Red Apple

One of the words for last weeks’ Oil Pastel Weekly Challenge on WetCanvas was ‘red.’  What a great word because there are so many subjects that one could use to paint.

I guess I took the easy way out and went right to the apple.  An apple was chosen because I wanted to explore a variety of color mixes for red, use multi-colored highlights, and give the object a shiny appearance.  I wasn’t concerned with the surface, so this piece was painted on a gray pastel paper.

Here is my first apple painted in oil pastels (6×6).  Hope you enjoy!

Red Apple

Red Apple


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40 Responses to Red Apple

  1. Petronette says:

    I love the shine on the apple.
    Great work !

    • Mary says:

      Hi Petronette, nice to see you again, hope the temps are starting to get warm where you are! Thank you very much for your feedback!!

  2. I love how you challenge your artistry by trying different subjects. This looks good enough to eat.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Emily – I’ve got to challenge to keep growing in technique and subject matter. I want to paint one still life or flower each week, besides a normal landscape/seascape and my Thursday drawings. I’m actually enjoying working on the different subject matter these last couple of weeks.

  3. giselzitrone says:

    Schöne Farben vom Apfel wünsche einen schönen Tag.Grüße lieb Gislinde

  4. It’s lovely Mary. Reds can be so difficult! Love the crooked stem:)

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elena, thank you – I know what you mean about those tough reds! I’ve gone back in and played with the crooked stem some, it looked too thick and tall. Thank you!!

  5. Doris says:

    really good …now I will eat an apple 😉

  6. poppytump says:

    Totally irresistible Mary! I’ve taken a bite and turned it back again 😉

    • Mary says:

      Ha – you are so funny Poppy! Thanks very much. Hey just wanted to let you know that your post went into spam.

      • poppytump says:

        😦 That’s a first for me as far as I know .
        Such strange things are happening Mary in WP . Anyway thankyou for ‘unspamming moi’ 😉

  7. I love how you processed it to look like it is a Polaroid…most fitting.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Laurie, thank you. You know I’m not sure how this border got on the image, the same thing happened on my previous post as well. I’ll have to go back and see if I’ve changed a setting on WordPress. I do appreciate hearing from you ~

  8. Beautiful works!!! Color variation and it’s highlights, Awesome!!!

  9. it appears that your apple is a hit! add my name to the yays!

  10. exiledprospero says:

    Another favorite of mine (maybe I just like fruit). (Probably comes from a Caravaggio painting, but it’s sometimes so hard to see in those pockets of dark.)

    • Mary says:

      Hi Ariel Prospero, thank you so much – it’s very nice to receive your comment. I had a lot of fun experimenting with a multitude of colors for this piece. I’m so glad you like the painting.

  11. I could eat it right away.! Lovely shine and sensitively made…

  12. Francesca says:

    I enjoy it very much, Mary! 🙂

  13. artscottnet says:

    And this is your first one? Amazing work! I know nothing about oil pastels, but all the variation and highlighting can’t ‘just’ happen. I imagine this taking a long while. I admire your continued activity in trying new things, an example I hope to emulate. Thank you Mary for sharing, this is awesome work.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Scott, surprising this painting didn’t take as long as some. I studied the colors beforehand and got a good feel for where I wanted to take this piece, glad you enjoyed it. My next is going to be a stretch so we’ll see where it goes. In the end I’m hoping all this experimenting gets me to where I think I’m going – just hope it doesn’t backfire, but I’m Gemini. I mention that because the diversity keeps my creativity and energy flow both on a high charge.

  14. nutsfortreasure says:

    Love it!

  15. Love it! You do beautiful work! and it made me hungry for an apple too! 🙂

  16. Looks juicy! Beautiful oil pastels, Mary!

  17. Healthy A-Z says:

    Love the textures and depth!

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