Summer Trail, oil pastel painting

Don’t you just love a hot summer day, perhaps walking a trail that takes you into the distance with no one around as far as you can see?  Ah, I love it!  Landscape/fields have so much to offer – interesting things just waiting to be discovered, whoever said weeds aren’t gorgeous when the sunlight hits them.

My latest is a summer landscape that’s been warmed by the sun, has a little breeze and if you listen carefully, you’ll hear sounds of birds and insects filling the air.  I can’t help but recall summertime during my childhood we would go to my Aunt’s house that had a large field behind her barn – it was those hot summer days when a distinct sweet smell of earth would fill me up as we walked the horse trails.   Gosh I really loved it.  The scene I painted reminds me of that wonderful time, the title “Summer Trail” (oil paste, 11×14).  Enjoy summer!

Summer Trail

Summer Trail

The reference image was taken by Anja Mathes of pmp – while I cropped and flipped the image the essence was not been changed.

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38 Responses to Summer Trail, oil pastel painting

  1. coastalcrone says:

    Thank you for taking time to like my latest post! Have a beautiful summer.

  2. This is so lovely Mary. I love the leading line of the trail, having your eye and soul walk through the peaceful prairie.

  3. Jana Bouc says:

    Gorgeous work! I can feel the heat!

  4. i can almost feel the climate and inhale the unique aromas of the countryside in summer. the climate is so different here, especially in ecuador (vs costarica) — it rarely gets hot,but it will get extremely dry by the end of the ‘dry’ season!


    • Mary says:

      Excellent so glad! I love it when another artist can get close to the subject through a painting – how cool. I would expect it gets pretty humid in Ecuador, I’ll bet there is some gorgeous countryside to be discovered even in it’s dry season. Thanks so much!

  5. Petronette says:

    Beautiful paiting !

  6. artscottnet says:

    Mary, this is so warm and inviting, the grasses tossed about gently by a cool breeze. I could walk, listen to birds, take pictures, all the way to those distant hills where there is a nice cool river and deer getting a drink! Beautiful inspiring work

    • Mary says:

      Hi Scott, thanks for your great narrative and comment. I’ve made a few changes to the painting and will post it to my seascape gallery early next week. I love it that you’ve been able to get involved in the scene – wonderful for an artist. Thanks!

  7. This is wonderful, Mary!! I love it. 🙂

  8. doronart says:

    Mary, this is a beautiful painting, I love the scenery the subject it is great.

  9. Jane Lurie says:

    Beautiful, Mary. I just want to stroll right into the scene. Thank you!

  10. poppytump says:

    Such beauty Mary ! I feel I’ve just got up from a lazy picnic in the warmth and summer buzziness here , that long grass is brushing against my legs as I make my way through back to the stony track … to who knows where ….
    Love your colouring and feel to this painting .

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Poppy, your words have me want to meet you on the path to take a little stroll and see where it leads. Thank you for your colorful and generous comments!

  11. Healthy A-Z says:

    What a lovely way to close my day!

  12. Mary this is a stunning work! I had to keep enlarging to enjoy the subtle color and gorgeous texture. Beautiful!

    • Mary says:

      Oh Elena, you are a master and this comment is truly rewarding to receive! Thank you so much for your generous assessment and beautiful comments!

  13. cindy knoke says:

    Yikes (typho fairy) I love this! Beautiful~

  14. cindy knoke says:

    i love this! Beauyiful~

  15. Great painting. Us photographers definitely have lots to learn from you painters.

    • Mary says:

      Such an amazing and generous comment, thank you Mark it means a lot. For me it’s been reverse, I’ve learned a tremendous amount from photographers – you see the subtleties in a subject and allow us to see through your eyes. This has helped me focus very differently when painting. Thank you!

  16. Ogee says:

    You’ve captured the contrast of the quiet rustling of dry grass with the fragrance of a still-fresh, weedy path. Beautiful!

    • Mary says:

      Yes, oh man you got it! Thanks so much for your great comment – there is nothing better for a painter than to know the viewer understands. You made my day!

  17. Beautyful and it reminds me a Little about Van Gogh!!! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Oh my, such an awesome compliment – thank you! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate hearing from you. I love your blog, it’s great – how can I read it in English – so many times I’ve wanted to know what you wrote and then comment. Do you have a translator on it and I missed it? Thanks again ~

      • Hi Mary!
        Thanks for your cute compliment, and I am really glad to hear it … I’m looking to start writing in my blog in English or have both a Swedish and an English translation for it is not the first time I’m asked ….
        My English may not be perfect, but it can certainly understand and I get while practicing it and it’s never wrong!

  18. Beautiful pastel, Mary!

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