Pink Tulips, oil pastel

Two words for this week’s challenge were pink and flower, I immediately thought of pink tulips.  Love the flowers –

It’s been two years since I painted a flower (I’ve only done three, my signature image is one of them), so I was pretty rusty.  In my opinion, painting flowers require laying down a series of delicate lines and strokes, managing correct values and the color – well that’s the icing on the cake.  This painting is only 4×6, if I paint flowers again I’m going to go larger so I can really work those smaller areas.

Hope you enjoy Pink Tulips and that it brings a little peace into your life – oh yeah the third word was peaceful . . .

Pink Tulips, oil pastel 4x6

Pink Tulips, oil pastel 4×6


I don’t know why I am getting this white border around my image, I’ve noticed that it’s coming on when I post an image onto my blog with WordPress.  Is this happening with any of your postings?

The reference image was from Nicola, a fantastic photographer with pmp.

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27 Responses to Pink Tulips, oil pastel

  1. I used to do pen and ink and watercolor drawings of flowers-illustrations, really. It takes quite a long time, which is why I stopped. I like your tulips. I never did those.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much for commenting. I’ve never used pen and ink, I’m so analytic that I can image it would take me a long time to render a piece. Thank you for your compliment on the tulips – really appreciate it!

  2. Francesca says:

    Flowers always bring peace in my life. I love tulips and the painting is lovely, Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Francesca, thank you very much – I’m so glad you liked this painting. Isn’t it true, there is something very soothing for the soul with flowers, so glad this piece touched you.

  3. Mary, I am shocked that this is only your third flower painting. Since it is one of your gravatar image flowers, I just jumped to conclusions. The small canvas’s are just precious.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Laurie, you are so kind – thank you for your encouraging comments! So glad you like these smaller paintings, I’m not really sure why I switched to smaller sizes but right now it just feels right so I’m going with the flow. Thanks!!

  4. Absolutely marvelous Mary! Just perfection. Re: the border-sorry, not having the same issue. Looks good though!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena, such a compliment – thank you very much! I like ending my week with your words of encouragement. I’ll have to check out the next couple of image posts I do to see if I can figure the border out.

  5. Healthy A-Z says:

    Oh, outstanding!! Delicate and so real!!

    • Mary says:

      HI Cyndi, thank you and so glad you enjoyed this one! I really enjoyed painting the tulips, I’ve been encouraged to paint another, so we’ll see.

  6. Such beautiful tulips, Mary!!!! I think the border may be because you’ve placed a caption on your image.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Marina, thank you so much for your lovely comment. Thanks for the tip, next time I post I’m going to leave off the caption and see what happens – it’s kind of odd because I’ve been posting my images the same as always, but perhaps WP made an internal change.

  7. Petronette says:

    Beautiful painting, love the flowers and composition.

  8. Wow, wonderful sketch!!!

  9. violetski says:

    Ah , they are really beautiful Mary!
    Petals are so soft And natural. Love it ❤❤❤

  10. elisaruland says:

    This reminds me of a vintage botanical print, classic in its beauty!

  11. This is glorious Mary ! Another painting I would love to have on my wall. I can see this in all sorts of wonderful places.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Emily, I truly appreciate how generous your words are. I haven’t forgotten, finally received my tax ID numbers and are currently reviewing the website subscriber agreement. Sorry it has taken so long, it took longer to get organized than I anticipated, but I’m finally ready to have our conversation about my paintings. After you get home from Maine please feel free to contact me through my blog on “Contact” tab with your contact information and I’ll get right back to you. Looking forward to finally having a chance to talk. Enjoy your vacation!

  12. artscottnet says:

    The petals are perfect and the highlights beautiful. Such a small canvas yet so much detail! Awesome work

    • Mary says:

      Hi Scott, thank you for your generous feedback – always appreciate it! The way I’m able to get the small details is by using clay shapers – because the oil pastels are in liquid form, I have to more the paint into tight spaces. So clay shapers are used in sculpting and work perfectly with oil pastels. Thanks very much!!

  13. You’ve captured the rubbery petal structure perfectly

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