says:

      Hi Petronette, thank you!! I haven’t seen in person, but I wonder do you have heather fields in the Netherlands since it’s abundant in UK, Ireland and Scotland? I’ll bet they are gorgeous.

      • Petronette says:

        Not where I live, but maybe we have I don’t know, I have never seen it as in your painting.
        My parents have had it in the garden.

  12. Well I sure would love to travel to both countries and find out for myself what color it is…LOL! But for now…we will just trust you to show us♥

    • Mary says:

      LOL, you’re funny – thanks! I did turn it up a bit to make the field pop, more of an impressionist style on this one. I appreciate it – thanks for your great comment.

  13. Wonderful colours! Heather is lovely and in your interpretation even more so!

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