Dream, Oil Pastel Painting

A little something I’ve been working on this week.  It actually started out as a lily pond, and once the acrylic underpainting was done – well that put an end to that idea lol!

I came across a sunset that I thought oil pastels would be the perfect medium.  What happened to my underpainting?  Well it actually fit this scene better than my original plan, so along came “Dream.”  I did something that I rarely do, I used black in the foreground – along with magenta and vandyke brown.  Many artists feel is not appropriate and will mix colors to get dark, I agree – in this case I wanted a really dark foreground so the back hills would recede.

Hope you enjoy – the oil pastel painting is an 10×8.



The reference image was from Craig C. Johnson, photographer from pmp.

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27 Responses to Dream, Oil Pastel Painting

  1. The light in the picture seems to glow! Beautiful!

  2. I see the dimension in this painting, and love the sky’s reflection in the water. Such a beautiful scene you have created.

    • Mary says:

      Love your comments, thank you – you were able to see what I set out to paint. I could feel the sky as I was painting it. Really appreciate your thoughts on Dream.

  3. violetski says:

    This is soooooobeautiful !
    Beautiful depth and very peaceful ❤

  4. So dreamy! Love this Mary!

  5. Petronette says:

    The depth is really great !
    Beautiful painting !

    • Mary says:

      Hi Petronette, thank you! I’m glad you like it – thanks for noting the depth, was interesting getting the darks and still show the distance.

  6. Great light – great feeling emanates from the painting. Well done!

  7. No problem bending the rules if it works-and it does. VEry beautiful Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elena – it was so funny, every time I walked away from the underpainting and came back the scene kept staring at me. I couldn’t ignore it any longer. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  8. Anonymous says:

    It’s just plain STUNNING! You are such a talent…. a gift!

  9. You call it Dream and it´s really Dreamlike!!! 🙂

  10. artscottnet says:

    This is very beautiful, Mary. I love the sun shining through the clouds, the reflections in and the flow of the water. There is a pleasant dreaminess about this painting 😛

    • Mary says:

      Hi Scott – thanks so much, glad you like the painting. Dream was the first word that came to mind when the painting was finished. I might go back in and work a bit with some of the water and back off some of the light on the background hills – I have to let it just sit for a bit. Thank you ~

  11. silvana1989 says:

    I loved!!!! you are great…

  12. Healthy A-Z says:

    Really beautiful light!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cyndi, thanks – I appreciate that you noticed the light. The light definitely provided some inspiration to paint the scene.

  13. It’s gorgeous, Mary! I’m especially impressed with the sun behind the clouds!

    • Mary says:

      Hey Calee, thank you so much for your gracious comments! There was just something about the cloud formation and the reflection that I couldn’t pass up. Thanks ~

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