Peaceful Seaside, Oil Pastel

It’s summertime and nothing creates more sense of peace for me than a view of the sea.  I have many wonderful memories of our early years in Maine that are of beautiful beach scenes.  Every year at this time while it’s steaming hot in Texas, I think of the cool sea breezes coming off the shore in Maine.  These memories become very vivid for me, so I thought it was time to paint the sea.

Hope you enjoy this oil pastel (11×14) and more important that you are having a wonderful summer!

Peaceful Seaside

Peaceful Seaside


Reference image for this scene was taken by Elaine Sobey of pmp.


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29 Responses to Peaceful Seaside, Oil Pastel

  1. You have an amazing talent to make scenery so beautiful! Just wonderful and peaceful piece! love it.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Patricia – thank you! I’m so glad that you feel peace from this painting, it was my goal. Have a wonderful rest of the summer.

  2. I actually took a deep breath and sighed when I looked at this painting. It truly exudes relaxation. Beautifully done Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Emily, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I’ll bet you’re in the middle of enjoying your own little retreat up in Maine and a good deal of fresh lobster right about now! Sounds like heaven – love your photographs, will be going into your blog later tonight to see your latest. Thanks ~

  3. violetski says:

    Ah, so beautiful scene ! Very calm and relaxing❤

    • Mary says:

      Hi Violet, thank you so much – very happy that you are enjoying the atmosphere. It’s exactly what I had hoped for the viewer.

  4. Mary, this is truly peaceful – full of hope and beauty.

  5. Mary, I was so taken away with the Indiana weather they were having last weekend. This Florida girl…needed a break from the heat. It was So refreshing to be in the mid 70’s with a slight breeze. Reminds me of this painting.

    • Mary says:

      I hear you about the heat! We hit some luck and yesterday it rained and temps were only in the low 70’s, unreal for TX but felt so wonderful. Thank you for your sweet comments Laurie – always a pleasure to receive.

  6. artscottnet says:

    I’ve been so much looking forward to your next seascape. This is beautiful; you’ve captured it perfectly, with those clouds and the water, I can smell the salt air and hear the cry of the gulls. Brilliant 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Scott, thank you so much for your comments – they are very appreciated. I’m so happy that the piece had such an effect on you – it’s my goal to transport the viewer to the scene and let them get lost in it.

  7. Jane Lurie says:

    This is a beauty, Mary. Love the color palette.

  8. Peaceful. The light is awesome.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment!! I was working to infuse light into the scene, so glad you experienced it in the painting.

  9. mamiesmith says:

    Stunning! The way you captured the sunlight is so beautiful…

    • Mary says:

      Hi Mamie, thank you! My goal for this piece was to show the sun’s light – so glad you noticed and mentioned it. Appreciate it!!

  10. Healthy A-Z says:

    I always love your seascapes! And your clouds here are spectacular!

  11. Beautiful, Mary! I love the sky and the clouds 🙂

  12. poppytump says:

    Beautiful Mary . Love the soft colours and the high tides seaweeds and treasures left along the shore line …

    • Mary says:

      Poppy you always know what to say! Thank you very much – your encouraging words are appreciated. It’s a beach that’s waiting for some summertime strolling, I’m working to figure out how to paint distant figures with oil pastels – at some point perhaps you’ll see a few in a future painting!

  13. prewitt1970 says:

    Love,love the clouds I’m envious of them. You truly are so gifted it a pleasure to watch you create.

  14. Oh, what a beautiful and serene seaside, Mary!

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