Patterson’s Curse, #1

I’m intrigued by this weed – it’s toxic, but a field of it is a real vision.  Who knew?  I love to see fields of Patterson’s Curse and decided to paint several landscape scenes, here is the first.

This 8×10 painting was started with an acrylic underpainting and then layers of oil pastels were added.  It was a lot of fun working combinations of violet, purple, magenta, rose, pinks, warm grays and blues to depict Patterson’s Curse.


Patterson's Curse #1

Patterson’s Curse #1


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26 Responses to Patterson’s Curse, #1

  1. Stunning, Mary – gorgeous colours! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your landscape series – they are sure to be beautiful.

  2. I have to agree with others…. I love when you paint with violets and purples. Very Nice!

  3. Petronette says:

    Beautiful landscape !

  4. dorannrule says:

    It feels like entering the land of Oz with Dorothy – absolutely beautiful color and composition.

  5. This is gorgeous ! Love the color and the weeds. There is such great texture and movement here.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Emily, it was a great scene to paint with OPs. The actual painting shows much more texture in the foreground grasses, for some reason I couldn’t get a good photograph of the definition w/the grass and weeds.

  6. Wonderful technique Mary! Your pieces are amazing. This one has a soft feel to it. Really inviting

    • Mary says:

      Hi Patricia, thank you so much!! Appreciate your feedback, the pipe insulation allows me to move OPs around the surface leaving more of a soft appearance – a few swipes of my hand it becomes matted enough for new layers of OPs and details to be added.

  7. Love the colours and the composition – again I could walk straight out in that field, lay on my back and watch the clouds.

    • Mary says:

      Gosh I love reading your feedback! For me, when one of my paintings takes the viewer into the scene for experience – well it makes every minute of painting worth it. Thank you so much!

  8. artscottnet says:

    I could easily spend the afternoon resting right there! A calming breeze, a sketch book, listening to the birds… amazing work, Mary

    • Mary says:

      Hi Scott, thank you! I was immediately drawn to this scene, oil pastels are the perfect medium to bring life to the landscape. Appreciate your thoughts on this piece.

  9. Fabulous color and texture Mary. And the composition brings us right into the scene. Beautiful.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Elena for your wonderful comments. I wish I had taken a better photograph, because you can really see the texture in the foreground grasses – hopefully my next will be a better take. So glad you like it!

  10. I so love♥ when you paint with violets and purples…so yummy!

  11. it’s beautiful! i’ve never heard of this plant/weed.

  12. poppytump says:

    So pretty Mary . Can see why felt compelled to paint it ! It really makes that landscape with those mixed *purply* colours.

  13. like the colors of this scene very much!
    really nice work

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much for your kind comments – it’s a bit brighter in person, with more yellow in the foreground, but my shot wouldn’t pick it up. Thanks!

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